, Port Arthur, Texas


April 15, 2014

Bailey leads at regional, PN-G stands 4th


    SEALY — Round one of the Region III, Class 4A golf tournament proved to memorable for the Bailey family Tuesday. It was also noteworthy for LC-M’s Lauren Cox and PN-G’s Karlei Hemler.

    With contestants facing frigid conditions when play began at River Ridge Golf Club, PN-G’s junior star Braden Bailey started with a birdie and went on to post the day’s low round of 71. That was good for a two-shot lead over Montgomery’s Cameron Holzshu and Friendswood’s Bryce Dooley, and kept the Indians within striking distance of a return trip to the state tournament.

    Bailey’s sister Brynna, meanwhile, carded her best ever competitive round of 82, a number matched by fellow PN-G freshman, Karlei Hemler. That left them tied for 15th, nine behind the 73 fired  by Maryssa Ferries of Tomball  and eight back of Cox’s 74. Cox, who is in a three-way tie for second, is trying to make it to state competing as an individual.

    PN-G’s boys, after a shaky start that saw them make four triple bogeys on the first five holes, rallied behind Bailey to finish in fourth place at 320. Friendswood is the leader at 312, followed by George Ranch at 313 and Montgomery at 314. The top three teams advance to state after today’s final 18 holes.

    Next to Bailey, the key player for getting PN-G into the contention was Brandon Soileau. After making triple bogeys on No. 1 and No. 4, and being eight over after four holes, Soileau played his final 14 holes in two over for an impressive 81. Tyler Rawson and Bradley Stone added 84s for the Indians.

    The news wasn’t nearly as good for the Nederland boys. Michael Glover’s 82 was low for the Bulldogs who are ninth in the 16-team field at 340. Thaine Tillie shot 86, Cole Trevino finished at 88 and Hunter Huff had a 91 for the Bulldogs.

    PN-G’s girls, despite the 82s by Brynna Bailey and Hemler, didn’t manage to get in contention for a trip to Austin. The Lady Indians were 7th at 371, well behind front-running Montgomery’s 316. Kingwood Park (323) and Huntsville (324) are second and third.

    Bailey and Hemler, however, have an outside shot at going to state as individuals. The players with the best three scores not affiliated with the top three teams advance to state. The PN-G duo is three shots behind Ashlyn Hendricks of Barbers Hill for the final medalist spot.

    Nederland’s girls, who beat PN-G by nine strokes for the District 20-4A title, didn’t fare well on day one, shooting a 405 that left them in 12th place. Reid Whaley’s 96 was the only sub 100 score for the Lady Bulldogs. Brittany Leatherwood shot 101, Reagan Bodin was at 103 and Deanna Rich had a 105.

    Braden Bailey, who finished seventh at state last year and has since become one of the nation’s most heavily recruited juniors, was seemingly unfazed by a temperature of 38 and gusty winds out of the north when he teed off. Bailey rolled in three birdies to offset three bogeys and was never more than one over par.

    After a tap-in birdie at the par 5, first hole, he reeled off seven straight pars before making a bogey at nine to turn in even par. On the back, he birdied the part 4, 11th, bogeyed the par 3, 12th and the par 4, 16th, then got back to even with a birdie on the par 5, 17th. — Bob West







Text Only
  • 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

    July 23, 2014

  • Mid County knocked out of tournament

    The Mid County 16-18 Babe Ruth squad’s run to the World Series is over.

    July 22, 2014

  • West golf notepad: West duo claims title in Texas Father-Son

    July 22, 2014

  • Mid County sets up championship series with Tri County

    The Southwest Regional Babe Ruth championship series is set and yes the hometown Mid County squad will be there to play.

    July 21, 2014

  • MC Babe Ruth goes 2-0

    First things first, give Clint Landry and the rest of the officials credit for making the Southwest Regional Babe Ruth tournament possible this weekend at Nederland High School.

    July 19, 2014

  • Up the odds for solid bank fishing

    There are certain limitations to fishing without a boat.

    July 19, 2014

  • Derek Williams, Summer Money League light up the lanes at Max Bowl

    Thursday nights Summer Money League produced some very impressive scores.

    July 19, 2014

  • West column: Pacers hiring Pat Knight didn't help Lamar

    July 19, 2014

  • Babe Ruth.jpg Mid County Babe Ruth set to host Southwest Regional

    The Mid County Babe Ruth 18U team is once again knocking on the World Series door. Mid County will host the Southwest Regional at Nederland High School starting today. Mid County’s first game of the tournament is slated for 7 p.m. Friday against Pine Bluff, Ark. Thursday was a special day for Mid County Babe Ruth as two locals, Jimmy Collins (shown speaking) and Skip Hopkins (back left) were inducated intot he Southwest Regional Babe Ruth Hall of Fame. Both Hopkins and Collins have been involved in Babe Ruth for over 40 consecutive years either as player, coach or board member. There are nine teams in the tournament with the winner headed to Washington state for the World Series.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • West golf notepad: Eleven-year-old Henry scores ace in YMBL tourney

    July 15, 2014

From the Fieldhouse blog