Sports

 Lamar University soccer players celebrate a victory

After winning their first regular season Southland Conference title, the Cardinal women’s soccer program grinded its way through the conference tournament and won it. LU defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (1-0), Central Arkansas (2-1) and SFA (2-0) to advance to the NCAA Tournament after finishing a dismal 2-14-3 last year.

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Lamar Cardinal soccer champs

Playing in front of their biggest home crowd ever, the Lamar Cardinals came up with their biggest win ever, a 4-1 drubbing of archrival McNeese on Oct. 27, to claim the Southland Conference regular-season championship for the first time in the 11-year history of the LU women’s soccer program.

“What an amazing night,” said head coach Steve Holeman. “We came out and played an amazing game. These girls worked hard all season, and it really paid off tonight.”

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Andrew Allen totaled 282 yards and two scores against Sam Houston State

It’s been nearly a month since Lamar football has played a home game at Provost Umphrey Stadium, but that changes this week as the Cardinals look to get their first Southland Conference win of the season on Saturday, Oct. 28, when they host Stephen F. Austin (3-5, 3-3) at 6 p.m.

The Cards (1-6, 0-5) went toe-to-toe with No. 6 ranked Sam Houston State last weekend and found themselves down 33-20 late in the second quarter, but a few miscues quickly turned into a 63-27 loss.

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Golf ball

The annual Beaumont City Golf Championship is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11 – Monday, Nov. 13, at Henry Homberg Golf Course at 5940 Babe Zaharias Drive. There will be a 36-hole medal play, flighted by handicap. Divisions include President’s flight, Championship flight and the Seniors. Entry fee is $60 and golfers can sign up at Homberg Golf Course or by calling (409) 842-3220.

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quail

The 2016 Texas quail season served as a renaissance reminder of how good hunting can be when all the right elements converge. Specifically, weather and habitat aligned to create a “super boom” year for quail production that led to exceptional hunts the likes of which had not been seen in many years.

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Lamar women’s basketball

The start of college basketball is right around the corner, and if the Southland Conference preseason polls are any indication, both the Lamar women’s and men’s teams will have plenty of success in the 2017-18 season.

The women’s team is picked to finish first in the league while the men are predicted to finish second behind Stephen F. Austin.

“We now have to live up to our expectations,” said women’s head coach Robin Harmony. “I think this team can be something special.”

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The Cardinals ran into a buzz saw last week at home when they faced Nicholls, a team who should have beaten Texas A&M a few weeks earlier. The Colonels (3-2, 2-1) jumped out to a 20-0 first-half lead and never looked back to roll on 41-14 over Lamar (1-4, 0-4) in front of over 6,000 fans at Provost Umphrey Stadium on Sept. 30.

The Cardinals struggled to move the ball, finishing the night with 237 yards of total offense. LU’s quarterbacks completed 14 of 33 passes for 121 yards with two interceptions by junior transfer Darrell Colbert.

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Deer are in good shape in most regions of Texas.

Thanks to our latest cold front, all kinds of good things are happening. Plenty of ducks have started their migration down the Central Flyway, dove hunts have improved, bass fishing is excellent and best of all, we had an excellent season opener for bow hunters.

The bow season that opened last Saturday across the state was perfectly timed with cool temperatures and clearing skies in most areas of Texas. The cool air definitely had plenty of deer on the move, especially in the Hill Country.

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The Lamar Cardinals football team started a tad slow against Division II UT-Permian Basin on Sept. 9 at Provost Umphrey Stadium but then built a 37-6 halftime lead before rolling up a 72-6 win, which was also a first for new head coach Mike Schultz.

It was the most points scored by LU since the Cardinals posted 73 points against Texas College in 2014.

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Dennis Franchione

One of most recognizable names in college football during his time as a head coach, Dennis Franchione, will serve as the guest speaker at the 2017 Lamar University Football Kickoff Banquet scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 26, in the Montagne Center at 6 p.m.

Prior to the start of the banquet, there will be a special VIP reception with Coach Franchione in the Cardinal Club room at 5 p.m.

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