PORT NECHES —
It was a big day on The Reservation Wednesday.
Four athletes from four different sports signed college letters of intent to contnue their playing careers.
Indians football star Bradley Broussard signed with Missouri Baptist in St. Louis, Mo.; soccer star Dylan East signed with Greenville College in Greenville, Ill.; baseball pitcher Lance LeDoux signed with Panola Junior College in Carthage and softball pitcher Shelby Valentine signed with Trinity University in San Antonio.
Broussard and East will have the most to get used to out of the four considering temperatures get a lot colder in Missouri and Illinois than they do in Texas.
“I know it is going to be real cold up there,” Broussard said. “The last time I went up there it was 47-degrees in April. That is a lot different than here.”
Broussard was a team captain for Brandon Faircloth’s Indians and he was a two-year starter. He made first team All District 20-4A and was also a member of the Port Arthur News Super Team.
“It is a great feeling,” Broussard said. “I love knowing I will play football for another four years. Missouri Baptist was a very friendly campus and I really liked the schemes and blitzes the team runs. It is sad knowing my time here at PN-G is over but I am also excited to start a new chapter in my life.”
East was a two-year starter on the very successful Indians soccer team. His leg also put him as the kicker on the PN-G football team.
“I am just glad the day is finally here to make it official,” East said. “I have wanted this my whole life. I know the Greenville coach and he remembered how I played when I was younger. He was able to see how I play now and how I could fit into their team. It fit well and I loved the campus and the team.”
Valentine will become a member of a softball program that got it start in 2009-2010. She is ready to help guide the Tigers to new heights.
“It is exciting,” Valentine said. “I know I have worked hard for 14 years in softball so it feels great to have it pay off. I really liked Trinity University’s science program because I am going into bio-chemical engineering. I want to go in there and get my degree and kick but in softball.”
LeDoux’s story almost did not come to pass after an arm injury sidelined the hurler for most of his junior season last year. LeDoux came back strong this year and was a big reason why the Indians won 18 games and reached the playoffs.
“This gets a lot of weight off my shoulders,” LeDoux said. “I had to get this scholarship signed. I have been worried ever since the injury last year. Now I can get back to focusing on baseball. I have a few friends up there from other schools so we hope to bring some Southeast Texas fight to Carthage.”
LeDoux will be joined by Bridge City’s Hunter Uzzle and Silsbee’s Jordan Gore at Panola.
PORT NECHES —
It was a big day on The Reservation Wednesday.
Bassmaster Elites are coming back
The Bassmaster Elite Series returns to Southeast Texas in March 2015 to fish out of Orange.
The announcement was made last week, ahead of Bassmaster’s official tournament schedule announcement and the buzz is already strong in Southeast Texas and beyond.
I was in Orlando, Fla. attending the ICAST (fishing trade) show and talked with a number of top anglers including Kevin VanDam, Mike Iaconelli and Shaw Grigsby who said it was no surprise they would return considering the massive turnout for the weigh-ins and that the area welcomed them in a very special way.
It’s far too early to speculate anything like who the top contenders will be or how the fishing will be but there are some things to keep in mind and to look for over the next few months and into the event itself.
• Prefishing-There is a pre-fishing cutoff that usually extends to right before the Bassmaster Classic and I fully expect most of the anglers in the Elites to come back and prefish.
Last go-round probably 2/3 of the field fished the area but this time I expect that to be just about everyone. Many of the anglers that did not pre-fish told me they expected to have a lot of water to fish but the sheer volume and diversity was almost overwhelming.
Beginning probably in the early fall we will see many anglers fishing local waters to get a better idea on how to approach the area.
• East to West Runs-The Elite anglers fished far and wide but I expect even more running next go-round. After launching from the Simmons Drive Boat Ramp in Orange angler Bill Lowen ran down the Intracoastal, across Galveston Bay and fished in the Clear Lake area and placed in the top 12. The more adventurous anglers will try super long runs, in my opinion, even longer than last time to try and score on big fish. The Intracoastal Canal system makes that possible.
• Sabine River -Very few of the anglers actually fished in the Sabine River despite the event being called the “Sabine River Challenge”. I think that will change with more anglers running as far north as they can to find pockets of fish that receive little pressure and perhaps a four or five-pounder to push them over the top.
• Bigger Turnout-Last year some 34,000 people attended the event which set a Bassmaster record for an Elite event.
It was broken a couple of weeks later in New York but I fully expect the 2015 tournament to draw 40,000 plus. The reason they are coming back is not for the stellar fishing because while we have lots of bass, everyone knows our fishery cannot compare to Toledo Bend for example.
The support from the public however was amazing and that is what is bringing the top anglers on the planet to fish our area.
We will have the very best coverage of the event beginning now and leading up to it with exclusive interviews with all of the top pros with not only their thoughts on the big event but with unique tips on how you can catch more fish.
It’s an exciting time and I look forward to bringing you special coverage on a special event.
(To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at www.klvi.com or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on GETV.org)
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