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May 21, 2014

SETCA adds new games, location for all stars

BEAUMONT — There will be a new location for the fifth Southeast Texas Coaches Association All Star football game.

This year’s game, held at 7 p.m. June 14, will be played at the Carrol “Butch” Thomas Educational Support Facility in Beaumont. Past games had been played at Port Neches-Groves High School and at Lamar University.

In addition to football, the SETCA is putting forth several other all star games to showcase the talents of many boys and girls in the area.

The first game played will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12, as area softball players will compete at Port Arthur Memorial High School.

Hardin-Jefferson High School will host three games on June 13. Starting at 5 p.m., volleyball players will compete and 30 minutes after that will be a girls basketball game. A boys basketball game will be played 30 minutes after the conclusion of the girls game.

“These games were the brainstorm of a lot of people years ago,” SETCA president Mark Foreman said. “We have one of the richest talent pools around. We have young ladies playing in softball, volleyball and basketball all over the United States. We also have boys in basketball playing all over the country. Football is always big in this area.”

PN-G coach Brandon Faircloth will coach a talent-laden East football team filled mostly with stars from South Jefferson and Orange Counties.  The opposing by the West squad will be coached by Huffman’s Mike McEachern and draws from Beaumont’s Ozen, West Brook and Kelly High Schools, as well as Huffman, East Chambers, Barbers Hill, Crosby, Liberty and other smaller schools in outlying areas.

Port Arthur Memorial has four players on the East roster in Torian Lott, Albert Jacobs, Meldrick Matthews and Donta Lovillete. Nederland three players on the team in Colton Kimler, Cole Brown, Beau Stewart while PN-G also has four players in Jeremiah Rose, Bradley Broussard, Allan Soriano and Chris Mangini.

Beaumont Central’s Damon Thomas, who is on the East team, made the trip to a press conference held Wednesday to announce the teams and said he is ready to take the field one more time in Southeast Texas.

“I’m ready to play,” Thomas said. “I was running around the house when I found out I was named to the team. This will be our chance to get a bigger scholarship. It will be a little weird to play with the guys I went up against but it is all about getting better. We want to win and I am thankful to everyone who picked me. It is a great honor.”

Thomas is signed to play at Mary Hardin-Baylor University in Belton.

The all star games are sponsored by the Ford dealerships of Southeast Texas.

Umair Karim, a representative of the dealerships, said his company is thrilled to be a part of the activities.

“These games are important for the community,” Karim said. “We want to help put in all the effort and celebrate the players. We want to make sure everyone has a great time.”

The boys basketball game will be of great interest, as Class 4A Player of the Year Colton Weisbrod of Nederland is expected to team up with fellow Bulldogs player Tyler Toon on the East team. They will be joined by Memorial stars Albert Jacobs, Torian Lott and Darren Williams.

Nicole Matise and Kelsey Beard of Nederland will be on the East softball team along with Memorial’s Leslie Jacquet and PN-G’s Shelby Valentine.

Beard and Jaci Oliver of Nederland will be on the East volleyball team. PN-G’s Breanna Brown and Memorial’s Haley Pitre will represent their schools on the squad.

Five previous All-Star weeks have enabled the SETCA to award $26,000 in scholarships while also giving assistane to families of athletes in Southeast Texas in the amount of $10,500.

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