BOYS BASKETBALL: Memorial sends off Titans to San Antonio

Published 9:59 am Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Click here for video from the sendoff.

No Port Arthur ISD basketball team has played in the state championship rounds since 2000 — or won it all since 1995 — so the Memorial High School boys team’s trip to San Antonio was worth a big sendoff.

Students and faculty members lined the first floor hall of Memorial on Wednesday morning to cheer on the Titans, with the MHS band leading the way, as they headed toward their bus to prepare for Thursday’s University Interscholastic League 5A semifinal game against Midlothian, a team from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

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This is the first state final four appearance for both schools, but Port Arthur teams have won eight UIL state championships and one in the former Prairie View Interscholastic League in history. Lincoln was the most dominant of the town’s high schools, having won the 1956 PVIL title and eight UIL championships between (1981, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1995). The 1998-99 Lincoln team is the most recent from Port Arthur to play in a state title game, losing to Crowley.

Thomas Jefferson — the last PAISD team to reach the state semifinals 18 years ago — won a state title in 1957 and nearly repeated in 1958, losing to Pampa 48-47.

Memorial was established just before the 2002-03 school year as a result of the merger among Lincoln, Jefferson and Stephen F. Austin high schools.

Fans not at the Alamodome can watch the semifinal games live in all six classifications Thursday and Friday on (subscription required). The website will stream live Saturday’s championship games in classes 1A-5A, with the 6A title game to air on Fox Sports Southwest.

Sports editor I.C. Murrell is also posting an online journal of his travel to San Antonio during the Titans’ run on the Port Arthur News Sports Facebook page. He will offer live tweets of Thursday’s game (and Saturday’s championship, should the Titans make it) on Twitter @ICMurrellPANews.

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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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