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Riverside basketball off to hot start

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  • Feature Story
  • Team:
  • Riverside
  • Posted:
  • 1/8/18 3:31pm

Another year, another blazing start to the season for Riverside who at 22-0 is ranked No.7 in the nation my MaxPreps. The Rebels won the Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic over the weekend with a 61-55 overtime win over Karr in the finals and a 75-70 double overtime victory over Lincoln (Brooklyn, NY) in the semifinals. "These are character wins," said Riverside coach Timmy Byrd. "These are wins that not only build character for the... Keep Reading

Pooka Williams signs with Kansas

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  • Feature Story
  • Team:
  • Hahnville
  • Posted:
  • 12/22/17 10:08am

Staying true to his verbal commitment, Hahnville's Anthony "Pooka" Williams signed his National Letter of Intent with Kansas Friday morning at The River Room in Luling. "I just wanted to get it over with," said Williams. "I've been just feeling Kansas, that's where my heart was. I stayed true to my commitment since Day One. I managed to be a man of my word." Williams rushed for over 3,100 yards in his senior... Keep Reading

Preston signs in Early Period with Mississippi State

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  • Feature Story
  • Team:
  • St. James
  • Posted:
  • 12/20/17 9:53am

As the 2017 season progressed Shawn Preston became more of a two-way player, but on the first day of the new Early Signing Period, the St. James product had a one-track mind, signing his National Letter of Intent to play at Mississippi State. "It's a special day," said Preston. "First of all, I'm happy that the recruiting process is over for me and I can just go to school now. I'm happy that... Keep Reading

State Championship observations

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  • Feature Story
  • Teams:
  • West St. John, Hahnville
  • Posted:
  • 12/14/17 1:25pm

With the 2017 football season officially ending last week, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on another eventful week for River Parish Football. State Championship Format Although I stand firmly in the crowd that despises the split between the public and private schools, I much prefer the format of playing all of the state championship games in one weekend like the LHSAA went back to this year. Emotion is still the overriding part of... Keep Reading

Lack of passing game catches up with Tigers in title game loss

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  • Feature Story
  • Game Recap
  • Team:
  • Hahnville
  • Posted:
  • 12/9/17 6:37pm

NEW ORLEANS - Someone finally forced Hahnville to throw the football and someone kept Anthony “Pooka” Williams from breaking any highlight reel-type runs. That someone was Zachary and the Broncos are state champs for the second time in three years. Zachary spotted Hahnville an early 7-0 lead but built a 27-7 halftime advantage on its way to a 34-14 victory to capture the Class 5A state title Saturday night at the Superdome. &ldquo... Keep Reading

West St. John claims 1A State Championship with 20-14 win

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  • Feature Story
  • Game Recap
  • Team:
  • West St. John
  • Posted:
  • 12/7/17 6:30pm

NEW ORLEANS - Yes, defense still wins championships. In an age of high-powered scoring machines featuring spread offenses, the old adage of defense winning championships was never more on display than in West St. John’s 20-14 victory over Kentwood in the Class 1A title game Thursday afternoon in the Superdome. Offense was hard to come by as two championship-caliber defenses squared off. West St. John’s defense actually built the Rams’... Keep Reading

Offensive line leads the way for potent Hahnville rushing attack

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  • Feature Story
  • Team:
  • Hahnville
  • Posted:
  • 12/7/17 7:32am

If ever an offensive line could be defined as “eclectic” it would be the group of blockers for the Hahnville Tigers in 2017. It’s not like the entire group has been together since junior high. Some have been around a long time, others are relative new to the position and they vary in experience and size. Like most offensive lines, taken individually, they might not be remarkable. Put them together as a... Keep Reading

Tenth-seeded Tigers now one win away from claiming state title

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  • Feature Story
  • Game Preview
  • Team:
  • Hahnville
  • Posted:
  • 12/6/17 8:57pm

Hahnville trailed Acadiana by 14 points on four occasions in the Tigers’ Class 5A semifinal road game last week. The third such occasion came with Hahnville trailing 21-7 to start the second half and the Tigers perhaps in need of a little divine intervention – and the special talents of Anthony “Pooka” Williams “This is how I know there is a God in Heaven,” Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio recalled in almost... Keep Reading

West St. John’s Iron Men getting job done on both sides of ball

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  • Feature Story
  • Team:
  • West St. John
  • Posted:
  • 12/6/17 8:24am

They may not be superheroes, but they sure are West St. John’s Iron Men. Players such as Jayuan Pierce, Kyree Thorne, Kelon Gardner and Covan Barnes are among an elite group of throwback players who see action on both sides of the football and rarely leave the game. Pierce and Thorne are primarily offensive line starters who sub on defense and Gardner and Barnes are defensive line starters who enter the game in... Keep Reading

Kentwood final challenge in WSJ’s quest for state championship

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  • Feature Story
  • Game Preview
  • Team:
  • West St. John
  • Posted:
  • 12/5/17 5:47pm

The West St. John Rams really seem to like a challenge. In order to reach Thursday’s Class 1A state championship game, West St. John had to get past a Logansport team that was the defending state champion and riding a 27-game winning streak. “We get a quality opponent like Logansport, who are on a high with a 27-game winning streak that was all those kids (Rams players) needed to hear: ‘you... Keep Reading