News and notes from the parish sports scene

Ryan Jennings signed a contract to officially become a part of the Toronto Blue Jays organization.

by Malcolm Butler

Here are a few notes and nuggets from around Lincoln Parish on the sports scene.

Jennings Signs with Blue Jays: Former Louisiana Tech star Ryan Jennings has officially signed with the Toronto Blue Jays. According to reports out of Toronto, Jennings — who was selected in the 4th round of the 2022 MLB Draft by the AL East club — signed for $70k with the organization. He begins a two-week draftee camp today and the club will decide on whether to send him to an affiliate or to have him start off-season workouts. Jennings was the last of the four Bulldogs drafted (Taylor Young – Dodgers, Kyle Crigger – Marlins, Cade Gibson – Marlins) to sign with their respective franchises.

Tech Golfers Earn Award: A pair of Bulldog golfers were honored late last week as James Swash and Hunter Battles both received the 2021-22 Srixon/Cleveland All-America Scholar honor for Division I. The two were among 440 student athletes from 157 schools nationwide to receive the academic accolade. It also marks the second straight year that both earned the award. Swash is a 4-time C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll recipient with a 3.28 GPA. He recently graduated with a finance degree. Battles is a 3-time C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll honoree with a 3.35 GPA. He is majoring in marketing.

Martinez Named Tech DFO: Bulldog head coach Sonny Cumbie has hired Jacob Martinez as the Director of Football Operations. Martinez spent the past three years at UTEP, serving as the program’s player personnel director. He also served as a GA for football operations at UTEP (2016-18) after coaching football and track and field at Cathedral High School in El Paso. He earned his bachelor’s degree from UTEP in 2014 and his master’s degree in 2018 while playing football for the Miners from 2012-2015.

Tigers to Play Additional TV Games: Grambling State now has a total of six televised football games this fall after an announcement from the Southwestern Athletic Conference Friday. GSU will play four games on ESPN+, one on ESPNU and one on NBC/Peacock. GSU’s games against Arkansas State (Sept. 3, ESPN+), Jackson State (Sept. 17, ESPNU), Bethune-Cookman (Sept. 24, ESPN+), Alcorn State (Oct. 29, ESPN+), UAPB (Nov. 5, ESPN+) and Southern (Nov. 26, NBC/Peacock) will all be televised or streamed.

LA Tech Football Women’s Clinic: Tech head coach Sonny Cumbie and Company are offering a Women’s Clinic on Thursday 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.

McConnell Makes Cape Cod All-Star Team: Tech outfielder Cole McConnell was named to the Cape Cod Summer League West All-Star team. McConnell is playing this summer for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks where he is batting .265 with 30 hits, three doubles, three home runs, 13 runs, 18 RBI and 8 stolen bases in 3 games. McConnell was 0-for-2 at the plate in the game and the West All-Star team lost 4-1 to the East All-Stars Saturday. 

Cougars Open Fall Camp August 1: Cedar Creek head coach Matt Middleton and the Cougars will open fall workouts August 1 (just helmets) and then will go to full pads on August 7. The Cougars will face Evangel on Aug. 27 at the Bayou Jamb at Joe Aillet Stadium before opening up their season Sept. 3 against Glenbrook at Independence Stadium in Shreveport. Cedar Creek returns a strong nucleus of last year’s team that advanced to the Division IV playoffs. 

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