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Cajun nation has suffered tough losses

The University of Louisiana athletic department has had to deal with some very tragic deaths since the beginning of the year.
It began back on Jan. 24 when Geri Ann Glasco, the 24-year old daughter of Cajuns’ head softball coach Gerry and his wife Vickie, was killed a multi-vehicle accident along Interstate 10.
Geri Ann had joined the staff just a few months ago earlier as the Cajuns’ new volunteer assistant coach.
During her playing career, Geri Ann was the SEC Co-Freshman of the Year at Georgia and was a two-time, first team all-region performer at Oregon.

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The Fourth of July is a special day

Today, while the country celebrates Independence Day, my wife and I will celebrate our wedding anniversary.
Covering sports for a living sounds exciting, but in reality it also has its own set of issues.
She has overcome the fast-paced meals together before I rushed out the door to head to a ball game.
She had waited patiently as readers stopped me in the store to say either kind words or to bash my writings.
Thankfully, she is a sports fan and enjoys watching games from the comfort of our home as well as the road trips to watch LSU or UL Lafayette play.

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Annual picks battle begins this week

The annual tradition of sportswriters and media types making wild predictions is upon us again.
You don’t have to agree with the choices – but please don’t cuss us or throw things at our cars.
It is just an attempt to start conversations and not really provide fuel for locker room speeches.
The Eunice News picks champion for the past two seasons was Caleb Andrus from Basile State Bank.
Last year, Caleb had a 79-21 record to push ahead of John Burson (75-25) and me (74-26).
In 2016, Mr. Andrus finished at 74-26, while John was 72-28.

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LSU cooks Rice, Cajuns face Jags

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the 11th in the series previewing the 2018 football season.
With two games left in the season, LSU could be either on the bring of an exciting finish or limping to a disappointing conclusion.
The Tigers are favored to win in five games: Southeastern, Louisiana Tech, Ole Miss, Arkansas and then Rice on Nov. 17.
LSU would need a win somewhere else along the way to finish at worst 6-6.

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LSU favored over the Razorbacks

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the 10th in the series previewing the 2018 football season.
After nine games of facing tough and tougher teams, the Tigers and Cajuns could finally get a chance at an “easier win” on Nov. 10.
LSU is traveling to Arkansas, while the Cajuns enertain Georgia State.
Arkansas is predicted to finish last in the SEC West under new head coach Chad Morris.
The Razorbacks quarterback battle will be between Ty Storey and Cole Kelley as Morris brought the spread offense with him from Southern Methodist.

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