Lang’s Locks: Nice momentum entering PGA Championship

By ROY LANG III, Journal Sports

Another week, another profit. We’re on a nice roll (plus-8 units over the past month), and man we are so close to hitting a big win ticket (Hideki Matsuyama almost got us home last week).

As usual, we’re Top 20 heavy at the PGA Championship at Southern Hills, but we also hit the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Major League Baseball. 

Good luck!

Notes

All bets are measured in units. For instance, if your normal bet on a game is $100, that is one unit. If the bet is listed as .2 units, it’s a $20 bet.

Best line (as of Tuesday) is listed in parenthesis. Find the best price, one key to being a successful sports bettor! Shop around!

Sportsbook legend

CAE: Caesar’s

FD: Fan Duel

MGM: Bet MGM

DK: DraftKings

BS: Barstool

LANG’S LOCKS

Last week recap: Plus-.55 units

THIS WEEK’S SELECTIONS

PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

Win bets

Sebastien Munoz, .1 unit, +15000 (MGM)

Maverick McNealy, .1 unit, +16000 (FD)

Top 20 Bets

Lanto Griffin, .7 units, +900 (DK)

Si Woo Kim, .5 units +550, (DK)

Aaron Wise, .4 units +550 (DK)

Mito Pereira, .4 units, +470 (FD)

Dean Burmester, .3 units, +1400, (DK)

Cameron Davis, .3 units, +900 (DK)

Kramer Hickok, .3 units, +2000 (DK)

Carlos Ortiz, .3 units +1400 (DK)

Thomas Pieters, .3 units, +700 (FD)

Tom Hoge, .3 units, +500 (DK)

Brian Harman, .3 units, +550 (DK)

Rikuya Hoshino, .3 units, +1400 (DK)

Laurie Canter, .2 units, +2000 (DK)

Major League Baseball

Wednesday’s games

Cardinals-Mets, 1 unit, under 7 runs

NHL

Wednesday’s Games

Rangers, 1 unit, +145 (DK)

Oilers, 1 unit, +140 (DK)


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Mangum, McCabe top All-District 1-4A baseball team

JOURNAL STAFF

District 1-4A coaches released their All-District team and North DeSoto pitcher Kam Mangum and Northwood outfielder Tucker McCabe were selected Most Valuable Players.

McCabe was a sophomore centerfielder that batted leadoff for a Northwood team that tied the school record for wins in a season in going 29-11. He hit .492 with 19 doubles, scored 50 runs, drove in 42 and stole 54 bases.

Mangum is a junior that helped the Griffins tie Northwood for the district title and finished the season 33-6 reaching the state semifinals. In the three district games he pitched he had 30 strikeouts in 21 innings, allowed 12 hits and had a 0.66 ERA.

Here is a complete list of the first team:

First team

Pitchers – Kam Mangum, North DeSoto, Jr.; Braden Richardson, North DeSoto, Jr.; Christian Blackmon, Northwood, Fr.; Jack Carlisle, Northwood, Fr.; Reid Wilson, Evangel, Jr.; Brody Bower, Minden, So.; Zach Chambers, Huntington, Jr.

Catchers – Robert Ashley, North DeSoto, Jr.; Brendan Burns, Northwood, Jr.; Andrew Cooper, Minden, Sr.

Infielders – Dalton Hill, North DeSoto, Sr.; Peyton Mathews, North DeSoto, Sr.; Luke Bloxom, Northwood, Jr.; Hutson Hearron, Northwood; Caleb Lennard, Evangel, Sr.; Peyton Fulghum, Evangel, So.

Outfielders – Sam Odom, North DeSoto, Jr.; Tucker McCabe, Northwood, So.; Kendall Flournoy, Northwood, Sr.; Brock Reedy, Evangel, Sr.; Kody Jackson, Minden, So.; Hayden Phipps, Northwood, So.

Utility – Landon Williams, North DeSoto, Sr.; Eli Morris, North DeSoto, Jr.; Landon LeBlanc, North DeSoto, Sr.; Jackson Bentzler, Northwood, Fr.; Ryan Gardner, Northwood, Sr.; Bryce Wilson, Evangel, Jr.; Brandon Winston, Minden, Jr.; Darien Spates, Huntington, Sr.

Designated Hitter – Cayne Little, Northwood, Jr.; Jace Gill, Evangel, Jr.

Co-MVPS – Kam Mangum, North DeSoto; Tucker McCabe, Northwood, So.


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No surprise: Tigers pounce on Demons’ pitching

BIG FLY: Cam Sibley connected on a three-run home run for Northwestern State, drawing the Demons within 8-6 early in Tuesday’s loss at LSU.

JOURNAL SPORTS

BATON ROUGE – Tuesday night, LSU did a lot of what the Tigers have done at a record pace this spring, and tied an NCAA single-game record while rolling over visiting Northwestern State 19-7 at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

LSU vaulted to the brink of a school single-season record for batters hit by pitches as six second-tier Demon pitchers plunked 10 Tigers – in just six innings at the plate for LSU.

LSU (34-18), ranked as highly as No. 20 in three national polls, was on top throughout while ending a two-game win streak in the series by Northwestern (25-27). The Tigers scored in every inning, with a five-run second opening an early 8-1 advantage, and seven runs in the bottom of the sixth putting it out of reach and producing a seven-inning run-rule decision.

The Demons used a couple of home runs to force their way back into the game. After LSU lit up the scoreboard in the bottom of the second, Northwestern answered with a five-spot of its own in the next half-inning to tighten it to 8-6.

LSU notched a run in the bottom of the third, two in the fourth and one more in the fifth before pounding away in the sixth with a grand slam by Hayden Travinski and the second solo home run of the game from Brayden Jobert.

Unsurprisingly, Jeffrey Elkins was in the middle of the Demons’ early surge as the Lafayette junior continued to produce at a strong clip against the Tigers.

Elkins’ two-run home run off Bryce Collins in the third inning gave him home runs in consecutive games against LSU. In his Demon career facing the TIgers, Elkins is 5-for-11 with a double, two home runs and six RBIs – driving in a pair of runs in all three games he has played against LSU.

Elkins’ shot to left-center drove Collins from the game, and the Demons quickly went to work on reliever Samuel Dutton. After Bo Willis flew out to the center-field warning track, Gray Rowlett and Larson Fontenot singled off Dutton. Two batters later, Cam Sibley, a product of nearby Dutchtown High School, drilled a three-run home run to right field to pull the Demons within two.

NSU pitchers’ struggles began immediately, as starter Dawson Flowers (0-3) hit the first three Tigers at the plate, getting LSU on the way to equaling the NCAA single-game record. The Demons also issued eight walks. Combined with 11 LSU hits, it led to a season high in runs allowed by Northwestern and was the second-biggest run total this season by LSU.

The Demons open Southland Conference Tournament play Thursday against No. 4 seed Nicholls. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at McNeese’s Joe Miller Ballpark in Lake Charles.

LSU heads to Nashville for a three-game Southeastern Conference series at Vanderbilt.

Photo by CHRIS REICH, Northwestern State


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Tech’s Murphy challenging at NCAA Normal golf regional

BULLDOG MAKING BIRDIES: Sam Murphy is tied for eighth going into the final round of the NCAA Norman Regional, with a chance to advance to the NCAA Nationals.

JOURNAL SPORTS

 

NORMAN, Okla. – Louisiana Tech’s Sam Murphy shot in the red for a second consecutive day, firing a 70 (-2) in round two of the NCAA Norman Regional on Tuesday to move up 10 spots on the leaderboard into a tied for eighth at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club.

Murphy, who is now at -3 for the tournament, putting himself in position to qualify for the NCAA Nationals.  To do so, he needs to finish as the top overall individual on a team that does not finish in the top five. He is the only Bulldog in the regional field.

“He hit it really well today,” said Louisiana Tech coach Matt Terry. “There was an error here and there, but overall he had a great round.  He putted the ball really well.  The bounce-back eagle after the double and then the two bounce-back birdies after bogeys were great.  That shows a lot of maturity in his game and the way he is playing.  I look for more of the same tomorrow.  He just needs to keep giving himself plenty of chances and see what the day brings.”

Said Murphy:  “I hit the ball really well … made a couple simple mistakes that are easy to fix.  I rolled the ball really well and executed some quality golf shots.  The conditions were tough.  Starting out they were not too bad, but about halfway through the round the wind got up and made the round difficult to play.  It completely changed the whole golf course from yesterday.  For tomorrow, I hope to give myself as many opportunities as possible.”

After a birdie on the par-3 second hole, Murphy ran into trouble at No. 4, making a double bogey. 

However, the fifth-year senior responded as he did much of the day.  On the longest hole of the course, the 627-yard Par 5 No. 5, he got to within 13 yards after his second shot.  He followed that up by knocking in his chip for eagle to back to -1.

Murphy started the back nine with a bang by sinking back-to-back birdies, including his longest putt of the day, a 25-footer for birdie on the difficult 445-yard par 4 No. 11.

Photo by KANE MCGUIRE, Louisiana Tech


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TODAY’S SCHEDULE: LSUS to play Lyon in NAIA tournament

Wednesday

College Baseball

NAIA National Tournament

Game 7 – Lyon vs. LSUS, 11 a.m.
Game 8 – Loyola vs. Game 7 winner, 2:30 p.m.

Thursday

College Baseball

Grambling State at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 3 p.m.
Louisiana Tech at Charlotte, 5 p.m.
Arkansas State at ULM, 6 p.m.
LSU at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m.

NAIA National Tournament

Game 9 – Loyola vs. LSUS, 11 a.m. (if LSUS wins twice on Wednesday a game 9 would be necessary to determine who moves on to Super Regionals).

Southland Conference Tournament at Lake Charles

Northwestern State vs. Nicholls State

Note: The above schedule is subject to cancellations or reschedule


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OPPORTUNITY: NSU – Purchasing Director

Closing Date: Continuous until filled

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Job Type: Unclassified

Location: Natchitoches, Louisiana

Supplemental Information:

Northwestern State University Office of Business Affairs seeks a qualified applicant for the position of
Purchasing Director.

Review of applications will begin immediately.

To Apply:  Send letter of application, resume and complete contact information for three professionals
references to:

Apply@nsula.edu  or submit to:

Human Resources
Northwestern State University
ST. Denis Hall
Natchitoches, La 71497

The successful candidate will be subject to a background check, as a condition of employment.

Northwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion,

Sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, pregnancy or parenting status, and veteran or retirement status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies (i.e., Title IX):

Employees/Potential Employees- Veronica M. Biscoe, EEO Officer
(318-357-6359)
Students- Reatha Cox, Dean of Students (318-357-5286)

For Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) concerns, contact the Disability Support and Tutoring Director, Randi Washington at 318-357-4460.

Additionally, Northwestern complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy & Campus Crime Statistics Act. Information about NSU’s campus security and crime statistics can be found at http;//universitypolice.nsula.edu/annual-security-report/.

Full disclosure statement:  http;//university.planning.nsula.edu/notice-of-non-discrimination/

*Inquiries regarding employment application status should be made to the Human Resources Department Telephone: 318-357-5965

 Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance or related field from an accredited college or university required.
  • Minimum of seven (7) years’ experience in State Purchasing preferred
  • Experience with conducting complex RFP’s required
  • Understanding of Louisiana Revised Statutes regarding purchasing and ethics required.
  • Professional certification as a Procurement Buyer or Officer preferred
  • Managerial experience is essential
  • This position also requires the ability to communicate orally and through written reports with/to Subordinates, Supervisors and outside personnel.
  • Experience in operating Procurement Management Finance Software; Ellucian/Banner knowledge preferred

Job Concepts:

  • Daily supervision of all Purchasing Department staff
  • Prepare all necessary documents for bid invitation and opening in accordance with public bid laws
  • Review approval of Sole Source requests
  • Negotiate complex operating service contracts including but not limited to software agreement, property leases and marketing agreements
  • Administer University’s P-Card Program
  • Assist with month-end soft close and year-end hard close
  • Work with Business Affairs offices for invoicing, budgeting and financial related tasks
  • Other duties assigned by supervisor

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Notice of Death – May 18, 2022

Cherron Ann Frasier Landrum
September 27, 1947 – April 23, 2022
Services: Friday, June 17, 2022 at 4pm at Mission Point Baptist Church in Stonewall, LA.

Polan Wayne Hayes, Jr.
November 14, 1942 – May 17, 2022
Visitation: Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 1815 Marshall Street, Shreveport, Louisiana, Thursday, May 19, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
Services: graveside service to immediately follow at 12:00 p.m. in Forest Park West Cemetery, 4000 Meriweather Road, Shreveport

Antonio Alexander
June 2, 1968 ~ May 8, 2022
Services: Saturday May 21, 2022 10:00 AM Bright Star MB.C. 2415 Hearne Ave Shreveport

Linda Faye Watson
December 1, 1948 ~ May 11, 2022
Visitation: 11 to 6 p.m., Friday at Heavenly Gates
Services: 11 a.m., Saturday, May 21, 2022 in the Chapel of Heavenly Gates 1339 Jewell st Shreveport

Ruthie Herndon Anderson-Lewis
March 21, 1924 ~ May 15, 2022
Visitation: Friday May 20, 2022 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM Mount Bethel #2 Baptist Church Keithville
Services: Saturday May 21, 2022 11:00 AM Mount Bethel #2 Baptist Church Keithville

Henry Turner
March 5, 1957 ~ May 12, 2022
Services: Saturday May 21, 2022 12:00 PM New Bethel MBC 3300 Greenwood Rd Shreveport

Velencia Thomas
February 22, 1932 ~ May 9, 2022
Visitation: Friday May 20, 2022 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM Heavenly Gates 1339 Jewell st Shreveport
Services: Saturday May 21, 2022 1:00 PM Morning Star Baptist Church 5340 Jewella Avenue Shreveport

Earnestine Meaux
January 1, 1944 ~ May 15, 2022
Visitation: Thursday May 19, 2022 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM Heavenly Gates 1339 Jewell st Shreveport
Services: 11 a.m., Friday, May 20, 2022 at Galilee B.C. 

Sharon Kay Lewis
November 12, 1943 – May 12, 2022
Visitation: Thursday, May 19, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home

Frances Delora Loe Hughes
June 14, 1930 – May 13, 2022
Visitation: 5:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at Rose-Neath Southside Funeral Home
Services: Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home

Deborah Poland Locke
January 27, 1958 – May 15, 2022
Visitation: beginning at 10:00 a.m. 
Services: Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 2500 Southside Dr., Shreveport

James Alvin Savell
October 21, 1948 – May 16, 2022
Visitation: Friday, May 20, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Services: Friday, May 20, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 2500 Southside Dr., Shreveport

James Aurther Chandler
December 1, 1944 – May 15, 2022
Services: Friday, May 20, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Forest Park East Cemetery, 3700 St. Vincent Ave., Shreveport

Pearl Pauline Parmer
July 6, 1932 – May 12, 2022
Visitation: 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 20, 2022 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home
Services: 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 21, 2022 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 2201 Airline Drive Bossier City,

Jimmie Bradford McCullough, Jr.
January 24, 1955 – May 10, 2022
Visitation: 10:00 a.m. until the time of service
Services: June 11, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the ­­­­­­­­Rose-Neath Funeral, 2500 Southside Dr., Shreveport, Louisiana

Vonilla Jean Buck Princehouse
June 30, 1925 – May 8, 2022
Visitation: 1:00 p.m. until service time, Thursday afternoon in the parlor of the church.
Services: 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 19, 2022, in the sanctuary of Broadmoor United Methodist Church


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SPOTLIGHT: Surging Diamond Gents Georgia-bound for NCAA D3 postseason

DUAL THREAT: Centenary senior Preston Ludwick has more than 200 hits, 150 RBI and 150 strikeouts on the mound.

By JOHN JAMES MARSHALL, Journal Sports

You’ll get a headache if you try to figure out the NCAA Division III baseball tournament bracket and, to be honest, Centenary coach Mike Diaz isn’t exactly sure himself. “And I’m on the regional committee,” he said.

But he knows all he needs to know, at least for right now.

The Gents (27-16) are headed to LaGrange (Ga.) College to take on the Panthers (37-6) in a best-of-five series beginning Friday.

Best of five?

Well, there are 60 teams in the DIII bracket and Centenary is one of them. There are 14 four-team regionals and Centenary is NOT in one of those. So in the other two “regionals,” a best-of-five series is being played.

How’s that headache right about now?

“It’s odd,” Diaz said rather sheepishly. “I think a lot of coaches are shaking their heads at it. A lot of people are asking why don’t they just take four more at-large teams and do what everybody else does.”

But no matter what the format, the Gents will have to deal with a formidable opponent in LaGrange, which won its fifth straight USA South Conference tournament and is ranked No. 4 in the country.

However, the Panthers will be having to deal with the tragedy of losing two freshmen pitchers who were killed in a west Georgia car accident Saturday, just hours after the conference championship.

The unusual format will have a single game on Friday, two games on Saturday and, if necessary, two games on Sunday.

“I think at any level a five-game series is tough in three days,” Diaz said. “I’d rather see it over four days so you could cycle back some arms.”

The pitching formula for the Gents shouldn’t be too tough the figure out. Freshman left-hander Tyler Herrera has been the Friday starter for most of the year and is 7-0 with a 1.34 ERA, which ranks No. 9 in the country. Herrera was named as both the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year.

Junior Parker Primeaux would be a likely starter on Saturday, but he’s been used as a starter and a reliever. “The kid has a rubber arm,” Diaz said. “We have closed with him on Friday night and started him on Saturday. We’ve utilized him in a lot of different ways.”

Primeaux is 9-5 with a 3.72 ERA and has two complete games to go with three saves. He leads the team in innings (75.1) and strikeouts (75).

Senior Preston Ludwick, who also plays first base, would likely be the other starter. Last year he was SCAC Pitcher of the Year and leads the conference in hitting this season. In his career, he has more than 200 hits, 150 RBI and 150 strikeouts on the mound.

After Centenary stunned nationally-ranked Trinity to win the conference title, momentum would seem to be on the side of the Gents. But Diaz downplays that it might be much of a factor.

“I think we are 21-8 in the last 29. Is it momentum?” Diaz said. “I don’t know. I just think it’s because we are playing well. I think momentum is a little overrated. You have to be fundamentally sound. You have to have some clutch guys in the postseason, some guys who aren’t afraid of the moment. That’s more important than momentum.”

For the Gents, success has boiled down to a simple formula.

“The key for us is to play good defense and get a solid pitching performance,” Diaz said. “If we do that, I like our chances against anybody. That’s been the formula for us. Most of the games we have lost, we have played bad defense. Two errors turn into four or five errors. If our starters get us into the fifth or sixth inning, our record is really good. That’s probably a cliché, but it really is true.”

Centenary had 10 players make the All-SCAC team. The Gents are one of the top offensive teams in the country. “Other than Ludwig, who has been our most consistent guy at the plate, sometimes it’s the top of the lineup and sometimes it’s the bottom,” Diaz said. “But honestly, it’s been the entire team.”

The Gents have won 11 of their last 13 games and are in the tournament for the first time since 2017. LaGrange is a regular tournament participant.

“They are going to be really good,” Diaz said. “I know we’ve got good pitching and three arms that we really, really like and we can swing it too. We will see, I guess.”

Photo courtesy of Red River Athletic Conference


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Grassroots hoops and Shreveport-Bossier should be the perfect couple

Before Bossier High’s rise and the Bearkats’ return to greatness, or Mikaylah Williams being justifiably heralded as the No. 1 girls’ prep player in the nation, Shreveport-Bossier was one of the pinnacles for high school hoops in the South.

Back in the days of the CNB Times Classic, teams from all over the state, and various parts of the country, came here to play. The competition here was some of the best anywhere. But hey, the high school historians in the area can tell you that.

The same thing should be said about grassroots or AAU or summer travel basketball. Whatever you call it, Shreveport-Bossier should be a hotbed for it.

There has been only one thing stopping Shreveport-Bossier from being a hub for grassroots hoops, however— a facility worthy of holding these contests.

Well, that was a problem. Last week’s report in The Journal about the renovation project to convert Expo Hall into a multi-sport, public facility is the game changer that Shreveport has needed for grassroots.

This indoor sports facility will bring teams, competition, and tourism dollars to the area. You want the high school basketball players to get better in the area and gain more exposure? Hosting regional and national grassroots tournaments for them to participate in has now become a tangible goal.

Those who believe the concept is far-fetched obviously do not know or have yet to see what Shreveport-Bossier can offer the grassroots basketball community. It’s not hard to see. Just open your eyes.

We have Interstate 20 which is one of the main interstate exchanges in America. Shreveport Regional Airport is highly serviceable and numerous teams can fly in from different areas. We actually have teen-friendly entertainment venues, if people are worried about something for the kids to do when they’re not on the court.

Mix all of these assets with the high number of quality basketball players and teams in the Ark-La-Tex, add the short distance that teams from Oklahoma and Mississippi would have to travel, and Shreveport-Bossier has the makings of one of the best places to play grassroots basketball, period.

I know, I know. We will always have pushback from the “too much crime” crowd. However, we find a way to host baseball and softball tournaments all summer, the largest slow-pitch softball event in the south, and even the nationally-televised Independence Bowl. So, you’d have to come up with a bigger argument than that.

In reality, I am aware that we will continue to send our teams and our money to Fort Worth, Dallas, Ruston, and other places. The athletes in the area need to be exposed to other areas and have other life experiences. However, there is no place like home! Getting to compete with other high profile basketball players from around the country, at home, would be a major plus for our local athletes.

Now, let’s welcome influential entities like Prep Hoops, the Under Armour circuit, Adidas, and even Nike to northwest Louisiana.

The recently restructured Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission should be making plans to gain the ear of these grassroots entities with target dates in tow. Once the renovated Expo Hall opens, the benefits to the athletes and the area will be boundless.

Grassroots basketball and Shreveport-Bossier are a couple made in hoops and economic heaven. Now we just need to see if it can be a marriage that can last a lifetime.

After $4.5 million renovation, Expo Hall will be indoor sports venue


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For decades, Hewlett has kept horses healthy at Louisiana Downs

AT THE START:  While keeping thoroughbreds healthy in over 40 years working as an equine  veterinarian at Louisiana Downs, Dr. Robert Hewlett has helped bring countless foals into the world.

By TONY TAGLAVORE, Journal Sports

The little boy growing up northwest of Waco, Texas, had no idea his love of riding horses would turn into a career of caring for horses.

“My grandparents were in the Hill Country — that’s where I was born — and I was riding horses when I was four and five years old,” Bobby Hewlett said. “My parents couldn’t wait to get away from the farm. My brother and I both went back to farms. We like farms. I liked horses. I used to run barrels and poles on them when I was four and five years old.”

“Bobby” is now 67 years old, and known as Dr. Robert Hewlett. An equine veterinarian, his job is the same as your doctor’s job. The only difference is, what Dr. Hewlett sees in his “office” has four legs, a tail, and a lot of teeth.

“It’s very rewarding for me and for my clients,” Dr. Hewlett said. “That’s what drives all of us as veterinarians — to provide the best care possible for our patients.”

In practice more than 40 years, Dr. Hewlett has treated horses at Louisiana Downs. But he mostly sees patients at two training centers in Benton. Long ago, horses brought the Texas A&M graduate to northwest Louisiana, and he hasn’t left.

“I was working in a practice in College Station, and one of my professors called me up and knew I was interested in working with horses and said, “There’s a man in Shreveport that wants a full-time veterinarian to take care of his (200) mares and (eight) stallions.”

That man was an oil man. But when the oil industry went bust, Dr. Hewlett was out of a job.

“I remember it well. (Oil) was $40 a barrel and it dropped to $8,” he said.

But Dr. Hewlett liked the area so much he stayed. He and his wife own Holly Hill Farm Equestrian Center on Old Plain Dealing Road in Benton.

“There’s something about the human-animal bond,” Dr. Hewlett said. “We have people come to our farm and they have thoroughbreds that are off the track. They just love to come brush — brush the horse. Get away from the real world.”

Dr. Hewlett says thoroughbreds are no different than any other horse when it comes to staying healthy.

“Good food. Good training. That all makes a huge difference. Exercise. Taking care of all their little physical ailments that can happen to any horse. Good legwork. Wrapping their legs and picking their feet. Shoeing them on time, not letting their feet get too long. Feed is important. They do get a bit nervous and upset sometimes. They can be a little bit finicky about their food. These are all little things, but easy to deal with. Very easy.”

But there are hard days for Dr. Hewlett—the days he has to put down a horse.

“It’s not easy at all. It’s not easy. Everybody is upset. Everybody. I’ve had people get so emotional that they just break down. It’s never easy to put any animal down … sometimes it has to be done. A horse can injure himself really easily. Or, they can be old, and you can see they’re not going to make a winter. It would be just terrible for them to get cold and die. It has to be done. It’s part of the job. Nobody likes it, though.”

Something like a broken leg can be painful and inconvenient for a person. For a horse, its life is likely over.

“There’s no blood supply,” Dr. Hewlett said. “All horses have these long, spindly legs. They break a bone — it’s too hard to immobilize them. A foal? I’ve seen them heal very nicely. But not an adult horse.”

According to Dr. Hewlett, thankfully, the number of horses dying because of injury is not what it used to be.

“It’s something that’s happening less and less on the racetrack. We’ve tightened up the rules for the safety of the horse. The AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners) is doing a wonderful job of taking care of the welfare of the horse. It is constantly being discussed, and new procedures are being addressed.”

During his career, Dr. Hewlett has seen horse care, and human care, intersect.

“We’re using regenerative medicines so much now. Not just steroids, which reduce inflammation and help pain. They put it in people all the time. But now, we’re using stem cells and platelets,” he said. “It has exploded in the last five or six years. I’m talking regenerative (medicines) that help repair body parts, cartilage, bone. All of that. It’s unreal.”

But what is real is Dr. Hewlett’s love and compassion for horses. Love and compassion which he found as a boy, and practices as a man.

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Pilots stunned in NAIA opening round, play tonight at 6

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A team that had lost only three times all season has now lost three straight games.

LSUS was stunned at home Monday night, 7-4 by Loyola (New Orleans) in the opening round of the Shreveport Bracket of the NAIA Baseball National Championship. A couple of unearned runs for the Wolf Pack helped the rally for the upset as the visitors did all their scoring in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings.

The fourth-ranked Pilots (47-6) dropped into the elimination side of the bracket and play a do-or-die contest at 6 this evening against either Fisher or Science and Arts (Okla.), the other Monday losers. LSUS dropped its only two games last week in the conference tournament, but was assured of a high seed in the NAIA playoffs. Now, the Pilots are playing for their postseason lives.

Loyola improves to 35-22 with the win, and will play Lyon College at 2:30 today. Loyola outhit LSUS 7-6 and made just one error.

The Pilots jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the second when Ryan Major led off with a single and scored on an error. Trevor Burkhart’s base hit brought home Allbry Major, whose grounder was misplayed to allow the first run.

In the fifth inning, the Pilots added another run on a Ryan Major single.

The Wolf Pack got on the board in the sixth on a two-run double by Luke Clement that cut the Pilot lead to 3-2. LSUS got one of those runs back in the bottom half of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Allbry Major.

But Loyola took advantage of two walks, two errors and a wild pitch in the seventh to tie it at 4-4, and missed a chance by leaving the bases loaded when Clement was struck out by Alex Gonzales.

The Wolf Pack moved on top in a three-run eighth. Cameron Trosclair doubled in a run and scored the final one when he stole home, sandwiched around an error that allowed Loyola’s second tally.


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Region tournament loss ends BPCC softball season

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Bossier Parish Community College had another very successful softball season come to a screeching halt after losing in the Region XIV Conference Tournament Monday to Paris 5-2.

Paris used a four-run fourth inning and a solo home run in the seventh in building a 5-0 lead before BPCC could get on the board.

Haylee Ladner and Kennedy Cox were both 2-for-3 with a double and figured in the final two runs of the season for the Lady Cavaliers who finished at 42-12.

BPCC lost in the region tournament last season after a record breaking 46-8 overall mark.


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Monday’s Sports Scoreboard

College Baseball

NAIA National Tournament (at LSUS)

Loyola (La.) 13, Fisher (Mass.) 2
Lyon (Ark.) 10, Science and Arts (Okla.) 4
Loyola 7, LSUS 4

College Softball

Region XIV Tournament (at San Jacinto)

Paris 5, BPCC 2


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Saving the best for last: Northwestern visits LSU tonight

HOPING TO BLOOM:  Dawson Flowers will get the start tonight for NSU as the Demons visit LSU to close their regular season.

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BATON ROUGE – Although the Southland Conference Tournament is dead ahead, the Northwestern State baseball team plays its highest-profile game tonight.

The Demons visit LSU in NSU’s final regular-season  game at 6:30 p.m. at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. The contest will stream live on SEC Network Plus. Thursday, Northwestern opens the revamped Southland Conference Tournament in Lake Charles with a 1 p.m. matchup against Nicholls.

With Southland membership down to eight, the conference is conducting two four-team, double-elimination brackets this week at Lake Charles (regular-season champion McNeese hosting) and Hammond (home of second-place Southeastern Louisiana). The two surviving teams meet next weekend in a three-game series to determine the league’s NCAA Tournament representative.

Considering that high stakes competition less than 48 hours away from tonight’s first pitch, it’s virtually certain the Demons won’t use any of their top pitchers. They will hope to get the bats moving, and they definitely embrace the opportunity against LSU – a team that Northwestern has topped in the last two meetings.

“It’s always a good trip,” sixth-year Demons’ head coach Bobby Barbier said. “It’s a good trip to get better. It’s a good trip to play against a really good team. When you play those really good teams, the ball moves a little bit faster whether it’s on the ground or from the mound. It’s an opportunity to do that and, hopefully, get better going into the (conference) tournament.”

The Demons (25-26) have won their past two games against LSU (33-18) for the first time since taking two straight April 2-3, 1996.

In addition to facing a Power Five opponent for the first time since playing Nebraska on March 5, the game serves as a homecoming of sorts for several Demons, including senior center fielder Larson Fontenot and senior shortstop Cam Sibley.

Fontenot has been part of the back-to-back wins against the Tigers and was a member of the 2018 Demon team that was within two outs of eliminating the Tigers from the Corvallis Regional.

A season ago, Fontenot went 4-for-5 with a stolen base and an RBI as the Demons built a six-run lead in an eventual 7-3 win that came 28 miles from Fontenot’s hometown of St. Amant.

“It’s really nice going over there and playing at Alex Box, where you grew up watching them play,” Fontenot said. “It’s a good feeling to go play against them.”

Fontenot is not the only Demon from the Baton Rouge area who will play a short distance from home. Fellow senior shortstop Cam Sibley played his high school career at Dutchtown High School in suburban Geismar while outfielder Reese Lipoma is another St. Amant product. Pitcher Thomas Sotile (University High, Baton Rouge) and freshman infielder AJ Bailey (Zachary) also hail from greater Baton Rouge.

Sibley had to wait almost two years into his NSU career to face LSU after the Panola College transfer saw his first Demon season cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Demons’ 2020 date against LSU was set for April 28 before the pandemic shuttered the season 16 games into it.

“It’s fun to go down and play them,” said Sibley, one of eight seniors and nine Demons who will play their final regular-season game Tuesday. “They have such a great facility. The atmosphere is unmatched. It’s fun to go down there and show our skills against those guys. We just have to go down and play our game.”

Northwestern State will send right-hander Dawson Flowers (0-2, 4.88) to the mound while LSU, still ranked as high as No. 20 in three national polls despite being swept by Ole Miss over the weekend, didn’t designate its starting pitcher Monday.

Photo by CHRIS REICH, Northwestern State


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TODAY’S SCHEDULE: LSUS hosts baseball tournament

Tuesday

College Baseball

Northwestern State at LSU, 6:30 p.m.

NAIA National Tournament

Game 4, Fisher vs. Science and Arts (Okla.), 11 a.m.
Game 5, Lyon vs. Loyola, 2:30 p.m.
Game 6, LSUS vs. Game 4 winner, 6 p.m.

Wednesday

College Baseball

NAIA National Tournament

Game 7 – Game loser 5 vs. Game 6 winner, 11 a.m.
Game 8 – Game 5 winner vs. Game 7 winner, 2:30 p.m.

Note: The above schedule is subject to cancellations or reschedule


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Notice of Death – May 15, 2022

Cherron Ann Frasier Landrum
September 27, 1947 – April 23, 2022
Services: Friday, June 17, 2022 at 4pm at Mission Point Baptist Church in Stonewall, LA.

Frances Delora Loe Hughes
June 14, 1930 – May 13, 2022
Visitation: 5:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at Rose-Neath Southside Funeral Home
Services: Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home

Deborah Poland Locke
January 27, 1958 – May 15, 2022
Visitation: beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Services: Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 2500 Southside Dr., Shreveport

James Aurther Chandler
December 1, 1944 – May 15, 2022
Services: Friday, May 20, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Forest Park East Cemetery, 3700 St. Vincent Ave., Shreveport

Jimmie Bradford McCullough, Jr.
January 24, 1955 – May 10, 2022
Visitation: 10:00 a.m. until the time of service
Services: June 11, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the ­­­­­­­­Rose-Neath Funeral, 2500 Southside Dr., Shreveport, Louisiana

Vonilla Jean Buck Princehouse
June 30, 1925 – May 8, 2022
Visitation: 1:00 p.m. until service time, Thursday afternoon in the parlor of the church.
Services: 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 19, 2022, in the sanctuary of Broadmoor United Methodist Church

 


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SPOTLIGHT: Calvary’s state championship was hardly routine

POISED TO DELIVER: Junior catcher Cade Bedgood went 2-for-5 Saturday, driving in a run as Calvary Baptist captured another state baseball championship,

By JOHN JAMES MARSHALL, Journal Sports

Watch enough high school baseball and you’ll quickly come to the realization that there is no such thing as a routine ground ball. It doesn’t matter if it is the third inning of the pre-season jamboree or the bottom of the seventh inning of the championship game. Too many things can happen, either physically or mentally.

So when Ouachita Christian had the winning run on third base in Saturday’s Division IV state championship game against Calvary and a routine ball was hit to second base, the Cavaliers’ Logan Fontenot had to make the play.

Couldn’t let it go between his legs. Couldn’t fumble it. Couldn’t short-arm the throw to first base. And this is a teenager we are talking about. These aren’t automatic plays even in the major leagues: Google “Chuck Knoblauch” or “Steve Sax” to find out why.

Calvary coach Jason Legg had plenty of things to worry about at that point, but his infield defense wasn’t one of them. “I’m telling you there were four guys there (in the infield) who wanted the ball hit to them,” he said.

Even though things had started going sideways for the Cavaliers in the previous 10 minutes — the Cavs had been one out away from hoisting the trophy before Eagles scored three runs to tie it in the bottom of the seventh, and had the bases loaded — Fontenot didn’t even blink.

He made a routine play look just that – routine. And because of that, Calvary would go on to win their fifth state title an extra-inning later with a 12-4 margin Saturday in Hammond on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana.

Think of all the things that could have happened to the Cavs in that situation without the ball even being hit. A curveball grazes the jersey of a batter. A balk. A wild pitch or a passed ball. Ball Four.

The state championship was on the line. Somebody had to make a play. And Fontenot did.

If he didn’t, what transpired next would have never happened. After the groundout, the Cavs got back in the dugout and realized the most important thing – they were still playing.

“When I went out to coach third in the top of the eighth, I told their coaches, ‘This is how a state championship game should be,’” Legg said.

Not for long.

The Cavs rattled off twice as many runs in the top of the eighth as they had in the previous seven innings combined. And guess who knocked in the go-ahead run in the eight-run inning? Of course it was Fontenot.

Guess who was in the middle of a game-ending, championship-winning double play to make it official? Fontenot.

Commence dogpile.

“I stood back and watched the previous two dogpiles (in the quarterfinals and the semifinals),” Legg said. “I was fine with them (the players) doing it, but there’s only one that matters. So I made sure I got in this one. That’s probably the most air I’ve gotten since high school.”

There was another play that happened that, like Fontenot’s, may seem routine but is one of those little things that win games.

With the score tied at 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh and a runner on second, a single to left-center field would have scored a lot of runs in most high school games. But with the championship on the line, Calvary centerfielder Aubrey Hermes got to the ball quickly, forcing OCS to put the stop sign out for the runner heading into third with the difference-maker.

“He did a great job of getting to that ball and getting it back to the infield,” Legg said of Hermes’ play. “But if he doesn’t get to it that fast or it eats him up with a bad hop, who knows? I was a little surprised that they held him, but I think he would have been a dead duck.”

Maybe. But when runner, catcher and baseball all meet at home plate, nothing is for certain.

What is for certain is that those little plays – Hermes in the outfield and Fontenot in the infield – prove that sometimes, championship plays are the routine ones.

And the Calvary Cavaliers made them.

Photo by ERIC LYDDY


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Mangum Family sets gold standard for giving amid heartache

June 1, 2021 could have signaled the end of Lane Mangum’s legacy. It also could have been the date that induced the destruction of his family.

Nearly one year ago, weeks after completing his sophomore year at Calvary Baptist Academy, 15-year-old Lane Mangum died when his boat capsized near the Lake Bistineau Spillway. The former football and baseball star left behind a mountain of fans, including mother, Jackie, father, Chris, stepmother, Joanna and four siblings.

In the wake of Lane’s death, the Mangum family, robbed of so much, had a mission to keep their late son’s memory alive through giving when no one would blame them for taking.

If the past seven days – likely the most emotional since the immediate aftermath of his passing — are an indication, Lane’s legacy is thriving.

A week ago, a brave Joanna Mangum made an announcement that would change the lives of two aspiring college students.

Even after Lane’s death, the Mangums have been inundated with emails (meant for Lane) from what would be prospective colleges.

“We could allow this to make us angry because Lane never got his chance,” Joanna said.

Instead, they positively harnessed the energy and produce the Lane Mangum Memorial Scholarship, created to honor one male and one female Calvary senior athlete, who “displayed excellence in athletics, exemplary standards in scholarship and citizenship.”

Lane is going to get that chance after all.

“With this scholarship, Lane will go to college — year after year in the heart of each recipient,” Joanna said. “In that we can find peace.”

The inaugural recipients were Sawyer Fowler (baseball) and Raelee Johnson (soccer).

“Raelee Johnson is not going to be in the headlines for the game-winning goal,” Calvary superintendent Chad McDowell said. “Sawyer Fowler is a very good baseball player, but you’re just not going to see his name in the limelight. They may have been in the background, but they did what they were supposed to do. Those two names, it gave me extra chills.”

As if the honor of being able to help Lane “get to college” isn’t enough, consider the scholarships totaled $10,000.

In Chris Mangum’s mind, the family was simply paying generosity forward. When they looked for a place for Lane’s funeral, Calvary stepped up. When it came time to pay for funeral expenses, the Mangums couldn’t do it — because others had called ahead and taken care of them.

“We created a fund to help do a memorial by the new locker room at the football field,” Chris told the Journal. “When we realized how much we were raising, we decided to give half away.

“We feel honored to do it.”

Three days after the scholarship announcement, Chris threw out the first pitch at Calvary’s state semifinal baseball game last Thursday. The ball was delivered via a skydiver.

“That’s the mentality of the Calvary people,” Chris said. “They sent that ball down from Lane. They’ve been so good to us.”

Saturday, the Cavaliers capped an emotional season with a state championship. The title game went to extra innings. In the eighth inning, Calvary scored eight runs and 16 hits. A total of 16 runs were scored in the game the Cavaliers won by eight (12-4).

Lane Mangum’s football jersey number? 8

Lane Mangum’s baseball jersey number? 16.

Coincidence? Perhaps. But without question, the numerology is an incredibly fitting way to end a trying year labeled by a “Play 4 Lane” mantra on and off the diamond.

Mangum’s baseball jersey is set to be retired, but that’s probably going to have to wait another year. This season, the number was worn by Cade Bedgood – not just Lane’s best friend, but the only other person in the boat that harrowing day.

This season, Bedgood wore custom catcher’s gear and custom cleats.

Custom-made for Lane Mangum.

“Lane never put the gear on,” Chris said. “Cade came and got it from my house the day of the first game of this season. If you look under the throat, you can see the name ‘Mangum’ sewn on.”

The Mangums technically don’t have another child at Calvary, but their family has expanded thanks to an “all or nothing” teenager who will never be forgotten.

“If we can give away four scholarships next year, we will,” Chris said.

Said McDowell: “Their spirit of gratitude having lost so much, yet being so thankful, is inspiring.”


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Pilots prepared to host NAIA regional, aiming to fly away to Idaho

PILOTS READY FOR TAKEOFF: The No. 4-ranked LSUS Pilots open NAIA Tournament regional play at home this evening counting on a powerful lineup including Zyon Avery.

By JOHN JAMES MARSHALL, Journal Sports

This week, the LSUS baseball team will walk across the street to play in a NAIA postseason tournament. But the goal is to be flying across the country in a couple of weeks to play in another postseason tournament.

The Pilots, ranked No. 4 in the country, are the host team as Shreveport is one of 10 sites in the NAIA regional rounds that get underway today.

The Shreveport Bracket also has Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Lyon College, Loyola (New Orleans), and Fisher College. The first game for the Pilots will be at 6 p.m. today when they take on the winner of the Loyola-Fisher game, which opens the tournament at 11 a.m.

The winner of this regional will advance to the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho.

Given the gaudy record of LSUS (47-5 overall and 31-2 in the Red River Athletic Conference), it is not a great surprise the Pilots are hosting the tournament, scheduled to last four days.

“The way the NAIA selects (the sites) is based on how your team does during the year, and do you have the facilities to host an event like this,” said Lucas Morgan, the LSUS director of athletics. “Fortunately we are in a good spot to do that. We have the support of the university and the success of the program definitely helped. It kind of felt like a no-brainer that we would host.”

But it is still significant.

“It’s huge for the program and huge for the city,” said Morgan, “when you can bring in four teams from outside the region. It’s going to be high-level baseball. Every team here is a tournament quality team.”

It’s also an unplanned economic boost for the local tourism industry, made possible in part by backing from the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission. LSUS also hosted regional competition in 2019 and 2005.

For a team that’s 47-5, it seems strange to say that they are coming into the tournament on a bit of a down note. The Pilots lost both games in the RRAC conference tournament last year – their only two-game losing streak of the year.

But LSUS has won 25 out of 26 games at home this season, so you’ve got to like their chances, especially with pitchers Bobby Vath (12-0, 2.31) and Kevin Miranda (11-1, 1.85).

Try this stat nugget on for size – LSUS has a team ERA of 3.56. Its opponents have an ERA of 12.03 when facing LSUS.

“We’ve had a lot of meetings to prepare for this,” Morgan said. “We are just making sure all the teams coming in are taken care of, (so) we have a member of our staff assigned to each team to serve as a personal liaison. Maybe it’s about a bus or a place to find food. We are really trying to make this as good of an experience as we can for all the teams. We want them to have the national tournament experience.”

There will be a crawfish boil at Pilot Field today, a Military Appreciation Day, with Little League teams being part of the starting lineups as well as expanded food options.

“We’ve really tried to think outside the box,” Morgan said. “We want to give these teams a little bit of a Louisiana experience, but also make sure they go home with memories that will last for a long time.”

Photo courtesy LSUS Athletics


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