Sabine Parish Basketball Scores

Sabine Parish Basketball Scores

Thursday January 6

Lakeview Lady Gators 71 (14-1)
Pleasant Hill Lady Eagles 35 (7-13)

Lakeview Gators 68 (18-2)
Pleasant Hill Eagles 48 (19-7)

Tioga 41 (3-14)
Converse Wildcats 40 (6-16)

Friday January 7

Pleasant Hill Eagles 83 (20-7)
Magnolia School of Excellence 63

Negreet High School Tournament
January 6, 7, 8

GIRLS

Florien 60 (24-2)
Hicks 56 (18-5)

Negreet 60 (13-9)
Many 37 (7-9)

Zwolle 62 (18-5) Justice Howard 14, Kalijah Smith 14 and Olivia Sepulvado 13
Anacoco 48 (12-9)

Zwolle 54 (19-5) Olivia Sepulvado 13, Justice Howard 11, Makayla Price 10, Kalijah Smith 9, Infinity Sepulvado 9 and Brianna Lambert 2
Ebarb 34 (8-14)

Many 52 (8-9)
Converse 35 (6-17)

BOYS

Anacoco 54 (18-8)
Negreet 27 (8-14)

Ebarb 49 (7-15)
Florien 39 (12-12)

Zwolle 51 (15-4)
Ebarb 43 (7-16)

Florien 61 (13-12)
Converse 44 (8-10)

Zwolle 63 (16-4)
Converse 34 (8-11)

Negreet 46 (9-14)
Many 37 (6-3)

Many 50 (7-3)
Anacoco 35 (18-9)


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The tricky languages of love (or something like it)

Five years or so ago, my spousal unit and I woke to a perfectly wonderful, cool and clear late-winter Saturday, a day full of hope and promise — then took a chance on ruining it all by going to a marriage workshop.

Going to workshops or seminars or couple-improvement things is OK if you’re alone. If you attend as a couple, it’s wise to wear camo. Could be combat.

Because humans are naturally defensive, there is potential, when confronting defects, for tense moments. By tense I mean something along the lines of disarming an explosive device or filling a cavity for a mountain lion.

Why do you think they sometimes call these things “retreats”?

This workshop/seminar/retreat was at the church in the sanctuary and lasted something like two hours in the morning and three in the afternoon. Cost maybe 20 bucks. A steal. Plus, free Chick-fil-a at lunchtime.

Glory!

Long story short is that it was actually really good. My spousal unit didn’t want to go as much as I did, but when it was over, we looked at what had been created during those five-ish hours and said, “It was good,” and the next day, the seventh day, we rested.

(I’m blatantly stealing material now.)

We got there 15 minutes early. They checked us for weapons — can’t be too careful at a marriage workshop — and we headed for the safety of the balcony.

It was understood that if either of us were asked to stand and say something (this is called “sharing” in the seminar game) or if we were asked to “break into small groups,” we would head for the door and try to salvage what was left of the day. I still get the shakes and shivers just thinking about being somewhere and the “facilitator” suggesting we “break into small groups.”

More like break into a fast trot.

And if I’m ever asked to say something on the spot in front of a big group, it would be “goodbye.” (At moments like this I always think of my precious granddaddy Teddy who, when the preacher asked him to pray one time, said, “I beg to be excused.” Then he bowed his head and waited for the preacher to bring in a pinch-hitter. Or pinch-prayer.)

Our leader that Saturday was a good one and an old pro, Gary Chapman, whose 1992 book The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate, has sold more than four million copies. He was funny and warm and the opposite of high-falutin’. He also used a couple of words (they had to do with sex) that I had never heard in a sanctuary, which made it worth the 20 bucks admission price right there.

He explained that the five love languages are words of affirmation, quality time, physical touch, acts of service, and receiving gifts. Find out your spouse’s main two languages and you become aware of how they wish to be loved, not how you think they wish to be loved or how you want to love them. At least that’s the way it works in theory.

Great concept once he helped us understand. Of course, we’re only human, so you can talk your spousal unit’s love language in sexy French and still be in trouble if you forget to pick up milk or diapers.

Ultimately, me writing about this is silly because I know more about how to fix a jet airplane engine than I do about most matters of the heart. But we have had no dustups around the house during the past 94 weeks of global madness, so maybe it’s luck but maybe we learned something that day.

If you’re interested at all, there is lots of info available online, plus Valentine’s Day is on the horizon, as if we needed something besides omicron and booster shots to worry about.

I can only wish you luck because while I could pretend to explain more, I don’t really know anything else so … I beg to be excused.

(P.S. My main love language turned out, Mr. Chapman said, to be a first: fried chicken. My backup was gravy. Two whole new love languages! Who knew?)

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu


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SAVE THE DATE:  Gun Show this Weekend.

The Natchitoches Gun Show will be held on Jan 15th-16th, 2022 in Natchitoches, LA at the Natchitoches Events Center. This event is promoted by Triple R Events LLC.  All federal, state and local firearm laws and ordinances must be followed. The Natchitoches Gun Show provides the highest quality vendors to ensure a successful event for its attendees.

Come check it out! Buy, Sell or trade.

Hours:
Sat 9-5, Sun 10-4

 
Phone: 903-249-9075
Admission:
General: $10.00
Military: $5.00
LEO’s: FREE


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Buddy’s Buick

Buddy was born in 1936 in Lansing, Michigan.  His father, Burton, was in the Army and the family moved often.  In 1946, Buddy’s family moved to Riviera Beach, Florida, where Buddy’s father eventually became the chief of police.  For most of his life, Buddy claimed to have been born in Georgia, so as not to be labeled what was the worst insult a southern boy could be called – Yankee.

Buddy was a man’s man.  He was a jock.  He was skilled at football.  He earned scholarships for his outstanding performance in high school.  He was named First Team All-State and All Southern as a fullback.  Beginning in 1954, he played football for Florida State University.  Buddy was also a frat boy.  While at Florida State, he joined the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.  Buddy partied with his frat buddies as long as it did not interfere with his attention to football.  He was on track for a successful NFL career. 

Buddy liked to drive fast, albeit in the family’s 4-door Buick sedan.  On Christmas Eve of 1955, he was “barreling down” Bee Line Highway in the family’s Buick.  Suddenly, in the rear-view mirror he saw the red flashing lights of a police car.  He let off the throttle and pulled to the side of the highway.  Buddy was somewhat relieved when he recognized the policeman.  Officer John Kirk was a friend of his father.  Officer Kirk, friendly but firmly, asked Buddy if he realized he was driving nearly 100 miles per hour.  Buddy lied.  Since officer Kirk knew Buddy’s father, he gave Buddy a break.  Rather than writing the ticket for the nearly 100 miles per hour that Buddy was driving, Officer Kirk wrote it for 60 miles per hour.  Even though, according to the ticket, Buddy was only driving a few miles over the speed limit, it was still a speeding ticket. 

Buddy slowly pulled back onto the highway and began the drive of shame that most drivers experience after getting a speeding ticket.  He considered several options as to the best way to tell his father about the speeding ticket.  He was careful to drive the speed limit to avoid getting a second ticket.  Buddy turned onto a side road and was driving near the Rinker Cement Company when he slammed into something. 

A group of guys were stealing concrete blocks from the concrete company.  They parked a flatbed truck in the middle of the road so they could quickly load the blocks and make a quick getaway.  They had loaded a substantial number of blocks when Buddy crashed the car into the back of the flatbed.  The Buick went underneath the bed of the truck.  Buddy was lucky to have survived the initial crash.  For reasons that he could never explain, Buddy dove underneath the Buick’s metal dash and rolled himself as tightly as he could into a ball.  The entire load of concrete blocks fell from the flatbed truck onto the Buick.  The weight of the concrete crushed the Buick and trapped Buddy inside. 

Buddy waited for help.  He was injured, though he was unsure how severely.  He later said he was unsure how long he lay there waiting for help.  At one point Buddy said, “I felt someone reach in and take the ring I got for playing on the All-Southern High School football team.”  He never saw the ring again. 

Finally, a policeman arrived and yelled, “Anybody in there?”  Buddy recognized the voice as that of Lieutenant Clark Bibler, who worked for his father.  He responded, “Clark, it’s me, Buddy.”  Clark was surprised to hear the familiar voice.  “Jesus Christ, Buddy, what are you doin’ in there?”  Buddy’s only response was, “Don’t tell my dad!”  Clark said, “I’ve got a feeling he’s gonna know.”

Clark kept Buddy talking while he tried to safely remove him from the crushed Buick.  The jaws of life, a hydraulic tool which is used to pry open vehicles in which a victim may be trapped, had not been invented.  Within moments, more officers arrived.  They called for an ambulance and used pry bars to free Buddy.  They helped Buddy from the crushed car, helped him lay down on the pavement and covered him with a blanket to await the ambulance.  With adrenaline rushing through his body, Buddy did not realize the severity of his injuries.  He stood up, coughed up blood, and blacked out. 

When Buddy awoke, he was in the ambulance.  He recognized the attendant as a high school classmate.  Just before Buddy lost consciousness again, he asked the attendant to pray for him.  When he regained consciousness, he was being wheeled into the hospital.  Buddy instantly recognized the doctor on duty in the emergency room as Lynn Fort, his family’s doctor.  As he was drifting back to unconsciousness, he heard the doctor say, “Prep him, this boy is dying.”  The next sound Buddy heard was during the emergency surgery to remove his spleen.  A nurse said, “We’re losing him!” 

Buddy flatlined.  He was dead.  The doctor refused to give up and continued working to revive him.  Buddy felt himself going down a tunnel toward a white light.  Then, he heard himself saying, “F@#$ this!  I’m going back!”  Finally, due to Dr. Fort’s refusal to give up, Buddy’s heart began to beat again.  The doctor and nurses continued with the emergency surgery which saved Buddy’s life.  Buddy was lucky to be alive, but he was unable to continue his football career.  Buddy’s dream to play in the NFL was crushed when the weight of the concrete blocks crushed his family’s Buick.

Had Buddy not wrecked the Buick, it is likely that he would have ended up with a career in professional football rather than the career we all know him for.  Buddy began acting in movies but, because of his name, people confused him with Buddy Hackett.  At his agent’s behest, Buddy reverted to a shortened version of his legal name, Burton Leon Reynolds, Jr.  We all know Buddy as… Burt Reynolds.

Source:  Reynolds, Burt and Jon Winokur. Burt Reynolds, But Enough About Me. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2015.


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Diving into the search for NSU’s new AD

NSU Head Coach Brad Laird

Opinion By Doug Ireland, Journal Sports

Remember what you were doing in August 1996, while Al Gore was inventing the internet? Was your favorite singer even born 25 ½ years ago, when Greg Burke was hired as Northwestern State’s director of athletics?

In a few weeks, Burke will nobly depart that role, becoming a fundraiser for the NSU Foundation, which supports academic endeavors at the university.

Who’s replacing him? That could be settled perhaps as fast as in a week or so, although it may take 3-4 more weeks before the new AD is actually on campus, moving into the office Burke has been slowly clearing out as he continues to run the department.

Who are the leading candidates? Almost certainly, nobody we know (very well, if at all).

Indications are that Northwestern’s new president, Marcus Jones, is really, truly overseeing a national search. Unlike prominent hires in athletics in the last quarter century, there’s a tight lid on this one. Unlike any previous athletic search at NSU, it’s spearheaded by an outside consultant.

Kyle Bowlsby, whose father Bob is one of the more powerful people in college sports as the commissioner of the Big XII Conference, is nearing his mid-30s as the main man for Bowlsby Sports Advisors, a Dallas-based search firm that’s done work for some blue-blood colleges (Clemson, Cal, Pitt, and the Big Ten’s Northwestern). Also on the client list: Tulane, Army, Rice, the Ivy League, Indiana State, Colorado State, and USA Triathlon.

His work, and discussions with an alumni-based advisory committee appointed by Jones several weeks ago, involved conversations with dozens of NSU stakeholders as Bowlsby searched the collegiate athletic landscape for potential fits with the Demons. But the cards are being held very, very close to his vest.

The field, recently trimmed to a dozen or so, is being whittled down to a handful. Presumably 2-4 will visit Natchitoches in the coming days, which will involve making some travel arrangements on short notice. Jones will rely on feedback from the committee and Bowlsby as he considers who gets the job offer, then it’s all on NSU’s new leader to seal the deal.

The new AD’s most vital task: to help Demon football get better, fast.

Demon coach Brad Laird officially took a quantum leap in that direction Monday as NSU announced hires of new coordinators with impressive credentials at the FCS level. Running the Demons’ offense will be Cody Crill, who has been the OC at Incarnate Word in the last four seasons as the Cardinals have lit up scoreboards and made two playoff appearances. Directing the defense: Weston Glaser, DC in the last three seasons for the Campbell (N.C.) Camels, who stacked up some impressive NCAA statistical rankings.

Northwestern’s players will run through a wall for their head coach. Getting them to run where the new coordinators want them to go on the field ought to produce improved results for NSU’s 2022 team.

Giving those coaches and the Demon football program resources it desperately needs is Job One for the next AD and his, or her, boss. Improved financial support is a big part of the puzzle, but not the sole solution. In less than a decade, Nicholls, Southeastern and UL Lafayette have gone from cellar-dwellers to championship winners, and their university brands have soared. How’d that happen?

It wasn’t simply cranking up the cash flow. It was paradigm shifts in how leadership, both on campus and in the community, advantaged those football programs.

That’s what the competition has done. That’s what Northwestern desperately needs. Jones, unlike his recent predecessors, wasn’t deeply engaged with athletics, but he has shrewdly recognized the need to get up to speed and he’s worked extensively at it since taking over as the heir apparent in July. He’s watched, he’s listened, and he’s sought outside help, banking on Bowlsby, who he met at a conference in New Orleans this fall.

Can the new year be the beginning of a big bounce-back by Demon football, and NSU Athletics? Last time a new president (Dr. Randy Webb) hired a new AD (Burke), Bill Clinton was campaigning a second term in the White House. Unrelated to the man from Hope, hope abounded in Demonland.

Things soon began to percolate. NSU Athletics has never been better than it was in the ensuring decade. Northwestern supporters relished Southland Conference championships and NCAA postseason appearances in football, both basketball programs, baseball, softball, track and field, and soccer.

Anything seemed possible. To rekindle that feeling, the next AD has to curtail understandable pessimism, overcome reluctance to embrace systemic change, and harness potential with new approaches, supported by NSU’s new president.

That’s all. Anything less, and not even a magic wand will help.


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Notice of Death – January 11, 2022

NATCHITOCHES:
Cory Allen Cameron
October 1, 2013 – January 9, 2022
Service: Thursday, January 13 at 11 am at Northside Baptist Church 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

RED RIVER:
Jimmie “Blackie” Smith
July 26, 1930 – January 8, 2022
Service: Thursday, January 13 at 10 AM at Davis Springs Cemetery in Fairview Alpha


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Confirmed EF2 Tornado Devastates Community of Peason

PEASON, La – In the early hours of Sunday Morning, a powerful EF2 Tornado ripped through the small community of Peason in Sabine Parish. According to the National Weather Service, “Maximum wind speeds were estimated to be around 125 mph. The tornado’s maximum width was around a half a mile and the total path length was about 3.5 miles.” 

Of the damage surveyed, the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office noted that “about 15 homes, 5 barns, 2 sets of chicken houses, and many outdoor sheds and vehicles have been damaged or destroyed. A family of 5 was injured when their mobile home was totally destroyed.” 

Clean-up efforts began Sunday morning and will continue as this community is pieced back together. Several sites are collecting supplies and donations for the community including the Pine Grove Baptist Church on Highway 118 as well as Florien City Hall. 

According to a SPSO social media post, “Sheriff Aaron Mitchell would like to update the public of the tornado cleanup efforts in the Peason Community today. Chief Deputy Brad Walker and Deputies and First Responders have been in the area all day assessing the damage and assisting citizens in need. Sabine Parish Detention Center Trustees also arrived on the scene early this morning to cut and move trees and debris. Anyone wishing to donate items or if anyone in the area is in need, can go to Pine Grove Baptist Church on Highway 118. If anyone in the area is in need of items, call 318-315-0808, 318-379-8797, 318-508-3863 or the Sheriff’s Office at 318-256-9241, and we can have items delivered to you. SWEPCO is currently making repairs and more crews are on the way to help restore power as soon as possible. There has been an overwhelming and unbelievable amount of support from volunteers and neighbors helping neighbors today. The American Red Cross, U.S. Forest Service and the National Weather Service has been in the area today assessing the damage. The Shreveport Volunteer Network also came to the scene with equipment and volunteers. Sabine Parish Sheriff Deputies will continue to be in the area through the night and over the next few days. Sheriff Mitchell greatly thanks everyone who has volunteered and donated to help their neighbors during this difficult time.”

Along with clean-up efforts and donation drop sites, a GoFundMe has been started for a local family severely injured in the storm. Donations can be made by clicking the hyperlink above. 


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Georgia Man Arrested and Booked into Sabine Parish Detention Center

Shane Dustin Eggers (age-42) of Georgia was located and arrested in Van Zandt County Texas over the weekend.

Eggars allegedly stole the 1999 Chevrolet tank truck which was parked near LA Highway 191 and Dess Road on December 1, 2021. The truck was located a few days later abandoned on I-20 near Tyler, Texas. Eggers also set fire to a camper trailer on Speight Drive damaging it on the same date. 

Sabine Parish Sheriff Detective Greg Sculthorpe obtained arrests warrants for Eggars a few days later.
Eggers was transported back to Sabine Parish yesterday.

Eggers was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center on warrants for Theft of a motor vehicle (Felony), Criminal trespass, Simple arson (Felony), Simple criminal damage to property (Felony).
Bond was set at a total of $10,000 by the 11th Judicial District Court.

SOURCE: SPSO


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Many PD Officer Attends POST Training

Officer Holder’s first day at POST.( photos courtesy of Bossier Training Facility.

Officer Holder of the Many Police Department is currently attending an intensive training course known as POST. 

According to the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice, POST, or the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, was established by Act 397 of 1976, as amended, to develop training standards for peace officers in the State of Louisiana.

Officer Holder is attending POST in Bossier Parish at the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Training Academy. All Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Training Academy (BPSTA) instructors are POST certified. According to the BPSTA, “The BPSTA fully covers all POST basic requirements and incorporates a myriad of additional elective subjects which serve today’s law enforcement officers well. They are as follows:  Bomb and Homemade Explosives Awareness taught by the LSP; Conflict De-escalation Skills; Cover and Maneuver Tactics, Techniques and Procedures; K-9 Unit Orientation; “Looking Beyond the Ticket” taught by the Louisiana State Police; Vehicle Physical Inspection Certification taught by the LSP; National Incident Management System (NIMS); Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST)Certification; Intoxilyzer 9000 Certification, Below 100, Life Air Rescue Ground School, Radar/Lidar Certification, and Dealing with the Armed Public.”


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NSU Music Academy accepting students for Spring 2022 semester

The NSU Music Academy is accepting students for the Spring 2022 semester. The academy is under the direction of Northwestern State Assistant Professor of Piano Dr. John Price and Associate Professor of Piano Dr. Francis Yang and offers piano, guitar, percussion and voice lessons for students beginning at age six as well as adults. Lessons are taught both face to face and online.

Northwestern State students in the Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts provide lessons. Piano teachers are David Paz, Hannah Potter and Karla Gonzalez. Naydu Daza Maya will teach guitar and Jackson Forester will offer instruction in percussion. Valentina Alvarez and Ella Castro will teach voice.

Last semester, academy students performed as ensembles in a virtual Monster Concert and in a live Christmas recital in Magale Recital Hall. This semester, students have the opportunity to perform in a spring recital and as part of the NSU Music Festival in February. Students in past years also participated in the National Federation of Music Clubs Festival, the Central Music Teachers’ Association Sonatina Festival and the Louisiana Music Teachers Association Upper Elementary Auditions.


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