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BSO sends five more deputies to assist in south Louisiana

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Photo courtesy of the Bossier Sheriff's Office

Story by Allen J. Smith, Bossier Sheriff’s Office

Another detachment of Bossier deputies left today, bound for the Baton Rouge area.

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington said five deputies are being sent today to the troubled area to help agencies there whose resources are strained to the limit after the disastrous historic flooding, which came on the heels of the July civil unrest in the state capital.

The deputies will assist in Livingston and East Baton Rouge parishes.

“Those agencies are performing their duties under an enormous amount of stress right now,” Whittington said. “Some of the Baton Rouge area officers and deputies themselves have lost everything in the flood, yet they carry on with their duties. We intend to help them in any way we can. These Bossier deputies will assist in patrol. As sometimes happens in a situation like this, there is a potential for looting and other criminal activity, and our deputies will help keep people safe, so they can concentrate on the massive job of recovery.”

The deputies who left today are the sixth detachment of Bossier deputies who have gone to assist Baton Rouge area law enforcement during the civil unrest in July and the flooding in August:

July 11, 13 Bossier deputies deployed to Baton Rouge as part of the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association Task Force, during the civil unrest in the state’s capital. That team returned July 15.

July 19, 10 Bossier deputies deployed to Baton Rouge to provide support for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office during the civil unrest.

Aug. 12, two deputies deployed to New Iberia Parish to help with the flooding situation there as part of the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association Emergency Task Force. They went with the Bossier Sheriff’s Hydratrek amphibious vehicle.

Aug. 13, four deputies departed with the Argo amphibious vehicle and two Zodiac boats. A team of six deputies went to the Baton Rouge area the following day, to help with flood evacuations and rescues there.

Aug. 15, seven deputies deployed to Baton Rouge as part of the newly-formed Bossier Parish Water and Technical Emergency Rescue (WATER) Task Force, equipped with specialized water rescue gear, such as life vests which can sustain more than one person, and special ropes and rigging designed for swift water or dangerous situations. That team returned Aug. 17.

Aug. 25, the present detachment of five deputies departed for Baton Rouge to help with patrol efforts

Police investigate attempted armed robbery of local hotel

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Note that the time stamp on the surveillance footage is not accurate. This incident happened around 2 a.m. Aug. 25, 2016.

Bossier City police are investigating an overnight attempted armed robbery of a local hotel and are asking the public for help with identifying the suspect who was caught on surveillance video.

Officers were called to the Shreveport Country Inn in the 1900 block of Airline Drive just after 2 a.m. Thursday in reference to a male subject who tried to rob the business at gunpoint. The suspect entered the lobby, approached the night clerk and demanded money. However the suspect got startled and fled the scene before he was able to get anything.

The suspect is described as a black male, around 5’6” tall and weighing about 150 pounds. He also appeared to have a bump on the left side of his forehead. He was wearing a dark colored hoodie that was worn over his head, dark colored pants and a red or orange piece of cloth over part of his face.

Anyone who can help police identify this suspect is asked to call Bossier Crime Stoppers at (318) 424-4100.  They can also submit a web tip via the Bossier Crime Stoppers website – bossiercrimestoppers.org. Persons who contact Bossier Crime Stoppers are reminded they may remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward if their information leads to an arrest.

Note that the time stamp on the surveillance footage is not accurate. This incident happened around 2 a.m. Aug. 25, 2016.
Note that the time stamp on the surveillance footage is not accurate. This incident happened around 2 a.m. Aug. 25, 2016.

New BSO K-9 solves string of vehicle burglaries

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Courtesy Photo | BSO K-9, Arco, and his handler, Deputy Chris Isom.

A K-9 that just joined the ranks of the Bossier Sheriff’s Office has already helped solve a string of vehicle burglaries.

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington said K-9, Arco, and his handler, Deputy Chris Isom, were called into action after just returning home from a week of training in Kaplan, Louisiana. Arco, a 2 ½ year old Belgian Malinois, spent last week at U.S. K-9 Unlimited, a training facility in south Louisiana for law enforcement dogs.  During the course of the week, Arco was trained to perform various tasks, such as narcotic recognition, tracking, bite work, and obedience.

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Courtesy Photo | Arco, a 2 ½ year old Belgian Malinois

The day after returning from training, Arco was called into action.  Deputy Isom was dispatched to a neighborhood in north Bossier Parish late Friday night after a resident in the Cypress Bend Subdivision called the Bossier Sheriff’s Office to report a vehicle burglary.  It didn’t take long before Arco was on the trail.  Deputy Isom showed Arco a footprint, and the hunt was on from there.  Arco tracked some 400 yards, from the Cypress Bend neighborhood to the Haymeadow Trailer Park, to a residence in the 5200 block of Timothy Trail.

The quick action of Arco and his handler aided detectives in solving seven vehicle burglaries.  Bossier Sheriff’s detectives obtained a search warrant for a mobile home near to where Arco led them.  The Bossier Sheriff’s detectives recovered a stolen handgun and rifle, several boxes of ammunition, two laptop computers, debit cards, several purses and wallets containing personal information, headphones, cash, marijuana, and a scale.

As a result of this investigation, Bossier Sheriff’s detectives arrested two male juveniles, a 16-year-old and a 13-year-old, and charged them with illegal possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm with a controlled dangerous substance and possession of marijuana.  They will also face seven charges each of vehicle burglary, and other charges are pending.  Mark David Jennings, 44, and Christian Jennings, 18, of the 5200 block of Timothy Trail, Bossier City, were arrested by summons for one count each of possession of marijuana.  Emma Benefield Jennings, 76, of the 5200 block of Timothy Trail, Bossier City, was arrested for letting a disorderly place (knowingly allowing stolen goods to be stored there), and booked into the Bossier Maximum Security Facility with bond set at $5,000.

“This was a team effort from patrol, to Deputy Isom and our new K-9, Arco, and detectives,” said Sheriff Whittington.  “We here at the Bossier Sheriff’s Office are dedicated to keeping crime low and our entire Criminal Division works tirelessly to solve cases and keep the bad guys off the streets.”

Detectives with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office also want to remind residents to lock their car doors and remove valuables from their vehicles or at least from the sight of would-be car burglars.  Also, if you are home it is a good idea to keep your garage doors down.  Remember, if you see something or someone suspicious, call the Bossier Sheriff’s Office right away at (318) 965-2203.

Obituary – Jabe W. Maddox, IV

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Jabe Maddox, IV

Jabe W. Maddox, IV

A Mass celebrating the life of Jabe W. Maddox lV, 39, will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 26, 2016, at St. James Episcopal Church, Shreveport, LA. Officiating will be his uncle, Father George Gennuso. Visitation will follow the service at the church. Jabe was born April 12, 1977, and passed away from the results of a car accident on August 22, 2016, in Natchitoches, LA.

Jabe graduated from Haughton High School in 1995. He worked for Brookshire’s Pharmacy for 17 years. Jabe had a very loving and giving heart. He always saw the good in people, and never met a stranger. All that knew and loved him will miss him daily. Jabe was an Organ Donor, he wanted life to go on in others.

Preceding Jabe in death is his maternal grandparents, Fred Sterba, Sr. and wife Rose Mary, Paternal grandparents, Jabe Maddox, Jr. and wife Oneta, uncle, Fred Sterba, Jr., aunt, Shane Smith, mother-in-law, Norene Mangum. Leaving to cherish his memory is his wife, Denise; children, Alexis and Cayson; parents, Jabe and Judene Maddox lll; sister, Jana Doss and husband, Ryan; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Wayne and Hazel Mangum; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Chris and Joanna Mangum, brother-in-law, Brandon Mangum; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins, family and friends.

The family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers.
In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorials be made to Children’s Health Specialty Center, 2350 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207.

Rose-Neath Funeral Home
Marshall St. Chapel
318-222-0348

Bossier Fraternal Order of Police to hold fundraiser Saturday

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Bossier Fraternal Order of the Police Lodge #39 will hold a charbroil lunch fundraiser this Saturday, August 27, to raise money for a pair of charitable projects.

The Bossier FOP will be selling lunches of hamburgers and sausage from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. (or until the food runs out, whichever comes first) at the office of Shelter Insurance Agent Michael Lambright, 3707 Benton Road in Bossier City.  The public is invited to drop by and purchase lunches for a donation in the amount of their choice. Limited edition Fraternal Order of Police t-shirts will also be available for sale for $20 each.

The money raised from the event will help fund the FOP’s Shop with a Cop program, an annual project where police officers take less fortunate children shopping to purchase toys and clothing for Christmas. A portion of the proceeds from Saturday’s event will also go to help with flood relief efforts in south Louisiana.

The fundraiser is being held thanks to the generous donations and support from Michael Lambright with Shelter Insurance, The Louisiana Meat Store, IHOP Restaurants, Down Home Meats, Brookshire’s and Home Depot.

BCFD lends helping hand in south Louisiana

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The Bossier City Fire Department is lending a helping hand to a south Louisiana Fire Department whose personnel are trying to recover from the recent flooding there.

Four Bossier City firefighters are in the East Baton Rouge Parish city of Central, Louisiana assisting its fire department by working shifts for Central firefighters so they can have time off to care for their flooded homes.

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Bossier City firefighters Bryan Hester, Dwayne Elliott, Dalton Elliott and Andy Lowrie went to Central on Monday to work a 48 hour shift alongside Central firefighters and respond to fire calls as needed. They are scheduled to be relieved tomorrow by four other Bossier City firefighters – Steve Ford, Keith Waldron, Patrick Schaub, and Jason Sanchez – who will deploy to Central for another 48 hour shift. The Bossier City firefighters are covering shifts for Central Fire Department personnel whose homes were flooded so that they can take time off from work and clean up the damage and care for their families.

Three other Bossier City Fire Department personnel where in south Louisiana last week assisting with the flood fight. EMS Chief Jeff Watson helped state emergency medical service personnel coordinate evacuations of patients at medical facilities while firefighters Scott English and Kevin Bragg along with Aspen, BCFD’s search, rescue and recovery K-9, were deployed as part of Louisiana Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 3, a regional emergency response group comprised of personnel from multiple northwest Louisiana public safety agencies.

Bossier Parish schools’ coaching staffs undergo changes

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It’s not unusual for the coaching staffs at Bossier Parish high schools to undergo changes from year to year, and this year is no exception.
One of the most interesting is at Bossier, where longtime head boys basketball coach Jeremiah Williams is now an assistant football coach, too. Williams, of course, has led Bossier to two Class 4A state basketball titles in the last five years, including last season.
David Holland, Dustin Hatten and Ariel Harrell are additions to the Bossier staff. Holland is the head boys and girls cross country coach and an assistant boys basketball coach. He last coached at Ebarb.
Hatten is an assistant football and softball coach. He last coached at Rayville. Harrell is a non-faculty girls basketball assistant.
Haughton also has some new faces along with veteran coaches moving into new positions.
Norman Picou, a former highly successful head coach at Southwood, has joined the staff as an assistant boys basketball coach to Brian St. Andre. Southwood shared the District 1-5A championship with Parkway last season.
Justin Rogers is an assistant football and assistant basketball coach.
Kyle Wilkerson, formerly the head boys soccer coach, is now the head boys track and field coach. Sid Haley is the head girls coach.
Drake Smith, a former state champion 800- and 1,600-meter runner at Haughton, is in his first year as head cross country coach. Josh O’Nishea is the new head wrestling coach.
Justin Ginn, an assistant baseball coach and head cross country coach last season, takes over for Leanne Shanks Prather as head volleyball coach. Prather remains head softball coach.
And of course, former longtime assistant Jason Brotherton has replaced veteran Rodney Guin as head football coach. Guin is now as assistant coach at Calvary.
Airline has a new assistant baseball coach with head coaching experience. Al Cantwell is a former head coach at Byrd and LSUS.
Layton Tromba, a former Airline star pitcher, also joins the baseball staff as an assistant.
Cameron Colvin is an assistant football and baseball coach. Dane Peavy is another new assistant baseball coach. Chris Spruill also joins the staff as an assistant football coach.
Chris Thompson, a former Airline standout and Calvary head coach, has joined head boys basketball coach Chris White’s staff.
Three new head coaches are Aaron Finimore (bowling), Mandy Byrd (tennis) and Brian Johnston (golf). Sara Davis is serving as the head archery coach. Archery is not an LHSAA-sanctioned sport.
Brian Barrios is the new head cross country coach at Benton, replacing Lyndzee Greene McConathy. McConathy, who was also an assistant girls basketball coach, is now the head girls coach at Lakeside.
Richard Cox, who coached Airline to the 1992 Class 5A state title, has joined head girls basketball coach Mary Ward’s staff. Cox coached Ward at Airline.
Former Airline head coach Tracy Rambin has joined the Benton staff as an assistant softball coach to Michelle Owens.
As has been previously reported, David George has replaced Rick Bryant as head baseball coach at Parkway, and Gloria Williams has replaced Aaron Megee has head girls basketball coach. Bryant remains Parkway’s athletic director and Megee is now an assistant principal at Haughton Middle School.
Makayla Hill is Parkway’s new tennis coach.
Leonard McGlothan has been promoted to head baseball coach at Plain Dealing. Amanda Nichols and Martha Davis are new additions to the staff. Nichols is an assistant basketball coach at the middle school. Davis is an assistant softball coach to Jennifer Dumas.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

Hedges: Jamboree a final tune-up before regular season begins

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With scrimmage week behind them, parish high schools have one final chance to get some of the kinks out before the regular season starts.
The 63rd annual Bossier Lions Club Jamboree is Friday at Airline Stadium.
The Bossier Bearkats and Plain Dealing Lions open the festivities at 6 p.m.
The Airline Vikings face the Haughton Buccaneers at approximately 7:25. The Parkway Panthers play the Benton Tigers in the final “game.”
The Parkway-Benton contest is a battle between 2015 district champions. The Panthers shared the 1-5A title with Evangel Christian and Byrd. Benton won the outright 1-4A crown.
Both teams have a mixture of experienced and new players.
Parkway has gotten a lot of preseason recognition. The Panthers are ranked No. 1 in the Louisiana Class 5A’s preseason poll, which included all schools, and they are the top-ranked team in MaxPreps’ Top 20 non-select schools.
Benton coach Reynolds Moore said going against the Panthers will be a challenge, but he’s not worried about the outcome.
“Our goal is to stay healthy and get better at each position,” he said. “We’re not worried about anything else. It’s a preseason deal. It’s fun for everybody to go play in the jamboree and that’s good stuff. But the bottom line is we want to be prepared and healthy and ready when we go into Week 1.”
Airline coach Bo Meeks said he is also looking for improvement from his team but wouldn’t mind coming out on top on the scoreboard, either.
“We’re excited to get an opportunity to get live reps and improve against someone else,” he said. “But just like anytime, whether it’s a scrimmage, regular game or a jamboree, we want to win. (New Haughton) coach (Jason) Brotherton, they’re the same way. But the main goal is to improve as much this week as we did last week.”
While every team will be 0-0 after Friday night, a jamboree victory can be a momentum-builder.
Last year, Bossier, coming off an 0-10 season, defeated Plain Dealing 14-2 and the Bearkats proceeded to win their first three games.
But the scores really don’t mean much. Haughton defeated Benton 20-7 and the Tigers went on to finish 10-2 and win the district title.
Airline downed Parkway 14-9. In the final week of the regular season, Parkway returned the favor, winning 28-0 and advancing to the semifinals of the 5A playoffs.
Last week, all six parish teams participated in scrimmages. All were affected by rain to some degree.
Benton and Airline moved their scrimmage to Byrd because the Jackets have an artificial surface practice field.
Each teams’ first units had two series of plays before a heavy thunderstorm shut things down.
The first series was about even. The defenses mostly had the upper hand, but both teams got touchdown passes on their final plays.
Garrett Hable hit Doyle Adams Jr. streaking down the sideline for Benton’s score. Brad Fream passed to Malik Britt over the middle for Airline’s, leading him perfectly.
Airline had the upper hand in the second series. Fream, a sophomore, passed to Britt again for about 50 yards and Brian Fielding for about 75.
“We were able to get a lot of good reps and experience especially offensively for some guys who haven’t had them before,” said Meeks, who has an entirely new starting lineup on offense. “It was really good work”
Meeks was pleased to see the offense get some big plays in the passing game, something he said the Vikings lacked last season.
“We’re really excited about that,” he said. “We’ve got to run the ball better. We didn’t run it real well. Benton’s front did a really good job. But for the beginning, I was really pleased.”
Moore has had to replace just three starters on offense, and he said they got a taste of what’s ahead.
“Our three new starters, the game was faster than they thought it was going to be,” he said. “Airline’s pretty fast; they’re pretty good on defense. It was a tough challenge for them for sure.”
Parkway scrimmaged West Monroe, one of the state’s traditional powers, last week.
The scrimmage was delayed 90 minutes by rain.
The Panthers’ first-team offensive scored twice, with new quarterback Justin Rogers tossing touchdown passes to Robert McKnight and Terrace Marshall.
Parkway allowed just one touchdown against West Monroe’s first-team run-oriented offense.
Haughton’s Cameron Townsend passed to tight end Harrison Voigt for a touchdown in the Bucs’ scrimmage at North DeSoto. The Haughton first-team defense held the Griffins out of the end zone.
Each team’s first units got just one series in before heavy rain cut short the action.
Plain Dealing amassed about 300 yards in a three-way scrimmage against North Caddo and Fair Park at Independence Stadium.
Matt Sullivan threw touchdown passes to Keldrick Carper and Derreon Washington of 60 and 65 yards, respectively. Meiko Ford scored on a 70-yard run.
Each first team got 24 plays on offense.

Russell Hedges is Sports Editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune. He may be reached at rhedges@bossierpress.com

PIFN, LeBron James help grant Bossier boy’s birthday wish

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Photo by Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune | Kassi Robinson, Founder of Pay it Forward Networking,(left) helps Micah Johnson (right) and his mom, Tavara Lee, (center) open the box of memorabilia from the LeBron James Family Foundation. 

Happy Birthday, Micah!!

There’s no doubt that Micah Johnson will never forget his 12th birthday.

Micah was surprised over the weekend with gifts from members of Pay It Forward Networking, a local non-profit organization that’s committed to granting wishes through the power of social media networking. He received a Cleveland Cavaliers comforter and sheet set, posters for his bedroom, a brand new iPad and iTunes gift cards.

But there was something else that would send this birthday over the top. A mysterious white box had arrived at their home a few days before his birthday. Anticipation grew by the day…who sent it and what could it be?

The moment finally came for Micah to open the box. Inside was a personalized letter and memorabilia from his favorite NBA star, LeBron James.

It was one of several wishes he made with Pay It Forward Networking, who posted his wish list on Facebook. Along with this wish comes one that could save his life.

Micah was diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anemia in February and is in need of a bone marrow transplant to survive. His parents, TSgt Javon Lee and MSgt Tavara Lee, are currently stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base and have watched their energetic and full of life child become isolated indoors and heavily dependent on medication just to keep his condition manageable.

Aplastic anemia is a condition that occurs when the body stops producing enough new blood cells. It develops when damage occurs to the bone marrow, slowing or shutting down the production of new blood cells. Bone marrow is a red, spongy material inside the bones that produces stem cells, which give rise to other cells.

After his diagnosis, Micah watched LeBron play in the NBA playoffs from his hospital room. Seeing his hero on the court gave him hope and strength to not give up during the difficult days.

The Bossier Press-Tribune published Micah’s story in its Aug. 9 edition. LeBron read his story and was excited to help Pay It Forward Networking grant his wish through the LeBron James Family Foundation. 
Simply put…it was the power of social media that Micah’s wish came true.

“Micah’s wish really took off once it was posted on the PIFN Facebook page,” PIFN Founder Kassi Robinson said. “We knew it was a long shot but we wanted to try to reach LeBron. Micah’s wish is a perfect example of how each member of PIFN can help by simply sharing a wish.”

Javon and Tavara Lee were overwhelmed with excitement and appreciation from seeing Micah’s wish come true. They have already made plans to decorate his bedroom and display the sneaker.

“This will be one of the most memorable birthdays he’ll have,” Tavara said. “For [Lebron] to take the time out and make it personal for Micah…we can’t say thank you enough.”

There’s still one very important wish on the list. The search is still on for a bone marrow donor match.

“Our number one goal is to help him find a match,” Robinson added.

To join the national bone marrow registry, visit https://join.bethematch.org/magicmicah or http://www.lifeshare.org/bethematch.

To find out more about Pay It Forward Networking, visit https://www.facebook.com/PayItForwardNetworking/.

Bossier, Plain Dealing among 35 teams in new basketball event coming in November

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Defending Class 4A boys state champion Bossier is among the teams in a new high school basketball tournament.
The first Battle on the Hardwood Classic, featuring some of the top boys and girls teams in the state, will be held Nov. 17-19. There will be more than 50 games at Fair Park, Captain Shreve, Huntington and the Centenary Gold Dome.

The teams will play a round-robin format over the thee days with some teams playing three games and some two depending on their preference, according to a press release.

The event is sponsored by the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission.

Teams from Texas, Arkansas and Chicago will also be competing.

The Plain Dealing Lady Lions and Bossier Lady Kats are among 20 girls teams competing. They are the only other team from Bossier Parish participating.

There will be 15 boys teams competing, including 2015 Class 4A runner-up Washington-Marion. Bossier defeated Washington-Marion 42-39 in the title game in March.

Other local boys teams are Fair Park, Booker T. Washington, Huntington, Captain Shreve, Green Oaks and Woodlawn.
Five Texas schools are in the field — Tyler John Tyler, Houston Pro-Vision Academy, Longview, Marshall and Tyler Robert E. Lee. Also competing is Monroe Wossman.

The girls’ division includes three-time defending Class 2A state champion North Caddo, 2015 Class 5A semifinalist Natchitoches Central and defending Class 1A state champion Arcadia and 2015 Class 3A runner-up Parkview Baptist.

Also playing is Dallas Lincoln, which reached the Texas Class 4A Region 2 championship game lasts season.
Other area teams are Fair Park, Mansfield, Natchitoches Central, Red River and Captain Shreve.

Destrehan, Wossman, West Monroe, Rayville and New Orleans Helen Cox are the other Louisiana teams in the field.
Out-of-state schools competing are El Dorado (Arkansas), John Tyler (Texas) and Proviso West (Chicago).

The tournament will serve as a fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Foundation in its efforts to find a cure for breast cancer. Proceeds from sae of T-shirts and $1 from every program will be donated to the Komen Foundation.

The tournament replaces the Fair Park Invitational and was the brainchild of Fair Park girls coach Cherise Sims.
“I’m super excited about the potential of this in giving people the chance to see some of the best basketball talent we have to offer,” Sims said in the press release. “I first approached the Sports Commission in 2014 about this, then we talked more last year. Now, we’ll be bringing championship caliber teams to Shreveport.”

Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission chairman Billy Montgomery is also excited about the tournament. Montgomery is a former state champion coach at Haughton.

“This event is a great partnership between area high school coaches, the sports commission, and one of our local colleges. This event will provide great basketball but will also bring in teams from all over the region along with their friends and family that will have a great economic impact on the Shreveport-Bossier community.”

The tournament plans to have to top matchups at the Gold Dome on the final day of the event, a Saturday.
“Centenary is proud to host the premiere matchups on Saturday showcasing in the Gold Dome,” Coach Adam Walsh said. “Having the top high school athletes on our campus will showcase our college program.”

Tickets will be $10 per day or $20 for a three-day pass.

Businesses or individuals who would like to sponsor a team or assist with the event should contact Jessica Busada with the Sports Commission at (318) 429-0649 or jbusada@sbsports.org. For more information on the Battle on the Hardwood Classic contact Cherise Sims at (318) 458-7579 or Que’brelyn Hill at (318) 429-0654 or qhill@sbsports.org.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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