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March 8, 2013

Paige, Moss head up All-Leader Hoop Teams

ORANGE — Well, the Texas high school basketball season will wrap up today with the conclusion of another season at the Boys State Tournament in Austin.

Orange County wrapped up its season a couple weeks ago in the area round of the playoffs but there were plenty of things to remember about the season.

The West Orange-Stark boys had a superb campaign, going 22-11 overall while turning some heads in District 21-3A play with a 10-2 second-place finish.

Coach Jason Wilkins’ squad was full of youth, but it didn’t stop them from reaching their potential with a deep roster.

Arguably, Mustang junior Laquarious Paige is one of the best, if not the best, players in the area. He showed it with plenty of acrobatic moves, electrifying dunks while always getting his teammates involved. Guard Brandon Joubert, post Tyrant Thompson, outstanding forward defender Corey Carcisse and super Sixth Man Chase Rutledge all return next year. The Mustangs also have a deep bench returning and are losing only one starter.

Not to put any pressure on Wilkins for next season, but the Mustangs are my early preseason 21-3A champion.

The Mustangs certainly had some memorable moments, especially their 72-69 victory on the road at 21-3A champion Silsbee.

The environment was hostile. The Mustangs continued to get bad calls throughout the game and the Silsbee players were constantly trash-talking. The Mustangs just went about their business and stunned the Tigers.

WO-S went on to fall to eventual 3A Region runnerup LaMarque 52-47 in the area round.

Coach Wilkins received a nice present a couple days later after the playoffs as he became a proud father.

The Orangefield Lady Bobcats also made the playoffs under the guidance of first-year coach Katie Sanders as the proud program entered the postseason once again.

Orangefield had the most dominant post player in the area in the form of senior Morgan Moss. The Lady Bobcats battled through a much more rugged 21-3A this year to earn the third-place playoff spot.

Also led by fellow seniors Kacey LeBlanc and Megan Burton, the Lady Bobcats downed Huffman in bidistrict play before falling to Houston Yates 60-53 in the area round. In typical, hard-working, Lady Bobcat fashion, Orangefield rallied from a 13-point deficit entering the fourth quarter to go on top of Yates before the Lady Lions rallied back for the win.

There were plenty of other memorable moments.

I can’t forget Bridge City senior Bryce Sampere’s 32-point night against WO-S. Sampere erupted for 22 points in the first half, including six three-pointers as BC trailed 33-30 at the half. The WO-S press finally wore the Cardinals down in the second half to win 80-57.

Orangefield senior Levi Shores may not have been a “scoring machine” but the Bobcat certainly had a slew of games in which he filled up the stat sheet. Whether it was rebounding, piling up steals, or taking charges, no one did it better.

The Little Cypress-Mauriceville girls barely missed the postseason for first-year coach Ricky Ryan as the Lady Bears fell to Lumberton in the last regular season game to miss the playoffs.

However, Lady Bear guard Cassidy Webster was so exciting to watch. Watching here get up and down the court like the “Energizer Bunny” was so entertaining. Her motor never stopped and I can’t wait to see it again next year.

So without further ado, here is the 2013 All-Orange Leader Basketball Team:

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  • Big 1st frame propels Mustangs past Cardinals

    Using a monstrous six-run first inning, the West Orange-Stark Mustangs handed District 21-3A champion Bridge City their first loss in 21-3A play with a 6-3 victory at Anderson Field Tuesday night.

    April 22, 2014

  • Softball playoffs crank up Friday

    Softball playoff teams will be busy at the end of the week including the Orangefield Lady Bobcats, the Bridge City Lady Cardinals and the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Lady Bears.

    April 22, 2014

  • Ragsdale to take softball talents to LU

    Lamar University softball coach Holly Bruder announced that three student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent this week to play for Lamar starting in the 2014-15 season.

    April 22, 2014

  • Cardinals roll past Hawks for 20th victory

    The district champion Bridge City Cardinals pelted the Hardin-Jefferson Hawks 9-3 to continue their dominance of District 21-3A Friday night at Cardinal Field.

    April 18, 2014

  • Mustangs nip Cougars 2-0 to net 20th win

    West Orange-Stark’s magical 2014 campaign continues to reach nice milestones as Coach Shea Landry’s “crew” picked up win No. 20 by downing the Buna Cougars 2-0 Friday night.

    April 18, 2014

  • Lady Cards take second by downing H-J

    Getting a definite different kind of “grand slam” home run from senior Kelsey Fults, the Bridge City Lady Cardinals sealed the second-place playoff spot out of District 21-3A by toppling the Hardin-Jefferson Lady Hawks 6-1 at Lady Cardinal Field Friday evening.

    April 18, 2014

  • Bears blank Raiders to give Griff his 500th win

    A young Little CYpress-Mauriceville team gave long-time head coach Steve Griffith his 500th career coaching victory Thursday night as the Bears defeated the Lumberton Raiders 4-0 in District 20-4A action at Don Gibbens Field.

    April 18, 2014

  • Several Bear tracksters punch regional tickets

    Several Little Cypress-Mauriceville tracksters will move on to the Class 4A Region III Track & Field Championships after having success at the Area Meet featuring District 20-4A and District 19-4A Teams.

    April 17, 2014

  • Cox golfer LC-M golfer Cox heading to state

    Little Cypress-Mauriceville’s Lauren Cox will take her golf talents to the Class 4A State Golf Tournament by placing fourth overall at the Class 4A Region III Golf Championships that were held at River Ridge Golf Club Wednesday.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Locals rack up at 3A Area Meet

    Orange County 3A schools shined Wednesday and punched their tickets to the Class 3A Region III Track & Field Championships by placing well at the Area Meet in Splendora.

    April 17, 2014

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