Sports

It’s August and the temperature is scorching hot, which means one thing — football season is less than a month away. The infamous two-a-day practices begin bright and early on Monday, Aug. 6, for schools that did not participate in spring practices, which applies to just Class 5A and 4A Schools.

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Lamar football, which returns 14 total starters, was picked seventh in the 2012 Southland Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll results announced July 24 during the SLC Football Media Day at L’Auberge du Lac in Lake Charles.

The Cardinals are coming off a sixth-place finish after a 4-7 overall record and 2-5 Southland mark. Lamar was the only school not represented on the Southland Conference’s preseason all-conference team.

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This time two years ago, fans were super excited that football, absent since 1989, was returning at Lamar University. It had been too long since fans, alum and students could sit in the stadium and watch college football.

Money flowed in to make it happen, beautifully refurbishing the stadium, which went on to be named Provost Umphrey Stadium. Everyone embraced the return of Lamar football.

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I had 5 winners on the Friday night program and this is the last night of the 2012 Delta Downs Quarter Horse season.

Chad Cooper (Sports editor)
Winners: 140-454, .308
Best Bets: 17-49, .346
Longshots: 25-41, .609
Top 3 picks in the $: .544

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Chad Cooper (Sports editor)
Winners: 135-443, .304
Best Bets: 17-48, .354
Longshots: 25-40, .625
Top 3 picks in the $: .546

Don Stevens (Delta track announcer)
Winners: 124-443, .279
Best Bets: 13-42, .309
Longshots: 14-42, .333
Top 3 picks in the $: .515

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Chad Cooper (Sports editor)
Winners: 132-432, .305
Best Bets: 16-47, .340
Longshots: 25-40, .625
Top 3 picks in the $: .545

Don Stevens (Delta track announcer)
Winners: 121-432, .280
Best Bets: 12-41, .292
Longshots: 14-41, .341
Top 3 picks in the $: .514

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Chad Cooper (Sports editor)
Winners: 127-421, .301
Best Bets: 16-46, .347
Longshots: 25-39, .641
Top 3 picks in the $: .544

Don Stevens (Delta track announcer)
Winners: 116-421, .275
Best Bets: 12-40, .300
Longshots: 14-40, .350
Top 3 picks in the $: .511

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Chad Cooper (Sports Editor)
Winners: 122-411, .296
Best Bets: 15-45, .333
Longshots: 24-38, .631
Top 3 picks in the $: .546

Don Stevens (Delta track announcer)
Winners: 111-411, .270
Best Bets: 12-40, .300
Longshots: 14-39, .358
Top 3 picks in the $: .512

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Chad Cooper (Sports Editor)
Winners: 118-401, .294
Best Bets: 14-44, .318
Longshots: 24-38, .631
Top 3 picks in the $: .543

Don Stevens (Delta track announcer)
Winners: 110-401, .274
Best Bets: 12-39, .307
Longshots: 14-38, .368
Top 3 picks in the $: .510

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Chad Cooper (Sports editor)
Winners: 116-391, .296
Best Bets: 14-43, .325
Longshots: 23-36, .638
Top 3 picks in the $: .546

Don Stevens (Delta track announcer)
Winners: 109-391, .278
Best Bets: 12-38, .315
Longshots: 14-38, .368
Top 3 picks in the $: .513

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