PORT ARTHUR — I have been sports reporting in Southeast Texas for 12 seasons now and this year has posed a very unique situation.
First is the fact I am working with The Port Arthur News. My career started as a general news reporter with The News when I was 20 and a couple years later I moved to The Orange Leader to cover sports.
I came back to The News two weeks into this football season and went from covering mostly 3A schools to being assigned Port Arthur Memorial, Port Neches-Groves and Nederland.
I want all fans, coaches, players and everyone else involved in these communities to know what I have learned so far.
The Indians, Titans and Bulldogs are three of the most respectful and high-character teams I have ever dealt with in my career.
I have more than enjoyed each interview with the players. It is a breath of fresh air to speak with young men who have obviously been raised right by their parents.
Turn on national sports and pretty soon you will probably be disgusted with how an athlete acts and frown with some of the words that come out of his mouth.
This is not the case with local athletes and I want to make sure everyone involved is proud of the young men Nederland, Port Neches-Groves and Memorial put on the fields. We applaud what our athletes do while in competition but we rejoice in what they do away from the action.