Sports Shorts: Ozen hires football coach

Ed Taylor

Taylor hired as Ozen football coach

The Ozen Panthers have hired their fourth head football coach in five seasons. Ed Taylor was named the team’s eighth coach in school history Tuesday, June. 28. Taylor was the offensive coordinator at rival Beaumont Central for the last three seasons. He was in the first graduating class of Ozen in 2000 and went on to receive his bachelor’s at Lamar University and master’s at Prairie View A&M.

Taylor replaces David Suggs who resigned in early May. Suggs led the Panthers to a 9-13 record in two seasons, but missed the playoffs last year with a 5-5 record.

Football camp

Christine Michael (Seattle Seahawks, West Brook), Willie Jefferson (Washington Redskins, Ozen) and Ryan Grant (Washington Redskins, West Brook) will return to their hometown on Thursday, July 14, for their second annual Football Skills Camp, which is free for ages 8-18. The camp will be from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Thomas Center in Beaumont.

Pre-registration is required online at

Babineaux brothers to host charity events

NFL brothers Jonathan and Jordan Babineaux of Southeast Texas will host their annual weekend charity event July 8-9.

Jonathan, who currently plays for the Atlanta Falcons, and Jordan, former safety and current digital and game day host for the Seattle Seahawks, will kick off the weekend Friday, July 8, with the Love and Laughter comedy show and concert at the Julie Rogers Theatre at 7 p.m. featuring the sounds of Tank and comedians Billy Sorrells, Sydney Castillo, Nate Mingo and Todd Sanderson.

Tickets are $20-$30 via Ticketmaster.

Saturday, July 9, the Babineauxs will host a celebrity all-star basketball game at 5 p.m. at the Carl Parker Center on the campus of Lamar State College – Port Arthur.

Confirmed guests include Kendrick Perkins of the New Orleans Pelicans, former NBA star and current ESPN “The Jump” co-host Stephen Jackson, Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs, former WNBA star Tina Thompson, Danny Gorrer of the Baltimore Ravens and many more.

Teams will be coached by Port Arthur native and hip-hop star Bun B and LeToya Luckett, actress and one of the original members of the Grammy winning R&B group Destiny’s Child.

Tickets are $5 or $10 for VIP, which includes photographs with the game celebrities.

The Babineaux Family Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that supports lupus research and is an outlet for youth development, scholarships, and community support of Southeast Texas


David Semper of Parker, Texas, hit his first hole-in-one June 24 at Bayou Din during the Texas Association for Pupil Transportation Scramble. Semper aced Hole 11 from 142 yards out with an 8 iron. Terry Schubert, Tim DeLano and Mike Brassfield were witnesses.

Also joining the hole-in-one ranks was Joe Spivey. June 27, Spivey knocked down a 140-yard tee-shot on Hole 17 at Henry Homberg Golf Course.

Olympic Basketball

The roster for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball team will head to Houston later this summer, and the roster has been announced for games of the XXXI Olympiad, which will be held Aug. 5-21 in Rio. The U.S team will be looking to win its third consecutive Olympic gold medal.

The 12-man roster includes Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks), Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors), Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls), DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings), DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Paul George (Indiana Pacers), Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers), Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors) and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors).

Anthony and Durant won gold in the 2012 games.

“I’m anxious to get on the court, and along with my great coaching staff, get to work,” said USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski, who will coach the Olympic team for a third time. “Since 2006 and including the last two Olympics, our players have represented themselves, the game and our country in an exemplary manner. I know this team will continue that standard.

“Looking at this team, our overall balance is what strikes me. We have lightning-quick guards who can score as well as distribute the basketball. We have great shooters and explosive scorers, we’re big and athletic, and I think we’ll really be able to defend.”

The team will play several exhibition games before heading to Rio, including a contest in Houston at the Toyota Center on Monday, Aug. 1 against Nigeria at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40-$1,600 and can be purchased online at

Pat Summitt dies

Legendary women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt died June 28 at the age of 64, five years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Summitt was the winningest Division 1 coach in NCAA history with 1,098 victories in 38 years at the University of Tennessee and eight national championships.

“The Alzheimer’s Association extends sincere condolences to Pat Summitt’s son Tyler, extended family, many friends and countless fans. Coach Summitt faced Alzheimer’s disease, as only she could, strongly and publicly. One of the greatest coaches in the history of sports continued to be an educator and coach off the court, educating so many about Alzheimer’s disease and rallying people to take action and become involved in the Alzheimer’s cause,” said Harry Johns, president and CEO, Alzheimer’s Association. “Coach Summitt was a courageous advocate for this cause. In honor of her struggle and the challenges faced by millions of Americans, we will continue to aggressively pursue greater awareness, support for families and research that will slow, stop and ultimately cure Alzheimer’s disease.”