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December 20, 2012

LSC-PA unveils new scoreboard at Parker Center

PORT ARTHUR —  Lamar State College-Port Arthur’s basketball program has taken another step forward with the unveiling of a new scoreboard system that will feature video and audio capabilities.

 The Seahawks, who are ranked No. 23 in the nation in the most recent NJCAA Division I men’s basketball poll, will feature the new system during the upcoming Seahawks New Year’s Tournament to be held at the Carl Parker Center on the campus of Lamar State.

 “The Carl Parker Center is a state-of-the-art facility that already offers so many things to the campus and the community,” Athletic Director Scott Street said. “The addition of our new scoreboard system elevates our facility to among the best in the nation for junior college basketball.”

 The new system, which features boards at each end of the basketball court, will allow fans to keep up with individual scoring and fouls for players who are currently on the floor. A video board will feature pre-recorded introductions of players, advertising opportunities or clips that encourage the home crowd to get excited for the Seahawks. The installation also includes new shot clocks and a string of LED lights surrounding the backboard to indicate the end of a period or the expiration of time on the shot clock.

 The men’s basketball program came to life during the 2004-05 season and has grown by bounds over the past eight seasons. Three banners hang inside the gym lauding the 2010-11 program that won the NJCAA Region XIV Tournament and advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament, and the 2011-12 team that won the school’s first-ever regular-season championship.

 This year’s squad, the ninth in Lamar State’s history, is 11-1 for the season and 3-1 in conference play. The Seahawks, who are led by three players ranked among the top Division I athletes in the nation, return to the court for a New Year’s Eve game against Lone Star College-Cy Fair at 6 p.m. Earlier in the day, Mineral Area College from Missouri and Seward County Community College from Kansas tips off at 4 p.m.

 The two-day affair continues on New Year’s Day with a 2 p.m. game between Mineral Area and Lone Star-Cy Fair and a 4 p.m. finale’ between Lamar State and Seward County.

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    (To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at cmooreoutdoors@gmail.com. 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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