, Port Arthur, Texas


February 11, 2014

Lamar spring football underway

BEAUMONT —  Just days after announcing its 2014 signing class, the

current Lamar Cardinals took to the field at Provost Umphrey Stadium Monday to open

spring practice.

    Although not ideal conditions, Monday’s workout is the first of 15 scheduled

practices for Lamar during spring camp. The Cards will also hold three

scrimmages during camp.

    The Cardinals are scheduled to practice  every Monday and Tuesday through the first

week in March, but have already had to alter that plan due to weather. LU pushed its second practice back to Wednesday..

    In addition to those days, Lamar will have workouts on Thursday March 13th,

Friday March 21st, Wednesday, March 26th and Friday March 28th. All workouts

will begin at 4 p.m., except for Monday evenings, which will get underway at 7


    Head coach Ray Woodard has  will hold three scrimmages during spring camp, with the first one taking

place Saturday  at 9 a.m. The Cardinals will return to the

field a week later for the second scrimmage. The first two scrimmages are set

for 10 a.m. at Provost Umphrey Stadium. The annual Crawfish Bowl will kick off

Saturday, March 1st at noon.

    LU The Cardinals are coming off a record-setting 2013 campaign that saw them tie a

record for wins since resurrecting the program, knock off rival Stephen F.

Austin and battle several nationally ranked opponents down to the wire.

    Even with those accolades, and several key players returning offensively, the

Cardinals have several questions on the defensive side of the ball where they

will look to replace eight starters from a defense that led the league in pass

defense each of the past two seasons.

    Among the most notable departures are 2013 first-team All-Southland Conference

selections Jesse Dickson, Kollin Kahler and Tyrus McGlothen. Dickson ended his

career becoming the first Cardinal to earn All-America honors since the program

was resurrected, and is one of four Cardinals who received All-America

recognition last season.

    The coaching staff addressed the defensive departures

during the signing period bringing in 11 players on defense, including five


    On the offensive side of the ball, quarterback Caleb Berry returns for his senior

season following the best year by a signal caller in school history. Berry

closed out the year by setting new single-season school records in completions,

passing yards, touchdown passes and yards of total offense.

    In addition to Berry, the Cardinals return numerous weapons,

side of the ball, including receiver Reggie Begelton and running back Kade

Harrington. Begelton came out of nowhere to be the league’s premier receiver

in just his second season on campus.

    Harrington was named the league freshman of

the year from his running back position. The league’s top freshman rusher,

Harrington also garnered freshman All-American accolades by proving a threat to

catch the ball out of the backfield.

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  • Bassmaster Elites are coming back

    The Bassmaster Elite Series returns to Southeast Texas in March 2015 to fish out of Orange.
    The announcement was made last week, ahead of Bassmaster’s official tournament schedule announcement and the buzz is already strong in Southeast Texas and beyond.
    I was in Orlando, Fla. attending the ICAST (fishing trade) show and talked with a number of top anglers including Kevin VanDam, Mike Iaconelli and Shaw Grigsby who said it was no surprise they would return considering the massive turnout for the weigh-ins and that the area welcomed them in a very special way.
    It’s far too early to speculate anything like who the top contenders will be or how the fishing will be but there are some things to keep in mind and to look for over the next few months and into the event itself.
    • Prefishing-There is a pre-fishing cutoff that usually extends to right before the Bassmaster Classic and I fully expect most of the anglers in the Elites to come back and prefish.
    Last go-round probably 2/3 of the field fished the area but this time I expect that to be just about everyone. Many of the anglers that did not pre-fish told me they expected to have a lot of water to fish but the sheer volume and diversity was almost overwhelming.
    Beginning probably in the early fall we will see many anglers fishing local waters to get a better idea on how to approach the area.
    • East to West Runs-The Elite anglers fished far and wide but I expect even more running next go-round. After launching from the Simmons Drive Boat Ramp in Orange angler Bill Lowen ran down the Intracoastal, across Galveston Bay and fished in the Clear Lake area and placed in the top 12. The more adventurous anglers will try super long runs, in my opinion, even longer than last time to try and score on big fish. The Intracoastal Canal system makes that possible.
    • Sabine River -Very few of the anglers actually fished in the Sabine River despite the event being called the “Sabine River Challenge”. I think that will change with more anglers running as far north as they can to find pockets of fish that receive little pressure and perhaps a four or five-pounder to push them over the top.
    • Bigger Turnout-Last year some 34,000 people attended the event which set a Bassmaster record for an Elite event.
     It was broken a couple of weeks later in New York but I fully expect the 2015 tournament to draw 40,000 plus. The reason they are coming back is not for the stellar fishing because while we have lots of bass, everyone knows our fishery cannot compare to Toledo Bend for example.
    The support from the public however was amazing and that is what is bringing the top anglers on the planet to fish our area.
    We will have the very best coverage of the event beginning now and leading up to it with exclusive interviews with all of the top pros with not only their thoughts on the big event but with unique tips on how you can catch more fish.
    It’s an exciting time and I look forward to bringing you special coverage on a special event.
    (To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on

    July 23, 2014

  • Mid County knocked out of tournament

    The Mid County 16-18 Babe Ruth squad’s run to the World Series is over.

    July 22, 2014

  • West golf notepad: West duo claims title in Texas Father-Son

    July 22, 2014

  • Mid County sets up championship series with Tri County

    The Southwest Regional Babe Ruth championship series is set and yes the hometown Mid County squad will be there to play.

    July 21, 2014

  • MC Babe Ruth goes 2-0

    First things first, give Clint Landry and the rest of the officials credit for making the Southwest Regional Babe Ruth tournament possible this weekend at Nederland High School.

    July 19, 2014

  • Up the odds for solid bank fishing

    There are certain limitations to fishing without a boat.

    July 19, 2014

  • Derek Williams, Summer Money League light up the lanes at Max Bowl

    Thursday nights Summer Money League produced some very impressive scores.

    July 19, 2014

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  • Babe Ruth.jpg Mid County Babe Ruth set to host Southwest Regional

    The Mid County Babe Ruth 18U team is once again knocking on the World Series door. Mid County will host the Southwest Regional at Nederland High School starting today. Mid County’s first game of the tournament is slated for 7 p.m. Friday against Pine Bluff, Ark. Thursday was a special day for Mid County Babe Ruth as two locals, Jimmy Collins (shown speaking) and Skip Hopkins (back left) were inducated intot he Southwest Regional Babe Ruth Hall of Fame. Both Hopkins and Collins have been involved in Babe Ruth for over 40 consecutive years either as player, coach or board member. There are nine teams in the tournament with the winner headed to Washington state for the World Series.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • West golf notepad: Eleven-year-old Henry scores ace in YMBL tourney

    July 15, 2014

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