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Past articles by Mike:

Photos: Jasper baseball gets warm state sendoff

Before the sun rose - and hours before the Jasper High School baseball team left Tuesday on a bus for the Class 4A state baseball tournament in Austin - new varsity cheer coach Lyndsie Davis worked her way up Bulldog Avenue, attaching spirited poster board signs to a chain-linked fence. When she returned from decorating downtown business fronts to check on them, they had been torn down by the… → Read More

Kelly girl's soccer thriving on fast, aggressive offense

An aggressive and fast scoring attack has helped the Kelly Bulldogs girl's soccer team to an undefeated district record this season - setting them up for a three-round bye in the TAPPS District 3-6A tournament. → Read More

Lamar soccer draws Texas A&M in NCAA first round

Kelso Peskin couldn't keep her legs from bouncing. The South African native and Tyler Junior College transfer's eyes were fixed on the group of large screens in the team meeting room in the Dauphine Athletic Complex, where the Lamar women's soccer team gathered to watch NCAA tournament selection show. "Nervous," Peskin said. "Anxious, I just want to know who we're playing." Every time one team… → Read More

Port Arthur native, ex-Astro pitcher, reminisces on 'Dome, 'rainbow' uniforms

One of the most memorable moments in Xavier Hernandez's 10-year Major League Baseball career came in the Houston Astrodome - when he was pitching for the Cincinnati Reds. → Read More

Home Free to visit SETX schools helped by Harvey relief project

Members of the all-vocal country group Home Free, including Nederland native Tim Foust, will visit a few of the Southeast Texas entities helped by the fundraising campaign they launched Sept. 8 when the come though the area Monday. → Read More

PN-G state baseball team receive championship rings

Members of the Port Neches-Groves High School Class 5A state championship baseball team received commemorative rings Saturday during the school's homecoming football game. Ten returning teammates were recognized on the field at halftime along with 10 coaches and 13 graduates. Prior to the ceremony, player Holden Lane said coach Scott Carter, who wanted to let the anticipation build, hadn't let… → Read More

Lamar's King thriving at running back

Heading into this week's Southland Conference road game at Southeastern Louisiana, Lamar sophomore Kendrick King is excelling at a position he wasn't recruited for. With 250 rushing yards through the team's first three games, he is by far the team's leading running back. During his freshman season and spring camp, King played wide receiver. When he was recruited out of Hamshire-Fannett High… → Read More

Were you 'Seen' at Port Neches-Groves' Parents' Night?

Our cameras were at Indian Stadium in Port Neches for Wednesday night's football game between the Port Neches-Groves Indians and the Lumberton Raiders. Did we see you there? → Read More

Idylwild Golf Club in shambles

The view on the drive down Pinewood Boulevard toward Idylwild Golf Club is unlike anything Ray Moore has ever seen. The neighborhood resembles the aftermath of a bomb explosion, with debris pushed toward the street. Piles of flooring, furniture and carpeting create a three- to four-foot high barrier between homes and the roadway. Vehicles remain parked on the median as residents use theirs… → Read More

Cheerleaders bring strength from the sidelines to Friday night games

Once school is over, there's still a five-hour round-trip drive to endure - on top of three hours of cheer practice. It's two and a half hours each way from Bridge City High School to Woodlands Elite, where Mackenzie Land has competitively cheered since the eighth grade. She makes the trip with her mother, Helon, whose job as the high school nurse means her day ends at the same time as her… → Read More

Kendrick Perkins, OKC Thunder distribute supplies in Port Arthur

Javin Collins, 11 and his sister, Da'Maiya, 12, had trouble remembering Kendrick Perkins. The NBA veteran had graduated from Ozen High School and was playing for the Boston Celtics before Javin was born. Da'Maiya was 2 when Perkins helped his team winan NBA title in 2008. "I've heard his name before," Javin said. "I've heard of him, but I've never seen him," Da'Maiya said. "But I'm not going to… → Read More

Lamar football to offer free tickets to Saturday's home opener

Lamar University football announced Wednesday it will offer free general admission tickets to families with children for Saturday's home opener against UT-Permian Basin. From Lamar athletics director Jason Henderson: "The impact of Harvey on the Golden Triangle will be felt for months as families now begin the process of putting their lives back together. For fans who are able, we want to… → Read More

Mid-County boaters go west to help flood victims

Heading back to Houston's flooded areas didn't worry Brent Mire. The Port Neches man, who was part of a contingent of Mid-County boat captains who left on Monday to aid in Houston water rescue efforts, got in and out of high-water areas along Interstate 45 on Sunday. Based on what he saw, he was eager to go back and help. "It's what's everybody's seeing on TV, but it's worse when you're there in… → Read More

Local talent increases for Lamar women's soccer

When the Lamar women's soccer team breaks into scrimmage groups, international players are sometimes pitted against Americans, and Texans will play against non-Texans. Coach Steve Holeman said players on one scrimmage team all had funny accents. Two of the players were from Southeast Texas. "It's all in good fun," Holeman said. "There's a really good camaraderie on this team." One trait his team… → Read More

Seven SETX teams receive votes in AP preseason poll

The West Orange-Stark Mustangs football team ranked third in the Associated Press Class 4A Preseason Poll, released Monday morning. → Read More

Stroud 1 stroke off lead at PGA Championship

Stroud 1 stroke off lead at PGA Championship Chris Stroud enters today's final round of the PGA Championship one stroke behind leader Kevin Kisner after shooting an even round 71 on Saturday at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte. After posting a 68 in both the first and second round, the Port Neches-Groves graduate and former Lamar Cardinal's day ended by posting four birdies and four bogeys. → Read More

Vidor, PN-G and Memorial seek different routes to success

Vidor football coach Jeff Mathews spent part of his team's opening fall practice on Monday lecturing his offensive linemen on the importance of a good first step in properly and consistently doing their jobs. Vidor, coming off a share of its first district title since 1978, believes it is realistic to have the same high expectations as co-district champions and perennial playoff teams Port… → Read More

Parade and pep rally scheduled to celebrate PN-G state baseball title

A parade and pep rally has been set by Port Neches-Groves High School to celebrate the Indians' Class 5A state baseball championship, which it won last Saturday at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. Along with Morse, catcher Braxton Boudoin, third baseman Austin Bost, outfielder Hayden Guerra and shortstop Nathan Vidrine were named to the 5A State All-Tournament Team, with Vidrine listed as utility… → Read More

Were you "Seen" watching PN-G at the 5A Baseball State Final?

Were you "Seen" watching PN-G at the 5A Baseball State Final?. → Read More

PN-G baseball wins 5A state final

The Port Neches-Groves Indians baseball team defeated Grapevine, 4-2, in the UIL Class 5A state baseball final Saturday at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. Check back with BeaumontEnterprise.com for further updates MTobias@BeaumontEnterprise.com | Twitter.com/MikeTobiasPhoto → Read More