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The Bossier City All-Stars won the Little League Baseball 8-9 Machine Pitch state tournament Tuesday night in River Ridge with a victory over Lafayette.

The Bossier City All-Stars celebrate winning the Little League Baseball 8-9 Machine Pitch state title Tuesday in River Ridge.

The Bossier City All-Stars celebrate winning the Little League Baseball 8-9 Machine Pitch state title Tuesday in River Ridge.

It was the fourth state tournament title for the Bossier City Little League this summer.

Members of the state championship team are are Maddox Cockerham, Ashton Ross, Colton Birdsong, Abel Thetford Tyler Rich, Trey Sinagra, Cole Basham, Drew Robinson, Andrew Sharp, Everett Jacobson, Madden Sawrie and Connor Yates.

Coaches are Deuce Sinagra, DJ Birdsong, Casey Robinson and Chad Yates.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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The Haughton All-Stars defeated the Benton All-Stars twice in dramatic fashion Tuesday night to win the Dixie Youth O-Zone (12s) state tournament in Concordia Parish.

Haughton scored a run in bottom of the ninth — the third extra inning — to win the first game 1-0 and force a winner-take-all game for the title.

Haughton then scored five runs with two outs in the top of sixth inning to win the second game and the championship 5-3.

Courtesy Photo The Haughton All-Stars hoist the championship trophy after winning the Dixie Youth O-Zone (12s) state tournament in Concordia Parish on Tuesday night.

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The Haughton All-Stars hoist the championship trophy after winning the Dixie Youth O-Zone (12s) state tournament in Concordia Parish on Tuesday night.

Both teams had outstanding tournaments.

Benton entered the day 4-0, having defeated Haughton 7-5 in the winners’ bracket final of the double-elimination event Sunday night. Haughton had to win twice Tuesday to take the title.

Haughton advances to the Dixie Youth O-Zone World Series Aug. 8-13 in Lexington, S.C. Benton, which won the District 4 title over runner-up Haughton, closed an outstanding summer 13-2, according to the team’s GameChanger account.

Members of the state champion Haughton team are Cole Golden, Peyton Stovall, Chase Keith, Dylan Turner, Matthew Whitten, Jeffrey Wallace, Hunter Tolbert, Jackson Harlan, Dustin Phillips, Reese Seals, Cade Ebarb and Brodie Shankle.

Members of the state runner-up Benton team are Liam Rogers, Grayson Mims, Dane Stearns, Cameron Braun, Tanner Underwood, Adam Smith, Jackson Illingworth, Daymon Burrell, Jack Walters, Cody Jones, Ryley Sharp and Todd Dominick. Coaches are Jason Mims, Ryan Stearns and Brad Sharp.

Both games featured outstanding pitching performances by both teams.

In the first game, Stovall led off the bottom of the ninth with a double, advanced to third on a Golden sacrifice and eventually scored the winning run.

Benton had the bases loaded in the top of the seventh with one out, but Shankle struck out two straight batters to end the threat.

According to statistics on Haughton’s GameChanger account, Seals started the game on the mound and allowed two hits in four innings. Shankle pitched the next three, allowing one hit and striking out five. Wallace allowed one hit in the final two innings.

Stovall finished with two doubles. Shankle, Whitten and Wallace all had one hit.

Benton scored all three of its runs in the first inning and got a gem of a game on the mound from Jones. According to statistics on Benton’s GameChanger account, he allowed just three hits and struck out 12 in seven innings of work.

Stearns, Sharp, Rogers, Jones and Burrell all had one hit.

In the second game, Wallace had a two-out double to start Haughton’s sixth-inning rally. Shankle had a two-RBI double and scored the go-ahead run on a Turner single.

Stovall, Whitten and Wallace had one hit apiece. Wallace started the game and pitched four innings. Tolbert and Shankle pitched one inning each.

Illingworth pitched four strong innings for Benton, allowing one hit and striking out five.

Jones went 2-for-3. Stearns and Dominick each had doubles. Rogers and Mims had one single and one RBI each. Burrell and Smith had singles.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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Former Benton High standout Branson Woodward helped a Monroe-based All-Star team win the Dixie 19s state baseball title last week in Hammond.

Woodward is a two-time first-team All-Parish selection. He is continuing his baseball career at Baton Rouge Community College this fall.

Woodard was part of a Monroe team that also included players from Minden, Farmerville and Oak Grove.

Before winning the state title, Monroe competed in tournaments in New Orleans, Lake Charles, Lafayette and Centenary this summer, posting a 15-3 record.

They are competing in the World Series in Ozark, Ala, this week.

Woodward is a veteran of the Bossier Parish youth baseball and high school scene.
He helped Benton win three straight District 1-4A championships. He was also on Bossier teams that won Dixie state 13s and 14s championships in 2010 and 2011. The 14s team finished runner-up in the World Series in Dothan, Ala.

Woodward was also a member of the 15-17 Bossier team that won the Pre-Majors state championship in 2012.

The 19s tournament in Alabama is his fourth World Series.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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A screening of the film ‘Delaney,’ will be held Wednesday, Aug. 5, at Robinson Film Center.

‘Delaney’ is a part of ESPN’s 30-for-30 Short Film Series. It tells the remarkable story of the late, heroic two-sport star Joe Delaney. Delaney starred in football and track and field at Haughton High and Northwestern State. He went on to play for the Kansas City Chiefs. Delaney died on June 19, 1983, while attempting to rescue three children from drowning in a pond in Monroe.

Two-tiered ticket pricing for the event will feature a $25 ticket for a 7:30pm showing. The ticket price includes popcorn, soda and candy plus a 5-10 minute introduction to the film from the film’s producer/director Grant Curtis.

delaney1The event will also serve as a fundraiser for the “Joe Delaney Memorial Park” in Haughton. For years, the city of Haughton has hoped to honor Delaney with a park, but funding has been a problem. To assist with this endeavor, $100 tax-deductible VIP tickets are available for Wednesday’s second showing of “Delaney” at 8:30 p.m. In addition to admission to the film,

VIP ticket purchasers will be treated to a reception upstairs beginning at 7:30 p.m. in The Robinson Film Center’s second floor Multi-Purpose Space featuring heavy Hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and an informal question and answer session with Mr. Curtis.

Robinson Film Center executive director, Alexandyr Kent gladly welcomes the event. “We are delighted to host the screening and we hope it attracts a full house. We are a place where people can learn more of the community’s best stories. We are honored to be included.”

Tax deductible, corporate sponsorships are available for the event at $1,000 and $500 levels. Those contributing at the corporate level will receive four or two tickets to the film respectively, their business logo in the program plus have their names etched in a commemorative brick on the park’s premises.

To purchase tickets online, visit the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame website (LaSportsHall.com). Guests can also make donations to the Delaney Park fund on the website as well as sign up for corporate sponsorship.

In addition, the city of Haughton is taking ticket orders at their Town Hall (224 West McKinley, Haughton, LA 71037) or by calling (318) 949-9401.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Alexandyr Kent at The Robinson Film Center (318) 459-4122.

For more information regarding the fund-raising and corporate sponsorship, please contact Tim Fletcher (318) 469-5793.

After the film, several of Delaney’s teammates at Haughton High School and Northwestern State University will be on hand to share stories of Delaney’s exploits plus answer questions.

“Delaney” will debut Aug. 19 on the ESPN platform, with specific viewing opportunities to be announced later this summer by the sports network. The film will tell the remarkable and heroic story of Delaney, the Haughton native,
Northwestern State two-sport All-American and Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowl running back who died in the attempt to rescue three drowning children.

Delaney was a two-time All-America running back in 1979-80 for the Demons, and joined Mark Duper, Victor Oatis and Mario Johnson on the Demons’ 1981 NCAA championship 4×100 meter relay team, earning All-America honors.

Curtis and co-producer Jeremy Wheeler headed a crew of nearly a dozen filmmakers from Los Angeles, Shreveport and Nashville who visited Natchitoches, Haughton and other north Louisiana locations last July. They spent nearly five hours doing interviews and shooting footage at the NSU athletic complex.

ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 Shorts series won television’s highest honor, the Emmy Award, for “Outstanding Short-Format Nonfiction Program” in 2014. The series highlights important people in the sports world and sports history from the point of view of feature filmmakers.

Curtis is currently an executive producer on “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2” and was an executive producer for 2013’s well-received “Oz the Great and Powerful.” He was a producer on  the “Spiderman” trilogy starring Tobey Maguire and was an associate producer of the 2000 supernatural thriller “The Gift” starring Cate Blanchett and co-written by Billy Bob Thornton.

Wheeler is a writer for NFL Network who was an assistant to Curtis for six years. He will not be able to attend the screening events.

Delaney was the 1981 AFC Rookie of the Year for the Chiefs and played in the Pro Bowl. Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy, who drafted Delaney in the second round of the 1981 draft and coached him in 1981-82, said Delaney was one of the five best players he coached in his 45-year career, including nearly 30 years in the NFL.

Delaney died trying to save three children from drowning in a pond at an
amusement park in Monroe. One survived. Delaney left behind his wife, Carolyn, and their three young daughters. His heroic act matched his selfless lifestyle and coupled with his astounding athletic career to make him an instant icon in north Louisiana far beyond the sports

His No. 44 Demon football jersey was retired at halftime of his final game at NSU. Since his death, no Kansas City player has worn his No. 37. He is immortalized in several ways at Northwestern, including plaques at Turpin Stadium and the Ledet Track Complex, and with the permanent football team captains receiving Joe Delaney Memorial Leadership Awards annually.

The Demons’ spring football game has been known as the Joe Delaney Bowl since 1989 and the Joe Delaney Distinguished Supporter Award goes each year to a leading backer of NSU Delaney was posthumously awarded the Presidential Citizen’s Medal from President Ronald Reagan, presented at his funeral by then Vice President George H.W. Bush to the Delaney family.

Delaney is enshrined in the N Club Hall of Fame, the Ark-La-Tex Museum of Champions, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, the College Football Hall of Fame and the Chiefs’ Ring of Honor at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

— Staff Reports

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Benton and Haughton All-Star teams will face off in the championship round of the Dixie Youth O-Zone (12s) state tournament today at 5 p.m. in Concordia Parish.
Benton is undefeated in the double-elimination tournament and will take the title with a victory. Haughton, which lost to Benton 7-5 in the winners’ bracket finals on Sunday, must win to force a second game for the title. That game, if necessary, will be played immediately following the first.
Benton eliminated East Ouachita Recreation District South 7-4 Monday. Haughton dropped Concordia Parish 10-4 in an elimination game.
The winner of the tournament advances to the Dixie Youth O-Zone World Series Aug. 8-13 in Lexington, S.C.
Elswehere, Bossier City is scheduled to play Lafayette in the championship game of the Little League Baseball 7-8 Machine Pitch state tournament Tuesday night in River Ridge.

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Several Bossier Parish All-Star teams have posted high finishes in state and regional Little League and Dixie baseball tournaments.
Bossier City teams won the Little League 6-under T-Ball state tournament in Lake Charles and the 6-7 Minors Machine Pitch state tournament in River Ridge.
Bossier City finished third in the 11-12 state tournament at Clifford Almond Park.
In Dixie play, Bossier City finished runner-up in the Dixie AAA (10-year-olds) South Regional in Ponchatoula.
Another Bossier City All-Star squad finished runner-up in Dixie Jr. Boys (13s) state tournament in Pineville, taking the host team to a decisive game before falling.
Members of the 6-under Little League T-Ball state championship team are Abraham Patterson, Seth Jorstad, Ty Walsworth, Kingston Adams, Carson Plant, Gage Davis, Russell Barrett, Parker Davis, Conner Jackson, Andrew Sawrie, Noah Dollar and Jaden Hobson. The head coach is Scottie Davis. Assistants are Chad Davis, Michael Barrett and Terry Plant.
Members of the 6-7 Minors Machine Pitch state champions are Alexandre Baggett, Brennan Jackson, Konnor Wood, Seth Breen, Kannon Greer, Owen Patterson, Garrett Clute, Leonard Stevens, Spencer Campbell and Brody Hunsicker. Coaches are Travis Hatten, Robert Baggett, Ryan Patterson and KC Greer.
Members of the Little League 11-12 third-place team are Gabriel Larry, Micky Parks, Connor Norcross, Ashur Hall, Harrison Waxley, Coleman Stafford, Grayson Gates, Hayden Smith, Brady Norcross, Hayden Knotts and Grayson Hull.
Members of the Dixie AAA regional runner-up team are Clayton Brandon, Chase Rambin, Kenner Lauterbach, Wesley Gardner, Riley Sitter, Zach Schoenborn, Barrett Newman, Eli Harper, Conner Stevens, Roland Wilkinson, Mason Morgan and Preston Hill.
Members of the Bossier City Majors Machine Pitch team are Maddox Cockerham, Ashton Ross, Colton Birdsong, Abel Thetford Tyler Rich, Trey Sinagra, Cole Basham, Drew Robinson, Andrew Sharp, Everett Jacobson, Madden Sawrie and Connor Yates.
Coaches are Deuce Sinagra, DJ Birdsong, Casey Robinson and Chad Yates.
Members of the Benton O-Zone team are Liam Rogers, Grayson Mims, Dane Stearns, Cameron Braun, Tanner Underwood, Adam Smith, Jackson Illingworth, Daymon Burrell, Jack Walters, Cody Jones, Ryley Sharp and Todd Dominick. Coaches are Jason Mims, Ryan Stearns and Brad Sharp.
Bossier City suffered two close losses in the Little League 11-12 state tournament, falling to South Lake Charles 3-1 in the winners’ bracket semifinals and eventual champion Eastbank of New Orleans 11-8 in an elimination game.
Against Eastbank, Bossier City trailed 7-3 after three innings but rallied in the top of the fourth with five runs to take an 8-7 lead. Eastbank regained the lead with two runs in the bottom of the inning and added two more in the fifth.
Larry and Connor Norcross both hit home runs for Bossier City.
Larry had two other hits including a double, according to the team’s GameChanger site. Knotts also had a double.
Hull, Waxley, Stafford and Parks all had hits.
At Ponchatoula, Bossier City rallied from a seven-run deficit against Ville Platte in the championship game of the Dixie Youth AAA tournament.
BC scored seven in the top of the fifth to tie the game at 12. But Ville Platte answered with five in the bottom of the inning and went on to win 17-13.
At Pineville, Bossier City defeated the hosts 13-3 to force a second game for the Dixie Jr. Boys title. But Pineville advanced to the World Series with a 6-3 victory.
At Concordia Parish, Benton defeated Ward 10 Tioga 10-0 and East Ouachita Recreation District North (Sterlington) 6-5 in seven innings before facing Haughton.
Haughton defeated Concordia Parish 4-3 and EORD South 5-3.

Editor’s note: Coaches and parents may submit team and action photos, team rosters, tournament results and game details for possible publication to The Press-Tribune. Please email to rhedges@bossierpress.com.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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LSU Shreveport baseball coaches Al Cantwell and Brent Lavallee have announced the addition of a trio of junior college transfers that will be added to the 2015-16 roster. The newcomers will add some depth around the infield and outfield as it includes Francisco Rodriguez, Robert Herrera and Mitchell Jackman.

Francisco Rodriguez – 5’9 – 160 – INF – JR – Loiza, Puerto Rico – Bossier Parish Community College
Rodriguez is a very versatile and athletic baseball player. He can and will, play multiple positions on the infield and in the outfield. He can handle the bat well and will put pressure on the opposing team. Last season for the Cavaliers Rodriguez compiled a batting average of .288 with 17 runs batted in accompanied by nine stolen bases.

“Frankie is going to add some good depth to the Pilots on offense and defense. He really understands his game and if he plays the way he can, he will be a big contributor for the Pilots.”

Robert Herrera – 6’0 – 200 – UTIL – JR – Bronx, NY – Bossier Parish Community College
Herrera may be one of the most talented players that will be transferring to LSUS this fall. He has great tools, great instincts, and once he gets comfortable, he will be successful. Last spring he hit .266 for BPCC while smashing four homeruns with 22 RBIs and was second on the team with 12 stolen bases.

“Robert has the ability to be a major impact guy. He can play multiple positions on the infield or either corner outfield spots. He could bring some power to the middle of the Pilots order.”

Mitchell Jackman – 6’1 – 210 – 1B – JR – Coquitlam, BC, Canada – Douglas College
Jackman adds some left-handed power to the Pilots offense. He has played and excelled in a very talented junior college conference and should be a contributor in the middle of the Pilots offense. Last season at Douglas College Jackman posted a .323 batting average with five doubles, led the team with three homeruns and drove in 13.

“Mitchell brings us some nice power from the left side of the plate as well as the ability to hit for average. Look for Mitchell to be a big time run producer.”

— LSUS Sports Information

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The Bossier City All-Stars finished third in the Little League Baseball state tournament after falling to Eastbank of New Orleans 11-8 Tuesday night at Clifford Almond Park.

Eastbank faces defending champion South Lake Charles Wednesday night at 7 in Game 1 of the championship round. Eastbank must defeat South Lake Charles to force a second and decisive game Thursday night for the title.

Bossier City trailed 7-3 after three innings, but the local squad rallied in the top of the fourth with five runs to take an 8-7 lead. Eastbank regained the lead with two runs in the bottom of the inning and added two more in the fifth.

Bossier City’s Gabriel Larry and Connor Norcross both hit home runs. Larry had two other hits including a double, according to the team’s GameChanger site. Hayden Knotts also had a double.

Grayson Hull, Harrison Waxley, Coleman Stafford and Micky Parks all had hits.

Bossier City opened the tournament Friday with a 12-0 victory over Jackson Parish. The local team then fell to South Lake Charles 3-1 Saturday in the winners’ bracket semifinals. BC bounced back with a 7-2 victory over Lafayette Sunday in its first elimination game and then knocked off Avoyelles 10-2 on Monday.

Knotts and Grayson Gates combined on a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts in the victory over Jackson Parish. Waxley went 2-for-2 with a home run, triple and three RBI.

Larry, Brady Norcross and Knotts had two hits each.

Connor Norcross, Hull, Hayden Smith and Gavin Ashworth all had one hit.

Bossier City outhit South Lake Charles in a well-pitched game by both teams. BC had some chances in the late innings with runners on base but couldn’t capitalize. Meanwhile, SLC took advantage of some mistakes to score two runs in the fifth, breaking a 1-1 tie.

Connor Norcross had two hits, including a home run. Hull also had two hits. Waxley, Knotts and Parks had one hit each.

Knotts allowed just two hits and no runs in 4 1/3 innings against Lafayette. He struck out four. He also went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and had three RBI. Gates and Waxley had one hit each.

Hull and Larry had solo home runs in the first inning against Avoyelles. Hull finished with three hits, including a double. Larry also had a triple. Knotts and Connor Norcross had doubles.

Brady Norcross, Gates, Parks and Ashworth all had hits. Ashur Hall scored a run.

Elsewhere, the Bossier City All-Stars finished runner-up in the Dixie Youth AAA (10-year-olds) South Regional tournament in Ponchatoula.

BC rallied from a seven-run deficit against Ville Platte in the championship game Tuesday night, scoring seven in the top of the fifth to tie the game at 12. But Ville Platte answered with five in the bottom of the inning and went on to win 17-13.

Bossier City opened the tournament with a 14-0 victory over the Franklinton Americans before falling to Ville Platte in the winners’ bracket semfinals. BC rebounded with a 17-2 victory over the Gonzalez Americans in an elimination game Sunday. They followed that with 10-2 victory over Ward 10 Tioga on Monday.

Members of the Bossier City team are are Clayton Brandon, Chase Rambin, Kenner Lauterbach, Wesley Gardner, Riley Sitter, Zach Schoenborn, Barrett Newman, Eli Harper, Conner Stevens, Roland Wilkinson, Mason Morgan and Preston Hill.

The Bossier City All-Stars finished runner-up in the Dixie Jr. Boys (13-year-old) state tournament. BC defeated host Pineville 13-3 Monday night to force a decisive second game for the title. But Pineville won the championship with a 6-3 victory.

After falling to Pineville in the first round, Bossier City defeated Monroe, West Monroe and Jefferson Parish.

The Bossier City 14s All-Stars reached the quarterfinals of the Dixie Boys state tournament, which was also played in Pineville.

The Benton 9-year-old All-Stars and Haughton 11-year-old O-Zone All-Stars both qualified for their respective World Series tournaments, which begin Thursday in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Members of the Benton state championship team are Bryson Pierce, Daniel Jayroe, Cason Toms, Colton Lasiter, Peyton Fulghum, Parker Fulghum, Andrew Wainscott, Cody Wilhite, Hudson Brignac, Caden Lee, Ryder Rutledge and Ryan Liles. Coaches are Hal Fulghum, Joey Windham and Jeff Liles.

Members of the Haughton state runner-up team are Blaise Ramirez, Braden Franks, Ryan Rimmer, Logan Carmack, Jackson Voight, Waylon Keith, Dakota Delahoussaye, Jake Pieri, Jacob Hernandez, Dylan Hedrick and Sawyer Dunn. Head coach is Bobby Hernandez. Assistants are John Hernandez and Randy Murphy.

The District 4 champion Benton All-Stars begin play in the O-Zone state tournament Friday in Concordia Parish.

Team members are Liam Rogers, Grayson Mims, Dane Stearns, Cameron Braun, Tanner Underwood, Adam Smith, Jackson Illingworth, Daymon Burrell, Jack Walters, Cody Jones, Ryley Sharp and Todd Dominick. Coaches are Jason Mims, Ryan Stearns and Brad Sharp.

Bossier City Minor and Major Machine Pitch All-Star squads begin play in their respective state tournaments Friday at John Curtis Christian School in River Ridge.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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HOOVER, Ala. — LSU was picked to finish fourth in the SEC by the media at SEC Media Days on Thursday.

LSU received nine points in the voting. Auburn was picked to win the title with 96 points followed by Alabama (80) and Georgia (28).

For the first time in the 23-year history in the poll, media were divided on divisional champion and overall SEC champion as Alabama was picked to win the Western Division over Auburn.

Alabama received 92 first-place votes and 1,405 points. Auburn received 108 first-place votes and 1,362 points. The Crimson Tide won the Western Division vote due to receiving just three votes for fourth place or lower in the Western Division, while Auburn received 26 such votes. Points were awarded on a 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale.

LSU was picked to finish third in the West, receiving 10 first-place votes and 870 points. LSU was followed by Arkansas (821), Ole Miss (732), Texas A&M (628) and Mississippi State (482).

Georgia was selected to win the SEC Eastern Division with 1,498 points, including 166 first-place votes. Tennessee was second with 1,231 points and 36 votes to win the division, while Missouri was third with 1,196 total points. The two-time defending East representative in the SEC Championship game also received 20 votes to win a third consecutive division title.

Only five times since 1992 has the SEC Media Days predicted champion has proceeded to win the SEC Championship, including Alabama last season.

The preseason All-SEC Team will be announced on Friday.

— Southeastern Conference staff

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