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Lance Garafola was treated in a hospital after a concussion left his legs numb (Courtesy of Lance Garafola)

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Former coach Andy Bryson thinks Louisiana high schools could do more to keep football players safe. (Courtesy of Andy Bryson)

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Lance Garafola continued to play football for two more years after his injury. (Courtesy of Lance Garafola)

Concussions may be common among high school football players

“I couldn’t move my legs.”
Lance Garafola lay on the turf of a high school football field wondering what had happened and where the feeling in his lower body had gone. The crowd and both sidelines fell silent as trainers rushed onto the field.

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LSUE’s basketball season tip offs this week

By mid-January, the LSU Eunice basketball teams are approaching conference play.
Because of the NJCAA’s decision to halt athletics last March because of the coronavirus pandemics, the tip-off of the season was delayed until this month.
The Lady Bengals’ season has also been abbreviated to a 22-game maximum in the regular season.
The Lady Bengals travel to Jacksonville College (Texas), while the Bengals will entertain North American University (Stafford, Texas).

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LSUE to adjust to NJCAA changes

The National Junior College Athletic Association announced it is moving all sports to the spring semester which will affect LSU Eunice’s six NJCAA sports – men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and softball.
Men’s and women’s soccer will shift its regular season to the spring with practice starting on March 15, 2021.
A maximum of 14 games will begin play on April 2, 2021 with all regular season, region and district championships completed by May 24.
The soccer championships will begin on June 2.

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From a Bobcat to a Cougar

The road to a Division I baseball program has been filled with twists and turns for former Eunice High All-State catcher Joshua Youngblood.
Youngblood originally signed with Nicholls State University but never joined the Colonels baseball team.
He then went to LSU Alexandria before moving to Angelina College.
“It didn’t work out financially for me to go to Nicholls so I went to LSUA my first year out of high school.”
Youngblood’s time in the Generals line-up was limited to the fall schedule and eight games in the spring of 2019 before injuring his elbow.

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LSUE to hold summer camps

Even with the social distancing restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, LSU Eunice baseball and softball coaches will hold summer camps.
LSUE head baseball coach Jeff Willis and his staff will conduct two camps: July 13-17 and July 27-31.
“We can’t wait to see the kids,” Willis said of his 18th year of the camps.
“Our camp season has always been one of the most enjoyable times of our year,” he said. “To see the kids running around, learning the game that we love so much can’t really be put into words.”

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