baseball

Coach Ray Woodard

Lamar University head football coach Ray Woodard will not return for the 2017 season, Director of Athletics Jason Henderson announced Nov. 21.

“We would like to thank Coach Woodard for all that he has done for the Lamar University football program,” said Henderson. “It still remains our goal to compete for championships and to put our student-athletes in a position to be successful on the field and in the classroom.”

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Lane Stuart, Tommy Butler, T.C. Welch, Marc Ochoa and Tim Summers

Longtime HS football referee retiring

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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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Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum will hold an information and interest meeting on Thursday, July 21, for individuals interested in forming a vintage baseball team. Anyone age 13 and above is invited to hear about the rules and ideas for forming a team, practicing at the museum, and going to the Texas Vintage Base Ball competition.

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Ford Proctor (Photos courtesy of Rice athletics)

Two-time Monsignor Kelly high school all-state baseball player Ford Proctor has parlayed that success into becoming an NCAA collegiate baseball All-American.

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Lamar University’s Brynn Baca, a first-team selection on the All-Southland Conference Softball team, was named to the 2016 USA Baseball Women’s National Team Trials roster, following the second annual Women’s National Open held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex from June 10-12 in Cary, North Carolina.

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Samurai Showdown

It was an overwhelming success in every capacity as Texas Karate Academy (TKA) held its first Samurai Showdown June 11 as more than 200 competitors from Austin to Baton Rouge filled Wesley Methodist Church in Beaumont.

TKA had 36 students compete, which resulted in 29 first-place awards, nine second-place awards and 15 third-place finishes.

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Stijn van der Meer

Senior right-hander Will Hibbs continued a six-year tradition for the Lamar University baseball team when his name was announced as a 19th-round selection of the Philadelphia Phillies, and shortstop Stijn van der Meer joined him in the 34th round as a selection of the Hou

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Lamar coach Jim Gilligan

The Lamar baseball Cardinals had all the momentum in the world heading into the Southland Conference Tournament last week in Sugar Land with a 33-19 record, yet the Cards faltered and were eliminated in two games, losing to Central Arkansas 3-0 and Stephen F. Austin 5-2. 

Lamar had swept SFA in a three-game series the week before the tournament, outscoring the Lumberjacks 35-15.

The tournament elimination marked the end of a historic career for Lamar coach Jim Gilligan.

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Reid Russell

Newly crowned Southland Conference Hitter of the Year Reid Russell joined six other Cardinals from the Lamar University baseball team who were voted onto all-league teams by head coaches and sports information directors.

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