Louisiana: Athletes R Us
Louisiana produces more NFL football players per capita than any other state. It's not doing badly with the other sports, either. Well-known athletes from numerous sports hail from the Pelican State and every parish seems to have its own superstar player or two ... or three. Here's the place to see who's who and their roots,from A to Z.
Top athletes here are defined as sports competitors who rise to the highest level of competition. Qualifying are those who either were born or lived in the parish part of their lives, and/or played high school sports there. Obviously, the talent pool in some parishes is deeper than others and some deserve an honorable mention. Karl Malone, Vida Blue, Terry Bradshaw and Eddie Delahoussaye highlight the first 32, A through L parishes alphabetically.See part 2 here.
By Jim Kleinpeter, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Acadia Parish - Tommy Casanova
One of LSU's all-time great players (1969-71), he's the only Tiger to be chosen All-America three straight years. He's one of only two Tigers to have his jersey number retired -- Billy Cannon (20) is the other -- and only a hamstring injury prevented him from becoming a two-way player as a senior in 1971. He has been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (1995), the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame (1985)and was named to the Walter Camp Football Foundation All-Century team for college football.
Casanova was a second-round draft pick by Cincinnati(1972-77). He was voted to the All-Pro team in 1976 and was a three-time Pro Bowl player.
Factoid: Casanova, a defensive back, rushed for 197 yards in the 1971 LSU spring game, but ahamstring injury kept him from playing offense that season.
Other notable Acadia athletes: Buford Jordan, Mark Carrier
Casanova talks about his playing days
Allen Parish - Hoyle Granger
Born in Oberlin, Granger (pronounced Grahn-jay) played football at Mississippi State and was a fifth-round pick by the Houston Oilers (1966-70) of the AFL. He joined the New Orleans Saints in 1971 and started four games. He finished with 139 yards rushing and one TD, and 12 pass receptions for 52 yards. He returned to the Oilers in 1972 for his final season. He was an AFL All-Star in 1968 and 1969 and is fifth on the Oilers/Tennessee Titans' career rushing list with 3,514 yards. He scored 18 career TDs.
At Oberlin High School he was a two-time All-State running back, leading his team to the Class B state championship as a senior when he was the All-State MVP. He scored 199 points that year and averaged 12.5 average per carry. He was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Famein 2005. At Mississippi State, he rushed for 1,534 yards and seven TDs on 350 carries during his three seasons.
Factoid: In 1964, his 1-yard TD run with 1:29 left was the winning score as Mississippi State broke an 18-game losing streak against Ole Miss with a 20-17 victory.
Other notable Allen Parish athlete: Curtis Cook
Ascension Parish - Glenn Dorsey
The most decorated defensive player in LSU history, Dorsey played four seasons (2004-07) and started 31 of 52 games. A four-star recruit out of East Ascension High School, he was the Class 4A state defensive MVP as a junior. An ankle injury limited him as as senior as he missed three games. At LSU, he was a two-time All-American and wonthe Lombardi, Outland, Nagurski and Lott trophies while helping the Tigers to the 2007 BCS Championship. He had 13 career sacks and 27 tackles for loss.
Dorsey was the No. 5 overall pick in the2008 NFL Draft by Kansas City, where he played five seasons before signing on with the San Francisco 49ers, where he played four seasons. He is currently a free agent. His NFL career numbers include 321 tackles, seven sacks, four fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.
Factoid:Dorsey worebraces on his legs as a 3-year old because he was bow-legged.
Other notable Ascension Parish athletes: Ben Sheets, John "Hot Rod" Williams, Jarvis Green.
Glenn Dorsey LSU highlights
Assumption Parish - Kim Willoughby
Born in Houma, Willoughby grew up in Napoleonville, where she was a high school volleyball star. She led Assumption high School to three consecutive state titles and was twice Class 4A Player of the Year. She was also ahigh school All-American as a senior. At the University of Hawaii, she was a four-year starter and three-time All-American and National Player of the Year in 2003. For her career, she averaged 5.91 kills per game, and had 1,440 digs, 194 aces and 291 blocks in 459 games.
Willoughby played overseas in the Italian Series A league before earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic team in the Beijing Games, where she helped the U.S. earn a silver medal.
Factoid: She is third cousin of five-time volleyball Olympian Danielle Scott-Arruda of Baton Rouge.
Other notable Assumption Parish athletes: Brandon Jacobs, Jordan Mills, Tramon Williams.
Avoyelles Parish - Mark Duper
Born in Moreauville, Duper didn't play high school football and played only two seasons in college at Northwestern State. He was a two-time All-American sprinter at NSU, running the anchor leg on the NCAA Division I 4x100-meter relay team, which included the late Joe Delaney. Duper caught passes in college from former Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert and was an NFL Draft 2nd-round pick of the Miami Dolphins.
In the NFL, Duper was one of the "Marks Brothers," along with fellow Dolphins receiver Mark Clayton, who caught passes from Hall of Famer Dan Marino. Duper caught 511 passes for 8,869 yards and 59 TDs, averaging 17.7 yards per catch in 11 seasons and holds team records for career receiving yardage, career 100-yard games (28) and single-game yardage (217). He was inducted into the the Louisiana Sports Hall of Famein 2005 and Miami Dolphins Hall of Fame in 2003.
Factoid: He legally changed his name to Mark Super Duper in 1995.
Other notable Avoyelles athletes: Al Moreau, Richard "Moon" Ducote, Lionel Aldridge.
Mark Duper highlights
Beauregard Parish - Mike Sanders
Sanders was a three-time All-State pick and two-time Player of the Year at DeRidder High School, where he averaged 27.3 points and 17.2 rebounds while shooting 68 percent from the field. He moved on to UCLA from 1978-82and helped the Bruins to an NCAA runner-up spot in 1980. Despite playing center at only 6 feet 6, he was a two-time All-Pac-10 player. He scored 1,210 points and had 577 rebounds in his career. As a junior he averaged 15.4 points and 6.6 rebounds and had 14.4 and 6.4 as a senior. He played 11 seasons in the NBA for four teams -- San Antonio, Phoenix, Cleveland and Indiana. He averaged double figures in scoring three seasons with Phoenix, (1984-87).
Factoid: His DeRidder team won 41 straight games before losing to Rummel in the Class 4A state finals in 1978.
Other notable Beauregard athletes:Chris Cagle, Michael Mayes, Mel Branch.
Bienville Parish - Lee Smith
One of the most successful relief pitchers in Major League Baseball, Smith was born in Jamestown and raised in Castor. He playedfrom 1980 to 1997 for eight different teams and was a seven-time All-Star selection. He spent his first eight seasons with the Chicago Cubs, who drafted him in the second round out of high school. When the Cubs sought to move him to the bullpen in the minor leagues, he temporarily left the organization to try basketball at Northwestern State.
Smith was MLB's all-time saves leader when he retired with 478 and is now third behind Mariano Rivera (652) of the Yankees and San Diego's Trevor Hoffman (601). He saved 30 or more games in 10 season. Among his career stats: 1,022 games, 1,289.1 innings, 486 walks, 1,261 strikeouts. He was inducted intothe Louisiana Sports Hall of Famein 2003.
Factoid: Smith's first major-league hit was a home run off Phil Niekro. He had only two other hits, both singles.
Other notable Bienville Parish athletes: Marcus Fizer, Charles Scott.
Smith was still going strong late in his career
Smith pitched for the Cubs, St. Louis, Boston, the Yankees, Baltimore, California, Cincinnati and Montreal in his career.
Bossier Parish - Gary "Big Hands" Johnson
Gary "Big Hands" Johnson was a three-time All-American at Grambling State under legendary coach Eddie Robinson and a first-round pick of the San Diego Chargers in 1975, the No. 8 pick overall. He made the NFL All-Rookie team, earned three All-Pro berths and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection while leading San Diego to three consecutive AFC West Division titles (1979-81).
Johnson is credited with 16 career sacks in 11 seasons, nine in his final two years with San Francisco (1984-85), but had many more as the league didn't keep sack stats until 1982. After a film review, he reportedly had 72.5 in his career and 17.5 in 1980. He's a member of the San Diego Chargers' Hall of Fame and was named to their 40th and 50th anniversary teams. He is also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Famein 1991.
Factoid: He also scored three touchdowns, two on interceptions and one on a fumble recovery.
Other notable Bossier Parish athletes: Todd Walker, Joe Delaney, David Toms, Dak Prescott.
Caddo Parish - Terry Bradshaw
The ubiquitous Mr. Bradshaw was a great football player long before he was a sports broadcaster and film/TV personality. Playing his whole career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, he was the first quarterback to win four Super Bowls (1974, '75, '78, '79), being named MVP in two of them, and added the league MVP in 1976. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1989 after a career with 27,989 yards passing and 212 touchdown passes. In 19 postseason games he passed for 3,833 yards and 30 TDs with only two interceptions. He also rushed for 2,257 yards and 32 TDs. The fact that he called his own plays throughout his career is a testament to his leadership abilities.
Bradshaw was in a long line of great Woodlawn High School quarterbacks, including Trey Prather, Joe Ferguson and John Booty. He went on to Louisiana Tech and passed for 4,459 yards and 29 TDs. Tech went 17-4 with Bradshaw at the helm in his final twoseasons and he was the No. 1 pick in the 1970 NFL Draft. He was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Famein 1988.
Factoid: In 1966 he set the national high school record in the javelin with a throw of 244 feet, 11 inches in a Shreveport-area city meet.
Other notable Caddo Parish athletes:Robert Parish, Joe Ferguson, Hollis Conway, Willard Brown, Albert Belle, Kathy Johnson-Clarke, Hal Sutton, Freddie Spencer.
Terry Bradshaw highlights
Calcasieu Parish - Ted Lyons
Ted Lyons never pitched in the World Series, but he did just about everything else in his 21-year major-league career, all with the Chicago White Sox. Born in Lake Charles, he played at Baylor and pitched in the first Major League Baseball game he saw. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955 without having spent a single day in the minor leagues.
Lyons won 260 games -- still the all-time record for the White Sox -- and had a career earned run average of 3.67. He led the American League in ERA (2.10) at age 41. He led the league in shutouts in 1925 and 1940. In 1930, he was 22-15 and had a .311 batting average. In 1926, he pitched a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox. His playing career ended in 1946 but he managed the White Sox that season and two more years. He was the first baseball player inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame (1960). He faced Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Ty Cobb in the early part of his career and Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams in the latter part.
Factoid: He was exempt from the draft during World War II but enlisted and fought for three years in the Pacific Ocean Theater (1942-45).
Other notable Calcasieu Parish athletes: Bobby Spell, Charlie Joiner, Alvin Dark, Tommy Mason.
Caldwell Parish - Pam Kelly Flowers
A native of Columbia, and the only three-time All-American in Louisiana Tech women's basketball history, Flowers led the Lady Techsters to four consecutive Final Four appearances, NCAA titles in 1981 and '82, and a 54-game winning streak. She scored 2,979 points and had 1,511 rebounds during her career, ranking No. 1 on the school's all-time list.
In 1982, she won the Wade Trophy for the best women's basketball player in the nation. She was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007. She was a charter member of the Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame, established in 1984.
Factoid: Tech was 143-10 during her four years and she had 78 double-doubles.
Other notable Caldwell parish athlete: Clay Parker, Nate Williams.
Cameron Parish - Gerald Conner
A native of Cameron and a two-way player at center and linebacker for McNeese State, Connerhelped the Cowboys to an unbeaten season in 1963. Hewon All-Gulf States Conference honors both ways and was the team MVP and captain.
Factoid: He was inducted into the McNeese Hall of Fame in 1995.
Other notable Cameron Parish athlete: Ronnie Murphy
Catahoula Parish - Ervin Johnson
A native of Jonesville, the 6-foot-11 Johnson didn't play high school basketball but was noticed bagging groceries in Baton Rouge and signed with UNO. He finished as the school's all-time second-leading scorer (1,608 points) and is No. 1 in rebounds (1,287), blocked shots (294), field-goal percentage (.590) and double-doubles (55). He was the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year and led the Privateers to two NCAA Tournament berths and one NIT.
A first-round pick by Seattle in 1993, he played 13 seasons in the NBA with Denver, Milwaukee and Minnesota. He averaged 4.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks for his 845-game career. He was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Famein 2013.
Factoid: He grew eight inches after graduating from Block High School.
Other notable Catahoula Parish athlete: Buddy Blair, Chris Shivers.
Ervin Johnson inducted into Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame
Claiborne Parish - Karl Malone
A native of tiny Summerfield near the Arkansas border and a star at Louisiana Tech, Malone became one of the most prolific players in NBA history. He is second all-time in scoring (36,928) behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and had 14,968 rebounds for seventh all-time. He was a member of the fabled Dream Team Olympic squad that won the gold medal in 1992 and added another in 1996. A first-round pick by Utah, he played 18 seasons there and one with the Los Angeles Lakers.
A two time league MVP (1997, 1999) he was a 14-time All-Star, twice All-Star MVP and an 11-time All-NBA pick. He averaged 25.0 points and 10.1 rebounds per game for his career. He was named to the NBA's 50th Anniversary Team in 1996. He was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2008and his No. 32 has been retired by the Jazz and Louisiana Tech.
Factoid: Malone was the youngest of nine children and raised on a farm.
Other notable Claiborne Parish athletes: Fred Miller, Glynn Saulters, Doug Evans, Cheryl Ford, Gaynell Tinsley.
Karl Malone interview
Concordia Parish - Max Fugler
Max Fugler (No. 51 above) was the best player on LSU's 1958 national championship team, according to teammateBilly Cannon, who would go on to win the 1959 Heisman Trophy. Fugler, a center and linebacker, was named All-America in 1958 and won the Iron Man award for averaging more than 35 minutes per game. He was an eighth-round draft pick by San Francisco in 1960 but his pro career ended when he tore knee ligaments in his rookie season. Fugler played on four consecutive state championship teams at Ferriday, one in Class B and the next three in Class A.
Factoid: He was credited with four tackles on four plays of LSU's goal-line stand against Ole Miss in a 14-0 victory.
Other notable Concordia Parish athletes: Walter Johnson, Keith Woodside.
DeSoto Parish - Vida Blue
Blue had to choose between football and baseballcoming out of DeSoto High School. The result was a 17-year Major League Baseball career (1969-81 with the Oakland A's) in which he became one of just a handful of players to win the Cy Young and Most Valuable Player award in the same season (1971), and the first pitcher to start All-Star Games for both leagues. He was a six-time All Star. In 1971, he had a 24-8 record and a league-leading 1.82 earned run average for the A's. He also led the American League with eight shutouts and 24 complete games, and also threw a no-hitter. He played on A's teams that won three consecutive World Series titles (1972-74). Later in his career, Blue pitched for the Kansas City Royals (1982-83) and San Francisco Giants (1985-86).
At DeSoto High School, he threw for 3,484 yards and 35 TDs, and had 1,600 yards rushing as a senior. He had a scholarship offer to run Houston's veer option, and also considered Alcorn State but chose baseball. He was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Famein 1990.
Factoid: A's owner Charles Finley asked Blue to change his first name to "True." Blue responded, "Only if he changes his name to True Finley."
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Other notable DeSoto Parish athletes: Albert Lewis, Charles Johnson, M.C. Reynolds.
East Baton Rouge Parish - Jim Taylor
Jim Taylor starred on offense and defense at LSU and went on to become one of the all-time NFL greats with the Green Bay Packers. He played on four NFL Championship teams, including the Super Bowl I champions, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1976. He wasthe first running back to rush for at least 1,000 yards in five straight seasons and won the 1962 rushing title with 1,474 yards and 19 TDs, and was named league MVP. His career totals in nine seasons with the Packers and one with the New Orleans Saints, were 8,597 yards and 83 TDs. He also caught 225 passes for 1,756 yards and 10 TDs.
At LSU, Taylor was a first-team All-American as a senior and rushed for 1,314 yards and 20 TDs during his career. He was also an outstanding basketball player at Baton Rouge High School, and a four-sport letterman. He was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Famein 1974.
Factoid: He was inducted into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1988 as a basketball player.
Other notable EBR Parish athletes: Seimone Augustus, Billy Brown, Joe Brown, Frank Brian, Billy Cannon, Don Chaney, Warrick Dunn, Billy Hardin, Bob Petit, Johnny Robinson, Danielle Scott-Arruda, Doug Williams.
Jim Taylor remembers Green Bay days
East Carroll Parish - Leonard Griffin
Leonard Griffin (98 above) was born in Lake Providence and played college football at Grambling State. He was picked by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round of the 1986 NFL Draft and played eight seasons there, compiling 16.5 career sacks. His best season was 1989 when he started 11 games and recorded 6.5 sacks.
Factoid: He is the brother of Eleanor Griffin, one of the early Louisiana Tech Lady Techster basketball players.
Other notable East Carroll athlete: Eleanor Griffin
East Feliciana Parish - Corey Bradford
A three-sport letterman at Clinton High School, Bradford's nickname was "Louisiana Lightning." He played wide receiver nine seasons in the NFL with Green Bay (1998-2001), where he was a popular target for quarterback Brett Favre, Houston (2002-05) and Detroit (2006). He accumulated 215 receptions, 3,346 yards and 25 touchdowns. His best season came in 2002 when he caught 45 passes for 697 yards and six TDs for the Texans.
He played quarterback and defensive back at Clinton and went to Hinds Community College before playing one season at Jackson State, where he was named Newcomer of the Year with 48 catches for 937 yards in 1997. He was drafted in the fifth round by Green Bay, No. 150 overall.
Factoid: He was the Louisiana state champion in the long jump as a high school junior.
Other notable East Feliciana athletes: Kendell Beckwith, Glendell Sanders, Prentiss Waggner.
Watch Corey Bradford's highlight video
Evangeline Parish - Chris Duhon
He was born in Mamou, although he grew up in Slidell, where he played prep basketball at Salmen. Duhon played 10 seasons in the NBA with Chicago (2004-08), New York (2008-10), Orlando (2010-12) and the Lakers (2012-13). He accumulated 3,946 points, 1,364 rebounds and 2,690 assists. His best season was 2008-09 with the Knicks when he averaged 11.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game.
He was a McDonald's All-American coming out of high school and helped Duke win the 2001 NCAA title. He left Duke as the career leader in steals (300), minutes played (4,813) and was second in assists (819).
Factoid: He was part of a four-team blockbuster trade that sent Dwight Howard and him to the Lakers.
Other notable Evangeline Parish athletes: Barry Manuel, Danny Ardoin, Greg LaFluer
Watch Chris Duhon's buzzer-beater vs. Wake Forest
Franklin Parish - Anthony "Booger" McFarland
Born in Winnsboro, McFarland played defensive tackle for 10 seasons in the NFL, the first eight with Tampa Bay (1999-2006) and the last two with Indianapolis. He won a Super Bowl title with each team as he compiled 188 tackles, 22.5 sacks with three fumble recoveries and an interception. At LSU he was a four-year starter and was All-America as a senior. In high school, McFarland was an All-State player as a senior with26 sacks and 39 tackles for loss.
Factoid: As a freshman at LSU he scored a touchdown on a 1-yard pass reception after lining up at fullback.
Other notable Franklin parish athletes: Woody Sauldsberry, Caleb Martin, John Moffitt.
Grant Parish - Russ Springer
Born in Pollock, Springer pitched in the shadow of LSU ace Ben McDonald (1987-89) but parlayed his ability into a 19-year career in Major league Baseball where he piched for 10 teams. He played for three teams (St. Louis, Houston, Arizona) twice each. His career won-loss record was 36-45 with a 4.52 earned run average and 775 strikeouts. He was primarily a reliever but did get 27 starting assignments and had one complete game. His best season was 2007 with the Cardinals when he went 8-1 with a 2.18 ERA. He was a member of the 2001 World Series champion Arizona Diamondbacks.
At LSU he started 35 games and compiled a 19-10 record and 3.56 ERA in three seasons.
Factoid: His nickname at LSU was "The Rifleman" for his hard-throwing style. He struck out 255 batters in 237.2 innings.
Other notable Grant parish athlete: Ed Head
Iberia Parish - Eddie Delahoussaye
A native of New Iberia, Delahoussayewon his first of more than 5,000 races at nearby Evangeline Downs. He would go on to win four Triple Crown races, including back-to-back Kentucky Derbys on Gato Del Sol (1981) and Sunny's Halo (1983). He also won the Preakness and Belmont Stakes aboard New Orleans horse Risen Star in 1988. He also took the Belmont Stakes in 1992 and won seven Breeders' Cup races. In 1981, he was awarded the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award and inducted into the Fair Grounds Racing Hall of Fame in 1991 and the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1993. He was the first jockey inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Famein 2002.
Factoid: He was the first of four jockeys to win back-to-back Kentucky Derby races.
Other notable Iberia Parish athletes: Johnny Hector, Kermit Alexander, Mark Roman.
Watch Eddie Delahoussaye win the 1988 Preakness aboard Risen Star
Iberville Parish - Brian Mitchell
Mitchell played quarterback at Plaquemine High School and at then-USLbut became one of the most prolific kick returners in the NFL. After his 14-year NFL career with Washington (1990-99), Philadelphia (2000-02) and the Giants (2003), he had set nine records: total kick return yards (19,013), combined kick returns (1,070), combined kick return touchdowns (13), kickoff return yards (14,014), punt return yards (4,999), kickoff returns (607), punt returns (463) and fair catches (231). He was also the leader in all-purpose yards (23,330) until Jerry Rice passed him in 2004.
As a running back, he rushed for 1,967 yards and 12 TDs and caught 255 passes for 2,336 yards and four TDs. He also recovered 20 fumbles. He helped Washington, which drafted him in the fifth round, win the 1991 Super Bowl, was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1995 and was a three-time All Pro (1991, '94, '95).
In college he became the first player in NCAA history with 5,000 or more passing yards (5,447) and 3,000-plus rushing yards (3,335). He set the NCAA record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (47).
Factoid: He played quarterback one time in the NFL and completed 3-of-6 passes for 40 yards when Washington's top two QBs were injured.
Other notable Iberville Parish athletes: Bobby Freeman, Bill Lee.
Watch this video on Brian Mitchell's career
Jackson Parish - Bob Hopkins
A 6-foot-8 native of Jonesboro, Hopkins was a two-time All-American at Grambling State, where he averaged 29.8 points and 17.4 rebounds per game in his career (3,759 and 2,191). Grambling won two SWAC titles with him on the floor. He played four seasons for the NBA's Syracuse Nationals (1956-60), who picked him in the 10th round. He had career averages of 8.2 points and 5.6 rebounds for Syracuse.
Hopkins spent much of the rest of his life as a coach, including a short stint as coach of the 1977 Seattle SuperSonics. He guided Prairie View to an 18-10 record and moving on to Alcorn State, where his teams went 20-8, 24-3, and 27-1. He had two 20-win seasons at Xavier in New Orleans and twice coached the Grambling women's team around a stint as Southern's men's coach. He guided Southern to the 1985 NCAA Tournament. Hopkins was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 1978.
Factoid: Hopkins' cousin was NBA great Bill Russell, against whom he once scored 44 points.
Other notable Jackson Parish athletes: John Garlington, Marty Booker, Toby Borland.
Jefferson Parish - Mel Ott
One of the all-time great home run hitters, the 12-time All-Star was born in Gretna and played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball, all with the New York Giants. He led the team in home runs for 18 straight seasons (1928-45), a feat not yet equalled. Six times he led the National League in home runs and was the first NL player to reach 500 for a career, finishing with 511. His career batting average was .304 with 2,876 hits and 1,860 RBIs and he helped the Giants to the 1933 World Series title. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1951 and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Famein 1963.
Factoid: He managed the Giants from 1942-48 and was once ejected from both gamesof a doubleheader.
Other notable Jefferson Parish athletes: Harold Porter, Hank Lauricella, Gary Barbaro, Reggie Wayne, Danny Granger, Ryan Clark, Temeka Johnson, Mike Miley.
Watch Mel Ott's highlights
Jefferson Davis Parish - Rolland Romero
He was a native of Welsh, a two-time Olympian and AAU national champion in the triple jump in 1935. He attended Loyola University in New Orleans where he competed under the coaching of Tad Gormley and won a scholarship during his freshman year by long jumping 22 feet, 10 inches off his left foot and 22-8 off his right. In 1932, his Olympic-qualifying jump of 49-10 1/4 was second among Americans.
The youngest member of the U.S. track team at 17, he finished eighth at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles with a jump of 48-8 1/2. In 1935, he triple jumped 50-4 7/8 to break Dan Ahearn's record, which had stood for 22 years, and win the AAU national title. At the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, his 49-5 1/2 was best among the Americans and fifth overall.
Factoid: He originally ran the 120 hurdles but gave it up after awkward falls.
Other notable Jefferson Davis Parish athletes: Brad Boyd, Al Woods, Patt Rapp.
Lafayette Parish - Ron Guidry
He was one of the most decorated Major League Baseball players from Louisiana. He played all 14 seasons with the Yankees, winning two World Series (1977-78), a Cy Young Award, five consecutive Gold Gloves (1982-86) and four All-Star berths. In 1978, he had a 25-3 record with a 1.74 ERA, best in the majors in 12 seasons, and threw nine shutouts. His 248 strikeouts that season broke the Yankee record that had stood since 1904.
His 170-91 record was second only to Whitey Ford and his career ERA was 3.29 with 1,778 career strikeouts. At Northside High School he was known for his speed and had a college track scholarship offer. He went to then-USLand compiled a 13-5 record in two seasons before applying to the MLB draft and was taken in the third round by the Yankees.
Factoid: Guidry's speed convinced the Yankees to occasionally use him as a pinch-runner on days he wasn't pitching.
Other notable Lafayette Parish athletes: Kevin Faulk, Ronald Ardoin, Walter Davis, Daniel Cormier, Chanda Rubin.
Watch highlights of Ron Guidry's 18-strikeout game
Lafourche Parish - Oliver Marcelle
One of the top players in the Negro Leagues from 1919-30, Marcelle is a native of Thibodaux. In 1922 he batted .379 for the Bacharach Giants, and .352 for Bacharach and the New York Lincoln Giants in 1924. His career average in the Negro Leagues was .310, and his career average in eights years of winter league play in Cuba was .305, including a league best .393 in 1923-24.
In a 1952 Pittsburgh Courier poll, fellow Negro League players voted him the best Negro League third baseman, ahead of future National Baseball Hall of Famers Judy Johnson and Ray Dandridge. When he and Johnson played together for five years, Johnson played second and Marcelle third. In exhibition competition against white major leaguers, he batted .365 (23 for 63). He was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.
Factoid: He had the tip of his nose bitten off in a fight with a teammate in Cuba.
Other notable Lafourche Parish athletes: Ronnie Estay, Bobby Hebert, Larry Wilson.
LaSalle Parish - Sparky Wade
Malcolm "Sparky" Wade was the first LSU basketball star (1931-35) after leading his hometown Jena Giants to two state titles. Jena competed in the Stagg national interscholastic tournament sponsored by the University of Chicago after each of those titles, and reached the finals in 1930 where the Giants lost to reigning champion Athens, Texas, after winning the previous three tournament games.
He was LSU's first basketball All-American and a three-time All SEC pick known for his fancy ball-handling. But he also led the league in scoring in the first two seasons of the SEC basketball's existence (1934-35). He was the first basketball player inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, entering in 1962.
Factoid: He led LSU to the SEC co-championship with Kentucky in 1935 and a victory over Pittsburgh for themythical national title before the existence of the NCAA Tournament.
Other notable LaSalle Parish athletes: Jason Hatcher, Herman Johnson
Lincoln Parish - Fred Dean
Born in Arcadia, Deanplayed for Ruston High before becoming a three-time All-American at Louisiana Tech. He was the 33rd player taken overall in the 1975 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. Dean collected 94 sacks, although the NFL did not keep official sack stats until 1982, so his official number is 28.
He was a two-time All Pro, four time Pro Bowl pick and won two Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers, wherewas traded after seven seasons in San Diego. He was named UPI's NFC Defensive Player of the Year. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (2008), College Football Hall of Fame (2009) and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame(1995).
Factoid: He had a 49ers record 17.5 sacks in 1983.
Other notableLincoln Parish athletes:Tank Younger, J.R. Richard, Bert Jones, Dub Jones, Ralph Garr, Paul Millsap, Jerald Honeycutt.
Livingston Parish - Ben McDonald
McDonald grew up in Denham Springs, where he was a three-sport athlete. At LSU he was an All-American pitcher as a senior and won the prestigious Golden Spikes Award, still the only LSU player to do so. He also won a gold medal for the USA at the Seoul Olympics in 1988.
Baltimore made him the No. 1 player taken in the 1989 Major League Baseball Draft. In seven seasons with the Orioles (1989-95) and two with Milwaukee (1996-97) McDonald had a 78-70 record with a 3.91 ERA and 894 strikeouts. He still holds the SEC records for strikeouts in a season (202).
Factoid: He went to LSU on a basketball scholarship but soon switched to baseball full-time.
Other notable Livingston Parish athletes: Mike DeJean, Tasmin Mitchell, Chris Hawkins
Ben McDonald talks about playing for the Orioles
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- Le'veon Moss, RB – Istrouma – Alabama. ...
- Kendrick Law, ATH – Captain Shreve – Uncommitted. ...
- Laterrance Welch, CB – Acadiana – LSU.
Some of the basketball legends to sport the number include NBA stars Clyde Drexler, Moses Malone, and Larry Nance. Baseball players like Rickey Henderson, Roger Clemens, and Clayton Kershaw have all worn 22 in MLB at some point as well.
|6||Tyrann Mathieu||New Orleans|
|8||Odell Beckham Jr.||New Orleans|
According to NCAA rule book, Rule 1 Section 4 Article 1 "strongly recommends" numbering as follows for offensive players: Backs 1–49. Center 50–59. Guard 60–69.
Numbers 0 and 00 are no longer used, though they were issued in the NFL before the number standardization in 1973. Quarterback Johnny Clement, running back Johnny Olszewski, and safety Obert Logan all wore a single-0 jersey in the NFL.
The great state of Louisiana has produced some of the best in the sport of American football. Consistently one of the highest states with players in the NFL on a per capita basis, there have been nearly 1,000 Louisiana-born players to have played in the league.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. — The inactives for both the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams are in, and there are 10 players with ties to the state of Louisiana who will be active for Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium.
- Jamal Adams: Safety for the New York Jets.
- Leonard Fournette: Running Back for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
- Billy Cannon: Historic NFL Player and Heisman Winner.
- Kevin Mawae: Retired NFL Player, Pro Bowl Selectee, and Seven-time All-Pro.
1: Oscar Robertson, NBA. Hall of Fame point guard Oscar Robertson spent most of his 14-year career in the NBA with the Cincinnati Royals. Robertson was a 12-time All-Star and won a championship in 1971 with the Milwaukee Bucks—his number is retired by both the Bucks and the Kings (formerly the Royals).
|Kevon Looney||Golden State Warriors (16)|
|Bill Mayfield||Golden State Warriors (81)|
|Lloyd Neal||Portland Trail Blazers (73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79)|
|Shaquille O'Neal*||Boston Celtics (11)|
The three most famous 44's were Jim Brown, arguably the best football player in history, Ernie Davis, the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy and Floyd Little, the greatest kick returner in SU history. All three are in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Most players, coaches and administrators elected to live closer to the club's Metairie headquarters, in the neighboring suburbs of Kenner, Destrehan or River Ridge. Others flocked to the leafy, gated communities along the north shore.
The positions were later renamed "linebacker". However, that did not become the usual way to name that position until platoon football became common, with players specializing in offense or defense, substituted according to which team has the ball.
The "C" patch
Players who have been named a team captain typically wear a "C" patch on their jerseys. There is a standard design used by all teams participating in the captaincy program.
Per NFL rules, a player has to buy out the existing inventory of uniforms in order to change his number for the 2021 season. According to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is deterred from wanting to change his uniform number, because the cost sits at around $1.5 million.
One might assume that teams have a new uniform for every game, and they do use special uniforms, like historic throwback uniforms, for special games. The reality is, however, they wear the same uniforms, either a home or away version, most games.
2 -- Julio Jones, Titans WR.
Alabama has 53 former student-athletes in the NFL, producing more pro players recently than other colleges, per NCAA data.
The SEC once again was the conference with the most players taken in the NFL draft. And a lot of the SEC players chosen in 2022 were from either Georgia or LSU. Sixty-five SEC players were taken over the seven rounds of the draft. And 25 of those players were either Bulldogs or Tigers.
- Bengals DE Trey Hendrickson (former Saints starter) ...
- Bengals S Vonn Bell (former Saints starter) ...
- Bengals CB Eli Apple (former Saints starter) ...
- Bengals LB Joe Bachie (former Saints practice squad) ...
- Bengals DE Noah Spence (former Saints practice squad)
The only NFL Playoff team without a former Tiger is the Green Bay Packers. Of the 29 LSU players on an NFL playoff roster, 12 won a national championship at LSU – 11 were on the 2019 team along with Andrew Whitworth, who was the starting left tackle on the 2003 squad.
The AFC Championship Game between the Bengals and the Chiefs will feature seven LSU players, four of which are listed as starts. The Bengals are led by Heisman Trophy quarterback Joe Burrow and NFL Rookie of the Year candidate Ja'Marr Chase.
|Williams, Darrel||RB||18 CFA|
|Jones, Deion||ILB||16 02 052|
|Queen, Patrick||ILB||20 01 028|
|Ferguson, Reid||LS||16 CFA|
LSU is rated as a top 50 best value among public universities and 88th overall in Forbes 2018 America's Best Value Colleges rankings. LSU is the highest rated university in Louisiana on the list and the 44th best value among public universities in the nation, according to Forbes.
A total of 21 LSU players have been selected in the NFL draft over the past two years. That's a byproduct of the undefeated 2019 team's remarkable season that saw the Tigers average a nationwide-high 48.4 points per game and score 105 in the College Football Playoff alone.
1 jersey include legendary quarterback Warren Moon and current football star Cam Newton. Meanwhile, names like Oscar Robertson, Tracy McGrady, and Kemba Walker are among the top basketball players who wore 1 on their uniforms.
|Los Angeles Rams||DeSean Jackson||1|
|Los Angeles Rams||Robert Woods||2|
|Los Angeles Rams||Jordan Fuller||4|
|Los Angeles Rams||Darious Williams||11|
0 isn't wearing a number at all. (And “00” would be doubly controversial.) In sports, players wearing “0” or “00” are uncommon. Most teams won't assign those numbers. Players usually have to request them, perhaps thinking that “0” or “00” will distinguish them and make them stand out.
The Substantial Players wearing 48 not yet in the Hall Of Fame are: Lionel Washington. Stephen Davis. Wes Hopkins.
|Jordan Clarkson||Utah Jazz (20, 21, 22)|
|Anthony Cook||Denver Nuggets (92) Milwaukee Bucks (94) Orlando Magic (94)|
|Tony Delk||Charlotte Hornets (97, 98) Golden State Warriors (98, 99) Sacramento Kings (00) Phoenix Suns (01, 02) Atlanta Hawks (05, 06) Detroit Pistons (06)|
|Cheick Diallo||Detroit Pistons (22)|
Buck Williams wore No. 52 for the entirety of a career that spanned 17 seasons and four teams, collecting 1982 Rookie of the Year honors, three All-Star selections, a 1983 All-NBA nod and four All-Defensive bids. The Nets retired his No. 52.
60: Chuck Bednarik. #OTD in 1960, Hall of Famer & @Eagles legend Chuck Bednarik made his iconic tackle of fellow Hall of Famer Frank Gifford. The last true two-way player in the NFL, Chuck Bednarik kicks off this latest edition of the list at No.
No. 13 is one of the most popular choices among superstar receivers: Odell Beckham Jr., Keenan Allen, Mike Evans, and T.Y. Hilton are all No. 1 wideouts who sport the number.
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey might be the most famous NFL athlete wearing No. 22 currently, but he isn't the only one sporting that number.
They selected D'Marco Jackson from Appalachian State in Round 5 and Jordan from Air Force in round 6. Overall, New Orleans made it necessary to acquire multiple picks into the first round, then stayed aggressive to get their guy WR Chris Olave at 11th overall. For that, I grade the Saints 2022 Draft a B+.
The team that managed to go completely undefeated and won the Super Bowl was none other than the 1972 Miami Dolphins. Back then, there were only 12 regular season games, four playoff games and the Super Bowl. Contrary to present day, which has 18 games before reaching the most important game of the season.
Newberg, who counts players on active NFL rosters as well as practice squad players and injured reserve lists, credits the Shreveport area with 11 current NFL players in a population of 441,000. Roanoke, Virginia, tops the per capita list with nine players in a 309,000 population area.
1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers — highest-paid player in the NFL.
The New Orleans Saints aren't planning to enter a full rebuild following Sean Payton's retirement, general manager Mickey Loomis told reporters Friday.
|1||Bob Pettit||Baton Rouge (Baton Rouge)|
|2||Karl Malone||Summerfield (Summerfield)|
|3||Elvin Hayes||Britton (Rayville)|
|4||Willis Reed||West Side (Lillie)|
|1||D.J. Augustin||New Orleans|
|2||Brandon Bass||Baton Rouge|
Carr Trophy, awarded by the NFL from 1938 to 1946. Today, the AP award is considered the de facto official NFL MVP award. Since the 2011 season, the NFL has held the annual NFL Honors ceremony to recognize the winner of the Associated Press MVP award.
67: Bob Kuechenberg. The second offensive lineman on this list to play for the Miami Dolphins during their perfect season, Bob Kuechenberg, is our choice at No. 67.
The No. 4 is easily one of the best football numbers ever and it's solely because of Brett Favre. In fact, only three Hall of Famers have ever worn the number. He has the third-most career completions, fourth-most career passing yards, and fourth-most career passing touchdowns.
Tom Brady has more rings than any player in NFL history after winning a seventh championship in Super Bowl 55.
In fact, the last non-QB to win the NFL MVP award was then-Minnesota Vikings' running back Adrian Peterson in 2012. Dating back to 2000, just three other non-QBs have won the NFL MVP award: Marshall Faulk (2000 with the Rams), LaDainian Tomlinson (2004, Chargers) and Shaun Alexander (2005, Seahawks).
Since the genesis of the MVP award however, NO wide receiver has ever won the award. Even Jerry Rice, the greatest wide receiver of all time, never won the MVP award, despite the fact that he once had 1,848 receiving yards in a single season.
|Baltimore Ravens||Patrick Queen||6|
|Buffalo Bills||Emmanuel Sanders||1|
|Carolina Panthers||DJ Moore||2|
|Chicago Bears||Eddie Jackson||4|
72: Dan Dierdorf
In 13 seasons, he played in 160 games, went to 6 Pro Bowls, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996.
1: Oscar Robertson, NBA. Hall of Fame point guard Oscar Robertson spent most of his 14-year career in the NBA with the Cincinnati Royals. Robertson was a 12-time All-Star and won a championship in 1971 with the Milwaukee Bucks—his number is retired by both the Bucks and the Kings (formerly the Royals).
So, who is the god of football? The answer would be Argentinian footballer, Diego Maradona.
T-10. Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey might be the most famous NFL athlete wearing No. 22 currently, but he isn't the only one sporting that number.
Number 23's who are not yet in the Hall of Fame in Canton are: Troy Vincent. Mike Wagner. Devin Hester.
A member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Dumars played all 15 seasons with the Detroit Pistons and was a six-time All Star, two-time NBA champion (1989-90) and Finals MVP (1989).. When he retired, Manning held the NFL record for career passing yards (71,940), passing yards in a season (5,477), career TD passes (539), passing TDs in a season (55) and passing TDs in a game (seven).. He has been inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame (1990), the College Basketball Hall of Fame (2006) and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame (1988).. He played college football at Grambling State and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996 and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 1990 .. An offensive lineman in the NFL who grew up in St. Helena Parish, Atkins played for Seattle (1994-97), Baltimore (1997-99) and Detroit (2000) after his college career at then-USL.. He enjoyed a 15-year NFL career with the St. Louis Cardinals, L.A./Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos, playing in 204 games with 165 starts and intercepting 37 passes with four for returned touchdowns.. A dynamic offensive player as a wide receiver and return specialist, Lipps played eight seasons in the NFL, seven with Pittsburgh (1984-91) He was a two-time All-Pro and two-time Pro Bowl selection, also winning Offensive Rookie of the Year honors in 1984.. He was inducted into the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame (2008) and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 .. He was a five-time Pro Bowl pick and four times an All-Pro after being drafted in the 10th round in 1963 by the St. Louis Cardinals, where he played 15 seasons (1963-77) and then his final season with Dallas (1978).. A three-sport start at Port Allen High School, Porter provided one of the biggest plays in New Orleans Saints history when he intercepted a Peyton Manning pass and returned it 74 yards for the clinching score in a 31-17 Super Bowl 44 victory against Indianapolis.
Blue is a theme for Miss Louisiana 2022 Gracie Reichman.. That's one thing I hope to accomplish as Miss Louisiana is every person that I come in contact with knows Gracie comma Miss Louisiana not Miss Louisiana comma Gracie.". On Saturday night, the former Miss Louisiana Watermelon Festival achieved the dream on stage at the W.L "Jack" Howard Theatre in the Monroe Civic Center.. "I feel like my one of my most important jobs as Miss Louisiana is to prepare our youth to be our future leaders.". Miss Louisiana Watermelon Festival Gracie Reichman was crowned Miss Louisiana Saturday evening, June 18, 2022, at the Monroe Civic Center.. And I think it just really propelled me into a different mindset competing in Miss Louisiana this year.". Gracie, of Colfax, started competing in the Our Little Miss pageants and developed friendships and connections that have helped her to this day.. Miss Louisiana Watermelon Festival Gracie Reichman was crowned Miss Louisiana Saturday evening, June 18, 2022, at the Monroe Civic Center.. Gracie planned to compete in the Miss Louisiana's Outstanding Teen when she was older, but when she was 12, Liesel's mother, Sandy Oestriecher called and said she wanted Gracie to come to a local pageant in Lafayette just to get the feel for it.. Gracie won and competed at the Miss Louisiana's Outstanding Teen level for the first time at 13.. Miss Louisiana Watermelon Festival Gracie Reichman was crowned Miss Louisiana Saturday evening, June 18, 2022, at the Monroe Civic Center.. Gracie said some things came full circle for her this year when a Fleur De Lis Princess said she's learning clogging from Gracie's aunt.. On Night 1 of Miss Louisiana 2022 preliminaries, Miss Louisiana Watermelon Festival Gracie Reichman won the talent portion clogging to “Blue Suede Shoes.". Right now, Gracie's focused on being the best Miss Louisiana she can be — and she wants your input.. Miss Louisiana Watermelon Festival Gracie Reichman was crowned Miss Louisiana Saturday evening, June 18, 2022, at the Monroe Civic Center.
The Louisiana Triathlon includes an 800-meter swim, 18-mile bike ride around False River, and 5K run in historic New Roads.. Where does the race take place?. When will the race take place?. A: The race will take place on May 13, 2017.. (However, please DO come pick up your race packet if you can't race - the shirt/goodies ARE yours as part of your entry fee.). If you know you are not racing, your friend may pick up your packet, which will not a contain race number.. A: No, only participants are allowed in transition.. A: The top three finishers in each age group will receive awards.
RUSTON – A fifth straight bowl victory by the Bulldog football team and a pair of Conference USA titles by the Lady Techster softball team highlighted another successful year for Louisiana Tech Athletics in 2018-19.Although not every story was one of success this past year, even the most devastating loss was turned into a positive in many ways in Lincoln Parish.. Within 48 hours of the tornado, hundreds – maybe thousands – of Louisiana Tech students, including student-athletes, and Ruston residents joined forces around the impacted areas to begin the cleanup of debris.. The fall also saw the Lady Techster soccer team record its fifth straight winning season, posting a 13-5-3 record and becoming one of only three C-USA programs to qualify for the league tournament each of the last five seasons.. Women's basketball saw senior guard Kierra Anthony record one of the most prolific scoring seasons in program history, including a program and C-USA single game record 50 points in a win over Houston.. Bowling saw Kaitlyn Eder named as a National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) third team All-American as well as a first team all-Southland Bowling League selection.. Courtois earned second team all-American honors by finishing 18 th at the NCAA National Championships.
Clay, 65, and Sheila Fletcher, 64, were arrested on Monday and indicted by a grand jury on second-degree murder charges in the death of Lacey Fletcher, 36, whose emaciated body partly submerged in a hole in a couch at their home in January.. Sheila Fletcher, 64, (pictured) and Clay Fletcher, 65, were arrested Monday and indicted on second-degree murder charges for the death of their daughter, Lacey, 36.. 'I have been a sheriff for six years, and I have had a lot of things happen here in East Feliciana Parish, but this type of scene, this is by far the worst,' Sheriff Jeffery Travis said.. Clay Fletcher, 65, and Shiela Fletcher, 64, were indicted on second-degree murder charges for their daughter Lacey Ellen Fletcher's death. He said the Fletchers claimed in 2011-2012 that Lacey didn't want to leave the house and had not been to a doctor.. D'Aquilla added it was not known when Lacey had last moved from the couch.
Cost (average net price) Academic quality (graduation rate) Student satisfaction (retention rate) Salary After Attending (the median earnings of former students who received federal financial aid, at 10 years after entering the school). With 9,038 students, the University of Louisiana at Monroe offers a wide range of programs for students in all disciplines.. With more than 100 student organizations for students to choose from, there are always plenty of ways to enhance the student experience.. When students need a break from studying, 45 student organizations and an active Greek life offer a range of activities and programs for enjoyment in students’ free time.. With a student body of 3,146 students, RPCC awards associate’s degrees to a broad spectrum of students from all walks of life.
“There will never be another talent like Devin White in Springhill — unless Devin White’s kids come back and go here or something, you know.”. And he was good for one of those plays every game.”. “I’m just getting better and better,” Sneed said.. We’re different towns but this is good for Webster Parish.”. “I’ve lived here my whole life, and people from this area, they don’t grow up to be Fortune 500 CEOs,” Branch said.. “It’s one thing to see guys playing college football, it’s a whole other thing when you see guys playing in the last football game of the year and you have a chance to win a Super Bowl.
And now, on the final day of Camp Shriver, they gather in the First Church of the Nazarene's gymnasium to see which team will be crowned dance champions.. Cassandra Chews, 59, cheers at the end of the dance routine of one of the teams she was competing against, at the Camp Shriver Special Olympics camp at First Church of the Nazarene.. The competition was even more special this year after a two-year pandemic hiatus — athletes not only were eager to return to competition but also to reunite with friends from years past.. The Blue Team shows off its moves during the dance contest on the final day of Camp Shriver, Baton Rouge's Special Olympics summer camp.. James 'Jimmy' Melancon, 60, runs in the relay race at the Camp Shriver Special Olympics camp at First Church of the Nazarene.. "And we've had more athletes in the past, but I think we're going to keep it at 50.. The Green Team shows off its moves during the dance contest on the final day of Camp Shriver, Baton Rouge's Special Olympics summer camp.. "But in the end, it doesn't really matter who wins, because they all have fun," said Paulette Roberts, a camp volunteer from the Capital Area Special Olympics management team.. "They'll cheer each other on and have a good time.". J.C. Russell, 36, and his team dance at the Camp Shriver Special Olympics camp at First Church of the Nazarene.. Athletes break into their separate teams for quick rehearsals between relays and pickleball competitions, and first-time camper James Melancon hopes his team wins.. "I'm on the Blue Team in the dance contest," he said.. The Red Team dances at the Camp Shriver Special Olympics camp at First Church of the Nazarene.. Volunteer Brynn Brackin, left, and Cassandra Chews, 59, right, dance the Camp Shriver Special Olympics camp at First Church of the Nazarene.. Which is, after all, what Camp Shriver is all about.
NATCHITOCHES – Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel, from Catahoula, is joined by LSU’s David Toms, whose 13 PGA Tour golf wins include a major championship, nine-time Pro Bowl football star Ed Reed, and World Series champ Juan Pierre headlining eight 2016 competitive ballot inductees chosen for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.. The 2017 Induction Class will be showcased in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Museum, operated by the Louisiana State Museum system in a partnership with the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.. The eight new competitive ballot inductees will raise the total of Hall of Fame members to 334 competitors honored since the first induction class -- baseball’s Mel Ott, world champion boxer Tony Canzoneri and LSU football great Gaynell Tinsley -- were enshrined in 1959 after their election a year earlier.. Also to be enshrined next summer will be three other Hall of Fame inductees, the winner of the 2017 Dave Dixon Louisiana Sports Leadership Award and the recipients of the 2017 Distinguished Service Award in Sports Journalism presented by the LSWA.. The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame already includes 17 Pro Football Hall of Fame members, 18 Olympic medalists including 11 gold medal winners, 10 members of the Basketball Hall of Fame, seven of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players, six Baseball Hall of Fame inductees, 37 College Football Hall of Fame members, nine National High School Hall of Fame enshrinees, jockeys with a combined 12 Triple Crown victories (Borel will add four more), six world boxing champions, seven Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinees, seven College Baseball Hall of Fame inductees, 10 College Basketball Hall of Fame members, four NBA Finals MVPs, three winners of major professional golf championships (Toms will make it four), three National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame inductees (Borel will be the fourth) and two Super Bowl MVPs.. The 2013 National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame inductee briefly retired in March 2016 with 5,146 career wins (27th all-time in North American racing history) and more than $127 million in purse money from 34,915 mounts, but in August, he resumed riding.. LSU has been to the NCAA national semifinals -- which includes 12 teams -- 11 of the past 12 years with five Super Six appearances (the equivalent of college basketball’s Final Four) in the past nine seasons.. Didier, who died at age 58 in 1978, touched three different sports programs in the state prominently and coached Nicholls State to the Division II College World Series 1970 finals -- the first Louisiana school to seriously challenge for a national baseball championship.. He won a Gulf States Conference football title and five GSC baseball crowns as head coach at UL Lafayette, a Southeastern Conference baseball title while head coach at LSU, and was an assistant coach on LSU’s 1958 national championship football team.. Biographical information on all 400 current Hall of Fame members is available at the LaSportsHall.com website, with a steady stream of info available at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Facebook page and the @LaSportsHall twitter account.. Adding to the 326 sports competitors currently enshrined, 16 winners of the Dave Dixon Louisiana Sports Leadership award and 58 recipients of the Distinguished Service Award in Sports Journalism, there are 400 current members of the Hall of Fame before next summer’s inductions.. The 2017 Induction Celebration weekend will be hosted by the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation, the support organization for the Hall of Fame.
Players all over the country who would normally be participating in fall practices by now and looking forward to playing games a few weeks hence are left wondering if they will play in this calendar year at all, or if they’ve played their final high school game already.. Those commits are:. Some districts have said their schools will not participate in extracurricular activities (including athletic events) until after in-person classes start, while others intend to participate in workouts and scheduled games even if their schools have not yet had students attend classes on campus by that time.. On Wednesday of this week, the Athletic Directors Advisory Committee voted between three options proposed by the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) for when practices and games should begin.. The high school football season in Louisiana was originally scheduled to kick off on September 3, but it will not begin until at least five weeks after that, and even an October start date might be optimistic at this point.. Teams will not be allowed to hold full-contact practices or scrimmages until the state moves into Phase 3 of its reopening plan.
Stratton is the only dentist in East Carroll Parish, Louisiana, where nearly half of its residents are poor.. When Stratton first started seeing patients in 1990, he never planned on staying in the parish because there were two other dentists in the area.. Sheppard knows that her tooth loss may have been prevented if she received regular oral care.. “Poor oral health in particular dental caries or cavities result in many hours of lost school time, loss of work…and it sets children on a trajectory to have poor oral health for their whole lives,” said Mary Marazita, director of the Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh.. The CDC doesn’t require states to report the number of public drinking water systems that are fluoridated.. In Louisiana, 88% of drinking water systems lack fluoridation.. To cater to those smaller communities, the CDC helped develop a fluoridation tablet that can be added to water systems that couldn’t afford to pay for it previously.
It does indeed make sense.. “So just being able to get out there and have my body adapt to playing football has been the most enjoyable camp that I’ve been a part of because I feel good, which makes everything a lot better.”. With that being said, today I’ll be walking away from the game I played for the last 20 years to pursue my entrepreneur journey and make a real difference in our community.”. We are excited he will join the Vikings’ Ring of Honor and forever be remembered as a Viking.”. “I just do whatever I can to help the team, in whatever way I can,” Toney said.. Booker ran 145 times for 593 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games last season.. He did not appear in a game last season.
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Kelley completed passes to 13 different receivers in the victory.. Kelley found Kovacs on a nine-yard touchdown pass to cap the drive.. HBU pulled closer on its final drive of the first quarter, as Gino Garcia took advantage of a stiff north wind at his back and drilled a 59-yard field goal to cut the SLU lead in half in the final minute of the opening period.. SLU took the lead back to double digits on the ensuing drive, as McClendon scooted in from six yards out to put the Lions on top, 20-10, with 10:53 remaining in the first half.. Mitchell dove inside the pylon on a short four-yard scoring toss from Kelley to give the Lions a 41-17 lead with 11:10 left in the third quarter.. After forcing a punt, SLU added to its advantage when Rengifo connected on a 26-yard field goal to extend the lead to 44-17 with 6:14 left in the third quarter.. HBU closed out its scoring on the ensuing possession, as Tyson Thompson got free for a 51-yard touchdown pass from Olivas to cut the lead to 44-24 with 4:11 left in the third quarter.. Kelley found Larvadain for a five-yard touchdown pass, Rengifo connected on a 29-yard field goal and Johnson III closed out the scoring with a 14-yard scoring run as the Lions topped 60 points for the first time since a 62-52 Homecoming win over the Huskies in 2018.. TICKETS For ticket information, contact the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466 or visit www.LionSports.net .. All membership fees and donations to both the Touchdown Club and S Club (football) are available for the exclusive use of the Southeastern football program.. 04:15 - SLU - Kovacs, Nick 9 yd pass from Kelley, Cole (Rengifo, Mateo kick blocked) 8 plays, 75 yards, TOP 2:38. 00:57 - SLU - Mitchell, Austi 35 yd pass from Kelley, Cole (Rengifo, Mateo kick) 2 plays, 41 yards, TOP 0:25. 11:10 - SLU - Mitchell, Austi 4 yd pass from Kelley, Cole (Rengifo, Mateo kick) 8 plays, 67 yards, TOP 3:40
In the upcoming regular legislative session that will begin on March 14, LSU can expect to see legislation that will directly impact the university.. Previous sessions have seen budget increases and decreases, Title IX changes and even bills challenging the academic discussions hosted at LSU.. Dardenne is recommending that a third of that, or about $133 million, be used for deferred maintenance projects at Louisiana’s colleges and universities.. Dardenne pointed out that the legislature does not always act on the administration’s recommendations.. LSU keeps a running list of all of the university’s deferred maintenance needs.. “The deferred maintenance problem on the LSU campus is growing at about $20 million a year,” Husser said.. In 2021, Rep. Ray Garofolo, then chair of the House Education committee, filed a bill to prevent public K-12 schools, colleges and universities from teaching theories of systemic racism, commonly known as critical race theory.. Jenée Slocum, director of the Reilly Center, said the organization was not surprised by conservative efforts to limit discussions about race in the last legislative session, as similar bills have been popping up across the country.. “It’s an almost certainty that we will see more of these bills,” Slocum said.. Lewis said the legislative session is sure to have CRT at the center of its debate, despite the fact that Garofalo’s bill never mentioned it by name.
Stratton is the only dentist in East Carroll Parish, Louisiana, where nearly half of its residents are poor.. When Stratton first started seeing patients in 1990, he never planned on staying in the parish because there were two other dentists in the area.. Sheppard knows that her tooth loss may have been prevented if she received regular oral care.. “Poor oral health in particular dental caries or cavities result in many hours of lost school time, loss of work…and it sets children on a trajectory to have poor oral health for their whole lives,” said Mary Marazita, director of the Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh.. In Louisiana, 88% of drinking water systems lack fluoridation.. To cater to those smaller communities, the CDC helped develop a fluoridation tablet that can be added to water systems that couldn’t afford to pay for it previously.