, Port Arthur, Texas


November 13, 2013

LSC-PA's Tre Bennett signs with Indiana State

PORT ARTHUR —  A chance meeting during a summer basketball camp has helped one Lamar State College-Port Arthur basketball player elevate his game to the next level.

    Charles “Tre” Bennett III signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play for Indiana State University next fall. The sophomore guard was the center of attention during a pep rally at the college’s Student Center where a throng of Seahawks fans cheered Bennett on as he secured his future in ink.

    “They saw me at the MullenSports Top 100 camp in Missouri over the summer,” Bennett said of Indiana State’s initial contact. “They were my first school to visit. I fell in love with the coaching staff, the local community and the players. A lot of people had really good things to say about the school, so I knew it was the right place to go.”

    Indiana State, which became part of college basketball lore when Larry Bird led it to the 1980 NCAA champinship game, is paced this season by senior guard Jake Odum who averaged 13.6 points a game with 151 assists a year ago. The Sycamores finished the season 18-15 a year ago, finishing fifth in the Missouri Valley Conference.

    “That’s another reason I was so excited about Indiana State,” Bennett explained. “They are losing their starting point guard and that position will be open. If I come in and work hard, I shouldn’t have a problem getting some playing time.”

    Bennett attended high school at Milby until his senior season when he transferred to Yates in Houston. During his one season at Yates, he had one of the best performances in the state, scoring 46 points in one game with eight rebounds, nine assists and eight steals.

    This past season, playing behind two strong sophomore guards, Bennett still managed 8.5 points a game as a freshman at Lamar State-Port Arthur. He had 74 rebounds and 73 assists, adding 32 steals. His 10-assist performance against Jacksonville College on Feb. 2, 2013 is third-best in the college’s history.

    Already this season, Bennett is showcasing his dominance, leading the Seahawks in scoring in all three games played this year. He is averaging nearly 26 points a game, hitting for 33 against Texas Southern University JV this past Saturday.

    He and the Seahawks hit the floor again tonight for a homecoming game against Northwestern State University JV. A tailgate party with free links and drinks will start at 5 p.m. with tipoff at 7 p.m. at the Carl Parker Center, located at 1800 Lakeshore Drive in Port Arthur.

    A year ago, the Seahawks finished with a 21-11 season in the first season for Head Coach Lance Madison. In the second year for both Madison and Bennett, the goal is to improve upon the Seahawks’ second-round exit from the NJCAA Region XIV Tournament.

    “My mind is just to win every game we can,” Bennett said. “Our main goal this year is to make sure we go to nationals. Every game we play, we treat it like it’s a regional game.”


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  • 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 You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on

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