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  • Sports Person of the Week - Hayden Gunter

    Sports Person of the Week - Hayden Gunter

    Thursday, May 18 2017 6:14 PM EDT2017-05-18 22:14:30 GMT
    From the gridiron, to the hardwood, to the diamond, South Beauregard's Hayden Gunter has done it all. Just a week before his high school graduation, Gunter and the Golden Knights capped off their first baseball state championship in school history. "Everyone doubted us, like who thinks a team from South Beau could win a state championship," asked Gunter." From the chaos of a live rooster in the dugout, to winning the first 3A state title in Sulphur, th...More >>
    From the gridiron, to the hardwood, to the diamond, South Beauregard's Hayden Gunter has done it all. Just a week before his high school graduation, Gunter and the Golden Knights capped off their first baseball state championship in school history. "Everyone doubted us, like who thinks a team from South Beau could win a state championship," asked Gunter." From the chaos of a live rooster in the dugout, to winning the first 3A state title in Sulphur, th...More >>
  • Sports Person of the Week - Bryan Soileau

    Sports Person of the Week - Bryan Soileau

    Thursday, May 4 2017 8:21 PM EDT2017-05-05 00:21:32 GMT
    It might sound cliche, but the sky is the limit for Sam Houston freshman high jumper Bryan Soileau. "I would love to pursue [high jumping] and go as far as a can in it," said Soileau. At only 15-years-old, Soileau has already broken the Broncos' all-time record with a high jump of 6'4". "I had no idea that I broke the record, I was just in pursuit of first place." "We know the record was set at about 6'2"," said Sam Houston tr...More >>
    It might sound cliche, but the sky is the limit for Sam Houston freshman high jumper Bryan Soileau. "I would love to pursue [high jumping] and go as far as a can in it," said Soileau. At only 15-years-old, Soileau has already broken the Broncos' all-time record with a high jump of 6'4". "I had no idea that I broke the record, I was just in pursuit of first place." "We know the record was set at about 6'2"," said Sam Houston tr...More >>
  • Sports Person of the Week - Alan Heisser

    Sports Person of the Week - Alan Heisser

    Thursday, April 20 2017 10:03 PM EDT2017-04-21 02:03:08 GMT

    An unlikely friendship dating back nearly fifteen years between a cop and a former jock has formed an everlasting impact in the community of lake Charles. "Cops and Jocks popped in my head, my wife said she hated it," said Alan Heisser co-founder of Cops and Jocks Golf Classic. So, I called Don Dixon and he said I love it. So, Cops and Jocks was born then." Now fifteen years later and Alan Heisser and Chief of Police Don Dixon are gearing...

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    An unlikely friendship dating back nearly fifteen years between a cop and a former jock has formed an everlasting impact in the community of lake Charles. "Cops and Jocks popped in my head, my wife said she hated it," said Alan Heisser co-founder of Cops and Jocks Golf Classic. So, I called Don Dixon and he said I love it. So, Cops and Jocks was born then." Now fifteen years later and Alan Heisser and Chief of Police Don Dixon are gearing...

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  • Unlikely teammate sparks high school baseball winning streak

    Unlikely teammate sparks high school baseball winning streak

    Thursday, April 6 2017 8:14 PM EDT2017-04-07 00:14:23 GMT
    (Source: Mike Gaither/KPLC)(Source: Mike Gaither/KPLC)

    Knights Field in Longville, Louisiana, has all the normal sites of a high school baseball game and all the sounds of a dug-out engaged in a ballgame  But in this dug-out, the players and coaches aren't the only ones you'll see or hear. "Whatever gets the guys going, he's pretty good the dugout actually he just sits there," said South Beauregard head baseball coach Jeremy DeVille. "Everybody just loves him, they don't leave him alone," admitted Kni...

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    Knights Field in Longville, Louisiana, has all the normal sites of a high school baseball game and all the sounds of a dug-out engaged in a ballgame  But in this dug-out, the players and coaches aren't the only ones you'll see or hear. "Whatever gets the guys going, he's pretty good the dugout actually he just sits there," said South Beauregard head baseball coach Jeremy DeVille. "Everybody just loves him, they don't leave him alone," admitted Kni...

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  • Sports Person of the Week - Robbie Podorsky

    Sports Person of the Week - Robbie Podorsky

    Thursday, March 30 2017 7:34 PM EDT2017-03-30 23:34:17 GMT
    College baseball is full of wacky rituals, superstitions and in some cases, some pretty weird facial hair.  McNeese is no different. "Apparently it started last year, Austin Sanders started it for mustache March," said McNeese outfielder Robbie Podorsky.  Sometimes nicknamed the 'Rally Stache,' they're often sported during the College World Series. But, now for a second straight year the Pokes have adopted their own nickname, "...More >>
    College baseball is full of wacky rituals, superstitions and in some cases, some pretty weird facial hair.  McNeese is no different. "Apparently it started last year, Austin Sanders started it for mustache March," said McNeese outfielder Robbie Podorsky.  Sometimes nicknamed the 'Rally Stache,' they're often sported during the College World Series. But, now for a second straight year the Pokes have adopted their own nickname, "...More >>
  • Sports Person of the Week - DeSean Smith

    Sports Person of the Week - DeSean Smith

    Friday, May 12 2017 12:16 AM EDT2017-05-12 04:16:54 GMT

    From Lake Charles, to Baton Rouge and now the NFL, it's been quite the journey for DeSean Smith. "I don't care where I end up, I am ready for the opportunity and it was given to me, and I'm definitely going to take advantage of it," said Smith. "I have to put on for Lake Charles, my family and friends and there is no time to let anyone down." The Barbe product went undrafted out of LSU, but had multiple offers for rookie camp invites. The Carolina Panthers ...

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    From Lake Charles, to Baton Rouge and now the NFL, it's been quite the journey for DeSean Smith. "I don't care where I end up, I am ready for the opportunity and it was given to me, and I'm definitely going to take advantage of it," said Smith. "I have to put on for Lake Charles, my family and friends and there is no time to let anyone down." The Barbe product went undrafted out of LSU, but had multiple offers for rookie camp invites. The Carolina Panthers ...

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  • Sports Person of the Week - Austin Burk

    Sports Person of the Week - Austin Burk

    Thursday, May 4 2017 8:06 PM EDT2017-05-05 00:06:05 GMT
    For McNeese golf, it's twice as nice. On Wednesday, the Pokes used a 12-stroke lead to coast to their second straight Southland Conference golf championship by downing SFA by four strokes. "It took a team effort to get the win," said Cowboy coach Austin Burk. "We just found a way. It wasn't pretty, but we got the win." While Stonebridge Ranch Country Club is a beautiful sight-- the scorecards at the tournament, not so much. The Pokes, despit...More >>
    For McNeese golf, it's twice as nice. On Wednesday, the Pokes used a 12-stroke lead to coast to their second straight Southland Conference golf championship by downing SFA by four strokes. "It took a team effort to get the win," said Cowboy coach Austin Burk. "We just found a way. It wasn't pretty, but we got the win." While Stonebridge Ranch Country Club is a beautiful sight-- the scorecards at the tournament, not so much. The Pokes, despit...More >>
  • Sports Person of the Week - Austin Nelson

    Sports Person of the Week - Austin Nelson

    Friday, April 14 2017 9:23 PM EDT2017-04-15 01:23:25 GMT
    On the diamond and in the batter's box, coaches preach, 'keep your eye on the ball.' But that was easier said than done for Austin Nelson. "It was when I would either still a bag or run to second, I would try to look at Coach Zaleski, our third base coach, and I couldn't see him," Nelson said. "What I would do, I would have to close my right eye." What started out as an inconvenience, became much more. "I can still remember to this day ...More >>
    On the diamond and in the batter's box, coaches preach, 'keep your eye on the ball.' But that was easier said than done for Austin Nelson. "It was when I would either still a bag or run to second, I would try to look at Coach Zaleski, our third base coach, and I couldn't see him," Nelson said. "What I would do, I would have to close my right eye." What started out as an inconvenience, became much more. "I can still remember to this day ...More >>
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