Sports

Wed
16
Jan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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