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Five members of the Lamar University women’s tennis team have been named 2017 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athletes, announced ITA officials. The Cardinals named to the list are freshman Jasmin Buchta, senior Katya Lapayeva, junior Stephanie Marchena, senior Talisa Merchiers and senior Anna Spengler.

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PN-G quarterback commits to UT

Port Neches-Groves incoming junior quarterback Roschon Johnson recently took to his Twitter account to announce that he has verbally committed to play football at the University of Texas.

Johnson (6-1, 190) threw for 2,364 yards last season and ran for 1,488 while being named the 25-5A MVP.

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Catching a bunch of fish in 100-degree heat can be borderline impossible — but it can be done. Some of the best fishing right now is on East Galveston Bay and on Calcasieu Lake for trout and reds. Crappie fishing on Sam Rayburn is excellent, and catfishing on Toledo Bend is very good at night.

Fishing on Sabine Lake has been slow overall. Your best bet is to fish the jetties with live mullet for reds, or live shrimp for trout. The short rigs have been fair for trout on jigs. The rigs farther out are holding ling, small snapper and bull reds.

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Two front line athletes have signed on with the Lamar University volleyball program, joining three other athletes from the early signing period for the 2017 season.

Bre’Ala Box and Liz Eardly, both versatile athletes who play near the net, along with Iyara Walker, Kaitlyn Nutt and Alexis Wiley, signed with the Cardinals in November. The Cards also welcome one of the area’s – if not the state’s – top players in Kennidee Willis of Deweyville.

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For the second straight year, Texas dove hunters will have a 90-day season.

The 2017-18 migratory game bird seasons adopted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department give Texas hunters a 90-day dove season with a daily limit of 15 birds; duck hunters will be limited to one pintail per day, and the early teal season is set for Sept. 9-24 with a daily bag limit of six birds.

The really good news is that South Texas dove hunters will see increased opportunity this year thanks to a season-framework adjustment expanding the early September four-day Special White-winged Dove Area hunting season to the entire South Zone boundary.

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Gayle Botley

“It made it take a lot longer than I expected,” Texas Board of Public Accountancy attorney Mary Alice Boehm-McKaughan quipped about former Beaumont ISD auditor Gayle Botley’s testimony before State Office of Administrative Hearings Judge Michael O’Malley during a hearing scheduled for the week of June 26-30.

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Three Lamar University student-athletes were members of another team at LU this past year as they helped design and build the university’s first underwater robot.

Koby Couron and Brannon Beaton of the LU football team, along with LU baseball player Brent Janak, were part of an eight-person unit that created the robot for their senior project in mechanical engineering. Other members of the team were Nicole Ray, Ryan Fregia, Christian Dao, Quade Robertson and Rashaan Webster.

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Reid Russell

Four Cardinals, including 16th rounder Carson Lance, were picked to continue their baseball careers, hearing their respective names called by Major League clubs as they were selected in the MLB Amateur Draft on June 14.

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For the first time in school history, the PN-G Indians won the UIL Class 5A state baseball championship by defeating last year’s 5A champion, Grapevine, by the score of 4-2 on June 10 at Dell Diamond in Round Rock.

Senior pitcher Brandon Morse was named the 5A state tournament MVP after throwing a complete 7-inning game for the victory.

Senior Nathan Vidrine, who was the winning pitcher in the 5A state semifinals over Frisco Wakeland, had two RBI, as did junior Austin Bost.

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Samoa Joe

Samoa Joe is a mere month away before facing the biggest test of his storied career plus he get’s his first chance at WWE gold as the No. 1 contender collides with Universal Champion Brock Lesnar on July 9 at “Great Balls of Fire” pay-per-view, which can be seen on the WWE Network.

But before that can happen, Samoa Joe and many Raw superstars will be in Beaumont at Ford Arena this Sunday, June 11 for WWE SummerSlam Heatwave Tour at 5 p.m.

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