basketball

M.J. Eckart playing soccer

Lamar University senior M.J. Eckart was named the Southland Conference Women’s Soccer Student-Athlete of the Year, and the Cardinals placed four student-athletes on the conference’s all-academic team.

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Senior Kiandra Bowers, shown here with Head Coach Robin Harmony

True freshman Lola Bracy came off the bench to score a career-high 24 points, while junior Chastadie Barrs notched her national-best third triple-double of the season as the Lamar Cardinals equaled a school record for points scored in a 116-37 win over the visiting Schreiner Mountaineers in a non-conference women’s basketball game at the Montagne Center on Dec. 4.

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Zjori Bosha

Both Lamar University basketball programs were picked to finish at the top of the Southland Conference standings. And if early progress is any indication, the Cardinals could be looking at two conference titles.

The men’s team is now 5-1 after a 66-52 win over UTEP in El Paso on Nov. 27. The Cards, who got double-doubles from senior Zjori Bosha and junior Josh Nzeakor, jumped out to a 13-0 lead and never looked back. The victory equals the best start for the Cardinals since the 2008-09 season.

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 Lamar University soccer players celebrate a victory

After winning their first regular season Southland Conference title, the Cardinal women’s soccer program grinded its way through the conference tournament and won it. LU defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (1-0), Central Arkansas (2-1) and SFA (2-0) to advance to the NCAA Tournament after finishing a dismal 2-14-3 last year.

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Lamar women’s basketball

The start of college basketball is right around the corner, and if the Southland Conference preseason polls are any indication, both the Lamar women’s and men’s teams will have plenty of success in the 2017-18 season.

The women’s team is picked to finish first in the league while the men are predicted to finish second behind Stephen F. Austin.

“We now have to live up to our expectations,” said women’s head coach Robin Harmony. “I think this team can be something special.”

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The Cardinals ran into a buzz saw last week at home when they faced Nicholls, a team who should have beaten Texas A&M a few weeks earlier. The Colonels (3-2, 2-1) jumped out to a 20-0 first-half lead and never looked back to roll on 41-14 over Lamar (1-4, 0-4) in front of over 6,000 fans at Provost Umphrey Stadium on Sept. 30.

The Cardinals struggled to move the ball, finishing the night with 237 yards of total offense. LU’s quarterbacks completed 14 of 33 passes for 121 yards with two interceptions by junior transfer Darrell Colbert.

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LU will honor its four seniors – Michael Feucht, Jeandre Hoogenboezem, Juuso Lai

The Lamar Cardinals softball team (22-21) will host nationally ranked Baylor on Tuesday, April 25, for one non-conference game beginning at 4 p.m.

The Bears (35-7), ranked No. 13, defeated the Cardinals 5-3 back on Feb. 18 during their tournament in Waco. To purchase tickets, view lamarcardinals.com or call (409) 880-1715.

Before the Cards square off with the Bears, they have a date with Southland Conference first-place McNeese (30-14, 16-2) in Lake Charles for three games beginning Friday, April 21, at 6 p.m. followed by a double-header Saturday at 4 p.m.

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Redshirt senior Kiandra Bowers will return for a fifth season with LU.

Junior forward Colton Weisbrod was chosen as a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ (NABC) All-District team. The Nederland native is the first Cardinal chosen for the group since Kenny Dawkins and Jay Brown were picked nine years ago.

The second-team honor comes following a season where Weisbrod helped the Lamar to 19 wins in the regular season and a postseason berth, both for the first time since 2012.

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Classic Movie Night continues on Friday, March 17 at the historic Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont  with the highest-grossing basketball film of all-time — Space Jam. The 1996 live-action animated sports comedy stars Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes characters. The movie tells the story of a fictional story of the time in which Jordan spent during his brief years of retirement. Bugs Bunny and crew recruit Jordan to their team in order to win a basketball game against the Nerdlucks The movie is 1 hour, 28 minutes and is Rated PG.

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The Legacy Christian Academy girls basketball team

The Legacy Christian Academy girls basketball team won the TAPPS 3A state basketball championship last weekend by defeating Midland Christian 64-49 on March 4 in Abilene.

McDonald’s All-American and Baylor signee Alexa Morris scored 35 points to help the Lady Warriors claim the title and finish 34-2 on the season.

The TAPPS 3A All Tournament team included junior Taja Shipp and sophomores Ashari Morris and Allura Wilkes.

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