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  • Sports Person of the Week - Gerald Welch

    Sports Person of the Week - Gerald Welch

    Friday, August 18 2017 10:39 PM EDT2017-08-19 02:39:13 GMT
    Memories weigh heavy on everyone's heart, but for power lifter Gerald Welch, it's more literal.   "The only time I ever did weight lifting was every now and then when we would work out during football, to beef up," said Welch. "I never took any drugs, it was always just me and what God gave me." "It worked out alright, and I was proud of that." The Hackberry native has a lot to be proud of after a seven-year career, that resulted in seve...More >>
    Memories weigh heavy on everyone's heart, but for power lifter Gerald Welch, it's more literal.   "The only time I ever did weight lifting was every now and then when we would work out during football, to beef up," said Welch. "I never took any drugs, it was always just me and what God gave me." "It worked out alright, and I was proud of that." The Hackberry native has a lot to be proud of after a seven-year career, that resulted in seve...More >>
  • Sports Person of the Week - Ben Sowders

    Sports Person of the Week - Ben Sowders

    Saturday, August 12 2017 2:16 AM EDT2017-08-12 06:16:26 GMT

    “You're going to sit back one day in one of those lawn chairs, while you’re tailgating, and say man, I just want one more kick off.” “I think it all starts with having a passion and having enthusiasm and having energy every day and I think for us as coaches, we have to lead by example.” The new McNeese strength coach, Ben Sowders' plan is to regenerate the energy and passion on the football field. You’ll certainly hear him before you see him...

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    “You're going to sit back one day in one of those lawn chairs, while you’re tailgating, and say man, I just want one more kick off.” “I think it all starts with having a passion and having enthusiasm and having energy every day and I think for us as coaches, we have to lead by example.” The new McNeese strength coach, Ben Sowders' plan is to regenerate the energy and passion on the football field. You’ll certainly hear him before you see him...

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  • Sports Person of the Week - Kent Shelby

    Sports Person of the Week - Kent Shelby

    Friday, August 4 2017 6:01 PM EDT2017-08-04 22:01:58 GMT
    The road to recovery has been a tough one for McNeese wide receiver Kent Shelby. The senior battled turf toe on both feet in 2016, but a new year, brings a healthier Kent Shelby. "I wasn't as productive as the team needed me to be and also for myself," said Shelby. "Going through that toe injury and constantly battling it and Coach Guidry sitting me out for spring, all that time sitting out made me hungry." And that should be a scary thought for defense...More >>
    The road to recovery has been a tough one for McNeese wide receiver Kent Shelby. The senior battled turf toe on both feet in 2016, but a new year, brings a healthier Kent Shelby. "I wasn't as productive as the team needed me to be and also for myself," said Shelby. "Going through that toe injury and constantly battling it and Coach Guidry sitting me out for spring, all that time sitting out made me hungry." And that should be a scary thought for defense...More >>
  • Sports Person of the Week - Judd Hebert

    Sports Person of the Week - Judd Hebert

    Thursday, July 27 2017 11:43 PM EDT2017-07-28 03:43:22 GMT
    "I guess I like the thrill of it. It's fun to me. The adrenaline. I just like it," Judd Hebert said.   That thrill, is bull riding. And Judd Hebert is quite good at it. The recent Iota grad made Louisiana history in 2016 at the Youth Rodeo Finals - Winning the state, International and national title.  "I've never experienced anything like that, I was proud of myself," said Hebert.  And in 2017 he's still going. Hebert was the 2017 state cham...More >>
    "I guess I like the thrill of it. It's fun to me. The adrenaline. I just like it," Judd Hebert said.   That thrill, is bull riding. And Judd Hebert is quite good at it. The recent Iota grad made Louisiana history in 2016 at the Youth Rodeo Finals - Winning the state, International and national title.  "I've never experienced anything like that, I was proud of myself," said Hebert.  And in 2017 he's still going. Hebert was the 2017 state cham...More >>
  • Sports Person of the Week - Jammerio Gross-Whitaker

    Sports Person of the Week - Jammerio Gross-Whitaker

    Friday, July 21 2017 10:08 PM EDT2017-07-22 02:08:56 GMT
    Heading into the 2017 McNeese football season, the Cowboys' motto is "Last Ride." Defensive end Jammerio Gross-Whitaker takes those words to heart. "It's my last year. I'm gonna savor every single moment I have with my team and these fans and with these coaches," said Gross Whitaker. "I'm going to enjoy it." 2016 was a big year for Gross-Whitaker, earning all-conference and all-Louisiana honors after leading the Pokes with 59 tackle...More >>
    Heading into the 2017 McNeese football season, the Cowboys' motto is "Last Ride." Defensive end Jammerio Gross-Whitaker takes those words to heart. "It's my last year. I'm gonna savor every single moment I have with my team and these fans and with these coaches," said Gross Whitaker. "I'm going to enjoy it." 2016 was a big year for Gross-Whitaker, earning all-conference and all-Louisiana honors after leading the Pokes with 59 tackle...More >>
  • Sports Person of the Week - Lauryn McMahon

    Sports Person of the Week - Lauryn McMahon

    Thursday, July 13 2017 9:29 PM EDT2017-07-14 01:29:37 GMT
    Softball has always played a major role in Lauryn McMahon's life, as it should have, being that it's a family affair. “My mom was really big in high school. They kind of threw me into it. I like to be out on the field and get dirty and stuff like that. I think that the grit in the game actually got to me,” McMahon said. The Rosepine catcher was a driving force behind the Lady Eagles' repeat trip to Sulphur this season. Deservingly so, she was named a second team all-Amer...More >>
    Softball has always played a major role in Lauryn McMahon's life, as it should have, being that it's a family affair. “My mom was really big in high school. They kind of threw me into it. I like to be out on the field and get dirty and stuff like that. I think that the grit in the game actually got to me,” McMahon said. The Rosepine catcher was a driving force behind the Lady Eagles' repeat trip to Sulphur this season. Deservingly so, she was named a second team all-Amer...More >>
  • Sports Person of the Week - Gage Primeaux

    Sports Person of the Week - Gage Primeaux

    Thursday, July 6 2017 8:00 PM EDT2017-07-07 00:00:07 GMT
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    It’s hard for Barbe alum Gage Primeaux to keep track of how many golf tournaments he has actually won. For him, practice isn't what makes perfect. "Honestly, I really don’t practice, Primeaux said. I practice on the course. I play 5 times a week so I don't really ever practice." Primeaux has been golfing since he could walk. At 19, he's already won around 70 golf championships. He said his friends play a significant role in his accomplishments. ...

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    It’s hard for Barbe alum Gage Primeaux to keep track of how many golf tournaments he has actually won. For him, practice isn't what makes perfect. "Honestly, I really don’t practice, Primeaux said. I practice on the course. I play 5 times a week so I don't really ever practice." Primeaux has been golfing since he could walk. At 19, he's already won around 70 golf championships. He said his friends play a significant role in his accomplishments. ...

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  • Sports Person of the Week - Beau Jordan

    Sports Person of the Week - Beau Jordan

    Friday, June 30 2017 11:37 PM EDT2017-07-01 03:37:15 GMT
    The goal of every college baseball player is to get to OMAHA. Barbe alum, Beau Jordan and the LSU tigers accomplished that this season. “It was a great opportunity, like you said it wasn’t what we planned on achieving, but I am very proud of this team and what we were able to accomplish. We started off rough and being able to finish in the top two teams in the country its really great and it was a fun ride,” Said Jordan. Jordan battled his way into the st...More >>
    The goal of every college baseball player is to get to OMAHA. Barbe alum, Beau Jordan and the LSU tigers accomplished that this season. “It was a great opportunity, like you said it wasn’t what we planned on achieving, but I am very proud of this team and what we were able to accomplish. We started off rough and being able to finish in the top two teams in the country its really great and it was a fun ride,” Said Jordan. Jordan battled his way into the st...More >>
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