Sports Shorts, May 28

Tori Thompson (top) and Sarah Woods (bottom)

LC-M players move on, up

Sarah Woods and Tori Thompson of LC-M will go on to the next level and continue their education while playing collegiate athletics.

Woods will play volleyball at the University of Louisiana-Monroe. As a senior, Woods had a 52.8 kill percentage, 66 aces, 85 blocks, 147 digs and 29 assists while being named the District 24-4A MVP and Southeast Texas Coaches Association Player of the Year. She will also become the first Lady Bear to play in the Texas Girls Coaches Association All-Star Volleyball Game. The game is July 16 in Austin.

Thompson will play basketball at McLennan Community College in Waco. She was named first team 20-4A all-district and claimed a spot on the TABC All-Region Team.

High school baseball

After dropping Game 1 to Bellville 2-0, the West Orange-Stark Mustangs pummeled the Brahmas 14-2 in Game 2, then got a complete game from pitcher Jack Dallas and won Game 3 by the score of 4-1, advancing in the Class 4A playoffs. Dallas pitched all seven innings while striking out 14 batters, and K.J. Miller went 3 for 3 at the plate, hitting his first home run of the season.

The Mustangs, who are now the lone Southeast Texas team still playing baseball, will next play Carthage in a best-of-three in the Regional Semifinals on Thursday, May 28, at Driller Park in Kilgore at 8 p.m. Games 2 and 3 will be Saturday at 3 p.m. at Cowboy Diamond on the campus of McNeese State in Lake Charles, La.

The winner will advance to the Class 4A Region III finals to play either Huffman or Center.

And for the first time in 11 years, Nederland High School will need a new baseball coach. Cody Robbins resigned his post May 22 and has taken a job at ExxonMobil. Robbins, who began as an assistant 17 years ago, served the past 11 as the head baseball coach, winning 220 games and six district titles.

Orangefield hires basketball coach

Orangefield has hired one of its own – Jennifer Fikes Willis is the new girls head basketball coach and girls athletic coordinator per the Orangefield School Board on May 21.

Willis, who graduated from Orangefield, comes over from Bridge City where she was the girls coach for the past three seasons.

Record set in annual race

In 2014, Audrey Albanese of Beaumont set a course record in the Seahawks on the Seawall 5K. A year later, she has done it again.

The 14-year-old Albanese ran a time of 23:44.8 seconds in the Women’s Open Division to edge past the field and last year’s mark of 23:57.5. Ashley Montgomery of Spring finished second with a time of 23:00.5, and Lisa Chambers of Beaumont was third at 25:18.8.

In the Men’s Open Division, Michael Sanchez of Port Neches was first with a time of 19:46.1. In the Kids’ 1K race, 7-year-old Caleb Smith of Port Neches was first with a time of 7:56.9.