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Former Southern football great Warren Braden dies

Advocate file photo by TIM MUELLERFormer Southern quarterback and longtime high school coach Warren Braden displays a Nokia Hall of Fame plaque on June 18, 1998, which shows a picture of himself returning a punt during his career at Southern University.  Braden died Sunday night. He was 87.

Warren Braden, a 1998 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame inductee who quarterbacked the Southern University football team black college national championships in 1948 and 1949, died Sunday night. Braden, a New Orleans native, was 87. A two-time All-American for the Jaguars, Braden was the Most Valuable Player in the first interracial college football game, the 1948 Fruit… Continue reading →

With draft set Thursday, Tulane’s Stephen Alemais and Jake Rogers look to pro baseball

Advocate photo by BUDDY DELAHOUSSAYE -- Tulane shortstop Stephen Alemais turns a double play during an April 12 game at M.L. 'Tigue' Moore Field in Lafayette.

Stephen Alemais and Jake Rogers left Tulane on Tuesday afternoon with a bittersweet send-off. The two juniors cleared out their Green Wave locker, likely for the final time, sat in exit interviews with coaches and said farewell to teammates. Then Alemais and Rogers departed in opposite directions, to their individual hometowns, with the same plan. Each will stay… Continue reading →

Alabama State caps perfect SWAC season with 7-5 victory over Texas Southern in the conference title game

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  Alabama State outfielder Dillon Cooper (31) celebrates after hitting a three run homer against Texas Southern during the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship finale at Wesley Barrow Stadium in New Orleans, La. Sunday, May 22, 2016.

Left fielder Dillon Cooper capped an outstanding Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament performance, and Alabama State capped its dominant run by beating Texas Southern for the championship Sunday at Wesley Barrow Stadium. Cooper, selected the tournament MVP, went 4-for-5, including a three-run homer, in his team’s 7-5 victory. Alabama State followed a 24-0 regular season… Continue reading →

Southern’s comeback train finally halted as Alabama State eliminates Jaguars from SWAC baseball tournament

Southern slowed Alabama State’s Southwestern Athletic Conference train, but the Jaguars couldn’t stop it. Unlike it’s earlier SWAC tournament elimination game Friday against Alcorn State, there would be no late-game heroics resulting in victory. Alabama State surged ahead of Southern in the third inning then held off the Jaguars 9-7 at Wesley Barrow Stadium, putting the Hornets in… Continue reading →

Southern baseball team stages incredible rally in earlier game; TSU reaches title game

Trailing by eight runs entering the seventh inning in a Southwestern Athletic Conference elimination game against Alcorn State, the Southern Jaguars’ season seemed headed for a sure end. However, in nearly miraculous fashion, Southern scored 10 runs in the final three innings to win 11-10 Friday and earn a rematch against Alabama State in the day’s final… Continue reading →

Southern bounces back at SWAC tournament, eliminates Grambling

Southern designated hitter Troy Lewis was upset when his towering three-run home run in the fifth inning was ruled foul Thursday against Grambling State. Lewis made up for it in his next at-bat, hitting a two-run double in the seventh that sealed Southern’s 6-3 victory on the second day of the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament at Wesley Barrow… Continue reading →

SWAC tournament: Alabama State rips Alcorn to stay perfect

It was another lopsided win for No. 1 seed Alabama State. This time, Alcorn State was steamrolled 16-3 in the late game of the SWAC tournament Thursday at Wesley Barrow Stardium. The loss sends the Braves into an elimination game against Southern at noon Friday. The winner has the uneviable task of facing Alabama… Continue reading →

Alabama State hammers Southern 27-9 in SWAC tournament opener

The Southern Jaguars came out swinging in their Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament opening-day game against No. 1 seed Alabama State, scoring three runs in the first inning. Then the Hornets showed the Jaguars what real swinging is. With left fielder Dillon Cooper leading the way with two home runs, two doubles and seven RBIs, Alabama State routed the… Continue reading →

SWAC tournament: Grambling loses, setting up Thursday game vs. Southern

Left fielder Der’Vincent Hamilton hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning, giving Alcorn State a four-run lead in its Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament game against Grambling State on Wednesday at Wesley Barrow Stadium. It turned out to be decisive in the Braves’ 8-7 victory on the tournament’s first day. “At the time, I just thought it gave… Continue reading →

David and Goliath: Southern is now an underdog at the SWAC tournament

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Southern coach Roger Cador talks with his team before the start of a game against Grambling at Lee-Hines Field.

Before the Southern baseball team traveled to New Orleans for the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament, coach Roger Cador told his players the story of David and Goliath. Cador often tells motivational stories to get his team ready for big games, but few times in his 31-year career at Southern has the Old Testament story held more relevance. The… Continue reading →

Southern softball loses on ninth-inning home run

IRONDALE, Ala. — One out was all that stood between Southern softball and advancing one game closer to the program’s first SWAC tournament final since 2009. Leading 6-2 in the bottom of the seventh, Southern surrendered a four-run lead before Alabama State’s Jenna Mae Thorne hit a game-winning homer to lift the top-seeded Hornets to… Continue reading →

Green Wave bats hammer Southern 14-2

Tulane shortstop Stephen Alemais was called out when the first-base umpire ruled he missed the bag on his way to what he thought was a leadoff double in the first inning against Southern. The Green Wave did not miss much of anything else. First baseman Hunter Williams crushed a grand slam to center field in the fifth inning,… Continue reading →

Southern advances in SWAC softball tournament

IRONDALE, Ala. — The Southern softball weathered a late rally from Mississippi Valley State to secure a 5-4 opening-round win in the Southwestern Athletic Conference softball tournament on Wednesday. Southern advances to meet Alabama State, a 9-0 winner over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. The Lady Jaguars led 5-1 entering the… Continue reading →

Struggling Southern baseball team hosts Jackson State in Tuesday’s home finale

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern head coach Roger Cador coaches against LSU, Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

There’s no denying that, all season long, the Southern baseball team has floundered. The Jaguars are 12-28 and, if they lose their final two regular-season games, their winning percentage would be the lowest in recent memory — even lower than the .289 mark posted by the 2014 team. Southern could make a run in the Southwestern Athletic Conference… Continue reading →

Southern baseball team falls 10-0 as Texas Southern completes SWAC sweep

An early missed opportunity cost the Southern baseball team Sunday at Texas Southern. The Jaguars loaded the bases in the first inning but came away empty-handed, and the loss of momentum did the team no favors as it fell 10-0 in eight innings in Houston. Texas Southern scored the series sweep, and Southern has lost six straight… Continue reading →

Southern loses late lead, falls 5-4 at Texas Southern

For the second day in a row, the Southern baseball team watched victory evaded its grasp. Texas Southern erased an early three-run deficit and capitalized on several mental mistakes by the Jaguars to win 5-4 Saturday in Houston. On Friday, Southern suffered an 8-6 loss while stranding the tying run at first base. “We keep losing,… Continue reading →

Southern drops series opener at Texas Southern 8-6

HOUSTON — With men on second and first base, Southern infielder Marcus Hodge struck out as the final out in the ninth inning, stranding the game-tying run on first base as Texas Southern defeated the Jaguars 8-6 on Friday. Southern (12-26, 6-12 Southwestern Athletic Conference) began with a leadoff solo home run from Troy… Continue reading →

Southern visits Arkansas-Pine Bluff looking to clinch berth in SWAC tournament

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern starting pitcher Daniel Franklin throws a pitch  against Texas Southern on Saturday at Lee Hines Field.

Southern coach Roger Cador said he couldn’t find anything good in the Jaguars’ 23-3, mercy-rule loss to UNO on Tuesday night. But he wasn’t concerned about any lingering effects, either. “They’re not going to worry about that shellacking,” Cador said of the Jaguars. “They’ll move on to another adventure.” The next adventure is the continuing quest to clinch… Continue reading →

LSU softball team on a roll as it heads to Arkansas

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Head coach Beth Torina waves LSU catcher Kellsi Kloss (77) in to home plate on her way to score in the first inning during LSU's opening night game against Ohio State, Friday, February 12, 2016, at LSU's Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, La.

The LSU softball team hasn’t always played up to its preseason No. 3 national ranking. The Tigers have mostly been in the bottom half of the Southeastern Conference, which features more teams ranked in the top 18 (nine) than not (four). But coach Beth Torina and the players have said since the preseason polls were announced that the… Continue reading →

UNO batters Southern again to claim 23-3 mercy-rule victory

UNO’s hitters battered Southern’s pitchers for the second time this season. And the second beating was worse than the first. The Privateers had a season-high 25 hits and scored in five consecutive innings, including six-run, five-run and seven-run rallies on their way to a 23-3 victory against the Jaguars on Tuesday night at Lee-Hines Field.… Continue reading →

UNO and Southern clash Tuesday night at Lee-Hines Field

For both the Southern and UNO baseball teams, their most recent conference series was their best of the season. They’ll take a break from the stretch run in conference play to take the measure of each other at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Lee-Hines Field. The Privateers (24-15) are coming off their first three-game Southland sweep since joining the… Continue reading →

Southern looks ahead while other SWAC teams reflect on spring practice

Nine of the 10 Southwestern Athletic Conference football coaches on a teleconference with the media Monday morning summarized their recently completed spring practices. The league’s three new coaches — former LSU assistant Michael Haywood (Texas Southern), Fred McNair (Alcorn State) and Tony Hughes (Jackson State) — talked about their impressions of the talent they inherited and… Continue reading →

Southern, South Carolina State to clash in 2017 MEAC/SWAC Challenge season opener at Mumford Stadium

Southern will open the 2017 football season by hosting South Carolina State in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge at A.W. Mumford Stadium. For the past 11 seasons, two historically black colleges and universities — one from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and one from the Southwestern Athletic Conference — have met on the opening weekend of the college football season. In… Continue reading →

Southern rallies to stun No. 23 South Alabama in Mobile

MOBILE, Ala. — Southern coach Roger Cador has been slow to call on his bullpen this season, a unit that for the most part has been unreliable. Friday night, he had no choice. The Jaguars relievers responded with seven quality innings, and it was enough to give Southern a chance to rally in the… Continue reading →

Southern baseball tries to build momentum at South Alabama

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern pitcher Bryan Melendez throws a pitch against Texas Southern as relief pitcher on Sunday at Lee Hines Field.

Southern just completed its best stretch in Southwestern Athletic Conference play, and now it’s in the midst of an elongated stretch against nonconference opposition for this late in the season. The Jaguars, who hadn’t won any of their first five SWAC series, swept three games from Prairie View last weekend at Lee-Hines Field. That put them two games… Continue reading →

NCAA slams Southern with sanctions; no postseason for football, baseball, 9 others in 2016-17

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern University players on the field before kickoff against Jackson State, Saturday, September 19, 2015, at Southern University's AW Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

Southern University is back on NCAA probation. Less than a year after all its athletic programs were reinstated from a two-year postseason ban, every program except men’s basketball and tennis faces a postseason ban for the 2016-17 academic year as part of academic-related sanctions released by the NCAA on Wednesday. A total of 11 programs — including football,… Continue reading →

Southern lands first basketball signee in Shreveport’s Josh ‘Frog’ Robinson

The Southern men’s basketball team signed its first recruit of the spring signing period Tuesday, landing Shreveport native Josh “Frog” Robinson. Robinson, a 6-foot-5 guard, averaged 11.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists last season at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas. He is the all-time winningest player in Trinity Valley history after participating in 62… Continue reading →

Former Catholic High pitcher Dylan Gregoire back on the mound for Loyola after overcoming third major injury

Photo provided by Loyola University New Orleans -- Loyola pitcher Dylan Gregoire returns to Baton Rouge, where he helped lead Catholic to the state title in 2010.

The nonconference baseball game between Southern and Loyola on Tuesday night doesn’t have much meaning in the standings. The Jaguars are 11-21, the Wolf Pack is 19-28, and the outcome won’t affect either team’s primary goal, which is to hang on to the final berth in their respective conferences’ tournaments next month.… Continue reading →

John Pope enters late, barely avoids an early exit and then powers Southern baseball to a comeback win and a series sweep over Prairie View

Apparently John Pope was meant to be a hero for the Southern baseball team in its 13-9 victory over Prairie View on Sunday. He wasn’t in the lineup to start the finale of a three-game series at Lee-Hines Field, but circumstances conspired to put him center stage, and he responded. First, coach… Continue reading →

Southern hitters show patience and aggression in routing Prairie View 16-5

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's Robinson Mateo beats the throw to third base as Prairie View's Josh Wells attempts the tag Saturday at Lee Hines field.

The Southern baseball team began the weekend by riding the pitching of Daniel Franklin to a victory over Prairie View. On Saturday, the Jaguars hitters led the way in a 16-5 blowout of the Panthers at Lee-Hines Field that was shortened to 6½ innings because of the Southwestern Athletic Conference mercy rule. Despite the smaller timeframe, Southern scored… Continue reading →

Southern ends 9-game losing streak as Daniel Franklin pitches a gem

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern pitcher Daniel Franklin threw eight shutout innings as the Jaguars defeated Prairie View on Friday at Lee-Hines field.

Southern has had trouble all season finding effective relief pitching that could preserve a lead long enough for Troy Lewis to come in and close. Daniel Franklin got around the problem Friday night, pitching a two-hit shutout over eight innings before Lewis came in and finished a 4-1 victory against Prairie View at blustery Lee-Hines Field, ending the… Continue reading →

Southern, Prairie View fighting for SWAC tournament berth

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --Southern's Jose de la Torre connects for a home run against Grambling last month at Lee-Hines Field.

The outcome of this weekend’s series between Southern and Prairie View will go a long way in determining which team qualifies for the Southwestern Athletic Conference baseball tournament. The last-place team in each division fails to qualify for the tournament, which happens May 13-17 at Wesley Barrow Stadium. The Jaguars (8-21, 3-11) are last in the Western Division.… Continue reading →

Amid Southern’s nine-game skid, Roger Cador continues to tinker

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern coach Roger Cador speaks to plate umpire Jason Rosen as the Jaguars play Arkansas-Pine Bluff on March 26 at Lee-Hines Field.

Most college baseball coaches will at least casually glance at a box score following a game and keep familiar with his players’ numbers throughout the season. Southern coach Roger Cador is not most coaches. He doesn’t pay attention to any statistics. Cador is fully aware the Jaguars have done a poor job of fielding the ball this year,… Continue reading →

Les East: Remember Southern students Annette January, Lashuntae Benton -- 2 lives tragically cut short

Remember the names: Annette January and Lashuntae Benton. Both were students at Southern University — January a freshman from Gary, Indiana, who was a sprinter on the track team; Benton a sophomore from Lake Charles who was a student trainer. Sadly we’re not learning who they were and what they meant to Southern because of their abilities in… Continue reading →

Southern’s Dondrayas Harris hits for cycle in loss to Grambling

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern first baseman Mason Diaz waits on a throw back to first as Grambling's Angel Peguero steps safely back to the bag on Sunday at Lee Hines field.

There wasn’t much more Dondrayas Harris could do for the Southern baseball team on Sunday at Lee-Hines Field. Harris had one of the best days of any Jaguar in recent memory, hitting for the cycle with a 5-for-5 effort while also driving in four and scoring three times. The only problem was that it was all… Continue reading →

Grambling rallies past Southern, wins 10-8 in 10 innings

Southern had its chances to even up a weekend series with Grambling, but a lack of timely hitting late in the game was too much to overcome Saturday afternoon at Lee-Hines Field. The Jaguars left the bases loaded twice in the final three innings of regulation before Grambling pushed across a pair of unearned runs in the… Continue reading →

White Castle’s Issac O’Bear helps Grambling hand Southern 7th straight loss

Southern’s women’s basketball team was recognized for its Southwestern Athletic Conference co-championship during Friday night’s baseball game against Grambling at Lee-Hines Field. On the diamond, Grambling pitcher Issac O’Bear took control of things the way his younger sister and fellow White Castle alum Skylar did as the Jaguars point guard. Wesley Drain and Johan Mojica each… Continue reading →