Ad Spot

CHRIS MOORE: Good luck to all the state-bound athletes

Over the next month, several athletes from the area will compete at the state competition for their respective sports.

This week, Memorial seniors Maleek Jones and Tre’Vonte Caines are competing at the 5A track and field meet in Austin.

Caines is competing in the shot put and is the favorite to win the event after recording the farthest throws on the season with his personal record being 60 feet.

Jones qualified for state in the triple jump and the high jump.

Caines had been the favorite to win state all season, while Jones has come along after recovering from a hamstring injury suffered early in the season.

Jones cleared a height of 6’6” at the regional meet.

Jones, who played basketball and football for the Titans this year, said he is happy to qualify.

“Going to state has been the goal for all the sports I have played,” he said. “I never thought track would be the one.”

Port Arthur isn’t the only athletic program that will have a representative at a state competition.

Nederland junior Megan Do will compete for the Bulldogs in the singles tennis tournament.

Do played flawlessly all season and upset the No. 1 seed in the region last week, winning 6-4, 4-6, 7-6. The match lasted nearly four hours. Do became the first tennis player in NHS history to win regionals twice. She won as a member of a doubles team her freshman year.

In Sabine Pass, Travis Mistry placed first in singles at the regional meet to qualify for state. His sister, Hazel Mistry, placed third and was named an alternate.

Sabine Pass tennis coach Zachary Defrancis said the team had 10 students advance to regionals for the first time in school history.

Going to state is no small feat. To be able to say you were one of the only athletes at the top of your sport in your class in the state of Texas is pretty cool. There also isn’t any shame in losing. If you need proof, look no further than Port Arthur’s own Bun B. He famously tells a story about being a power lifter and making it to the state meet only to run into Silsbee’s own Mark Henry, who has the nickname of The World’s Strongest Man and quite the resume to back up that claim.

Not much shame in losing in a weight lifting competition to the world’s strongest man.

Most importantly, these student athletes represent their schools well. Their coaches vouch for their work ethic for their respective sports and in the classroom. The latter will likely take them much further.

Chris Moore is the sports editor for Port Arthur Newsmedia. He can be reached at chris.moore@panews.com.

Entertainment

PNG’s “Descendants” closing out 2020-21 season with performances today & Tuesday

Local

DPS: Vidor motorcyclist killed after crashing while running from area deputies

Local

Judge Brad Burnett recognizing high school students Jakelin Manzo & Linh Nguyen as Shining Stars

Local

American Air Systems providing community resident with free HVAC system this week

Local

See how much Texas gas prices jumped in a month

Beaumont

6-year-old killed in ATV/pedestrian crash; police investigating

Local

Police identify man shot, killed Friday night as a Port Arthur resident

Groves

Raquel Ochoa named Groves Mother of the Year

Groves

Police: Groves man robbed, pistol-whipped 81-year-old man

Education

Janet Cline honored for lifetime commitment to students

Local

See which Port Neches properties set for demolition, receive chance for redevelopment

Columns

STEPHEN HEMELT — Real work begins now that voters approved parks upgrade

Local

Local police chiefs talk open handgun carry law

Local

Port Arthur LNG potential decision delay detailed

Local

Police: Arrest made after Nederland pizza joint fights leaves victim bloodied

Education

Port Arthur education leaders talk campus return need

Local

Health department director, staff recognized for work during pandemic

Beaumont

Aggravated assaults, drug charges lowlight Jefferson County indictments

Education

Nederland ISD providing summer breakfast, lunch for kids

Local

Religion Briefs: Church plans special Mother’s Day event

Groves

Area seniors selected for Christus All-Star Classic

Local

Man found shot Friday night in Port Arthur, homicide investigation ongoing

Local

PAPD: $4K in crack seized, arrest made in Port Arthur

Business

ON THE MENU — The Golden Cup prepares for expansion, full cafe service