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  • Sports Person of the Week - Eddie Kennison

    Sports Person of the Week - Eddie Kennison

    Friday, June 23 2017 12:46 AM EDT2017-06-23 04:46:36 GMT
    Our KPLC 7 Sports Person of the Week is Lake Charles native, Eddie Kennison. The former LSU two-sport star lettered in track and football before going on to a 13-year NFL career. A first-round draft pick of the St. Louis Rams in 1996, he also played with four other teams, including the Saints in 1999. Now he’s an inductee in the 2017 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.  “It's truly an honor, just being away from Louisiana for a number of years after my career at LSU,&rdqu...More >>
    Our KPLC 7 Sports Person of the Week is Lake Charles native, Eddie Kennison. The former LSU two-sport star lettered in track and football before going on to a 13-year NFL career. A first-round draft pick of the St. Louis Rams in 1996, he also played with four other teams, including the Saints in 1999. Now he’s an inductee in the 2017 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.  “It's truly an honor, just being away from Louisiana for a number of years after my career at LSU,&rdqu...More >>
  • Sports Person of the Week - Collin Kober

    Sports Person of the Week - Collin Kober

    Friday, June 16 2017 12:51 AM EDT2017-06-16 04:51:22 GMT

    Every college baseball player dreams of the day his name is called in the MLB Draft. For Former McNeese and Sam Houston pitcher Collin Kober, it's now a reality. “I’ve been doing this my entire life. As a kid growing up, all you want to do is be a big leaguer. Just having the opportunity to have that chance, it’s just unreal,” Kober said. Kober was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 27th round of the MLB draft. His selection signified that ...

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    Every college baseball player dreams of the day his name is called in the MLB Draft. For Former McNeese and Sam Houston pitcher Collin Kober, it's now a reality. “I’ve been doing this my entire life. As a kid growing up, all you want to do is be a big leaguer. Just having the opportunity to have that chance, it’s just unreal,” Kober said. Kober was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 27th round of the MLB draft. His selection signified that ...

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  • Sports Person of the Week - Jeff Moore

    Sports Person of the Week - Jeff Moore

    Thursday, June 8 2017 8:34 PM EDT2017-06-09 00:34:01 GMT
    Sports have a way of teaching life lessons, unlike anything else. Lake Arthur native Jeff Moore, certainly a shining example.  "It goes beyond wins and losses," said Moore. "Just an impact and I had that same impact being a coach's son and just all the coaches and teachers that have impacted me." That impact inspired the Northwestern State assistant to find a way to say thanks. 20 years later, and the Jeff Moore Basketball Camp is still ...More >>
    Sports have a way of teaching life lessons, unlike anything else. Lake Arthur native Jeff Moore, certainly a shining example.  "It goes beyond wins and losses," said Moore. "Just an impact and I had that same impact being a coach's son and just all the coaches and teachers that have impacted me." That impact inspired the Northwestern State assistant to find a way to say thanks. 20 years later, and the Jeff Moore Basketball Camp is still ...More >>
  • Sports Person of the Week - Gunner Leger

    Sports Person of the Week - Gunner Leger

    Thursday, June 1 2017 11:51 PM EDT2017-06-02 03:51:46 GMT
    Over the past three seasons, Barbe alumnus Gunner Leger has certainly made his mark at UL Lafayette. "It's an honor just to play there and pitch every Friday in front of 6,000 fans," said Leger. Serving as the ace of the Cajuns' staff, Leger has totaled nearly 300 innings and struck out 252 batters, all while keeping a 2.45 ERA. It's that type of dominance that allowed him to be a Golden Spikes semifinalist, which is the Heisman Trophy of college baseball. ...More >>
    Over the past three seasons, Barbe alumnus Gunner Leger has certainly made his mark at UL Lafayette. "It's an honor just to play there and pitch every Friday in front of 6,000 fans," said Leger. Serving as the ace of the Cajuns' staff, Leger has totaled nearly 300 innings and struck out 252 batters, all while keeping a 2.45 ERA. It's that type of dominance that allowed him to be a Golden Spikes semifinalist, which is the Heisman Trophy of college baseball. ...More >>
  • Sports Person of the Week - Hayden Gunter

    Sports Person of the Week - Hayden Gunter

    Thursday, May 18 2017 6:14 PM EDT2017-05-18 22:14:30 GMT
    From the gridiron, to the hardwood, to the diamond, South Beauregard's Hayden Gunter has done it all. Just a week before his high school graduation, Gunter and the Golden Knights capped off their first baseball state championship in school history. "Everyone doubted us, like who thinks a team from South Beau could win a state championship," asked Gunter." From the chaos of a live rooster in the dugout, to winning the first 3A state title in Sulphur, th...More >>
    From the gridiron, to the hardwood, to the diamond, South Beauregard's Hayden Gunter has done it all. Just a week before his high school graduation, Gunter and the Golden Knights capped off their first baseball state championship in school history. "Everyone doubted us, like who thinks a team from South Beau could win a state championship," asked Gunter." From the chaos of a live rooster in the dugout, to winning the first 3A state title in Sulphur, th...More >>
  • Sports Person of the Week - Bryan Soileau

    Sports Person of the Week - Bryan Soileau

    Thursday, May 4 2017 8:21 PM EDT2017-05-05 00:21:32 GMT
    It might sound cliche, but the sky is the limit for Sam Houston freshman high jumper Bryan Soileau. "I would love to pursue [high jumping] and go as far as a can in it," said Soileau. At only 15-years-old, Soileau has already broken the Broncos' all-time record with a high jump of 6'4". "I had no idea that I broke the record, I was just in pursuit of first place." "We know the record was set at about 6'2"," said Sam Houston tr...More >>
    It might sound cliche, but the sky is the limit for Sam Houston freshman high jumper Bryan Soileau. "I would love to pursue [high jumping] and go as far as a can in it," said Soileau. At only 15-years-old, Soileau has already broken the Broncos' all-time record with a high jump of 6'4". "I had no idea that I broke the record, I was just in pursuit of first place." "We know the record was set at about 6'2"," said Sam Houston tr...More >>
  • Sports Person of the Week - DeSean Smith

    Sports Person of the Week - DeSean Smith

    Friday, May 12 2017 12:16 AM EDT2017-05-12 04:16:54 GMT

    From Lake Charles, to Baton Rouge and now the NFL, it's been quite the journey for DeSean Smith. "I don't care where I end up, I am ready for the opportunity and it was given to me, and I'm definitely going to take advantage of it," said Smith. "I have to put on for Lake Charles, my family and friends and there is no time to let anyone down." The Barbe product went undrafted out of LSU, but had multiple offers for rookie camp invites. The Carolina Panthers ...

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    From Lake Charles, to Baton Rouge and now the NFL, it's been quite the journey for DeSean Smith. "I don't care where I end up, I am ready for the opportunity and it was given to me, and I'm definitely going to take advantage of it," said Smith. "I have to put on for Lake Charles, my family and friends and there is no time to let anyone down." The Barbe product went undrafted out of LSU, but had multiple offers for rookie camp invites. The Carolina Panthers ...

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  • Sports Person of the Week - Austin Burk

    Sports Person of the Week - Austin Burk

    Thursday, May 4 2017 8:06 PM EDT2017-05-05 00:06:05 GMT
    For McNeese golf, it's twice as nice. On Wednesday, the Pokes used a 12-stroke lead to coast to their second straight Southland Conference golf championship by downing SFA by four strokes. "It took a team effort to get the win," said Cowboy coach Austin Burk. "We just found a way. It wasn't pretty, but we got the win." While Stonebridge Ranch Country Club is a beautiful sight-- the scorecards at the tournament, not so much. The Pokes, despit...More >>
    For McNeese golf, it's twice as nice. On Wednesday, the Pokes used a 12-stroke lead to coast to their second straight Southland Conference golf championship by downing SFA by four strokes. "It took a team effort to get the win," said Cowboy coach Austin Burk. "We just found a way. It wasn't pretty, but we got the win." While Stonebridge Ranch Country Club is a beautiful sight-- the scorecards at the tournament, not so much. The Pokes, despit...More >>
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