Sports

Staying comfortable and dry is the key to successful wading during late winter.

One of the very best ways to catch more and bigger trout on most days is to wade. But on many bays, more and more folks are reluctant to get out of the boat.

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Lamar University junior forward Colton Weisbrod

Lamar University junior forward Colton Weisbrod has been named first-team All-Southland Conference. Weisbrod becomes LU’s first first-team selection since Mike James in 2012.

“I’m so happy for Colton,” said LU head coach Tic Price. “This is a tremendous honor for him. He took a circuitous route to Lamar and has had an excellent first year for us. Colton has been one of the best big men in the Southland, despite the fact that people game plan to stop him every night.”

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 Calvin Tyler Jr.
Kary Vincent Jr.
Jamaal Charles

Tyler and Vincent win Willie Ray Smith Awards

Record-setting running back Calvin Tyler Jr. and defensive back Kary Vincent Jr. were named winners of the 25th annual Willie Ray Smith Awards held Feb. 22 at the MCM Eleganté.

Tyler, who is signed to play college football at Oregon State in the fall, ran for a Silsbee school record of 2,827 yards and 29 touchdowns and became the third Silsbee player to win the Offensive Award.

The other three finalists were last year’s winner Jack Dallas (WO-S), Joel Denley (West Brook) and Roschon Johnson (PN-G).

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Ryder Wicker caught this lake record 13.07-pound bass

Bass fishing on Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend continues to be good, with some pretty solid fish being caught on a variety of lures, from jigs to deep diving cranks. This past weekend, the Texas Team Trail held a tourney on Toledo Bend, and the first-place team weighed in five bass at 30.09 pounds. During the tourney, five bass weighing over 9 pounds were caught, with the heaviest going 10.58.

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The Beaumont Bulls youth football team’s season ended early in October 2016 after their head coach was fired following the team’s kneeling protests, but many former players banded together and created a new team, the Southeast Texas Oilers.

The Oilers held their first registration event Sunday, Feb. 16, in Rogers Park.

April Parkerson, vice president of the Oilers, said the in-person registration event was “pretty successful.”

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Alton Jones Jr. won the Central Open on the Red River back in September

I first began fishing with BASS pro Alton Jones over 30 years ago. At that time, he was just out of Baylor and working as a fishing guide on lakes in Central Texas. He was very good at catching both largemouth and smallmouth bass.

While going to Baylor, he met and married Jimmye Sue. After college, she got a job as a nurse, while Alton had thoughts of becoming a professional bass fishing pro.

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The 2017 baseball season begins Friday, Feb. 17, when the Lamar Cardinals host the Cardinal Classic tournament at Vincent-Beck Stadium. LU will open with University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin on Friday at 6 p.m. They will play Illinois on Saturday at 4 p.m. then return Sunday to host the Illini at 10 a.m.

Reigning Hitter of the Year Reid Russell paved the way with five Cardinals voted to the Preseason All-Southland Conference teams.

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Southeast Texas signing day 2017

Feb. 1 was a big day around the nation as athletes, mostly football and soccer, signed National Letters of Intent to continue their education and play at their respective schools.

Over 80 student-athletes from Southeast Texas took part in the big day as family, friends, coaches and teammates help celebrate their accomplishment.

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The Lamar University Cardinals signed 15 high school standouts to National Letters of Intent and added five transfers (three junior college and two FBS), announced first-year head coach Mike Schultz at a press conference in the Dauphin Athletics Complex on Feb. 1.

The signing class puts a focus on offensive talent, with 13 of the signees coming on the offensive side of the ball. LU also added six defensive players and one specialist.

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LSCPA Seahawks

The Port Arthur Higher Education Foundation presented a $50,000 matching grant to the Lamar State College Port Arthur Athletics Department Jan. 27 as the second installment of a yearlong fundraising effort on behalf of the program.

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