It’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. 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The Jukskei derby at Superhero Sunday produced a try fest as the Bulls kept their heads a bit better to beat the Lions 40-35 at FNB Stadium.Here are a few themes that emerged from an entertaining, if somewhat flawed game.Defector Duncan looks hungryDuncan Matthews asked for his contract at Loftus to be ended a year early because of a lack of game time.He didn’t feel uncomfortable going to Ellis Park, but he was certainly surprised by Lions attack coach Neil de Bruin telling him to immediately switch to centre after many years on the wing.He certainly doesn’t seem perturbed, delivering a bustling performance where he scored a brace of tries and consistently embraced being at the heart of his new team’s attacking platform.The Lions have something to work with here.Pote’s Manie plan has meritThere were eyebrows raised when Bulls mentor Pote Human decided to hand veteran Morne Steyn the No 10 jersey at the expense of the man he’s going to mentor in 2020, Manie Libbok.Yet Human didn’t try to hide his motives.He considers the diminutive Libbok an ace in his pack, a playmaker who can be devastating at fullback.Admittedly, it took Warrick Gelant’s concussion to bring him on earlier than expected, but Libbok revelled.He covered the back diligently, while also actively moving into the pivot position in more attacking positions on the field.Libbok clearly enjoys the freedom and his experience at flyhalf means he also knows how to use cramped space well.Attacking Lions are too one-dimensional … and mistakes hauntIt’s a strange thing to say, but Lions coach Cash van Rooyen’s approach will need refinement if this is how they’ll play in 2020.They did well to lead at half-time, but they did so by feasting on the Bulls’ mistakes, who enjoyed a surfeit of possession and territory.You simply can’t run with the ball if you’re stuck in your own half, and the Lions will need to find a way to get out and launch from there.The Bulls were sloppy themselves, particularly in the set-pieces, yet somehow managed to keep their heads better than their neighbours, who fell off easy tackles, threw a wild pass into Cornal Hendricks’ path from a defensive scrum and lost numerous balls in contact.It’s undoubtedly things that can be improved, but you also need to supplement that with composure.Point scorers:Lions – Tries: Duncan Matthews (2), Dan Kriel, Courtnall Skosan, Krappie van den Berg. Conversions: Elton Jantjies (5).Bulls – Tries: Divan Rossouw (2), Abongile Nonkontwana, Johnny Kotze, Manie Libbok, Cornal Hendricks. Conversions: Morne Steyn (2), Chris Smith (3).For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.
WEEK 5 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | FD cash | FD GPP | DK cash | DK GPPCardinals @ Bengals. Overcast weather could lead to some scattered showers during the game.As always, all of this is subject to change as we get closer to Sunday. You can follow me on Twitter (@KevinRothWx), check out the hourly automated NFL weather forecasts on RotoGrinders, or take a look at WeatherEdge for updates. We’ve also added automated College Football Weather for those NCAA football fans looking for a little weather insight. The Week 5 NFL weather forecast has us looking at some possible rain and wind in places like Seattle (Rams-Seahawks), New York (Vikings-Giants), Carolina (Jaguars-Panthers), and Pittsburgh (Ravens-Steelers). As of now, it doesn’t look like any spot will be affected enough to significantly alter any fantasy start ’em, sit ’em decisions or NFL bets, but things can always change closer to kickoff, so check back for updates.It’s important to remember that rain and wind impact the game in different ways. Rain is always more noticeable, as you can see it falling while watching the game, see the players slip, or see a dropped pass that a WR usually catches, but statistically it isn’t as important as it may appear. It’s also worth mentioning that the defense has to run and cut on that same slick field, so while it may occasionally cost the offense a play or two, it can also give the offense an advantage at times. Wind is the opposite. It’s harder to see the impact, yet it’s statistically more impactful. A 15-mph wind isn’t noticeable as you watch the broadcast, but it might be just enough to hang a deep ball in the air an extra half second so the defender can make a play. I bring all this up because we are going to see both rain and wind on Sunday, and it’s important to know the difference between “looks bad” and “is bad”. WEEK 5 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerBefore we get into the Week 5 forecast, remember that if you have any questions about sports weather or how weather could impact play (and, potentially, your fantasy, DFS, and gambling decisions), don’t hesitate to reach out on Twitter @KevinRothWx or check our hourly NFL weather forecasts on RotoGrinders. To take your game to the next level, subscribe to RotoGrinders’ exclusive WeatherEdge tool and see how different weather conditions have impacted historical scoring.NFL Week 5 weather updatesRams at Seahawks. Kicking it off on Thursday with a game that involves a bit of both our aforementioned weather variables but not enough of either to scare me. Off and on showers are possible during the game, but it’s not quite the driving, heavy rain that would be a big factor. Wind will come in between 10-15 mph, a bit on the breezy side, but again not enough to really consider a threat. In 12 games with similar weather at CenturyLink Field, the total scoring has dropped just four percent (stats courtesy of RotoGrinders WeatherEdge), but that’s not enough to consider this weather as a major factor. Vikings @ Giants. This is likely our windiest game of the week. We should see sustained winds come in right around 15-mph sustained with gusts of 20 mph. That’s enough to have a minor impact in the passing and kicking games, though I wouldn’t say it’s enough to consider it a “must-bench” scenario for anyone. Ravens @ Steelers. Scattered showers possible. We’ll need to revisit this on Sunday, but if we see rain before and during the game it could tilt gameplans slightly toward the run. I don’t think it’s enough rain to fully disrupt the passing game. Jaguars @ Panthers. Our best chance of seeing heavy rain. I expect this game will play wet one way or another, with a chance that it’s a real soaker throughout the game. Last week we saw Minshew Magic in some very windy conditions in Denver. This week he’ll likely get his shot in the rain, and at this point, I’m not betting against him. The game script would set up well for a Leonard Fournette-vs.-Christian McCaffrey ground-and-pound game if we do indeed see heavy rain. Update: Forecasts have changed and there figures to be minimal, if any, rain during the game.