River Parish Football

News Archives in April 2017

Pair of changes greet Rams with start of spring football practice

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  • Spring Practice
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  • 4/27/17 9:19pm

A couple of things were different during West St. John’s opening day of spring football practice Thursday afternoon. “I’m excited to be back here with (the Rams players) with the ‘smell of the turf,’” said West St. John coach Brandon Walters. In past years, the start of spring allowed the Rams to “smell the grass.” During spring practice last season, the team’s field... Keep Reading

West St. John Rams face familiar tough start in return to Class 1A

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  • Schedule Preview
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  • 4/25/17 1:21pm

After a two-year stint in which West St. John elected to play up in classification, the Rams are returning to their natural Class 1A status in 2017. That means West St. John will be facing schools with similar enrollment and squad sizes, but before the Rams get to that point, they will have to face a pre-district slate that includes games against larger schools – a WSJ tradition. “I wanted to play some 5A and ... Keep Reading

Manning addresses local prep coaches on motivation, leadership

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  • Feature Story
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  • 4/24/17 10:14pm

THIBODAUX - With both coaches opening spring practice on Thursday, West St. John’s Brandon Walters and Robert Valdez of St. James will have ample opportunities to motivate their players. The two River Parish coaches got a bit of a head start on the motivational theme as they were on hand to hear Archie Manning speak on the topic of “Motivating the Athlete” on Monday evening at the Wellness Center of the... Keep Reading

River Parish coaches: Early signing date win-win for all involved

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  • Feature Story
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  • 4/21/17 9:18pm

A proposal within the National Collegiate Athletic Association to allow Division I football recruits to sign an early National Letter of Intent is a win-win proposition for athletes and schools, most River Parish high school coaches agree. The proposal, which would need approval by the Collegiate Commissioners Association to create the new NLI, would create an earlier signing period. Although no specific date has been established, all indications point to a December signing period. The... Keep Reading

Gambit pays off for Alexander with full track scholarship to SAU

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  • Feature Story
  • Other Sports
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  • 4/12/17 10:27am

Austin Alexander will be trading in football cleats for track shoes, and that’s just fine with him. Alexander, a multi-sport athlete at West St. John, signed a full scholarship Wednesday to run track at Southern Arkansas University. “I actually prefer to run track, so it wasn’t that hard of a decision,” said Alexander. Alexander chose Southern Arkansas over the likes of Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech, Southern University and Xavier. ... Keep Reading