Sports

Wed
03
Jul

Tigers on the prowl in Claiborne Parish

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There could be some exotic wild critters roaming the woods around Lake Claiborne near Homer. For sure, there are coyotes, bobcats, a rare cougar sighting and if they’re not there yet, black bears will be making their appearance.

What about tigers? You’ve got to be kidding, right? Well, they’re not in the woods; they’re in the lake. I’m talking about Tiger bass.

 

 

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Wed
26
Jun

Wood ducks could use a little help finding housing

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When I was growing up and we grabbed shotguns and headed out in winter to the slough to duck hunt, our quarry was wood ducks. Why? They comprised about 99% of the ducks that lived in my part of the country; we seldom saw any other species.

I remember standing in hip boots in the back water of a slough at daylight and hearing the whir of wings and the high-pitched squeal of incoming ducks that would dive and dart kamikaze style through the trees. Trying to connect with one resulted in far more misses than hits. However, should I be lucky enough to down one, my mom and her old Dutch oven could convert a wood duck into manna rivaling that recorded in the Bible.

 

 

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Wed
19
Jun

Jena Giants recognized for outstanding records

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Jena High School had a season for the ages on the baseball diamond this season.

After winning a program-high 27 games and finishing a game away from the Class 3A Quarterfinals, the Giants earned some representation on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s 3A baseball team as senior Shaun Todd made the team.

 

 

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Wed
19
Jun

Bill tighten hazing laws on campuses

BATON ROUGE -- The Senate passed a bill during the recent legislative session to tighten hazing laws since incidents keep occurring on college campuses even though lawmakers took several steps to crack down on the problems last year.

 

 

 

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Wed
12
Jun

Grandson of LaSalle native gets coveted baseball award

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Josh Young was just named to the Conference USA All Freshman baseball Team, but he didn’t get there  the usual way. He is the son of Dr. Jay Young and Natalie Plunket Young of Maryville, Tennessee, and the grandson of June Basham Plunket, a Jena native. He has two brothers, Jared and Jacob.  

Josh was a baseball player/pitcher at William Blount High School in Maryville, TN (just outside Knoxville), and graduated in 2017.   In fact,  he was a very successful pitcher until a torn labrum sidelined him his entire Senior high school baseball season.  

In 2016, he had been all county and all district in baseball and was named a 2017 Perfect Game Pre-Season All American and All Region player.  

 

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Wed
29
May

Georgetown High School Athletic Banquet awards

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The annual Georgetown High School Athletic Banquet was held Monday, May 20, at the Georgetown Baptist Church Family Life Center. With over 150 in attendance, athletes from all sports were recognized for their achievements.

The guest speaker was Warren Morris of Alexandria. Morris, a former LSU Tiger and MLB player, is best remembered for his two-out walk-off home run to give the Tigers the win for the NCAA 1996 National Baseball Championship. His speech was both enjoyable and inspiring to those in attendance.

 

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Wed
29
May

Month of May brings pretty birds

By Glynn Harris

My buddy and fellow outdoor writer/ photographer, John Flores, lives down in the Morgan City area of south Louisiana. Some of the photos he’s been passing along recently via Face Book have had me mesmerized. John has been making daily visits to a wildlife preserve near his home and capturing stunning images of song birds; those that have spent the winter in Central America, made the non-stop flight across the Gulf and stopped over for rest and food before taking off again for the northern U.S. where they rear their young and spend the summer.

Living nearly 300 miles further north, we don’t get the profusion of neo-tropical birds here like folks along the coast get to experience. Nevertheless, we get stragglers in our woods and around our feeders that will be with us only a few weeks before they pack up and head north. Some species, however, nest and spend summers in our woods and yards.

 

Wed
22
May

It’s bream bustin’ time around the area

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It was August; it was hot. The lake didn’t seem the right place to be in the middle of the day with temperatures flirting with triple digits. My Lazy Boy under air conditioning seemed to be a better choice but I was sitting on Grand Bayou Reservoir with one of the most serious fishermen with whom I ever had the privilege of sharing a boat.

Eddie Halbrook had dangled an opportunity before me and I took to it like our dog, Rufus, takes after his Snack Bone.

“They’re biting right now and I have something to show you. Have you ever gone for a fishing ‘trifecta’? I’m talking bass, crappie and bream on the same trip,” Halbrook said. I admitted I hadn’t but was anxious to give it a try.

 

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Wed
22
May

Scholarships awarded to LHS 2019 graduates

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Katie Helton, Guidance Counselor at LaSalle High School, announced scholarship recipients for 2019 graduates during graduation ceremonies at the school on Thursday night, May 9, 2019.

Blade Beaubouef - Olla Kiwanis Scholarship for $1,000; La Tech Scholarship for $10,000; NSU Scholarship for $14,400; Woodmen Life Focus Forward Scholarship for $500; Olla Police Department Scholarship for $500; La-Salle Parish Scholar’s

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