LSU’s Colby Delahoussaye and Louisiana Tech’s Kyle Fischer are among 30 players on the preseason watch list for the Lou Groza Award, presented to the nation’s best place-kicker.
Delahoussaye, a sophomore from New Iberia, set an LSU record by converting his first nine field goals as a freshman. He finished the season 13-of-14 with a long of 49 yards. He was 56-of-57 on extra-point tries. His 95 points were the fifth most for a kicker in LSU history.
Fischer, a sophomore, was successful on 18 of 23 field goals, including a school-record 5-for-5 performance against Florida International. After starting slowly, he missed only one attempt in the final eight games.
No LSU or Louisiana Tech kicker has won the Groza Awad, which started in 1992.
Tulane’s Cairo Santos took the honor as a junior in 2012 after going 21-of-21 on field goals. Florida State sophomore Roberto Aguayo won the award last season and is attempting to become the second repeat winner.
The Groza Committee will pick 20 semifinalists on Nov. 6 and announce three finalists on Nov. 24. The winner in a voting of more than 300 coaches, sports information directors, media members and former Groza finalists will be named Dec. 11.
LITEARCY TOUR BEGINS: The Glen “Big Baby” Davis Foundation, in partnership with the East Baton Rouge Parish Library System, will hold its fourth annual “Booking it With Baby” literacy tour Thursday through Saturday.
Last year, the foundation set a goal of outfitting a library each year in EBR Parish with a children’s reading center. This year’s tour will unveil the “Big Baby & Hollingsworth Reading Center” in the Eden Park Library.
Thursday: 9:30 a.m. at Eden Park Library, 5131 Greenwell Springs Road.
11:15 a.m: Abounding Love Ministries, 7076 Hooper.
6 p.m.: Goodwood Main Library, 7711, Goodwood.
Friday: 9 a.m., Main Library.
10:30 a.m.: Family Youth Service Center, 1120 Government.
11:45 a.m.: Fairwood Library, 12910 Old Hammond.
6 p.m. Bowling at Quarters, 4540 South Sherwood Forest.
Saturday: 11 a.m., Star Hill Church, 1400 North Foster.
BRADLEY WINS COLLEGIATE TOUR EVENT: LSU junior-to-be Elise Bradley shot rounds of 71-70-73 for a 3-under 213 to win the Baton Rouge stop on the Collegiate Players Summer Tour at Santa Maria Golf Course. Bradley, from Mandeville, beat Heather Shake, of Houston-Victoria, by six shots.
LSU freshman-to-be Sydney Cavin, who played at The Dunham School, tied for third at 230.
GAHM SECOND IN KENTUCKY: In Nicholasville, Kentucky, former LSU golfer Lindsay Gahm just missed on a chance to win a third straight Kentucky Women’s Open title, falling on the first hole of sudden death in the 36 hole event.
Mallory Blackwelder birdied the first extra hole to win the championship.
Gahm shot a 2-under 70 Wednesday to finish at 141.
LSU TRIO COMPETE IN EUROPE: In Ljubjana, Slovenia, LSU golfer Caroline Nistrup of Denmark had a 1-under 70 Wednesday for a two-day total of 3-over 145, tied for 31st afater team qualifying at the European Golf Association’s Ladies Amateur Team Championship.
Madelene Sagstrom, representing Sweden, finished at 147, tied for 49th, and Caroline Dreher, of Austria, was at 149, tied for 54th.
Sagstrom’s Swedish team is second entering match play at 709, six shots behind England. Denmark is tied for seventh place, and Austria is 13th place.
In match play in the medal round, there will be two foursomes and five singles, with some players playing two matches. In the B and C flights, there is one foursome and four singles matches.
RUBIANO TO TRAIN WITH COLOMBIA: LSU goalkeeper Catalina Rubiano has been invited to train with Colombia’s senior squad beginning July 20 in Bogota in preparation for the South American Women’s Football Championship this fall.
Rubiano will train for two weeks with the Colombian Women’s National Team as it chooses a squad.
Commonly referred as the “Copa America,” the South American Women’s Football Championship will be Sept. 11-28 in Ecuador. Along with Colombia and Ecuador, the tournament will feature Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
The top two teams a the Copa America earn automatic spots for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The third-place will face the fourth-place team from the CONCACAF qualification in a playoff for another Women’s World Cup spot.
In addition, the Copa America champion will qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
RECRUIT GORDON NAMED TO JAMAICA’S WORLD JUNIOR TEAM: LSU signee Daeshon Gordon, one of the nation’s top hurdle recruits, will compete with Jamaica at the IAAF World Junior Championships from July 22-27 in Eugene, Oregon.
Gordon’s event has yet to be decided. She was a gold medalist in the 100-meter hurdles and silver medalist in the 400 hurdles at the recent Jamaican Junior Track & Field Championships.
Lady Tiger freshmen and Team USA members Nataliyah Friar (long jump) and Rebekah Wales (javelin) will also be at the world juniors.