Lamar athletics adding 5 members to Cardinal Hall of Honor

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Lamar University will soon induct a new class of athletes into its Cardinal Hall of Honor, recognizing five former athletes from a variety of sports. 

Bruce Aven (baseball, 1991-94), Reggie Begelton (football, 2012-15), Donald Davis (football and track & field, 1973-77), Herbert Harris (football, 1980-82) and Jennifer Heisler (volleyball and track & field, 1988-91) make up the 2022 class of athletes, two of whom went on to play professionally.

The induction ceremony will be held Saturday, Oct. 22, at 10 a.m. in the Setzer Center Ballroom. The athletes will also be honored at halftime of Lamar's football game against Prairie View A&M that afternoon. 

“We’re extremely honored to be announcing the 2022 class,” Lamar athletic director Jeff O’Malley said. “This is a diverse group of student-athletes who cover several decades of Lamar athletics. Each one brought honor and distinction not only to their respective sports, but to the university as a whole. Congratulations to each one of them and I look forward to having them back on campus.”

Bruce Aven

A four-year letterwinner for the Cardinals, Aven won the Al Vincent Award after hitting .380 with 13 home runs and driving in 67 runs in 1993. His efforts on the field led to a first-team all-conference honor as the Cardinals won the Sun Belt Conference Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Championships.

Aven finished his career third all-time in runs, fifth in hits and stolen bases and seventh in RBIs and total bases. Following his collegiate career, he spent five seasons in Major League Baseball playing for the Cleveland Indians, Florida Marlins, Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers. 

Reggie Begelton 

Begelton is a Beaumont native who came to Lamar in the early stages of the football program’s rebirth. A 2015 graduate, Begelton owns the school’s single-game (18), season (82) and career (227) records for receptions. He also set the school’s all-time record in receiving yards (2,435) and finished second all-time in touchdown receptions (20), missing mark by just one grab.

Begelton has become one of the elite receivers in the Canadian Football League, helping Calgary to the 2018 Grey Cup as a CFL All-Star. He has also spent time in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers.

Jennifer Heisler 

Heisler guided the volleyball team to 93 victories during her four seasons on campus, including a 30-win season and an American South Conference title in 1990. An all-conference selection, Heisler graduated as the school’s all-time leader in digs and assists.

Despite wrapping up her career in 1991, she still ranks among the school’s elite in single-season and career assists. In track and field, she asserted herself as one of the school’s all-time greats in the shot put. She still holds the school’s indoor record in the shot put (44-1.00) and the school’s third-best mark in the outdoor shot (42-1.25).

Donald Davis

A two-sport letterman, Davis was a two-time All-Southland Conference selection on the gridiron at defensive tackle. He ended his football career with 230 total tackles. Davis also found success in track and field where he dominated the league in the discus throw. A three-time SLC individual champion in the event, Davis recorded the fifth-best throw at the SLC Championships history (168-11.00).

Hebert Harris

Harris holds the fifth and seventh-best single game receiving marks in school history. During his junior season, Harris hauled in 911 yards, which still stands as the fourth-best single-season mark in the Lamar record books. He is just one of four Cardinals to record at least 900 receiving yards in a season. During the 1981 season, Harris hauled in 61 passes which still stands as the school’s fourth-best single-season. Despite having finished his career four decades ago, Harris remains among the school’s all-time top 10 in receiving yards (1,624) and all-purpose yards (2,459).