Sports

Wed
02
Jan

LaSalle Parish All-CENLA Football Honors

LaSalle Parish placed 12 football players on the 2018 All-Cenla Team announced recently by The Town Talk newspaper.

The all-star roster is the product of several media personalities from the Central Louisiana area with additional input from coaches in the area. It is the compilation of all high school football teams in all classifications in the Alexandria paper’s seven-parish coverage area from Mississippi to Texas in Central Louisiana.

Listed below are the players selected and what was said about each:

First Team Offensive Line: Aaron Boyette, Jena, 6-0, 260, Sr. - Boyette was a leader of the Giants’ offensive live and bounced back strong after breaking his leg last year. Jena scored 32 points per game and nearly amassed 3,000 yards this season with Boyette as the anchor.

 

Wed
02
Jan

Upward Basketball enters 14th year in Jena

As the Upward Sports organization begins its 24th year of existence, Jena First Baptist Church’s involvement in the Christian-based sports ministry begins its 14th year where during that time more than 1,500 youth have experienced basketball in a Christ-honored style.

“For me, its all about the kids,” Jena FBC Youth & Recreational Minister Terry Townsend said. “It’s about them learning the sport of basketball and learning about the love of Christ.”

Townsend, who has been at FBC for 25 years, said he first learned about Upward while attending recreation conferences in the early 2000’s.

“That’s when I first met Caz (McCaslin - founder of Upward Sports),” Townsend said. “He was attending those conferences promoting Upward and I knew this was something that God was leading us to do here at First Baptist.”

 

Wed
26
Dec

Four Jena High School Gold Dusters

Four Jena High School Gold Dusters were selected as Universal Dance Association (UDA) All-Americans this summer. The Gold Dusters attended the UDA camp at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and competed in both team and individual dance categories. The girls achieving this honor are (left to right) Alyssa Howard, Tori Ainsworth, Olivia Walker and Laura Peters. Howard and Peters will perform with other All-American dancers from around the country in the New Year’s Day parade in Rome, Italy, on January 1, 2019. Howard is the daughter of Curtis and Mandy Howard of Jena. Ainsworth is the daughter of Mickie and Charlotte Ainsworth of Jena.

 

 

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Wed
19
Dec

Jena High School lists honor roll

Honor roll students for the second six weeks of the 2018-19 school year at Jena High School have been announced by Principal Anthony Jackson, as follows:

Freshmen

All A’s – Audrey Andrews, Collin Ashley, Olivia Breland, Braydon Callender, Randi Creel, Ethan Crooks, Emily Elliott, Aariana Faust, Shania Gaines, Alexis Hayman, Alana Hulsey, Adam Jones, Emma Justiss, Callie McDowell, Kennedy Norris, Nathen Paul, Saige Picou, Ainslee Poole, James Sanders, Aidan Alexander Taunton, Trent Maddox Taunton, Tate Turnage, Bryan Warwick and Kaley Whatley.

3.0 Honor Roll –

Wed
19
Dec

Bragging Rights…

Derouen, Audrey Doenges, Gabrielle Dos Santos, Dylan Elliott, Carlee Ewing, Cheyenne Fisher, Clayton Ford, Devin Ford, Isaiah Gardner, Reid Hord, Jasmine Huffman, Madelyn Humphries, Wesley Humphries, Madison Ingle, Devante’ Jack, Stormie Johnson, Alexxis Jones, Kary-Anna Jones, Barrett Keene, Jacob Kimball, Andrew McClure, Imari McCoy, Cambrie Mc-Dowell, Daniel Moss, Destiny Owens, Kutler Paul, Ashley Pecanty, Cydnee Poole, Jason Reeder, Hunter Robertson, Sydni Ruddell, Heather Schrock, Brittney Sellers, Hunter Sharbono, Brian Sharp, Teri Shipley, Bryan Squyres, Keely Stapleton, Zachary Tarver, Aleaha Thomas, Allison Tradewell, Whittman Walters, Jordyn Washington, Cayden Wilbanks, Erin Jane Wilkinson, Sedriana Wilson and Jacob Windham.

 

 

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Wed
12
Dec

Bragging Rights…

Luke Wright, 10-year-old son of Jason and Kerri Wright of Trout, killed his first deer on Friday, November 16, 2018, while hunting with his dad.

 

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Wed
12
Dec

New basketball coaches for Jena High

The 2018-19 editions of the Giants and Lady Giants’ basketball teams feature new head coaches who each bring positive perspectives to the programs that hasn’t seen championship level performances in a long time.

The Lady Giants are very familiar with their new head coach as three-year assistant coach Stacy Morgan accepted the reign at the top spot over the summer. However, the Giants have a Seattle, Washington native and former Marine sergeant calling out commands bringing with him a desire to propel the program to elite status and state championships.

Coach Kason Whitten

Kason Whitten has literally been around the globe during his 40 years and by his own admission, Jena, Louisiana was a place he never thought he’d be.

 

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Wed
05
Dec

Granddaughter of Jena native signs with Arkansas Univesity

(Editor’s Note: Anna Williams, daughter of Adam and Cheryl Williams of El Dorado, Arkansas, and granddaughter of Jena natives, Crawford and Sandra Williams, recently signed her national letter-of-intent to play volleyball at the University of Central Arkansas. The following story appeared in the El Dorado News-Times, and is being re-printed with permission.)

The snow on the ground Wednesday morning was just the beginning of Anna Williams’ special day. The senior at West Side Christian, after years of dedication and perseverance, saw her dream come true when she signed her national letter-of-intent to play volleyball at the University of Central Arkansas.

The 6-foot-1 left-hander started playing volleyball in the fifth grade. A naturally gifted athlete, it didn’t take long for Williams to set a lofty goal for herself.

 

 

Wed
05
Dec

LSU Tigers headed to the ‘Fiesta Bowl’

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

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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