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June 8, 2013

Nederland all-sports success among best in state

NEDERLAND — As the UIL baseball playoffs wrapped up this weekend in Austin, the 2012-2013 athletic season came to a close. Before long, football will start up and the cycle will begin all over again.

Before that happens, though, let’s take a moment to reflect on one thing from this past season.

Nederland athletics are on a heck of a run.

Not just the football team, which reached the Region III finals this season. Not just the boys basketball team or the baseball team or the softball team, all of which went three rounds deep into the playoffs. The entire Bulldog athletic program has excelled this season.

That’s why the school received the SETX Coaches Association Beaumont Coca Cola All Sport Award this season, given annually to the program that does well across the entire athletic program. The Bulldogs finished second to Barbers Hill in last year’s competition, too, speaking to just how much of a run they’ve been on.

What’s causing all this success?

“There’s more than one reason for it,” said Nederland head football coach/athletic director Larry Neumann. “It transcends our program and gets back to the community and the interest they have in our school and our athletics. It’s about the parents supporting us. There’s not one key factor, but it all starts with the athletes themselves.”

Over the past five years, Nederland’s program has arguably been the best in the area. In a study of district championships and playoff victories over the past five seasons in volleyball, football, boys and girls soccer and basketball, baseball and softball, Nederland had more wins and district titles than any other team from the Golden Triangle.

Nederland athletics won 15 district titles over that stretch and 44 total playoff games, including 18 playoff victories in the past two seasons alone. That’s more playoff victories in the past two seasons than Bridge City, West Orange-Stark, Port Arthur Memorial and Beaumont West Brook have had in the entire five-year study.

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