Jul 262012
 

LAKE CHARLES–  McNeese women’s golf incoming freshman Rebekah Pruett (Niceville, FL.) recently won the Daily News Junior Tournament in Fort Walton Beach, FL.  Pruett shot rounds of 71-77 and set a course record in the practice round with a 63.

 

Pruett also placed third in the Ross Bridge Junior Classic, a SJGT (Southeastern Junior Golf Tournament) sanctioned tournament in Birmingham, AL. where she posted rounds of 76 and 70.





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Jul 262012
 

LAKE CHARLES – A day after McNeese’s Ben Chretien and Alex Bruce-Littlewood were named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) 2012 Division I All-Academic Men’s Track and Field team, the entire McNeese Cowgirl unit was recognized by the organization as one of 171 Division I schools to earn all-academic honors.

 

The Cowgirls join Lamar as the only teams to represent the Southland Conference while them and Tulane are the only schools from the state of Louisiana to be named All-Academic.

 

This is the second consecutive season the Cowgirls track team has earned the recognition.  Last fall, McNeese’s cross country team picked up the accolade for the third straight year.

 

“This is a tribute to these young ladies’ hard work in the classroom as well as on the track,” said head coach Bendon Gilroy.  “Balancing both class work as well as the athletic schedule can be quite hectic sometimes.  We look forward to continue the streak.”

 

The University of Arkansas was named as the Scholar Team of the Year for indoor track and field while Stanford earned the honors for the outdoor season.

 

To earn All-Academic honors, squads had to possess at least a 3.00-cumulative grade point average at the most recent NCAA indoor and outdoor championship.  McNeese compiled a 3.07 GPA.

 

Among all conference, the Big East led them all with 12 teams named.  The MAC and Big Ten followed with nine.  Duke reported the top cumulative team GPA among Division I women’s programs through the spring 2012 semester with a 3.58 tally.  Wofford (3.53) and Weber State (3.52) followed.





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Jul 252012
 

LAKE CHARLES – McNeese State’s Ben Chretien and Alex Bruce-Littlewood have been named to the USTFCCCA 2012 Division I All-Academic Men’s Track & Field team, released by the organization this week.

 

Chretien, the 2012 Southland Conference javelin champion and fifth place finisher at the NCAA track meet to earn first team All-America honors, set a school record with a 245-4 mark to garner the accolades.  The Elton, La. native produced a 3.66 grade point average in business management while earning SLC all-academic honors.

 

He also was recently named the school’s Desmond Jones Athlete of the Year and selected as McNeese’s Southland Male Scholar Athlete of the Year.  He was also named to the all-Louisiana squad.

 

Bruce-Littlewood earned first team all-Louisiana honors in the 1500 meters with a best run of 3:48.41 – fourth fastest in school history.  He also had the state’s best time in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 8:59.39.

 

A native of London, Bruce-Littlewood earned his degree in health and human performance and compiled a 3.66 gpa.

 

“This is a great honor for these two outstanding student-athletes and also for McNeese State University,” said McNeese track head coach Brendan Gilroy. 

 

The two join Lamar’s Joe and Tom Wade and Sam Stabler, Oral Roberts Jack Whitt, and Stephen F. Austin’s Adam Saloom, as the only other athletes to represent the league.

 

A total of 431 student-athletes representing 148 institutions compose the group. To qualify team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either of the following athletic standards: for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).





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Jul 252012
 


LAKE CHARLES – The Southland Conference has created a new sports media award to honor Louis Bonnette, the longtime sports information director at McNeese State University. Southland commissioner Tom Burnett announced the new honor at an event Tuesday night that celebrated the 46-year tenure of Bonnette, who also is the inaugural recipient of the award.


Louis Bonnette is a legend among legends in the Southland Conference,” Burnett said. “He has served as a mentor and role model for so many in this business, including myself and countless others who started their careers in sports information. All of us in the Southland are thrilled to provide this honor in his name.”


The Louis Bonnette Sports Media Award will be presented annually to an individual that has made an outstanding contribution in the field of sports information, print journalism, broadcasting or other media focused on the Southland Conference and/or its member institutions. The Southland’s sports information directors, athletic directors or other university personnel, and outside media executives will nominate worthy individuals for the honor. The league’s SIDs will serve as the selection panel.


Bonnette has enjoyed a storied career as the first and only McNeese State SID, and he boasts an incredible streak of more than 500 consecutive Cowboy football games worked. He was inducted into the Southland Conference Hall of Honor in 2007 and the College Sports Information Directors of America Hall of Fame in 2009. He has also been honored numerous times by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, who recognized Bonnette with its prestigious Mac Russo (1995) and Distinguished Service in Sports Journalism (2002) awards.


His legacy continues as a family affair, as he was recently succeeded by his son Matthew, who becomes McNeese State’s second sports information director. His son, Michael, is the accomplished sports information director at LSU.






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Jul 202012
 

LAKE CHARLES – Three who earned player of the year honors, a two time individual conference champion and an athletic director who oversaw programs that produced 16 league titles are going into the McNeese State Hall of Fame.

        

Hadley Prince from football, Demond Mallet from basketball, Jes Stewart from tennis, Anissa Parker Fontenot from volleyball and former athletic director Harold “Sonny” Watkins have been selected for induction into the McNeese State Hall of Fame.

        

The induction ceremony will take place at halftime of the Cowboy football game with McMurry on September 8.  A reception in honor of the five inductees will be held in the Cowboy Room beginning at 5:30 p.m. that day sponsored by the McNeese Cowboy Club.

        

The addition of the new inductees will lift the number in the Hall of Fame to 130.  The Hall is located in the Jack Doland field house.

        

Prince, a native of Sulphur, earned all-American, all-conference and all-Louisiana honors as a defensive back during his career with the Cowboys.  He played on Southland Conference championship teams in 2001 and 2002 and helped lead the Cowboys to the FCS championship game in 2002.

       

 In his senior year he was named the SLC player of the year and he was also the runnerup in the voting for the national defensive player of the year award.

        

A three time academic all-American, Prince capped off his senior year by being named the McNeese athlete of the year.  He also paced the Cowboys in tackles in the 2000 season with 106 and continues to hold the fourth longest pass interception touchdown return in school history, an 88 yard runback against Alcorn State in 2001

        

Following graduation he went on to obtain his doctor of veterinary degree from LSU and is now in practice in Lake Charles.

        

Mallet, a Leesville native, was a three-time first team all-Southland Conference selection who went on to become the third leading scorer in McNeese basketball history (1,941 points and a 16.6 per game average).

        

A guard, he led his team in scoring, free throw shooting and three point shooting for three straight seasons.  His career totals of 331 three point goals and 206 steals continue to serve as school records.

        

Twice he led the conference in scoring (21.3 ppg in 2001 and 18.9 in 1998) and he was named the SLC player of the year in 2001 and the Louisiana Athletic Director’s Association player of the year in 1999.

        

Following graduation he moved into the professional ranks and is now in his 11th season as a pro.  He has had stints with the Boston Celtics and the Detroit Pistons and has spent the last nine years playing in Europe where he is currently a member of the Belgacom Spirou team in the Belgium-Ethias League.

        

Five times he has earned all-star status (MVP in 2007) and has been player of the year, guard of the year and import of the year.

       

A dominate tennis player for McNeese in the 1960s, Stewart was a standout for four straight years in the Gulf States Conference.

        

A Lake Charles native,  he was twice named his team’s most valuable player (1966 and 1968) and he won the GSC No. 2 singles titles in 1967 (record of 13-3) and 1968.

        

He played on two conference championship teams, compiling a 43-17 career singles record.  In his senior year he represented McNeese in the national college division championship tournament.

        

Stewart earned his bachelors and masters in mathematics at McNeese and retired as a math teacher in the Calcasieu Parish School system after 31 years.

        

One of the first volleyball standouts in McNeese history, Parker Fontenot was a two-time Louisiana player of the year selected by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association and was named the state player of the year by the Louisiana Athletic Directors Association.

        

A native of Bakersfield, Calif., she was also named to the all-Louisiana team four straight years and to the all-Southland Conference team three years in a row.

        

During her career she set a school single season record with 625 kills and 1,726 attempts, records which still stand.  She also still holds the career records for attempts (5,486) and kills (1,958) and is second in digs (1,701).

        

She was also named a SLC newcomer of the year.

        

Parker Fontenot went into education after graduation and now serves as a technology facilitator for nine parishes in the Southwest region with the state’s department of education.

        

Watkins, a graduate of McNeese and native of Lake Charles, served as the university’s athletic director from 1997 to 2008.  During that period the school’s athletic teams won a total of 16 Southland Conference titles and also won the men’s all-sports trophy in the 2001-02 season, the only one in school history.

        

He was also recognized as one of the top athletic directors in the nation by the All-American Football Foundation and was inducted into the SLC Hall of Honor.

        

During his tenure he served on the NCAA 1-AA football selecting committee and on the SLC committees for championships and officiating.

        

A graduate of and a basketball player for McNeese, Watkins had also served as an assistant athletic director, as co-head coach for the women’s basketball program and as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team during his career.





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Jul 182012
 

LAKE CHARLES – McNeese baseball head coach Terry Burrows has finalized his signing class for the 2013 season, inking 10 players including four pitchers, a catcher, shortstop, first baseman third baseman, outfielder and a utility player.

 

The 10 signees include five that signed back in April.

 

Making up the signees include Chayse Marion, a first baseman from Trinidad Community College; Reed Gordy, a third baseman from New Mexico Junior College; Lucas Quary, a utility player from Seminole State, and right handed pitchers Cory Lapeze out of Angelina Junior College and Bryce Kingsley from Barbe High School.

 

Already signed were three right handed pitchers – Nick Alexiou of Panola Junior College, Michael Desabrais of Mesa Community College and Steven O’Bryant of Baton Rouge Community College; catcher Cameron Toole of Bishop Kelly Moore Catholic HS; and Hans Ask, a shortstop from Trinidad Community College.

 

Marion (6-3, 220) earned first team all-region honors as both a freshman and at Trinidad CC.  He’s coming off a season where he hit .434 with 12 home runs, 50 RBI, 22 doubles and 54 runs scored.

 

Gordy (6-2, 190) was his team’s most valuable player last season after he hit .389 with three homers, 41 RBI, 18 doubles, 43 runs and 20 stolen bases.  He earned first team all-conference honors for his efforts.

 

Quary (6-3, 215) compiled a 4-3 record on the mound with a 4.16 ERA.  He tossed 52 innings and struck out 47 batters.  He also hit .243 at the plate with four home runs, 15 RBI, four doubles and 16 runs scored.

 

Lapeze (6-4, 190) clocked 89-92 with his fastball this past season at Panola JC and compiled a 4-1 record with a 3.95 ERA.  He threw 41 innings and had 27 strikeouts.  As a freshman, the Houma native and Vandebilt Catholic product had a 3.36 ERA in 77.2 innings pitched with 69 batters fanned at Angelina CC.

 

Kingsley (6-1, 160) earned first team Louisiville Slugger High School All-America, Class 5A All-State, District 3-5A All-District, All-Southwest Big School honors as a senior at Barbe.  He led his team to the Class 5A state championship after he posted a 10-1 record with a 0.41 ERA and struckout 86 batters in 68 innings pitched.

 

Desabrais (6-4, 185) was clocked at 90-93 mph on his fastball at Mesa CC this past season where he earned JUCO All-America honors and was the MVP runner-up for the Arizona JUCO League.  The Gilbert, Ariz. Native compiled an 8-3 record with a 2.08 ERA.  He threw 82 innings and struck out 56 batters.  He also recorded one save.

 

O’Bryant (5-11, 160) posted a 2-6 record and a 5.63 ERA at Baton Rouge CC this past season.  The Central, La. native and Central Private HS product was clocked with an 87-89 mph fast ball and threw 56 innings with 43 strike outs.

 

Toole (6-0, 180) is a two-time Steinbrenner Wood Bat Classic winner with Chet Lemon’s Juice baseball team and a 2011 winner of the Perfect Game World Wood Bat Championship with Chet Lemon’s Juice team.  He was named his team’s MVP and defensive player of the year this past season at Bishop Kelly Moore Catholic HS and also guided his team to a district and regional championship.  The Orlando native hit .361 with a home run, 26 RBI, six doubles, nine stolen bases and a .513 OBP.

 

Ask (6-2, 185), a native of Pueblo West, Colo., earned second team All-Region IX honors last season while at Trinidad CC after he hit .324 with five homers, 26 RBI, 15 doubles, 51 runs scored and 20 stolen bases.  He earned first team all-region honors as a freshman.

 

Gooch (6-4, 210) earned first team All-Region IX honors and was the nation’s RBI leader among JUCO teams with 78.  He led the region with 18 homers while guiding Lamar Community College to a league and regional championship.   The British Columbia native hit .417 last year with 91 hits, 20 doubles, two triples and 62 runs scored to go along with his homers and RBI.

 

 
Baseball Signees

Hans Ask, 6-2, 185, SS, Trididad CC, Pueblo West, Colorado

Michael Desabrais, 6-4, 185, RHP, Mesa CC, Gilbert, Arizona

Jackson Gooch, 6-4, 210, OF, Lamar CC, British Columbia, Canada

Reed Gordy, 6-2, 190, 3B, New Mexico JC, Kemah, Texas

Bryce Kingsley, 6-1, 160, RHP, Barbe HS, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Cory Lapeze, 6-4, 190, RHP, Angelina JC, Houma, Louisiana

Chayse Marion, 6-3, 220, 1B, Trinidad CC, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

Steven O’Bryant, 5-11, 160, RHP, Baton Rouge CC, Central, Louisiana

Lucas Quary, 6-3, 215, UTL, Mount Pleasant, Texas, Seminole State

Cameron Toole, 6-0, 180, C, Bishop Kelly Moore Catholic HS, Orlando, Florida





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Jul 122012
 

LAFAYETTE – More than four dozen McNeese supporters and former athletes gathered at The Abacus in Lafayette on Wednesday night for the first of three Cowboy Round-Up stops.


McNeese football head coach Matt Viator, men’s basketball head coach Dave Simmons and women’s basketball head coach Brooks Donald Wiliiams spoke to the crowd and thank them for their continued support of McNeese athletics.


“This is our way of reaching out to our fans and supporters with a big ‘thank you’,” said McNeese athletic director Tommy McClelland.  “Among the three coaches here with us, there have been five Southland Conference regular season championships, seven postseason appearances, two NCAA basketball tournament appearances, an NIT basketball tourney appearance, have set attendance records… all in the last five years.”


Former athletes in attendance were former Cowboy football players Jimmy Pousson (’75-’78), Jimmy Poirier (’87-’90), Jim Gonsoulin (’73-’76), Jim Morvant (’75-’77), Carlos McGee (’86-’89), Brian Champagne (’86-’89), and baseball player Jim Young (’76-’79), among many others.


The Round-Up tour will continue on Aug. 4 in the club room of the Jack Doland Fieldhouse.  





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