Sabine Parish Basketball Scores and Rankings  

Sabine Parish Basketball Scores and Rankings

Monday January 10


Converse 45 (7-17)
Buckeye 39 (3-18)

Negreet 62 (14-9)
Saline 34 (6-15)


Negreet 61 (10-14)
Saline 42 (10-13)

Tuesday January 11


Ebarb 47 (9-14) (1-0)
Evans 40 (11-13) (0-1)

Zwolle 75 (20-5) (1-0) Infinity Sepulvado 22, Makayla Price 18, Olivia Sepulvado 12 and Jalen Lynch 9
Converse 37 (7-18) (0-1)

Florien 37 (25-2) (1-0)
Stanley 26 (12-8) (0-1)

Rapides 71 (10-8)
Many 65 (8-10)


Ebarb 72 (8-16) (1-0)
Evans 68 (16-8) (0-1)

Zwolle 84 (17-4) (1-0)
Converse 43 (8-12) (0-1)

Florien 73 (14-12) (1-0)
Stanley 43 (8-14) (0-1)

Rapides 49 (9-8)
Many (47 (7-4)

Simpson 43 (15-6) (1-0)
Pleasant Hill 36 (20-8) (0-1)

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Volunteers Needed for Disaster Relief

The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office, along with Mt. Carmel Baptist, is in need of volunteers to help with the clean-up and rebuilding of the Peason Community that was recently devastated by the EF2 Tornado that ripped through Sabine Parish. 

According to a post made to social media by the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, volunteers of all skillsets are needed and greatly appreciated. 

“We are sending out a team this Saturday (1/15) to Peason to help with recovery. We need people to help with fences, sort and salvage belongings, pull limbs, cut trees, operate tractors, along with many other tasks. If you would like to join us, please meet at the church at 8 am this Saturday.”

The church is located at 5049 HWY 118

Florien, LA, 71429

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SPSO Looking for Information Regarding Stolen Trailer

MANY, La – A 2008 black Falcon 16’ or 18’ utility trailer was stolen sometime over the last three weeks from the Shuteye Road area west of Many.
The trailer displays a Louisiana license plate. A new jack has been welded on the tongue behind the old jack. There is also a set of heavy-duty ATV ramps on the trailer.
If anyone has any information or if you see a trailer fitting this description, contact Detective Sculthorpe, Sabine CID, at 318-590-9475, or submit a tip through our Sabine Parish Sheriff App.

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Sabine Parish Supports our Creative and Talented Children and Youth

The Sabine Prevention Alliance partnering with the Town of Many and The Sabine Drama Club is sponsoring an art contest for elementary, junior high and high school students in the Parish. Students may enter a 14” X 22” poster depicting the SPA’s tag line, “Keeping our children and youth Safe, Sober and Successful”. The art medium can be in pencil, pen, magic marker, or tempera paint and can show how students can keep themselves safe, sober and successful at home, school, in the community and/or with peers. Posters will need to be judged FIRST at each school level with first, second, and third place winners for each grade category of Elementary, Jr. High and High School.

Selected first, second and third place winning entries from each participating school, will NEED TO BE DELIVERED TO MANY CITY HALL c/o Mrs. Suzanne Williams no later than February 11th at 4:30pm. All artwork will be on display for the public to view during regular hours between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., during the following week.  Each piece of art must have the student’s name, teacher’s name and school printed in the upper right corner on the back side of the artwork. Judges will be looking at not only artistic quality but also how well students portray the protective factors such as the people, places, activities, and interests in their lives that help keep them safe, sober and successful.

A group of local artists have volunteered to judge the posters from each grade category and they will select an overall first, second and third place winner from Elementary, Jr. High and High School entries to represent the creativity and resilience of Sabine Parish’s children and youth. Local art lovers, businesses, agencies and youth advocates have donated prize money for our judges’ selections; however, ALL entries will be published on social media and the local news to recognize our talent in Sabine Parish.  Prize money will be awarded in the following amounts:

Elementary First: $50, Second: $30, Third: $20

Jr. High First: $75, Second: $50, Third: $25

High School First: $100, Second: $75, Third: $50

Any individuals, groups, businesses, or anonymous patrons that would like to contribute to this contest can contact Mrs. Suzanne Williams at 318-715-4963 or 256-4019 or email Any children and youth needing assistance in obtaining poster board and/or art supplies can contact Chandra White at SPA, 318-315-0081 or James Wagley at 318-602-9206. Contributors will be recognized in any publications regarding this contest. This is a great way to reach out to our children and youth to help them stay safe, sober and successful. For more information on the SPA, go to Facebook / Sabine Prevention Alliance or or call 318-315-0081.

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Women’s Resource Center Increases Free Car Seat Safety Classes

The Women’s Resource Center has officially increased its popular free car seat safety class to twice a month in order to meet the growing demand in the Natchitoches area.

Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 3-14 in the United States. It is not just about how adults drive, but how children are placed in the car. Car seats for infants lessen the risk of death under the age of 1 by 71%.

Registered child passenger safety technicians are car seat experts that are able to help with information and inspections. CPST’s Danette Westfall, Deputy Dorsey, and Megan Goff have taught the highly in-demand class for the past three years, equipping hundreds of women in the community.

Attendees of the Car Seat Safety Class receive a brand-new car seat and one-on-one instruction on how to properly install it safely, as well as information on other types and safety rules and laws in Louisiana. They are also invited to bring a support person along with them in the class.

The Women’s Resource Center is a nonprofit organization that empowers women to make life-affirming choices. They offer a multitude of support and assistance throughout a woman’s pregnancy journey free of charge.

If interested in attending this complimentary class (available to pregnant women in the Natchitoches and surrounding areas), call 318-357-8888 or message the Women’s Resource Center on Facebook to inquire more about the process*.

*Must have finished main visits before taking monthly offered classes.”

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Family Doctors of Natchitoches has an immediate opening

Position: Medical Receptionist

Status: Full Time

Qualifications: Excellent communication & customer service skills are required.  Positive & cheerful attitude a must. Experience with Electronic Medical Records is preferred.

Duties: Answering multiple phone lines, scheduling patient appointments, handling patient check in/outs and processing patient payments.

Send your resume
In-person: drop it off at 615 Bienville Street, Natchitoches, Louisiana

Family Doctors of Natchitoches is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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The Forgotten Impact of FLW

If there’s one thing that’s becoming apparent, it’s the impact the FLW (Forest L. Wood, founder of Ranger Boats) organization had on the bass fishing landscape. Today we’ll look at what made FLW so special and helped lay the ground swelling that occurred during the 1990’s up till now. FLW made bass fishing more popular than ever before with their approach and commitment to sponsors who were not really associated with the outdoors. Let’s first start with what it was like to fish tournaments in the 1990’s.

Tournaments back then were events, or usually benefits, for someone or something. Most of these were annual events that drew anywhere from 40 to 60 boats. There were only a couple of high-level fishing circuits like B.A.S.S. and the Red Man Tournament Trail (which was one step below B.A.S.S.). Available too, were Fishers of Men, and a few American Bass Angler (ABA) events. Another pro/am circuit, known as Angler’s Choice, was also a popular tour and even had a team trail you could follow. Then there was the FLW tournament trail that was making headway and growing in popularity at a rapid rate.

Of all these organizations I’ve mentioned, FLW was the one that changed the landscape in the late 90’s and has led us to where we are today. For years, B.A.S.S. (The Bassmaster Elite Series) was, and still is, THE place and the goal of every angler in America. They set the standard that all tournament organizations wanted to be and FLW opened the door and gave anglers another option to pursue their dreams of fishing professionally. FLW took sponsors to a whole other level with boat and truck wraps of major sponsors like Wal-Mart, Land of Lakes, Castrol Oil, Tide, M&M’s, Kellogg’s Cereal, and Folgers Coffee, to name a few. They brought in sponsors that were not necessarily associated with the outdoors and promoted them the same way NASCAR did it.

This was probably the best thing that ever happened for professional bass fishing! FLW decided to attack and establish a grass roots following by setting up a progression of tournament trails. That ladder started with the BFL’s (Bass Fishing League), a series of one-day events all across the country, designed as pro/am events for the working man or weekend warrior. If you did well on that level, you could then advance to fish a multi-day tournament trail called the Everstart Series which was similar to the B.A.S.S. Open Series. Then after this, if you were really good, there was the FLW Series, which was one step below fishing as a full-time pro. Success in that series would lead anglers to the pinnacle of the organization…. the FLW Tour.

With their approach, FLW had created an avenue for amateur anglers to pursue their dreams of fishing as a professional. The awesome boat and truck wraps drew visual attention and made it cool to be a bass angler. It invigorated young boys and girls to want to be a pro angler. FLW then started the College Series that caught fire nationwide as colleges and universities created fishing teams and some even offered scholarships. Then they went even further and started high school bass fishing which has gone viral and insured that there will be future generations to pursue a career as a professional bass fisherman.

The sad part of all of this is that FLW no longer exists, as Major League Fishing (MLF) purchased FLW in 2020. This was sad to see, as I personally had fished several levels with FLW and enjoyed all of them. The downfall of FLW was poor financial management. Anglers also started to figure out the payback for their events was not up to par with other organizations. Entry fees went up and the payback for certain tournaments was less than 60 percent. MLF is trying to re-establish these tours once again, but the payback is still an issue, especially for the BFL tour which has the lowest payback of any tournament trail of this level. Hopefully, the powers that be at MLF will recognize this and correct it because we will always need at least two major fishing organizations that give anglers an option. Remember, competition between organizations makes everything better for all anglers. Till next time, good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook!!!

Steve Graf

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Notice of Death – January 13, 2022

Louis L. “PoPo” Crooks
August 25, 1935 – January 11, 2022
Service: Friday, January 14 at 10 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church

Thelma LaCaze Coutee
April 18, 1927 – January 12, 2022
Service: Monday, January 17 at 11 am at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Ronnie Russell Monroe
May 7, 1948 – January 12, 2022
Service: Saturday, January 15 at 1 pm at Hargis Baptist Church, located at 1313 La. Hwy. 122 in Montgomery

Mildred Louise Eckhardt McTyre
March 26, 1935 – January 4, 2022
Service: Saturday, January 29 at 11 am at First Baptist Church of Natchitoches

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Many High School Powerlifting Team Competes and Places at NCHS Tournament

The Many High School Powerlifting team competed over the weekend at the NCHS Invitational Powerlifting Meet and ranked high with one of their powerlifters winning her division. Summer Paddie, Pictured above, won overall for in her division and weight class helping the overall team score for the Many Tigers. This is the second year for the Many High School Powerlifting team. In 2021, the Tigers were able to take home the State Championship Title for powerlifting under the direction of their Coach, Jesse Curtis. 

The tournament has been held at NCHS for over seven years, becoming a fixture of Louisiana High School Powerlifting. The event packed the gym for the all-day event as families and well-wishers cheered for their favorites and their teammates. With opportunities for both male and female lifters as well as different weight classes, there is a place in Powerlifting for any young man or woman who is willing to put in the work to get better and stronger.

The Sabine Parish Journal wishes to extend its best wishes to the lifters, coaches, and parents whose hard work and support made the tournament a success. The event was a joy to watch, as young men and women of every race cheered each other on as they competed. Work Hard. Get Better. Get stronger. The lifters exemplified everything that is right and good about sports that day. Well done ladies and gentlemen!

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