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Ed Eagan smashing records at Northwestern State

Photos by Gary Hardamon  Ed Eagan # 7

LAKE CHARLES — Ed Eagan can’t help but think about breaking records. The Northwestern State senior receiver and kick returner set five school records and tied another during his breakout 2014 season. Eagan is already the Demons’ all-time leader in career kickoff return yards, single-season kickoff return yards, single-season kickoff returns, single-season receptions and… Continue reading →

Cowboys look forward to playing in Tiger Stadium

Associated Press photo by Nati HarnikNebraska running back Ameer Abdullah scores the game-winning touchdown ahead of McNeese State defensive back Jermaine Antoine last season. The Cowboys nearly upset the Huskers, falling 31-24. This season the Cowboys are playing another traditional power on their home field as they visit LSU.

LAKE CHARLES — Before the McNeese State football team begins its Southland Conference schedule in the hopes of capturing its first league championship since 2009, the Cowboys will face their toughest test of the season.… Continue reading →

Sam Houston picked to win Southland football title; Southeastern selected as Top 3 in both polls

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Former Louisiana-Lafayette secondary coach Tim Rebowe is now the coach at Nicholls State

LAKE CHARLES ­— To no one’s surprise, Sam Houston State was tabbed as the preseason favorite to win the Southland Conference football title in polls by the league coaches and sports information directors. The predicted order of finish was announced Wednesday morning at the outset of the conference’s media day at the… Continue reading →

Southland Conference Media Day preview: Sam Houston State and Southeastern look like the teams to beat again, but the SLC keeps building depth

SLU Public Info photo by Randy Bergeron -- Southeastern’s Harlan Miller and Kaleb Muse drag down Lamar’s Kade Harrington in October 2014.

When the Southland Conference rolls out its preseason football predictions from its coaches and sports information directors at the league’s media day Wednesday in Lake Charles, there shouldn’t be any jaw-dropping surprises. While you never know how preseason polls will shake out, reigning regular-season co-champions Sam Houston State and Southeastern Louisiana should be near the top —… Continue reading →

Southland Conference Media Day preview: Team capsules

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Former Louisiana-Lafayette secondary coach Tim Rebowe is now the coach at Nicholls State

Abilene Christian COACH: Ken Collums PLAYERS: Junior QB Parker McKenzie, sophomore RB De’Andre Brown EASY TO ANSWER: Abilene Christian’s offense is in capable hands with McKenzie, the Southland’s top returning passer in yards (3,084) and TDs (22), and Brown, who as a freshman ranked second in the league at 96.2 rushing… Continue reading →

Southeastern, Sam Houston players head up All-Southland team

SLU Public Information photo by RANDY BERGERON -- Southeastern defensive back Harlan Miller returns an interception against McNeese State for 30 yards during a Nov. 2 game.

FRISCO, Texas — Sam Houston State and two-time league champion Southeastern Louisiana combined to earn 21 of a possible 58 spots on the preseason All-Southland Conference football teams announced Wednesday. Sam Houston State, which reached the FCS semifinals in 2014 for the third time in four seasons, had 13 players named to the first and… Continue reading →

Sun Belt Media Day: Ragin’ Cajuns trade weight of preseason expectations for a hefty chip on their shoulders

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  UL-Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth answers questions at the Sun Belt Conference Media Day on Monday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The weight isn’t on the shoulders of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s football team as it was a year ago, when the Ragin’ Cajuns were the prohibitive favorites to win the Sun Belt Conference. Coach Mark Hudspeth said that weight has been replaced on the Cajuns’ collective shoulders by a giant chip. “Expectations are different,… Continue reading →

Johnson: Sun Belt’s possible move to 12 football teams to create a league title game isn’t as simple as it may seem

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson answers questions at the media day at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on July 20, 2015.

One of the buzz topics at Monday’s Sun Belt Conference Media Day was the team that wasn’t there and when it would arrive. The question of when — or whether — the SBC would add a 12th football-playing member is more complex than one would think when considering the question at face value. Commissioner Karl… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns notebook: Coach Mark Hudspeth says he won’t reveal his starting quarterback until the season opener at Kentucky

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  UL-Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth at the 2015 Sun Belt Conference Media Day at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome July 20, 2015.

The Louisiana-Lafayette football team’s preseason practice starts in a little less than two weeks, but don’t expect coach Mark Hudspeth to be quick about making a decision about his starting quarterback. In fact, don’t expect him to make a decision at all during the preseason about whether Brooks Haack, Jalen Nixon or Jordan Davis will be taking the… Continue reading →

Privateers renew in-state rivalries in men’s basketball schedule

When putting together this season’s schedule for UNO’s men’s basketball team, coach Mark Slessinger wanted to put an emphasis on bringing back in-state rivalries for the Privateers. UNO released the team’s 2015-16 schedule Tuesday, highlighted by nonconference road games against Tulane on Dec. 2 and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on Dec. 21. “I think… Continue reading →

Reports: UNO will remove interim tag, make ex-LSU standout Blake Dean its full-time baseball coach

Photo provided by UNO athletics -- Blake Dean

UNO decided to stick to whom it knows when it came to replacing former baseball coach Ron Maestri. After naming Blake Dean the team’s interim coach following Maestri’s decision to retire at the end of the 2015 season, UNO decided to remove the interim tag and make the 27-year-old the team’s full-time head coach Monday, several outlets… Continue reading →

Mike Newell, Dillard’s well-traveled new coach, believes he’s the right man for the job

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Mike Newell, formerly a head coach at West Alabama, Arkansas-Monticello, Lamar and Arkansas-Little Rock, has 320 career wins. He takes over a Dillard program that hasn't produced a winning record in more than 10 years.

This summer, newly hired Dillard coach Mike Newell was asked by the school’s human resources department if athletic director Kiki Baker Barnes explained his job description. Yes, Newell responded. Win. “I expect the program to begin competing for a conference championship within his first three years and eventually compete for a national championship,” Barnes said. This from… Continue reading →

LSU-Eunice’s Sensley eyes Cajuns — if majors don’t call

Steven Sensley, LSU Eunice outfielder, formerly University High

The fact that the University of Louisiana at Lafayette baseball team reached its second straight NCAA super regional is part of the lure for LSU-Eunice’s Steven Sensley wanting to embark on a career with the Ragin’ Cajuns. There’s also the two-fold opportunity for Sensley to improve as a player and serve as a vital part… Continue reading →

Cane Cutters down Marshals in Texas Collegiate League game

YOUNGSVILLE — For the first two innings, the Acadiana Cane Cutters couldn’t get the offense rolling against the Texas Marshals in a Texas Collegiate League on Saturday night. The Marshals (3-9) got three runs in the first inning and their defense was stellar heading to the third. The Marshals’ defense failed in the third, however,… Continue reading →

State players in Major League Baseball draft

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU right fielder Mark Laird was taken by the Philadelphia Phillies in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball draft

Colleges UL-LAFAYETTE: SS Blake Trahan (84th , third round by the Reds) Nicholls State LHP Grant Borne (224th, seventh round, Nationals), Catholic-BR Tulane signee Cypress Creek (Texas) High pitcher Jordan Hicks (105th pick, supplemental pick between 3rd and 4th rounds, Cardinals) Out of state West Alabama RHP Tanner Rainey (71st pick, first pick in the Competitive Balance Round… Continue reading →

LSU-Eunice shortstop Brennan Bozeman receives national defensive player of the year award

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — LSU-Eunice shortstop Brennan Bozeman was one of three recipients of the Spalding NJCAA Division II Baseball Defensive Player of the Year Award announced Tuesday. Others honored were sophomore shortstops like Bozeman: Riley Delgado from Columbia State (Tenn.) and Ryley Warnock from Northern Essex (Mass.). Bozeman, a former Parkview Baptist standout,… Continue reading →

New Orleans Bowl goes primetime

From breakfast time back to primetime. After a morning kickoff last year, the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl will return to an evening start time (8 p.m.) for the 15th edition of the game to be played on Saturday, Dec. 19 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. “That’s our preferred time,” bowl director Billy Ferrante of the… Continue reading →

LSU-Eunice sweeps Western Oklahoma to win junior-college World Series

ENID, Okla. — The top-ranked LSU Eunice baseball team took two wins over Western Oklahoma State College on Saturday, 14-2 and 16-1, to win the NJCAA Division II World Series. It was the Bengals’ fifth national championship. The Bengals trailed 10-1 against the Pioneers in the fourth inning of the first game before coming back to… Continue reading →

NCAA East track notebook: Southeastern hammer throws keep rolling

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Southeastern Louisiana hammer throwers made it 3-for-4 at the NCAA East Preliminary rounds this week when Misha Frazier earned her trip to the NCAA championships Saturday. Frazier was 11th in the women’s hammer with a throw of 190 feet and the top-12 finish allowed her to join SLU men’s hammer throwers Alex Young… Continue reading →

Southeastern’s Alex Young, Jonathan Kinchen thanks to strong final throws in hammer at NCAA East preliminaries

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Southeastern Louisiana’s hammer duo of Alex Young and Jonathan Kinchen cut things a little close in the NCAA East preliminary rounds on Thursday. But when Young and Kinchen needed big throws to earn a trip to the NCAA championships next month in Eugene, Oregon, they responded and finished in the top 12… Continue reading →

LSU-Eunice wins World Series opener

ENID, Okla. — Steven Sensley and Jordan Romero each hit home runs and pitcher Ben Braymer scattered seven hits in eight innings as LSU-Eunice opened the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II World Series with an 8-1 vicory over Kellogg (Michigan) Community College on Wednesday. Romero and Sensley both went 2-for-4. Romero had a… Continue reading →

LSU-Eunice’s Ben Braymer, Jordan Romero have long history as battery mates

EUNICE — When Ben Braymer looks down from the mound before delivering a pitch, he usually sees a familiar target with a catcher’s mask returning a glance from deep behind the plate. It helps, Braymer said, to know that LSU-Eunice catcher and longtime battery mate Jordan Romero is aware the nuances in a pitching routine that… Continue reading →

Region 23 title not enough; LSU-Eunice focused on Division II NJCAA World Series

EUNICE — An animated postgame celebration was nowhere in sight last weekend as LSU-Eunice qualified for the NJCAA Division II World Series. Bengals coach Jeff Willis wasn’t totally surprised by his team’s nonchalance; he understood the demeanor. “This group has been determined all season to get back into the national tournament. What I’m… Continue reading →

Joe Scheuermann and Delgado plant a flag with their second straight trip to the NJCAA World Series

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --Delgado Community College Head Coach, Joe Scheuermann, signals his pitcher during the last regular season game against Baton Rouge Community College at Kirsch Rooney Stadium on Sunday April 27, 2014

Through his 25-year tenure as Delgado’s baseball coach, Joe Scheuermann has touted his program as one of the best in the country among the junior college ranks. After the Dolphins (31-13) won the NJCAA South Central District title on Tuesday, clinching their second consecutive trip to the NJCAA Division I World Series, Scheuermann had a signature accomplishment to… Continue reading →

Cane Cutters’ season set to start Thursday

Lonny Landry isn’t fazed by the limited amount of time his team will have to practice together before the start of the season. The Acadiana Cane Cutters baseball coach will only get a few days with his team before the team opens up the Texas Collegiate League season at home Thursday. Acadiana hosts the Victoria Generals at… Continue reading →

Former LSU slugger Blake Dean says he is ‘honored and excited’ to be UNO interim coach

Photo provided by UNO athletics -- Blake Dean

It’s been quite a meteoric rise for Blake Dean since he joined the coaching ranks. UNO named Dean interim baseball coach Thursday, a nifty if temporary promotion for someone less than five years removed from his playing days. Dean, a College World Series champion in 2009 at LSU, joined the Privateers’ staff last year as a… Continue reading →

Southeastern eliminated from Southland Conference baseball tournament by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Southland Conference photo by ERIK WILLIAMS -- Texas A&M-Corpus Christi sophomore Brandon Guilford turns a double play during Friday's game against Southeastern Louisiana at the Southland Conference tournament in Sugar Land, Texas. The Islanders won 6-5

SUGAR LAND, Texas — Texas A&M-Corpus Christi did it again. The eighth-seeded Islanders, who upset top-seeded Southeastern Louisiana on the first day of the Southland Conference tournament, eliminated the Lions on Friday afternoon, winning 6-5 in 10 innings at Constellation Field. Southeastern (42-17), which reached last year’s NCAA tournament and earned its… Continue reading →

Southeastern outlasts McNeese in 12 innings

SUGAR LAND, Texas — Kyle Cedotal, who spent the bulk of this season on the mound for Southeastern Louisiana, delivered at the plate Thursday, lifting a sacrifice fly to right-center field in the bottom of the 12th inning as the Lions defeated McNeese State 3-2 to stay alive in the Southland Conference tournament. “Our attitude… Continue reading →

Xavier community remembers former basketball coach Bob Hopkins

Xavier University alumni from the early 1970s often affectionately refer to that period as “The Hop Years.” That’s when the school’s basketball team, coached by Bob Hopkins, captivated the campus with its winning. “It was a magical time,” Xavier President Dr. Norman Francis, who hired Hopkins, said Wednesday. Hopkins died Friday in Bellevue, Wash., of heart and kidney… Continue reading →

With record nearing, Southeastern’s Brett Hoffman is ready to go

Southeastern Louisiana third baseman Brett Hoffman doesn’t like watching the Lions play baseball; he’d rather be out on the field with his teammates. But Hoffman suffered a minor injury last week, so watching is exactly what he was doing two days before Southeastern opened postseason play against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the Southland Conference tournament Wednesday.… Continue reading →

Delgado baseball team returns to Junior College World Series

Photo provided by Delgado athletics -- Delgado players go 'fins up' as they celebrate with the NJCAA South Central District Championship trophy Tuesday in Deminole, Oklahoma. The Dolphins defeated St. Louis Community College 9-6 to advance to the NJCAA W ORG XMIT: M3iL1Asg4WdM5dh9jCeB

SEMINOLE, Okla. — Delgado clinched its second spot in the Junior College World Series in as many years with a 9-6 victory over St. Louis Community College in the NJCAA South Central district championship game Tuesday. The Dolphins now head to Grand Junction, Colorado, where they open play at 1 p.m. CDT Saturday against… Continue reading →

Delgado splits doubleheader, win away from JUCO World Series

SEMINOLE, Okla. — Delgado split a doubleheader in the South Central District Regional on Monday, defeating host-Seminole State 9-6 in 10 innings and then falling to St. Louis Community College 12-8 in the first game of the championship round. In the first game, Delgado’s Julio Gonzales’ home run in the eighth cut the… Continue reading →

Ron Maestri steps down as UNO baseball coach

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- UNO coach Ron Maestri argues a call with the umpire in a game against Southern earlier this season.

On a day when it would have been natural from him to be looking back, Ron Maestri was looking ahead. And it wasn’t so much about himself — although as he approaches his 75th birthday, Maestri doesn’t necessarily consider stepping down as baseball coach at UNO as meaning he’s permanently retired. It was more about… Continue reading →

Conference champion Southeastern Louisiana reaps SLC postseason rewards

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southeastern coach Matt Riser

The Southeastern Louisiana baseball team dominated the Southland Conference postseason awards on Monday with nine players taking home all-conference distinctions, while center fielder Jacob Seward was named Player of the Year and coach Matt Riser was crowned Clay Gould Coach of the Year. The Lions led the Southland with the most players making the three all-conference teams,… Continue reading →

Former two-way player Southeastern’s Kyle Cedotal blossoms while playing pitcher exclusively

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK --  Southeastern's Kyle Cedotal makes the catch in left field hit off of Bryant's AJ Zarozny on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at LSU's Alex Box Stadium during the first round of NCAA regionals.

Southeastern Louisiana’s Kyle Cedotal still can’t decide how to feel about the role he was given this season. Part of the left-hander wishes he had made the transition from two-way player exclusively to pitcher sooner. The other part has to resist the urge to pick up a bat and step into the batter’s box. “I probably… Continue reading →

UNO’s Ron Maestri decides to retire again

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- UNO coach Ron Maestri watches as his Privateers take on LSU on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at Alex Box Stadium.

UNO baseball coach Ron Maestri has decided to step down, multiple outlets reported Sunday. The 74-year-old, who could not be reached for comment, coached the Privateers for the past two seasons after a 14-year stint leading the program from 1972-85. WGNO was the first to report the move; a representative of the UNO athletic department could not confirm… Continue reading →