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Past articles by Avi:

SE Texans saddle up for RodeoHouston

With a bevy of big-name acts performing at the RodeoHouston, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that the event, which runs until March 22, is still a rodeo. [...] as part of the competitions, three Southeast Texas natives will be bull riding at NRG Park. Just hopping back on a bull can be considered an accomplishment for Schroeder, who sustained two collapsed lungs and a torn trachea last March… → Read More

2 LU basketball players win conference honors

Measurable improvement in the Lamar men's basketball team was evident Monday with the release of the Southland Conference's All-Conference honors. Teams would put in special defenses to try and slow him down - being doubled and at times triple-teamed - so he earned the respect of his opponents. Because of his play he was able to open things up on the court for his teammates. An offensive… → Read More

Four Lamar seniors play last game in loss to Sam Houston

On a sunny Sunday afternoon in February 2014, four Lamar players - then juniors, now seniors - came to the Montagne Center and were told their head coach had been fired. It was not entirely unexpected since the team was 3-22 at that point, but it still meant that the person who recruited them to Lamar, as well as the system they were used to, were gone. [...] once that season was over, the… → Read More

Silsbee rolls past Mexia in semifinal

Joe Sigler peered intently at Tatum and No.2 Houston Sterling battling each other on the floor of Johnson Coliseum in Huntsville Friday night because he knew. In the game prior, his No. 10 Silsbee High School Tigers did not become complacent after taking an early lead because they knew. After beating Mexia 83-46 Friday night in the 4A Region III semifinals, Silsbee is one game away from… → Read More

Lady Cards beat Sam Houston, prepare for SLC Tournament

Lady Cards beat Sam Houston, prepare for SLC Tournament [...] she cried after her last game in the Montagne Center as someone who has called it home for the last four years. → Read More

Silsbee holds off Houston Wheatley

Missed free throws, turnovers and missed layups by the Tigers allowed Houston Wheatley to cut Silsbee's lead to just two with a minute remaining. To come up with how Silsbee survived for a 83-79 regional quarterfinal win against Wheatley Tuesday night in Channelview, Tigers junior Dontre' Thomas offered this answer: In the fourth quarter, Wheatley outscored Silsbee 23-18, as the Tigers turned it… → Read More

Win at home guarantees at least .500 SLC record for Cards

An NBA scout strolled onto the Montagne Center floor in the closing minutes of the Lamar women's basketball game. The scout came to see UIW senior guard Denzel Livingston. → Read More

Edwards' career high leads Lamar past UIW

Part of the goal of these game stories is to find an interesting aspect of Lamar's win or loss that has not been pointed out before. [...] Edwards has to be mentioned prominently yet again because she was the reason Lamar beat Incarnate Word 81-64 Saturday in the Montagne Center. → Read More

Ozen rallies to edge Elkins

Ozen's players and coaches did not celebrate much after beating Fort Bend Elkins 51-50 Friday night at Lee College in Baytown. Maybe it was because this was only the second round and many hurdles still stand between the No. 3 Panthers and the 5A State Tournament in San Antonio. Maybe it was because Ozen knew it did not play its best against a quality opponent and managed to escape. Leading… → Read More

Central makes statement with win, Atwood slam

Central makes statement with win, Atwood slam Central didn't just stroll into the playoffs. The Jaguars sent a message that they are here to win a state championship in a 78-45 opening-round win against New Caney Tuesday at Lee College in Baytown. Wilridge had a two-hand slam to start the game. [...] senior guard Jacory Guillory nailed a 3-pointer. → Read More

Loaded Nederland baseball team cautiously optimistic

Loaded Nederland baseball team cautiously optimistic The Nederland baseball team is losing just two players from last season's squad, which won a share of the district title. Super Gold honoree Brian Feltman led the team with a .333 batting average, and pitcher Korey Clark led the team with 66 strikeouts and a 1.40 earned run average in 55 innings. While Nederland is losing two of its best… → Read More

Owens' triple puts away McNeese, Lamar 11-1 at home

If there was a moment that solidified that Lamar men's basketball has turned the page, it might have come with 1:32 left in the second half of the Cardinals' 58-53 win against McNeese State Saturday. Sophomore Marcus Owens got the ball along the baseline farthest from the Lamar bench and fired a 3-pointer. → Read More

Coaching legends revisit LU

The two former Lamar men's basketball coaches, who have the highest winning percentages in the program's history, didn't have to come to a men's basketball reunion Saturday during Lamar's game against rival McNeese State. After guiding Lamar to the Sweet 16 in 1980, Tubbs headed the Oklahoma Sooners for 14 seasons, followed by eight years at TCU. Wins over Missouri and Alabama in the NCAA… → Read More

Lady Cards defeat rival McNeese

In the closing minutes of every Lamar women's basketball home game, two players are selected for the postgame press conference. [...] it's the two players who had the largest impact on the game. → Read More

Bridge City rolls past Huffman in playoffs

The Bridge City Lady Cardinals defeated Huffman Hargrave 63-33 Tuesday night in Kountze for a bi-district playoff victory. The Lady Cards led 13-9 in the first quarter and then outscored the Lady Falcons 19-9 in the second quarter to take a 32-18 halftime lead. → Read More

Fort Bend Bush ends Ozens' season in area round

In basketball, limiting your opponent to 29 percent shooting from the field is normally a good sign. In a game where both teams combined to make 15 more free throws than field goals, every basket became crucial and Ozen had trouble connecting from the start. First half [...] half First half [...] half → Read More

Lady Cards stay in first with win against HBU

On its way to a 79-62 win against Houston Baptist Thursday night at the Montagne Center, the Lamar University women's basketball team forced 20 HBU turnovers in the first half. By the final buzzer, HBU (9-14, 3-9) had committed 33 turnovers leading to 34 points for Lamar (14-10, 11-2). → Read More

LU baseball opener offers chance for win milestone

Initially, it was believed that the Lamar head baseball coach was two wins away from becoming the 19th coach in NCAA history to reach the 1,300-win milestone. While a member of the Lamar staff was digging through old records, accounting for every win, he discovered a game in the '80s that Lamar won when the other team forfeited, but was never counted as a victory. → Read More

Hawks upset No.6 Silsbee to set up tie atop District 24-4A

Hawks upset No.6 Silsbee to set up tie atop District 24-4A The first words out of Hardin-Jefferson coach Clay Davis' mouth after a 64-61 win at No. 6 Silsbee Friday night were about a player who never entered the game. Read the complete story in Saturday's Beaumont Enterprise. First Half [...] Half First Half [...] Half → Read More

LU softball stadium to open in March

The Bermuda grass for the new Lamar softball stadium had arrived the previous Thursday, but the team was already on its way to Alabama for a tournament. On Sunday, around midnight, the team returned to Beaumont and used cell phone flashlights to get a glimpse of the field they would be playing on when Lamar opens its stadium for a home game against Houston Baptist on March 6. → Read More