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Best high school sports moments of 2013-14

What will you remember?

Will it be the walk-off home run, three-point buzzer-beater or game-winning field goal? Maybe it will be the celebratory dog-piles or tears following defeat.

Who will you remember?

Will they be the promising up-and-comers or the senior heroes they replace?

Every year brings local high school sports fans new memories and here are some of the best from the 2013-14 season:

Hoops Heaven

This year’s crop of basketball talent included Division I prospects spread across District 21-5A, 20-4A and 21-3A, which made for some great compeition. Particularly, any game between Central, Ozen and Nederland or Silsbee, West Orange-Stark and Hardin-Jefferson.

Nederland senior Colton Weisbrod finished his high school career in fairy tale fashion by being named Super Gold MVP (again) and the Texas High School Basketball Coaches Association’s 4A Player of the Year.

Some of Weisbrod’s best battles throughout the season came against the Central Jaguars, who met high expectations by advancing to the State Tournament for the second time in school history (the first came in 1999).

Most of that team is back this season and are poised for another run.

‘Dogs Do It Again

The Nederland football team overcame the loss of some key defensive seniors to go undefeated in district play for the third straight season.

Led by coach Larry Neumann, Defensive Super Gold MVP DeShawn Washington and Super Gold wide receiver Colton Kimler, Nederland defeated Central in the regular season finale, which decided whether the district crown would be shared or won outright by the Bulldogs.

Next season will bring a new mix of Bulldogs faced with the challenge of filling some big shoes.

New Faces, Same Gold

A big turnover in the area’s track and field talent pool had some wondering how much hardware local athletes would bring back from the state meet in Austin.

Well, this year’s group earned 11 medals including three gold, five silver and three bronze.

Bridge City junior Alexus Henry leapt above all her competition in the high jump, Warren’s Cody Hammonds repeated as 800-meter run champion and Port Arthur Memorial junior Corey Dauphine earned Super Gold MVP by winning the 200-meter dash in a blistering 20.76 seconds.


On any given night, it seemed a different local pitcher was capable of putting together a gem.

The best performances came from Brayden Griffin of Silsbee, Super Gold MVP Chase Shugart at Bridge City, Ethan Franklin of Kountze, District 20-4A co-MVPs Eric Foshee of Vidor and freshman Chase Kemp at Nederland, Port Neches-Groves’ Ryan Lekich, Little Cypress-Mariceville’s Coby Roddy, Kory Clark of Nederland and WO-S starter Aiden Anderson.

The army of arms would have been even more powerful had West Brook’s Devon Roedahl and PN-G senior Logan Ashworth not had season-ending injuries.

Super Gold Lumberton

The Raiders continually found themselves on the front page of Super Gold sections this season.

In soccer, Lumberton boys’ coach Dylan Fairley won Super Gold boys’ soccer coach of the year, while junior Shannon Flowers earned Super Gold MVP.

No other girls soccer team went as far as Lumberton did in the playoffs, with the Lady Raiders reaching the Regional Semifinals for the first time in program history.

On the volleyball court, Lady Raiders head coach Megan O’Quin won Super Gold Coach of the Year with her junior outside hitter Lauren Glover earning MVP.

The Lady Raiders volleyball team went 33-8 overall and 14-0 in District 20-4A.

Lumberton senior Allison Jacks found her way onto the pages of Sports Illustrated after breaking the state record for made 3-point shots.



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