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LC to Host NCAA Division III Softball Regional

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010


PINEVILLE - For the first time in three years, Louisiana College will play host to an NCAA Division III Softball Regional. A trip to the Division III World Series will be on the line starting Friday at noon when Louisiana College, currently ranked No. 1 in the nation, plays host to five other teams in a three-day tournament. Admission will be $5 for general admission and $12 for seat backs, daily. No three-day passes will be issued. All LC games will be carried live on KZLC Louisiana College’s radio station 95.5 FM. Also, the LC athletics web site will feature a tournament central page where fans can get live updates throughout the tournament.

LC should have little trouble recognizing its opponents in this year’s regional as three of the five visiting teams in the six-team regional hail not only from the Lady Wildcats’ home conference, the American Southwest Conference, but also from Louisiana College’s home Division. Fellow ASC East teams Texas-Tyler (the nation’s No. 2 team), East Texas Baptist (No. 10) and Mississippi College will vie for a berth in the World Series in Eu Claire, Wisc., alongside Southwestern (Texas) and La Verne (California).

The three-day tournament will begin at noon on Friday with the host team taking on La Verne in game one. Texas-Tyler and Southwestern will follow at 2 p.m. in game two and Mississippi College and East Texas Baptist at 4 p.m. in game three.

The losers of games one and two will square off in an elimination game at 6 p.m. in the fourth and final game of the first day. Day two will start at noon with the LC-La Verne winner taking on the loser of the Mississippi College-East Texas Baptist game. The winners of the Texas-Tyler-Southwestern and MC-ETBU games will play at 2 p.m. with the remainder of the weekend’s schedule being dependant upon the outcomes of the first six games.

The potential tournament schedule is as follows (game times TBA unless otherwise noted):

Game 1: Louisiana College vs. La Verne (noon)
Game 2: Texas-Tyler vs. Southwestern (2 p.m.)
Game 3: Mississippi College vs. East Texas Baptist (4 p.m.)
Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 (6 p.m.)

Game 5: Winner Game 1 vs. Loser Game 3 (noon)
Game 6: Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3 (2 p.m.)

Late Saturday and Sunday (Game Times and Participants TBA)

If four teams remain after Game 6
Game 7: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6
Game 8: Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 6
Game 9: Loser game 7 vs. Winner Game 8
Game 10: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9
Game 11: Same teams as Game 10

If five teams remain after Game 6
Game 7: Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6
Game 8: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5
Game 9: Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 7

If two teams remain after Game 9
Game 10: Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 9
Game 11: Same teams as Game 10

If three teams remain after Game 9
Game 10: Winner Game 8 vs. Loser Game 9
Game 11: Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10

Lady Wildcats to ‘Make a Change’

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Contact: Donnie Broussard

Department of Health & Physical Education (318) 487-7350


Pineville, LA. The Louisiana College Lady Wildcat Basketball team is once again taking part in the American Southwest Conference “Make a Change” conference challenge. The Student-Athletic Advisory Committees from all 15 American Southwest Conference member institutions are joining together in this challenge to collect loose “change” to raise funds for local charitable organizations. The competition officially began on January 26 and will run through February 7th.


Last year Louisiana College was the top-earning member with $3,323.81 going to the Cabrini Cancer Center and the Rapides Regional Cancer Center.


This year has special significance to the Lady Wildcats because Head Coach, Janice Joseph-Richard, recently realized her cancer had returned. “We are dedicating this year’s challenge earnings to cancer research,” explained LC Athletic Director Tim Whitman.


The community is invited to come out and support the Lady Wildcats in their upcoming games. “We will have opportunities for individuals to give their ‘loose change’ at the games,” said Whitman. “We want to raise more than we did last year and show our support of Coach Richard and the battle she is going through right now.”


For more information about the “Make a Change” challenge contact the LC Department of Health & Physical Education at (318) 487-7350.





LC Announces Groundbreaking for New Football/Soccer Stadium

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Pineville, LA.The Louisiana College Department of Athletics is proud to announce the groundbreaking for the Wildcat Football/Soccer Stadium on Thursday, July 24th at 10 a.m. on the current soccer field behind the tennis courts on the campus of LC.

“This is a day we have all been waiting for,” explained Wildcat Football Head Coach Dennis Dunn. “To be able to play on a field of this quality will be an exciting and rewarding experience for our athletes.”

Louisiana College is no stranger to football, the first program began in 1907 and continued through January 1969. During that time the LC football team, cheerleaders and marching band were a fixture at school events and community parades and played against nearly all the universities in the state.  

In 2000, Football was revived at Louisiana College and since that time the team has been playing home games at Pineville High School. “Although, Pineville High School stadium has been an incredible place to play our games, we are looking forward to playing football games on our campus for our players and students,” said Dunn.

Coach Dunn not only sees the stadium as a boon for the football and soccer teams, but he also predicts that the field and stadium will be a huge asset to the Cities of Pineville and Alexandria and all of central Louisiana. “The new field will be state-of-the art, meaning we can use it for athletics, as well as, band/cheerleading/dance line camps and competitions, sports tournaments and community events like graduations.”

Of course the stadium is not just for football; Louisiana College has men’s and women’s soccer teams. The soccer program at LC began in the fall of 1997 and the teams will benefit from practicing and playing on the new field. “When completed, this stadium will be one of the best, if not the best soccer stadium in the state of Louisiana,” explained Head Soccer Coach Derek Godwin. “This will be incredible for recruiting new soccer players to LC.”

Coach Godwin agrees with Coach Dunn that the new field and stadium will be an incredible asset to the school by allowing the school to put in bids to host state-wide high school soccer finals and even bring in professional soccer games.

The stadium project totals approximately $8 million and will be completed in three phases:

Phase one - A new turf field and stadium seating for 7,000 will be installed.

The first phase is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2008 Homecoming game against Howard Payne University on October 25th.

Phase two - Completion of a brick façade surrounding the bleachers. This area will include concession areas, home-side and visitor restrooms, and a press box, press suite and donor suite that will be accessible by elevator.

Phase three - Completion of a three-story athletic/academic building that will house the athletic training program including classrooms, offices, locker rooms, weight and training facilities and meeting rooms.

“We invite everyone in our community to this groundbreaking because the new field and stadium will be a facility that all of central Louisiana can be proud of,” said Dr. Joe Aguillard, President of Louisiana College. We are all extremely excited and we look forward to playing the Homecoming game in October on our new field.”

For more information contact the Office of College Communications at (318) 487-7194 or (318) 542-8688.


ASC Student-Athlete Advisory Committees team together for Charity

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008


Contact: Greg Weghorst, Director of Media Relations (972-234-0033, ext. 105)

On the Web:

ASC Student-Athlete Advisory Committees

Team Together to Raise $8,138.88 for Charity

RICHARDSON, Texas — Student-Athlete Advisory Committees from the 15 American Southwest Conference campuses combined to raise $8,138.88 for local community organizations in the second annual “Make a Change in 14 Days” loose coin campaign.

Fifteen different organizations received support through the local campus fundraising efforts held from January 29-February 9. Included was the Alpine (Texas) Public Library, American Cancer Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Brownwood (Texas), Boys & Girls Club of Marshall (Texas), Cabrini Cancer Center, Children’s Miracle Network, Doyle Community Center, Guadalupe Valley Electrical Cooperative, Habitat for Humanity, Hope’s Door of Plano (Texas), Johnson County (Arkansas) Girls Club, Rapides Regional Life Center, Special Olympics, Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The family of paralyzed Concordia University Texas baseball player Garrett Williamson also received support.

“The student-athletes, working through their campus SAAC groups, have displayed great enthusiasm toward community involvement on the local level,” ASC Commissioner Amy Carlton said. “This year’s Make a Change in 14 Days campaign far exceeded the goal set by the Conference SAAC and will have an impact in each of the 15 ASC member communities now and in the future.”

In the two years of the conference-wide campaign, over $10,000 has been raised to benefit 24 different charities.

“The Conference SAAC has taken the Make a Change in 14 Days project to heart, and it has quickly become a targeted event on each campus,” added Carlton. “I am very proud of the student-athletes and the SAAC officers and advisors for being leaders on campus and in the community. And I also thank the great fans of the ASC member schools for their support of the community fundraising project.”

The two-week SAAC event is also designed as a challenge among the member campuses and is scheduled during the turn of the conference basketball season. The division pool of Louisiana College, Mississippi College, LeTourneau University and East Texas Baptist University claimed the 2008 campaign title with a combined collection of $3,845.87.

Louisiana College, located in Pineville, La., was the top-collecting ASC institution, raising $3,323.81. LC chose to split its donations between Cabrini Cancer Center and Rapides Regional Life Center, both of which focus on breast cancer treatment.

“Everyone getting involved was great,” said Louisiana College SAAC President McCaslin Carson, a junior softball player. “It makes us feel really good, not just to win (the challenge) but more to know what we did for breast cancer treatment. We were very motivated to help.”

Louisiana College first-year women’s basketball head coach Janice Joseph-Richard, also a former all-American at LC, is a breast cancer survivor. Carson said that prompted their SAAC group to tie in the Make a Change in 14 Days project with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s “Think Pink” breast cancer awareness campaign. The bulk of the donations were collected during the free admission “Fill the Fieldhouse” night at H.O. West Fieldhouse on February 7 as the Wildcats took on LeTourneau in conference basketball action.

“It was exciting because the women’s basketball team really got into it,” Carson said. “After their game, they helped pass the buckets around and give away T-shirts. There were tons of people here - and most were wearing pink, too. We had a blast doing it.”


Student-Athlete Advisory Committees from the American Southwest Conference

Teamed Together in a Loose Change Collection for a local community organization from January 29 - February 9, 2008

ASC INSITUTION: Local Organization (Donation)

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY TEXAS: Family of Garrett Williamson ($403.93)

EAST TEXAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY: Boys & Girls Club of Marshall, TX ($25.00)

HARDIN-SIMMONS UNIVERSITY: Children’s Miracle Network ($428.00)

HOWARD PAYNE UNIVERSITY: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Brownwood, TX ($59.35)

LETOURNEAU UNIVERSITY: Habitat for Humanity ($150.06)

LOUISIANA COLLEGE: Cabrini Cancer Center/ Rapides Regional Life Center ($3,323.81)

UNIVERSITY OF MARY HARDIN-BAYLOR: Special Olympics ($775.41)

MCMURRY UNIVERSITY: Children’s Miracle Network ($942.00)

MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE: Susan G. Komen for the Cure ($347.00)

UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS: Johnson County Girls Club ($333.53)

SCHREINER UNIVERSITY: Doyle Community Center ($100.00)

SUL ROSS STATE UNIVERSITY: Alpine Public Library ($200.00)

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS: Hope’s Door of Plano, TX ($305.00)

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT TYLER: American Cancer Society ($301.84)

TEXAS LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY: Guadalupe Valley Electrical Cooperative ($443.95)





Louisiana College

Total: $3,323.81



Louisiana College, Mississippi College, LeTourneau, East Texas Baptist

Combined Total: $3,845.87


Mary Hardin-Baylor, Concordia Texas, Texas Lutheran, Schreiner

Combined Total: $1,723.29

McMurry, Hardin-Simmons, Sul Ross State, Howard Payne

Combined Total: $1,629.35


Ozarks, Texas-Dallas, Texas-Tyler

Combined Total: $940.37