Two Sabine Parish Men Arrested on Methamphetamine Charges

Sabine Parish Sheriff Aaron Mitchell announces the arrest of two individuals on April 7, 2022, Jose Valdez of 1437 Kane Street, Zwolle and Larry Collier of 510 Nicole Street, Many. The investigation was started by Sabine Parish Tactical Narcotics Team in September 2021.

As a result of the investigation, both Valdez and Collier were arrested on three counts of Distribution of Methamphetamines. The FBI also obtained federal search warrants for both addresses. Officers executed the search warrants in the early morning hours of April 7. Illegal narcotics along with firearms and ammuntion were also located. Sheriff Aaron Mitchell as well as Chief Deputy Brad Walker assisted in the execution of the search warrants and thank all deputies, FBI, Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office, Many PD, and Zwolle PD for their efforts in assisting in the investigation.




1A #5 Northwood-Lena 19
C #23 Ebarb 8 (1-3)

2A #7 Many 12 (13-5)
C #4 Hornbeck 0

B #26 Negreet 13 (2-10)
C #17 Plainview 0


C #4 Hornbeck 20
C#23 Ebarb 5 (1-4) (0-2)

B #18 Florien 5 (3-11) (1-1)
B #3 Zwolle 2 (11-4) (1-1)

B #12 Stanley 8
B #26 Negreet 1 (2-11) (0-2)

C #2 Hicks 10
C #14 Pleasant Hill 0 (2-2) (0-1)


B #5 Converse 11 (9-5) (2-0)
B #21 Stanley 0

C #23 Ebarb 19 (2-4) (1-2)
C #14 Pleasant Hill 1 (2-3) (0-2)

B #18 Florien 7 (4-11) (2-1)
B #26 Negreet 2 (2-12) (0-3)

4A #6 North DeSoto 9
2A #7 Many 2 (13-6)


B #5 Converse 11 (10-5)
2A #16 Winnfield 4

B #22 Oak Hill 7
B #18 Florien 5 (4-12)

2A #7 Many 18 (14-6)
B #3 Zwolle 5 (11-5)

B #26 Negreet 9 (3-12)
1A #5 Northwood-Lena 1




C #10 Plainview 8
C #8 Ebarb 7 (5-5)

4A #1 North DeSoto 8
B #3 Florien 0 (14-7)

B #14 Negreet 10 (12-4)
3A #28 Mansfield 0

5A #11 Natchitoches Central 7
B #14 Zwolle 1 (9-8)


B #14 Negreet 8 (13-4) (1-0)
B #8 Converse 4 (16-8) (1-1)

C #12 Hornbeck 17
C #8 Ebarb 7 (5-6) (2-1)

2A #1 Many 10 (17-5)
B #7 Anacoco 2

B #4 Stanley 10
B#15 Zwolle 1 (9-9) (0-2)


B #3 Florien 14 (15-7) (2-0)
B #15 Zwolle 1 (9-10) (0-3)

2A #1 Many 4 (18-5)
4A #2 Tioga 2

B #4 Stanley 10
B #14 Negreet 0 (13-5) (1-1)

C #8 Ebarb 20 (6-6) (3-1)
C #14 Pleasant Hill 1 (1-10) (0-2)


B #8 Converse 10 (17-8)
4A #15 DeRidder 8

B #3 Florien 1 (16-7)
IV #2 Calvary Baptist 0

C #8 Ebarb 7 (7-6)
3A #28 Mansfield 3

C #14 Pleasant Hill 21 (2-10)
2A #35 Lakeview 5

C #14 Pleasant Hill 20 (3-10)
2A #35 Lakeview 5


2A #1 Many 15 (19-5)
5A #41 Ruston 0

The 2022 Battle of Pleasant Hill Re-Enactment

Cannon and rifle fire reverberated through the quiet village of Pleasant Hill April 9-10 as the Union and Confederate armies clashed in one of the battles of Union General Nathan P. Banks’ Red River Campaign. Unlike the actual battle in 1864, the cannon and rifle fire did not result in a storm of lead and steel and the casualties “resurrected” after the battle was over.

Friday, April 9, marked the 158th anniversary of the Battle of Pleasant Hill. The first re-enactment was held in 1964 on the 100th anniversary of the battle. After a hiatus of several years, the re-enactment went on to become a beloved tradition held on the anniversary of the battle. This year’s re-enactment is the 42nd one. The Battle of Pleasant Hill re-enactment is one of only a few in that it commemorates a specific battle and takes place on the actual battlefield. The site is about 3 miles from the modern site of the Village of Pleasant Hill. This year’s re-enactment featured approximately 350 participants from Louisiana and surrounding states, and from as far away as Iowa and Florida.

Friday featured an open camp held for local educators so school groups could come and learn about life in the Civil War era. Saturday and Sunday each featured battles fought before a large crowd of visitors as well as the Battle of Pleasant Hill Queen, court and a contingent of festival and pageant queens from across Louisiana. Young men from Jennings’ Trail Life Troop 1273 raised the flag in the opening ceremony.

There was also a period church service Sunday as well as a memorial luminaria ceremony commemorating the soldiers who fell in the battle of Pleasant Hill.

2020-2022 Miss Battle of Pleasant Hill Queens: 2022 Battle Queens Baby Miss- Florence Rivers Toddler Miss- Raelee Stockton T’nincy Miss- Tynslee Ezernack Little Miss- Emma Kojis Deb Miss- Lexie Jones Jr. Miss- Haven Marr Miss- Landri Leach, 2020-21 Teen Miss Battle- Annabelle Bagley, Miss-Autumn Palmer

LSMSA invites community to an evening of contemporary dance

Performances will be held on campus April 28-30 at 7 p.m.

The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) invites the community to the CPT Black Box Theatre on campus for Illumine, an evening of contemporary dance at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30.

Illumine will feature a total of ten works choreographed by LSMSA Associate Lecturer of Dance Crystal Lewis, MFA, fall guest artist Steve Rooks, and students, and will conclude with a special light-sensitive piece.

There is no charge for the performances, but seating is limited and first-come, first served!


The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, joined Natchitoches Police, the NSU Police Department and Louisiana State Police to support Special Olympics Red River Games at Northwestern State University’s Walter Ledet Track and Field in Natchitoches. Some Natchitoches Parish School Board administrators and students were also in attendance to support and cheer on Natchitoches Parish Special Olympic athletes who competed.

The event provides an opportunity for those with intellectual disabilities to compete in various track and field competitions.

The motto of the Special Olympics, which inspires thousands of communities to support the organization, is “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Support and make a donation to the Special Olympics in your area.


This year marks the 48th year for the Melrose Arts and Crafts Festival! Vendors will display their wares beneath the gorgeous live oak trees of Melrose. Artists and crafters will show and sell their original paintings, gourmet foods, jewelry, clothing, plants, toys, woodworking products, and more! The festival is sponsored by the Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN) and all proceeds go directly to the upkeep and preservation of Melrose Plantation.

Festival Hours are Saturday 9 – 5 and Sunday 10 – 4.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for kids ages 6 – 12.
Tickets sold at the gate.

Pre-purchase tickets at…search Melrose Arts and Crafts Festival.

Also available:

– guided tours of our historic buildings for $5
– food and drinks

Hand sanitizer stations will be available. Our festival will abide by LA health guidelines applicable at the time of the festival.

Notice of Death – April 10, 2022

Elouise Potter
August 30, 1931 – April 8, 2022
Service: Wednesday, April 13 at 10 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Mary Virginia Lehr
March 3, 1934 – April 6, 2022
Service: Monday, April 11 at 1 pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Zwolle

Barbara (Clark) Lasyone Stiefer
March 17, 1933 – April 9, 2022
A celebration of the life of Barbara (Clark) Lasyone Stiefer will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, 2022 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 2010 Texas Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457. A private, family-led burial of her cremated remains will follow at Red Rock Cemetery near Vowells Mill at a later date.

Sam Salim
November 25, 1924 – April 9, 2022
A Celebration of Life to be held.  The date will be announced soon.

Wilson “W.E.” Enoch O’Bannon
February 15, 1938 – April 5, 2022
Service: Monday, April 11 at 11 am at Provencal United Pentecostal Church

David Forrest Stevens, IV
March 14, 1948 – April 5, 2022
A celebration of his life will be at his family’s 1858 limestone schoolhouse in the country outside of Mt. Morris and on a paddlewheel on the Rock River in Oregon, Illinois.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 411 Second St. Natchitoches, LA 71457 or to the charity of your choice.

Ryan Fredieu
August 17, 1992 – March 29, 2022
Service: Monday, April 11 at 2 pm at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel

‘Let’s Go Fishing’ Kids Learn-to-Fish Clinic

Cane River Creole National Historical Park will host a FREE youth fishing clinic at Oakland Plantation on Saturday, April 9 from 10 am to 12 pm. The clinic is limited to twenty participants. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 318-352-0383 x316. Oakland Plantation is located at 4386 Highway 494 in Natchez.

Learn basic fishing techniques and ethical angling practices through the Let’s Go Fishing Junior Ranger program. Earn your Junior Ranger Angler badge! All fishing equipment will be provided, and children will get to take home their rod and reel! Fishing is catch-and-release only. Fun for the whole family!

*A Basic Fishing License is required for adults (16 years+) who would like to participate in fishing. Visit: to learn more.

The grounds of Oakland and Magnolia Plantations are open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nearly 80 original buildings remain, many open for self-guided tours including several that are historically furnished from Wednesday through Sunday. Park staff conduct tours of the plantation grounds daily Wednesday through Sunday. In addition, the park offers a cell phone tour. The Oakland Main House is open for self-guided tours from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Magnolia Main House is privately owned and is not open to the public. For more information, please call the park at 318-352-0383, ext. 316.




Class 2A basketball showcased a wide variety of talent and teams. And the LSWA’s Class 2A All-State basketball teams reflect those qualities  as four different schools collected top awards.

Amite senior point guard Jalencia “Jen” Pierre and Episcopal head coach Taylor Mims Wharton attained Player of the Year and Coach of the Year status, respectively for the girls squad, while Newman junior shooting guard Chris Lockett and Port Allen head coach Dimario Jackson secured the same honors on the boys team.

Pierre led Amite to a Class 2A title with averages of 25.8 points per contest, 8.7 assists, 7.1 steals and 4.6 rebounds per contest. The Southeastern Louisiana University signee averaged over 23 points per game in the playoffs. She also averaged a double-double in postseason play with 10.8 assists per game.

Wharton coached Episcopal to an LHSAA girls basketball title game for the first time in school history. The Knights were the Division III runners-up to Lafayette Christian Academy.

Lockett was a returning all-state player who led his team to a Division III boys title. Lockett accounted for 13.5 points per game, 5.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists and two steals per contest during the season.

Jackson, an all-state player at Brusly, made the transition from successful player to earn 2A Coach of the Year honors after leading the other West Baton Rouge Parish school, Port Allen, to its third straight title in his first year on the job.

Port Allen, the No. 2 seed, defeated No. 5 Amite, 67-49, in the Class 2A State Championship Game.



First team

Player School Ht. Cl Avg.

Braylon Richard Lafayette Christian 5-9 Sr. 12.0

Stewart Bonnecaze Episcopal 6-2 Sr. 21.1

Elliot McQuillan Port Allen 6-1 Jr. 17.0

J’Michael Gray Franklin 5-10 Sr. 22.1

Chris Lockett Newman 6-3 Jr. 13.5

Second team

Player School Ht. Cl Avg.

Leon Posey IV Oakdale 6-2 Sr. 26.3

Kam Williams Lafayette Christian 6-7 So. 16.0

Simeon Powell Amite 5-10 Jr. 13.0

Omarion Miller North Caddo 6-2 Jr. 26.0

Canin Jefferson Newman 6-0 Jr. 15.0



Honorable mention

Camron Smith, Rayville; Demarcus, Dixon, Rayville; Javonte Howard, Lakeview; Derrius Carter, Avoyelles Charter; Desmond Duncan, Winnfield; Zakelvion Gadison, Rapides; TreDez Green, East Feliciana; Daylen Turner, Menard; Jordan Brooks, Port Allen; Jawarren Cade, Many; Kendrell Perry, St. Thomas Aquinas.


First team

Player School Ht. Cl Avg.

Jada Richard Lafayette Christian 5-7 So. 30.0

Peyton Hines Avoyelles Charter 5-10 Sr. 24.0

Jalencia Pierre Amite 5-6 Sr. 25.8

Izzy Besselman Episcopal 5-11 Sr. 20.0

Amari West Rayville 5-8 Sr. 28.0

Second team

Player School Ht. Cl Avg.

Vivian Sketoe Lake Arthur 5-5 So. 20.0

Mackenzie Joseph Kinder 5-11Sr. 18.0

JaNaiya Lakeview 5-2 Fr. 19.0

Hailey Brumfield Amite 5-8 Sr. 15.9

Amari Butler Franklin 5-8 Sr. 26.3



Honorable mention

Eve Alexander, Lafayette Christian; Carlesia Fields, Bunkie; Kelly Norris, Rosepine; Carlisa Mitchell, Rapides; Anaya Yunusah, Newman; Kali Hornsby, Lake Arthur; TaNyjah Plumber, Kinder; Taylor Farris, Rosepine; Marilyn Seeling, Menard; Timberlyn Washington, Lakeview; Monae Duffy, Lafayette Christian; Rontrinia Hawkins, Franklin; Gracelyn Sibley, French Settlement.

Sequence of Returns

If you were going to hire a guide to scale a particularly high summit what would be your number one goal?  Reaching the apex?  What about a safe a secure descent?  Real life shows us that most climbers are injured coming down the mountain.  Either from lack of food and water or injury.
Financial and retirement planning is much the same.  We tend to spend significant time planning and saving without really thinking of the best method to “take” these funds.   While working and saving we have co-workers, friends, and financial professionals to assist with decision making.  Without sound advice and planning location and timing of pulling funds can have a direct impact on deteriorating the amount of Social Security taxation and cost of Medicare Part B premiums. 
Have you heard the term “sequence of returns”?  If not let’s set up a time to review and discuss your exposure to this pitfall.  Having retirement dollars exposed to market risk while pulling income could be a very costly mistake in later years.  Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) are especially risky since the individual has little discretion in taking these funds. These issues and others could significantly reduce the longevity of your funds.  Thereby causing you harm as you descend the retirement mountain.  Let’s visit about trip planning!
Contact Reinette today!

Georgia on everybody’s mind

Barring a pandemic or World War — and you know how people can be — it happens every year around this time, when Augusta National Golf Club opens its verdant doors to the world.

Geezers show up giddy at Augusta National, grizzled veterans of the golf racket still mesmerized by the azalea and the tall pines and the greenest greens and pinkest pinks.

And then there are the rookies wondering if they’ve wandered into a giant golf painting, half expecting a Bobby Jones or a Ben Hogan to stroll out around the next corner or a flowering crabapple.

Most everyone is reduced to Toddler Level, and doubtful things will be different this week for The 2022 Masters at Augusta National, the official name of the 86th Tournament for those of you keeping score at home, secretly wishing you had a scratch ’n‘ sniff TV set.

Augusta National does this — puts the emotions and senses on high-alert — to anyone who has a pulse plus any level of appreciation for what God is able to graciously furnish and what forward-thinking mortals are able to get as close to perfection as human hands allow.

Shreveport businessman Todd Burns, weekend golfer and dad of PGA Tour pro and local favorite Sam, took the youngest of his three children to The Masters in 2011. This was not long after the just-turned-teen Sam and his family discovered that Sam might have a knack for playing serious golf, ‘knack’ being a word for, “Oh goodness, this kid is some sort of prodigy or genius or glorious mistake of golf nature.”

A couple of Todd’s memories from that trip include how green everything was — “Even the sandwich wrappers were green so when they hit the ground, you couldn’t tell,” he said — and how he sat down on the ground being No. 9 green “and one of the green jackets told me real politely, ‘You can’t sit there, sir. Not on the ground, you can’t.’”

You can sit on the ground at Augusta — just not behind a green. Especially 9 or 18. And while you can sit in some places, you can’t lie flat. You can sunbathe, but only vertically.

Not that Todd will be sitting a lot this week. He was due in Augusta Tuesday with most of the family, although some of the brood will stay back with the newest grandchild who’s not feeling great. (Sam’s a three-time uncle, not a dad yet.) As a dad, Todd is “excited for Sam, and nervous at the same time.” In other words, he’s a parent and a grandparent.

Three weeks ago, he walked Augusta’s fairways — something he didn’t do in 2011 — while Sam played a practice round. He found out something that’s hard to tell on television.

“No even lies,” he said. “Everything is sidehill, downhill…constantly changing.”

But the topography overall, he remembered well from 2011 outside the ropes. “Way more uphill and downhill stuff than you can see on TV,” he said. “Way, way more.” (Well, except for behind 9 green, where there’s this one little flat spot, good for sitting. Until you’re caught.)

Funny, but that course Todd’s talking about sounds a lot like the one Sam practices on all the time. Squire Creek in Choudrant is fairly open off the tee, doesn’t have rough anything close to a U.S. Open setup, and your work is hardly done once you reach the greens, more complex than calculus.

With a game that’s lately shown more improvement around the greens than anywhere else, he’s got everything it takes to win at Augusta but experience — and Fuzzy Zoeller didn’t need that when he won in 1979 as a Masters rookie. 

Contact Teddy at

NRMC to Open Its First Retail Pharmacy

On April 4th, NRMC is opening its first retail Pharmacy. Conveniently located in the Multispecialty Clinic, on the corner of Keyser Avenue and Bienville, community members are encouraged to take advantage of this great service. 

Especially beneficial for NRMC patients, the onsite service will ensure prescriptions are filled quickly. Whether leaving a doctor’s office, discharging from the hospital or Emergency Department and need a prescription filled, or just in the area and need over-the-counter medications, this service will exceed expectations.  Offered to the entire community, not just NRMC patients and Associates, the Pharmacy is a full retail pharmacy that is well stocked, focused on customer service, and offers convenience.

The Pharmacy is open 12 hours a day from 8:30 A.M. to 8:30 P.M., 7 days a week. “We are all about service,” explained Stephen Stricklin, Pharmacy Manager. “Being able to offer this innovative service is fantastic for our community. From extended daily and weekend hours to drive through and curb service to the peace of mind that comes with knowing that this is yet another quality driven NRMC service, our pharmacy is something special.”

The Pharmacy team will provide Shingles and Pneumonia vaccines, supplements, and offer alternative medicine selections. The RxLocal mobile app allows for quick and easy refills, along with direct communication with the Pharmacy team. 

From competitive pricing to acceptance of most insurances, the new Pharmacy focuses on patient needs. “We are pleased to be able to offer retail pharmacy on our campus, and we know word will spread quickly about how well it works,” explained Kirk Soileau, NRMC Chief Executive Officer. “Most importantly, our Pharmacy team has the experience and expertise to set them apart. This is an exceptional group of professionals who will be able to assist patients with complex medication needs. Our pharmacists will provide medication consultations and help customers down to the smallest details.”

For more information, call 318.214.5777 or fax to 888.698.1529.

Outpatient Medical Center

Outpatient Medical Center is recruiting a nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or a physician to provide primary care at its Natchitoches or Leesville location.  We are a federally-qualified health center offering weekday ambulatory primary care to anyone, but especially the underserved.  
A rewarding career serving those with greatest need, excellent benefits, no Holidays, and competitive pay for a workstyle that supports a family life.  
Anyone interest may contact us at or call 318-357-2071 (ext. 3202).

What a Tip!

On Friday afternoon, March 30, 1984, 55-year-old Dobbs Ferry Police Department Chief of Detectives Sgt. Robert Cunningham stopped into his favorite pizzeria, Sal’s Pizzeria on Neperhan Avenue in Yonkers, New York.  He had been a regular customer for seven or eight years.  Robert took a seat and began filling out a lottery ticket he had purchased early that day.  As he thought about the numbers to choose, 48-year-old waitress Phyllis Penzo walked to his table and asked to take his order.  Normally, this would have been the extent of Phyllis’s conversation with a customer.   

Robert placed his order and he and Phyllis chatted briefly about the lottery ticket.  Most of us have had the passing thought about what we would do if we won the lottery, and Robert and Phyllis were no different.  Entertained by their conversation, Robert playfully asked Phyllis if she would like to pick three of the six lottery numbers.  They quickly decided that the numbers should be 7-9-21-28-29-43.  Phyllis picked numbers that had personal meaning to her.  7 and 29 were the month and day of her daughter’s wedding anniversary, and 9 was for the month that her granddaughter was born.  Robert picked the remaining numbers, 21-28-43, off the top of his head. 

Before paying for his meal and leaving a tip, Robert gave Phyllis a choice.  Robert, who considered himself “an average tipper,” said she could have a “chintzy tip or go half on the card.”  Phyllis was used to the customary 15 percent tip, but if they won, she would receive 50 percent of the winnings.  Although Robert and Phyllis knew the odds of winning were against them—3,529,562 to 1 to be exact—Phyllis decided to forgo the tip.  She said “I just wanted to take a chance.”  Robert paid his bill, left no tip, and exited the pizzeria. 

On the following day, the numbers were selected.  Robert held out little hope of winning.  When he finally got around to checking the winning numbers, he took out the card showing which numbers he and Phyllis had selected.  He compared the numbers on the card to those reported in the news.  The first number was 7.  Robert looked on the card and their first number was 7.  The second number was 9.  Their second number was also 9.  His heart beat faster with every number he compared.  21-21, 28-28.  His heart beat even quicker.  29-29, and finally, the last number was 43.  Robert and Phyllis’s last number was also 43.  In stunned silence, Robert checked the numbers again and again.  His mouth dropped.  In disbelief, Robert had his wife, Gina, compare the numbers to see if he had made a mistake.  There was no mistake, the numbers matched exactly. 

Robert, who by his own confession was “really uptight,” spent the remainder of Saturday, all day Sunday, and Monday morning “shaking like a leaf.”  He had to wait until Monday for the New York Lottery to certify him as the winner and to certify that no one else selected the winning numbers.  If other parties had selected the winning numbers, the winnings would be split.  Robert waited impatiently.  He had taken the morning off to visit the lottery office.  Finally, a lottery spokesman congratulated Robert.  He was the sole winner of the New York Lotto.

All weekend Robert had thought about his agreement with Phyllis, the waitress.  Technically, Robert had no legal obligation to share the jackpot with anyone.  He could have easily kept the winnings for himself.  In the end, with the support of his wife, Robert split the jackpot with Phyllis.  The jackpot was paid out in 21 installments over 20 years.  It was the third largest jackpot in the history of New York’s lottery at the time, and is considered to be the largest tip paid to a waiter or waitress in history.  Phyllis sacrificed her usual tip, which would have been a couple of dollars, for fifty percent of $6 million.

1.  Tampa Bay Times, April 4, 1984, p.1.
2.  Newsday (Suffolk Edition)(Melville, New York), April 4, 1984, p.9.
3.  Newsday (New York, New York), April 4, 1984, p.6.
4.  The Journal News (White Plains, New York), April 8, 1984, p.70.   

OPPORTUNITY: Principal – L.P. Vaughn


LOCATION: L. P. Vaughn Elementary School

SALARY: According to the parish school salary schedule.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must be certified or eligible at the time of the application according to Louisiana State Department of Education requirements and must have 5 years of teaching experience.

DEADLINE: Friday, April 8, 2022; 4:00 p.m.

APPLICATIONS: Application packet should consist of a letter of application, resume’, official transcripts from institutions awarding degrees, a copy of Louisiana Teacher’s Certificate with principal/education leadership endorsement, three (3) letters of reference, (one being from your immediate supervisor).

WHERE TO APPLY: Linda G. Page, Director of Personnel
Natchitoches Parish School Board
310 Royal Street, P. O. Box 16
Natchitoches, LA 71458-0016
Phone: (318) 352-2358



Written for the LSWA

Winning Class B basketball titles is nothing new for Fairview’s Rylee Cloud or Jordan Crawford of Simsboro. Their teams have won the last three LHSAA Class B championships.

The senior duo now adds another major honor to their career resume. Crawford and Cloud were selected as the Outstanding Player award winners on the Class B All-State squads selected by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

Cloud is a University of Arkansas softball signee. She was the lone returning starter for Fairview, where expectations are always high. However, Cloud and her teammates overachieved, according to head coach Kyle Jinks.

The result was a third title in a row with Cloud in a lead role averaging 26 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals per game to lead the way. Two of Cloud’s teammates, Reesie Jinks and Bella Smith, also made the all-state squad.

Crawford is joined by teammates Nick Maryland and Chilaydren Newton on the LSWA squad. Crawford averaged 16 points a game and grabbed eight rebounds per outing and was a district MVP.

Oak Hill’s Kaci West, who won a state championship as a player at Starks, and Lacassine’s Micah Rasberry netted Coach of the Year honors.

West guided Oak Hill to the most single-season wins in school history and a first-ever appearance. West’s squad rallied past Anacoco to reach the state finals for the first time in school history. Oak Hill’s Alexis Dyer also was selected for the first team.

Rasberry and Lacassine had a remarkable season. The Cardinals earned the No. 4 seed in the playoffs and reached the LHSAA tourney for the first time in many years. The Cardinals lost to eventual champion Simsboro in the semifinals.



First team

Player School Ht. Cl Avg.

Jordan Crawford Simsboro 6-2 Sr. 16.0

Kenneth Montgomery Zwolle Jr 6-0 Jr. 19.0

Dustin Welch Anacoco 6-3 So. 20.0

Nick Maryland Simsboro 6-3 Sr. 16.0

Aaron Garcia Lacassine 6-0 Jr. 20.0

Second team

Player School Ht. Cl Avg.

Jamaria Clark Doyline 6-2 Jr. 31.0

Chilaydren Newton Simsboro 6-4 Jr. 18.0

Bret Jinks Fairview 5-8 Jr. 17.0

Chris Williams Choudrant 6-2 Sr. 20.0

Ethan Roberts Saline 6-3 Sr. 18.0



Honorable mention

Brylon Tyler, J.S. Clark; Jamaria Markray, Doyline; Jake Forbes, Holden; Steve Seamons, Forest; Gage Remedies, Florien; Tyren Thomas, Zwolle; Landon Strother, Fairview; Conner Ashford, Lacassine; Bennett Briggs, Christ Episcopal;  Decorien Dixon, Country Day University Academy; Alex Kovall, Episcopal of Acadiana;

Chase Taylor, Anacoco


First team

Player School Ht. Cl Avg.

Rylee Cloud, Fairview 5-5 Sr. 24.0

Alexis Dyer Oak Hill 5-10 So. 17.0

Bailey Davis Anacoco 5-10 So. 14.0

Madison Suire Hathaway 5-4 So. 17.0

Reesie Jinks Fairview 5-5 Fr. 15.0

Second team

Player School Ht. Cl Avg.

Chloey Guidry Hathaway 5-4 Sr. 21.0

Latoya Holmes Florien 5-6 Jr. 10.0

Bella Smith Fairview 5-11 Jr. 14.0

Cambree Courtney Holden 5-9 Jr. 15.0

Natalie Yancey Glenmora 5-4 So. 15.0



Honorable mention

Jalexia Caldwell, Castor; Kylee Portilloz, Choudrant; Cali Deal, Quitman; Ikeia Brown, Simsboro; Lexi Parker, Family Community; Maggie Walker, Stanley; Olivia Sepulvado, Zwolle; Emma Tucker, Oak Hill; Gracie Miller, Midland; Sydnie Cooley, Lacassine; Kaiya Causey, Negreet; Paige Mayo, Anacoco.




Northwood-Lena 8
Ebarb 7 (0-1)

Natchitoches Central 11
Florien 0 (2-9)


Stanley 14
Florien 11 (2-10) (0-1)

Many 13 (12-3)
Quitman 3


Converse 12 (8-4) (1-0)
Negreet 2 (1-9) (0-1)

Simpson 18
Ebarb 2 (0-2) (0-1)

Northwood-Shreve 8
Many 1 (12-4)

Zwolle 9 (10-3) (1-0)
Stanley 3

Pleasant Hill 17 (2-1)
Plainview 3


North Webster 12
Converse 11 (8-5)

Ebarb 17 (1-2)
Plain Dealing 2

Captain Shreve 13
Florien 1 (2-11)

Rosepine 8
Many 4 (12-5)


Avoyelles 11
Negreet 1 (1-10)

Zwolle 7 (11-3)
Hornbeck 1




Converse 15 (13-6)
North Caddo 0

Mansfield 11
Pleasant Hill 2 (1-8)

Mansfield 8
Pleasant Hill 3 (1-9)

Negreet 17 (9-4)
Simpson 0


Many 9 (14-4)
Winnfield 0


Converse 7 (14-6) (1-0)
Zwolle 3 (6-6) (0-1)

Ebarb 20 (5-4) (2-0)
Simpson 5

Florien 6 (13-4) (1-0)
Stanley 3


MARCH 25, 26

Converse 16 (15-6)
Georgetown 1

Converse 13 (16-6)
Summerfield 0

Montgomery 4
Converse 2 (16-7)


MARCH 25, 26

Many 12 (15-4)
Florien 1 (13-5)

Florien 9 (14-5)
Anacoco 8

Pineville 6
Florien 5 (14-6)

Many 10 (16-4)
Leesville 0

Pineville 8
Many 4 (16-5)

Zwolle 14 (7-6)
Leesville 11

Anacoco 5
Zwolle 0 (7-7)



Negreet 11 (10-4)
Hornbeck 0

Negreet 11 (11-4)
Starks 4

Zwolle 11 (8-7)
Hornbeck 1

Zwolle 10 (9-7)
Starks 0

Notice of Death – March 31, 2022

Patricia Ann Byrd
July 7, 1945 – March 29, 2022
Service: Saturday, April 2 at 10 am at Coldwater Baptist Church in Hagewood

Patsy Ann LaFollette
July 24, 1944 – March 30, 2022
Service: Saturday, April 2 from 2-4 pm at Southern Funeral Home

Danny “Dan” Ray Hargrove, II
November 7, 1982 – March 29, 2022
Service: Saturday, April 2 at 2 pm at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel

Teacher Job Fair to be held April 5

The Northwestern State University Career Center will host its annual Teacher Job Fair on Tuesday, April 5, from 8 a.m. until noon in the Friedman Student Union Ballroom.

Those students who are participating are asked to dress appropriately and bring several copies of their resume.

Louisiana school systems participating include Beauregard, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Caldwell, East Baton Rouge, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Sabine and Webster parishes. Texas ISDs taking part are East Mountain – Saginaw, Galena Park, Jasper and Killen. Other agencies sending representatives will be City Year – Recruitment & Admissions, the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice and Pelican Bayou Counseling Agency Inc.

For more information call Rachel Cunningham at 318-357-4050.