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Four players from Bossier Parish will compete in the Louisiana High School All-Star Football Game Saturday at Independence Stadium. Kickoff is 1 p.m.

Airline defensive lineman Charlie Matthews, Airline offensive lineman Caleb Thomas, Parkway offensive lineman Kameron Eloph and Parkway running back/receiver William McKnight will all play for the West squad. Eloph has committed to Louisiana Tech and Matthews has committed to Northwestern State.

Other local players on the West squad are Woodlawn defensive back Henry Black Jr., Captain Shreve linebacker Richard Ingram, Byrd tight end Michael Dunman and Northwood defensive lineman LaDante Davenport.

Parkway head coach David Feaster and Byrd head coach Mike Suggs will be assistant coaches on the West.

Area players on the West team include Natchitoches Central wide receiver Reginald Turner, Many defensive back Xavier Dias, North DeSoto kicker Austin Barnes, Haynesville linebacker Kendrick Jackson, Haynesville running back James Jackson and Many offensive lineman Garrett Thomas. Ruston defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs is on the East team.

Kendrick Jackson was named the Outstanding Defensive Player on the Class 1A All-State team after helping the Tors win their second straight state title.

Many’s Dias, who is also a quarterback, was named the Tigers’ MVP in the Class 2A state championship game. Many defeated Kinder 22-15 to win its first state title. He has committed to ULL. Many’s Thomas is a Texas signee.

Acadiana tight end and LSU commit Bry’Keithon Mouton is also on the West team. Mouton was the Wreckin’ Rams’ MVP in their 23-7 victory over Hahnville in the Class 5A state championship game.

The East squad features three LSU commits, defensive back Xavier Lewis of East St. John, wide receiver Jazz Ferguson of West Feliciana and offensive lineman Adrian Magee of Franklinton.

Neville’s Kavontae Turpin, the Tigers’ MVP in the Class 4A state championship game, is also on the East squad along with teammate Courtney Wallace Jr., a defensive tackle.

Hahnville running back Rickey Preston, a Nebraska commit, and Pineville offensive lineman Cody Ford, an Oklahoma squad, are also on the East roster.

The West head coach is Brett Fuselier of Class 2A runner-up Kinder. The East head coach is Nick Saltaformaggio of Class 5A runner-up Hahnville.

Tickets are $10 for ages 6 and older.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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The Bossier Bearkats swept Parkway in freshman and junior varsity boys basketball games Wednesday night.

The freshman team won 53-26 and the JV team won 54-38.

Quillen Dixon led the Bearkats with nine points. Isaiah Wallace and Jason Owens scored eight each. Terrance Marshall led Parkway with eight.

Antonio Davis scored 14 points and Donovan Williams 12 to lead the Bossier JV squad.

Last week, Bossier split one-point freshman and JV games with Captain Shreve. The Gators won the freshman game 50-49 and the Bearkats won the JV game 42-41.

Landric Watson poured in 18 points to lead the Bearkats. Owens and Wallace scored nine each. Antonio Davis led the JV with 10 points, Mike Davis added nine, and Tyreese English had seven.

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Plain Dealing wide receiver Isaac Jacobs has been named to the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 1A All-State first team.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior caught 73 passes for 1,168 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Lions, who finished 9-3 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 1A playoffs for the first time since 1997.

Despite missing seven games as a sophomore because of an injury, Jacobs caught 128 passes for 2,104 yards and 32 touchdowns in his high school career.

Plain Dealing senior quarterback/linebacker Logan Allen and sophomore receiver/defensive back Keldrick Carper both made honorable mention.

Allen completed 193 of 327 passes for 2,905 yards and 29 touchdowns with nine interceptions. Carper caught 38 passes for 755 yards and eight touchdowns. He also rushed for 293 yards and three touchdowns. On defense, Carper intercepted six passes and returned three for touchdowns.

Senior linebacker Kendrick Jackson of Class 1A state champion Haynesville (118 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, two sacks, two interceptions) was named the Outstanding Defensive Player.

Senior running back Marcus Lemoine was named Outstanding Defensive Player. He had 2,515 yards rushing, 303 receiving and 40 total touchdowns.

Haynesville’s David Franklin was named Coach of the Year after guiding the Tors to their second straight 1A title.

— Staff Reports

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Bossier High senior tight end and linebacker Isaiah McKinsey have been named second-team All-District 1-3A.

The 6-foot1, 195-pound Simpson recorded 19 pancake blocks. The 5-7, 195-pound McKinsey had 43 tackles, including 11 for losses.

Junior running back Devin White was named the offensive MVP. White helped the Knights reach the semifinals of the playoffs.

He rushed for 1,414 yards on 163 carries, an average of 8.7 yards per carry. He scored 20 rushing touchdowns and two receiving. He also returned four kicks for touchdowns.

Evangel’s Jerry Tillery, a 6-7, 315-pound senior defensive lineman, was named the defensive MVP. Tillery helped the Eagles win the district title. He had 21 solo tackles, 11 assists, three sacks and eight quarterback hurries. Tillery, who also made first-team offensive guard, has signed with Notre Dame.

The All-District 1-3A team was selected by the district’s coaches.

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Note: The All-District 1-3A team was selected by the district’s coaches. Some first names and heights and weights were unavailable.



QB — Connor Curry, Evangel, 6-1, 165, So.; Jaylon Carey, Green Oaks, 6-0, 205, Jr. RB — Ontario Collins, BTW, 5-9, 175, Sr.; JaMarquez Mims, Evangel, 5-9, 195, So; Devin White, North Webster, 6-1, 240, Jr. TE — M. Alexander, BTW, 6-2, 225, Sr. WR — D. Washington, BTW, 6-3, 210, Sr.; Mac Meyer, Evangel, 5 -11, 180, Sr.; Jones, Mansfield. C — Houston Meller, Evangel, 6-1, 233, Sr. G — Jerry Tillery, Evangel, 6-7, 315, Sr.; D. Lay, North Webster, 5-10, 310, Jr. T — Preston Cole, Evangel, 5-11, 230, Sr.; Treyvon Luckey, Green Oaks, 6-0, 275, Sr.; C. Alexander, North Webster, 5-10, 300, Sr. K — Hunter Creasy, Evangel, 6-1, 211, Sr.; C. McMullin, North Webster, 5-9, 170, Jr. P — Matthew Guth, Evangel, 6-0, 145, Sr. ATH — L. Gibson, North Webster, Sr.


DL — Ti’Yarre Reed, Evangel, 6-0, 225, Sr.; Jerry Tillery, Evangel, 6-7, 315, Sr.; Treyvon Luckey, Green Oaks, 6-0, 275, Sr.; R. Gonzalez, North Webster, 6-2, 210, So. LB — Kortrell Williams, Evangel, 5-9, 190, Sr.; Sandy Smith, Green Oaks, 6-2, 195, Sr.; M. Morse, North Webster, 5-8, 195, Sr.; K. Gibson, North Webster, 6-3, 210, Sr. SS — Austin Stegall, Evangel, 5-9, 170, Sr.; R. Washington, North Webster, 6-3, 215, Sr. DB — Trent Jackson, Evangel, 6-1 175, Sr.; Tristain Robinson, Green Oaks, 5-8, 155, Jr.; J. Miles, North Webster, 6-0, 190, Sr.; D. Gilbert, North Webster, 6-3, 200, Sr. KR — J. Miles, North Webster, 6-0, 190, Sr.

OFFENSIVE MVP — Devin White, North Webster
DEFENSIVE MVP — Jerry Tillery, Evangel



QB — Joshua Horton, BTW, Sr. RB — J. Smith, N. Webster, Jr. TE — Brandon Simpson, Bossier, Sr.; W. Lee, North Webster, Sr. WR — Raylin James, BTW, So.; Dameron Harris, BTW, Sr.; Corey Henderson, Evangel, Jr.; Deaontea Crawford, Green Oaks, Jr. C — Christian Hall, Green Oaks, Jr. G — Reddit, Mansfield. T — Joshua Williams, BTW, Sr.; C. Boyett, North Webster, Sr. P — Ralhielle Johnson, Green Oaks, Sr. ATH — Ralphielle Johnson, Green Oaks, Sr.; Henderson, Evangel.


DL — M. Alexander, BTW, Sr.; D. Washington, BTW, Sr.; Kelvin McNiel, Evangel, Sr.; Youngblood, Mansfield. LB — Isaiah McKinsey, Bossier, Sr.; Jaylun Jackson, BTW, So.; A.C. Gilliam, Evangel, Jr.; Woodley, Mansfield. SS — Joshua Horton, BTW, Sr.; David Taylor, Green Oaks, Sr.; Robertson, Mansfield. DB — Tre’Shawn Hill, BTW, So.; Zaccheaus O’Neal, BTW, Jr.; Antonio Ward, BTW, So.; Orlando Puryear, Evangel, So.; Chris Britton, Green Oaks, Sr. KR — Wilson, Mansfield.


TE — Tanner Ash, Evangel; Shannon Gilliam, Green Oaks. C — LaDarrius Cooksey, BTW, T. Thomas, North Webster. T — Daniel Smith, Evangel. P — Joshua Horton, BTW; C. McMallin, North Webster. DL — Cooper, Mansfield; Kentravious James, Green Oaks. LB — Ontario Collins, BTW. DB — CK Pugh, North Webster.

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The Benton Tigers and Parkway Panthers posted boys non-district soccer victories Tuesday night.

The Tigers defeated Haughton 6-1 at Tinsley Park. The Panthers shut out Calvary Baptist Academy 2-0 at Calvary.

Sergio Gomez and Taylor Ward scored two goals each for Benton (4-2-2). Will Sanguinetti and Sam Vickrey scored one each. Dylan Grimes and Michael Escanelle had one assist each. Mitchell Matthews had three saves.

Joe Alvarado and Bryce Culotta scored one goal each in Parkway’s victory over Calvary. Parkway coach Walt Peoples called it a “dominating performance.”

The Panthers improved to 5-3-2.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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The Parkway Panthers and Haughton Buccaneers picked up boys basketball victories Tuesday night.

Parkway downed Benton 84-54 at Parkway, and Haughton thrashed North DeSoto 83-62 on the road.

Elsewhere, the Bossier Bearkats and Airline Vikings lost. Bossier fell to Ouachita 77-52 in Monroe, and Airline lost to Huntington 74-54 at home.

Just about everyone who dressed out scored in Parkway’s victory. The Panthers’ quickness and size were too much for the Tigers to handle.

Parkway led just 13-8 after the first quarter. But in the second the Panthers’ full-court pressure defense began to take its toll. Parkway took its first double-digit lead, 26-16, on a dunk by Artavious Lynn with about four minutes left in the half.

Parkway (8-3) extended the lead to 38-25 by halftime and turned the game into a rout in the third quarter.

Lynn and Nekedrick Millsaps led Parkway with 12 points each. Niki Edwards added nine. Robert McKnight and William McKnight scored eight each as did Jared Collier.

William Givens led Benton with 18 points.

At North DeSoto, Haughton rolled to a 41-19 halftime lead and never looked back.

Kobe Byrge and Ja’marcia Banks led the Bucs with 19 and 17 points, respectively. Javonte Woodard added 14. Cody Lilly and Stephen Simmons helped the cause with eight points each.

At Monroe, Bossier trailed Ouachita 34-29 at the half, but the Class 5A Lions (10-1) extended the lead to 15 in the third quarter. The Bearkats (4-6) visit Plain Dealing Thursday night.

At Airline, the Vikings dropped to 5-6 with the loss.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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The Benton Lady Tigers pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 33-25 victory over the Parkway Lady Panthers Tuesday night at Parkway.

The game was tight for the first three quarters. Benton led 15-14 at the half and it was tied at 20 after three. But the Lady Tigers began forcing turnovers early in the fourth quarter and the Lady Panthers went cold from the field.

Benton scored the first six points of the quarter. Parkway finally scored with 4:20 left, but the Lady Panthers got no closer the rest of the way.

Brandy Harris led Benton with 11 points, and Yakina Manning added eight. Kendall Lewis and Robyn Williams led Parkway with eight points each.

Elsewhere, Kei McCoy scored a season-high 34 points but it wasn’t enough as Airline dropped a 64-53 decision to the Huntington Lady Raiders at home.

Madison Rowland added nine points for the Lady Vikings (10-3), all on 3-pointers. Huntington’s Caitlin Jenkins almost matched McCoy’s effort with 28 points.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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A second-half rally came up just short as the Bossier Bearkats fell to the Byrd Yellow Jackets 71-68 in boys basketball action Monday night.
Bossier trailed the defending District 1-5A co-champion Yellow Jackets (10-2) for most of the game. The Bearkats (5-5) were behind by as many as 13 points in the third quarter before cutting the gap to eight going into the fourth.
Led by junior Larry Robinson and sophomore Antonio Davis, Bossier cut the lead to one twice in the final four minutes. Robinson hit back-to-back 3-pointers to get the Bearkats within 51-50 with just under five minutes left.
But the Bearkats went cold from 3-point range and Byrd went on a 7-1 run to go up 58-51.
Bossier rallied again and got within 60-59. After the Jackets scored, the Bearkats had a chance to tie it but a Robinson 3-pointer from the baseline rattled in and out.
Byrd hit enough free throws to keep control of the game. But after scoring with 4.7 seconds left, to cut the lead to three, Bossier forced a turnover on the inbounds pass with 3.4 seconds left. A 3-pointer at the buzzer was off target.
Robinson scored 12 of his game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter. Davis added 18 points, including eight in the final period. Kentrell Hardy also aided the rally with 14 points.
Montrey Thomas led Byrd with 20 points. Kory Ashley and Chad Lott scored 17 each.
Byrd won the girls game 46-34. The Lady Jackets pulled away in the third quarter after leading just 15-14 at the half.

Last week’s highlights

The Airline Lady Vikings finished third in the Benton girls tournament.
Madison Rowland hit six 3-pointers and scored 18 points in Airline’s 49-27 victory over Parkway in the third-place game.
The Lady Vikings fell to eventual champion Longview, Texas, 52-47 in the semifinals. Kei McCoy led the way with 20 points and Rowland had 13, including three 3-pointers.
Airline crushed Northwood 63-38 in the first round. Kidd scored 17, McCoy 14 and Rowland 12. Rowland finished the tournament with 13 3-pointers.
Chelsea Randle poured in 25 points to lead Parkway to a 44-41 victory over Benton in the first round. Brandy Harris led Benton with 16.
The Parkway boys went 3-0 in the Bossier Federal Credit Union Parkway tournament, during which each team played three games over four days. The Panthers defeated Northwood 62-59, Texas High 87-71 and Plain Dealing 63-52.
Juwon Johnson led the Panthers against Northwood with 22 points and Keondre Wudtee had 12. William McKnight and Artavious Lynn scored 20 each against Texas High.
Niki Edwards scored 16 against Plain Dealing. Lynn added 13 and McKnight 11.
Airline went 2-1 in the Parkway tournament, defeating Texas High 66-49 and Northshore 61-58 in overtime and losing to North Caddo, a Class 2A semifinalist last year, 67-56.
Jacob Guest topped the Vikings against Texas High with 17 points, while Noah Hildebrand added 11. Robby Dooley (15), Guest (12), KJ Bilbo (12) and Hildebrand (11) all scored in double figures.
Hildebrand led four Vikings in double figures against North Caddo with 13 points.
Plain Dealing went 2-1, defeating Northshore 45-41 and Northwood 48-46.
Chiner Long paced the Lions in both games, scoring 21 against Northshore and 17 against Northwood.
In a non-tournament girls game Friday, Bossier dropped a 61-43 decision to Rayville. Brittany Wallace scored 17 and Tia Wallace 13 to lead the Lady Kats.
In a non-tournament boys game Thursday, Bossier rallied from an early 13-1 deficit to defeat Huntington 48-41 at Huntington. Robinson led the Bearkats with 21 points.
In Tuesday’s girls games, Airline downed Minden 60-49 and Benton dropped Lakeside 51-19.
McCoy hit 17 of 21 free throws and scored a game-high 23 points against Minden. Kidd added 16.
Yakina Manning scored 14 points and Harris 13 to lead Benton.
In boys action, the Airline and Parkway both lost road games.
The Vikings fell to Minden 77-68, and the Panthers lost to Leesville 70-67.
Tybren Wimberly and Bilbo topped Airline with 18 points each. Dooley added 15.
Lynn led Parkway with 19 points. Jared Collier added 14, Juwon Johnson 12 and Tristan Hill 10.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com