Sports

The Central Zone dove opener was excellent.

The Sept. 1 Central Zone dove season opener was about as good as it gets on fields west of Beaumont, according to guide Jim West.

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Kade Harrington

Squandering a 14-3 halftime lead in the season opener at home Sept. 3 against FCS No. 16 Coastal Carolina, the Lamar Cardinals were outscored 35-0 in the second half to lose 38-14.

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Jeffery Hulon

The 2016 AAU National Junior Olympics was held in Humble from Saturday, July 30, to Saturday, Aug 6. A premier track and field event, this year’s Junior Olympics attracted over 12,000 athletes and 904 teams representing 48 states.

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Hunting and fishing regulations for the new season

Opening day of dove season in the Central Zone is Sept. 1, the teal season opens on Sept. 10 and the bow season on deer is Oct. 1– Nov. 4. Just in case you want to get in on some alligator hunts, that season is open from Sept. 10-30 here in Southeast Texas. That’s how tight things are getting on the hunting scene. I’m seeing lots of deer feeders being loaded up at sporting goods stores, along with bags of corn and cases of shotgun shells.

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prospects for the 2016-17 hunting season are good to excellent.

The Texas dove season in the Central and North zones opens Sept. 1, and the word from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is that hunters can expect to see plenty of birds and have a lot more days to hunt them. That’s plenty of good news for over 415,000 Texas dove hunters.

We’ll have a 90-day season with 20 more days of opportunity compared with previous years.

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Robert Sloan photo Beat the heat with an early morning or late afternoon hike at

Something that absolutely drives me crazy are the folks that start a conversation about it being so hot during August. Hey, it’s always like this. On any given day you can scramble eggs on your driveway at high noon. We all know it’s Texas hot right now, but there are ways to get outdoors and still have some fun. For example, try:

Crabbing at McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge

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The Lamar Cardinals opened football camp Aug. 4 and saw 44 lettermen return from last season including preseason senior All-Americans Kade Harrington (running back) and Bret Treadway (offensive lineman), to go along with a signing class that ranked fourth nationally at the FCS level this past February.

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Jay Bruce

Beaumont native Jay Bruce was traded from the Cincinnati Reds to the New York Mets on Aug. 1 for two minor league players.

Bruce, 29, will play outfield for the Mets, who are 2.5 games behind the Miami Marlins for the second wild card spot in the National League, while the Reds have been out of playoff contention since the All-Star break.

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B.T. Striders Majesty Wilder, Andrew Brooke, LaTerra Satcher, and Terry Satcher

Local track team to compete at Junior Olympics in Houston

This summer, the B.T. Striders Youth Track Club will represent Southeast Texas at one of the highest-level youth track and field events of the year: 2016 AAU National Junior Olympics in Houston. Five athletes from this local team have qualified to compete in this year’s event, which will take place on the Humble High School campus from July 30 – Aug. 6, 2016.

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Four members of the Lamar University football team, including three first-team selections, have been named 2016 Preseason All-Southland Conference. Seniors Kade Harrington (running back) and Bret Treadway (offensive line), and sophomore Rodney Randle (return specialist) garnered first-team recognition, while senior Brendan Langley (defensive back) was named to the second team.

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