Southland Conference

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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Dennis Franchione

One of most recognizable names in college football during his time as a head coach, Dennis Franchione, will serve as the guest speaker at the 2017 Lamar University Football Kickoff Banquet scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 26, in the Montagne Center at 6 p.m.

Prior to the start of the banquet, there will be a special VIP reception with Coach Franchione in the Cardinal Club room at 5 p.m.

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For the third consecutive season, Lamar University senior Michael Feucht has been named the Southland Conference Tennis Male Student-Athlete of the Year, while senior Katya Lapayeva earned the Southland Conference Female Student-Athlete of the Year.

Feucht highlights a 2017 Academic All-Southland Conference team that features four Cardinals, including three first-team selections.

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Lamar University junior forward Colton Weisbrod

Lamar University junior forward Colton Weisbrod has been named Southland Conference Player of the Week for Jan. 16. It is the first time in his career that Weisbrod has received the honor, and the second time this season that a Cardinal has earned the award (Joey Frenchwood).

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Up 2-0 at the break, all Lamar University volleyball needed was one more set win to lock a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament, but Incarnate Word flipped the script at the intermission to down the hometown Cardinals 3-2 (25-21, 37-35, 20-25, 23-25, 11-15) at McDonald Gym on Nov. 19.

The loss and Southeastern Louisiana’s win over New Orleans eliminated the Cardinals from tournament contention.

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Senior defensive back Brendan Langley

Senior defensive back Brendan Langley has been named Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week. It is the first time this season that Langley has received a conference weekly honor.

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Junior outfielder Reid Russell

After a powerful outburst that tied a school record, junior outfielder Reid Russell was invited to participate in the 2016 TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby, which will be Sunday, July 3, and shown live on ESPN2 at 7:30 p.m.

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