The Harlem Globetrotters

The World Famous Harlem Globetrotters known for their one-of-a-kind family entertainment will bring their 2018 World Tour to the Ford Arena on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 4 p.m. to take on their longtime adversaries, the Washington Generals.

The Globetrotters will face a revamped Washington Generals team, which recently launched a more competitive profile, making an appearance in “The Basketball Tournament” over the summer. The Generals are looking to snap a 47-year losing streak against their world famous rivals during their 2018 tour.

Former Lamar basketball standout Mike James has been waived by the Phoenix Suns

Season tickets for the 2018 Lamar University softball season are now on sale. Reserved seats for all 15 home dates, including the annual Cardinal Classic, are $80. General-admission season tickets are $65 for adults and $45 for senior citizens (over 65) and youths (17 and younger).

The Cardinals, who enter their sixth season of competition since LU revived the softball program in 2013, open the season Feb. 9 when they face Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech at the Sand Dollar Classic in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Rodney Brown dunking a basketball

The New Year’s Eve celebration got an early start for Lamar State College Port Arthur on Dec. 31 as the Seahawk basketball team went off like a Roman candle, scoring the first 15 points of its year-ending, tournament-closing game, winning 91-57 over North America University in the LSCPA New Year’s Day Classic.

The win improved LSCPA’s record to 6-7 for the season as the Seahawks get set to open the 2018 half of their schedule on Friday, Jan. 5, when they host NJCAA Region XIV rival Panola College at the Parker Center in Port Arthur at 6 p.m.

Lamar University basketball player shooting a basketball

The holiday road hasn’t been kind to the Lamar men’s basketball team. After opening the season 8-1, LU dropped the next four games and will head into the Southland Conference opener on Thursday, Dec. 28, with an 8-4 record as the Houston Baptist Huskies at the Montagne Center at 7 p.m.

M.J. Eckart playing soccer

Lamar University senior M.J. Eckart was named the Southland Conference Women’s Soccer Student-Athlete of the Year, and the Cardinals placed four student-athletes on the conference’s all-academic team.

Ford Proctor

Two-time Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School all-state baseball player and current Rice University infielder Ford Proctor has been named one of the Top 100 college prospects by Baseball America for the upcoming 2018 Major League Baseball Draft.

The junior was one of only three Owls to start and/or play in all 64 games last season and led the team with 58 runs scored, which gave him a high Conference USA ranking. Proctor also led the Owls in walks with 39 and was second on the team with 19 doubles while finishing fourth in the lineup with a .311 batting average.

Carlo Correa with children

Houston Astros star Carlos Correa gave 100 kids the surprise of a lifetime when he and fiancée Daniella Rodriguez showed up at a youth fishing clinic in Katy on Dec. 2. The event was held at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in partnership with Vamos A Pescar, an initiative by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and Fishing’s Future.

TASO baseball umpires Terry Falgout and Tim Summers

TASO baseball umpires Terry Falgout and Tim Summers recently worked the Houston Astros front office company softball game at Minute Maid Park. While there, they took a photo with the 2017 World Series trophy.

TASO Beaumont Officials chapter is now recruiting new umpires for the upcoming 2018 season. The group will next meet on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. in Beaumont at the IBEW Hall located at 1430 Spindletop Road. For more information, view

Senior Kiandra Bowers, shown here with Head Coach Robin Harmony

True freshman Lola Bracy came off the bench to score a career-high 24 points, while junior Chastadie Barrs notched her national-best third triple-double of the season as the Lamar Cardinals equaled a school record for points scored in a 116-37 win over the visiting Schreiner Mountaineers in a non-conference women’s basketball game at the Montagne Center on Dec. 4.

Zjori Bosha

Both Lamar University basketball programs were picked to finish at the top of the Southland Conference standings. And if early progress is any indication, the Cardinals could be looking at two conference titles.

The men’s team is now 5-1 after a 66-52 win over UTEP in El Paso on Nov. 27. The Cards, who got double-doubles from senior Zjori Bosha and junior Josh Nzeakor, jumped out to a 13-0 lead and never looked back. The victory equals the best start for the Cardinals since the 2008-09 season.