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Quick start leads UIW to win over No. 6 McNeese

UIW proved on Saturday night that it’s 3-1 Southland Conference record was no fluke.

  Pokes back from open week, preparing for Incarnate Word

McNeese up to No. 6 in both FCS polls

Cowgirl Soccer shuts out UIW in San Antonio

Pokes Using Open Week to get Healthy and Prepare for Incarnate Word

McNeese men and women ranked in the middle of the pack in preseason Southland Conference basketball poll

Livings, Sutton named SLC players of the week; Cowboys 9th in both polls

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Defense, special teams rise up in 24-21 win over ACU for 500th all-time win

McNeese takes on ACU

McNeese looks to remain undefeated in Southland Conference play against ACU

B.J. Blunt named Southland Defensive Player of the Week as the Cowboys remain top 10 in FCS polls

Cowboys stay unbeaten in SLC play after 17-10 win over SFA

McNeese volleyball picks up first SLC win of the season

McNeese takes on Stephen F. Austin

The Pokes take on Stephen F. Austin tonight at 6:00 p.m.

Moss Bluff native and Oriole infielder Jace Peterson records first MLB strikeout

Peterson made his first career pitching appearance against the Boston Red Sox in a game that had gotten away from Baltimore.

  McNeese aiming to shake off BYU loss

The Cowboys host SFA on Saturday

Houston Rockets open training camp at McNeese

The Rockets will conduct their first week of training camp, beginning Tuesday, inside the new Health and Human Performance Education Complex that sits adjacent to Cowboy Stadium.

  No. 10 McNeese prepares for Stephen F. Austin

Miscues and missed opportunities doom Cowboys in 30-3 loss to BYU

McNeese takes on BYU for the first time

McNeese’s Guidry on No. 25 BYU: ‘I don’t think they’ll overlook us’

Lance Guidry reflects on McNeese’s history vs. FBS opponents

McNeese prepares for first ranked FBS team since 2014

McNeese cracks Top 10 in both polls

McNeese made the biggest jump in this week’s STATS FCS media poll, climbing seven spots and into the top 10 with a No. 9 ranking after Saturday’s 20-10 Southland Conference win over then-No. 13 Nicholls.

McNeese defense powered by Blunt Force

McNeese defense powered by Blunt Force.

Cowboys down Colonels 20-10 to stay unbeaten on the season

McNeese beats Nicholls in home opener and advances to 3-0.

McNeese to take on Nicholls State at home opener

McNeese to take on Nicholls State tonight at 6:00 p.m.

McNeese looks forward to home opener against Nicholls State

McNeese has their first home game on Saturday against Nicholls State. Colonels handed McNeese one of their two losses in 2017.

Cowboys look forward to home opener against Nicholls State

McNeese had their first home game on Saturday against Nicholls State. The Colonels handed McNeese one of their two losses in 2017.

McNeese sweeps SLC weekly awards, holds steady in FCS polls

Two days after setting school records for most passing yards and touchdowns thrown in a half, McNeese senior quarterback James Tabary received numerous awards for his play in the Cowboys’ 51-34 win over HBU in last Saturday’s Southland Conference opener.

Cowboys pick up first SLC win over HBU, 51-34

Offense explodes as Cowboys post 51-34 win over HBU.

McNeese opens Southland Conference against Houston Baptist

McNeese opens Southland Conference play against the Houston Baptist Huskies in Houston Saturday evening.

Landreneau announces the addition of Cory McCrary to 2019 roster

Landreneau announces the addition of Cory McCrary to 2019 roster

McNeese focusing on opening up SLC play with Houston Baptist

The Pokes season opener was truly a tale of two halves, but McNeese came out with the victory and moved up in both FCS top 25 polls.

McNeese climbs in both polls after win at N. Colorado

McNeese moved up in both national FCS Top 25 polls on Monday climbing one sport to No. 16 in the STATS poll while moving up four spots to No. 14 in the AFCA Coaches rankings.

Cowgirl soccer beats Cajuns, 3-0

Cowgirls beat Cajuns 3-0

17th-ranked Cowboys defeat UNC 17-14 in opener

McNeese downs Northern Colorado 17-14.

No. 17 McNeese preparing to open the season at Northern Colorado

It's finally game week for the 2018 McNeese Cowboys. The team returned to the practice field on Sunday night before having its regular in-season Monday off, then due to the weather, had its Tuesday afternoon practice session pushed back to the evening. But the excitement is there as the Cowboys,

Pokes wrap up fall camp with second scrimmage

LAKE CHARLES – McNeese officially put an end to preseason football camp on Saturday morning with its final scrimmage, focusing mostly on third-down and red zone situations. The roughly 90-play scrimmage included about 60 live plays where both sides of the ball displayed some good things.

Pokes' Trevor Begue shines, when he's on the field

After losing three key receivers to graduation, the Pokes have some question marks at the wideout position. But, Trevor Begue is a name that stood out at this year's fall camp. The redshirt sophomore has proven himself worthy of taking reps with the 1s.  This season, Begue is able to give McNeese more confidence in that position. "I'm excited for that guy," James Tabary said, "He really deserves it and he's been working his tail off the past years ...

McNeese wraps up last practice of fall camp

The last day of fall camp saw nothing but more physicality out of the players. The guys continue to get antsy to hit someone who doesn't share a locker room with them. September 1st is approaching fast, the Pokes still have things some things to polish up, but overall fall camp was successful.  "Well, we had some fights which are to be expected,” Lance Guidry said. “It was hot out here today, and they knew it was the last on and they were trying to compete again...

Defense dominates in McNeese's first fall scrimmage

McNeese Football tackled its first scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday morning, getting a good look at the first three units in different situations including a two-minute period; third-and-long, medium and short; as well as an overtime session. The two-hour, roughly 105-play scripted scrimmage included around 80 live tackling plays. “It wasn’t clean, but I didn’t expect it to be too clean,” said head coach Lance Guidry. “The offense did some good things...

McNeese set for Saturday morning's scrimmage

McNeese wrapped up day eight of fall camp on Friday morning as lightning forced the session to be cut short but not before the Cowboys were able to get in their full teamwork as head coach Lance Guidry adjusted the schedule in the event of such stoppage. The Cowboys will hold their first scrimmage of the preseason on Saturday morning at 9 in Cowboy Stadium. The event will be open to the public. The scrimmage will include all three teams running 25 plays each and will work ...

Cowboys happy to see Ryan Ross back on the field

McNeese senior running back Ryan Ross suffered a broken ankle in the Pokes' spring game in 2017 on a 4th down play inside the red zone. Ross was finally cleared for contact earlier this week and the Pokes are planning to have just as much confidence in him now, as they did before the injury.  "I'm excited for him. I think he's going to have a good year. I don't know when he's going to be at his best, I don't know if that's going to be early," admitted h...

McNeese's Livings on hitting in practice: 'It's just a feeling you've been waiting for all summer'

With the first full-padded practice officially in the books, the Cowboys are getting more and more excited to hit someone without 'McNeese' across their chest. "You know when you put the pads on that we're about to start tackling.  It's like that adrenaline starts going at practice after you get that first contact," said McNeese receiver Kylon Highshaw. "You start to calm down and get in the rhythm of practice." The Pokes have been patiently waiting to ...

  McNeese put full pads on for the first time in the 2018 season

It was like the first day of school for DWA to be able to put the full pads on. The guys were finally in live action. Practice number 5 for the Pokes consisted of about twenty-five live snaps between the 1s, 2s, and 3s. DWA totaled 3 picks on the day and their intensity stayed high. On the other side, the offense came alive towards the end of practice and had a couple good completions. Head Coach Lance Guidry said that practice number 5 was balanced overall, but in the weeks to come h...

Physical first day in full pads for McNeese

The sounds of shoulder pads clashing echoed out at the A.I. Ratcliff Practice Fields on Tuesday morning when the McNeese Cowboys geared up in full pads for the first time in fall camp – the fifth practice of the preseason. The 2 ½-hour practice included around 24 live snaps that displayed some good things on both sides of the ball. “We had some hitting going on out there with different types of drills,” said head coach Lance Guidry. “I was a little qui...

James Tabary on track to make his mark in the McNeese history book

As James Tabary enters his senior season there are a couple of things hanging over his head. Tabary told the media on Friday that he was not happy with his overall play last season. This year, he plans to do everything in his power to make his performance better. The senior quarterback is only 2,680 passing yards, 180 completions, and 24 passing touchdowns from setting the all-time mark in each category. "If I can break every record, I'm going to try and do it," James Tabar...

Camp Notes: McNeese opens fall camp with speed and numbers

McNeese football wrapped up its first practice of the fall in about 2 ½ hours on Friday morning and the feel around Cowboy camp is there’s something special brewing. Depth and speed were two areas that were quickly noticeable. “We have a lot of speed but we knew we would,” said third-year head coach Lance Guidry. “There was a lot of energy out there. The offense did a good job of throwing, running and catching the ball.’ “All-in-all I thou...

McNeese names Giorgia Pozzan as new tennis coach

McNeese Director of Athletics Bruce Hemphill has announced the hiring of former Florida State assistant coach Giorgia Pozzan as the new head coach of the Southland Conference champion McNeese Cowgirls. Pozzan spent the past four seasons at FSU, helping guide the Seminoles to back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths including a spot in the 2018 NCAA Elite 8. “It’s very exciting to have someone with the knowledge and skills like Giorgia to lead our program and to continue and b...

Cowboys enter fall camp with an abundance of offensive linemen

Just a few months ago the Cowboys only had seven offensive linemen, but those numbers quickly changed for the start of fall camp. For the first time in a while, the Cowboys' offense has depth up front. "We have about 15 or 16 guys now. You just don't know how blessed you are to have numbers. We can go three groups now," Lance Guidry said. "It's exciting. I can't wait to get in the thick of this camp and get our pads on and go live and see how tough we can get.&quo...

McNeese soccer working towards season opener August 17

The 2018 McNeese Cowgirl soccer team reported to camp this week and have already chalked up several practices as it prepares for the upcoming season with its opener at Prairie View just two weeks away on August 17. The Cowgirls will open their home slate on August 24 against Texas State and will follow that with a big matchup two days later when they host SEC member Arkansas on August 26. “It was really good to see the returners hit the field for a bit and to get a look at how...

McNeese will reportedly host Houston Rockets' preseason practices in September

Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta said the Rockets will spend a few days during training camp in September practicing in McNeese's new on-campus basketball facility. The news was first reported by Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston. The Rockets will stay at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, also owned by Fertitta. "It gives them a little bit of seclusion. They can concentrate," said Fertitta in a statement to Be...

McNeese football reports ahead of Friday's first practice

McNeese Football head coach Lance Guidry welcomed back the 2018 Cowboys as the full squad reported on Thursday to begin fall camp. Newcomers reported at 8 a.m. with a team breakfast then checked in for their equipment before moving on to meetings with compliance and the study lab and then position meetings. Veterans reported at 4 p.m. with a team meeting that included compliance. “This is a different kind of busy than what we had in the summer,” said third-year head coa...

McNeese to release All-75th Anniversary football team throughout August

The 2018 football season will mark the 75th anniversary of McNeese Cowboy football – a winning tradition that began back in 1940. The program has played every year since that inaugural season for the exception of 1941-44 due to World War II. In the previous 74 football playing years, the Cowboys have won 19 conference championships, including a Southland Conference record 14 titles; participated in three Division I Bowl games – all three the Independence Bowl (1976, 1979...

McNeese TE Lawayne Ross named a STATS second team preseason All-American

McNeese junior tight end Lawayne Ross picked up a nice preseason honor on Tuesday when he was named to the STATS All-America team as a member of the second offensive unit. The three squads announced features 98 players from 56 schools across all 13 FCS conferences plus independent North Dakota. Ross, a native of Richwood, Texas, will be entering his second season as a tight end after playing in the offensive backfield his freshman year. In 2017, he posted one of the most productive...

Washington-Marion three-star linebacker Christian Guillory commits to McNeese

Another one of Southwest Louisiana's top prospects is staying home. Washington-Marion 2019 linebacker Christian Guillory announced his commitment to McNeese on his Twitter account Monday. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound defender chose the Cowboys over offers from Tulane, UTSA, Northwestern ...

7-in-Seven Countdown: Top 2018 McNeese impact players

We are just two weeks away from KPLC's coverage of Two-A-Days and to get ready we continue our 7-in-Seven countdown. Countdowns will include topics from McNeese to high school football. A new countdown each week, beginning every Monday. We continue the countdown with the top seven McNeese impact players.

McNeese, Southland players and coaches answered the "tough" questions at media day

Media days are the first chance for players and coaches to build up and discuss the upcoming season. Confidence and expectations are high heading into a new year.  It's also time for those same players and coaches to face the facts and answer the real "tough" questions. I knew that I, KPLC 7 Sports Director Brady Renard, was just the man to look the Southland Conference representatives in the eye and ask questions like, 'dogs or cats?'  Enjoy this piece...

McNeese's Morgan Woods named Louisiana Women's Field Athlete of the Year

McNeese Cowgirl javelin thrower, Morgan Woods, a 2018 All-America Honorable Mention selection, has been named the 2018 Louisiana Women's Field Athlete of the Year, the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) announced on Tuesday in conjunction with the release of the 2018 All-Louisiana Track and Field teams. Woods, a Lake Arthur native, finished 21st in the javelin event at the NCAA Outdoor Championships last June, a couple weeks after winning gold at the Southland Conferen...

Sports Person of the Week - Lawayne Ross

Lawayne Ross was recruited to play running back, but head coach Lance Guidry had other plans in mind for the big man, but of course, it took a lot of convincing. "You don't want to listen to playing tight end,” Lance Guidry said. “I told Lawayne, look you'll be on the field every play. I told him just think about catching the ball downfield and only defensive backs can tackle you and then he started to smile. It's a work in progress, he knows that he needs to be a be...

  McNeese earns first place vote, ranked fourth in 2018 SLC preseason poll

Sam Houston State is the preseason favorite for the 2018 Southland Conference football season, the league announced Thursday. The Bearkats earned 10 first-place votes and 187 total points to garner the top spot. Nicholls was voted second with 173 total points and six first-place tabs. Defending champion Central Arkansas follows closely in third place, earning five first-place votes and 170 points. McNeese earned a top vote and 159 points to rank fourth in the preseason poll. Southea...

McNeese to host back to school football camp in Goosport

Tis the season for football camps and McNeese is taking full advantage. The Pokes just recently put on their annual High School football camp and Rowdy football camp at Cowboy stadium. This weekend, for the second year in a row, McNeese is throwing a back to school football camp at Ward 3 in Goosport, Lake Charles. The camp will be held on Saturday, July 21 and it is free. The Cowboys will be giving away T-shirts, backpacks, hotdogs, hamburgers, and music will be played. “It&...

McNeese to take part in SLC Media Day on Thursday

The Southland Conference will unofficially kickoff the 2018 football season on Thursday with its annual SLC Football Media Day event that will be held at the Hilton Houston Post Oak by the Galleria. The day-long event will begin at 9 a.m. with comments from league commissioner Tom Burnett, then at 9:30, Nicholls will take the stage as the first of the 11 conference football-playing schools to be showcased. McNeese head coach Lance Guidry will take the main stage at 2:15 while tight ...

McNeese lands 10 players on All-Southland preseason teams

The first sign that the 2018 football season is near was released on Thursday morning when the Southland Conference announced its preseason all-conference teams that features 10 McNeese Cowboys – five on each the first and second teams. Senior running back David Hamm, along with junior tight end Lawayne Ross and senior kicker Gunnar Raborn, were automatic selections on the first team after being named to the 2017 all-conference postseason first-team squad. Senior punter Alex K...

McNeese's Helena Besovic named Houston's head tennis coach

University of Houston Vice President for Athletics Chris Pezman named Helena Besovic as Houston's 10th Head Tennis Coach on Thursday. A highly-decorated player in her own right, Besovic arrives in Houston after four seasons as head coach at McNeese University. "We are excited to welcome Helena to the Houston Athletics family as the head coach of our Tennis program," said Pezman. "She has a commitment to excellence wi...

Former McNeese coach Dave Simmons returns to Northwestern State

One of the best tandems in Northwestern State basketball history is together again. Demons' head coach Mike McConathy announced Monday the return of Dave Simmons to the NSU basketball staff after 12 seasons as head coach at Southland Conference rival McNeese. Simmons, 58, was the lead assistant during McConathy's first seven seasons at Northwestern (1999-2006), when the Demons made their first two NCAA Tournament ap...

Guidry returns to WKU for speaking engagement

Everybody makes mistakes, that's a given. It takes a special person to learn from those mistakes then pay it forward by providing guidance and leadership about those miscues to educate others.   That's what McNeese football head coach Lance Guidry was able to do on Tuesday when he returned to Bowling Green, Kentucky, speaking to the Western Kentucky football program about the mistakes he made in his past and the lessons learned, and to educate the Hilltoppers about the ...

7-in-Seven countdown: Top McNeese matchups in 2018

We are just seven weeks away from KPLC's coverage of Two-A-Days and starting June 19, KPLC will bring you the 7-in-Seven countdown. Countdowns will include topics from McNeese to high school football. A new countdown each week, beginning every Monday. We start the countdown with the top-seven matchups for McNeese this upcoming season. 7. Houston Baptist, September 23 It's the first-ever meeting between the Cowboys and the Houston Baptist Huskies. HBU comes...

Provenzano picks up All-LA first team honors

LAKE CHARLES – McNeese record-setting second baseman Joe Provenzano added another trophy to his mantle as he was named to the All-Louisiana First Team, the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) released late Saturday night. Provenzano, a native of Downers Grove, Ill., became McNeese’s career hits leader this past season, ending his four-year career with 254 base knocks. He also played in 222 career games, tying him as the program’s career leader. In 2018, Pro...

McNeese excited to play on new turf at Cowboy Stadium

Installation for the new Louis Bonnette Field at Cowboy Stadium is officially complete, representatives from Hellas Construction recently announced. The new synthetic turf is a Matrix Turf with Helix Technology, which is the same artificial turf that the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, and the Miami Dolphins have selected.   "Hellas Construction did a terrific job installing the new turf," said McNeese Director of Athletics Bruce Hemphill, "The...

Sports Person of the Week - Mia Manzanares

"I wasn't looking to tie the arena record, I just wanted to go out and rope my calf and make a good run," Mia Manzanares said. Mia Manzanares put on quite the show at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming, winning the national title in both breakaway roping and goat tying. With those wins, she tallied up 480 points, which was enough to single-handedly win McNeese the women's team championship. "It feels absolutely great. I am ha...

McNeese triple jumper John Lemke qualifies for USATF Outdoor Championships

John Lemke, McNeese’s record holder in the triple jump, will compete at the 2018 USATF Outdoor Championships on Friday, becoming the first Cowboy or Cowgirl track and field athlete to participate at the national championships since 2012. The Lake Charles native qualified for the meet with his school record jump of 53-feet, 4 ¼-inches that won him the gold medal at this year’s Southland Conference Outdoor Championships. He’ll enter the meet ranked 10th in the...

Lake Charles Memorial Foundation to Donate $15,000 in Smart Helmet Technology to McNeese Football

LAKE CHARLES – The Lake Charles Memorial Foundation presented a check for $15,000 to Riddell on Wednesday morning that will be used to equip every McNeese football helmet with the Riddell InSite Training Tool, which is the leading impact monitoring system in football. McNeese will be the only college football program in the state of Louisiana to currently use the system that will analyze the impacts sustained in practices or games. “We try to do something every year with...

Brittany Bigott Joins McNeese Women's Basketball Staff

LAKE CHARLES—McNeese women’s basketball head coach Kacie Cryer has announced the addition of Brittany Bigott to her coaching staff. Bigott’s duties will include coaching the guards, handle travel arrangement, social media and community service. The native of Katy, Texas, Bigott comes to McNeese after spending the 2017-18 season as a graduate assistant at Wayne State College where she earned her matster’s degree in Sports Management. The Wildcats went 25-7 and ...

McNeese women win college rodeo national title, Sulphur native Tristan Martin wins individual national championship

McNeese cleaned up at the 70th College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming by capturing three national individual championships, one team championship and one reserve championship. Sulphur native Tristan Martin also took home the steer wrestling title representing East Mississippi CC. The Cowgirls were able to edge out Texas Tech, 480-475 for the women's national championship thanks to the heroics from Mia Manzanares. She won the national title in both b...

McNeese quarterback James Tabary to attend Manning Passing Academy

McNeese quarterback James Tabary has been selected to attend the 23rd annual Manning Passing Academy on June 21-24. Tabary is one of 40 starting college quarterbacks selected to attend the camp to be a part of the staff. This year, there will be 1,200 high school campers from 45 states and Canada. In the 2017 season, Tabary finished with over 2,500 yards and 21 touchdowns. The New Orleans native has a completion percentage of 54.6% and leads the Cowboys with 228.3 passing yards...

KPLC 7 Sports' 7-in-Seven Countdown returns June 18

In the seven weeks prior to football season, KPLC 7 Sports will bring you a new 7-in-Seven countdown each week leading into our Two-A-Days coverage. Countdowns will include topics from McNeese's most exciting matchups to the top high school prospects in Southwest Louisiana. Every Monday a new countdown begins, starting June 19.

Injury forces McKenzie to pull out of heptathlon at NCAAs

EUGENE, Oregon – Grace McKenzie’s time at the NCAA Track and Field Championships came to an early end here Saturday as the Cowgirls pulled out of the women’s heptathlon with the javelin throw and 800-meters remaining, due to strained muscles around her ribs. She was ranked 22nd prior to pulling out. “Her injury was not allowing her to breath properly,” said head coach Brendon Gilroy. “There was no way she was going to be able to throw the javelin....

Grace McKenzie finishes 22nd in day one of Heptathlon

It wasn't the outcome from day one McNeese sophomore, Grace McKenzie was hoping for. The sophomore finished day one of the NCAA Heptathlon in 22nd place out of 23.  McKenzie totaled 3187 points after posting a 13.66 in the 100mH, a 1.63 in the high jump, a 10.78 in the shot put and an 845 in the 200m.  McKenzie finishes out the second half of the Heptathlon on Saturday with the long jump, javelin throw, and 800-meter run.  Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights ...

Morgan Woods finishes 21st at NCAA Championships

EUGENE, Oregon – Morgan Woods didn’t have her best day throwing the javelin but that didn’t take away from the remarkable season she had as the junior from Lake Arthur completed her season by finishing 21st in the women’s javelin event here Friday evening on day two of the 2018 NCAA Track & Field Championships. Woods’ best throw went for 149-feet, 6-inches, four feet from cracking the top 20. “Morgan entered the meet ranked 20th in the nation ...