News and notes from the parish sports scene

Ruston, Cedar Creek and Lincoln Prep all open fall camp today.

by Malcolm Butler

Here are news and notes from around the Lincoln Parish sports scene.

Bearcats, Cougars, Panthers Open Fall Camps: As August rolls around so does the start of fall camp for our three area high school football programs. Ruston High, Cedar Creek and Lincoln Prep all begin workouts today with their eyes set on the respective openers in early September. Ruston will host Warren Easton Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. at James Stadium. Creek opens on Sept. 3 at Independence Stadium in Shreveport vs. Glenbrook at 2 p.m. Lincoln Prep hosts Madison on Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. All three programs will compete in the Bayou Jamb at Joe Aillet Stadium on August 26 and 27th. 

Bulldogs Open Fall Workouts Wednesday: Sonny Cumbie and Company will open camp this week. The Bulldogs will report to camp on Tuesday and then will have their first practice on Wednesday. Tech opens its 2022 season on Thursday, Sept. 1 at Missouri. The Bulldogs were picked ninth in the preseason Conference USA Coaches/Media poll released last week. Tech’s home opener is Saturday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. vs. Stephen F. Austin. 

Kennedy Authors Biography of Aillet: Local resident Christopher A. Kennedy has authored a biography titled Louisiana Tech’s Joe Aillet, a book about the legendary Bulldog head football coach. The book will be published by The History Press on Aug. 15. Folks can go to to see more information about upcoming book signings. 

Former Bearcat Stellar in Relief in Summer League: Former Ruston High prep star Josh Miller threw six shutout innings in relief in a 2-1 15-inning win by the San Diego Stars over the Denver Cougars in the opener of the 88th annual National Baseball Congress World Series in Hutchison, Kansas. Miller, who plays at Southwest Mississippi Community College, struck out eight, including retiring 12 straight batters at one point. Miller picked up the win in relief in what was the longest game by the Stars since 2000.

Adams Earns Award: Former Creek star Sarah Adams was named the 2022 Paul Martin Award winner by the News-Star. Adams completed her senior year at Cedar Creek, helping lead the Lady Cougars to the first appearance in the state girls basketball title game since joining the LHSAA. She was named all-state in basketball and softball and was the Lincoln Parish Journal Player of the Year in basketball. She signed to play at ULM. The Paul Martin Award annually recognizes high school athletes in northeast Louisiana who achieve success in a variety of athletics. The is the 40th year of the award named after Martin, who died Jan. 14, 1996, at the age of 84. Martin was the sports editor of the News-Star and Morning World from 1939-77 and served as the president of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

Three Tigers Selected for NBPA Top 50 Camp: Grambling State senior guards Cameron Christon, Tra’Michael Moton and Shawndarius Cowart were selected to  participate in the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Top 50 Camp, which returns after a two-year absence due to covid. The NBPA Top 50 Camp will be held July 28-30 on the campuses of Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Ga.  First developed in 2017, the Top 50 Camp features a group of the best players from the SIAC and SWAC, respectively. Modeled after the NBPA’s Top 100 Camp, players at the Top 50 Camp will receive on-court skill instruction from current and retired NBA players and participate in leadership and personal development sessions off the court. The Top 50 Camp will also allow players to showcase their talent against the best of their neighboring conference through highly competitive scrimmages and games.

Mote Selected for Wuerffel Trophy List: Louisiana Tech offensive lineman Joshua Mote was one of 115 FBS college football players named to the 2022 Wuerffel Trophy Watch List, as announced on Thursday. The Wuerffel Trophy is known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service.” Named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback from the University of Florida, Danny Wuerffel, the Wuerffel Trophy is presented in February annually in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The trophy exists to honor college football players who serve others, celebrate their positive impact on society and inspire greater service worldwide. Mote’s community service projects have included Willis-Knighton, Night to Shine, Buddy Ball, Special Olympics, Big Event and the voting registration drive. Mote is the Bulldogs active career leader in starts (26) and was an All-Conference USA honorable mention selection in both 2020 and 2021. The Wuerffel Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 25 awards now boast more than 800 recipients, dating back to 1935.

Tech Golf Earns Academic Award: The Louisiana Tech golf team was named a Golf Coaches Association of America All-Academic Team for Division I in an announcement made by the GCAA. The Bulldogs recorded a 3.45 GPA during the 2021-22 academic year.  The All-Academic Team award is presented to those programs that earned a 3.0 GPA or better. Ten of the Bulldog golfers were named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll, which was a record high.  The squad put together its best term grade point average on record, registering a 3.51 during the spring quarter.  This marked the second straight season LA Tech has received the All-Academic Team distinction.

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