Gabe McDonald joined KPLC in September 2018 as a hybrid reporter covering both sports and news in Southwest Louisiana. He is excited to get his career started in his home state and is looking forward to meeting and telling the stories of all the great people in the area!
Gabe is a proud graduate of The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where he majored in Mass Communications and played football. During his time in Pine Bluff, he was named Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the 2016-17 school year and served as the lead anchor for the school's newscasts. Gabe also completed an internship at KARK/FOX 16, the NBC and FOX affiliates in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Gabe is a Louisiana native, graduating from Byrd High School in Shreveport - an alma mater he shares with KPLC Sports Director Brady Renard. When he is not out covering stories you can find Gabe at the gym, trying a new restaurant, or watching The Office.
One of the area’s top baseball prospects announced his college choice on Friday. Rising junior infielder Tyler LeJeune took to Twitter to announce that he’ll suit up for the LSU Tigers once his days at Iota are over.
The school didn’t have to look far to find its next head coach. In fact, he’s been court-side for nearly a decade. The school announced on Friday that assistant coach Robert Palmer will lead the program going forward, taking over for Hartwell.
Former McNeese guard Roydell Brown was a key factor in the Pokes resurgence these past two seasons. While his time in Lake Charles is in the rear view, his hoops career is far from finished. Brown recently turned a dream into reality by signing to play professionally in Slovakia.
The 48-year-old will now balance being a head coach and an administrator for the first time in his career. It’s a role he says will come with its challenges but is one he’s fit for given his background.
The 7Sports ‘Senior Night’ spotlight shines on LCCP baseballer Jacob Humphries. He has been on the Trailblazers’ varsity baseball team since the 10th grade as an outfielder, first and third baseman, and relief pitcher. This past year he was voted team captain.
After seeing his recruitment pick up steam over the last year, LCCP junior wide receiver Solomon Lewis announced his college choice on Friday. Lewis opted to stay in state but go further north as he committed to the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.
Arguably the top girls basketball recruit in not only the area but the state of Louisiana has made her college choice. LaGrange guard Jeriah Warren announced on Friday that she has committed to the University of Florida.
After nearly retiring from basketball due to a back injury, Richard came back and had his best season as a pro. The McNeese Hall of Famer was recently named the Player of the Year for the Romanian League.
Though Ardoin admits that his preparation for the season in the fall was challenging, he says he embraces the grind that comes with being a collegiate athlete. He started in 8 games during the shortened season and batted .241 with a fielding percentage of 96.7.
The Division I Council Coordination Committee extended the recruiting dead period in all sports through July 31. The committee will regularly evaluate the dead period, continuing to be guided by medical experts.
While the 2021 baseball season is still nearly nine months away for most schools, MaxPreps.com took a look at the Top 50 players expected to compete next season. Making the cut was Barbe junior pitcher Jack Walker, one of two players on the list from the state of Louisiana.
A year ago this week, the McNeese baseball team was celebrating its first Southland Conference tournament title in 16 years. A few members from last year’s squad were able to continue their careers as pros and are currently trying to balance minor league life with the pandemic.
From the time he picked up a vaulting pole as an eighth grader, Brock Meyer knew he'd found his calling. Five years later and the Westlake senior has realized pole-vaulting, much like any sport, is as much mental as it is physical.
In its 35th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company today announced Barbe outfielder and left-handed pitcher Brody Drost as its 2019-20 Gatorade Louisiana Baseball Player of the Year.
The Division I Council approved a resolution Wednesday that outlined its intention to adopt by January a comprehensive legislative package creating uniform, modernized rules governing eligibility after transfer for student-athletes in all sports.
After playing sparingly over the course of his two seasons in Lafayette, former LaGrange dual-sport athlete Colton Frank IV has entered his named into the NCAA transfer portal according to D1 Baseball’s transfer tracker.