Sports shorts week of June 23, 2022 | Panda Anku

Kelly hires a football coach

Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School didn’t have to look far for their next head football coach. On June 17, Rector Dr. Tyrus Doctor announces that Mike Long is returning to the school where he was previously the head football coach from 2005 to 2010.

“The timing is great,” Long said. “It was always my goal to return to Kelly. There is a lot of tradition here.”

Long, who won 28-29 in his six seasons at Kelly, including a stellar 9-1 season in 2007, said he’s already hired two former head coaches as assistants — PN-G’s Matt Burnett and Lumberton’s Alvin Credeur.


The 13-year-old and younger Mizuno team from Texas competed in the Perfect Game World Series in Destin, Florida last week and defeated Georgia 5-4 to win the title.

Players include Bryce Ray, Landon Leleaux, Dreyden Cook, Bryceten Felps, Nolan Mitchell, Dayne Sunderland, Jacob Scheiderer, Luke Scott, Clay Raney, Jake Raney and Justin McCarver.

The team is coached by Daniel Sunderland, Justin McCarver, Robert Scott and Cory Felps.

TASO football officials

The Texas Association of Sports Officials (TASO) is seeking officials for the upcoming 2022 high school football season. Those interested can attend the Southeast Texas Football Chapter’s New Rules Clinic at the Dauphin Athletic Complex on Saturday, June 25 beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Lamar University at Beaumont. The cost is $30.

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Registration is now open for the 5th Annual Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce/Hispanic Business Council/Golden Pass LNG LNG Golf Tournament on Friday 2nd September at the Babe Zaharias Golf Course in Port Arthur. Start time is 7:30am

To register, call (409) 963-1107.

The STPGA hosted a tournament on June 20th at the Wildwood Golf Course in Village Mills. Winners were Lucian Mazzola (Boys 11-12, 9 Hole Red, 40 pts), Maggie Stutz (Girls 11-12, 9 Hole Red, 49 pts), Austin Irwin (Boys 15-18, 44 pts), Tatum Bean (Girls 15-18, 86 points), Brayden Akers (Boys 13-14, 79 points) and Carson Waits (Boys 13-14, 42 points).

The next STPGA tournament is scheduled for Monday June 27th at Beaumont Country Club. Visit for more information.

John Fukuda hit his third career hole-in-one on June 17 on hole 2 at Bayou Din. Watched by Mike McDaniel and Jim Burkhardt, Fukuda used a 7 iron from 165 yards.

Merritt receives a scholarship to be a mascot

Silsbee High School senior Isabella Merritt will continue her mascot talents at Baylor University in Waco. According to communications director Kelsey Johnson, the 2022 graduate signed on June 20 in the SHS auditorium.

Merritt, who served as “Tiger Jim” at Silsbee ISD for six years, will be part of the Baylor Bears’ mascot safety team as Marigold.

According to, Bruiser and Marigold are iconic characters who wear green and gold on the sidelines and in competition. The tradition began when, in 1914, Baylor chose the bear as its official mascot instead of the bookworm. The beginning of Baylor’s mascot began in 1981 with the original brown bear. Bear costumes have changed over the years with some notable transitions in 1990 with the introduction of the green bear and again in the late 2000s with the introduction of the new brown bear, Bruiser. The tradition continued with the introduction of the Marigold Bear during the 2017 football season.

Lamar Cardinals

Lamar University named its 13th athletic director in program history with a June 17 press conference to officially introduce Jeff O’Malley.

“Jeff O’Malley is a trusted resource who understands that it takes all facets of a university to support student athletes,” said LU President Jaime Taylor. “He has developed very positive relationships with faculty and academic affairs at Marshall University and has an absolutely outstanding reputation for making student athletes successful both in the classroom and on the field.”

O’Malley will officially take over the reins at Lamar on July 1, replacing Marco Born, who resigned in March.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to lead Lamar University Athletics,” said O’Malley. “This is a program with a proud tradition of excellence and we will do everything we can to make it even better, both academically and competitively.”

The baseball program continues to receive awards after a stellar season in which the Cardinals won 37 games. Senior pitchers Jack Dallas and Adam Wheaton were named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-Central Region team.

From Orange, Dallas set records during his college stint, including the school’s all-time lead in parades and performances. He finished the season with a 4-1 record and a 1.94 ERA while leading the conference with 14 saves.

Wheaton was a starter, leading the conference in Siegen and ERA. He also served 66 batters in 84 innings.

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