PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

May 14, 2014

Weisbrod staying busy before heading to UNO

Gabriel Pruett
The Port Arthur News

NEDERLAND — Monday was not the first time Colton Weisbrod has been in front of the Nederland City Council to be recognized as part of the Nederland Bulldogs basketball team.

It was a surprise though when Mayor Dick Nugent made a special presentation. May 12 in Nederland is now officially Colton Weisbrod Day.

“There have been times our team has been to city hall before but the presentation isn’t long and I thought that was what would happen again,” Weisbrod said. “I was joking with a friend it would be crazy if they gave me my own day like they did for (DeShawn) Washington back in April. When the mayor called it out I was really surprised. It’s an honor.”

Weisbrod has not taken much time off since the Bulldogs were eliminated a few months ago in the regional semifinals.

He has already played in the Houston Coaches Association All Star game and scored 16 points. Today he will be recognized at a banquet set up by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches as the Class 4A Player of the Year. He will then play in a TABC all star game on Friday in San Antonio.

“It will be exciting because a few members of my family will be there to watch me play again,” Weisbrod said. “It is fun to play against and on the same team with some of those guys who we played in the past. We don’t really talk about the past much but there are some jokes thrown around here and there.”

The real exciting game for Weisbrod is coming on June 13 at Hardin Jefferson High School when he is a competitor in the Southeast Texas All Star game. By that time Weisbrod will already be taking classes at the University of New Orleans and practicing with his college teammates. He hopes to be able to get back over to this area to play in the game.

“That one will be great to come over and play with those guys one more time,” Weisbrod said.

Weisbrod’s high school coach Brian English said he cannot believe all the headlines and honors Weisbrod has picked up this year. He does know though Weisbrod deserves every single one.

“There are not many kids who get this many headlines,” English said. “It really has happened for three years now. He does a great job of handling it. He is very humble and very appreciative of all the honors that come his way.”

Joining Weisbrod on the Southeast Texas All Star team will be Port Arthur Memorial players Torian Lott, Albert Jacobs and Darren Williams. Bridge City’s Alex Bingham, West Orange-Stark’s Laquarious Paige and LC-M’s Blake Fuss and Trumaine Elmore are also on the team.