Column: Which school ruled in 2014-15?

first_imgIt’s that time of the year again. Another high school sports year is in the books. So how did Bossier Parish schools fare, and which school had the best sports year?As I say each year, determining the criteria for which school had the best sports year is a challenge. The competition varies greatly not only in the four districts in which parish schools compete, but also within each sport.Also, all parish schools don’t compete in the same sports. For example, Bossier doesn’t have a cross country or golf team and neither does Plain Dealing.But as usual, I will forge on. While I try to use objective facts, this is just my opinion anyway.For many, 2014-15 will be remembered as the year Parkway missed the football playoffs after having to forfeit five games after the LHSAA ruled it used an ineligible player in those games.For the purposes of this column, those wins will count. The Panthers won them on the field without help from the ineligible player.Every Bossier Parish school won at least one district championship except Plain Dealing, and the Lions finished second in three sports.Airline won the District 1-5A baseball title. The Vikings also won parish and regional wrestling championships. The regional championship is equivalent to a district title.Airline finished second in girls track and field and shared second in girls basketball. The boys basketball team tied for third.The Vikings and Lady Vikings also finished runner-up 1-5A cross country.Haughton won the District 1-5A title in boys track and field. The Lady Bucs shared runner-up honors in girls basketball and softball. The football team finished third.Parkway swept the District 1-5A cross country championships. Parkway runners Hayden Kingfisher and Sara Funderburk swept the individual 5A state titles, the first time runners from the same school have won both in the LHSAA’s highest classification.Parkway also won boys and girls district bowling titles.The Panthers finished runner-up in District 1-5A football, boys basketball and District 1, Division I girls soccer. The softball team shared second place. The boys track team finished third.Bossier shared the District 1-3A boys basketball championship with Evangel. The Bossier boys track team finished second in the Region I-3A meet and had a couple of individual winners at the state meet. The boys soccer team finished third in District 1, Division III.Plain Dealing finished as the District 1-1A runner-up in football and boys and girls basketball and third in girls track and field. The Lions also had the Outstanding Performer in the Class 1A state track and field meet in Keldrick Carper.Benton shared the District 1-4A football championship. The school also won district championships in baseball, boys soccer, boys and girls track and field, boys and girls cross country, and golf. That’s eight district championships if you’re counting.The boys track team also won the Region I-4A title and the girls finished second. The golf team, of course, won the Region I-4A and Division II state championships for the fourth straight year.The softball team finished in a three-way tie for second in 1-4A. The girls soccer team was third in District 1, Division II.So once again, Benton gets the nod as having the best sports year among the six Bossier Parish schools.But let’s not end it there. How about a comparison of the three parish District 1-5A schools in the Big Five boys team sports of football, basketball, baseball, track and field and soccer and the Big Four girls team sports of basketball, softball, track and field and soccer.For that, I used a point system based on district finish (1 point for first, 2 for second, etc.) If there was a two-way tie then the points were halved. For example, Airline and Haughton received 2.5 points each for sharing second in girls basketball.The school with the lowest score wins.In the boys sports, Airline had the lowest score at 16.5 followed by Parkway with 18 and Haughton at 19.5. Once again, that doesn’t take into account Parkway’s football forfeits.In girls sports, it was very close. Parkway and Airline each had 14.5 and Haughton had 15. That’s basically a toss-up.As usual, every parish school had something to hang their hat on. The braggin’ rights were fairly spread around.It’ll all start up again in about three months.Russell Hedges is Sports Editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune. He may be reached at rhedges@bossierpress.comTop Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Sartell Was Shut Out Friday

first_imgSartell — The final score Alexandria 32 and Sartell 0 in the second game of the season.At halftime the score was 13-0 in favor of Alexandria. Going into the second half for Alexandria they just have to keep control the tempo of their game to keep momentum on their side. For Sartell they have to get into a rhythm to get into the game to get momentum on their side to hopefully slow down the Alexandria offense. Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip About Connatix V56892 Coming out of halftime Alexandria continued to run up the score board when quarterback Michael Empting connected with receiver Cody Branson for a 7 yard touchdown reception to make the score 19-0 after a missed extra point. That would be the only score in the third quarter.In the fourth quarter it was all Alexandria. QB Empting connected with receiver Bryce Ludwig for a 19 yard touchdown reception to make the score 26-0. Late in the fourth quarter they would score again on a 9 yard touchdown run by Empting to make the final score 32-0. With the win Alexandria moves to 2-0 on this very young season and play host to Brainerd Saturday September 16th. With the loss the young Sartell Sabres move to 0-2 on the season and will play host to St. Cloud Apollo next Friday night.The player of the game was Alexandria’s Michael Empting finishing the game 16-20 for 245 yards, 4 total touchdowns, and 1 interception. 1/1 Auto (360p)center_img 720p HD 360p 1080p HD About Connatix V56892last_img read more

Twins Beat Red Sox In Maeda Debut

first_img 720p HD The Minnesota Twins beat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 Monday afternoon in a Grapefruit League game. The Twins are 2-0-1 so far during the preseason.Pitcher Kenta Maeda made his Twins debut, allowing a solo home run to Andrew Benintendi to start the game, but then settling down to allow just a single walk over the rest of his two innings of work.Nelson Cruz homered for the Twins. About Connatix V56490 360p 1080p HD 1/1center_img About Connatix V56490 Auto (360p) Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip The Twins will take on Atlanta at noon on Tuesday.last_img read more

Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt

first_imgVanderbilt outside linebacker Stephen Weatherly (45) and Vanderbilt defensive lineman Adam Butler (69) sack Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) at Vanderbilt Stadium. Saturday Nov. 29, 2014.last_img

Wednesday v QPR player ratings

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR maintained their unbeaten start to the season by picking up a point against Sheffield Wednesday. Here’s how we rated each Rangers player in the 1-1 draw at Hillsborough.Alex Smithies: 7Embed from Getty ImagesProduced a routine but important save in the first half and was solid throughout. His distribution was excellent, particularly towards Conor Washington, enabling Rangers to launch a number of counter-attacks.AdChoices广告James Perch: 6Embed from Getty ImagesLooked shaky on occasions but competed well against a strong Wednesday attack.Joel Lynch: 6A strong presence in the air in both boxes but on the ground he was given problems.Nedum Onuoha: 6Embed from Getty ImagesLike against Reading, the Rangers captain made one bad mistake in an otherwise decent performance. Unlike against Reading, he didn’t get away with it and his failure to cut out a cross led to the equaliser.Luke Freeman: 8Absolutely brilliant. Created Rangers’ goal for Jamie Mackie with a lovely through ball and produced other moments of outstanding skill and quality.Pawel Wszolek: 8Embed from Getty ImagesA terrific display of non-stop work-rate on the flank. He was immense defensively – his performance was summed up by him making up 10 yards to catch Barry Bannan and snuff out a Wednesday attack – and was also a threat going forward, seeing a shot saved and setting up a chance for Mackie shortly before QPR’s goal.Josh Scowen: 8Embed from Getty ImagesExcellent in midfield, where he won numerous challenges and gave Wednesday absolutely nothing. Also cleared off the line and got forward too. A fine display.Massimo Luongo: 7Also impressive in midfield – where Rangers were generally tremendous. Luongo worked hard and used the ball well too.Jake Bidwell: 7Embed from Getty ImagesHad a good game on the left, where he combined nicely with Freeman. Solid defensively as well.Jamie Mackie: 8Took his goal nicely and for the second Championship game running his tireless pressing from the front was the key to an encouraging QPR performance. He never allowed the home side to settle.Conor Washington: 7Always looked lively and created a golden chance for substitute Kazenga LuaLua, who should have scored. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook See also:Mackie scores as QPR earn a pointHolloway: We could be a good teamEze scores hat-trick in QPR Under-23 gameHill describes extraordinary Hughes snubQPR duo receive call-upsHolloway keen to see how far QPR have progressedlast_img read more

Sarri on Hazard and Pedro, ‘complete’ Barkley and having a better goal difference than Liverpool

first_imgVideo: Hayters TVMaurizio Sarri praised his players after their unbeaten start to his reign as Chelsea boss continued with a 4-0 thrashing of Burnley at Turf Moor.The result took Chelsea back up to second in the Premier League – and now with a better goal difference than Liverpool.AdChoices广告Sarri dismissed that as unimportant and was much more interested in the performances of his players, particularly Ross Barkley and Alvaro Morata, who both scored again. Morata has scored three goals in his past four appearances for the Blues, while Barkley became the first English player to score in three consecutive Premier League matches since Frank Lampard did it for Chelsea in 2013.“Barkley is doing very well in this period,” Sarri said.“He improved in the defensive phase, improved very much. He improved his physical condition because the last season for him was really very difficult. He’s a very good player from the technical point of view. Now I think Ross is complete.“Alvaro played a very good game. Probably he could score more but he scored a good goal. I think the last three, four matches can be a good restart for him.” See also:Sarri on Kante’s role, City, his long-term target for Chelsea and why he’s reluctant to drop AlonsoSarri on Chelsea trio’s future, injury latest, Pulisic and what to expect from WolvesSarri on Hazard’s fitness, the captaincy, Barkley’s importance and the futures of Chelsea duo Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Tottenham ‘very interested’ in Ligue 1 defender – His club ready…

first_imgThat’s according to Todo Fichajes who claim to have exclusive information saying José Mourinho would like to sign the 26-year-old this summer.The Portuguese boss is said to be working alongside the board to find reinforcements for the squad, and he considers it crucial for the club to sign a central defender in the next transfer window.Good news for Tottenham is that, according to Todo Fichajes, Monaco are open to selling Maripán.Embed from Getty ImagesEven though the French side spent €18m to get the player from Alavés last summer, it’s said they could now accept to negotiate his sale for a fee around €20m.Maripan had a quick adaptation to Ligue 1 and became an important piece in Monaco’s defence, having started most of their matches this season.That makes us wonder if the club would really accept to let him go so soon with practically no profit at Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoDating.comThe Most Handsome Guys In Hong Kong On This Dating SiteDating.comUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undo Tottenham Hotspur are ‘very interested’ in AS Monaco defender Guillermo Maripan.last_img read more

Smith returning punts reflects Ravens’ need for field position

first_imgWatching Steve Smith return punts in the Ravens’ season opener was one of the more eyebrow-raising developments of Week 1.But the Ravens appear content moving forward with their No. 1 wide receiver as their primary punt returner despite the injury risk that accompanies the job. A Pro Bowl return specialist early in his career with Carolina, Smith gained 32 yards on two attempts in his first action as a return man since the 2010 season. His 22-yard return in the third quarter was one of the Ravens’ longest plays in any phase of the 19-13 loss to Denver.“We want to have our best football team out there,” special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said. “The best players for [those] positions are the guys that are going to help us win. I can assure you Steve Smith is excited to be back there. He’s a competitor. He loves playing football. He likes having the ball in his hands, and he’s the best guy we have. He’s going in the game, because we’re trying to win.”With the offense lacking a vertical threat in the passing game with rookie Breshad Perriman still sidelined with a sprained knee, you have to wonder if the Ravens are desperate to maximize their field position for a more methodical offense than they anticipated having. Smith offers more ability to gain yards after the catch than second-year understudy Michael Campanaro, the man most assumed would be the primary punt returner.Because of his importance to a passing game lacking reliable weapons for quarterback Joe Flacco, Smith serving as the primary punt returner is risky, but it’s hardly an outrageous proposition. Pittsburgh still uses Antonio Brown as its primary punt returner despite the 27-year-old arguably being the best receiver in the NFL. Of course, Brown is nine years younger than Smith, but he caught 129 passes for just under 1,700 yards in 2014, a major reason why the Steelers won the AFC North.Brown also returned 30 punts for 319 yards in 2014, matching the number of punt returns made by ex-Raven Jacoby Jones last season.Using a 36-year-old as a return man is unconventional, but Smith is one of two players in NFL history — the other being new Hall of Fame inductee Tim Brown — to accumulate 13,000 receiving yards and 4,000 return yards. You just hope the Ravens aren’t asking their veteran wideout to do too much as they need him to remain fresh for the entire season as their young receivers and tight ends try to grow up as quickly as possible in Marc Trestman’s offense.“At this time — right now, right here — Steve Smith is our best option,” Rosburg said. “We’re excited about him because you saw what he did last week. His experience shows. His competitiveness shows. His judgment shows. It’s fun to watch. I’m excited to have him back there. I see him trot back there, and it gives me a lot of confidence.”last_img read more

The last message Neymar gave PSG as he tries to force transfer away

first_imgThe on-off again Neymar saga looks set to finally reach its conclusion. According to Quim Domenech on ‘El Chiringuito’ last night, Neymar is now doing his part to try and force a move away from PSG this week. ��¡ÚLTIMA HORA con @quimdomenech!�� “NEYMAR le ha COMUNICADO al PSG que QUIERE IR al BARÇA”. #ChiringuitoNeymar— El Chiringuito TV (@elchiringuitotv) August 26, 2019 IN SPORT.ES 27/08/2019 The journalist claims that whilst Neymar has publicly asked for a move away, he has done so in private to the club. The Brazilian wants to move to Barça and informed PSG of that decision. He asked them to consider any offers which come from the Camp Nou. As we all know now, Barça have sent a delegation to Paris once again to try and finalise a deal.  From a deal which looked dead in the water a few days ago, it now seems to be very much back on. El último mensaje interno de Neymar al PSG metiendo presión Upd. on 28/08/2019 at 09:48 CEST Juan Linares (@Jlinares91)last_img read more

Saints continue winning ways, march to 10th straight victory

first_imgThe Selkirk College Saints are still a long way from the ultimate British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) destination, but the ride so far has been packed with success.The Saints brought an eight-game regular season winning streak into the long weekend. After defeating the Trinity Western University Spartans 5-2 at home on Friday night and the Eastern Washington University Eagles 4-2 at Cheney on Sunday afternoon, the Saints record remains unblemished.“I think resilience has been the biggest factor in the first 10 games,” says Saints head coach Brent Heaven. “The way we are playing right now, we know that we can win any game. There is always adversity, but you need to play consistent and work for your rewards.”The second-place Spartans arrived to the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex on Friday night for their first match-up of the season against the first-place Saints. Saints forward Brandon Sookro started the scoring two minutes in with a pretty goal in tight that beat Spartans starter Lucas Mills. Derek McPhail then added a powerplay marker with seven minutes left in the period to give the home side a 2-0 lead.Trinity Western answered first in the middle frame when Kenny Batke beat Saints starter Patrick Zubick. Goals by Nelson Hurry and Parker Sharp then restored the Saints lead to 4-1 before the end of the second period. Trinity Western made it interesting late in the third period when Brayden Brown scored to make it 4-2, but captain Dallas Calvin put the game away with an empty net goal to preserve the win.Trinity Western outshot the Saints 31-26 in the game and forced Zubick to come up big on several occasions, particularly in the final period.“With either guy in net, our team is playing extremely confident in front of them,” Heaven says of Zubick and Brett Huber. “The team knows that both of them are able to make the big save when we need it. They have been doing it for us and the results are showing in the standings right now.” With the addition of goaltender coach Alex Ross, the Saints are putting strong focus on a position that is key to a championship season. Zubick returned to his hometown of Castlegar after helping the Dryden Ice Dogs win a junior championship in Ontario last season and has been solid in his first BCIHL season. Huber, who is in his third year with the Saints, was named the BCIHL goaltender of the month for October.“They are sharing the load and the pressure doesn’t pile on their shoulders,” Heaven says of the tandem. “Both of them are able to help this team succeed and that has been a big attribute so far this season. What’s also very important is they are building a strong relationship, they are battling for each other and not against each other.”On Sunday afternoon in Cheney, Washington, the Saints once again jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead on goals by Sookro and Jack Mills. Eastern Washington tied the score in the second period with a pair of powerplay goals that came courtesy of five-on-three advantages. In the third period, the swarming Saints attack didn’t allow for an Eagles shot until 13 minutes had passed in the final frame. Goals by McPhail and Tyler Hartman secured the team’s tenth win.One of the keys to the Saints’ success to this point is a potent offence. Seven different players scored a goal over the weekend. “We have 10 to 12 guys who can put the puck into the net on any night,” says Heaven. “Obviously we have Dallas Calvin and teams will focus in on him, but then they tend to forget about these other guys.”Calvin’s blistering start has the Trail native leading the league in points with eight goals and 16 helpers. With both Trinity Western and Eastern Washington matching lines against the unit of Calvin, McPhail and Derek Georgopoulos, more attention is being shone on the Saints’ top line.“That line will have to battle through situations like that all season,” Heaven says of the extra attention. “When you have a guy who is averaging 2.5 points a game, I don’t think any opposing team is going to let a guy like that skate around free out there.”The Saints will not return to the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex until January 12 and 13 when Trinity Western returns to the West Kootenay. The Selkirk College squad will now play the remaining four games of the semester on the road against four different coastal-based teams.“These are big games because we have a five-week break at Christmas,” Heaven says of two upcoming away weekends. “These road games will help set the tone for what happens in the second half of the season. We’ve been on a good streak to start, but ultimately it’s about building a process and continuing to improve. It can quickly turn around on you, so we need to ensure we continue to play with emotion and intensity. You don’t want to sit back because every game in this league is important.”Stay up to date and follow the Selkirk College Saints on Facebook at: read more