Warren hires outsider to run its Warriors football program

Warren hires outsider to run its Warriors football program

Warren High School has hired John Woodard to be its new football coach and athletic director. Woodard replaces Kevin Barbay, who resigned in March to become an assistant football coach at Lamar University.

Woodard, 52, comes over from Class A Ganado where he served as the defensive coordinator the last two seasons as the team went 22-2 during that span. He was last a head coach at Class A Union Hill for two seasons and finished 4-16.

Anahuac and Deweyville are the two remaining schools in Southeast Texas who have yet to fill their football/athletic director position.

Deweyville has released its list of the 59 applicants, which include Chris Babin (Lumberton), Ray Cauthern (Galveston Ball), Deweyville boys basketball coach Brad Haeggquist, former West Hardin head coach Jason Henry, Chris Pachuca (LC-M), Billy Tilton (Hamshire-Fannett) and John Woodard, who was hired by Warren.

THSCA All-Star Games

The Texas High School Coaches Association has announced the rosters for the THSCA All-Star Games, which include both football and basketball. The games will be held in conjunction with the TSCHA Coaching School and Convention in San Antonio on July 29 – Aug. 1. The basketball game will be held July 30 at Bill Greehey Arena on the campus of St. Mary’s University and the football game will be indoors at the Alamodome on July 31.

Trevor Bell of Hamshire-Fannett will participate in the football game, and Shawn Prudhomme of Hardin-Jefferson will play for the South squad in the basketball game.

UIL state golf tourney

One team along with two individuals will be competing this weekend at the UIL State Golf Tournament in Austin.

The boys Team A of Port Neches-Groves will tee off at Jimmy Clay Golf Course on April 30 along with senior Brooke Brasseaux of Little Cypress-Mauriceville.

Sophomore Allison Davis of Silsbee will compete at Roy Kizer Golf Course on May 3.Local dismissed from Kansas

Former West Brook standout and the 2011 winner of the Willie Ray Smith Defensive Award Collin Garrett was dismissed from the Kansas Jayhawk football program on April 23 along with fellow KU teammate Christopher Robinson for a violation of team rules.

According to KUsports.com, both Garrett and Robinson are accused of fighting employees at The Hawk in Lawrence, Kan., early Saturday morning after Garrett was asked not to smoke inside the establishment.

It was then said that Garrett and Robinson ran from police but were later detained and charged with battery and interference with duties of an officer.Garrett later bonded out of the Douglas County Jail for $200 and is due back in court on May 8.

Garrett played in six games last season for the Jayhawks and had seven tackles.

Rumor mill

According to KPRC NBC Sports Director Randy McIllvoy, who used to be the sports director at KBMT 12 here in Beaumont, a group called Opening Day Partners is looking to expand the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball to Texas and being considered are The Woodlands, Beaumont and Dallas-Fort Worth.

The Atlantic League is based out of Camden, N.J., and has six teams in the league that are not presently being served by Major League Baseball or any of its official minor league teams. In the league are York Revolution, Lancaster Barnstormers, Somerset Patriots, Road Warriors, Long Island Ducks, Bridgeport Bluefish, Camden Riversharks and Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.

Cross returns to coaching

After resigning from Lamar State College-Port Arthur as the men’s head basketball coach, Matt Cross has gone back to his old stomping grounds of Talladega College in Talladega, Ala. The school competes at the NAIA level.

The 25-year-old Cross cited health reasons for his exit in Port Arthur. He had managed to turn the team around, leading the Seahawks to the National Junior College Tournament in just his second season.