Sports

Wed
21
Aug

Another Giant signs to play college ball

The list of Jena Giants who have signed to play at the collegiate level continues to grow. Last week, Jena High’s all-star, multisport standout, 2019 graduate Shaun Todd signed his name to play baseball at Texas College in Tyler, Texas.

Todd, who dominated in football, basketball, and baseball during his years at Jena High and could have played any of the three at the next level, ultimately chose baseball as his ticket to earn his college degree.

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Wed
14
Aug

LaSalle Tigers face tough schedule

For LaSalle Tiger Head Football Coach Derek White, the key to a successful season in one of his toughest schedules ever is simple: No turnovers!

“We literally lost the first three games of last year due to turnovers,” White said in an exclusive interview last week. “That seemed to set the stage for our entire season as we gave the ball away more than we had it.”

The Tigers, which finished last year with an overall record of 5-6 and a District 3-1A record of 3-2, lost in the first round of the playoffs against Slaughter Community Charter.

 

 

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Wed
14
Aug

Giants working to keep tradition alive

Eighth year Jena Giant Head Football Coach Jay Roark has overseen one of the most dramatic program turnarounds in recent years. Under his leadership, the Giant football team has gone from everybody wanting to schedule them for homecoming games (for an easy win), to today, when hardly anybody wants to schedule them at all.

“I am so thankful for the success this program has achieved, and I’m telling you it’s not just me, it’s everyone involved, but at the same time we find ourselves having to schedule tougher and tougher schools because others don’t want to play us,” he said during an exclusive interview last week.

 

 

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Wed
07
Aug

Kids key to success of local banquet

Outdoors

It’s unfortunate but it’s a fact. The number of youngsters who eventually become hunters is in a slow fall. Why is that?

Greg Patterson with Ducks Unlimited put his finger on one of the main problems…”To recruit new hunters, it takes hunting families. I was introduced to it by my father; he was introduced to it by his father. When you have boys and girls without a hunter in the household, it’s tough to give them the experience.”

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that the number of hunters age 16 and older declined 10% between 1996 and 2006.

 

 

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Wed
31
Jul

Loss of special friends trigger memories

It has been a double whammy for me this week. First, my editor for over 40 years, Buddy Davis, passed away. So many words by Buddy plugging Lincoln Parish sports have been written along with glowing accolades offered by friends from around the country. What an honor it was for me to get to work with this special guy for all those years. As I mourned his passing, I received another jolt this weekend about an auto accident that claimed the life of 87 year old Milton May.

For almost as many years as I worked with Buddy Davis, Milton and I hunted together and he has been featured in some of those articles I sent to Buddy for his approval and inclusion in the paper.

 

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Wed
24
Jul

Olla team places 3rd in District…

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Wed
24
Jul

Two LHS Tigers sign to play college baseball

Two LaSalle High School baseball players signed letters of intent last week to play baseball at the next level.

Recent graduates Blake May and Hunter Sims held an official signing ceremony Wednesday afternoon at LaSalle High where they signed their names to play baseball at Champion Christian College in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

 

 

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Wed
24
Jul

National Champion

Erin Jane Wilkinson, a senior at Jena High School, represented Louisiana 4-H at the National Shooting Sports Competition held in Grand Island, Nebraska, June 23-28.

 

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Wed
17
Jul

2-man golf scramble is July 19

The Jena Lions Club will host a 2-man golf scramble at 12-noon on Friday, July 19,at the LaSalle Country Club at Trout.

The cost to enter is $120 per team. Cash prizes will be: $240 for first place, and $120 for second place.

 

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Wed
17
Jul

Back-2-School Block Party set for August 12

The annual LaSalle Back-2-School Drive is underway and welcoming help to donate approved school supplies to participating churches, businesses, or the LaSalle Parish Mission Center (Mission House), by Thursday, August 1, to help needy families in the parish.

A “Back-2-School Block Party” will be held Monday, August 12, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Celebrate Recovery Building (old Jena Elementary School cafeteria) on Highway 84 east in Jena.

 

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