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Titans’ Martin, Indians’ Valentine named to International Bowl rosters

Days before Kameron Martin puts pen to paper on his college commitment, he’ll get to showcase his skills on an international stage — in Texas.

Port Arthur Memorial’s standout running back has been named to the U.S. Under-19 National Team, which will compete against Canada’s Under-19 National Team in the International Bowl on Jan. 31 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Martin, who is verbally committed to playing at Baylor next fall, is expected to sign a letter of intent on National Signing Day, Feb. 3.

Two more Jefferson County athletes have been selected for the U.S.’ Under-19 Select Team. Port Neches-Groves’ Nick Valentine and Beaumont Legacy Christian’s Taylor Phelps are both defensive linemen who will represent the country against the Canada Under-18 National Team on Jan. 31 as well.

The U.S. and Canada Under-19 National Teams will face off at 3 p.m., with the U.S. Under-19 Select and Canada Under-18 Nationals to kick off at 6 p.m.

Martin rushed for 980 yards and seven touchdowns this season on 160 carries for Memorial, which finished 3-7 this past season. For his career, he has 2,943 career rushing yards.

Valentine has been a part of the U.S. National Developmental team for more than three years, giving him exposure to USA Football’s coaches and experiences with players from around the world. He played a key role on a defensive line that helped the Indians win a share of the District 22-5A championship.

Phelps helped Legacy Christian reach the third round of the TAPPS Division III state playoffs.

The International Bowl includes games ranging from Under-14 to Under-19 teams. Other games will be held Feb. 3 and Feb. 5.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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