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Chad Cooper, sports/entertainment editor, won first place in the National Newspaper Association Awards with The Examiner’s Southeast Texas High School Football magazine for Best Special News, Sports or Feature Section or Edition in competition with 1,605 entries.

Soon to be in its 17th edition, the Southeast Texas High School Football Guide is a 56-page, full color magazine that covers every high school, both big and small, in Southeast Texas by promoting the passion, the atmosphere, the rivalries, and the community support for the love of Friday night lights.

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Lamar soccer player MJ Eckart

The defending Southland Conference champion Lamar women’s soccer team is offering a pair of one-week youth soccer camps this summer for boys and girls from ages 4 to 13. All camps will be at the LU Soccer Complex.

Camps are scheduled for June 11-15 and July 9-13. The camps for youngsters 4-6 years of age will run from 9-11:30 a.m. each day, while the camps for players 7-13 run from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Friday.

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The Harlem Globetrotters

The World Famous Harlem Globetrotters known for their one-of-a-kind family entertainment will bring their 2018 World Tour to the Ford Arena on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 4 p.m. to take on their longtime adversaries, the Washington Generals.

The Globetrotters will face a revamped Washington Generals team, which recently launched a more competitive profile, making an appearance in “The Basketball Tournament” over the summer. The Generals are looking to snap a 47-year losing streak against their world famous rivals during their 2018 tour.

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Former Lamar basketball standout Mike James has been waived by the Phoenix Suns

Season tickets for the 2018 Lamar University softball season are now on sale. Reserved seats for all 15 home dates, including the annual Cardinal Classic, are $80. General-admission season tickets are $65 for adults and $45 for senior citizens (over 65) and youths (17 and younger).

The Cardinals, who enter their sixth season of competition since LU revived the softball program in 2013, open the season Feb. 9 when they face Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech at the Sand Dollar Classic in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

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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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Three Lamar University student-athletes were members of another team at LU this past year as they helped design and build the university’s first underwater robot.

Koby Couron and Brannon Beaton of the LU football team, along with LU baseball player Brent Janak, were part of an eight-person unit that created the robot for their senior project in mechanical engineering. Other members of the team were Nicole Ray, Ryan Fregia, Christian Dao, Quade Robertson and Rashaan Webster.

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Tyran de Lattibeaudiere and  Chelsea Grant

After dominating during a busy three-match week for the Lamar University volleyball squad, senior outside hitter Chelsea Grant was voted as the Southland Conference Player of the Week on Oct. 25.

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Have you ever wondered what people did for fun in 1901? What sports and games did they play? Did they actually have potato sack races and three-legged races at the picnics? What is the Game of Graces? Find out Saturday, June 4, as Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum holds the first Gladys City Games from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Every two years, the University of Interscholastic League (UIL) realigns and redistricts every public school in the state of Texas for athletic and academic contests. Along with realignment comes plenty of changes, and that’s what happened Feb. 1.

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