Chad Cooper

Both Sam Stabler and Mittu Hukka downed league records, claimed individual championships and led the Lamar cross country teams to a sweep of the 2014 Southland Conference Cross Championships for the second straight year on Nov. 3 at the Walter P. Ledet Track Complex in Natchitoches, La.

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Lamar sophomore Nikita Lis had to fight his way through a couple of three-set matches to earn a berth in the Cardinals’ Ron Wesbrooks Flight One Singles Championship against Texas-Pan American’s Juan Cruz-Soria.

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The new black-painted helmets didn’t help Lamar against Sam Houston State as the Cardinals were blown out at home in their Southland Conference opener by the score of 42-10 in front of announced crowd of 9,308.

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Castino

Little Cypress Mauriceville High School’s Vicki Castino was named the Golf Coach of the Year by the Texas Girls Coaches Association in Arlington earlier this summer. Castino has been head girls’ coach at LC-M for 20 years, and during that span, her teams have won the District title 12 times, been a regional qualifier 16 times and reached the state tournament once.

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It was a good week for Lamar athletes as senior Leigh Lattimore was named the Southland Conference Women’s Cross-Country Athlete of the Week, and seniors Kimmy Albeno and Bailey Fontenot swept the SLC Soccer Players of the Week.

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Woodard

It’s a pretty common occurrence in college football — schedule teams that you know you can beat. They all do it, year in and year out. But many teams have that luxury.

Take, for instance, Texas A&M. The Aggies play in arguably the toughest conference in all of football — the Southeastern Conference. So their non-conference schedule this season includes Lamar, Rice, SMU and University of Louisiana-Monroe. The reason is because their conference schedule includes LSU, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State, Missouri and Ole Miss.

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Fans of the popular reality television series The Biggest Loser on NBC can now take part in The Biggest Loser RunWalk

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Terry Evans

I said it three years ago. To be exact, it was in the March 31-April 6, 2011 edition of The Examiner that I said Pat Knight was not a good candidate for the Lamar men’s basketball job. He was fired from Texas Tech after having a 16-42 record in the Big 12. In that particular column, I wrote, “I don’t think Knight is a good fit at Lamar. I don’t see him staying long in Beaumont, and we’d be right back to where we are now — searching for a coach.

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