Domestic calls leads to arrest

Investigation of a domestic incident Wednesday led to an arrest by Ruston Police.

Officers were dispatched to a Goodwin Rd address Wednesday regarding an assault. The victim said her boyfriend, the father of one of her children, battered her the night before. She stated Tydalonzieo T. Abney, 23, struck her with a closed fist in the head about four times, causing her to lose consciousness.

She said that Wednesday morning she was attempting to take her two children and leave Abney. The victim said Abney jumped in the back of the truck as she was driving away. When she stopped for a stop sign Abney jumped from the back of the truck and broke the passenger window with a tool from the bed of the truck.

The victim said during the ensuing struggle, Abney bit her on the upper right arm. She took her two-year-old son and fled to a nearby motorist. Abney got in the truck and sped away with their one-year-old daughter.

Officers saw a large bruise on the victim’s arm and a swollen area under her right eye.

Abney was later located and questioned at the Ruston Police Department. He admitted breaking the window and taking the vehicle without permission but denied ever attacking the victim.

Abney was arrested and booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for domestic abuse battery, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and simple criminal damage to property.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 


Golf led Pace into LA Tech Athletics Hall of Fame

Roy Pace will become the first golfer ever inducted into the LA Tech Athletics hall of Fame.

This is the third in a five-part series on the LA Tech Athletics Hall of Fame Class.

By Amber Barker

Beating legends Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus in a round ranks high as an unforgettable experience for Roy Pace as a collegiate golfer. But he would go on to make a name for himself in the world of golf for more than just that time.

“One of the more memorable times was when I played in the New Orleans Open as a college kid and amateur. I beat Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus in the first round, didn’t beat them in the tournament but the first round I did,” Pace recalled.

Pace, who will become the first Bulldog golfer to be enshrined in the Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame next month, would go on to add other memories and successes to his name, including capturing the Gulf States Conference individual title in 1960, 1961 and 1962. And he still holds the school record (tied) with the lowest single round of 62 at the 1962 Louisiana Tech Invitational. Learning of his induction came as a shock.

“I got a call from the AD (Dr. Eric A. Wood), and he informed me I was going to be inducted. I was elated; it was totally unexpected,” said Pace. “I was just elated they would think of that for me especially since they informed me I was the first golfer, so that is special.”

Setting out to be in the Hall of Fame wasn’t a goal of Pace’s, but it has been a welcome reward.

“It just means you’re being recognized for something you accomplished out of the ordinary in whatever you’ve done. What it means to me is there will be room for another one and that I won’t be the last – some other deserving young man will be recognized,” he said.

Then the 81-year-old added with a laugh: “They almost waited a little too long. But it never crossed my mind. It was a total surprise.”

Education and the opportunity to be coached by one of the greats attracted Pace to Tech.

“The reason I went to Tech was because I wanted to take engineering. I had a couple of offers from other schools, but they didn’t have my degree,” he recalled. “That’s what interested me is I could play golf and get my degree.”

Which he did in mechanical engineering.

“I was pretty set on taking engineering, and I wasn’t thinking of a golf career,” Pace said. “I’m thankful and proud I got that engineering degree; I didn’t go just to play golf. I also learned to solve problems and it helped me with golf.”

And the special relationship he and his teammates had with HOF and coaching legend Coach Joe Aillet made the experience complete.

“Coach Aillet was the golf coach; football was his thing, but he loved golf. The first thing I thought was Coach Aillet would like that,” Pace said of learning about the honor. “He coached me, saw me all the way through – was an inspiration to me, not just for golf, but was a good leader for me.”

Aillet led Pace and the team – traveling in a crowded station wagon to matches and all – to multiple conference titles. And the friendships built then, on and off the green, lasted longer than their collegiate playing careers.

“We had a team that was all together, and we were buddies. To me it was also the camaraderie of the school, a lot of my friends weren’t golfers, they were engineers; I developed friendships that I’ve kept through the years,” he said.

Working on his engineering degree opened doors for Pace’s professional career, as he spent his summers as an engineer in training working for Texaco in East Texas.

“I would work during the week and play golf on the weekends,” he reminisced. “The last couple of years I started winning tournaments all over East Texas and Louisiana, and I really liked it; I thought I’d like to play the tour and if I like it, I will stay with it, if not I’ll go back to engineering.”

And like it he did.

For more than a decade Pace participated on the PGA Tour where he recorded 10 Top 15 finishes, including winning the 1971 Magnolia Classic in Hattiesburg. He finished between 60-100 for five straight years. While he didn’t make it “big time” he recalled, more doors did open. He got married, worked for two summers at Wee Burn Country Club in Connecticut in between playing, then became the club’s golf professional for 25 years before retiring. He was also enshrined as a member of the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame for “Distinguished Golf Achievement” and was named the 1987 Metropolitan PGA Golf Professional of the Year.

Upon retirement, Pace owned and operated Alpine Target Golf Center – a lighted driving range and lighted nine-hole, par-3 golf course in East Texas – until he sold it in 2016. To think, this success all stemmed from an unwavering desire to pursue engineering and play golf for a collegiate program, a program he has continued to follow.

“I have kept in touch with the golf coach – he’s been great – and watched the team recently play. I’ve gone over and spoken to the team about my experience,” he said. “It’s a little different – they’ve got a beautiful facility, big schedule, they fly all over the place – but it’s still golf.”

It’s the same sport, and one in which Pace finds himself still heavily involved. In 2005 he helped start The First Tee of The Piney Woods – a youth organization that teaches life skills through the game of golf. There are more than 500 youth who participate and five locations in East Texas. He also created Wee Links – a par-3, six-hole course with extra-large holes for little kids to play. The course only takes up an acre and is an inexpensive way to introduce golf to kids. Pace continues to coach and give lessons and pass on his years of knowledge.

“To me it’s a game you can never perfect, but it teaches good moral things; you have to deal with adversity, good times and bad times,” he said.

“You become very close to these youngsters and feel that you are a big part of their lives. Seeing them come along from the beginning and get excited, become good players, a lot have gotten scholarships; to see these kids go on and have success, kinda like what I did – it means a lot.”

The induction ceremony will take place Friday, Oct. 7 on Karl Malone Court at the Thomas Assembly Center. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with the reception starting at 6 p.m. and the ceremony beginning at 7 p.m.

Tickets are still available. Ticket prices are $50 for one ticket or $400 for a table of eight. Any interested can click HERE.


Teacher Feature: For M’Lee Russell, career change grants family, professional gains

By April C. Honaker

When M’Lee Russell left a career in pharmacy for one in education, her background gave her a unique perspective—one that teachers who haven’t worked in other industries don’t have. 

Russell, who teaches ELA (English Language Arts) for Grades 6-7 at Simsboro School is extremely grateful for the time off and holidays that she gets to spend with her family.

“That in itself is immeasurable,” she said. 

This is a difficult time for teachers and the work is difficult, but Russell chooses not to complain. Instead she approaches each day with gratitude.

As a teacher, Russell is now able to attend her son Colby’s games, and because her daughter Emma is a National Guard recruiter, Russell crosses paths with her daughter at work.

“Being able to see my child working at her big-girl job is a wonderful thing,” she said. 

In addition to having experience in pharmacy, Russell worked previously for a poultry company and originally studied agricultural business at Louisiana Tech University. However, she left her studies only three classes shy of completing her degree. 

When her daughter Emma was preparing for college, Russell felt compelled to return to college and finish her degree, this time in English. Russell, who wanted to model a commitment to education for her children, graduated with her bachelor’s in May 2021, exactly one year before her daughter. She is now earning a master’s in English education, from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.

“I felt like for a long-time God was pushing me in this direction,” she said. “I firmly believe that because this is where God wants me to be, it’s been an easy transition.”

She now laughs and tells people that she was destined to become an educator because her family is full of educators. At the same time, she admits she is better suited to the job at this point in her life because she’s able to bring more patience and life experience.

Russell loves that Simsboro is a small school because it allows her to be more involved in her students’ lives outside of class. In a small school, most of the students participate in sports, so Russell said she tries to attend as many games and sporting events as she can. 

“Building those relationships outside of class goes so far in building those relationships inside of class,” she said. “The more involved I am in their lives, the greater the impact I can have on their education.”

Russell’s favorite thing about teaching ELA is watching her students grow as writers throughout the year–watching them become more confident and skillful. One way that Russell motivates her students to work hard and grow is by rewarding them with a day on her parents’ farm during Thanksgiving break. 

As long as every student makes an A on a test before the break, they get to have a fun day riding horses and making s’mores. Last year, Russell’s students met their goal, and she is looking forward to showing her new students the farm this year. She’s also planning a glow-in-the-dark Easter egg hunt for the spring.

“My teaching is very intentional,” she said. “We have to build relationships more than ever before.” Because so many things are competing for students’ attention these days, it’s more difficult to make an impact, but Russell is determined to make hers a positive and lasting one. 


Domestic incident in Grambling leads to two arrests

Grambling police responded to a fight at an Edith Rose Lane residence Wednesday, leading to two arrests.

A witness told a responding officer she had seen Joaquin Wix, 25, fighting with a former boyfriend, Latario Davis, 23, in the parking lot. While trying to sort out the situation, officers learned Wix was wanted on three bench warrants from Ruston City Court.

It was learned Wix allegedly struck Davis in the face several times. Davis told officers he had driven to the complex to give someone a ride. While waiting, Wix approached and attacked him. Davis said he had to slam Wix to the ground to defend himself.

A records check showed Davis had apparently violated a protective order in coming near Wix’s residence. He was arrested for battery of a dating partner and violation of a protective order.

Officers located Wix in her apartment and placed her under arrest for battery of a dating partner and the three bench warrants. Both were booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 


LP Detention Center pumpkin sale starts today

Pumpkins at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center
 
Lincoln Parish residents — any residents — have an opportunity to purchase their fall pumpkins from the Lincoln Parish Detention Center starting today from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.
 
Pumpkins will be sold each day this week while supplies last.
 
According to Lincoln Parish Sheriff Stephen Williams, proceeds from the sale of the pumpkins go back into the inmate welfare fund which pays for microwaves and televisions for the dorms (something not included in the Detention Center’s annual budget).
 
Proceeds are also used to help offset other programs such as the wood shop and garden. Williams said this past year, the produce from the garden was used to feed inmates due to the increase costs of food prices.
 
The Lincoln Parish Detention Center looks for every opportunity to support itself with projects like these.
 
 

Voter registration for college students available today, Wednesday 

Students at Louisiana Tech and Grambling State have the opportunity to register to vote on campus this week. 

The Registrar of Voters has announced the following voter registration drives for Tuesday and Wednesday: 

At Louisiana Tech, students can sign up to register to vote from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Tech Student Center, 211 Wisteria Street in Ruston. 

At Grambling, students can sign up to register to vote from noon to 2 p.m. at the university cafeteria, 100 Founder Street, Grambling. 

For more information call the Lincoln Parish Registrar of Voters at 318-251-5110. 


Remembering Dianne Britt Adkins

Funeral services for Dianne Britt Adkins, age 76 of Ruston, will be held on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 1:00PM at First Baptist Church in Ruston, Louisiana.  Visitation will be prior to the service at 12:00PM on Wednesday, September 28, 2022.  Pastor Chris Craig will officiate.  A graveside service will follow at Arlington Cemetery in Homer, LA.

Dianne was born in Minden, Louisiana on November 4, 1945 and passed away on September 23, 2022 in Ruston.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin Albert Britt and Eva Templeton Britt, her sister, Betty Britt Lee, and her beloved husband of 53 years, Tommy Jess Adkins.

Dianne attended Minden High School where she cheered for the Crimson Tide and was homecoming queen her senior year.  Following high school, she attended Louisiana Tech where she was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Home Economics.  Dianne cherished the friendships she made in high school and college for her entire life.  

While attending Louisiana Tech, Dianne would meet the love of her life Tommy Jess Adkins.  They were married on July 15, 1967 before moving to Baton Rouge where she worked at Gulf States Utilities while Tommy attended Law School at Louisiana State University.  

Dianne and Tommy moved back to Ruston in 1970 where they would spend the remainder of their lives.  

Dianne was a member of First Baptist Church of Ruston where she served as GA leader and a beloved teacher to the second grade Sunday school class for many years.  She was also a member of the Joy Sunday School class where she served as president.  The ladies of the Joy Sunday School class always held a special place in her heart.  

In 1980, Dianne and her cherished friends, Carolyn Banks and Billie Nelson, opened Ruston Florist, Inc.  Dianne was a talented florist, creating beautiful floral arrangements for life’s most special occasions for the better part of twenty years.  

Dianne loved to travel, enjoying adventures all over the country and world.  Some of her most special memories were made on trips with family and friends.  

Dianne is survived by her daughter, Leanna Adkins Buckley, husband James, and granddaughter, Hannah of Monroe, LA, Jenny Adkins James, husband Tom, and grandson John of Ruston, LA, brother-in-law, Jerry Adkins and wife, Martha Sue, and sister-in-law, Pamela Adkins Yester and husband, Charlie of Brenham, Texas and many beloved nieces, nephews, and friends.  

Paulbearers are Billy Adcox, Jr., Marion Aycock, Kane Banks, Kerry Banks, Phillip Hood, Richard Hood, Scott Leachman, Paul Nelson, and Cole Patterson.

Honorary paulbearers are Jerry Adkins, Rodney Banks, Gary Burford, Wayne Hunter, Dr. C. Lawrence Neal, Robert F. Patterson, Britt Wampold, Mike Wampold, and Charlie Yester.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Ruston, 200 South Trenton Street, Ruston, LA 71270 or Med Camps of Louisiana, 102 Thomas Road, Suite 615, West Monroe, LA 71291.

Online condolences may be extended to the family at www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com.  


Remembering Karl Dean Sisemore

Funeral services for Karl Dean Sisemore, 70, of Clay, Louisiana will be held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, September 27, 2022 in the chapel of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston. Dusty Taylor will officiate and interment will follow at Sisemore Cemetery in Clay, Louisiana. Visitation will be held from 1:00 P.M. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Karl was born on April 18, 1952 in Ruston and passed away at home in Clay, Louisiana on September 23, 2022. He was self employed in underground utility construction. He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Sarah Beatty Sisemore; sister, Paula Sisemore Chiles; and brother, Lester K. Sisemore.

Karl is survived by his daughters, Leslie Sisemore Saucier and husband Ronald, Emily Sisemore Webb and husband Russ, Alicia Sisemore-Norman; grandchildren, Ryan Saucier, Kara Saucier, Amber Saucier, Logan Webb, Connor Webb, Skyleigh Webb, Eli Norman, Kathryn Sisemore; sister, Linda Gail Corley; several nieces, nephews and other cherished family and friends.

Pallbearers will be Ronald Saucier, Russ Webb, Ryan Saucier, Logan Webb, Connor Webb, and Eli Norman. Honorary pallbearer will be Orie Hatten.


Notice of death — Sept. 26, 2022

Leonard O. Wilson 
08/10/1949 — 09/21/2022 
Visitation: Monday 09/26/2022 3:00pm to 5:00pm, King’s Funeral Home 
Funeral Service: Tuesday 09/27/2022 11:00am, King’s Funeral Home 
Interment: Tuesday 09/27/2022 Following Service at Grambling Memorial Garden 

Ella V. Jackson Howard 
01/19/1937 — 09/21/2022 
Family Gathering: Friday 09/30/2022 2:00pm to 3:00pm at King’s Funeral Home 
Visitation: Friday 09/30/2022 3:00pm to 5:00pm at King’s Funeral Home 
Funeral Service: Saturday 10/01/2022 1:00pm at King’s Funeral Home 
Burial: Saturday 10/01/2022 Following Service at Grambling Memorial Garden 


False reports of shootings plague schools nationwide

Several Louisiana schools received false reports of an active shooter Thursday.

No schools in Lincoln Parish received a call in what is being called a wide-scale hoax involving robocalls sent to many schools nationwide including Louisiana.

Schools in at least 15 states, including Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas, have reported “swatting” incidents since September 13.

Lincoln Parish Sheriff Stephen Williams said, “We have not received one of the calls experienced in other parishes, but we have alerted all our personnel regarding the fake calls.”  

Ouachita Parish schools were locked down for a short time Thursday after Neville High School received one of the calls falsely reporting a shooting. After authorities quickly checked area schools, operations resumed.

Authorities in Vernon Parish sent out a notice on social media Thursday stating, “The Leesville Police received a call in reference to an active shooter at the Leesville High School. Officers are on scene and there is NO active shooter/shooting at Leesville High School.”

The Vernon Parish School Board later released a statement that “thorough investigation by local law enforcement” determined no Vernon Parish school was ever at risk.      

The Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office also said a false threat at Westgate High School was communicated through an automated phone call.

Lincoln Parish schools are staffed by school resource officers from the sheriff’s office. Williams said, “We are ready and trained to respond to any active shooter situations. All our staff ran through about two weeks of training before school started. The training was conducted over multiple days and included many potential scenarios.”

Williams said the training included use of Simunition, a type of non-lethal training ammunition to make the scenarios as realistic as possible.

Louisiana schools receiving the bogus calls Thursday included Abbeville High, Lake Arthur High, Berwick Jr. High, Berwick High, Delcambre High, DeRidder High, Gueydan High, Jennings High, Leesville High, Mansfield High, Merryville High, Neville High School in Monroe, New Iberia High, Rayne High David Thibodaux Stem Academy in Lafayette and Westgate High School.

Some news accounts have reported the calls originated from another country, but local officials could not verify their origin.


Creek named Jostens 2022 National Yearbook Program of Excellence

Cedar Creek has been recognized by Jostens for its Yearbook Program at the school.

Jostens, the leading producer of yearbooks and student-created content, today announced that Cedar Creek School’s yearbook program has achieved the Jostens 2022 National Yearbook Program of Excellence award at the Silver Level.

The National Yearbook Program of Excellence recognizes engaging yearbooks that reflect a broad representation of the student body while helping students develop 21 st century skills such as communication, collaboration, and information and communication technologies (ICT) literacy.

The Cedar Creek award-winning yearbook program is led by 23 staffers under the direction of Kasey
Stringer, yearbook adviser.

“What an honor it is to be recognized for this achievement. Our staff worked very hard to meet the
criteria needed to qualify. We hope to press on and win Gold next year.” Kasey Stringer

Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence Awards are presented twice a year, in spring and in
fall based on the yearbook’s arrival date at the school. The award was presented to the Cedar Creek
yearbook program for achieving defined criteria in between one and three of the following categories:
creating an inclusive yearbook, generating school engagement, and successfully managing the yearbook
creation process.

“Jostens is proud to recognize those individuals who have created an exceptional yearbook for their
school and community,” said Tammy Whitaker, Jostens VP and COO Yearbook Division. “These schools
did an exceptional job on multiple levels, despite the challenges presented by this school year.
Yearbooks are a critical part of capturing and telling a school’s story, and Jostens is dedicated to
supporting yearbook staff members as they do their important work.”

Founded in 1897, Jostens has produced school yearbooks for over 60 years. Schools rely on Jostens and
their local Jostens representatives to provide a combination of journalism education and technology
tools to deliver a learning experience that helps students develop 21 st century skills in journalism,
photography, writing and design, leadership and business while creating the permanent record of the
school year. Jostens invests in state-of-the-art technology, best in class service, educational curriculum
and award winning print manufacturing platforms to plan, design, build and produce yearbooks.

About Cedar Creek School
Cedar Creek School seeks to provide a superior college preparatory educational experience
to students in North Central Louisiana based on the highest standards of academic
excellence and personal conduct.

About Jostens
Jostens is a trusted partner in the academic and achievement channel, providing products, programs
and services that help its customers celebrate moments that matter. The company's products include yearbooks, publications, jewelry and consumer goods that serve the K-12 educational, college and
professional sports segments. Founded in 1897 and based in Minneapolis, MN, Jostens is a subsidiary of
Platinum Equity and can be found online at www.jostens.com. 

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Alleged impaired driver flees into woods

A suspected impaired driver who fled into the woods when Lincoln Parish deputies arrived at a crash scene was arrested after a short chase Wednesday afternoon.

Deputy D Johnston of Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Department responded to a single vehicle crash on Byas Road near White Lightning Road (La. 146) early Wednesday afternoon. Deputy Johnston found the vehicle about 40 yards from the roadway and was informed the driver was Carl D. Lafargue who had fled into the woods when he saw the deputy arrive. 

Johnston located Lafargue in the woods and issued verbal commands to stop but he refused and continued to run. Deputy Johnson gave additional commands to stop, or Lafargue would be tased. The suspect then stopped and was handcuffed.

When asked why he ran, Lafargue, 37, stated because he did not want to go to jail. When I asked why he would go to jail, Lafargue stated he was drunk. He was taken to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center where he performed poorly on a series of field sobriety tests. He then submitted to a breath test which indicated a blood alcohol concentration of 0.172g%, over twice the legal limit.

He was booked with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and resisting an officer. Bail was set at $2000.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 


A look at how the LSWA Top 10 faired this week

Ruston was one of seven teams ranked in the Top 10 in Class 5A that won this week. (Photo by Reggie McElroy)

CLASS 5A

  1. Karr (1-3) beat St. Aug 49-7
  2. Destrehan (4-0) beat Hahnville, 41-3
  3. Catholic-Baton Rouge (3-1) beat St. Thomas More, 49-28
  4. Zachary (2-1) did not play
  5. Acadiana (3-1) beat Lafayette, 55-6
  6. Ruston (3-1) beat Lafayette Christian, 35-20
  7. Captain Shreve (3-1) lost to Byrd, 25-20
  8. St. Augustine (3-1) lost to Karr 49-7
  9. Byrd (4-0) beat Captain Shreve, 25-20
  10. Brother Martin (3-1) beat Ouachita Parish, 38-20

Others receiving votes: Archbishop Rummel (4-0) beat Holy Cross 14-7, John Curtis (3-1) beat Jesuit, 28-10, Parkway (4-0) beat Haughton, 17-14, Jesuit (1-3) lost to John Curtis, 28-10, West Monroe (3-1) beat Scotlandville, 31-28, Carencro (3-1) beat Sulphur, 43-0, Southside (3-1) beat New Iberia, 37-7.

CLASS 4A

  1. Westgate (4-0) beat St. Martinville, 55-20
  2. Lafayette Christian (3-1) lost to Ruston, 35-20
  3. St. Thomas More (3-1) lost to Catholic-Baton Rouge, 49-28
  4. Neville (3-1) beat North Caddo, 50-24
  5. Warren Easton (3-1) beat B.T. Washington-NO, 56-22
  6. Northwood-Shreveport (2-2) lost to Huntington, 28-20
  7. De La Salle (4-0) beat St. Charles, 27-14
  8. Lutcher (3-1) beat Vandebilt Catholic, 42-7
  9. Leesville (4-0) beat Catholic-New Iberia, 26-0
  10. Belle Chasse (4-0) beat Salmen, 35-30

(tie) North DeSoto (4-0) beat Minden, 40-12

Others receiving votes: Teurlings Catholic (4-0) beat Notre Dame, 38-14, West Feliciana (4-0) beat Tara, 42-6, Huntington (2-2) beat Northwood-Shreveport, 28-20, Cecilia (3-1) beat Crowley, 57-27.

CLASS 3A

  1. E.D. White (3-1) lost to Woodlawn-Baton Rouge, 29-26
  2. Union Parish (3-1) beat Bastrop, 62-12
  3. University (2-2) beat Mentorship, 62-0
  4. Church Point (4-0) beat Pine Prairie, 58-13
  5. Sterlington (1-3) lost to Carroll, 34-20
  6. Amite (3-1) beat Country Day, 26-24
  7. Madison Prep (2-2) beat Parkview Baptist, 26-7
  8. Abbeville (3-1) beat Beau Chene, 41-2
  9. St. James (3-1) beat Assumption, 33-7
  10. Lake Charles (2-2) Prep beat South Beauregard, 51-0

Others receiving votes: John F. Kennedy (3-1) lost to Helen Cox, 25-24, Parkview Baptist (3-1) lost to Madison Prep, 26-7, Iowa (3-1) beat Jennings, 36-22, St. Martinville (1-4) lost to Westgate, 55-20, Bogalusa (3-1) beat Ehret 26-12.

CLASS 2A

  1. Many (4-0) beat Newman, 25-17
  2. Newman (3-1) lost to Many, 25-17
  3. Notre Dame (3-1) lost to Teurlings Catholic, 38-14
  4. St. Charles Catholic (2-2) lost to De La Salle, 27-14
  5. North Caddo (3-1) lost to Neville, 50-24
  6. Oak Grove (3-1) beat Rayville, 61-26
  7. Dunham (3-1) beat Ascension Catholic, 20-19
  8. Calvary Baptist (2-2) beat Wossman, 52-20
  9. Mangham (3-1) beat General Trass, 60-26
  10. Avoyelles (3-1) beat Bunkie, 70-16

Others receiving votes: Episcopal-BR (4-0) beat Port Allen, 38-14, Rosepine (3-1) beat Vinton, 43-6, General Trass (2-2) lost to Mangham, 60-26, Welsh (3-0) beat Pickering, 73-14, Loreauville (2-2) lost to North Vermilion, 35-21, Grand Lake (4-0) beat Oakdale, 26-20 (OT).

CLASS 1A

  1. Ouachita Christian (4-0) beat Tensas, 52-0
  2. Homer (3-1) beat Magnolia School of Excellence, 47-0
  3. Southern Lab (2-1) beat Opelousas Catholic, 34-20
  4. Kentwood (4-0) beat Walker, 20-19
  5. Logansport (3-1) beat Mansfield, 52-8
  6. Vermilion Catholic (4-0) beat Erath, 34-0
  7. Haynesville (3-1) lost to Glenbrook, 56-17
  8. Ascension Catholic (3-1) lost to Dunham, 20-19
  9. St. Frederick (3-1) beat Delhi Charter, 40-16
  10. Riverside Academy (3-1) beat Houma Christian, 61-0

Others receiving votes: Glenbrook Academy (4-0) beat Haynesville, 56-17, Catholic-Pointe Coupee (4-0) beat Wilkinson County, Miss., 58-16, Opelousas Catholic (1-3) lost to Southern Lab, 34-20, Central Catholic-Morgan City (3-1) beat Covenant Christian, 48-12, St. Martin’s (4-0) beat Abramson, 47-6.


Injuries in domestic prompts arrest

Lincoln Parish deputies arrested a man early Wednesday morning in connection with a domestic incident.

When deputies responded to a residence on Country Roads Lane near Ruston, they were met by Renniks R. Manning, 38, who said, “Go ahead and cuff me. I’m ready to go.”

The victim was interviewed, and deputies saw a bleeding knot on her forehead. She stated they had been arguing but when asked how she sustained the injury, she said, “I don’t want to get him in trouble.”

The victim’s juvenile son said he heard Manning beating on his mother. Manning allegedly turned and hit the son as well. The son stated he was struck multiple times in the neck and chest.

When asked what happened, Manning said, “We got into it.” When asked how the victim got the head injury, he said, “I just told you. We got into it.”

Manning was arrested and transported to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center where he was booked for domestic abuse battery.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 


Cedar Creek Homecoming Court announced

2022 Cedar Creek Homecoming Court
From L to R: Allie Furr, Madison Bratton, Queen Ella Viator, Lilli Adcox, Chloe Brashear, Kate Myers

The 2022 Cedar Creek Homecoming Court has been announced with six young ladies earning a spot on this year’s court.

Senior Ella Viator was named the 2022 Cedar Creek Homecoming Queen. These ladies will be honored during homecoming activities this Friday.

Below are some of the activities surrounding homecoming weekend as well as short bios on each one of the members of the homecoming court.

Thursday

6:30 p.m. — Homecoming Pep Rally – Varsity Gym

Friday

2:30 p.m. – Homecoming Assembly — Multipurpose

6 p.m. – Homecoming Court Presentation – Cougar Stadium

7 p.m. — Cougars vs. Tensas — Cougar Stadium

 

Queen Isabella Marie Viator

Parents: Dr. Kerry and Mrs. Stephanie Viator

Accomplishments/Activities:  Cheerleader (4 years) – serving as Co-Captain senior year; Varsity Tennis (3 years); Student Council Vice-President; French Club (4 years); FCA (4 years); Quota Club (4 years)

Volunteer work: Buddy Ball, Tutoring, Winshape Camps

 

Maid Madison Denise Bratton

Parents: The Late Sonya Bratton

Accomplishments/Activities: Cheerleader (4 years) – serving as Captain senior year; Quota Club (4 years); French Club (3 years); Varsity Tennis (3 years); Published in the CLAW (3 years); Student Council Secretary; Cougar Ambassador (2 years); National Honor Society (2 years); Girls State (Senior Year)

Volunteer Work: Blood Donor, D.A.R.T. angel gift giver, Diabetes Summer Camp

 

Maid Lillian Clair Adcox

Parents- Billy and Sara Adcox

Accomplishments/Activities: Cheerleader (4 years); Tennis (4 years); Quota Club (4 years)

 

Maid Katherine Phillips Myers

Parents: Bob and Jill Myers

Accomplishments/Activities: Emerald Entertainer (3 years) – serving as Senior Lieutenant; Cougar Ambassador (3 years);  National Honor Society (2 years); Drama Club (2 years); Key Club (4 years); FCA (4 years); Literary Rally (1st in state in Journalism, 1st place in district for Eng. 1);  Published in the CLAW (3 years); DECA (3 years) — Louisiana DECA state president, former VP of marketing and communication; Girls State Delegate- American Legion Scholarship Winner;

Volunteer Work- Blood Donor, Winshape Camps, Upward Coach

 

Maid Allison Virginia Furr

Parents: Chip and Heather Furr

Accomplishments/Activities: Varsity Softball (6 years) – LA Tech Softball commit; Varsity Basketball (4 years); Quota Club (4 years); French Club (4 years); FCA (4 years); Key Club (3 years); National Honor Society (2 years)’

Honor Roll (4 years); Published in The Claw (2 years)

Volunteer Work: 4 Paws Animal Shelter, Cedar Creek elementary basketball camps, Cedar Creek elementary softball camps

 

Maid Chloe Elizabeth Brashear

Parents: Jade and Travis Cannon; Kate and Jed Brashear

Accomplishments/Activities: National Honor Society; Honor Roll; French Club; Quota Club; DECA; Key Club; FCA; Yearbook Staff; National Anthem Singer for Creek and local sporting events; Cheerleader (4 years); Powerlifting team; Varsity Softball (6 years)

Volunteer Work: Ruston Dixie Softball Coaching, CC Peewee/Middle School Softball, CC Peewee Cheer Coach, Blood Donor

 

 

 


Cedar Creek hoops schedules released

Senior Allie Furr will take over the point guard responsibilities for the Lady Cougars this season.

by Malcolm Butler

Fresh off the program’s first ever appearance in the LHSAA state title game, head coach Gene Vandenlangenberg and the Lady Cougars will open the 2022-23 regular season on Nov. 10 with a road trip to West Ouachita.

Vandenlangenberg, the 2021-22 Lincoln Parish Journal Girls Basketball Coach of the Year, returns some key pieces of last year’s team but must overcome some losses to graduation as well.

Meanwhile, the Cougars enter this coming season under the direction of new head coach Lance Waldron and will open their regular season on Nov. 17 with a home game against Sterlington.

The Creek boys will return the vast majority of last year’s roster, but as usual, must wait until the Cougars football season is over to have all of their weapons on the hardwood.

Both coaches are excited about the fact basketball is right around the corner. Vandenlangenberg knows that with the graduation of two key starters from last year’s team that it could take a little time for this year’s group to completely jell.

“I am excited about this year’s group,” said Vandenlangenberg. “It is going to take us some time to figure out our identity as a team. It will probably take us the early part of the season to figure it out, but I like this group and I think we may have a little more depth this year.

“We’ve been working hard in the preseason. We have been without our freshmen and sophomores since they have health class, but we will get them once we start team workouts Oct. 10. I’m looking forward to having them all out there.”

Waldron has spent the preseason working with the players he has and getting to know them and allowing them to get more familiar with his expectations.

“It’s been going really well,” said Waldron, who said he has 14 players in basketball PE right now while football is in its season. “We are working on fundamentals and hitting that hard. The guys are buying in, and that’s a big part of it. We still have a way to go, but the kids are understanding what we are looking for and that’s important.”

The Lady Cougars are coming off a 28-3 record and an appearance in the Division IV state title game where they fell to Southern Lab. Vandenlangenberg and Co. look to replace LPJ Girls Player of the Year and all-state selection Sarah Adams, who is now at ULM.

Senior Allie Furr, who earned all-Lincoln Parish Journal and all-district honors last year, is the top returner after averaging double digit in points and being one of the team leaders in numerous other statistical categories last year. A LA Tech softball commit, Furr will be leaned upon this year to provide additional leadership on the floor.

“I talked to Allie after last year ended,” said Vandenlangenberg. “She is obviously a really good athlete and knows what we want to do. She is going to move to point guard for us and will run the show. Allie played some point in middle school. She is excited about it and I am excited for her.

“Lillian Soto was coming back off a knee injury last year, and she has looked really good during the preseason. She looks strong in the post and is improving on her post moves. She has always been a good rebounder but I think she will provide even more for us offensively this year. I think we will have more depth this year.”

Waldron takes over a program that was 12-17 last season in the final year under Robert Mitcham. The Cougars qualified for the Division IV playoffs but fell 81-39 to Calvary Baptist in the first round.

He recorded a mark of 246-87 during his nine years at Simsboro (2006-2015), leading the program to six district titles, three appearances in the Top 28 and two state championship game appearances (2012, 2013).

Waldron said there are eight players currently playing varsity football, including Connor Norris, Carter Hill, Brian Osborne, Landon Hall, James Meyers, Jake Doan, Blake Robinson and Alex Simpson. Although he is anxious to have his entire roster once the varsity football season comes to a conclusion, Waldron said he is utilizing the time with the players he currently does have.

“Matt (Middleton) and I have been working really well together,” said Waldron. “The football team has won two games in a row, and we are cheering for those guys to continue to succeed. It’s giving us a lot of time to spend with the 14 we have now, more individual time with some of these younger guys. It will help us build more depth which will be important as our season progresses. This time right now is very important for us.”

The first official team practice for both teams is Oct. 10.

The full schedule is below.


Forbes names Tech one of two top Louisiana public universities

Louisiana Tech University has been named to Forbes’ America’s Top Colleges list, one of only two public universities recognized in the state.

The honor comes on the heels of Louisiana Tech’s 12th consecutive year being named a Top Tier National University in the U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges list. 

Only four universities in Louisiana were named to the list that recognizes “schools that offer an excellent education at a great price, graduate high-earners, and propel students to become successful entrepreneurs and influential leaders in their fields.”

“The Forbes list recognizes universities for their efforts to increase retention and graduation rates, as well as the success of their graduates,” said Dr. Les Guice, University President. “Louisiana Tech’s retention rates and time to graduation lead our state, and our faculty and staff continue to work to increase access for students and to connect them with services and activities that help ensure their success while here.”

Forbes chose “doctoral research universities, master’s universities and colleges and baccalaureate colleges, as well as colleges that offered specialized programs in engineering, business and art.” To qualify for the list, information focused on retention rate, academic success, graduate debt, alumni salaries, graduation rates, return on investment, and leadership and entrepreneurial success of graduates – data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), College Scorecard, and PayScale – were used.


The worst beach trip ever 

It was the baby’s first time to the beach. At the time, Penny was just over a year old, walking (with her hands up in the air for balance – it was the most precious thing), and Alice couldn’t remember the last time we’d been to the beach.  

We planned for a long weekend at Dauphin Island. We didn’t need a lot of entertainment, and we wanted to go somewhere we hadn’t been before. Dauphin Island seemed the perfect choice. And it helped that our older daughter was certain it was Dolphin Island (she was a bit disappointed in not seeing any dolphins). 

At first, things were great. Both kids loved being in the water, feeling the wind on their face and the gritty sand between their tiny feet. We walked the Audobon Bird Sanctuary and buried each other in the sand on the beach. But it was somewhere during that second afternoon, when we were walking around the Sea Lab when I noticed Penny slowing down. Her cheeks getting a little rosy. Her mood dampening. 

I hoped – ever so hard – that it was simply she was tired from a busy day and her cheeks were rosy from the bright sunshine. But by dinner time, she was asleep on my lap, trying to rest during her fever. 

She was miserable that evening. She felt awful and couldn’t get comfortable when she was trying to go to sleep. We planned to leave for home early the next morning and hopefully get her some comfort in her own room. 

As the kids were settling down to sleep, then Alice showed up in mine and Kyle’s bedroom, which was connected by a bathroom. Standing with her feet in the bathroom but her face toward the door, she vomited everything in her little stomach on our bed. 

Mind you, if she had turned, she would have hit the toilet. But I digress. 

I don’t know how late it was by the time the sheets were clean and dry, but by then Kyle also was vomiting – the two of them, who had eaten ham earlier that day, had food poisoning. So we have a baby sick, a kid sick, and a husband sick. 

And then there’s me. 

I spent the last night of our beach trip in a dark room with Penny, texting my friends, telling them about all the fun we’d had so far on the trip – and why we were coming back early. For the record, it was a good trip. Alice and I had some great mommy-and-me time at the beach, watching crabs, catching butterflies and building sand castles. Penny loved blowing bubbles and tried her hardest to swim like her big sister. We even accidentally brought a hermit crab inside one evening after collecting seashells and then had the honor of releasing it into the wild. Overall, at least for me, it was a great trip. 

But it was several years before I could convince anyone else to go back to the beach.  


LA Tech Olympic Sports weekend wrap-up

LA Tech defeated Charlotte 3-0 during C-USA action Friday night. (courtesy photo)

 Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Communications

 

LA Tech Volleyball 3, Charlotte 0 (Friday)

The Louisiana Tech Volleyball team won 3-0 (26-24, 25-22, 25-18) in its first conference game of the season against Charlotte inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court. 

“This is a huge win for our program,” said Amber McCray. “We have been talking all week about having strength in numbers, and tonight’s match could not have been any more of an indication of that. It took everyone to beat a really good, well-coached Charlotte team who has beaten a number of Power 5’s this year.

“We had 4 players in double-digit digs, all five attackers had six or more kills, and Kalee Cadwell set a phenomenal match putting our attackers in some really good situations. Our passers kept us in system all night and our servers were clutch in staying aggressive to run points behind the service line. Balance was our key tonight, and that’s exactly what we will continue to work to be every time we step on the court.” 

Notables

  • Andrea Spasojevic got her sixth double-double of the season with 10 kills, 10 digs and adds three services aces. 
  • The Lady Techsters totaled seven service aces on the night and now leads Charlotte 5-3 in match play.
  • Four Lady Techsters had double-digit digs with 10 on the match — Meghan Dunnigan, McKenzie Johnson, Sydney Jackwin, and Spasojevic.
  • LA Tech totaled 46 kills in the match, the third largest recorded in program history. 
  • For the first time since joining C-USA in 2013, the Lady Techsters opened league play with a 3-0 sweep (first C-USA sweep since 2016). 

#23 Rice Volleyball 3, LA Tech 0 (Sunday)

The Louisiana Tech volleyball team fell 3-0 (17-25, 18-25, 15-25) to No. 23 Rice inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court. 

“There’s a reason Rice is the No. 23 team in the country and has beaten several ranked opponents already this year,” said McCray. “Their veteran setter is phenomenal and does an excellent job of running a balanced offense with multiple players able to score, something we also try to do but unfortunately did not do a great job of today.

“I think McKenzie Johnson kept us in a number of rallies with her defense, but ultimately our inability to terminate was the most glaring difference in this match. Despite today, there was still so much growth we saw this weekend and momentum we can build on heading into a couple of key road trips next week.”

Notables

  • Andrea Spasojevic totaled nine kills and three digs.
  • Two Lady Techsters collected double-digit digs; McKenzie Johnson with 17 and Sydney Jackwin with 12. 
  • LA Tech totaled 52 digs as team. 

Up Next
LA Tech will return on the road to face off with UTEP on Friday, Sept. 30 in El Paso, Texas. First serve is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CT.

 

TENNIS

The Louisiana Tech Tennis team had an impressive showing in its first fall tournament, defeating Arkansas and Northern Arizona in singles at the three-day Tulsa Invitational from the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
 
With the entire roster returning from an 18-win season, LA Tech ramped up its strength of schedule by opening the fall against SEC for Arkansas who finished No. 34 in the country last season, host Tulsa who finished ranked No. 46 in the nation last season, and Northern Arizona who has won three straight Big Sky Conference titles.
 
And LA Tech proved they belonged on the courts.

“This was one of the best opening weekends we have ever had,” said head coach Amanda Stone. “We were consistent all three days against very high-level competition.  We learned a lot about the way we need to compete against teams of this caliber.  We showed some good promise in doubles and I think once we get these new partners comfortable, we will be very tough on all lines.

“I was extremely happy with singles.  We won the ones we expected to and then came up with some of the best wins in the program against Arkansas.  We need to keep proving it on the court, but this weekend was a great step toward where we want to be.”

Notables

·        LA Tech went 4-1 against Arkansas in singles and 5-2 against Northern Arizona in singles (both Arkansas and NAU played in the NCAA Tournament last season)

·        It marked the first time since 2017 that a LA Tech player defeated an SEC opponent

·        Leonie Schuknecht and Najah Dawson won their first ever doubles match as a duo

·        Leonie Schuknecht, Olga Bienzboas, and Alexia Romero each went 2-1 in singles

·        Leonie Schuknecht ended Sofia Markova’s 13-game singles winning streak

·        Alexia Romero collected her 50th career singles victory (fall and spring combined)

 

Rice Soccer 4, LA Tech 1 (Sunday)

The Louisiana Tech women’s soccer team fell at home to Rice by the score of 4-1 at The Mack on International Student Day, which recognized the 14 Tech players who represent different countries from around the world.

“The name of the game is execution,” said Tech head coach Steve Voltz. “We played a great match and were right were we wanted to be. We were even in shots and did what we needed to put ourselves in positions to score and earning those corner chances.

“The difference was they made two one-one-one plays and put their chances away, and we did not. We had a great response coming out of half, and again, we were right there. Then we have a bad break on a handball pushed their lead back to two goals, and you have to credit them for capitalizing on those winning moments. 

Notables
• Rice now leads the all-time series 9-0-1 and is 4-0-1 in Ruston.
• Emma Jones scored her first goal of the season, her second in a Tech uniform. 
• Tomoyo Kuroyanagi registered her first assist this season, and third of her career. 
• Tech’s 13 shots and seven shots on goal are the second-most of the season (14, 8 respectively) and the most of this season at home.
• Tech earned a season-high nine corners today.
• Sophie Fijneman, Laura Ogando, and Rebecca Lancaster played the full 90 minutes. 
• Fijneman has gone the distance in 10 of 12 matches this season, Ogando eight, and Lancaster three. Fijneman has played all but 33 minutes this season.
• Erin Chung and Josie Studer were booked with yellow cards. 

Up Next
LA Tech will play the second of a three-game Conference USA home stand next Sunday, Oct. 2, at 1 p.m. at The Mack against Florida International.

 

CROSS COUNTRY

The Louisiana Tech men’s and women’s cross country teams continued their 2022 seasons at the Watson Classic in Clinton, Miss., hosted by Mississippi College, with the Lady Techsters claiming a top-three finish while the Bulldogs placed ninth. 

“I am extremely proud of this team,” said Tech distance coach Jeanee Romero. “They fought a tough race and I couldn’t have asked for anything more of them. We will have the next couple of weeks to recover and train hard heading in to Tuscaloosa. I believe they are ready for what is ahead.”

Notables – Men


  • Final Team Results: Alabama-Huntsville (25), Mississippi College (33), Jackson State (96), Ozarks (134), Spring Hill (158), Millsaps (174), Meridian CC (191), UA Rich Mountain (214), Louisiana Tech (235), Mississippi Valley (278), Tougaloo (294), Jarvis Christian (336), LeMoyne-Owen (372)
    • Erik Rangel finished 53rd with a time of 28:51
    • Logan Bailey finished 62nd (29:11)
    • Joshua Raiford finished 88th (32:02)
    • Jason Arena finished 98th (33:08)
    • Hayes Gill finished 99th (33:08)
    • Tate Ashcraft finished 112th (40:30)

    Notables – Women

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  • Final Team Results: Alabama-Huntsville (22), Mississippi College (33), Louisiana Tech (97),Spring Hill (119), Millsaps (131), UA Rich Mountain (147), Ozarks (199), Mississippi Valley (236), Jarvis Christian (244), LeMoyne-Owen (245)
    • Rebecca Quebedeaux finished 25th overall with a time of 25:18
    • Jacquelin LaBerteaux finished 28th (25:34)
    • Victoria Datta finished 34th (25:59)
    • Lexa Thompson finished 38th (26:31)
    • Ali Looney finished 43rd (27:26)

Marijuana found in housing complex

Ruston Police arrested a man with a large amount of suspected marijuana last Wednesday evening.

Lamarcus Dawson, 25, of Ruston, was arrested after a Ruston reserve officer working security at the apartments in the 800 block of East Line Avenue spotted a large bag of suspected marijuana.

The officer was working security in the complex when a loud music complaint was received. When the officer arrived at the residence, he was given permission to enter the apartment. Once he entered, he saw the large bag of suspected marijuana.

An on-duty officer responded and questioned Dawson, who admitted the marijuana belonged to him and no one else. 

Dawson, who did not live at the address, was arrested and booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Bail was set at $15,000.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 


Creek shines at Wallace Martin Invitational

Cedar Creek’s varsity girls finished as the runner-ups to Newman High School at the Wallace Martin Invitational.

by Malcolm Butler

A total of 271 boys and girls high school participants competed in the 2022 Wallace Martin Invitational hosted by Cedar Creek Saturday at Lincoln Parish Park.

“It’s always a pleasure to host our Wallace Martin Invitational and see so many children actively participating in this phenomenal sport,” said Creek head coach Craig Moss. “On a personal note it is an honor to celebrate Wallace and continue on his legacy of integrity, lover and honor. I want to thank all the Cedar Creek parents who helped the meet run so efficiently.”

Taylor Ramsey and Caroline James anchored the Lady Cougars as Cedar Creek finished as the runner up to Newman High School out of 23 teams on the girl’s side. Ramsey (20:55.94) finished third out of 118 competitors while Jame (21:16.40) finished 5th.

Madison Morris (10th – 21:40.73), Anna Grace Lee (15th – 21:47.47), Catherine Mcadams (33rd – 23:11.68), Leah Sutherland (38th – 23:31.45) and Julianne Ensminger (40th – 23:44.60) also had strong showings for the Lady Cougars.

Creek totaled 57 points, just edged by Newman’s 51 points.

“Our girls ran strong,” said Moss. “We are not where we want to be, but many of our runners have been battling back from upper respiratory infections so how they performed Saturday is outstanding. Taylor had a good morning and looked fresh when she finished. Anna Grace and Cat had a strong outing.  Leah and Julieanne are getting stronger each race, so I am pleased.”

Myles Carpenter Head and Ethan McCarthy both recorded top 10 finishes on the boy’s side to help the Cougars record a fourth place finish out of 26 total teams. Carpenter Head (17:19.61) finished sixth while McCarthy (18:15.97) finished 18th.

Anderson Maxwell (27th – 18:38.06), Connor Johnson (30th – 18:43.59), Hayes Bridges (34th – 18:56.41), Cole Morganthall (62nd – 20:37.39) and Tate Farrar (64th – 20:40.58) rounded out the Cougars runners amongst 153 boys competitors.

Creek totaled 105 points, to finish behind Mandeville (51), West Monroe (55) and Newman (86).

“I thought our boys were solid across the board and had our best overall team composite time this year,” said Moss. “They packed up run extremely well, and when they finished, they had gas left in their tank which is what I wanted to see. These guys are coming around and beginning to perform.”

The elementary school and middle school races were held on Friday with the Creek middle school girls capturing first place.

“We had an outstanding performance from Kendal Ramsey, AddieBel Brister, Georgia Dugdale, Kennedy Hall, Anna Malsam, and Hannah Satcher,” said Moss.

Boys Varsity Results

Mandeville                              51

West Monroe                          55

Newman                                  86

Cedar Creek                            105

Caddo Magnet                        162

Ruston                                     189

Natchitoches Central              198

West Ouachita                        240

Sterlington                              247

Loyola Prep                             247

Choudrant                               255

St. Frederick                            296

Downsville                              325

Haughton                                354

Lakeside                                  463

Delhi Charter                          471

St. Mary’s                                477

Girls Varsity Results

Newman          51

Cedar Creek    57

St. Frederick    85

West Monroe  98

Mandeville      101

West Ouachita 196

Haughton        198

Choudrant       210

Caddo Magnet 217

Castor              263

Glenbrook       277

Loyola Prep     298

Natchitoches Central  325