From the Bassmaster Classic to the high school football playoffs, 2012 was great year for sports in Bossier Parish. Here are some of the top stories of the year in no particular order of importance.
Bassmaster Classic returns
Attendance didn’t quite match 2009’s record when the event was held in Bossier-Shreveport for the first, but thousands flocked to the area for the Bassmaster Classic in late February.
Chris Lane of Guntersville, Ala., won the event after three days of fishing on the Red River.
Lulu Perry sets record
Benton’s Lulu Perry became Bossier-Caddo’s all-time leading scorer in girls basketball and was the first player from Bossier Parish named the state’s Miss Basketball.
Perry averaged 29.13 points her senior season and led Benton to the Class 4A semifinals. She finished her career with 3,538 points. Perry is now playing for Louisiana Tech
Benton wins two state titles
The Benton Tigers won the Division II state golf championship in May in Alexandria, and the Class 4A boys cross country title in November in Natchitoches.
La. New Tech repeats
Louisiana New Tech at Plain Dealing repeated as Class 1A girls state basketball champions with a 73-54 rout of Tensas in Monroe in early March.
Bossier reaches 3A title game
The Bossier Bearkats reached a boys state championship basketball game for the fourth straight year. A year after winning the 4A title, Bossier fell to Richwood 67-55 in the 3A championship game in Ruston in March.
Airline, Parkway reach quarterfinals
The Airline Vikings and Parkway Panthers shared the District 1-5A football title with Byrd. Both reached the quarterfinals of the state playoffs before losing.
Parkway made news statewide when Live Oak coach Barry Musemeche was handcuffed and led off the field before the teams’ first-round playoff game at Preston Crownover Stadium after Parkway officials asked him to leave the field so the Panthers band could perform.
After a sportsmanship hearing, the LHSAA leveled seven penalties against Parkway, including the loss of any playoff games in 2013. Parkway is appealing that portion of the decision.
Also of note, Bossier won the District 1-3A title for the second straight year, and Airline quarterback Hayden Hildebrand broke his own school passing yardage mark.
Wrestlers win state titles
Benton’s Jordyn Glaspie and Bossier’s Koree Venus won state wrestling titles in Kenner in February.
Glaspie won the Division II 220-pound weight class, and Venus won the Division III 120-pound class
Track athletes shine at state meet
Parkway’s Alison Ringle and Airline’s Cameron Rice both posted two runner-up finishes in the LHSAA Outdoor Track and Field meet in May.
Ringle finished second in the Class 5A 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs, and Rice finished second in the high jump and triple jump.
The Haughton boys and Benton girls won regional team titles.
Three Dixie teams win state
Three Bossier Dixie Baseball teams — the Pre-Majors, 13s and 11-12 O-Zone — won state titles and played in World Series
Bossier City also landed the 2014 Dixie Boy and Junior Boys World Series.