Sports Shorts, Aug. 6, 2015

Scott Kazmir (top), Beaumont’s 16u Sun Devils, Justin Carr and Mel Farr

Detroit Lion, Hebert grad Mel Farr dies

Former Detroit Lions running back Mel Farr passed away suddenly at his home Aug. 3 in Detroit at the age of 70.

Born in Beaumont, Farr graduated from Hebert High School in 1963 and was an exceptional athlete, lettering in multiple sports such as football (all-state), basketball (all-district), baseball and track.

He played college football for the UCLA Bruins and started at running back during the 1965 and 1966 seasons. Farr helped the Bruins upset rival USC in 1965, scoring a 50-yard touchdown. They then went on to defeat No. 1 Michigan State in the Rose Bowl. He was later inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988.

Farr was then selected in the first round (No. 7 overall) in the 1967 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions and was named Co-Rookie of the Year along with teammate Lem Barney. He ran for 860 yards and scored nine touchdowns during his rookie campaign.

The two-time Pro Bowler retired in 1973 due to injuries.

After football, Farr became one of the most successful car dealers in Detroit. He is survived by his wife, Jasmine, daughters Monet and Milan, and sons Mel Jr. and Mike. Funeral services are pending.

Sun Devils softball

The Beaumont 16u Sun Devils played in the USFA (United States Fastpitch Association) World Series on July 14-18 held in Panama City Beach, Florida, and finished third out of 33 teams from across America.

Kaylee Ancelot, a sophomore from Orangefield, hit three homeruns while fellow sophomore and Kelly student Lily Knowles hit two round-trippers. Silsbee freshman Ashlyn Montgomery added one home run.

Other team members are Kendall Stewart, Molly Condon, Mallory Latil, Bailey Montgomery, Julie Renfro, Megan Harlan, Madeline Stone, Makasha Brown and Mona Trevizo. The head coach is Danny Tamayo.


The STPGA held a two-day, two-course event Aug. 3-4, with Day 1 at Sunset Grove Country Club and Day 2 at Babe Zaharias Golf Course.

Division winners were Cameron Keith (Boys 15-18, 154); Jack Burke (Boys 13-14, 158); Joe Penland III (Boys 11-12, 191); Karle Hemler (Girls 15-18, 149); and Elizabeth Townsend (Girls 13-14, 189).

The Little Linksters played their final summer tournament Aug. 3 at Sunset Grove Country Club in Orange.

Winners were Micah Depew (Boys 11-12, Red, 45); Chase Peddy (Boys 9-10, 5-hole Modified, 31); Xander Parks (Boys 9-10, 9-hole Modified, 48); Trevor Chesson (Co-ed, 5-hole Modified, 33); Stacy Wee (Co-ed, 9-hole Modified, 49); Braydee Frederick (Girls 11-12, 9-hole Red, 51); and Annabel Cardenas (Girls 9-10, 5-hole Modified, 32).

Raymond Rees was playing golf July 29 at Bayou Din and nailed an ace on Hole 7 using a 3-Hybrid from 145 yards out. It was witnessed by his daughter-in-law, Hannah Rees.

Troy Merritt, a Born 29-year-old from Osage, Iowa, won his first PGA title last weekend when he pocketed $1.2 million at the Quicken Loans National played at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia. Merritt shot rounds of 70-68-61-67 for an 18-under 266.

Tiger Woods shot an 8-under 276 to finish tied for 18th, which was his best finish in two years.

The next PGA stop is the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational on Aug. 6-9 at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. A total of 76 players were invited including Jordan Speith, who is the 9/2 favorite to win the tournament. Last year’s winner, Rory McIlroy, is still sidelined with an injury.

Astros pitcher nets praise

Left-handed pitcher Scott Kazmir was named the American League Pitcher of the Month for July. Kazmir was acquired by the Astros in a trade July 23 and went 2-0 last month in five starts, two with Houston and three with Oakland, with a 0.26 ERA in 34 innings while batters hit just .134 against him.

According to MLB records, Kazmir’s July was one for the books as he posted the third-lowest ERA in July in MLB history. The only two ahead of him were Spud Chandler of the Yankees in 1941 with a 0.24 ERA and Frank Allen of the Boston Braves in 1916 with a 0.25 ERA.

Nederland’s Carr commits to Lamar

Incoming senior Justin Carr of Nederland has verbally committed to play football for Lamar University. The 6-foot-6 Carr, whose older brother Corbin also plays for Lamar, became the third local player from Southeast Texas to give a commit to Lamar, joining quarterback Adam Morse (PN-G) and long-snapper Christian Winston (PN-G).

Carr plays on the offensive line for Nederland and will likely move to tight end next year at Lamar.