PREP ROUNDUP: Memorial boys rout PNG

Published 11:00 pm Friday, January 4, 2019

Four Memorial players scored in double figures, and the Titans left nothing to chance Friday night in routing host Port Neches-Groves 73-46 in boys basketball.

Kenneth Lofton Jr. led the way with 15 points, Nate Clover scored 13, Amaree Abram had 12 and Kenneth Washington dropped 10 for the Titans (15-6, 2-1 in 21-5A), who have won five straight.

Tracy Smith led PNG (13-9, 1-2) with 10 points.

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On Tuesday, PNG will visit Barbers Hill and Memorial will host Cleveland.

Nederland 58, Cleveland 50
In Nederland, Hayden Hefner knocked down 24 points, and the Bulldogs (17-8, 3-0 in 21-5A) held off the Indians.

Joseph Gipson added 13 for Nederland, which will visit Dayton on Tuesday.



Nederland starts 2-0-1 in Humble

Meg Sheppard accounted for Nederland’s first three goals this season.

For good measure, she added two more in the Bulldogs’ third game.

Hanna Foster and Shepard each had two goals, and Karrie-Faith ANders and Hailey Dugas each added a score Saturday in the Bulldogs’ 6-0 win over Cypress Springs.

Nederland started its season in the Humble girls soccer tournament tying Clear Lake 2-2 and beating Goose Creek Memorial 1-0 Friday. Morgan McBride earned the shutout in both wins for Nederland (2-0-1).


Indians pick up first win over FB Austin

In the Waller girls soccer tournament, Port Neches-Groves broke through the win column Saturday with a 1-0 win over Fort Bend Austin, thanks to a Grace Richard second-half goal.

PNG outshot Clear Falls on Friday but did not find the back of the net in a 1-0 defeat. PNG (0-1-2) then tied Duncanville 1-1, getting a goal from freshman Zoe Scroggs. Izzy Volk assisted.

“We competed in the top ‘tour’ and one of the toughest brackets,” Indians coach Aimee Bates said. “They had four different ‘tours.’ We knew coming in that we had our work cut out for us and that we wanted to be battle-tested.”


Newton’s Johnson added to SETCA Hall of Honor

Newton football coach W.T. Johnson has been added to the roster of 2019 inductees for the Southeast Texas Coaches Association Hall of Honor, “due to recent observations,” the SETCA announced.

Johnson has guided Newton to back-to-back state championships while battling a graft-versus-host disease following a double lung transplant and was told before the start of this season he has only months to live. Newton beat Canadian 21-16 last month in the 3A Division II final.

The induction ceremony is at noon Jan. 26 at the Holiday Inn off Walden Road in Beaumont.


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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