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The No. 6 seed Bossier Parish Community College Lady Cavs advanced to the semifinals of the Region XIV Tournament Wednesday with a 89-78 overtime victory over No. 3 Blinn College in Jacksonville, Texas.

BPCC (19-12) faces No. 2 seed Tyler Junior College (26-3) at 3 p.m. Friday. Tyler was ranked No. 7 in the latest NJCAA Division I poll and has defeated BPCC twice this season.

The other semifinal pits No. 1 seed Trinity Valley against No.4 San Jacinto. The championship game is 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Former Byrd standout Diamond Willis led four Lady Cavs in double figures with 20 points. Crystal Jones added 16, Charity Robinson 12 and Keanna Rainwater 11. Former Airline standout Jeannine Myles scored seven points and had two assists.

BPCC led by a many as eight points in the second half, but Blinn came back and took a two-point lead with 3:35 to play. The Lady Cavs answered and led by five late in the game.

Blinn hit a 3-pointer with 5 seconds left to cut the lead to two. BPCC’s Crystal Jones made one-of-two free throws and Blinn hit an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer to send it into overtime.

“We had it pretty well-defended,” BPCC coach John Rennie said. “I think everybody in the gym was surprised it went it.”

The Lady Cavs quickly regrouped and dominated the overtime period, outscoring the Lady Bucs 17-6.

“I’m proud of the way our players responded in the overtime,” Rennie said.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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Note: The All-District, Division I girls soccer team was selected by the district’s coaches.


Goalkeeper — Maddy Talbot, Byrd, So.; Madelyn Elliott, Parkway, So. Forward — Mackenzie Kleinpeter, Parkway, So.; Hope Miletello, Byrd, Jr. Midfielder — Taylor Arnold, Byrd, So.; Allie Cannon, Byrd, Fr.; Monica Stults, Caddo Magnet, Sr.; Liz Knight, Parkway, Sr.. Defender — Rebecca Shumate, Airline, Sr.; Miranda Scotten, Parkway, Jr.; Katherine Russo, Caddo Magnet, Sr.; Margaret Montgomery, Byrd, Jr.

OVERALL MVP — Kyra Montes, Byrd, Jr. (33 goals, 13 assists)
OFFENSIVE MVP — Sara Funderburk, Parkway, Jr. (24 goals, six assists)
DEFENSIVE MVP — Erin Arcement, Byrd, Sr.
COACH OF THE YEAR — Lisa Leverman, Byrd


Goalkeeper — Maggie Boston, Caddo Magnet, So. Forward — Savannah Howell, Airline, Sr.; Lilly Kamberov, Caddo Magnet, Fr. Midfielder — Sarah Tamplin, Byrd, So.; Emilee Byrd, Caddo Magnet, Jr.; Madi Walter, Airline, Sr.; Mary Helen Vanhoy, Captain Shreve, Fr.; Ciara White, Haughton, So. Defender — Taylor Breed, Haughton, Sr.; Hailey Thompson, Captain Shreve, Jr.; Ashley Hein, Airline, Sr.; Emily Hanish, Caddo Magnet, So.; Maggie Weldon, Byrd, Fr.


Goalkeeper — Mary Catherine Wright, Airline; Regan Dixon, Southwood. Forward — Delayni Chiles, Southwood; Morgan Bubols, Captain Shreve; Kimberly Davidson, Captain Shreve; Mandy Sparkman, Airline; Peyton McKinney, Caddo Magnet; Catherine Humphrey, Byrd. Midfielder — Ashton Hardin, Southwood; Robinson Humphrey, Byrd; Lauren Giddens, Byrd; Jaden Lee, Caddo Magnet; Morgan Ersoff, Parkway; Samantha Maiette, Airline; Rebecca Shumate, Airline; Haylie Travis, Airline; Alexza Guerrero, Captain Shreve,; Charley Upchurch, Captain Shreve; Genet Leist, Haughton. Defender — Taj Brunson, Southwood; Sydney Post, Haughton; Ashley Hein, Airline; Presley Nelson, Airline; Mallory Hoglind, Airline; Rachel Shumate, Airline; Alex Mitchell, Parkway; Taylor Gilbreath, Parkway; Mackenzie Savoie, Caddo Magnet; McKenna Opbroek, Caddo Magnet; Eva Paul, Byrd.

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Note: The All-District 1, Division I team was selected by the district’s coaches


Forward — Graeme Weinland, Caddo Magnet, Sr.; Gin Pau, Airline, So.; Austin Coco, Parkway, Sr. Midfielder — Bryan Medrano, Airline, Sr.; Joe Alvarado, Parkway, Sr.; Will Flowers, Caddo Magnet, Sr.; Paul Sepulvado, Byrd, So. Defender — Troy Boles, Byrd, Jr.; Michael Raybine, Parkway, So.; Jacob Gill, Caddo Magnet, Jr.; Will Adcock, Captain Shreve, Fr. Goalkeeper — Peyton Simmons, Caddo Magnet, Jr.

OVERALL MVPS — Gabe Rodriguez, Airline, Jr.; Chad Usry, Captain Shreve, Sr.
OFFENSIVE MVP — Nick Hammond, Captain Shreve, Sr.
DEFENSIVE MVP — Hardy Hall, Captain Shreve, Jr.
COACH OF THE YEAR — Stephen Slack, Captain Shreve


Forward — Mason Varnell, Byrd; Sam Miletello, Byrd. Midfielder — Alex Witt, Caddo Magnet; Morgan Goree, Captain Shreve; Alex Baca, Captain Shreve; Gage Hammer, Byrd; Bryce Culotta, Parkway. Defender — Chayton Ward, Airline; Louis Guerin, Caddo Magnet, Christian Lindsey, Captain Shreve. Goalkeeper — Alec Melvin, Captain Shreve


Defender — Lorenzo Tunek, Parkway; Michael Dickson, Airline; Haydon Hutchinson, Byrd; Frank Simoncini, Byrd; Caleb Green, Byrd; Dylan Varnell, Byrd; Devorea McMillian, Southwood; Seth Sanders, Caddo Magnet. Midfielder — Ali Ibrahim, Caddo Magnet; Gage Gonzalez, Caddo Magnet; Aloson Sifuentes, Haughton; Angel Abrego, Byrd; Hank Elmajian, Byrd; Gabe Miciotto, Byrd; Mang Tung, Airline; Erik Morales, Parkway. Forward — Jordan Hooks, Caddo Magnet; Nico Broadway, Haughton; Lane O’Glee, Byrd; Jesus Villasenor, Byrd; Jacob Chen, Byrd; Alex Casa, Byrd; Sebastian Suarez, Southwood; Harrison Hopkins, Parkway. Goalkeeper — Noah Morrison, Byrd

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Note: The All-District 1, Division II team was selected by the district’s coaches


Forward— Brittany Scott, North DeSoto; Breanna Bundy, Benton; Kaylan Campbell, Northwood; Cat Roemer, Loyola. Midfield — Brittany Furrow, North DeSoto; Emily Frye, Minden; Seatle Washington, Northwood; Ashley Faith, Loyola; Sydney Kethley, Loyola; Rebecca Mays, Loyola; Elizabeth Bryan, Loyola; Jenny Cox, Benton. Defender — Lily Valiulis, Loyola; Grace Weldon, Loyola; Renee Lyles, Loyola; Destiney Cardozier, North DeSoto; Madison Parker, North DeSoto; Lynnse Terhune, Benton; Hannah Campbell, Northwood. Goalkeeper — Cara Daylin, North DeSoto; Alexandra Peters, Loyola.

OVERALL MVP — Bailey Freeman, Loyola; Kati Jayde Cunningham, North DeSoto
OFFENSIVE MVP — Madeline Mays, Loyola; Anna Brown, Loyola
DEFENSIVE MVP — Mattilyn Reeder, Loyola; Madeline Bodden, Loyola
COACH OF THE YEAR — Mark Matlock, Loyola


Forward — Margaret Tullis, Loyola; Hailey Mcghee, Benton; Valerie Talamayan, Minden. Midfield — Bailey Pender, North DeSoto; Anna Phillips, North DeSoto; Shannon Anderson, Loyola; Marie Marcalus, Loyola; Abby Lauterbach, Benton; Braylin Shaffer, Benton; Hannah Barton, Northwood; Brittney McCullough, Northwood. Defender — Cassidy Simmons, North DeSoto; Trinity Jones, North DeSoto; Samantha Mays, Loyola; Riley Beltz, Loyola; Shelby Bungard, Northwood; Denisha Hayden, Northwood; Savannah Sedberry, Benton. Goalkeeper — Kirsten Basco, Benton

HONORABLE MENTION — Allie Griffith, North DeSoto; Erin Fore, North DeSoto; Shantinell Payne, Northwood; Leann Washington, Northwood; Laura Welch, Northwood; Olivia Osbone, Minden; Layla Easly, Minden; Darnisha Bosby, Minden; Ashton Smith, Minden

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The Parkway Panthers advanced to the quarterfinals of the Class 5A boys basketball playoffs with a gutsy 69-68 upset of No. 6 Lafayette High before a packed Parkway gym Tuesday night.

Elsewhere, the Bossier Bearkats took No. 2 seed Rayville to overtime before falling 69-58 in a second-round Class 3A game in Rayville. The District 1-3A co-champions, seeded 15th, ended the season 15-12.

The No. 11 Plain Dealing Lions dropped a 68-51 decision to No. 6 White Castle Wednesday night in the second round of the Class 1A playoffs in White Castle. The Lions, which finished second in District 1-1A, closed the season 19-11.

(19-10) visit No. 6 White Castle (24-7) in a second-round Class 1A game Wednesday night at 7. The game wasn’t played Tuesday because the White Castle girls team was playing in the 1A semifinals in the Ladies’ Top 28.

Parkway (25-8), the No. 22 seed, will try for its third straight upset when the Panthers host No. 3 Scotlandville (30-4) in the quarterfinals Friday. Scotlandville defeated No. 14 Alexandria Senior High 50-39 Tuesday night.

While Parkway’s victory over Lafayette High (26-4) was a thriller, the one-point margin is a bit deceiving.

Parkway missed two free throws up 69-65 with 9.4 seconds left. Lafayette High hit a long 3-pointer as the clock wound down toward one second and time ran out with Parkway holding the ball out of bounds.

Senior Juwon Johnson came up big for the Panthers. He scored 18 of his team-high 21 points in the second half, including 10 in the fourth quarter.

Johnson, Trey Rogers, Artavious Lynn and Keondre Wudtee hit two clutch free throws apiece in the fourth quarter as the Panthers went 8-for-10 from the line.

Rogers finished with 10 points. Wudtee added eight, William McKnight seven and Niki Edwards six.

Despite getting into foul trouble, the 6-foot-5 Lynn scored 17 points and contributed to the victory with his defense and rebounding. Lynn picked up his fourth foul with about a minute remaining in the third quarter but still scored five big points in fourth. He fouled out with 34 seconds left.

Lafayette took a 49-47 lead into the final period.

Thanks to some key defensive stops and missed Lafayette free throws, Parkway stretched the lead to seven midway through the quarter and still led by that margin with just over two minutes left.

The Mighty Lions didn’t go quietly, cutting the lead to 63-61 with 1:04 left. But the Panthers quickly stretched the lead back to four.

Lafayette was within two with 31.6 seconds left, but the Panthers hit two more free throws and led 69-65 with 30.8 seconds left. Lafayette missed at the other end and fouled, setting up the finish.

Corey Davis led Lafayette High with 26 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter.

Parkway got off to a slow start, trailing 6-2. The Panthers recovered quickly though, hitting three quick 3-pointers in the first quarter. Rogers’ 3 gave the Panthers a 25-15 lead, their biggest of the game.

Parkway then went about five minutes without scoring and the Mighty Lions went on an 8-0 run to cut the lead to two. The Panthers finally got back on track and stretched the lead to 30-23. But a game Lafayette squad cut it to two, 32-30, at the half.

At Rayville, Bossier trailed 29-20 at the half and 40-33 after three quarters but rallied to send it into overtime. Rayville, which improved to 30-2, was too much in the extra period.

The game was the final one for Bossier senior Kentrell Hardy, a key player for the Bearkats the last three seasons.

The loss also ended a streak of six straight semifinal appearances for the Bearkats.

At White Castle, Plain Dealing hung with the Bulldogs for a half, trailing 27-25. But the Bulldogs went on a 13-3 run in the third quarter to take a 40-28 lead.

Sophomore Keldrick Carper led Plain Dealing with 16 points. Chiner Long added 14.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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Aaron Sheppard pitched a five-hitter as the Benton Tigers defeated the defending Class 3A state champion Evangel Eagles 2-1 Tuesday night at Centenary’s Shehee Stadium.

The victory avenged a 5-3 loss to the Eagles in Parkway’s Nathan George Invitational last Friday at Benton.

The Tigers (2-3) scored single runs in the first and second innings. Evangel scored its lone run in the seventh.

Sheppard struck out five and walked none. Cameron Horton had a double. Wade Grubbs and Branson Woodward had one RBI each.

Evangel got three of its hits — all singles — in the seventh. But Sheppard got a ground out with a runner at second to end the game.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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The Haughton Bucs were the only parish team to escape the first week of the high school baseball season unscathed, collecting three victories in Parkway’s Nathan George Invitational.
Four other parish teams also enjoyed some success to start the season.
Here is a look at how parish teams fared last week and a look ahead.

Haughton: The Bucs defeated Minden twice 14-0 and 10-3 and edged Benton 3-2.
Haughton scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh against Benton.
The Bucs got a strong pitching performance from Kirkland Seals, who allowed just one hit and struck out five in 5 1/3 innings. Trey Morris got the win in relief.
Sam Wallace, Triston Carmack and Seth Bradshaw had two hits each. Tyler Davis had the game-winning RBI.
Sam Wallace went 2-for-3 with a double in the 14-0 win over Minden. Davis had two hits and two RBI. Jeremiah Wilson and Seth Ryan had two RBI each.
Carmack allowed just two hits and struck out four in the five-inning game.
Andrew Sewell had three hits, including a double, in the 10-3 victory. Ryan had two hits, including a double, and three RBI.
Wallace had a double, and Coltin McLain drove in two runs.
Starter Keith Ramsey allowed just one hit in three innings.
Haughton is playing in a Monroe-area tournament starting Thursday.

Airline: The Vikings split four games in a tournament in Lafayette, but they weren’t that far from starting the season 4-0.
Airline dropped two games to Lafayette High, 9-4 and 5-3. In the first game, the Vikings led 3-2 after 5.5 innings, but Lafayette scored seven in the bottom of the sixth.
Ryan Phillips had two hits and Adam Armstrong doubled.
In the second game, Lafayette rallied from a 3-1 deficit with four unearned runs in the sixth. Cameron Taylor had two hits, including a two-run homer.
The Vikings defeated Crowley 9-4 and Acadiana 10-2.
Hayden Waxley went 2-for-4 with an RBI against Crowley.
Peyton Davis went 3-for-4 with two RBI against Acadiana. Taylor, Phillips and Tanner Daniel all had two hits.
Andrew Lowe allowed five hits and struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings.
Airline is headed to Monroe for a three-day tournament starting Thursday.

Parkway: The Panthers went 3-1 in the Nathan George Invitational and came close to going undefeated.
In their lone loss, defending Class 3A state champion Evangel scored three runs in the seventh to win 5-4.
Parkway also won in dramatic fashion, scoring two in the bottom of the seventh to defeat Benton 2-1. The Panthers also defeated Calvary 7-5 and North Webster 6-3.
Peyton Donaldson went 2-for-3, including a single in the seventh, and scored the winning run against Benton. Tyler Schilling allowed four hits in six innings and struck out seven. Zach Hire got the win in relief.
Chase Norcross went 3-for-4 with a double against Calvary. Ryan Black and Clayton Webb had two hits each. Austin Gardner got the win.
Carson Vaughn pitched a three-hitter with nine strikeouts against North Webster. Eight different Panthers had singles.
Parkway heads to Minden for a tournament starting Thursday.

Benton: The Tigers lost two tough games in the Nathan George Invitational, giving up one-run leads in the seventh in a 3-2 loss to Haughton and a 2-1 loss to Parkway.
Benton also defeated Calvary 9-8 and lost to Evangel 5-3.
Jackson Rutledge pitched six strong innings against Haughton, allowing just four hits. But the Tigers managed just two hits, including a double by Cameron Horton, and hurt themselves with five errors.
Benton’s run against Parkway came on a Branson Woodward home run. Tanner Craft and Horton had doubles. Clayton Festavan had a solid outing on the mound, allowing five hits and taking a shutout into the seventh.
Wade Grubbs had two of Benton’s six hits in the eight-inning win against Calvary. Woodward had a double, and Josh Scherer had two RBI.
Starter Craft allowed five hits in five innings. Aaron Thompson got the win in relief.
Craft went 2-for-3 with two RBI against Evangel. Horton had a solo home run. Aaron Sheppard allowed three hits and struck out six in 5 2/3 innings.
Benton gets another shot at Evangel on Thursday at Benton. The Tigers visit Captain Shreve Friday and play two games in the Monroe area Saturday.

Bossier: The Bearkats finished second in the Bossier Invitational, defeating Red Rivet 9-6 and Doyline 19-7 and falling to Quitman 15-3.
Brent Wroblewski and David Dunson had one RBI each against Red River.
Devon Smith went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI against Doyline. Jayke Stewart had two doubles and three RBI. Dunson had two hits, including a double, and two RBI.
Derrick Jones had a double and three RBI. David Ginn had a two-RBI triple. Wroblewski also had a triple.
Bossier is playing in the North Caddo tournament starting Thursday.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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After a delay caused by the winter weather, the high school softball season finally got underway last week with mixed results for parish teams.
Here is a look at how parish teams fared last week and a look ahead.

Airline: The Lady Vikings lost three games in the Brusly tournament but they got progressively better. After losing big to Barbe in Roo Richardson-Johnson’s first game as head coach, Airline fell to traditional 3A power Brusly 6-1.
In their final game, the Lady Vikings were within one run of 4A power Teurlings Catholic before losing 8-6.
Airline had nine hits in the game. The Lady Vikings open District 1-5A play against Haughton Thursday.

Haughton: The Lady Bucs won one of three, defeating Minden 13-2 and falling to Ouachita 6-1 and Oak Hill 6-5.
Savannah O’Neal had three hits, including two doubles, in the five-inning victory over Minden. Natalie Smith went 3-for-4, including a double. Keeleigh Bennett had two doubles.
Savannah Salley had two hits and two RBI. Ashley Smith pitched a four-hitter and had two hits, including a home run. Anna Dies had a three-run homer. Lacey Dodson drove in two runs.
Dies went 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI against Oak Hill. The Louisiana Tech signee allowed eight hits and struck out 10. O’Neal had two hits and two RBI.
Lauren Edwards and Leah Hopson had two hits each, including doubles, again Ouachita. Dies had a double.
The Lady Bucs visit Airline Thursday.

Parkway: The Lady Panthers won one of three, defeating Texas High 9-5 and falling to North Webster 3-0 and North DeSoto 10-0.
Mary Kate Bozeman went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI against Texas High. Kelsey Gallman tripled and Hannah Kennedy had two RBI. Allie Hunt got the win.
The Lady Panthers faced two All-State pitchers in North DeSoto’s EC Delafield and North Webster’s Amberlee Nix.
Alexis Rayborn and Kaytlyn Guerrero had the only hits against North DeSoto, a Class 4A semifinalist last year.
Brittany Bryant got the only hit off Nix. Samantha Guile had a solid outing on the mound, allowing seven hits and striking out 10.
The Lady Panthers host Caddo Magnet before heading to the Cenla Classic this weekend.

Benton: The Lady Tigers began the season without Gabby Kespelher, a three-year starting pitcher and an outstanding hitter. Kespelher moved to Texas last fall.
Benton split two games, falling to Calvary 10-0 and defeating Buckeye 7-4.
Chelsea Rangel, Yancey Cox and Abi Cole had one hit apiece against Calvary.
Benton fared much better against Buckeye, pounding out 10 hits.
Mackenzie McEntee blasted a three-run homer. Sarah Koeppen went 2-for-4 with two RBI. She also went the distance on the mound, scattering eight hits.
Cole, Samantha Maranto and Savannah Collo all had two hits.
The Lady Tigers are headed to the Ruston tournament this weekend.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com