Sports

Wed
05
Dec

LSU Tigers headed to the ‘Fiesta Bowl’

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The LSU Tigers are headed to the desert for its biggest football game in the playoff era.

Early Sunday afternoon, the College Football Playoff committee selected No. 11 LSU to play No. 8 Central Florida in the Fiesta Bowl, which will be played at noon Jan. 1 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

The bowl matchup pits an LSU team that has never played in a New Year’s Six bowl game with a repeatedly snubbed UCF program that once again finds itself on the outside of the playoffs looking in.

 

 

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Wed
05
Dec

Louisiana colleges help students get beyond stigma of counseling

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As a former collegiate gymnast, Lauren Li, found comfort at LSU after experiencing emotional distress at Penn State.

“Anxiety, depression, eating disorders: It was tough just talking about it because being used to suppressing those emotions, I had to like learn how to be comfortable talking about it and seeking help for it if I wanted to help myself,” Li, who was on LSU’s highly ranked team over the last three seasons, said.

It is no secret that expectations are high for athletes at universities across the country. These pressures take a toll, emotionally and physically, on athletes in all sports. And there has long been a stigma that discourages many of them from seeking mental and psychological help.

 

 

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Wed
28
Nov

Sixteen Giants named to All-District teams

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Sixteen Jena High School Giants were recently named to the 2018 Class 3-3A All-District football teams.

The Giants finished the 2018 season with an 8-2 record and claimed the co-district championship and was ranked as the Number 12 team in the state, and earned a berth in the state playoffs.

Troy Dangerfield was named as the defensive Most Valuable Player for the district for the second year in a row, and Trelon Jones was named as offensive co-Most Valuable Player of the Year.

Coach Jay Roark shared co-Coach of the Year honors with Caldwell High School Coach Buster Duplissey.

 

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Wed
28
Nov

Monroe Veterans Home residents enjoy steak meal

The residents of the Northeast Louisiana Veterans Home were served a steak dinner by the Northeast Louisiana Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) recently. Chef Mike Williams of Chef Eric Johnson restaurant cooked the steaks. Members of the MOAA help served the steaks and visited with the veterans during the meal.

President A. J. “Skip” Caissie of the Northeast Chapter (MOAA) said, “It was an honor to provide the veterans a steak dinner.” Veterans Home administrator Marquita Mihallak thanked the MOAA for their generosity.

The Veterans Home opened in 1996 after major effort by northeast Louisiana veterans’ organizations. The veterans formed a coalition and after establishing the need for the home in Monroe, lobbied the elected officials for their support. Governor Buddy Roemer approved the project after a briefing by the leaders of the coalition.

 

Wed
28
Nov

Thirteen Tigers named to All-District teams

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Thirteen LaSalle High School Tigers were recently named to the District 3-1A All-District teams. Even though the Tigers suffered season ending injuries to some of its players, and others were forced to miss some games because of injuries, the Tigers still finished the season ranked at Number 17 in the state. Their district finish and record qualified them for the state playoffs again this year. Tigers named to the All-District teams include:

 

 

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Wed
21
Nov

LC Lady Wildcat Girls Basketball Camp at TCA

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Five Louisiana College Lady Wildcat Basketball players, along with Coach Matt Lebato and Assistant Coach Jasmine Anderson, taught the Temple Christian Academy Lady Eagles about the importance of teamwork and perseverance during the recent LC Lady Wildcat Girls Basketball Camp at TCA in Jena. Those shown are: front row (left to right) Heidi Crawford, Alexis Lege, Lily LaCroix, Kaylee Daniel, Avery Finley and Kourtney McGhee; middle row (l to r) Grace Wheeler, Ayva Ford, Adassah Kimbrough, Noel Kimbrough, Brinkley Comeaux, Jada Hallmark, Hallie Crawford, Braylie Poole and Kaylee Kemp and back row (l to r) Jayla Landrum, Gracie LaCroix, Adrianna Hedgemon, LC Coach Matt Lebato, Kaitlyn Walker, Jewellia Champlin, Kaidie Poole, Assistant Coach Jasmine Anderson and TCA Coach Codie LaCroix.

 

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Wed
21
Nov

Jena Giants great season comes to an end in 2nd round of playoffs

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The Jena Giants played in the 2nd round of the playoffs this past Friday night. The #12 Giants were on the road in Farmerville, Louisiana getting ready to take on the #5 Union Parish Farmers. Both teams came into the game with 9-2 records after blowing out their 1st round opponents.

The Giants were trying to pull off the upset and make it to the quarterfinal round for the 1st time in 18 seasons. It would be a tall task for the Giants as Union Parish is one of the premiere programs in the North Louisiana area.

 

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Wed
14
Nov

Giants blow out South Beauregard 49-0 to advance to second round of playoffs

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By Austin Whatley

The Jena Giants had a home playoff game last week as for the 4th year in a row the Giants earned a home game in the 1st round of the Class 3A state playoffs. The Giants finished the regular season as district champs and their 8 wins earned them the #12 seed in the playoffs.

The Giants opponent would come from the southwest part of the state as they would take on the #21 South Beauregard Golden Knights. South Beauregard would come in with a 5-5 record but during the week many of the predictions were that the Golden Knights would pull off the upset.

South Beauregard is a very similar team to the Westlake team that came to Jena a year ago and upset the Giants in the 1st round of the playoffs. The Jena Giants senior class remembered how it felt to be upset like that and they vowed to make it sure it didn’t happen again.

 

 

Wed
14
Nov

JHS football team aids in cleanup

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For the past four years of high school, senior Shaun Todd has watched as large crowds of football supporters fill the stands each Friday night in support of the Giants - whether at home or on the road.

He has witnessed how those crowds have helped the team in crucial situations and close games to help secure a victory. Todd has also seen how the community supports the Giants off the field, from part-time jobs at local businesses, to helping them with funds to get needed equipment.

 

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Wed
07
Nov

Teacher’s pay in state below southern average

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By Sheridan Wall & Charlotte Bellotte LSU Manship School News Service

Danielle Couturier, an elementary teacher in suburban New Orleans, gets to school at 7 a.m. and often works on lesson plans until 10 p.m. But the 15-hour days are not enough to make ends meet. She also teaches summer school for extra pay.
Couturier, who has a master’s degree and 16 years of experience, makes $46,000 a year. After the first of her three children was born, she had to waitress on the weekends to earn more money.
“We put our blood sweat and tears and our whole hearts into this,” she said. “I don’t feel valued. I never have. But, I’m okay with that because that’s not why I do it.”

 

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