Sports

Wed
23
Jan

La. Lions Camp in its 62nd year

The summer of 2019 marks the beginning of the 62nd year of operation of the Louisiana Lions Camp with 55 of those years in Leesville. On July 9, 1961 the first camping session opened the camp which is located six miles north of Leesville on 170 acres of piney woodlands. To date, over 25,127 children have attended the camp.

Over 4,000 Lions throughout the state of Louisiana are actively working to see that the youth with Diabetes, pulmonary disorders, and mental and physical challenges are able to experience a life impacting week at their summer place.

The camp will operate a one week session for youth with pulmonary disorders, ages 5-15. These applications will be assigned by the LPDCI, Lions Camp Pelican.

 

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Wed
23
Jan

Whitetails Unlimited banquet set Feb. 1st

The sixth annual Whitetails Unlimited LaSalle Area Banquet will be held on Friday, February 1, 2019, at Community Center in Jena (former Jena Fair Barn).

This special event will feature raffles, games, silent auction, and live auction, as a delicious supper.

Over the past five years, the La-Salle Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited has been able to financially fund Archery in the School program at Jena Junior High School. Enough archery equipment was purchased that other schools can use this equipment if they desire to start the Archery in School Program in their schools.

“We have also been able to donate thousands of dollars toward the LaSalle Parish 4-H Shooting Sports during the past five years,” said Brian Andrews, Field Director for Whitetails Unlimited.

 

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Wed
23
Jan

Lady Giants lose pair of tough district games; Jena Giants lose close one at home to Bolton

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The Jena Lady Giants played a couple of more district games this past week. On Tuesday the Lady Giants traveled to Alexandria to take on the Peabody Lady Warhorses and on Friday the Bolton Lady Bears came to town.

The young Lady Giants were looking to pick up their first win of the season. On Tuesday the Lady Giants would come up short against Peabody as they would lose 49-13.

On Friday the Lady Giants played well in the 1st quarter as they kept the score close throughout the quarter. Kennedy Norris would lead the Lady Giants with 4 1st quarter points.

The Lady Giants would start to run out of gas as Bolton would go on to win 72-15. In the game for the Lady Giants Norris finished with 6 points, Emily Breithaupt had 4 points, Candace Hudnall had 2 points, Logan Freeman had 2 points, and Bristen Evans had 1 point.

 

Wed
16
Jan

Lady Giants play at home Friday; Jena Giants open up district play

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The Jena Lady Giants opened up district play this past week as they played the Caldwell Lady Spartans on Tuesday and the Avoyelles Lady Mustangs on Friday. The young Lady Giants would have a tough task as Caldwell and Avoyelles are the favorites to win district 3-3A.

The Lady Giants came into district play with a record of 0-13 as they have a very young team with very limited varsity experience. The Lady Giants start three sophomores and two freshmen as the rest of the team consists of sophomores and freshmen.

The starting five for the Lady Giants are Bristen Evans, Candace Hudnall, Kennedy Norris, Emily Breithaupt, and Audrey Pritchard.

 

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Wed
16
Jan

LaSalle Lady Tigers beat Northwood-Lena

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The LaSalle Lady Tigers picked up a much needed district 3-1A win against Northwood-Lena at home this week. The Lady Tigers then welcomed the Logansport Lady Tigers to Olla.

The Northwood game would be a one sided affair with Kenzie Long leading all scorers for LaSalle. Bree Hester, Kylie Hillestad, and Lexi Snoddy would add to the scoring during this matchup.

 

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Wed
09
Jan

Ups and downs; good and bad of 2018

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OUT DOORS

I’m sitting here at my computer on the first day of 2018….Oops…2019. I’m betting I’m not the only one who will have trouble remembering that last year is gone and will have to adjust to writing the correct date of the new one.

At any rate, I have looked back over what I have written about over the past year to share some of the ups and downs; the good and the not-so-good that took place during the past 12 months.

To begin, let me put to rest the assumption that as an outdoors writer, I always use my “skill and expertise” to take my share of wild game. Not so in 2018. I didn’t get a wild turkey gobbler nor did I waylay a deer. I suppose I’m stuck with having to eat chicken, pork and beef in 2019.

 

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Wed
09
Jan

Jena Little Giants runners up at Super Bowl

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The Jena Giant high school football team isn’t the only Jena Giant football team that has made a name for itself in area football. The Jena Little Giants 9-10 year old team were runners-up in their age division at the Red River Youth Football League’s Super Bowl last month after winning most of their 12 games this season after no wins last year.

The league is based in Rapides Parish and included teams in the surrounding area. The 9-10 yearold team is only in their second year of league play after forming in 2017. They competed against six other teams. There was also an 11-12 year-old team for the first time in 2018.

Wed
09
Jan

Lady Giants looking for first win in district; Giants trying to make a run at district title

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The Jena Lady Giants start district play this week.

On Tuesday the Lady Giants will be at home taking on the Caldwell Lady Spartans and on Friday they will be on the road at Avoyelles to take on the Lady Mustangs.

Lady Giants Head Coach Stacy Morgan had a tough task coming into this season as she inherited a team that had to replace all five starters from last season and consists of mostly freshman and sophomores with very little varsity experience.

The Lady Giants have started the season 0-13 but have played some close games losing by 5 at LaSalle and 6 at Bunkie. The Lady Giants will play two of the tougher teams in district play this week as Caldwell and Avoyelles come into district play as the favorites to win district.

The Lady Giants will look to get their first win in district play as they would love to knock off one of the favorites this week. So everyone come on out and support these hardworking ladies as they look to pick up their first win.

Wed
02
Jan

LaSalle Parish All-CENLA Football Honors

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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

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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.”

 

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