BREAKING: Second GSU shooting in a week leaves one dead, several injured

GRAMBLING, La. – Sunday’s Homecoming activities and Monday classes have been canceled after a second shooting in a week occurred on Grambling State University’s campus. 

GSU officials stated that the shooting occurred in the early morning hours in the quad area of the campus. Several victims were confirmed, including an enrolled student who was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. 

One of the shooting victims, a non-student, died from injuries. 

“Our campus community has worked tirelessly to keep our students and others safe for the homecoming activities,” said GSU President Rick Gallot. “Yet, with all our planning and coordination with our local, state, regional and state law enforcement partners, we still find ourselves grieving the loss of life and injuries just as too many communities in our country have experienced as well. Why would someone come to the campus of our Dear Ole Grambling and shoot innocent people?” 

The shooting occurred when a GSU Homecoming event was underway at McCall Dining Center. All individuals who were attending sheltered in place and were released once an all-clear was given by university police. 

While the campus has been cleared for normal operations, the Sunday homecoming events, the soccer game scheduled for today, and tomorrow’s classes have been canceled. 

The incident is under investigation by Louisiana State Police. Any information regarding the information should be sent to LSP at 318-345-0000 or GSUPD at 318-374-2222. 

This is the second shooting within a week. Last Wednesday, there was a shooting in front of GSU’s Favrot Student Union where a juvenile and a 19-year-old were shot. Both individuals involved in the incident sustained injuries with one of the victims being pronounced dead later in the day. Additionally, university officials reported that two GSU students received non-life-threatening injuries when leaving the scene. 


Dusty McGehee: Youth Weekend Success!

Ridge and Dusty McGehee celebrate a boy’s first deer.

by Dusty McGehee (LPJ Outdoor Writer)

Last week, I mentioned I would be taking my seven-year-old out for his first opportunity to harvest a deer.  While this column will not be “Story Time with Dusty” every time, I only get one opportunity to experience his “first” and I feel it deserves to be shared.  While the actual hunt is not overly exciting as far as how the events unfolded, the story of Ridge and the events leading up to his first hunt are quite interesting.

Ridge is the kid that doesn’t get excited about too much other than Wolfie (his favorite stuffed animal), ice cream, and the attention from his first-grade lady friends. 

Having hunted with me a handful of times over the years, he hasn’t expressed interest in being the trigger man until earlier this year.  He knew his big brother had killed his first deer at age seven and always said he “might do it when he’s the same age Anders was.”  He turned seven back in the spring and I’ve been anxiously waiting for him to tell me he was ready. 

Fast forward into August when Ridge suffers a traumatic injury to his right and dominant eye. Until now, has basically left him blind in that eye.  Any plans that I may have had were quickly put on hold. Our lives were now revolving around countless doctors’ visits, bed rest, and a patch over the eye that I had hoped would be looking through the crosshairs this fall.

In the middle of all this, Ridge asks, “Dad will I be able to shoot my first deer this year now that I have a bad eye?”  I quickly replied “YES! As soon as we can, we’re going hunting!”   One surgery and a lens replacement later, we are leaving the doctor’s office in Shreveport, and I challenged him. If he can see how many fingers I’m holding up out of his bad eye, I will take him to Bass Pro and he can get anything he wants.  He squints, says it’s blurry then exclaims “TWO!” Off to Bass Pro we go. 

On the ride over, I hint that we need to go check out the rifles so he can pick out his first deer gun.  He proclaims, “I know exactly what I’m getting.”  After an hour of looking at fish, boats, and toys, I finally ask him to go get what he wants.  He runs straight to the check-out line and picks out a two-dollar can of beef jerky and grins and says “THIS!”  While I was a little let down by his choice, I stayed true to my promise and bought the boy what he wanted.

All hunters can relate to the fact that we are always looking for an excuse to buy another gun.  After all Ridge had been through, I truly thought he deserved to have his own.  A quick trip to a local outdoor store, and I surprised him with a brand new 350 Legend topped with a Vortex scope.  Off to the range we go. He is struggling to see out of his right eye (his vision is still poor) so he switches around and goes left-handed.  Boom, he centers the bullseye and now I have a newly converted left-handed/left eyed shooter.

On Saturday (October 9), the opening day of our youth season, was the day we had long been waiting for.  I built a ground blind under an old barn overlooking a freshly growing food plot.  Scouting the day before had shown plenty of deer activity in the late evening.  We took an ice chest (it was HOT), snacks, books, and Mama with her camera to document the hunt.  We had barely gotten situated when a group of six does came out. 

As I was coaching him through the situation, the matriarch of the group spotted us, snorted and the whole herd exited just as quickly as they had come.  Both of us were dejected, but a quick pep talk from mom got us back in the right frame of mind.  Twenty minutes pass and I see movement from the left.  I immediately get Ridge on the gun and give him the green light on the first one that turns broadside.  He whispers, “I’m on her.”  I click the safety off and tell him to slowly squeeze the trigger. Simultaneous with the boom, his first deer drops.

I yell with excitement, scoop him up and carry him out into the field to see his trophy.  All the first deer emotions were magnified with the roller coaster we have been riding over the last few months.  We laughed, cried, high-fived; he even tackled me at one point while we admired his deer and this major milestone in his life.  He suggested we go to Dubach Deer Factory so he could finally have his picture taken by Kyle Green.  Kyle unloaded the deer, put it on the scales and confirmed Ridge’s trophy was an 88-pound doe.  Everything about this deer and this hunt was perfect.

Left eye. Dead eye. Ridge proving you can’t keep a good man down.

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Dusty McGehee is a native of Downsville and a 2006 graduate of Louisiana Tech University with a bachelors in wildlife conservation. He is currently employed by WestRock and serves as an environmental engineer at the Hodge Mill. Dusty is an avid hunter and crappie fisherman, fishing crappie tournaments with his son when he is not in the woods. He and his wife Rachel have three young outdoorsmen/women: Anders (9), Ridge (7) and Mae (5).


Diamonds: did you know?


Did You Know?

  • Diamonds were used to engrave gemstones in India by 300 BCE.
  • Diamonds can be burned. To burn a diamond, it must be heated to between 1290-1650 degrees Fahrenheit. House fires and jewelers’ torches can sometimes reach that temperature.
  • D-to-Z color diamonds are the most widely used in jewelry, but diamonds come in all colors of the rainbow. For natural colored diamonds, blue, green, orange and red are the rarest; yellow and brown are the most common.
  • Diamond weight is measured in carats (not carrots or karats). The word carat is derived from keration, the Greek name for the carob tree whose seed was used for centuries as the standard of weighing precious stones. Because the seed could vary slightly in weight, in 1913, carat weight became metric; one metric carat is equivalent to 0.2 grams or 0.007 ounces.
  • The largest rough diamond, discovered in 1905, is the Cullinan diamond, weighing in at 3,106 carats (ct.)!

Defense Sparks Grambling State to win over TSU


GRAMBLING, La. | The Grambling State University football team got two scores from its defense as the Tigers celebrated Homecoming with a 34-20 victory over Texas Southern in a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) game on Saturday afternoon at Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium.


Grambling State (3-4 overall, 2-2 SWAC) started slow but used a 17-point third quarter to pull away from Texas Southern.

TSU capitalized on a turnover by GSU starting quarterback Noah Bodden as Andrew Body took advantage of the short field with a 21-yard touchdown pass to Jyrin Johnson to grab a 6-0 lead with 10:19 remaining in the opening quarter.

“We have got to help the young kid (Bodden),” coach Broderick Fobbs said. “We have got to do more around him so he can be the type of player, gain the type of confidence that he needs to gain and that’s really what it’s about. I expect a freshman to not play well all the time, but we have to make catches and acrobatic catches for him when the ball isn’t there right in our chest.”


Grambling State answered on the very next possession with a 9-play, 75-yard drive as Donald Johnson scored on 4-yard touchdown run to pull ahead, 7-6, after the extra point, with 5:44 left in the first.


GSU extended the advantage to 10-6 after Garrett Urban 29-yard field goal as time expired as the two teams entered the half.
Grambling State’s defense scored the first of two touchdowns as Quincy Mitchell took a Body interception 75 yards to paydirt as GSU pushed the margin to 17-6 with 12:40 left in the third.


Urban’s second field, a 33-yard field, gave GSU a 20-6 lead with 6:02 remaining in the quarter.


Grambling State added the second defensive score with 3:04 left in the third as Myron Stewart recovered a fumbled and rumbled 70 yards for the touchdown as GSU extended the lead to 27-6 advantage.

“Our defense is stellar,” Fobbs said. “Coach (Everett) Todd and our defensive staff do a really good job of putting our staff in the right positions. Other than two drives, I think we played grade A defense.”


Texas Southern (2-4, 1-2) ended the scoring drought early in the fourth quarter as Javius Williams recovered a Bodden fumbled and went 44 yards for the score as TSU closed the gap to 27-13 with 14:34 remaining.


Elijah Walker gave Grambling State its final score with a 1-yard touchdown run, giving GSU a 34-13 lead with just over five minutes left.


Texas Southern added a Jeff Proctor 4-yard touchdown run with 1:59 remaining, but it wasn’t enough as Grambling State picked up the Homecoming victory.

Grambling State takes a week off before visiting Florida A&M. Kickoff against the Rattlers is set for 3 p.m. (Central) at Bragg Memorial Stadium. The last time GSU and FAMU met was in 2001, a 12-10 victory for the Tigers.

UTEP too much for Tech in El Paso

EL PASO, Texas — UTEP’s (6-1) defensive front pressure allowed the Miners to put together a dominant performance Saturday night to beat Louisiana Tech (2-4, 1-1 CUSA) by a final score of 19-3 in front of a near 30,000 home crowd in the Sun Bowl.

It’s the first conference loss of the season for the Bulldogs.

A fumble by the Miners on their own 4 yard-line in the fourth quarter helped give Tech its an opportunity for its first second-half score to help gets the Bulldogs back into the ball game. Penalties, unfortunately, backed Tech up and kept the offense not only out of the end zone, but ended up with an interception to the Miners by senior quarterback Austin Kendall.

The Bulldogs had another scoring opportunity robbed in the end zone with another Kendall interception in the last few minutes of the ball game.

“It was probably one of our worst offensive performances of all time,” Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz said after the game. “We weren’t very good on third down. We struggled and turned the ball over three times. We could not get anything going consistently. As a staff, we did a poor job as a staff that did not get our guys prepared for tonight.”

A stifling UTEP defense kept thwarting any sort of offense by the Bulldogs in the first half. The Miner defensive front kept Tech’s offense off-kilter thanks to quick pressure on Kendall and the rest of the Bulldog backfield. Tech was held to only one field goal in the first half and trailed 16-3 going into the halftime locker room.

The only pair of touchdowns on the night came from freshman Deion Hankins for UTEP in the first quarter, which gave the Miners all of the cushion they would need for the night.

“Defensively, I thought our front seven played their tails off,” Holtz said. “It was a poor effort by our offense tonight and poor coaching on my part. We have to do a better job as an offensive coaching staff. It was a night where a lot of things did not go our way and we did not execute in a positive way.”

Neither offenses found the end zone in the second half. UTEP snapped an 8-game losing streak to the Bulldogs.

Kendall finished the night 14-28 passing for 164 yards and three interceptions. On defense, senior Trey Baldwin finished with 12 total tackles for the Bulldogs. Junior Jaiden Cole grabbed an interception for Tech, as well. 

The Bulldogs will finally return home after nearly a month to take on UTSA for homecoming. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.


Bearcats outlast Lions in 2OT

Instant Classic.

Lightning delays. Overtimes. Dramatics.

Jaden Osborne hit Dawson Willis with a 7-yard TD pass with seven seconds to play in regulation sending the game into overtime, and then the Bearcats stopped a faked-extra-point, two-point conversion in the second extra period to claim a 56-55 win over Ouachita (4-3) at Lion Stadium Friday night.

“There is a lot to say about our kids that they got their stuff together,” said Ruston coach Jerrod Baugh. “I wasn’t real happy with the way we came out and started this game. I don’t think we came ready to play ball.

“We figured out it was going to be a dog fight. We continued to fight. You could tell there were players that went down on both sides. It was two teams that gave everything that they had. We just happened to come out on top.”

Trailing 42-35 with just over three minutes to play in regulation, Ruston (6-1) drove 75 yards and with no timeouts remaining, Osborne found Willis in the back of the endzone to cut the deficit to 42-41. Brady Beason’s extra point tied the game. All but the final seven yards of the scoring drive came on the ground as Dyson Fields, Devian Wilson and Osborne accounted for most of the drive.

“We didn’t need the clock to run out down there with us running the ball,” said Baugh “That is something we work on weekly. We have a goal line package that we work on every week. They went out and executed it. I like to see that.”

Ruston rushed for 402 total yards in the game while Ouachita totaled 326 yards on the ground as the two teams combined for just 53 yards through the air. Osborne finished 2-of-4 for 15 yards, one interception and one TD as Ruston overcame three turnovers in the win.

Ouachita led 21-14 at halftime and then the Lions scored early in the third quarter to push its advantage out to 28-14. However, Ruston responded behind some explosive plays by its tailbacks. Fields scampered 58-yards to pay-dirt with 8:27 to play in the third and then Wilson scored on a 48-yard burst just three minutes later as Ruston tied the game at 28-28.

With just 1:39 to play in the third quarter, Fields added a 17-yard TD run to give the Bearcats a 35-28 lead.

Ouachita responded on a Marcel Henderson 70-yard TD run with 1:17 to play in the third and then Zach Jackson gave the Lions the lead on a 32-yard run just over midway through the fourth quarter, setting up the Bearcats final heroics in regulation.

After each team scored a TD and converted on the extra point in the first overtime, Ruston scored on a 10-yard run by Osborne in the second OT. Beason’s extra point made the score 56-49. Ouachita answered on a 1-yard run by Jackson to make the score 56-55.

Each team called a timeout and then the Lions sent out their extra point unit. However, Ouachita faked the extra point and tried to win the game on a pass into the endzone that fell to the turf.

Wilson rushed for 182 yards and two scores on 15 carries while Fields added 170 yards and four scores on 21 carries.

The Bearcats were led defensively by Jadon Mayfield (10 tackles), D’Angelo Harper (6 tackles), Christian Davis (7 tackles) and Ray Owens (5 tackles).  

The game was delayed twice due to weather, including delaying the opening kickoff by 45 minutes. A second lightning delay came late in the first quarter.

Photo: Reggie McLeroy

 

 

 


Cougars, Tigers play Friday night classic

Two big special team’s touchdowns proved to be the difference as No. 7 (Class 2A) ranked Jonesboro Hodge defeated Cedar Creek 28-26 Friday night at Cougar Stadium.

Head coach Matt Middleton talked earlier in the week about the J-Hodge offense, but the Cougars defense stood tall. Despite winning, J-Hodge totaled only 161 yards of total offense in the game. However, it was the Tigers special teams that made the plays.

“We are better,” said Middleton. “Nothing can change my mind on that. I know we are a good football team. We only have three seniors. J-Hodge has a bunch of them. We are resilient. We are going to bounce back. We are going to come back next week and get after it. It’s been a challenging week, but I will take these kids any day. We are going to bounce back, and we are going to make a run.”

Devontae Mozee scampered 73-yards on a punt return for a score early in the first quarter and then the Tigers (6-1) opened the third quarter with a 76-yard kickoff return for a TD as the Cougars dropped their third heartbreaker of the season.

After Mozee gave J-Hodge the 7-0 lead, Cedar Creek marched 63-yards on a run-oriented, clock-controlling drive that took more than six minutes off the clock as Ladd Thompson scored on a 7-yard run with 3:33 remaining in the first quarter. Davis Long’s extra point was partially blocked and the Tigers led 7-6.

Creek took it’s first lead of the game with 8:35 to play in the second quarter as Carson Riley scored on a 1-yard plunge, capping an 11-play, 54-yard drive. Long’s extra point made it 13-7 Creek.

J-Hodge quarterback Tydre Malone struck next, scoring on a 30-yard TD run on a fourth down play with 6:32 to play in the second quarter as the Tigers once again led 14-13.

AJ Thomas scored on a nine-yard TD run with 3:49 to play before halftime. The run capped another long scoring drive as the Cougars marched 62 yards for the lead at 20-14.

Malone answered right before halftime, hitting JaMarriyea Lewis on a 38-yard scoring strike with 1:24 to play before halftime. J-Hodge led 21-20 at the break.

Brantrel Thompson opened the second half with a 76-yard kickoff return for a touchdown as the Tigers upped their advantage to 28-20.

The Creek defense would keep the dangerous J-Hodge off the scoreboard over the final 23-plus minutes, giving the Cougars an opportunity to respond.

Caden Middleton found Bryce Rushing on a 6-yard TD pass with less than a minute to play in the third quarter to close the gap to 28-26. Middleton was 2-for-7 for 38 yards in the game with the one TD pass.  The Cougars gained 277 yards of total offense, including 239 on the ground.

The potential game-tying two-point conversion was no good as the Tigers held the two-point lead entering the final 12-minutes of play.

Cedar Creek had three more offensive opportunities, including one in the final three minutes but a fourth down and 12-pass play was incomplete as J-Hodge ran out the clock.

Jed Worthey ran 24 times for 107 yards and the one score in the game.

Creek will travel to Oak Grove next Friday.

Photo: Darrell James (dgjames.photoshelter.com)


WANTED: Arrest warrant issued for shooting suspect

Lincoln Parish — On Wednesday, October 13, 2021, Grambling State University Police Department requested Louisiana State Police Criminal Investigations Division (LSP CID) to investigate a shooting that occurred on campus.      

Louisiana State Police are requesting assistance in locating 18-year-old Jatavious Carroll, a.k.a. “Rabbit” of Delhi.  Carroll is the suspect in the shooting that occurred on the GSU campus.  The shooting injured a 16-year-old juvenile of Rayville and led to the death of 19-year-old Damarius Murphy of Rayville. 

An arrest warrant has been issued for Carroll for one count of second degree murder, one count of attempted second degree murder and one count of possessing a firearm/weapon on school property.  

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Carroll is asked to contact Louisiana State Police Troop F at 318-345-0000 or your local law enforcement agency.

Contact Information:

M/T Michael Reichardt            

Louisiana State Police

Public Affairs Section

Office: (318) 345-2810                             

michael.reichardt@la.gov


Homer too much for Lincoln Prep

By T. Scott Boatright

JONESBORO — Lincoln Preparatory School got knocked down early and never regained a firm foothold as Homer hammered out a 60-13 win over the Panthers Thursday night at the Jonesboro-Hodge football stadium.

“They gave us that early left hook and that was it,” said Panthers head coach Glen Hall about the contest. “They returned the opening kickoff for a score and had a lead 10 seconds into the game. Then we had a wide open pass that our quarterback short-armed, and Homer intercepted and drove right down for another score.

“Then they held us to a punt and the punter panicked after a bad snap and laid the ball on the ground, and they scored and were up 21-0 not more than five minutes after the opening kickoff. They knocked us off balance right off the bat and we never truly recovered.”

Lincoln Prep now stands at 4-3 overall and 4-4 in District 1-1A.

Hall said he is determined to not let one bad game determine his team’s season.

“I told the kids, we’re still in a good position,” Hall said. “I think we can still end up with a 7-3 or 6-4 record and maybe a top 12 seeding in the playoffs … maybe. If we can get a good first-round game and make some noise and get the team all riled up, then you have some momentum built going into the second round. I think that can happen. We just have to get back to winning in these last three regular-season games.”

The Pelicans focused on two things defensively: not allowing Panthers offensive standout Dmitry Payne to pull off big plays and slowing down the Lincoln Prep rushing attack, starting with quarterback Ta’Rell Simmons.

A week after Simmons accounted for 380 yards of offense (153 rushing and 227 passing) for the Panthers, Homer held him to 13 rushing yards on nine carries while allowing only nine completions on 16 passes for 67 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.

“I really thought we would have played better,” Hall said. “We had some good practices and had time to go over some things that would really show up in a positive way in the game. But it didn’t turn out that way.”

“Homer double-and-triple teamed Payne and then focused on stopping Simmons and our run game.”

Payne hauled in three receptions on the night for 34 yards while returning three kickoffs for 188 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown.”

“He still got a kickoff in … he almost broke two,” Hall said of his standout kick return specialist. “They wouldn’t kick to him at first but when they got bold and finally did, he took it back right down their throat.”

Payne also led the Panthers defensively with five tackles and a pass breakup.

Chancey Harper had six catches for 33 yards to lead Lincoln Prep receivers.

Earlier this season after a tough loss at Calvary Baptist, Hall immediately put that game in the past, not even watching video with his team.

He said he will handle things differently this time.

“I’ve thought about that a whole lot,” Hall said. “I think that I need to show them this one. They need to know how we looked. We’ve got a good fan base. We had a good following come out to that game. I think the players need to see that the fans come to see a show. Coach (Eddie Robinson) always said, ‘They’re paying their money, so they want to see a show.’ We’ve got to play hard and put on that kind of show.”

Hall also realizes that his team can’t expect to win after suffering an early technical knockout as they did against an offensive heavyweight team like Homer.

“It took the wind out of our sails,” Hall said about the Pelicans’ fast start. “We started running bad routes and turning the ball over. Our quarterback went down for about a quarter. Braylin (Mayfied) came in to replace him and made some good throws. We dropped a lot of passes. We just have to learn to pick up slack for each other.”

Hall also admitted he has to remind himself that having five basketball players join the team early on during the season is something the team is dealing with.

“All the basketball guys except for Payne and (lineman Imani) Marcel had never played football before,” Hall said. “That’s four talented athletes who are still learning the game. That’s helped give us some depth. But they’re still learning. We didn’t tackle well. That really hurt us because Homer broke some long runs just because we missed some easy tackles. It’s back to the drawing board with the tackling and the blocking. Back to the fundamentals. But I don’t feel bad, though. I told the team, ‘We’re still in contention.’ We just can’t quit mentally. We have to just stay in there and keep fighting and we’ll see what we’re made out of.”

Lincoln Prep returns to action at 7 p.m. next Friday as they play at the Magnolia School of Excellence in Shreveport.

Photo: Tony Valentino


ARToberfest set for tonight

By Thomas Stodghill, IV

Tonight is the night.

ARToberfest 2021 is happening at the Ruston Farmer’s Market from 5-10 p.m. for early birds and 6:30-10 p.m. for general admission. 

Eventgoers must be over 21 years of age. Outside of beer-tasting, this event will focus on bringing local artists, musicians, food and culture to the forefront of the festival.

This event is hosted by the North Central Louisiana Arts Council, and this is its biggest fundraiser of the year. The money raised goes towards other programming by NCLAC, including the Summer Arts Camp, Holiday Arts Market, Independent Film Series, Peach Art Exhibit and much more.

Madeline Marak, executive director of the NCLAC, explained how this event came to be.

“ARToberfest started in 2010 as a gathering of beer enthusiasts that wanted to raise money for the arts,” Marak said. “Now evolved into a beloved Ruston event, ARToberfest draws supporters from all over north Louisiana to sample a great selection of homebrewed, craft and commercial beers.”

This event will feature music from Jade Reynolds, Da Drum Shed and Second Hand Jacket. There will be a selfie stop Photo Booth from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

People can silently auction on art, and that will go until 9:30 p.m. Participants can also vote on their favorite homebrew at the event, and the voting will end at 9 p.m.

Homebrew beer will be served from different people and different restaurants. Some of the people include Gary Baker with Hermitage Road Brewing, Stephen Merrill with Storyline Brewing, Logan Slade, Navneet Sharma, Chuck Murphy, Mark Pellittieri, Richard Hargis, and Ryan Nestrud.

NCLAC would like to thank their many sponsors for this event, including but not limited to, Gary Baker with Hermitage Road Brewing, Stephen Merrill with Storyline Brewing, Logan Slade, Navneet Sharma, Chuck Murphy, Mark Pellittieri, Richard Hargis, and Ryan Nestrud.

Tickets for general admission will be $35, early bird tickets are $45 and designated driver tickets will be $10.


Friday Night Lights: Meet Ruston’s Sophia Koskie

Meet Ruston’s Sophia Koskie

Parents: Joe and Melanie Koskie

Siblings: Simone Koskie

School: Ruston High School

Grade: 12th

Spirit Squad: Bearcat Belles

Honors: Co-Captain of Bearcat Belles, Vice President of Student Council, National Honor Society Council Member, Certified Nurse Assistant

Favorite Subject in School: Literature and Composition

Favorite Show on Netflix? American Horror Story

What is on your play list? Wallows, Harry Styles, LANY, and the 1975

Who is your biggest role model? Definitely my mom! She just went back to school for her PhD and her work ethic and discipline amaze me. She is such a kind, supportive person who works hard but never fails to make time for me. I hope to be like her when I’m older!

Early bird or night owl? Night owl all the way!

What do you love about your school? I love my senior class! Our class has a really good group of students who work hard and do a really good job in leading school spirit.

How long have you been dancing and what is it about it that you enjoy? I have been dancing for 14 years! Before Bearcat Belles I did studio dance, competitive dance, and was apart of the Louisiana Delta Ballet. Dance has become my happy place over the years. It is so much fun to be able to move in a way that you love with people who share that same passion. And, of course, performing is a blast!

What is your favorite high school dance moment? I love Bearcat Friday football games! Nothing beats getting to dance to the band and cheering on the Bearcats in the stand and then getting to perform for all of the fans at halftime.

What are your plans after high school? After high school I would like to go to college in the hopes of becoming a pediatric nurse. I would love to end up working in a hospital setting where I can interact with all of the patients and hopefully make their days better.

What three people from history would you like to sit down and eat dinner with and why? I would have to say Judy Garland, Marie Antionette, and Ryan Reynolds. Judy Garland because she danced and I love her movies, Marie Antoinette because I want to know if she actually said “Let them eat cake!”, and Ryan Reynolds-even though he’s technically not from history-because not only is he cute but he’s absolutely hilarious


Tech’s Austin O’Neal earns MOTAG South scholarship

Louisiana Tech senior Austin O’Neal, a Geographic Information System (GIS) and Forestry double major, has earned the Millyard Operating Technical Advancement Group (MOTAG) South scholarship of $3,000 for the 2021-22 academic year.

Considering the history of the scholarship, O’Neal’s accomplishment is no small feat.

MOTAG is a division of the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI) organization, the technical arm of the American Paper and Pulp Association. For the scholarship, Tech applicants were up against 15 schools through the Southeast, “nearly all bigger and land-grant [institutions],” said Dr. Joshua Adams, Assistant Professor in Tech’s Department of Agricultural Sciences and Forestry in the College of Applied and Natural Sciences.

“The selection really hinges on the applicant’s essay and how the scholarship will help them develop in the professional organizations and clubs they are in,” Adams said. “I visited with our longest serving faculty member, and he can’t remember in the last couple decades having a student from Tech get this one.”

The purpose of the Scholarship Program is to aid as many deserving students as possible who have demonstrated a certain degree of scholastic achievement in the study of Forestry, Silviculture, or Land Management, and have some financial need.

The scholarships are open to all qualifying students about to enter their sophomore year or above at an accredited university in the Southeast or South Central United States. The major that the students intend to pursue must be in a wood-fiber-related field.

“Austin started as a GIS major and just added Forestry this year,” Adams said. “I worked with him to figure out how to do a double major after he decided he wanted to practice both GIS and Forestry. He’s been a great student and has that level of maturity and knowledge that seems to be lacking these days.”

“Adding a second major brought on a few extra quarters and lots of extra hours to take,” O’Neal said. “This scholarship will be a huge help in recouping some of those costs and to help me finish out the rest of my last year at Tech.

“I would love to spend my career using GIS to conserve our natural resources, forests, wildlife habitat, waterways, and wetlands.”

“Austin is a very diligent student, hard-working, very approachable, somehow laid-back and serious at once, and has a maturity and attitude that has earned him much respect and made him many friends,” Assistant Professor in Tech’s Department of Agricultural Sciences and Forestry Dr. Michael Crosby said. “I’m not surprised at his having earned this scholarship. It’s a wise investment in the education of someone who, I am sure, will be contributing to the field over the course of what will be a great career.”


No. 7 Ruston heads across I-20 for Ouachita

WHAT: Ruston vs. Ouachita

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Monroe

HOW: KXKZ 107.5, pregame show at 6 p.m. Kickoff at 7 p.m.

MONROE, La. — It’s been five games in a row now for Jerrod Baugh and his Ruston Bearcats (5-1, 1-0 district).

And the Bearcats will be tested Friday night against the Ouachita Lions in the third consecutive road game for Ruston.

“They’re a good football team,” Baugh said. “They do a lot of things on offense the way that we do. Their running backs are good and they can make plays. Every year when you play Ouachita you have to make sure that you’re tackling really well and that you have eleven guys going toward the football because at any point those guys can break off a big play and score.”

Ouachita’s head coach Todd Garvin enters his first season for the Lions after being previously on Ruston’s staff. Baugh added that Garvin already has the program headed in the right direction.

“I know Coach Garvin is going to be prepared,” Baugh said. “He’s a very diligent worker and pays attention to detail. I actually coached him when I was a receivers coach at Ouachita when he was the starting quarterback there. He’s going to be good for their football program. He brought a lot to ours when he was with us, too.”

Ruston handled the Pineville Rebels last week by a final score of 41-0 despite coming out of the gates sluggish despite holding a 21-0 lead at the half and head coach Jerrod Baugh said it was a matter of the Bearcats not generating their own intensity after two straight victories against Top 10 teams the last two weeks.

“Sometimes you worry about these more than the others,” said Baugh. “You just don’t know if the kids are truly prepared mentally. We have played some really good football teams in some high intense situations. It’s not hard tog et ready for those games. I worry more about these …  I guess people call them trap games.

“I think we need to do a little bit better job under these circumstances of making sure we are ready. We have to generate our own enthusiasm in ball games like this. I don’t think we did a very good job that tonight. I am pleased. We went about this business-like and we took care of what we needed to.”

 


HOMECOMING: GSU hosts Texas Southern Saturday


It’s Homecoming 2021 at Grambling State this Saturday as the Tigers are set to host Texas Southern at 2 p.m. at Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium.

This will be the 68th meeting between Grambling State and Texas Southern, and the third time since 2017 that the two programs have played on GSU’s Homecoming. TSU has not beaten Grambling in Grambling since 2013.  GSU leads the all-time series 46-18-3, a series that dates back to 1950.

Grambling State has dominated the series recently, winning six straight match-ups.

Grambling State (2-4 overall, 1-2 SWAC) is coming off a heartbreaking 24-20 loss to Alcorn State last week. The Tigers fell behind 24-6 midway through the third quarter as the rally come up just short. 

Texas Southern (2-3, 1-1) enters off an emotional 35-31 win over Southern last week. The Tigers earned the Arlington Football Classic crown and defeated the Jaguars for the first time since 2010. 

“For the second week in a row we came out flat,” Grambling State head coach Broderick Fobbs said. “We didn’t start the game we wanted to and played about as bad of a half as you could possibly play; everything that could possibly happen, happened. We’ve got to find a way to play 11-on-11 football and win those matchups, and that’s not what we are doing right now. 

“We did make a push in the second half. Our kids don’t quit, which is a good sign from our players. We’ve got a lot of really good kids and they’ve got the heart that it takes in order to be winners. We’ve just got to figure out how to do it the right way. We’ve got a really good Texas Southern football team coming in here and coming off a victory of Southern University. It’s homecoming for us, so we will need to stay focus and play our style of football and win in our stadium.” 

Fobbs is 7-0 in homecoming games since joining the Tigers and is a perfect 6-0 against Texas Southern. He has also had plenty of success at home, boasting a 20-4 record at Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium.

Grambling State fans are reminded that all individuals must show a photo ID with a vaccination card or a negative test result within 48 hours in order to gain entry into Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium. Mask will be required for fans and associates in all enclosed spaces, including clubs and suites when feasible and appropriate. Masks are strongly encouraged for fans and associates in all open-air areas of the stadium, including the bowl area, concourses, etc.  

Saturday’s game will be streamed through Grambling State Tiger All-Access on the gsutigers.com website and on the Grambling state Sports Radio Network. The game can be heard in Ruston (KRUS – Hitz 96.3) and in Monroe (KNNW – 103.1 FM). The Tigers’ broadcast crew of Santoria Black, Ossie Clark, Nick Harrison and T. Lay Collins will call all of the action.