Athletic tidbits from around Lincoln Parish

Sonny Cumbie will hold a Women’s Clinic on July 28 and all proceeds will go to benefit DART.

by Malcolm Butler

LA Tech Football Women’s Clinic: Tech head coach Sonny Cumbie and Company are offering a Women’s Clinic on July 28 at the Davison Athletics Complex. Participants can learn some football drills, hear speakers, and maybe even get to dress up in a uniform for a photo shoot. Cost is $50 and all proceeds will go to DART.  Go to to sign up.

GSU Mourns Loss of Skinner: The Grambling State University Department of Athletics and the football program mourns the loss of Cedric Skinner. A native of Oberlin, La., Skinner was a former standout running back at Oberlin High School and played at Grambling State University. He led Oberlin to the semifinals of the state playoffs in 2010 before going on to play three seasons at GSU for former coach Doug Williams.  

Szymanski Commits: Former Ruston High outfielder Dawson Szymanski has committed to play at Baton Rouge Community College as he furthers his baseball career. Szymanski, the son of David and Jessica Szymanksi, earned numerous honors on the diamond for the Bearcats last season, including LBCA all-region honors and all-district accolades after batting .375 with 14 RBI.

Junior Ends NBA Summer League Strong: Former Louisiana Tech Bulldog Kenneth Lofton, Jr., put an exclamation mark on the end of his NBA Summer League showing. The Memphis Grizzlies free agent signee scored 27 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, dished out three assists and had two blocks in a 90-87 loss to San Antonio Saturday. Junior was 10-of-16 from the field, including a pair of three-pointers, in 29 minutes of action.

Montoya Out in Toronto: Despite the fact that the Toronto Blue Jays would qualify for the Major League Baseball playoffs if the season ended today, former LA Tech star Charlie Montoyo was fired by the organization on Friday. The decision took a lot of criticism nationally as Montoyo, 58, had the team in position for the playoffs despite playing in the toughest division in Major League Baseball. As of Sunday, all five teams in the AL East had a winning record and Toronto would be in first place in both the AL Central and the NL Central. Montoyo led Toronto to 91 wins and the MLB playoffs in 2021. He was named the Blue Jays managers following the 2018 season.

Cougar Football on the Air: This fall Cedar Creek football will air live on 101.9 FM with Kevin Bayles and Scott Hill teaming up to provide the audio call of the Cougars games each week. This marks the second year that Bayles will serve as the play-by-play voice for Creek football and the first year that Hill will serve as the analyst. Creek Head Coach Matt Middleton said that specific details for a radio show each week have not been finalized.

RHS Cheer Clinic: Ruston High School will hold a Cheerleader Mini Clinic Aug. 9-12 for young ladies from age four through those entering fifth grade. The clinic will run Tuesday thru Thursday from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. and then the showcase finale will be Friday (Aug. 12) at 9 a.m. Early registration opens July 20. Cost is $75.

Big Week for Sam Murphy: Former Bulldog Sam Murphy had a big week. On Friday the recently graduated Bulldog golfer was named first team all-Louisiana by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association following an impressive senior season that saw him qualify for the NCAA Regionals. He made the weekend even more impressive by finishing 16th at the 116th Southern Amateur Championship with a four-round total of 10-under-par (66-69-68-71=274).

Creek Dance Line Shines: Cedar Creek’s Emerald Entertainers had an impressive week at the UDA Camp, earning two bids to National at Disney World and winning the opportunity to perform pregame at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. They also brought home a second place trophy for their home routine and won the superior team trophy. In all, the EE’s captured 39 superior ribbons, 33 drill down ribbons, and received the spirit stick all four days of the camp. Five dancers took home All-American honors, including Tatum Brasher, Abby Martin, Anna Grace Lee, Molli McCready and Lucy Fisher.

Bulldogs Named to Shrine Bowl List: Four Louisiana Tech football players were named to the East-West Shrine Bowl 1000 list as quarterback Matthew Downing, wide receivers Smoke Harris and Devonta Lee, and safety BeeJay Williamson were the Bulldog representatives on the initial list. The Shrine Bowl 1000 is a comprehensive list of the top-1,000 all-star game eligible players at the FBS, FCS, Division II, Division III and NAIA levels. Approximately 1,000 all-star game eligible players are drafted, signed after the draft, or attend a rookie mini-camp every year. The aim for the Shrine Bowl 1000 is to look into the scouting process and preview college players who are currently all-star game eligible for the 2023 East-West Shrine Bowl and 2023 NFL Draft class.

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