High School Sports

EHS alumni tourney unites Bobcat family

After 10 years of competing and enjoying the reunion, the Eunice High Alumni Association annual softball tournament will try a different approach this season.
“This is the 11th annual tournament,” chairman Tara Leblanc said. “We wanted to chance it up a little bit so we are going to a two-day tournament and see how it goes.”
LeBlanc said this year there are 23 teams in this tournament that will be held Friday and Saturday at the Eunice Recreation Complex on Sittig Road.
The first year there were 24 teams with the best years involving 42 teams.

Bears prepare for quick start, strong finish

Church Point began the 2016 football season with five straight losses.
The Bears recovered to win three of their five disdistrict games and earned a rematch with rival Jennings in the playoffs.
Church Point head coach John Craig Arceneaux is hoping for a better beginning to the 2017 season.
The 3-8 finish in 2016 was the worst season since 2010 when the Bears finished 4-6.
Church Point is coming off six consecutive playoff seasons and Arceneaux is excited about the possibilites.

Iota head coach Josh Andrus, center is joined by Bullldog captains Garret Broussard (72), Kaleb Guillory (18), Levi Manuel (57) and Juwan Felix (64).

Iota Bulldogs ready for winning season

IOTA – The Iota footbal team has survived 0-10, 1-9 and 2-8 seasons the last three years.
Third year head coach Josh Andrus is counting on the return of 13 starters to help his Bulldogs improve in 2017.
“Last year I felt we were ready heading into the season,” the coach said. “We had little things that set us back – injuries and the lack of focus.”
Andrus said the summer workouts were desgined to help in both those areas.
“We worked on injury prevention and mental things during workouts,” Andrus said. “Those two things I thought hurt us.

Heat a major issue for teams

By Tom Dodge
Sports Editor
Helping athletes battle heat-related issues can be a matter of life or death.
It is an issue that Eunice High certified athletic trainer Kyle Vincent and others take very seriously.
“We preach hydration as a preventative,” he said. “We watch for any changes in the players as the practice - we have misting fans and put them in the shade.
“We are very aware of what can happen to a player if we can’t prevent heat problems.
You can’t prevent a major knee or neck injury but heat illnesses are very preventable.”

2017 prep football schedules released

Every team has high hopes heading into the football season with the plan to win their respective districts and make a deep run in the playoffs.
Eunice (6-5, 4-1) finished second in District 5-3A behind Northwest last season.
The Bobcats open the season at home Sept. 1 against Opelousas (2-8 in 2016) as the Tigers open the Doug Guillory era.
Eunice then entertains rival Jennings (11-2) as the Bulldogs advanced to the Class 3-A quarterfinals last season.

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