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Local athletes earn Academic All-State

For years there have been jokes told about the alleged lack of smart athletes.
But each year, he LHSAA All-Academic Award Program recognizes the academic excellence of senior student-athletes who have attained a 3.5 grade point average or higher.
To earn Composite Team honors, a student-athlete’s six-semester GPA must have an un-weighted 4.00.
The Class Team is composed of student-athletes with six-semester GPA of 3.5 - 3.999
St. Edmund football players Henry Brown, Alex Fontenot and Dylan Miller all earned Compostite Academic All-State.

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St. Ed’s, Trojans share wins

In a clash between rivals, St. Edmund and Sacred Heart of Ville Platte shared District 5-1A wins.
The Lady Jays (11-6, 2-1) used a stingy defense and timely scoring to earn a 38-17 win over Sacred Heart of Ville Platte (3-12, 1-3).
St. Ed’s Mary Beth Lafleur hit consecutive treys to open the game before Sacred Heart’s Kali Shiver pushed in a bucket to close the gap to 6-2 midway through the quarter.
Rebecca Benoit scored in the lane to extend the Lady Jays’ lead to 8-2 before SHVP’s Jodie Landry hit a free throw in the closing minute of the period.

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Eric Hill, a former LSU and NFL linebacker, said that concussions caused by head-to-head tackling were common when he played football. (Jessica Speziale/LSU Manship School News Service)

Concussions once seemed like a phantom injury’

Back when Eric Hill played linebacker for LSU and in the NFL, every tackler had the same mindset: “You kill the head, you kill the body.”
Hill, who retired from football in 2000, remembers coaches at every level telling him to use his helmet as a weapon. That created a greater risk of concussions for both players. But the NFL was like “the wild, wild West” then, he said, with few safety rules, and concussions seemed like “a phantom injury” since few people were aware of the serious effects.

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Bobcats clip Teurlings, 53-45

Eunice held a 13-point lead heading into the fourth quarter and held off a late Teurlings Catholic run as the Bobcats grabbed a 53-45 win over the Rebels.
The game was a battle early on as Teurlings jumped out to a 6-3 lead over EHS.
Fred Guillory nailed a trey and Kevin Thomas added a three point play to give the Bobcats an 8-7 advantage.
Terrance Shilow scored off an inbounds pass and Gavin Oliver followed with a trey to increase the Bobcats’ lead to 13-7.

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Lady Jays down North Central

LEBEAU – For the first time since 2013, the Lady Jays defeated perenial district power North Central as the Lady Jays grabbed a 41-36 victory.
In 2013, the Lady Jays earned a 41-36 win over the Lady Hurricanes.
St. Edmund (10-6, 1-1)opened the game with an 17-11 first quarter run, aided by six points from both Rebecca Benoit and Mary Beth Lafleur.
Savannah DeVillier scored three points and Greta Miller added a bucket for the Lady Jays.
North Central’s Katelyn Harrison pushed in six points in the quarter.

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