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Hammond vs. Ponchatoula in Strawberry Stadium this Friday

Hammond vs. Ponchatoula in Strawberry Stadium this Friday

Symiah Dorsey, Staff Reporter

November 6, 2019

Hammond High Magnet School’s football team is set to play against Ponchatoula High School at Strawberry Stadium on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. The Hammond Tornadoes and the Ponchatoula Green Wave are considered athletic rivals within Tangipahoa Parish, and as a result, the game attracts attention from...

Lions move into second place with win over Stephen F. Austin

Lions move into second place with win over Stephen F. Austin

Maggie Tregre, Staff Reporter

November 6, 2019

The Lions football team emerged victorious over the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks with a 47-30 Southland win on Nov. 2 in Strawberry Stadium. Frank Scelfo, head coach, commented on both teams’ good efforts, including what he was proud of from the Lions’ performance on the field. “Give credit...

Football ranked in top 25 after win

Football ranked in top 25 after win

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

September 10, 2019

For the first time since 2015, the university football team is ranked in the STATS FCS top 25 rankings. The Lions are sitting at No. 23 after knocking off then No. 6 Jacksonville State University 35-14 in the home opener on Aug. 29. Devonte Williams, a senior running back, shared how it felt to...

Lions prepared to take on Gamecocks

Lions prepared to take on Gamecocks

Annie Goodman, Editor-in-Chief

August 27, 2019

This weekend, the Lions football team will open the season against last season’s number one team in the Ohio Valley Conference. The game is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium. “I don’t have any concerns right now,” stated Frank Scelfo, football head coach. “Just...

Lions prepare for 2019 season

Lions prepare for 2019 season

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

June 13, 2019

This year, the Lions will open up their season at home against Jacksonville State University on Aug. 29. With Jacksonville State’s impressive history - being ranked first in the Ohio Valley Conference since 2014 - Frank Scelfo expects the first game to be a tough one. “They truly have a great...

Personal development goes beyond the game

Personal development goes beyond the game

Prakriti Adhikari, Staff Reporter

May 14, 2019

Playing a sport and developing athletic abilities enables athletes to grow beyond just the field. Athletes get an opportunity to advance skills like leadership, maintaining trust and accepting failures and successes while learning to play a sport with their teammates. David DiPiazza, president of the men...

Summer preparations

Summer preparations

Erica Welter, Staff Reporter

May 14, 2019

When the school year ends, many student athletes prepare for summer practice routines. Football players are among the student-athletes who practice during the summer months. Their workouts may vary in frequency and duration from regular season and from each other, but each athlete has goals and exerc...

A relationship rebuilt

A relationship rebuilt

Zachary Araki, Assistant Editor

May 7, 2019

In over a decade, the relationship between Lions football and the community began to grow again. In 1985, the football program was discontinued and entered an 18-year hiatus. Ken Kenelly, a 1975 alumnus, played on the Lions football team 1970-73 and later coached the team. He experienced the shift whe...

Lions to face the Bulldogs in 2021

Lions to face the Bulldogs in 2021

Johnathan Zeringue, Staff Reporter

April 16, 2019

The Lions football team is scheduled to travel to Ruston to play Louisiana Tech University in the 2021 season to benefit the athletic programs of both universities. The athletic department handles various responsibilities of all the university’s sports, such as creating the teams’ season schedule...

Scelfo’s journey of coaching football

Scelfo’s journey of coaching football

Johnathan Zeringue, Staff Reporter

April 2, 2019

With over 30 years of coaching experience, Frank Scelfo was hired in January of 2018 to become the university’s 16th head coach of football. Beginning his second year at the helm of Lions football, Scelfo’s coaching career extends beyond his time with the university. “This will be my 37th ye...

Alford flies from Atlanta to Arizona

Alford flies from Atlanta to Arizona

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

March 19, 2019

Two days after being waived by the Atlanta Falcons, Robert Alford agreed on terms with the Cardinals. According to the National Football League, Alford’s contract duration is for three years and worth $22.5 million. The Hammond native reflected on his time with the Atlanta Falcons and how quickly te...

Kelley returns home to finish eligibility

Kelley returns home to finish eligibility

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

March 11, 2019

Cole Kelley, a Lafayette native, transferred to the Lions to play as a quarterback after playing for two seasons at the University of Arkansas. Frank Scelfo, football head coach, believes Kelley will bring more game experience to the team. “He is going to come in and compete for playing time, an...