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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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Reggie Begelton and Cody Elenz (inset)

Two former Lamar Cardinals are getting their shot to continue their playing careers at the next level. Shortly after the conclusion of the NFL draft, offensive lineman Cody Elenz and receiver Reggie Begelton each received a phone call from the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.

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Senior Jacoby Middleton went 2-for-4 at the plate with 1 RBI.

The Lamar Cardinals won their 11th consecutive game April 5 when they defeated Nicholls 7-2 at home in a non-conference game to improve to 21-7.

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Reid Russell and Reggie Begelton

After his incredible four-game week at the plate against Houston and Central Arkansas, junior slugger Reid Russell was recognized as the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week and was tapped as one of Louisville Slugger’s National Players of the Week by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

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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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Will Davis (right), who for eight seasons has served on staff at one of the nati

Will Davis, who for eight seasons has served on staff at one of the nation’s most prestigious baseball programs, LSU, will take over the reins of the Lamar University program following the conclusion of the 2016 season, announced Director of Athletics Jason Henderson.

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