Lamar football, which returns 14 total starters, was picked seventh in the 2012 Southland Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll results announced July 24 during the SLC Football Media Day at L’Auberge du Lac in Lake Charles.
The Cardinals are coming off a sixth-place finish after a 4-7 overall record and 2-5 Southland mark. Lamar was the only school not represented on the Southland Conference’s preseason all-conference team.
Head coach Ray Woodard’s Cardinals will open the season Sept. 1 at Louisiana-Lafayette, one of two Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponents on this year’s schedule. Lamar’s league opener will come at Provost Umphrey Stadium on Sept. 29 against Southeastern Louisiana. The Cards are 2-0 against the Lions since bringing back football in 2010, including a 48-38 win in Hammond, La., last year.
“I knew the top of the conference would be very good and the bottom would still be pretty good,” said Woodard about the strength of the Southland Conference. “I thought we competed every week and finished higher than we were supposed to. This is a great league, and you’ve got to be ready to play every week.”Defending conference champion and national runner-up Sam Houston State was the runaway pick to repeat as league champion with seven first place votes and 49 points. Stephen F. Austin was chosen second in the coaches’ poll, garnering the only other first place vote and 39 points.
Central Arkansas, which made it to the second round of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs last year, finished third in the voting with 38 total points. McNeese State was selected fourth with 34 points, followed by Northwestern State and Southeastern Louisiana with 21 points, Lamar with 13 and Nicholls with eight.
“These are the same experts that picked Sam Houston fourth last year,” said Woodard about the preseason poll. “I don’t put a whole lot of stock in that. We don’t have any control with where we start. We have all the control about where we finish, so that’s what we’re going to focus on.”
The Sports Information Directors’ Poll was almost identical to the coaches’ poll with the top four teams all finishing in the same order. Sam Houston once again took seven first-place votes, but the other first-place vote went to UCA. Northwestern State was alone in fifth, followed by SLU, Lamar and Nicholls.
Lamar football fans who can’t wait for the Sept. 8 home opener against Prairie View A&M now have an easy way to attend the Sept. 1 opener at Louisiana-Lafayette.
The Lamar athletic department is organizing an excursion to the game. The bus will depart the Montagne Center at noon that day, arriving in time for a 3 p.m. tailgate party. The bus will return to Lamar at the conclusion of the 6 p.m. game.
The cost of $50 per person includes transportation, game ticket, lunch, snacks and drinks on the bus.
For more information or to make reservations, call Peggy Frazier at (409) 880-2319, or e-mail her at peggy [dot] frazier [at] lamar [dot] edu.
Season tickets for the upcoming 2012 football season are available.
There are four season-ticket levels, beginning with the lowest-priced level starting at $60 per seat. Green Section tickets are $100, Red Section tickets are $225 and Gold Section tickets are $400.
For further ticket information or questions, call the Montagne Center ticket office at (409) 880-1715 or visit lamarCardinals.com.Track
Three Lamar student-athletes were named to the 2012 Division I All-Academic Track & Field team by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Representing the Cardinals were seniors Tom Wade and his twin brother Joe Wade, both natives of Isle of Wight, England, and sophomore Sam Stabler (Leicester, England). Both Wades carried a 4.0 grade-point average in kinesiology, and Stabler has a 4.0 GPA in chemical engineering.Lamar’s three selections were the most of any school in the Southland Conference.
The Lamar softball team will conduct open tryouts for the 2013 season from 4-5:30 p.m. Sept. 6 and 7 at Ford Park Field No. 1.
The tryouts are open to all eligible Lamar students. All players trying out must fill out a tryout information form and waiver along with providing proof of a physical exam and a sickle-cell test from a physician and proof of medical insurance. The tryout information and waiver forms along with a detailed tryout policy pamphlet are available online at lamarcardinals.com. There is no cost for the tryout.
The Lady Cardinals will play a full Southland Conference schedule this upcoming season.
For more information, contact assistant coach Allison Honkofsky at (409) 880-1814, or send an e-mail to allison [dot] honkofsky [at] lamar [dot] edu.Summer campsLamar will offer camps in a variety of sports this summer on campus. Generally, camps are open to athletes ranging in age from 6 to 18. Rates vary per sport.Women’s basketball will have one more camp for girls high school varsity players that will run Aug. 3-5. For more information, call (409) 880-7384.Softball will conduct a prospect showcase/scrimmage camp Aug. 9 at Ford Fields at Ford Park. The prospect showcase camp will be $100.Volleyball will offer a camp to those who have completed grades 7-10 on July 30-Aug. 2.