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PREP ROUNDUP: Trahan, LaBure each punch out 13, but Nederland tastes victory

Prep Roundup

NEDERLAND — How’s this for a rivalry storyline?

Nederland’s Destiny Trahan and Port Neches-Groves’ Alexis LaBure each rang up 13 strikeouts Friday night. Talk about cooking up a baker’s dozen … twice.

Trahan, however, was rewarded for her efforts, as Nederland took a 3-0 win Friday in a big District 22-5A softball game.

Trahan and the Bulldogs (11-9-1, 3-0) kept the Indians (12-6, 2-1) off the scoreboard despite the visiting team outhitting them 4-3. Two errors saddled PNG, however.

LaBure walked four, while Trahan hit three batsmen.

Bailey Beard launched a double in the fourth inning and smashed a home run in the fifth inning, when the Bulldogs scored all three of their runs.

Kaitlyn Boudreaux went 2 for 3 with a double and stolen base to lead PNG. Callie Jourdan and Brooke Smith each had a hit as well.

PNG will host Port Arthur Memorial at noon Monday. Nederland will host Ozen at that time.



BEAUMONT — Count them: Eight district championships in 10 years.

PNG maintained its District 22-5A dynasty Friday at the Thomas Center with the help of three near-hat tricks.

Abby Underhill, Hailey Loupe and Breeanna Riggs each scored two goals. Jillian Flores, Kinsey Bigham, Atalia Garcia and Halley Smith scored the other goals.

PNG (18-2-1, 11-2) will play at Livingston at noon Tuesday in the regular-season finale.


LIVINGSTON — Meg Sheppard was hard to stop Friday.

The talented sophomore scored four goals, leading the Bulldogs’ onslaught on the road.

Madison Ledet, Haley Dugas and Lorin Deese added the other scores for the Bulldogs (16-2-2, 10-2-1), who will close their regular season at Memorial at 4 p.m.


In Port Arthur, a shot that deflected off a Memorial player gave Vidor a second-half lead and much-needed momentum in a 3-1 victory.

Yudith Banda of Memorial had tied up the game at 1-1 on a direct kick from the corner in the first half.



PORT NECHES — PNG is one victory away from district perfection.

The Indians (20-1-2, 13-0 in 22-5A), who clinched their District 22-5A championship Tuesday, earned their 39th district point this season following goals from Rafael Torres, Colton Stone and Christian Davalos. Micah Mullins and Davalos each made assists.

PNG will host Livingston at 7 p.m. Tuesday.



KATY — Memorial’s boys 4×100-meter relay quartet turned in a season-best time en route to one of three team victories Thursday in the Home of the Champions Relays.

Ireon Brown, Kary Vincent Jr., Xavier Hull and De’Andre Angelle ran 41.09 seconds in the relay. The same group finished second in the 4×200 in 1:26.53.

Vincent ran 10.64 to win the 100 meters, and JaQuan Francois won the 800 meters in 1:59. Lamont Freeman was fifth in that race at 2:05.

Bryan Moore was second in the 110-meter hurdles, the 4×400 team of Francois, Brown, Hull and Allen Santos was third, and D’Angelo Alexander took fifth in the 200.

Memorial will next run in the 66th Texas Southern Tiger Relays, March 17-18.

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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