BEAUMONT – Pat Foster and seven of his players who had Lamar University in the NCAA or NIT tournament for the first six years of the 1980s have been saluted on the Southland Conference 1980s All-Decade team.
Foster, who guided the Cardinals to three Southland titles and six straight postseason tournament appearances, was named co-coach of the decade of the ‘80s, along with Louisiana Tech’s Andy Russo. His selection gives Lamar a coach of the decade in each of
the three decades released by the league office, after Jack Martin was co-head coach of the 1960s and Billy Tubbs represented the 1970s.
Foster left Lamar with a sparkling 134-49 overall record, NCAA tournament wins over Missouri and Alabama and a 49-19 mark in conference play. His .732 winning percentage is the best of any Lamar coach.
Cardinal players on the 20-man team of the decade included B.B Davis (1977-81), Jerry Everett (1983-85), James Gulley (1984-87), Mike Olliver (1977-81), Kenneth Perkins (1980-84), Lamont Robinson (1981-84) and Tom Sewell (1981-84).
While Lamar put more players on the 1980s team than any other school, the two biggest names were McNeese State’s Joe Dumars and Louisiana Tech’s Karl Malone, both of whom were taken in the first round of NBA drafts. Dumars was chosen the SLC Player of the Decade.
Lamar’s Olliver, meanwhile, was a four-time all-conference performer, is the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,518 career points and his 50-point effort against Portland State stood as Lamar’s single-game high for 31 years. The 1981 Southland Conference Player of the Year, Olliver was named a Citizen’s Savings Foundation First-Team All-American that same year.
He was taken as the 32nd pick of the 1981 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls, then traded to the Indiana Pacers.
Davis was also a four-time all-conference performer, earning Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year honors in 1978. A two-time USBWA All-District VI honoree, Davis is the only player in Lamar history with over 2,000 career points (2,084) and 1,000 career rebounds (1,122).
Davis averaged 17.5 points and 9.4 rebounds per game for his career and ranks second in school history in points, rebounds, field goals made and blocked shots. He was chosen in the fourth round of the 1981 NBA draft by the Kansas City Kings.
Gulley was twice named All-Southland Conference before earning All-American South Conference honors as a senior. A 6-foot-8 forward, Gulley is third all-time in Lamar history in scoring (1,832) and rebounding (967). As a junior, Gulley averaged 19.8 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, and he posted career averages of 16.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per contest.
Sewell played just three seasons for the Cardinals but still put up 1,496 career points. As a senior, Sewell was named the 1984 Southland Conference Player of the Year after averaging 22.9 points per game. Also a first-team all-conference
selection as a junior, Sewell posted career averages of 16.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.
He was taken with the 22nd pick of the 1985 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, then traded to the Washington Bullets.
Perkins was a three-time all-conference performer who finished his career with 1,299 points and 912 rebounds. Perkins helped the Cardinals to two NCAA Tournament and two Postseason NIT appearances during his playing career.
Everett played two years for the Cardinals, earning first-team all-conference and Southland Conference Tournament MVP honors as a senior. During his senior campaign, Everett averaged 16.9 points as Lamar advanced to the second round of the Postseason NIT. For his career, Everett averaged 15.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.
Robinson earned Southland Conference Tournament MVP honors as a junior before helping the Cardinals advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament where they would lose by just two to No. 13 Villanova. Robinson was a first-team all-conference selection as a senior who finished his career with 304 assists and 130 steals.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at www.klvi.com or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on GETV.org)
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