Sports

Guard Chastadie Barrs was named the Defensive Player of the Year

Lamar University women’s basketball coach Robin Harmony knew that this year’s freshman class was something special. The rest of the Southland Conference knows it, as well, as evidenced by the hardware collected by a pair of LU’s fantastic frosh.

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Preston Mattingly nets 2 of his game-high 14 points.

It was a storyline that Lamar University fans have seen numerous times throughout the season – early double-digit deficits and a late surge that comes up just short in the end. That script was followed, down to the very last detail Feb. 29, to an even more heartbreaking end than in any of the previous contests, if that’s even possible.

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Running back Kade Harrington had a stellar 2015 campaign, but no honor was as sp
Ashley McDowell

The honors have been pouring in for Lamar University junior running back Kade Harrington following a stellar 2015 campaign, but none were as special as the honor he received earlier in the week. A proclamation read at Beaumont City Hall declared Feb. 16, 2016, to be Kade Harrington Day.

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Two Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School football players took advantage of National Signing Day to ink with the colleges of their choice. Mitchell Lee signed with Southeastern Louisiana University and Stuart Viator with Stephen F. Austin University. Both Lee and Viator played tight end for the Bears.

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Addesha Collins

The Lamar University men’s golf team couldn’t have asked for a better start to the spring season, as the Cardinals claimed the team title and individual medalist honors at the James S. Litz Memorial on Feb. 9.

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Several students from Mike Berryhill’s Texas Karate Academy competed in the TKO Kick-Off Tournament in Sugar Land on Jan. 30.

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Four Kelly soccer standouts — Jacob Bennett, Cal Bryan, Alec Trahan and Tristan Westbrook — each signed a National Letter of Intent to play collegiate soccer.

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Kane Harris

Kane Harris was hired four years ago to take over the Hamshire-Fannett football program. Now after one of the best seasons in recent memory, Harris has quit.

Feb. 8, in a short letter of resignation, Harris stated, “We made great strides in the athletic program” and that he wishes nothing but the best for the school district.

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Alex Dunbar

The league’s coaches and sports information directors have predicted the Lamar University softball team will finish in the upper echelon of the Southland Conference this season.

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Every two years, the University of Interscholastic League (UIL) realigns and redistricts every public school in the state of Texas for athletic and academic contests. Along with realignment comes plenty of changes, and that’s what happened Feb. 1.

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