, Port Arthur, Texas


December 13, 2012

Lady Titans open 21-5A title defense

PORT ARTHUR — Repeating isn’t easy, but the Lady Titans seem to be on a mission this year to do just that.

Friday, the Port Arthur Memorial girls basketball team begins district play by traveling to Beaumont West Brook at 7 p.m. Memorial will be trying to win a second straight district title this year, which is also unfamiliar territory, since last year’s shared crown with North Shore was the first district title in the team’s history.

The Lady Titans find themselves atop the district heap this year after a sterling 12-2 run through a non-district schedule that included a tournament win at the storied YMBL South Texas Shootout.

Memorial is primed for contention again, having averaged 57.3 points per game in its first 14 and allowed 41.8 ppg. The Lady Titans have been led by Ariel Hutchinson, who is again a scoring threat off the bench or in the starting lineup, but have also gotten much improved play from sophomore Joyce Kennerson, who won the YMBL tournament MVP.

West Brook (4-9) has struggled of late. After winning three of their first four games, the Lady Bruins have dropped eight of their last nine. West Brook’s lone victory in that stretch was a 54-41 win over a good Lumberton team in the YMBL.

Memorial beat West Brook both times in district play last year, winning 65-42 at West Brook and 58-24 at Memorial Gym.

All five of the other local teams will have to wait for another district contest. Both the Nederland and Port Neches-Groves girls will play one last non-district game before picking up 20-4A play next Tuesday. Nederland is 1-1 in district games this season, beating Lumberton and losing to Central while PN-G is at 0-2 and still searching for its first district win, falling to Ozen and Livingston.

The Memorial boys (6-7) will close out their scheduled non-district games with a road trip to Little Cypress-Mauriceville (6-8). The Titans have won three of their last five games, but the Titans are coming off back-to-back tough losses to HCYA in the Bulldog Classic championship and a 42-41 loss to Nederland on Tuesday.

Nederland’s boys (9-5) will travel to Silsbee to close out the non-district portion of the schedule. The two teams met already this season in the YMBL bracket, with Nederland grabbing a 57-54 victory over the Tigers. Silsbee (7-6) has won three straight, including wins over PN-G (60-53) and West Brook (69-62).

The Indians (2-9) continue a very tough non-district slate, closing on the road at Hardin-Jefferson (17-1). PN-G has lost four of its last five, but beat two of its last three opponents from 21-3A in Hamshire-Fannett (46-32) and Orangefield (59-51).

H-J has won 15 straight games since falling 70-44 to Central on Nov. 27. That includes tournament wins at the Aransas Pass Tourney and the Hardin-Jefferson tournament.


Text Only
  • Trophy stab 1.jpg WEST COLUMN: Bum Phillips trophy an impressive piece of work

    There was lots of excitement around the Port Arthur News this week, with the long-awaited delivery of the magnificent Bum Phillips trophy that will be presented annually to the winner of the Nederland-Port Neches-Groves football game.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ned 13U Babe Ruth wins

    It was a much better day Saturday for the Nederland 13U Babe Ruth team compared to Friday.

    July 26, 2014

  • MOORE COLUMN: Flounder dream started in Bridge City

    The first flounder that grabbed my attention lived in what is now the Lower Neches Wildlife Management Area in Bridge City. 

    July 26, 2014

  • ESTRADA COLUMN: PED update /Key injuries with contrasting outcomes

    The results of Saturday night’s UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. Brown event were not available as of the time of this writing. It will be covered in a future column.

    July 26, 2014

  • TODORA COLUMN: Hermsen rattles racks in Monday Seniors League at Max Bowl

    Mondays Seniors League had some nice scores this past week. Rick Hermsen started with a 263, finished with a 270 and fit in a 212 in the middle for a nice 745.

    July 26, 2014

  • Nederland 13U Babe Ruth loses 9-0

    The Nederland 13U Babe Ruth team lost 9-0 Friday to Bryant.

    July 25, 2014

  • 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

From the Fieldhouse blog