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ULM athletics well represented at 2008 fall commencement

A total of 14 current and former ULM student-athletes saw their academic efforts rewarded after accepting their diplomas in the 2008 Fall Commencement proceedings at Fant-Ewing Coliseum

ďThis is a special moment in their lives and we are very proud of all our graduates,Ē ULM director of athletics Bobby Staub said. ďIt is our primary mission that all of our student-athletes earn a degree. Today is the culmination of their hard work and dedication in the classroom. They should all be proud of their accomplishments.

Five current student-athletes completed their degrees during the fall semester. Warhawk football players Kinsmon Lancaster, Chance Payne and Zeek Zacharie all received their bachelorís degree. Jessica Baldino, a runner on the track & field team, also graduated with a bachelorís degree.

In addition to ULMís active student-athletes, eight former Warhawk stars continued their academic progress and earned their degrees. Kyle Cunningham (football), Joel Stelly (football), James Wright (football), Jamie Liles (softball), Cary Roussel (softball), Christy Waguespack (softball), Dexter Fontenot (baseball), Kyle Suire (baseball) and Heather Hanson (basketball/softball) all graduated after exhausting their athletic eligibility.

Hanson, Liles and Wright all earned masterís degrees, while volleyball graduate assistant coach Chris Taylor also received his masterís degree at the ceremony.





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ULM soccer coaches named to Louisiana Olympic Development Pool staff

ULM soccer head coach Stacy Lamb and assistant coach Aaron Cline will be working with some of the top talent in the state over the next year as coaches of the United States Youth Soccer Association Louisiana Olympic Development Pool.

Appointed by Louisiana Soccer Association Director of Coaching Mark Goodwin, Lamb is serving as the head coach of the ’92 Girls (U17), the oldest classification of players in the program. Cline is the assistant coach of the ’95 Girls (U14).

“It is an honor to be named to the staff and work with the top players in the state of Louisiana,” Lamb said. “Soccer is growing in popularity and skill across the state and I am excited that Aaron and I are able to be a part of that growth.”

The mission of the Olympic Development Program is to identify and train players with superior skill and talent, prepare them for competition against other State Select Teams, and feed into the Regional and National teams.

Louisiana is included in Region III and competes against teams from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Lamb’s ODP teams will compete in regional tournaments located across the area over the course of the coming year.

Since coming to ULM, Lamb has been one of the major driving forces behind the foundation and growth of the Northeast Louisiana Soccer Association.

“It has always been our goal to not only grow the sport in Louisiana, but also keep our talented players in the state,” Lamb said. “Our ultimate goal at ULM is to be the best soccer program in the state. To accomplish this goal, we know we need to keep our local stars close to home. Being on the ODP staff makes us visible to the state’s top talent and can only help us achieve these goals.”

Lamb and Cline will be training with their respective squads over the coming months before starting tournament play in late February.




Rachel Hobson
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Rachel Hobson
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Hobson and Bombard Named All-Louisiana for ULM Soccer

ULM soccer senior Rachel Hobson and sophomore Tiffany Bombard were named to the Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-Louisiana Soccer Team as honorable mention selections, the organization announced. For Hobson the award wraps up a standout career at central defender for the Warhawks. In addition to tying the career record for assists (13), the Longmont, Colo., native finished with nine goals at ULM and set the school record for consecutive starts (77).

In her senior season, Hobson was named team captain for the third consecutive time, scored one goal and added three assists. She was also named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team for the second straight season. Hobson ends her playing career as a three-time recipient off the all-Louisiana honor.

For Bombard, the recognition was the first of her career. A native of Las Vegas, Nev., she finished the season ranked in the top 10 in the Sun Belt Conference in goals scored after powering home seven. In only two seasons at ULM, Bombard has scored 11 goals – tied for fifth-most in program history. Her .269 shooting percentage is the highest in a single season in Warhawk history.
The all-Louisiana honor is the second of Bombard’s career.






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ULM softball announces signing of Janel Salanoa

The ULM softball team added infield depth when Janel Salanoa signed a National Letter of Intent head coach Rosemary Holloway-Hill announced.

Salanoa comes to the Warhawks from Evergreen Valley High School in San Jose, Calif., where she played both softball and basketball. She was named first team all-conference as a shortstop in 2008 and was selected the EVHS Sophomore Athlete of the Year in 2007. Salanoa also led her conference in home runs as a junior.

“She plays the game as it should be played and does not take pitches off,” Holloway-Hill said. “Janel will give us added depth in the middle infield, and will be a utility-type player that can play outfield, corners and catch if needed. She definitely will be a compliment to assist our present players to the next level.”

Salanoa is the first player to sign with the Warhawks and will join the ULM roster for the 2009-10 season.






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ULM baseball continues strong signing period with addition of three more signees

ULM baseball head coach Jeff Schexnaider built on his already outstanding recruiting class with the signing of three additional student-athletes. The Warhawks have now signed eight of the top high school and junior college players in the South.

RHP/UTL Taylor Abdalla of Loranger, La., (Loranger HS); RHP Wil Browning of Kosciusko, Miss., (Holmes CC) and RHP Stefen Comeaux of Breaux Bridge, La., (LSU-Eunice) all signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Warhawks beginning with the 2010 season.

The trio joins OF Skyler Barrentine of Lake Charles, La., (Sam Houston HS); RHP Luke Briley of Natchitoches, La., (Mississippi Gulf Coast CC); SS Judd Edwards of Oxford, Ala., (Oxford HS); RHP Drew Grainer of Thibodaux, La., (Mississippi Gulf Coast CC) and OF Chris Grayson of Monroe, La., (Frank Phillips JC) who all signed with ULM last week.

“We are really excited about this class,” Schexnaider said. “This is probably the most athletic class that we have signed since I have been here. It is a testament to our current and former players who helped rebuild this program and to our coaches that did a tremendous job evaluating this incoming group. They are all good student-athletes and will represent our community and ULM with class.”

Abdalla, a 6-foot-0 right-handed pitcher and utility player, was an all-conference and all-district selection at Loranger High School as a junior. He hit .351 with six home runs and 18 doubles – over 45 percent of his hits went for extra bases. Abdalla also flashed some speed stealing a team-high 24 bases. A two-sport star, Abdalla is the Wolves starting quarterback.

“Taylor is a very athletic and versatile player,” Schexnaider said. “He can play any position on the field and will provide us a lot of options because of that versatility. He is a solid hitter, throws in the high 80s off the mound and is tough due to what he does on the football field.”

Browning, a 6-foot-3 right-handed pitcher, logged 48.0 innings last season for Holmes CC posting a 3-3 record with a 5.83 ERA. The Kosciusko, Miss., native struck out 36 batters in his rookie campaign with the Bulldogs and was named to the NJCAA Academic All-American Team.

“Wil is a hard-throwing righty that will provide stability to our staff immediately,” Schexnaider said. “He comes from a good junior college program and should be one of their top starters this season. Wil has a good breaking ball and is developing a solid changeup.”

Comeaux, a 6-foot-1 right-handed pitcher, posted a 5-1 record for the NJCAA National Champion LSU-Eunice Bengals last year. He started 11 games striking out 52 batters in 52 innings of work, while issuing just 22 walks.

“Stefen is a proven winner and comes from one of the top junior college programs in the country,” Schexnaider said. “He has a live fastball in the upper 80s and a nasty splitter that is his outpitch. Stefen is a great competitor and has the ability to be a top notch guy in the Sun Belt Conference.”

The Warhawks open the 2009 season on Feb. 20 when they host Northwestern State in the opening game of the ULM Warhawk Classic at Warhawk Field.

2008-09 ULM Baseball Signees

Taylor Abdalla, RHP/UTL -- Loranger HS
Skyler Barrentine, OF – Sam Houston HS
Luke Briley, RHP – Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
Wil Browning, RHP – Holmes CC
Stefen Comeaux, RHP – LSU-Eunice
Judd Edwards, SS – Oxford (Ala.) HS
Drew Grainer, RHP – Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
Chris Grayson, OF – Frank Phillips College




ULM baseball team donates blood

The ULM baseball team continued to give back to the community as the Warhawks visited the LifeShare Blood Center in Monroe. The losing team of the annual Maroon & Gold Fall Series – now in its fifth year – donates blood, leading to series being dubbed the “Blood Series.”

Ben Soignier Matt Collins
Warhawk baseball players Ben Soignier (left) and Matt Collins donate blood during ULM's "Blood Series."

“We are excited to give something back to the community,” head coach Jeff Schexnaider said. “One day usually gives them their quota for the month. This is a great way to end the fall workouts and bring in the holidays with their first gift.”

The Gold Team won the series behind strong hitting performances from Matt Laird and Craig Scelfo. Danial McHenry, Don Williams and Josh Miller pitched the Gold squad to victories in the best-of-five series.

Earlier this year, the Warhawks hosted a canned food drive at their two fall games against Arkansas-Monticello and Bossier Parish Community College. Instead of charging admission to either game, ULM accepted food and cash donations for the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana.

The Warhawks open the 2009 season on Feb. 20 when they host Northwestern State in the opening game of the ULM Warhawk Classic at Warhawk Field.




Jon PrevostULM’s Prevost named to All-Canadian College baseball team

ULM senior Jon Prevost was named to the 2008 All-Canadian College Team, the Canadian Baseball Network announced. Prevost hit .327 last season helping the Warhawks win the Sun Belt Conference Championship. In his first season with the Warhawks, the Montreal native led the team with 15 stolen bases and finished second on the club with 17 doubles.

The All-Canadian College Team is selected by a panel of 42 voters from Canada and the United States. The panel includes coaches, executives, scouts, scouting directors, former players, baseball media and the Canadian Baseball Network staff.

Prevost was an honorable mention selection as a designated hitter where he made 25 starts. He split time between the designated hitter role and the outfield where he made 26 starts in left field.

He earned Louisiana Hitter of the Week honors after hitting .500 (9-for-18) with four RBIs, three doubles, two home runs and a 1.000 slugging percentage against McNeese State and UALR.




ULM’s Soignier named to Wallace Player of the Year watch list

Jon PrevostULM shortstop Ben Soignier has been named to the 2009 Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Watch List, the College Baseball Foundation recently announced.

The Wallace Award is presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate baseball player in conjunction with the College Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. The 2009 award banquet will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 2, in the United Spirit Arena on the campus of Texas Tech University.

Soignier returns for his senior season after earning a pair of All-America (Louisville Slugger and Ping!Baseball) honors last year. The West Monroe, La., native batted .394 with 21 doubles, 16 home runs and 46 RBIs in his junior year. Soignier set the ULM school record for runs (83), hits (93) and total bases (166), while his home run total ranked second, his doubles tally ranked sixth and his batting average ranked sixth.

He led the NCAA in runs scored per game (1.29) and ranked seventh in total runs scored, 27th in total bases, 38th in slugging percentage (.703), 41st in on-base percentage (.496) and 43rd in hits.

A 17th-round selection by the Florida Marlins in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft, Soignier has a chance to be ULM’s first three-time All-American in school history. As a freshman, Soignier was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-America Team.

The Wallace Award is dedicated to the memory of former Texas Tech player and assistant coach Brooks Wallace. Wallace was a slick-fielding shortstop at Texas Tech from 1977 to 1980. A four-year starter, he was named All-Southwest Conference and all-district his senior year. He led the Red Raiders to their first-ever appearance in the Southwest Conference Tournament in 1980.

After playing two years in the Texas Rangers organization, he returned to Texas Tech and served as a graduate assistant and later as an assistant coach. In the summer of 1984, he was diagnosed with cancer and fought the disease courageously until his death on March 24, 1985, at age 27. The Plano, Texas, native was married to the former Sandy Arnold and they had one daughter, Lindsay Ryan.






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Women’s basketball re-cap

Lottie Mooreat Shreveport - Jesse Carrier led three ULM players in double figures as the Warhawks defeated Centenary 76-60 in non-conference action at the Gold Dome in Shreveport, La. The sharp-shooting junior netted 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor, including 4-of-8 from beyond the 3-point line. The Warhawks’ lone senior Lottie Moore added 13 points and freshman Larrie Williams dropped in 10.

ULM’s (1-1) high-pressure defense forced 27 Centenary (0-2) turnovers on the night, which the Warhawks turned into 38 points. ULM also dominated the glass outrebounding the Ladies 48-34, including a 24-15 advantage on the offensive end, which led to 38 second-chance points.


at Huntington, W. Va. - Jesse Carrier drained a 3-point shot with eight seconds remaining leading ULM to a 59-57 victory over Morgan State in the opening game of the Fifth Third Classic at the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington, W.Va.

With Morgan State clinging to a 57-53 lead, Carrier scored six points in the final 41 seconds to give the Warhawks their second straight win. Carrier’s first 3-pointer pulled the Warhawks within one, 57-56, and set up her dramatic game-winner from the corner.

Larrie WilliamsLarrie Williams came off the bench to lead the Warhawks (2-1) with a career-high 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting – along with five rebounds. Lottie Moore, Ashley Wallis and Carrier each netted eight points on a combined9-of-24 shooting.

Moore had eight rebounds and six assists, and scored her 500th career point on a 3-pointer early in the first half.

“I am proud of girls tonight,” head coach Mona Martin said. “After having to go through some travel problems yesterday, we came out tonight and played hard the entire game.”

The Warhawks suffered through a 17-hour travel day on Thursday, with included a flight cancelation forcing the team to travel to West Virginia on two separate flights. Half the team went through Houston, while the remainder of the team traveled through Atlanta.


Championship Game - Jesse Carrier again stepped up and hit the game winning shot for the second consecutive game of the Fifth Third Classic to give ULM a two-point victory, 69-67, over Marshall in the championship game inside the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington, W.Va. “This is a huge win for our team,” head coach Mona Martin said. “We battled adversity throughout the second half and prevailed down the stretch.”

ULM (3-1) showed it could handle pressure for the second consecutive game and ended with another exciting flurry of Carrier 3-point shots. Holding a one-point advantage with 2:58 remaining in the second half, the Warhawks were able to hold off a charging Marshall squad.

Carrier again provided the winning blow and knocked down a 3-point shot in the final seconds on her way to earning tournament Most Valuable Player. In Friday’s 59-57 win over Morgan State, the Sulphur, La., native knocked down the game winner with eight seconds remaining. Lottie Moore was also named to the all-tournament team.


Ashley Wallisat Fant-Ewing - Ashley Wallis scored 15 points pacing a balanced ULM attack in a 75-57 victory over Southern Miss inside Fant-Ewing Coliseum. Wallis’ 15 points, a career-high, was one of three double-digit scorers for the Warhawks (4-1), who have now won four straight games. Shannon Davis added 13 points – along with seven rebounds, and Lottie Moore chipped in 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals. In total, 11 Warhawks scored at least four points.

The game’s only double-double, 10 points and 10 rebounds, by Amber Eugene led Southern Miss (2-2). Pauline Love also chipped in 12 points and nine rebounds for the Golden Eagles, who were picked to win Conference USA in the league’s preseason poll.

“This game is a huge confidence booster for our entire team,” ULM head coach Mona Martin said. “We have had a hard four or five days and I am pleased with the overall effort.”

The Warhawks have now won four of the last five meetings in the series.


at Fant-Ewing - Tulane outlasts ULM in a four-hour basketball marathon, which included a 2:06 power outage, to walk away with a 62-60 victory in Fant-Ewing Coliseum. The Warhawks fought back from an 11-point halftime deficit behind Sumar Leslie’s game-high 19 points -- 11 of which came in the second half. ULM (4-2) also received a double-digit effort from Lottie Moore who scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

ULM pulled within one several times and tied the game four times before Elizabeth Torres gave the home team a 54-53 lead on a 3-pointer with 5:25 to play in the game. Leslie scored 11 of ULM’s 16 points during the run.


at Beaumont, Tex. - Brittney Williams scored a game-high 21 points to lead Lamar to a 73-67 victory over visiting ULM Saturday in the Montagne Center in Beaumont, Texas. “We looked tired and sluggish today,” ULM head coach Mona Martin said. “I wasn’t pleased with our effort at all. Our posts had no answer for Williams.”

Williams also added four rebounds and two assists for the Lady Cardinals (5-1). Nikki Williams added 17 points (10-10 on free throws) and nine rebounds while Ang Green chipped in 12 points.

Three Warhawks (4-3) scored in double-figures led by Ashley Wallis’ 14 points. Lottie Moore and Sumar Leslie scored 13 and 12 points, respectively. Moore also added eight rebounds, four assists and four steals.


Jesse Carrierat Fant-Ewing - ULM used a balanced attack and a strong inside game to defeat Northwestern State 62-57 inside Fant-Ewing Coliseum. Jesse Carrier and Kassie Courtney each scored nine points apiece to lead ULM (5-3). Nine other Warhawk players scored at least a two points in the contest.

“Overall we played at a higher intensity tonight,” ULM head coach Mona Martin said. “We still had some mental breakdowns but those are things we can work on.”

Carrier opened the game with five of ULM’s first seven points during a 7-0 run in the first 3:21. The Warhawks forced the Lady Demons into four turnovers and three missed shots in the run. “I am proud of us tonight,” Martin said. “We needed this win after two consecutive losses.”


at McNeese - McNeese State used a strong post presence and lightning-quick guards to attack the basket and defeat the ULM women’s basketball team, 62-54, inside the Lake Charles Civic Center.

Ja’Niqua Kendrix had a career night for the Cowgirls (4-5) scoring eight points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Kendra Wells added eight points and eight rebounds, a career-high, while Caitlyn Baggett added 13 points. Lottie Moore scored 15 points for ULM (5-4) and added five rebounds. Shannon Davis added four points, five rebounds and a career-high six steals.

McNeese State opened the contest with a 21-8 run on 9-of-15 (60 percent) shooting compared to the Warhawks 3-of-13 (23.1 percent) from the field. “They killed us on penetration and we didn’t do a good job on the boards tonight,” ULM head coach Mona Martin said. “I don’t think we lost because of what they did to us. We hurt ourselves on ends of the court.”

“I give them credit, they have a nice young ball club,” Martin said. “Hopefully we will rally from this and practice harder for the Sun Belt opener on Wednesday.”




ULM’s Lottie Moore graduates in a special commencement ceremony

In a special commencement ceremony, ULM President James E. Cofer, Sr., conferred a degree to Warhawk basketball player Lottie Moore. ULM's fall commencement is scheduled for Saturday the 13th when the Warhawks will be playing at McNeese State in their third-consecutive non-conference game against a Southland Conference member.

Lottie Moore graduates

“We want to make sure that our athletes enjoy a graduation ceremony,” Dr. Cofer said. “It is important because Lottie is a student-athlete and we wanted to make sure that she has the student experience of graduation.”

ULM’s lone senior received a bachelor’s degree from the College of Business in business management in three-and-a-half years. She will continue to take classes during the spring semester to earn a second degree in marketing.

“It’s a tribute to our administration to hold a ceremony like this,” director of athletics Bobby Staub said. “It reinforces the fact that students are first here at ULM. It’s gratifying to see Lottie graduate, especially early like this.”

Moore leads the Warhawks averaging 8.9 points and 3.5 assists per game. She is also second on the team averaging 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per contest.

“It is a great experience,” Moore said. “I am happy to have earned my degree and to be able to play in this team environment. It is special to me to play for Coach Martin and this team because it’s just like a second home.”




ULM Hoops’ Luncheons at noon at Catfish Cabin

With the basketball season in full swing, ULM head coaches Mona Martin and Orlando Early invites all fans to their weekly Hoops’ Luncheons held Mondays at Catfish Cabin starting at noon. Fans and supporters in attendance will have a great chance to visit one-on-one with the Warhawk coaches and other selected members of the teams as well as get up-to-date information on opponents and the state of the programs.

Located on Louisville Avenue in Monroe, Catfish Cabin will open its doors to ULM fans and serve lunch for $8.

The Warhawk coaches will conduct the luncheon weekly through the completion of the season, however, due to the holidays, the ULM Hoops' Luncheons will resume Jan. 5.







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Men’s basketball re-cap

at Starkeville, Miss. - Mississippi State used a barrage of threes on offense and controlled the paint on defense in a 78-49 win over the ULM men’s basketball team in Starkville, Miss., inside Humphrey Coliseum. ULM (1-1) struggled to hit from all points on the floor, shooting 29 percent from the field, under 20 percent from behind the arc, and under 40 percent from the charity stripe.

Barry Stewart finished with a team-high 17 points off 6-of-9 shooting and paced four Bulldogs in double-digits. Reigning national defensive player of the year Jarvis Varnado finished with a game-high 11 rebounds and nine blocks. “We didn’t shoot a great percentage because a lot of our baskets normally come around the rim,” ULM head coach Orlando Early said. “He [Varnado] eliminated that aspect for us. He just changed the game for us with his blocking and rebounding. Hats off to Mississippi State – they played a great defensive game against us.”


Jarvis Hillat Fant-Ewing - McNeese State used a hot shooting night and controlled the glass to defeat the ULM men’s basketball team 82-63, at Fant-Ewing Coliseum. Junior Jarvis Hill finished with a game-high 18 points for ULM (1-2) to finish as the top scorer in his third consecutive contest. Hill was 6-of-14 shooting on the night. Junior Kenneth Averette finished with nine points on a perfect 3-for-3 from the field, but an overall cold shooting night doomed the Warhawks.

ULM hit on 32.8 percent of its shots in the game while McNeese State hit on 50.9 percent. Three Cowboys scored in double digits led by 16 points by Diego Kapelan.

“We got beat in every aspect of the game tonight,” head coach Orlando Early said. “We got totally beat by a well-coached pretty good team. Right now we need to continue to work hard and find a way to be a good team. We can get back to the drawing board and figure out a way to win.”


Malcolm Thomasat Fant-Ewing - ULM used a furious last-minute rally to snatch a 60-58 victory over Stephen F. Austin at Fant-Ewing Coliseum. Junior Malcolm Thomas led the Warhawks with a career-high 18 points including the game-winner with 1.8 seconds remaining on the clock.

SFA’s Jarrod McDaniel missed a pair of free throws with nine seconds on the clock and ULM trailing by three. Seven seconds later, freshman Brandon Williams nailed an off-balanced 26-foot 3-pointer to knot the score at 58-58 with 1.8 seconds to play.

The Lumberjacks (1-2) turned the ball over on the following in-bounds play with no time coming off the clock and the ball remaining at the Warhawks goal. Thomas nailed the game-winning jumper from the left side as time expired to give the Warhawks the come-from-behind victory.

ULM (2-2) trailed by as many as 13 points with 3:17 remaining in the game and seven points with 54 seconds left on the clock, but continued to chip away. The Warhawks outscored the Lumberjacks 17-2 in over the final three minutes. Thomas scored nine points in the stretch.

“We’ve been waiting for Malcolm to come on and get in his comfort zone,” head coach Orlando Early said. “Tonight he was feeling it and when he got open he stepped up and made some shots. At the end of the game every guy on the team felt confident with him taking that last shot.”


at Cookville, Tenn. - Tennessee Tech came out firing on all cylinders in a 108-70 victory over the ULM men’s basketball team at Eblen Center in Cookeville, Tenn. The Golden Eagles torched the nets from all parts on the floor and finished the game hitting on 51.4 percent of their shots from the field, 60 percent from beyond the arc, and 88 percent from the charity stripe. Frank Davis epitomized the hot shooting, connecting on 6-of-7 from three on his way to a game-high 22 points.

Seven Golden Eagles topped double digits to help Tennessee Tech become the first team to top 100 points against ULM since Kansas accomplished the feat to open the 2007-08 season Tennessee Tech (4-1) used a slow start by the Warhawk offense to jump out to a double-digit lead at 12-2 with 15:50 left in the first half. The Golden Eagles built their advantage to 16 points at the 13:01 mark before a ULM run made it 21-14 with under nine in the opening period.


at Auburn, Ala. - Auburn harassed the ULM men’s basketball team on defense all game long, forcing 29 turnovers in a 78-55 victory at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum in Auburn, Ala. Junior Malcolm Thomas tied his career high with 18 points to lead three Warhawks in double-figures, but a cold night from the field allowed the Tigers to put together a pair of strong runs. ULM combined to shoot 36.4 percent from the field, converting on 16 of its 44 shots.

ULM (2-4) fought shot for shot with the Tigers through the first 11 minutes of the game. With the score tied at 19-19 with 9:03 remaining, Auburn put together a 14-2 run spanning a four-minute stretch to push the advantage to double figures. Auburn (4-4) would lead by as many as 16 in the first half before settling on a 40-26 advantage at the intermission.

Thomas kept the Warhawks in the game in the opening period by tying his career high in points with 18 off 7-of-10 shooting.


at Ruston - Louisiana Tech staked an early lead and hung on for a 69-57 victory over visiting ULM at the Thomas Assembly Center. It was the first meeting between the two schools in 18 years despite being separated by just 30 miles. Magnum Rolle led all scorers with 19 points for the Bulldogs, while Kyle Gibson added 16 and Kenneth Cooper scored 13. Rolle added a game-high eight rebounds and Gibson pulled down seven boards.

Playing in the first game of his ULM career, University of Miami transfer Lawrence Gilbert scored a team-high 14 points, with nine coming in the final four minutes of each half. Malcolm Thomas netted 11 points and Rudy Turner added 10 for the Warhawks. Turner led the Warhawks on the glass with five rebounds.

La Tech jumped out to a 15-4 lead over the first six minutes of the ball game by shooting a blistering 6-of-9 from the field. The Warhawks used a 9-2 run over the final four minutes of the half to close the deficit to 32-29 at the break.


@ McNeese - Sophomores Rudy Turner and Lawrence Gilbert posted career highs in points, but the ULM men’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a poor shooting first half in a 66-57 loss against McNeese State in Lake Charles, La.. McNeese State (4-3) capitalized on the slow start for ULM (2-6) to build a double-digit lead and held on late for their second win in as many tries over the Warhawks this season. The Cowboys picked up an 82-63 win in Monroe, La., on November 20.

In the opening period, cold shooting and foul trouble plagued both team, but the Cowboys were able to slowly build a double-digit advantage. ULM and McNeese State combined to hit on 15-of-56 shots for 26.8 percent. The Warhawks trailed, 21-6, with 5:30 remaining.




Brandon RobertsULM guard Brandon Roberts suffers career-ending injury

ULM guard Brandon Roberts saw his collegiate career end after tests confirmed that the junior sustained major structural damage to his left knee. For Roberts, this recent injury marks the final chapter of a career with the men’s basketball team that has been hampered by an unfortunate string of bad luck. The Van, Texas, native has battled back from a broken foot, broken thumb and two ACL tears in his right knee.

“This is a very unfortunate situation for Brandon Roberts and our program,” ULM head coach Orlando Early said. “He has been the model student-athlete for four seasons now. To battle back from the injuries that he has had speaks a lot to his character. This is a devastating blow for Brandon, his family, and his teammates. It is regretful that his basketball playing career has to end this way.”

Over the past two seasons Roberts has been under the supervision of Dr. Tarek O. Souryal, team orthopedic surgeon of the Dallas Mavericks. He ends his playing days at ULM with 197 points and 108 assists in a 33-game career that stretched four seasons.

Roberts played a big part in the Warhawks’ run towards a West Division Championship in the 2006-07 campaign, the team’s first season in the Sun Belt Conference. In 15 games that season, he averaged 9.7 points and 4.7 assists per contest.

“One thing I talked to Brandon about yesterday is that he is more than just a basketball player,” Early said. “He has a very bright future. Basketball was just a part of his life. We just hope that we can instill that attitude in all our players. We are definitely going to miss him, but will continue to stay by him and we know that he is going to continue to stay close to the program.”




ULM Hoops’ Luncheons at noon at Catfish Cabin

With the basketball season in full swing, ULM head coaches Mona Martin and Orlando Early invites all fans to their weekly Hoops’ Luncheons held Mondays at Catfish Cabin starting at noon. Fans and supporters in attendance will have a great chance to visit one-on-one with the Warhawk coaches and other selected members of the teams as well as get up-to-date information on opponents and the state of the programs.

Located on Louisville Avenue in Monroe, Catfish Cabin will open its doors to ULM fans and serve lunch for $8.

The Warhawk coaches will conduct the luncheon weekly through the completion of the season, however, due to the holidays, the ULM Hoops' Luncheons will resume Jan. 5.






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ULM tennis recaps successful fall

With nearly 50 individual victories, multiple tournament victories, a pair of home events and the first reunion in program history, the ULM tennis team enjoyed a packed fall season in 2008. Starting with a strong opening performance at the Stephen F. Austin Classic in late September and running through the ULM Invitational to end October, the five Warhawks posted a combined 46-26 singles record and 16-12 doubles mark. ULM also claimed flight titles seven times and finished runner-up on three other occasions.

ULM also picked up an invitation to the ITA Regional Tournament, the program’s first in four seasons. The Warhawks racked up seven individual victories playing against some of the top tennis talent in the south.

Terrence De Jongh“I thought our singles play went really well as a whole,” ULM head coach Terrence De Jongh said. “We were very strong in our competition against everyone that we faced at all talent levels. I was pleased with the way our singles play shaped up. Our doubles wasn’t as strong for us as it was last fall, but we saw some good things that we can work with.

“It was a very busy fall for us – a very active fall. We stepped up the level of competition by playing in the ITA Regional Tournament. In the beginning we wanted to play in only three tournaments, but I realized that I needed the team needed the extra work. Practice isn’t the same as playing matches. The five tournaments helped. I think our team is totally physically and mentally ready for the spring.”

Less than five months after hosting ULM’s first Sun Belt Conference Championship Tournament, the tennis team hosted its first fall tournament at Heard Stadium in over 15 years, the Warhawk Classic. The six-team field included a pair of Sun Belt Conference foes, UALR and New Orleans, and two former Southland Conference rivals Northwestern State and McNeese State.

Less than a month later, the program was at it again. The Warhawks hosted the ULM Invitational, its second fall tournament of the month.

“Since last season we have been talking about organizing a fall tournament,” De Jongh said. “This year we were able to step up and put together a very strong field. Our team was excited to play at home, in our beautiful facility and in front of our home fans. We were just planning on hosting one, but it was so successful that many people called and asked us to put together a second one. They both worked out very well. We plan on doing another one next year, even bigger and better.”

ULM also celebrated a storied tennis history that includes 26 conference championships and a pair of All-Americans with the first Warhawk tennis reunion in program history in conjuncture with Homecoming weekend. A total of 45 former ULM tennis athletes returned to their alma mater for the event.

ULM’s successes weren’t limited to off the court. Competing with five student-atheltes, De Jongh’s Warhawks had four players and one doubles team end with a winning record during the fall season.

Claire ClarkSophomore Claire Clark emerged as a star for the team after posting a squad-best 13-2 record during the fall. A native of Shreveport, La., Clark claimed three flight titles and was in the finals of the fourth. Of her two losses, both came in three sets.

“Claire didn’t play with us last fall, but showed a lot of potential,” De Jongh said. “This fall she has really come into her own. She started at the bottom and just kept winning. I decided to keep challenging her this fall and moved her up in the line-up. She just kept responding and played better and better. She is a worker – a fighter. Claire doesn’t care if the girl lined up against her has more experience or is ahead of her, she finds a way to get the win.”

Senior Marion Lehmann also finished strong, posting an 11-3 singles record during the fall and claiming a flight championship of her own. Lehmann picked up a pair of wins at the ITA Regional Tournament and finished with a winning individual record in each of the Warhawks five tournaments.

Lehmann teamed with Clark to post an 8-3 doubles record. The tandem posted a trio of 8-3 wins, including two against Sun Belt Conference foes, to claim a flight title at the Warhawk Classic.

“Marion is a very consistent player,” De Jongh said. “She is a mature player and spent the fall becoming more aggressive on the court. Both she and Claire are fighters. They feed off each other and have made a pretty formidable doubles tandem. They communicated well with each other and both got into it. They became one team, not two individuals. They aren’t our strongest doubles players, but they make a good team.”

Ana BurjailiAfter a slow start to the fall, sophomore Ana Burjaili turned it up to end the season. With wins in five of her final seven matches, including a 6-0, 6-0 win in the finals of the ULM Invitational to wrap up a flight championship, Burjaili built up momentum for the spring campaign. She finished the campaign with a 9-6 overall record.

“This fall, we concentrated on Ana’s work in singles,” De Jongh said. “We wanted to find a comfortable spot for her in the line-up. She has spent a lot of time working on trusting her shots more. She has the conditioning and the ability, with her it has been gaining confidence. Towards the end of the season, she started to really focus and trust her shots and it showed with her results.”

Senior Sharon Makhanya also finished with a 9-6 fall tournament record and claimed a flight championship at the Stephen F. Austin Invitational. Makhanya advanced to the flight finals at the Warhawk Classic and teamed with junior Lena Satge at the top doubles position.

“Sharon has always been a solid competitor for us,” De Jongh said. “It isn’t always pretty, but she just finds a way to win. As a senior, we count on her a lot to set the tone of the team. She has had a great career at ULM and this fall proves that she will finish her career strong. She can hang with anybody and is always close. With her, we just want to pull out those close matches.”

ULM’s top singles player, Satge, had her fall campaign slowed by a persistent injury. She finished the fall with four wins, including one at the ITA Regional before exiting the tournament due to the injury to her ankle.

“Lena has showed flashes during the fall of being one of the better players in our region,” De Jongh said. “Unfortunately she was slowed by injuries, but when she is on there is nobody who can beat her. She is aggressive all the time. With her, she has spent the fall trying to mix up that aggressiveness to keep her opponent off balance. She has worked on becoming a more balanced player. Lena will be fine in the spring. She will bounce back and will be one of the top performers in our conference.”

Tennis championships start with strong fall seasons. For ULM, the fall of 2008 was packed with excitement and strong performances on the court, and success and a reinvigorated spirit for the program away from it.

“We really appreciate all the support that we have received from the Monroe community and ULM during the fall,” De Jongh said. “We have hosted two successful fall tournaments and the first tennis reunion on campus. This has been a busy fall that was made successful with help from many people. This is a great tennis area and I deeply believe that this fall is a sign of good things to come for our program.”




ULM Tennis Releases 2009 Spring Schedule

Featuring eight matches at Heard Stadium and seven contests against foes from the state of Louisiana, ULM tennis head coach Terrence De Jongh released the 2009 spring schedule. “We really want to start becoming a force in our region,” De Jongh said. “Our ultimate goal is to compete on a national level, but to get there we need to be playing and winning against teams in our state and our area. This schedule should put us on the right track towards getting there.”

ULM rekindles long-time rivalries with eight matches against Southland Conference foes and strengths new ones with four matches against Sun Belt Conference opponents. The Warhawks will also play matches against teams from the Southeastern Conference, Conference USA and the Big Sky.

ULM opens the campaign on January 29 with a home match against Alcorn State. Five of ULM’s next six matches will be away from home, including a January 31 date at Mississippi State.

On March 6 the Warhawks play the first of two Sun Belt foes when UALR comes to Heard Stadium. ULM will start a five-match road trip at Arkansas State on March 13. The season-long away trek will end at rival Louisiana-Lafayette on March 22.

ULM closes the regular season with four-consecutive matches at home starting with a March 26 date against league-foe New Orleans.

“I think we have put together a balanced schedule,” De Jongh said. “When you add teams from the SEC, Sun Belt Conference, and Southland Conference we have put together one that is competitive and challenging for us. Over the last few years we have been becoming more and more competitive and I think this year should be a step up.”

The three-day Sun Belt Conference tournament begins on April 17 in Denton, Texas. A traditional multiple-bid league to the NCAA field of 64, the conference’s tournament champion receives an automatic berth.






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ULM track Has strong performance at Arkansas State Kick Off Classic

Destiny MontemayorDestiny Montemayor tied her own school record in the weight throw (17.97m) and Heather Davis had the best mark in the high jump (1.74m) as the ULM track team competed in the Arkansas State Kick Off Classic in Jonesboro, Ark.

“Montemayor tied her own record in the weight throw, which is great considering this is the first meet of the year,” assistant coach Mark Winiarski said. “Davis had three really good jumps too. Overall it was a great first meet and I think we’ll have a really strong year coming up.”

Seth Ilaoa also had a solid performance for the Warhawks. He came in first in the shot put with a throw of 15.67m and took sixth in the weight throw with a throw of 16.16m. Trevor Hall placed sixth in the pole vault clearing a height of 4.60m.

Lakeith Elmore finished second in the shot put with a mark of 14.01m while Jerrica Thomas placed fourth in the long jump, leaping a distance of 5.49m.

“This was a good event for everyone to get exams out of their minds and enjoy competition,” Winiarski said. “I thought we posted some awesome numbers today.”






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ULM volleyball adds Texas prep standout Lacy Bates

ULM volleyball head coach John Schmidt announced the signing of Lacy Bates to a National Letter of Intent to begin playing for the Warhawks during the 2009 season.

“Lacy has the strength and offensive capabilities to step in and make an immediate impact,” Schmidt said. “She is a very dedicated player and is up for the challenge and wants to make a difference. I like the mentality that she possesses on and off the court.”

The Baytown, Texas native was the District 19-4A and Crosby High School offensive player of the year this year. Bates helped lead the Cougars to a 14-5 overall record which included a 5-1 record in district play.

She helped lead Crosby to the 19-4A District Championship with 15 kills in the district title game. Bates led the Cougars with a season-high 23 kills earlier in year against rival Barbers Hill High School.

Bates is the first student-athlete to sign with the Warhawks for the 2009 season.






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ULM end season on a high note defeating Florida International 31-27

Kinsmon LancasterKinsmon Lancaster threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another to lead ULM to a 31-27 victory over Florida International at FIU Stadium in Miami in Sun Belt Conference action. Lancaster completed 14-of-25 pass attempts for 156 yards and his two touchdown passes moved him into a tie for fourth place with Stan Humphries on the ULM single-season list at 18.

ULM concludes its season with a 4-8 overall record and a 3-4 mark in Sun Belt play, while FIU falls to 4-6 overall and 3-3 in conference play. The Warhawks improve to 5-0 all-time in Sun Belt games in the state of Florida.

With the game on the line, the ULM defense left little doubt how it would finish. On the Golden Panthers’ final possession, Aaron Morgan and Cardia Jackson recorded the game’s only two sacks as the Warhawks held FIU to -13 yards on the drive.

Following a dormant first quarter, the Warhawks exploded for 153 yards and 21 points in the second quarter to take a 21-3 lead into the locker room.




ULM football rewrites the record book

With the 2008 ULM football season officially in the books, the performances by several Warhawk players forced the ULM records to be rewritten. Outgoing senior quarterback Kinsmon Lancaster will go down in history as one of the most prolific signal callers in school history. Lancaster, who began his career as a wide receiver, departs ULM ranked in the top five of five school single-season and career records.

The Shreveport, La., native threw 18 touchdown passes this season, the most in the Sun Belt Conference. His 18 scoring strikes are the most since Raymond Philyaw threw 22 in 1995 and ties him with Super Bowl quarterback Stan Humphries for the fourth most in school history. He also cracked the top 10 in pass completions in 2008 with 186.

Lancaster attempted a remarkable 173 consecutive passes over a seven-game period without an interception setting the ULM record in the process. His streak ranked second best in the nation at the time.

He finishes his career ranked fourth in completions (509), fourth in touchdown passes (38), fifth in pass attempts (881) and fifth in passing yards (5,769).

What made Lancaster an even more remarkable quarterback, was his ability to run the football. He finishes his career with 1,557 rushing yards, a mere 22 outside the ULM all-time top 10 and the most by a quarterback in school history. His 74-yard run at Middle Tennessee this year was the 13th longest in school history.

One of Lancaster’s favorite targets was freshman wide receiver Anthony McCall. The Montgomery, Ala., native caught a ULM freshman record six touchdown passes. Heading into this weekend’s action, McCall is tied for first overall in the Sun Belt and is tied for eighth nationally among freshman wide receivers with his six touchdowns.

Zeek ZacharieAnother key target for Lancaster was tight end Zeek Zacharie. Zacharie, a two-time All-Sun Belt selection, finished the season with four touchdown receptions. The senior’s 12 career touchdown receptions are tied for 10th place all-time in ULM history. The Cade, La., native also moved into 10th place on the all-time receptions list after finishing his career with 112.

Darrell McNeal, Lancaster’s go-to receiver, led the Warhawks in catches (51) and receiving yards (558) for the second straight season. McNeal will enter his senior season ranked sixth in career receptions with 130, and needs 74 more to move past Mack Vincent for the school record of 204. He also rushed for four touchdowns in 2008 – the most by a wide receiver in ULM history.

The Monroe, La., native will have the opportunity to pass ULM greats Jackie Harris (147), Stepfret Williams (168), Marty Booker (178) and Cisco Richard (179) along the way to the top of the record book.

McNeal ranks just outside the top 10 with 10 career touchdown receptions and is just 430 yards outside the top 10 for career receiving yards.

Frank GoodinSophomore running back Frank Goodin is poised to make his run towards the ULM records after gashing opponents for 783 yards this season. Combining his breakout freshman campaign with this year’s total puts the West Monroe, La., product just 200 yards outside the career rushing top 10. Goodin’s nine career touchdowns put him just four away from cracking the career top 10 list.

The Warhawk defense also saw a magnitude of outstanding performances led by junior linebacker Cardia Jackson.

Jackson led the Warhawks with 127 tackles, the most since current Carolina Panther Chris Harris recorded the same number in 2002. The last time a player recorded more than 127 tackles in a season was 1998 when Brian Taylor had 144 stops.

Jackson teamed up with safety Josh Thompson to become the first ULM duo to record over 100 tackles in a season since Harris and Carlos Hughes topped the century mark in 2002.

The pair also broke through in a couple single-game categories. Thompson’s 20 tackles against North Texas were the 11th most in ULM history and Jackson’s 14 solo tackles at Tulane were the eighth most in school history.

Defensive end Aaron Morgan was a force off the edge recording 6.0 sacks on the season, which was the most since Brandon Guillory’s 10.5 in 2005 and second most in the past nine seasons.

Greg JamesJunior safety Greg James inched closer to elite status in both the ULM and Sun Belt record books with three more interceptions this season. He needs just two more to tie the Warhawk record and one more to tie the Sun Belt mark.

James returned an interception for a touchdown against Louisiana-Lafayette. The pick-six was the second of his career tying the ULM and Sun Belt record.

A pair of freshmen made a huge impact on special teams. Luther Ambrose’s 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at Arkansas State was the seventh longest in school history and the first kick return for a score since Charles Estes took one back in 2003. Ambrose finished the game averaging a new school record 42.7 yards per return.

Robert Williams, Ambrose’s partner on returns, finished the season with 681 kickoff return yards, the fifth most in school history and the most since Estes’ 988 yards in 2003.

The Warhawks ended their season as one of the best in the nation in taking care of the football. ULM ranks 17th nationally in turnovers lost and eighth in fumbles lost. The Warhawks set a school record with only 13 fumbles and five fumbles lost on the year.




Seven ULM players selected to Sun Belt All-Conference team

Led by first team selections Cardia Jackson and Zeek Zacharie, seven ULM players were named to the All-Sun Belt Team. Defensive end Aaron Morgan, offensive lineman Larry Shappley and defensive back Josh Thompson were named to the second team, while quarterback Kinsmon Lancaster and wide receiver Anthony McCall were honorable mention selections. The all-conference team is voted on by the eight Sun Belt head coaches and a media representative from each school.

Charlie Weatherbie"This is a great honor for these players and I am very proud of all of them ," ULM head coach Charlie Weatherbie said. "This is a good league with very talented players and to make it on the all-conference team is an outstanding accomplishment. The individual players are only as good as their teammates and those teammates should take pride in these awards as well."

Jackson terrorized opposing offenses to finish the season with 127 tackles. The linebacker’s 10.6 tackles per game ranks eighth in the NCAA and second in the Sun Belt Conference. Also, it is the most tackles by a Warhawk since Chris Harris recorded the same number in 2002 and no player has recorded more tackles since Brian Taylor’s 144 in 1998.

The Monroe, La., native also had a pair of interceptions and recovered a pair of fumbles. Jackson finished second on the team with 4.0 sacks and 8.0 tackles for loss. He recorded 14 solo tackles at Tulane, which is the fourth most in school history. His 18 total tackles at Ole Miss were the second most in the Sun Belt this season.

After two consecutive second team honors, Zacharie earned his way on the first team this season after finishing the year ranked first in receptions, second in yards and second in touchdowns among Sun Belt tight ends. He finished his ULM career ranked 10th all-time in career touchdown receptions with 12 and 10th in career receptions with 112.

His 46 catches and 510 yards receiving this year were both second best on the ULM team. The Cade, La., native caught all four of his touchdown passes during Sun Belt play, while 30 of his 46 receptions came against conference foes.

Morgan had a breakout season recording a team-high 6.0 sacks, which was the most by a Warhawk player since 2005 and second most in nine seasons. The Amite, La., native’s sack total ranked third in the Sun Belt and his 13.0 tackles for loss ranked sixth in the league.

Shappley started 45 of a possible 47 games in his career – missing two to injury – and finished his career with 24 consecutive starts at right tackle. The West Monroe, La., native was a veteran leader on a young offensive line this year and graded out at over 86 percent for the season with 41 knockdowns. During his career, Shappley helped pave the way for two-time Sun Belt rushing champion Calvin Dawson.

His best game of the season came in the Warhawks thrilling 31-30 upset of conference champion Troy. Shappley graded out at 97 percent in the game as the Warhawks became the only conference team to defeat the league champion for the second straight season – ULM handed Florida Atlantic its only Sun Belt loss of the season in 2007.

Thompson joined Jackson in the century club this past season to make the pair the first Warhawk duo since Harris and Carlos Hughes in 2002 to record over 100 tackles in the same season. The Lafayette, La., native’s 108 tackles were the most by a defensive back in the conference this season. He ranked second in the Sun Belt with eight pass breakups and had the most tackles in the league with his 20 against North Texas.

Lancaster will go down as one of the most prolific signal callers in ULM history. He is ranked in the top five of five single-season and career records.

The Shreveport, La., native threw 18 touchdown passes this past season, the second most in the Sun Belt. His 18 scoring strikes are the most since Raymond Philyaw threw 22 in 1995 and ties him with Super Bowl quarterback Stan Humphries for the fourth most in school history. He also cracked the top 10 in pass completions in 2008 with 186.

Lancaster attempted a remarkable 173 consecutive passes over a seven-game period without an interception setting the ULM record in the process. His streak ranked second best in the nation at the time.

He finishes his career ranked fourth in completions (509), fourth in touchdown passes (38), fifth in pass attempts (881) and fifth in passing yards (5,769).

What made Lancaster an even more remarkable quarterback, was his ability to run the football. He finishes his career with 1,557 rushing yards, a mere 22 outside the ULM all-time top 10 and the most by a quarterback in school history. His 74-yard run at Middle Tennessee this year was the 13th longest in school history.

One of Lancaster’s favorite targets was McCall. The Montgomery, Ala., native caught a ULM freshman record six touchdown passes. McCall is tied for ninth nation¬ally among freshman wide receivers in the NCAA with his six touchdowns.

He led the Warhawks in touchdown receptions and was second on team among wide receivers in catches and yards. McCall jumped into the spotlight with his six catches for 125 yards and two touchdowns against Arkansas in the second week of the season.




Three ULM football players named to Rivals All-Sun Belt First team

The honors keep rolling in for the ULM football team as three Warhawks were named to the Rivals All-Sun Belt first team, the website announced. Linebacker Cardia Jackson and tight end Zeek Zacharie added to their already growing list of accomplishments, while offensive lineman Doug Stroud made his first appearance on an all-conference team this year.

Zacharie and Jackson were both named to the first team of the all-conference team released by the Sun Belt Conference on Tuesday.

Jackson terrorized opposing offenses to finish the season with 127 tackles. The linebacker's 10.6 tackles per game ranks eighth in the NCAA and second in the Sun Belt Conference. Also, it is the most tackles by a Warhawk since Chris Harris recorded the same number in 2002 and no player has recorded more tackles since Brian Taylor’s 144 in 1998.

The Monroe, La., native also had a pair of interceptions and recovered a pair of fumbles. Jackson finished second on the team with 4.0 sacks and 8.0 tackles for loss. He recorded 14 solo tackles at Tulane, which ranks as the fourth most in school history. His 18 total tackles at Ole Miss were the second most in the Sun Belt this season.

Zacharie ranked first in receptions, second in yards and second in touchdowns among Sun Belt tight ends. He finished his ULM career ranked 10th all-time in career touchdown receptions with 12 and 10th in career receptions with 112.

His 46 catches and 510 yards receiving this year were both second best on the ULM team. The Cade, La., native caught all four of his touchdown passes during Sun Belt play, while 30 of his 46 receptions came against conference foes.

Stroud started all 12 games for the Warhawks at right guard and was an instrumental part in ULM’s rushing success. Both running back Frank Goodin and quarterback Kinsmon Lancaster ranked in the top 10 in the Sun Belt in rushing and the Warhawks had the Sun Belt’s fourth-best rushing attack overall.

The Keithville, La., native recorded over 20 knockdown blocks this season and played his best games against ULM’s best competition. Stroud posted three of his highest blocking grades in games against Auburn, Troy and Ole Miss.






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Reunions

Reunions!

Men's Basketball – The annual men's basketball reunion has been set for Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009. We'll have more information available soon!

For more information on reunions, contact the ULM Alumni Center at 318-342-5420.








ULM Athletics' Media Relations office contributed to these stories.

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