Sports

Lamar University will officially be kicking off the 2018-19 academic year with a family-oriented event for the fans. LU will be hosting Cardinal Fan Fest on Thursday, Aug. 9, in the Montagne Center at 5:30 p.m.

The LU football and soccer teams have reported to campus, and volleyball and cross-country will be reporting in the coming days, which means the start of a new athletic season has arrived in Beaumont.

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A popping cork fished over a live mullet, shrimp or mud minnow

One thing is certain in the world of fishing – corks will almost always lead the way to more fish, especially when you are after reds and trout during the hot summer months.

Last Saturday, I was fishing on Keith Lake, along with a ton of other fishermen, and not doing too well with lures. But there were mullet everywhere. The solution was simple – rig up a popping cork, use the cast net to box a couple dozen finger mullet and see what happens. The end result was three reds and two trout within an hour.

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Lamar University junior Zae Giles has been named to the 2018 Preseason All-Southland Conference. A receiver, Giles garnered second-team honors as punt returner on the squad.

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Corey Burnette began playing basketball at the age of 7. His mother signed him up for Little Dribblers, and though he didn’t immediately take to the sport, he eventually carried his basketball with him everywhere he went.

At 21, the West Brook graduate travels the world eight months out of the year playing professionally with the Flight Squad — a premier high-level exhibition basketball team consisting of former professional athletes.

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The Sabine River in Orange has been a very busy body of water, from recent Bassmaster fishing tournaments to thundering tunnel boat racing. Now for the first time, the waterway will see a “Rumble on the River” as TxH20 Racing presents jet ski racing Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15, at the Orange Boat Ramp (408 Pier Road).

“This is something new that everyone will enjoy,” said Brandy Judice, Orange CVB coordinator. “There will be no charge to attend this family-friendly event. Concessions and kids activities onsite will also be available.”

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Frank Messina, a member of the 1968 Lamar Cardinals football team, proudly displays Lamar University athletic memorabilia throughout his store Debb’s Liquor at 2525 College St. in Beaumont. One particular item that still excites him to this day is the “Catch Cardinal Craze” bumper sticker above the main entrance of his business.

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WWE announced that the Mae Young Classic 2018 will take place Wednesday, Aug. 8 and Thursday, Aug. 9 from Full Sail Live in Orlando with tickets available online at nxttickets.com.

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AXS TV continues to make strides as the next big player in the pro wrestling world. Already home to New Japan Pro Wrestling and many MMA events, an announcement was made June 18 that “WOW-Women Of Wrestling” is coming soon to its lineup.

Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss, Mark Burnett, President of MGM Television and Digital Group and David McLane, the impresario behind the ’80s hit TV series GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling) have chosen AXS TV.

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Offshore fishing has been great lately.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s a fact: The red snapper season is now open and it’s supposedly going to run for 82 days. But since we are dealing with the National Marine Fisheries Service, anything is possible.

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The WWE announced Monday night during its nationally televised flagship show “RAW” held at the Toyota Center in Houston that it would once again support the athletes of the Special Olympics.

WWE Superstar Big Show along with Beth Knox, the CEO of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, introduced many of the athletes from Team Texas who will be competing with more than 3,500 athletes from 50 states in the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics Games, which takes place July 1-6 in Seattle, Washington.

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