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Northwest runs past Bobcats

OPELOUSAS – Eunice began strong, but Northwest finished with a 82-35 win over the Bobcats in the Opelousas Catholic tournament.
In the season opener for the Bobcats, Eunice jumped out to a 23-15 first quarter lead.
Trey Cooper hit an early three-pointer and Simeon Ardoin added a drive in the lane.
After a trey from Northwest’s Kameron Jackson, the Bobcats answered with a 9-0 run including another three-pointer by Cooper.
Northwest responded with six straight points before Dedrick Vigers converted a three-point play to push the Bobcats ahead, 17-9.

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Lady Bobcats fall in Acadiana High tourney

SCOTT – Eunice battled the Lady Rams in the first half before Acadiana High earned a 41-34 win over the Lady Bobcats.
Acadiana High (5-2) jumped out to a 16-10 first quarter lead, aided by six points from Nikki Goodman.
Madison Freeman and Shanyia Toussiant scored five points each in the period for the Lady Cats.
Eunice rallied for a 15-10 second quarter surge to close the gap to 26-25 at the break.
Toussaint exploded for nine points including two treys, while Harmony Jason and Olivia Thibodeaux chipped in a bucket and Madison Freeman added a free throw.

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Merricks joins EHS Hall of Fame

He was the first baseball coach for the Bobcats and now Clarence Merricks joins the Eunice High Sports Hall of Fame.
According to Merricks, he was hired at EHS in the 1971-72 school year to fill an opening in math and science.
“I did not have the wildest dream that in the summer of 1972 I would be named assistant football coach under Joe Nagata and was named the head coach of the newly formed baseball team,” he said.
“John Burson was my assistant coach,” Merricks reflected. “We were able to taste some success even though we finished with a losing record.

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Starks, Bengals ready for second season

As LSU Eunice enters its second season of mens basketball, Bengal head coach Byron Starks is excited about the possibilites.
“I feel like the first year was a good year,” Starks said. “We are looking for to an even better season this second year.”
The Bengals finished 14-15 overall and 4-5 in Louisiana Community College Athletic Conference play.
“We had a group of young men who came in and did an outstanding job as they laid a foundation,” the coach said.

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Collins named LSUE softball coach

LSU Eunice has named Meghan Collins as the third head softball coach in program history, athletic director Jeff Willis announced on Tuesday.
Collins' hiring is pending approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors.
“Coach Collins stood out among an impressive candidate pool thanks to her credentials and overall passion for the coaching profession,” LSU Eunice athletic director Jeff Willis said.
“Her entire coaching career has centered in the Gulf Coast, and her relationships and reputation as a recruiter, both state wide and regionally, really stood out.”

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