Sports

Wed
04
Oct

Parkman Makes Hunting Trip of Lifetime

I’m sure I don’t have to remind you that one of my favorite outdoors activities happens each spring when I join a group of friends for a turkey hunting trip to Menard, Texas. It’s something I look forward to like a little kid waiting on Santa and I’m hoping I never get too old that this excursion loses its excitement.

One of the members of our group is slender, sinewy fellow from Ruston who can walk circles around me when it comes to chasing Texas turkeys. He’s Donnie Parkman and each year when we head out west, there’s one thing I know. While the rest of our party sits in comfortable blinds waiting on a turkey to show up, Parkman takes his game to the turkeys. He’s out tromping through the cactus and mesquite following a distant gobble or making his way back through the rough stuff to get where the turkeys are.

 

Wed
04
Oct

Tiger Track Teams Run at Hicks and Cedar Creek

The Winnfield Tigers finished 6th in a field of 15 teams at the Hicks Invitational held at Hicks High School in Vernon Parish. Led by junior Tyler Hight who finished 2nd overall, the Tigers made a strong showing in their first team competition of the season. Hight completed the event in 16:37 followed by Edward Teal in 19:42, Cole DeBusk 20:30, Kaleb Hemphill 22:00, Brandon Florence 22:34, Jalyn Carter 24:10, and Lakameion Evans 26:50.

In the girls varsity division, sophomore Grayce McDavid finished 31st in a time of 26:30 with freshman Alia Holden clocking in at 30:00.

The Cedar Creek Invitational at the Lincoln Parish Park, was the site of the most recent action for runners from Winnfield Middle School. In the girls 7-8th grade girls race, 7th grader Chloe James finished 17th in the 2 mile race with an excellent time of 14:40. Annie Heard completed the hilly course in 15:12, followed by Lauren Poole in 16:43, and Breanna May in 17:09.

 

Wed
27
Sep

WMS Cross Country Races At Ruston Junior High

Runners from WMS raced at the Ruston Junior High Invitational this past Saturday along with 7 other schools from across north Louisiana.

Leading the way for the WMS 7-8th grade girls was Chloe James who finished the 1-mile course in 7:04 to finish 13th in a field of 75 runners followed closely by teammate Annie Heard at 17th place in 7:14. Lauren Poole followed next in a time of 7:38, along with Josie Davidson in 7:46 and Olivia Files in 8:45.

Michael Stroud was the lone boy finisher for the Tigers as he completed the course with a time of 7:22 in the 7-8th grade boys division.

 

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Wed
20
Sep

Rivalry Ends In Close Loss, Leads To Another Tigers Vs. Tigers Game

The typical matchup between the Winnfield Senior High School Tigers and Jonesboro-Hodge Tigers usually results in a tight game, and this year’s game was no exception. Even with a final score of 28-21 and a loss, the young Winnfield Tiger team gave their fans plenty to cheerabout.

Winnfield accepted the kickoff and after an interception, Jonesboro-Hodgemarched in from the 50-yardline.

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Wed
20
Sep

Hight in Top Ten at Parkway HS Border Dash Meet

Picking up where he left off last year, WSHS junior Tyler Hight raced to a seventh place finish at the Border Dash Cross Country meet hosted by Parkway High School in Bossier City. Runners from Louisiana and Mississippi competed at the event held Saturday at South Bossier Park. This was the first competition of the year for WSHS and WMS runners.

Hight finished 7th overall with a personal best time of 16:55 for the 3-mile course.

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Wed
13
Sep

Birds of a Feather Move With Bad Weather

Every April, I head out for southwest Texas for one of my favorite activities. My destination is the Russell Ranch near Menard where I’ll spend a few days hunting Rio Grande turkeys.

I have never seen a Rio here in Louisiana. They don’t live here; our habitat only supports our Eastern sub-species. I wouldn’t have been too surprised last week, though, to see a Rio crossing a road. Why? Hurricanes tend to cause strange things to happen in the bird world.

My first encounter with a displaced bird came in October of 1985 as Hurricane Juan was moving inland off our coast. I identified the first Vermilion flycatcher I had ever seen as it sat on a branch just outside my office window in Ruston.

 

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Wed
13
Sep

LSMSA now accepting applications for 201819 school year

Searching for future Eagles!

Do you want to attend a high school that is ranked in the top one percent of ALL high schools in the nation? Do you want to be taught by the number three faculty in the NATION?

Then now is the time to apply to attend the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts for the 2018-19 school year.

The application process is now officially open at LSMSA for current freshmen, sophomores and juniors.

 

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Wed
06
Sep

Flag Football Registration Ending

The City of Winnfield Iron Head Football League has announced that they are now conducting registration for the 2017 Flag Football League. The program is open to boys and girls ages 4 – 12, from throughout the entire Winn Parish.

The deadline for registration is September 8, and the cost is $40. Registration forms received on, or after, Monday, September 5th will be considered late and an additional $15 fee will be assessed.

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Wed
06
Sep

Antley Tapped for National Award

On my way to Downsville to visit Jerry Antley, one of this year’s recipients of the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame award, a hen turkey crossed the road. I mentioned the turkey to Antley and he asked a question that is totally in keeping with who he is and how he thinks.

“Did she have any poults (young turkeys) with her?”

One of the main reasons Antley was selected for this prestigious national award is his passion for the wild turkey. Having spent decades as a volunteer for the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) from the local to the national level, it’s not surprising that Antley’s focus would be on these magnificent wild game birds.

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Wed
30
Aug

Joella Bates, A Moder Day Wonder Woman

Having arrived in the city two Octobers ago where the annual Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA) conference was being held, hunger pangs caused me to pull into a fast food sit-down eatery in Eufaula, Alabama.

While devouring my sandwich, a lady dressed in camo walked into the restaurant and ordered her sandwich. Since the conference I was to attend had to do with the outdoors, I suspected she was in Eufaula for the same purpose as me. I walked over, introduced myself and asked if she was there for the conference.

She nodded that she was, invited me to sit at her table. We shared our lunch together and I became acquainted with Joella Bates. Little did I know at the time that I was having lunch with a world class archer who I was to learn could do far more with bow and arrow than I could with a gun.

 

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