McNeese quarterback Nate Glantz is using his name, image, and likeness (NIL) to give back to his community as he partnered with Athletes 4 Children to help raise money for the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.
The Tiger Island Fire has burnt down thousands of acres and destroyed many homes in the area, and like so many in the area, the Merryville football team was impacted, but they were able to overcome the adversity thrown at them for a week one win.
Softball player Tylee Vincent was selected to play in the USSSA All-American games for the 11U age group after attending an open tryout in Monroe, Louisiana earlier this year. The games were held in Viera, Florida this summer where she played alongside and against some of the best players in the nation.
The Grand Lake and Lake Charles 16U All-Stars softball team placed third in the Southwest Regional round of the Senior League World Series this season, and according to Head Coach Lori Fitkin, this is the first time a Lake Charles 16U softball team has ever placed in a regional tournament.
The Mid City Little League Juniors baseball team won the District and State championship this season and are now on their way to the Southwest Regional round l in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the team competed in Regionals last year but failed to move on.
Kirby Oertling has been the KPLC 7 Sports Person of the Week previously due to his impressive accomplishments with the Special Olympics, but recently he accomplished yet another impressive feat, as he was named the Louisiana Special Olympics Male Athlete of the Year.
Sibling powerlifters for St. Louis Catholic high school Luke and Morgan Churchman have used the sport to create a very strong bond and this past season the pair placed the highest in school history at the state championships.
Teams are like families, and at Sam Houston High School their team is like a brotherhood. This past week manager of the Broncos Baseball team Zander Gray was officially introduced as a Broncos Teammate.
Jace Moody, the son of Sam Houston tennis head coach Jason Moody, made his college decision official on Wednesday afternoon as he signed his National Letter of Intent to play tennis at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama.
Jarell Joseph has had a very successful career as a member of the Lake Charles College Prep Track and Field team, and on Saturday he put pen to paper making his college decision official to continue his academic, and athletic careers at The University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Paris Guillory is a senior at St. Louis Catholic and has signed to play college basketball at Louisiana Tech, but before leaving Lake Charles for Ruston, she has been making quite the splash with the Saints.
Wednesday was a big day for high school athletes across the country as they signed their National Letters of Intent making their college decisions official, and it was no different for many athletes here in Southwest Louisiana as 19 athletes from eight different SWLA schools signed their NLIs.
Hunter Brown graduated from Barbe High School in Lake Charles in 2020, and from there he headed out to Colorado to join the Air Force Academy’s football team as an offensive lineman, and to also pursue his ultimate goal of being an Air Force pilot.
The life of a student-athlete isn't easy as they have to balance their work for their team, but also their work in the classroom as they pursue the ultimate goal of graduating, and last week 32 McNeese Student-Athletes accomplished that ultimate goal of graduating.
Landon Schmitz is a dual-sport athlete for the Kinder Yellow Jackets as he plays both football, and baseball, and back in August of this year, he was preparing for the start of his senior football season when his world turned upside down.
Over the past two weeks nearly three dozen high school athletes around Southwest Louisiana made their college decisions official, and on Tuesday, four more athletes from St. Louis Catholic, and Sulphur signed their National Letters of Intent, making their decisions official.
National Signing Day is a big one in the world of college athletics as high school student athletes from all over the nation make their college decisions official by signing their National Letter of Intent, and in Southwest Louisiana, that is no different.
Reese Ashworth is a multi-sport athlete for Dequincy High School as he plays baseball, basketball, and football for the Tigers, but on Tuesday he signed his National Letter of Intent to focus on baseball in college, where he will play for the LSU Eunice Bengals.
Rusty Phelps is a coaching legend in Southwest Louisiana as he’s been the head coach at Jennings High School for nearly 30 years as he was an assistant coach in 1994, and the head coach beginning in 1995, but following the 2022 season, coach Phelps will try his hand at retirement.
Kane Broussard was born with Cerebral Palsy, a disorder that affects a person’s ability to move, and maintain balance, and posture. However, Kane hasn’t let that slow him down, as he’s been apart of the Grand Lake Hornets football team for several years now, but his role has expanded over the past few seasons.
How often did you see your university president? Maybe sometimes around campus, or potentially at a school sporting event? What about officiating a high school football game? The answer to that one is probably not, that is unless you went to McNeese State University, and had Dr. Daryl Burckel as your university president. Dr. Burckel has been the president at McNeese State University for the past six years, but has been officiating high school football games for the past 12 years.
Jake Brown is entering his senior season at Sulphur already committed to play baseball at LSU, but this summer, he’s gotten the chance to represent Sulphur on a bigger stage, with the Team USA 18U baseball team.
Richard Akers III is from Baltimore, Maryland, and began his college football career at Shepherd University, a division two program in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, but he found his way to Lake Charles, Louisiana.
This week, our Sports Person of the Week, is McNeese head football coach, Gary Goff. On Tuesday, Goff hosted the inaugural ‘Victory Day’ at Cowboy Stadium, a day to provide cognitively, and physically impaired children with the opportunity to play football with the Cowboys, cheer with the cheerleaders, go through drills, and much more.
The Spartan Swim team has overcome a lot, from being dispersed from Lafayette to Texas after Hurricane Laura, to now competing on the national stage, and that's why they're our sports persons of the week.
Spooner took off with Javelin throwing in seventh grade and since then the Lady K has won two class 3A state titles and is coming off a first-place finish at the Nike Outdoor Nationals championship where she threw a personal best 161 feet and 11 inches and achieved all-American status.
The Iowa native competes in breakaway roping, goat tying and ribbon roping. She’s the current Louisiana junior high state champion Goat Tyer and won big at the national junior high rodeo finals in Perry, Georgia where she was named the World Champion All-Around Cowgirl.