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Centenary’s Taylor Henry, a former Airline standout, was named Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week for his efforts in the conference, weekend sweep at Austin College as announced by the conference office.

Henry recording a win and picked up two saves as he made relief appearances in all three outings against the Roos. The senior lefty posted a 0.00 ERA in 5.2 innings on the mound. He held AC hitless in the three appearances without a run as he fanned nine and walked a pair.

The Bossier City native is third in the conference in strikeouts with 43 in just 31.2 frames. He is the leader in appearances with 14 and third in ERA with a 1.71.

Henry becomes the first Gent to receive a weekly honor from the conference this season and the first pitcher since Cole Thompson in 2013.

Centenary returns to action on Friday, April 3 as it hosts the University of Dallas in a doubleheader. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.

— Staff Reports

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The Benton Tigers broke open a tight game with four runs in the sixth inning en route to a 6-0 District 1-4A baseball victory over the Northwood Falcons on Tuesday at Benton.

Benton (15-7, 4-0) is the only team in 1-4A without a district loss. The Tigers host Loyola (4-1 1-4A) Wednesday at 6.

Jaret Gill and Cody Norris had three hits each to lead the Tigers, who had nine overall. One of Gill’s was a double in the sixth.

Jackson Rutledge scattered seven hits and struck out nine for the win.

Northwood had baserunners every inning. The Tigers got some timely strikeouts by Rutledge and key defensive plays to keep the Falcons off the scoreboard.

In the fourth, Rutledge threw to first as a runner attempted to steal second. The runner was thrown out sliding into second. In the fifth, Norris started a 4-3 double play to end the inning.

Benton scored two runs in the first on sacrifice flys by Cameron Horton and Aaron Sheppard.

Gill’s double led off the sixth. Norris and Josh Scherer had RBI singles. Tanner Craft also had a single. Branson Woodward walked, stole second and scored. The Tigers scored one run on an error.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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The Haughton Lady Bucs edged the Airline Lady Vikings 3-2 in a District 1-5A pitchers’ duel Tuesday at Haughton.

Elsewhere, the Parkway Lady Panthers rebounded from their first District 1-5A loss to Haughton on Monday with a 7-6 victory over Caddo Magnet at Magnet.

The Benton Lady Tigers rocked Loyola 14-7 in a District 1-4A game at Loyola.

At Haughton, the Lady Bucs’ Anna Dies and Ashley Smith and the Lady Vikings’ Hannah Hutson all turned in outstanding efforts on the mound.

Smith pitched the final three innings for the win, allowing one hit and no earned runs. Dies allowed two hits in four innings.

Hutson gave up just four hits in six innings and struck out seven.

The Lady Bucs (12-5, 6-0) broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth.

Savannah O’Neal led off the inning with a single and moved to second when Lacey Dodson was hit by a pitch.

Savannan Salley reached on a fielder’s choice and Dodson advanced to second. Lauren Edwards then scored Dodson with a single to center field.

Dies scored in the first as Haughton took a 1-0 lead. Airline’s Kelci Johnson and Olivia Broussard scored in the fifth to put the Lady Vikings up 2-1.

Keeleigh Bennett and Leah Hopson had singles in the bottom of fifth and Haughton got one to tie it.

Haughton and Byrd are the only two teams without a loss in District 1-5A.

At Magnet, the Lady Panthers (14-9, 7-1) survived a scare from Caddo Magnet.

Parkway led 6-0 through 4.5 innings, but the Lady Mustangs scored six in the bottom of the fifth to tie it.

Brittany Bryant got things going in the top of the sixth with a two-out double. Hannah Kennady followed that with a single to center field, scoring Bryant.

Mary Kate Bozeman led Parkway’s 14-hit attack with three hits. Rebecca Lynch went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Alexis Rayborn, Kaytlyn Guerrero and Kennady had two hits apiece.

Starter Allie Hunt allowed five hits and two earned runs. Samantha Guile struck out five in two innings of relief.

The Lady Panthers visit Byrd today at 6.

At Loyola, Sarah Koeppen had a home run, triple and two RBI for the Lady Tigers (11-9, 2-1). Yancey Cox had two hits and two RBI. Hallie Saintignan went 2-for-3 with a double.

Abi Cole and Savannah Collo also had two hits. Mackenzie Stewart had two RBI.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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Parkway senior Niki Edwards will be the only bowler from a Northwest Louisiana school going to the State Bowling Tournament Tuesday in Lafayette.

Edwards advanced as an individual after the Panthers were eliminated in the second round of the Bi-Regional Tournament held at Holiday Lanes on Monday. He bowled a 214-229 for a 221 average.

Parkway, the No. 3 seed, lost to No. 6 Lafayette High 16-11 in the second round. Patrick Galloway led the Panthers with a high game of 223 and a high series of 583. Alex Davis bowled a 207 and Dustin Meza a 206.

Lafayette defeated Benton 26-1 in the first round. Austin Sepeda led the Tigers with a high series of 567. Bryan Ulmer had the top game with a 210. Harley Campbell had a 183.

The Parkway girls came close to reaching the state tournament. The No. 2 seed Lady Panthers were edged 14-13 by No. 8 Central Lafourche in the Bi-Regional semifinals, which are the overall playoff quarterfinals.

Nicole Taylor led Parkway with a high series of 524 and a high game of 183. Rachel Landry bowled a 165 and Ashley Shea had a 148.

Taylor bowled a high game of 214 and series of 588 in Parkway’s second-round 18-9 victory over Teurlings Catholic. Landry and Shea had best games of 181, and Caiden Torres bowled a 161.

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The Haughton Lady Bucs shut out the Parkway Lady Panthers 4-0 in a key District 1-5A softball game Monday at Parkway.

Haughton pitcher Ashley Smith pitched a six-hitter with five strikeouts. Parkway’s Samantha Guile allowed four hits and struck out nine.

The Lady Bucs (11-5, 5-0) scored three runs in the second inning.
The first came after three consecutive walks and a hit batter.

The second and third came on Ann Dies’ double to left field.

The Lady Bucs added one more in the fourth. Lauren Edwards led off with a walk and advanced to second on Smith’s bunt single.

Edwards went to third on Leah Hopson’s sacrifice bunt and scored on a fielder’s choice.
Lindsey Hutcheson led the Lady Panthers (13-9, 6-1) with two hits.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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The Bossier Parish Community College Cavaliers defeated the Centenary College JV 4-1 Monday at BPCC. The Cavs also defeated the Gents JV 8-4 on Tuesday, March 25.

In between, BPCC dropped all three games of a Region XIV series against Navarro 9-2, 7-6 and 10-9.

Matt Hammock had two hits and two RBI in the 8-4 victory over the Centenary JV. Brooks Robey also had two hits. Former Benton standout Andrew Cole had a two-RBI double. Spencer Goodwin also had a double.

Kiefer Moore had two hits, including a triple, in Monday’s victory. Hunter Wilcher went 2-for-3. Robert Herrera had a double.

Cole went 4-for-4 in the 7-6 loss to Navarro. Herrera had two hits, including a home run, and two RBI. Wilcher also homered. Robey had two hits.

Herrera and Eric Goree had two hits each in the 10-9 loss. Cole and Robey had two hits each in the 9-2 loss.

BPCC (13-20-1) began a three-game Region XIV home series this afternoon against Angelina College. The teams are scheduled to play a noon doubleheader Friday.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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The Parkway Lady Panthers and Haughton Lady Bucs picked up five District 1-5A wins between them last week.
The Lady Panthers (13-9, 6-1) host Byrd in a big 1-5A game at 6 p.m. Thursday. The Lady Bucs (11-5, 5-0) host Airline Tuesday and Southwood Thursday.
Here is how parish teams fared last week.

Parkway: The Lady Panthers defeated Captain Shreve 6-2, Caddo Magnet 8-5 and Southwood 16-5 in District 1-5A play.
They won two of three in the Dana Bailey Coya Memorial Tournament, which the Lady Panthers hosted. Parkway defeated Evangel 6-5 and Hornbeck 15-0 and fell to North DeSoto 4-0.
Alexis Rayborn went 3-for-4 against Magnet. Lindsey Hutcheson had two hits, including a double, and two RBI. Rebecca Lynch also had two hits. Allie Hunt scattered six hits in 5 2/3 innings. Samantha Guile didn’t allow a hit and struck out three in 1 1/3 innings of relief.
Lynch went 4-for-5 with a double and three RBI against Southwood. Kendall Lewis went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Mary Kate Bozeman had two hits, including a double, and three RBI. Rayborn drove in two runs. Brittany Bryant tripled.
The Lady Panthers broke a 5-5 tie against Evangel with a run in the top of the seventh.
Rayborn led off with a walk and advanced to second on Lewis’ sacrifice. Kaytlyn Guerrero’s single moved Rayborn to third. She then scored on a double steal with Guerrero. Guile set the Lady Eagles down in order in the bottom of the seventh.
Lewis had a double and two RBI.
Hunt pitched a three-inning one-hitter against an overmatched Hornbeck team.
Hannah Kennady went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI. Abbie Norcross hit a two-run homer. Gallman and Rayborn had two hits and two RBI each.
Hutcheson and Bryant had two hits each. Lewis and Gallman both tripled.
Guile struck out 11 and allowed just four hits against North DeSoto. The Lady Griffins’ EC Delafield, a Class 4A All-State selection last season, pitched a two-hitter.
Lynch and Rayborn had the Lady Panthers’ hits.

Haughton: The Lady Bucs swept Caddo Magnet 9-1 and 10-0. They went 1-2 in the Zachary tournament against some tough competition, defeating St. Thomas More 9-2 and falling to Walker 13-3 and Mount Carmel 10-1.
Ashley Smith pitched a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts in the 9-1 win over Magnet. Keeleigh Bennett had a triple and two doubles. Lauren Edwards doubled twice. Lacey Dodson, Savannah O’Neal and Leah Hopson had two hits apiece.
Anna Dies pitched a five-inning two-hitter with 10 strikeouts in the five-inning 10-0 victory. She also went 4-for-4 with a double.
O’Neal had a triple, double and three RBI. Dodson had two hits and two RBI. Hopson and Smith had two hits each. O’Neal and Bennett had two hits each against St. Thomas More. Dodson drove in two runs. Smith scattered six hits and struck out 10.
O’Neal had two RBI against Walker. Dies went 2-for-3 with a triple against Mount Carmel, No. 2 in last week’s LHSAA 5A power rankings.

Benton: The Lady Tigers fell to Delafield and North DeSoto 12-0 in a District 1-4A game. They won two of four in the Calvary tournament, defeating Ashdown, Ark., 15-6, and St. Mary’s 5-3 and falling to Foreman, Ark., 6-2 and Castor 8-5.
Benton also lost to Airline 10-6 in a non-district game.
Hallie Saintignan and Abi Cole had the Lady Tigers’ only two hits against Delafield.
Samantha Maranto went 3-for-4 with two RBI against Ashdown. Saintignan also went 3-for-4.
Mackenzie Stewart had two hits, including a double. Sarah Koeppen had a home run, single and three RBI. Chelsea Rangel had three RBI. Yancey Cox doubled.
Koeppen allowed just two hits and no earned runs in five innings in the win over St. Mary’s. Stewart pitched two innings of no-hit ball in relief.
Cole had two hits and two RBI. Koeppen tripled.
Rangel homered against Airline. Koeppen went 2-for-3. Cole had a double and three RBI. Maranto had two hits against Foreman. Stewart pitched four solid innings, allowing four hits.
Cole went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI against Castor. Koeppen hit a solo home run.

Airline: The Lady Vikings (4-13, 1-5) lost a 9-6 heartbreaker to Byrd in 10 innings in District 1-5A.
They also defeated Benton 10-6 and lost tournament games to Menard and Alexandria Senior High in Alexandria.
Airline scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to send the game against Byrd into extra innings tied at 6. After two scoreless innings, the Lady Jackets scored three in the top of the 10th.
Sophomore Hannah Hutson turned in an outstanding performance, pitching all 10 innings.
Kaitlyn Walker had three hits, including a double. Kelci Johnson homered and singled. Hannah Brooks had two hits, including a double. Kaylee Adams and Brittany Nelson had two hits each. Olivia Broussard doubled.
Mary Macaulay hit two home runs against Benton. Adams and Johnson also homered.
Macaulay went 3-for-4. Johnson had two hits and three RBI. Adams had two hits and two RBI.
Hutson scattered six hits and struck out eight.
The Lady Vikings host Caddo Magnet Thursday at 6.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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The Airline Vikings and Haughton Bucs swept their opponents in District 1-5A opening series last week, and the Benton Tigers got a big District 1-4A win over Minden.
Haughton (12-6, 3-0) and Airline (12-7, 3-0) start a key three-game series at 6 p.m. Thursday at Haughton. The teams meet again at 6 p.m. Friday at Airline and 2 p.m. Saturday at Haughton.
Benton (14-7, 3-0 through Monday) continues District 1-4A play against Northwood Tuesday and Loyola Wednesday. Both games start at 6.
Parkway (7-12, 0-3 through Monday) will try to turn its season around when it opens a 1-5A series at home at 6 Thursday against Southwood. Game 2 is Friday at 6 at Southwood and Game 3 is Saturday at 2 at Parkway.
Here is how parish teams fared last week.

Airline: The Vikings swept Byrd in three exciting, well-played games 2-1, 6-4 and 8-5.
In the opener, Airline scored a run in the bottom of the first extra inning to win it.
Tanner Daniel led off with a single, moved to second on Hayden Waxley’s sacrifice and scored on an error.
Peyton Davis had two of Airline’s four hits. Jacob James and Daniel had one each.
Kyle Backofen allowed just four hits in seven innings. Andrew Maxey allowed two hits in the eighth but made up for it by striking out two Jackets. He got the win.
In Game 2, Airline broke a 4-4 tie with two runs in the top of the seventh.
James and Cameron Taylor had back-to-back one-out singles with James scoring the go-ahead run on Peyton Davis’ sacrifice fly. Peyton Coker singled and Adam Armstrong walked to lead the bases. Taylor scored on a balk.
Andrew Lowe struck out three Jackets in the bottom of the inning. Lowe scattered six hits and struck out six in the complete-game victory. He didn’t allow an earned run.
Daniel had two doubles. James had two hits, including a double.
In Game 3, the Vikings found themselves down 5-2 in the middle of the sixth. But they scored five in the bottom of the inning.
Waxley started things off with a one-out single. He moved to second when James was hit by a pitch and scored on Cameron Taylor’s two-strike double to center field.
Davis singled, scoring James. Taylor came home on the throw to tie it. Coker reached base on a good hustle play on a sharply hit ball to shortstop.
Coker then stole second and Davis slid home for the go-ahead run on an error by the third baseman. Ryan Phillips’ sacrifice fly scored James and Andrew Beene scored on an error to make it 8-5.
Waxley and Davis had three hits each. Armstrong went 2-for-3 with a double and walked once. Maxey, who pitched the fourth, fifth and sixth, got the win.

Haughton: The Bucs swept Southwood 5-4, 6-2 and 13-0. They also defeated North Webster 9-5 in a non-district game to go 4-0 for the week.
In Game 1 against Southwood, the Bucs broke a 4-4 tie with a run in the top of the seventh. Sam Wallace smacked a one-out double to left field and Jeremiah Wilson, running for Wallace, scored on Seth Ryan’s single.
Triston Carmack struck out 11 and scattered seven hits in the complete-game victory.
Ryan went 3-for-4. Carmack had two hits and three RBI. Tyler Davis had two hits. Andrew Sewell doubled.
In Game 2, Haughton broke open a tight game with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Davis had two hits, and Carmack doubled. Jonathan Plant had two RBI.
Keith Ramsey got the win, scattering five hits and striking out four in four innings. Trey Morris and Nick Heckman combined on three innings of no-hit ball in relief.
In Game 3, Davis went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Ryan had two RBI. Plant, Ramsey and Carmack all had doubles. Kirkland Seals pitched a five-inning four-hitter.
Carmack had two doubles and three RBI against North Webster. Seth Bradshaw went 3-for-3. Wallace and Ryan had two hits each. Plant and Davis doubled.

Parkway: The struggling Panthers were sept by Captain Shreve 9-0. 10-1 and 13-3.
Ryan Black and Derius Bradford had Parkway’s only hits in Game 1. Demetrius McAtee had two of the Panthers’ four hits in Game 2. Carson Vaughn pitched a solid five innings, allowing five hits and three earned runs. The Panthers hurt themselves with six errors.
Parkway had six hits in Game 3 with Bradford getting two of them. Errors continued to plague the Panthers as they racked up eight. Jake Fayard allowed just one hit in four innings of relief.

Benton: The Tigers picked up a big 1-4A victory 3-2 at Minden after sweeping Huntington 16-3 and 15-2 in a doubleheader at Huntington.
Benton broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the top of the seventh. Cameron Horton led off with a single and moved to second on Aaron Sheppard’s sacrifice bunt. Jaret Gill’s single to left field scored Horton.
Sheppard pitched a four-hitter with seven strikeouts. Horton also had a home run and two RBI. Gill had two hits. Wade Grubbs doubled.
Garrett Hable had two hits with a double and three RBI in the 16-3 victory over Huntington. Cody Norris, Coleman Nerren, Tyler Stephens and Sheppard had two RBI apiece. Jake Norris and Gill had doubles. Aaron Thompson pitched three innings of no-hit ball and struck out nine for the win.
Horton had two home runs and four RBI in the 15-2 win. Jake Norris and Will Hine had two RBI each. Grubbs, Branson Woodard and TJ Anderson all had doubled.
Woodard and Stephens combined on a five-inning three-hitter with 10 strikeouts.

Bossier: The Bearkats (5-8) lost to Logansport and Summerfield. Devon Smith had a double against Logansport. Brent Wroblewski went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI against Summerfield. Derrick Jones and Jayke Stewart had two hits each.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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Senior guards Kentrell Hardy of Bossier and Chiner Long of Plain Dealing have been named honorable mention on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 3A and 1A All-State boys basketball teams, respectively.

Hardy and Chiner were both first-team All-Parish selections. Hardy averaged 15.1 points, 2.1 steals and 1.7 assists for a Bossier team that shared the District 1-3A title with Evangel. Long averaged 15.5 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds for the District 1-1A runner-up Lions.