EAE seems to be the theme for 2014 as the Savage Storm footballers prepare for the trip to Magnolia to take on the Muleriders of Southern Arkansas at 6 p.m. Saturday.
EAE breaks down to Effort, Attitude, Energy.
EAE appears to be the watchword as the season opener nears for head coach Bo Atterberry and the Storm.
Southeastern’s first home game is scheduled for Sept. 13 when the Boll Weevils of Arkansas-Monticello visit Paul Laird Field for a 6 p.m. kickoff.
Storm fans not making the trip to Magnolia will be able to listen to the game on KLBC.
THE FOOTBALL HOME opener will also be the first of six scheduled Tailgate Parties slated for Tailgate Alley across from Paul Laird Field.
It will also feature the second-annual Barbecue Cook-Off sponsored by the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce.
The cookers will be going by noon so the judges can start selecting winners at 2 p.m. Entry fee is $50 and winners can claim the traveling trophy along with barbecue aprons.
Don’t forget the bragging rights.
To enter or for more information, phone the Durant Chamber at (580) 924-0848 or go online to www.durantchamber.org.
Southeastern is hosting the Boll Weevils in the home opener. How many boll weevils does it take to make a brisket?
The Cook-Off is fun, the Tailgating is fun and also tastes good. Plan now to come out and join the party.
Tailgating is sponsored by the Southeastern Alumni Association.
The Chase Sanford Band will open festivities at 2 p.m. with Charlie Robison front and center at 4 p.m.
All of the activities will take you right up to the 6 p.m. kickoff time. Storm fans can eat, watch and win while having a great time.
CLOSER TO HOME, Southeastern softball fans can check out the 2015 edition of the LadyStorm here Saturday morning.
Coach Ron Faubion’s young ladies will host the Lady Trojans of Seminole State at 11 a.m. Due to NCAA Division II rules, the Storm can play only four hours. Action is scheduled 11a.m.-3 p.m.
Five newcomers are fighting for playing time and four of the five are true freshmen. The fifth newcomer is Jessica Seay, a righthanded pitcher from Harrah, Okla., by way of Cowley County Community College in Kansas.
Seay looked good against Connors State last Saturday as the LadyStorm opened the six-event fall schedule at Durant’s Multi-Sports Complex.
Breanna Smith is a freshman from Monticello, Ark. Yep, the same Monticello as the Boll Weevils and the Great American Conference.
Smith is trying to replace Lacie Cook, who ran out of eligibility after her trip to the College World Series in Salem, Va.
Kaylen Ramber is scrambling for playing time at catcher or third base.
Ashley Moore is a pitcher who follows sister Courtney Moore, last year’s catcher and World Series standout.
The last freshman is Jordyn James, a catcher/first baseman who got her collegiate career off to a nifty start last weekend with a home run blast in her first at-bat.
Everybody is invited to come watch Storm softball, grab a bite to eat and listen to Storm football in the season opener at Southern Arkansas.
Harold Harmon can be reached at email@example.com.