Women’s Basketball

Lamar University announced the hiring of new assistant athletic trainer Katie Barker over the summer.  She will serve as new women’s basketball athletic trainer. Barker comes from the University of Southern Mississippi, and for the past five seasons served as the assistant athletic trainer for several women’s sports teams at Southern Mississippi.

“We’re very excited to have Katie as a member of our sports medicine team,” head athletics trainer Joshua Yonker said. “She brings several years of experience in athletics, including women’s basketball. She will also be heavily involved with our student internship program. We look forward to her leadership.”

Men’s Baseball

Jacoby Middleton

Jacoby Middleton

Former outfielder Jacoby Middleton, who had finished his final season with the Cards in 2016, officially signed to the Normal Cornbelters (III.), Aug. 31. The team play in the Frontier League, an independent professional league which spans West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Missouri. Middleton ranked third on the Cardinals in runs batted in and second in home runs, and also finished his career with a .267 batting average and 11 home runs at LU. He was a part of the impressive 15-game win streak for Lamar last spring. In 2016 he had notched 48 hits, and scored 34 runs.

Women’s Soccer

Lamar University sophomore forward Jordan Mulnix was named to the Southland Conference Women’s Soccer Preseason All-Conference team, the league announced Aug. 9. Mulnix set a school record with 28 points, tied the school single-season mark with 12 goals, and was the only Cardinal chosen to the preseason all-conference squad. Last season, Mulnix became the first Cardinal named first-team all-conference. LU recorded its first win of the season, Monday, with a 3-0 win over Southern University in Baton Rouge, La. The team will play Southern Miss at 4 p.m. Friday, in Hattiesburg, Miss., before opening Southland Conference play at Nicholls State in Thibodaux, La., at 4 p.m. Sept. 16.

Volleyball

Lady Cardinal junior Chelsea Grant  was voted first team preseason All-Southland Conference. In Grant’s career, she has participated in more than 300 sets that span more than 80 matches. She has totaled 2.24 kills per set with a .273 hitting percentage. Her block average sits at 1.29 per set with 65 solo blocks and 330 block assists. Grant is just 155 blocks short of being LU’s all-time leader. Her career total of 395 is eighth in the all-time record books. The Lady Cards will play at the Nike Invitational this weekend in Norman, Okla.

Football

Lamar University senior running back Kade Harrington has been named to the College Football Performance Awards National Performer of the Year Watch List. The list comprises 40 players nationally and Harrington is one of four players from the Southland Conference represented. Harrington finished the 2015 season with 2,092 yards in only 10 games. He became the first Cardinal to be named SLC Player of the Year. Harrington led the nation in rushing with 190.2 yards per game, all-purpose yards with 213.36 yards per game, and 21 rushing touchdowns last season.

Women’s Golf

Lamar University’s Taylor Stockton, Felicia Sauceda and Olivia Le Roux were named Women’s Collegiate Golf All-American Scholars by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association in July. The trio were members of the LU team that won an unprecedented fourth-straight Southland Conference championship. Stockton was also the conference’s Student-Athlete of the Year as well as a first-team all-conference and first-team conference all-academic team selection.

Compiled by Cade Smith

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