Franchione to speak at LU football banquet

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.

Franchione won more than 200 games during his illustrious coaching career, which saw stops at Southwest Texas State (now Texas State), New Mexico, TCU, Alabama and Texas A&M before returning to Texas State. During his career, he has recorded eight conference titles and a conference divisional title.

Tickets still remain at various price levels. Individual tickets are on sale for $130 per person and tables can be purchased at gold, red and white levels. A 10-seat gold level table is $5,000, while 10-seat red level tables are $2,500. Eight-seat tables can also be purchased for $1,000.

The banquet will also feature a question-and-answer time with LU head coach Mike Schultz, as well as comments from the offense and defensive coordinators.

The banquet will once again consist of a live and silent auction. For more information, contact Angel Dauphine at (409) 880-7157.

With the start of the 2017 season just around the corner, the football team has added another game to the broadcast schedule. In addition to the home games, which will be part of the ESPN3 package, the Cardinals’ game at North Texas will also be televised on ESPN3 on Saturday, Sept. 2, at 6 p.m.

In addition to the game at North Texas, the Southland also announced that LU’s game against Southeastern Louisiana will be broadcast via NCAA FCS Football Facebook Live. The game against the Lions is slated to begin at 7 p.m. from Strawberry Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 23.

Volleyball

The women’s volleyball team has a hunger that can’t be satisfied by a trip to the campus dining hall. Only a journey to the Southland Conference Tournament will do.

The Cardinals haven’t been to the conference tournament since 2011, and haven’t hoisted the tourney trophy since 2008. Fourth-year head coach Alan Edwards is hopeful this is the year LU is one of the eight teams at the tournament dining table.

“We have a group of kids who aren’t satisfied,” Edwards said. “That comes from not having won a championship since 2008 and not having been to the tournament in five years.”

Whetting the Cardinals’ appetite even more is the fact that LU was picked to finish 10th in the 13-team conference. The top eight teams qualify for the tournament.

“I’m sure being picked 10th motivates them,” Edwards said. “I believe we’re better than that, but it’s a reasonable pick. We missed the tournament last season and our all-conference player graduated. I understand that.”

LU will open the 2017 season on the road this weekend at the Big Orange Bash hosted by Clemson in South Carolina on Aug. 25-26.

The Cards will play Jacksonville on Friday, Aug. 25, at 4 p.m. then a double-header on Saturday, Aug. 26 with Bethune-Cookman at 10 a.m. and host Clemson at 7 p.m.

Following the tournament at Clemson, the Cardinals return home to host Southern, Texas Southern and Louisiana Tech in the Cardinal Classic set for Sept. 1-2 at McDonald Gym.

“Last year, we weren’t able to host a tournament, so we were on the road for the first 15 matches of the season, which was tough,” Edwards said. “We lost our first 13 before we won. This season, we hope to get that first win under our belt as soon as possible.”

Lamar Video

The Sports Video Group (SVG) and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced the honorable mentions from the 2017 SVG/NACDA College Sports Media Awards.

The Big Red Sports Network earned an honorable mention award for Outstanding Live Game Production for its men’s basketball game against Northwestern State.

Soccer

The LU women’s soccer team has opened the season with two convincing home non-conference wins.

Junior Kelso Peskin scored a goal and added two assists to power a balanced attack as the Cards rolled to a 6-0 win over Southern University on Aug. 18.

Six players scored a goal for the Cardinals, who improved to 5-0 all-time vs. the Jaguars. Peskin, Lucy Ashworth, Laura Parra and Hailey Loupe each scored their first career goal for LU, while Samantha Moreno and Jordan Mulnix also tallied for LU.

Head coach Steve Holeman said, “We have a much deeper team than we did last season.”

Lamar then followed that up with a 3-1 win over the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (0-2) on Aug. 20 to improve to 2-0.

Scoring goals were Juliana Ocampo, Peskin and Ashworth.

“This was a tremendous win,” said Holeman. “Louisiana really challenged us in the second half, but this team was able to grind out a win. That’s something I’m proud of. We’re off to a good start, but there’s a lot more soccer to be played. “We had a great effort tonight, and that’s something we can build upon.”

LU will host Southern Miss (2-0) on Friday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m. then travel to Baton Rouge to take on LSU (2-0) on Sunday, Aug. 27, at 6 p.m.

Junior forward Kelso Peskin was named the Southland Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week, junior midfielder Juliana Ocampo was named Defensive Player of the Week, while senior Lauren Lovejoy was tabbed as the SLC’s Goalkeeper of the Week.

This marks the third time in program history and the first time since 2011 that the Cardinals swept the weekly awards. It was the second weekly honor for Lovejoy, who was honored in 2015. It’s the first time Ocampo and Peskin have been honored by the Southland Conference.

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