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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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The context of my visit with the Lamar pre-professional students included my discussion of the OSR and the AAMC. My relationship with the founding dean of the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio is part of that context.

(Author’s Note: This letter was sent to the founding dean of the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio School of Medicine upon the occasion of the Dedication on Feb. 17 of the Dr. and Mrs. James L. Holly Auditorium)

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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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Senior Taylor Stockton was named SLC Student-Athlete of the Year.

Senior Taylor Stockton was named the Southland Conference’s Student-Athlete of the Year for women’s golf. Stockton, a Clear Lake native, becomes the fifth LU women’s golfer to be named student-athlete of the year, joining Casey Cain (2004, 2005), Therese Nilsson (2009), Stine Pederson (2011) and Kelly Erasmus (2015).

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May 13-15 will be designated as Jim Gilligan Days.

Heading into his final weekend as a head coach in the dugout at Vincent-Beck Stadium, the city of Beaumont made a proclamation May 10 stating that May 13-15 will be designated as Jim Gilligan Days around the town for the years of service he has provided Lamar University and the entire community.

“It was very, very nice of Mayor (Becky Ames) and the City Council to present this to me. Tell everybody they have off for the next three days,” said Gilligan with a grin.

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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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Floyd McSpadden, Pat Parsons and Kristie Young

CommunityBank of Texas has created an annually funded scholarship to support students at Lamar University.

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Laura Napoli and Jake Nash

Sophomore right-hander Laura Napoli was named the Southland Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week.

Napoli earned the accolades after a pair of dominating performances over the weekend in which she fired back-to-back two-hit shutouts against Incarnate Word.

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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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