The Lion's Roar

Lions prepare for 2019 season

Lions prepare for 2019 season

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

June 13, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Showcase, Sports

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


Filed under Showcase, Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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...

Coaching football: a new chapter

Coaching football: a new chapter

Johnathan Zeringue, Staff Reporter

February 19, 2019


Filed under Sports

A native of Garyville, Louisiana, Raymond Monica looks forward to joining the coaching staff as the assistant head coach of football for the 2019 season. Monica, who is in his 32nd year of coaching, explained why he took the position at the university. “The main reason I came here was because of coach ...

Cowboys defensive coordinator Lance Guidry becomes a Lion

Maiah Woodring, Staff Reporter

February 12, 2019


Filed under Sports

A new defensive coordinator for the football team will head practices this spring with an ambition to pursue the Southland Conference Championship. Lance Guidry, who has been coaching since 1994 and started coaching at the collegiate level in 2000, replaced former defensive coordinator Louie Cioffi in Jan...

Wrapping up the fall sports for 2018

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

December 4, 2018


Filed under Archive, Sports

Football, cross country, soccer and volleyball concluded their seasons this semester.  The football team wrapped up its season, finishing ninth in the Southland Conference with a 4-7 record. Football Head Coach Frank Scelfo discussed his team’s performance this season. “We did a lot of things ...

The River Bell rivalry

The River Bell rivalry

Zachary Araki, A&E Editor

November 15, 2018


Filed under Archive, Showcase, Sports

The Lions and Nicholls State University Colonels fostered a rivalry over 27 games since the inception of the River Bell Classic in 1972.  “It has been a great healthy rivalry between Nicholls and ourselves,” said Director of Athletics Jay Artigues. “Both teams know each other well, and it’s alw...