Colvin and Blalock honored by Jackson Parish Museum and Fine Arts Association

In recognition to their dedicated service, the Jackson Parish Museum and Fine Arts Association now features commemorative plaques in honor of Alyce Colvin and Judie Blalock. Colvin was instrumental with the founding of the Museum while Blalock worked tirelessly in helping enhance the Museum experience.

“We would not be able to offer the things we do today were it not for these two ladies,” said Museum Board member Wilda Smith. “They both worked tirelessly to allow our residents the opportunity to enjoy the many wonderful memories that have taken place over the years.”


Arrest Reports (January 16 – 23)

Andrew J.D. Jacobs (Jonesboro, LA) – Domestic Abuse Battery
Cynthia Gant (Ruston, LA) – Shoplifting 
Ranarda Walker (Jonesboro, LA) – Shoplifting
Joshua C. Aucoin (Jonesboro, LA) – Warrant, No License, No License Plate, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, DWI
Toris C. Thomas (Jonesboro, LA) – Failure to Appear on Possession of Marijuana charge in Ouachita Parish
Lucas W. Nunn (Jonesboro, LA) – Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation)
Gary Adkins (Jonesboro, LA) – Theft from a Motor Vehicle x 2
James E. Martin (Jonesboro, LA) – Aggravated Battery, Theft under $100.00


Police Jury’s 2022 Road Program to be discussed in Monday Committee meeting

On Monday, January 24th, a meeting that has traditionally brought great interest to local residents will take place when the Road Committee of the Jackson Parish Police Jury meets. Lewis Chatham, Lynn Treadway and Chairperson Amy Magee will hold session at 5:00pm in Nathanial Zeno Jr. Meeting Room
of the Jackson Parish Administrative Building, located at 160 Industrial Drive in Jonesboro.

To be discussed is the overall 2022 Road Program as well as which roads will be included in each district.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Gina Thomas at (318) 259-2361, extension 3 describing the assistance that is necessary.

It is possible that a quorum of the Police Jury may be in attendance at the meeting, but no action of the Police Jury as a whole will be taken.


Record setting performance earns Caskey feature on KNOE-TV Channel 8 sports segment

His incredible display of marksmanship last week earned Freshman guard Gavin Caskey local acclaim. Quitman’s new secret weapon is a secret no longer. This is because this past Wednesday, KNOE-TV, Channel 8, sports director Aaron Deitrich opened the evening sports segment with a feature on the new school record setter and Jackson Parish co-holder of most three pointers in a contest.

Caskey, a reserve guard for Quitman High, was introduced to followers of prep boys basketball after leading the Wolverines to victory by scoring a new career high 30 points on 10 of 15 shooting from the three-point line. His performance broke the QHS record for three pointers in a game and tied the mark set by Alex Wyatt of Weston in 2017. 


Quitman and Weston streak into district play


It is said that the goal of every coach is to have their team peak at the right time.  If that is the case, then the boys and girls brain trust at Quitman and Weston have to be pleased with the way their teams are playing heading into district play. 

To a squad they are all playing their best ball of the season as evidenced by the outcomes of the games played the last two week. On the girls side, Weston has won a season best six straight. Quitman has won four in a row and 13 of their last 15 with the only losses being to undefeated Cedar Creek and Class 5A Haughton. The boys teams are on a roll as well with Quitman winning their last four and eight of the last ten and Weston winning five of their last seven that included a season best four game winning streak. 

At Quitman it has been the play of underclassmen and unsung senior players who are coming into their own that has been the catalyst for the uprising. Weston has seen the emergence of an expected leader come back from an injury to lead the way.

In particular there was freshman Gavin Caskey making ten three pointers to lift the Wolverines to a win over 75-40 win over Castor.  This was followed up by Sophomore Logan Ponder canning seven bombs to pace the way to a 63-54 win over Saline. Then there was senior Bailey Keys, who stepped up when two starters were out to turn in his best game of the season by scoring 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pave the way to a 66-42 victory over FCCS.

Leading the way for Weston is Davis Tolar, who suffered a horrendous ankle injury earlier in the year only to work extremely hard to get back. The result is back-to-back double figure scoring games, including a season best 24 points in the 69-59 win over Castor. 

Briley Peterson scored 19 and Lainee Trosclair added 15 to pace the Lady Wolves to a 58-49 victory over Castor. It marked the ninth straight game Weston has scored 50 or more points. While Weston is winning through long-range shooting it is the emergence of Sophomore post player, Cali Deal, that is paying dividends for the Lady Wolverines. Deal led the team with 17 and 18 points in consecutive victories over Saline (64-53 and FCCS (56-20).

 

 

JHHS scores impressive sweep of Winnfield

Jonesboro-Hodge broke out the brooms this past Friday for one of the few times this year. No, they weren’t to clean the floors of the gymnasium. That task awaited the home team clean-up crew, but instead to symbolize both the boys and girl’s teams winning over arch-rival Winnfield. For the boys the 59-56 overtime win stopped a two-game slide, while for the girls, the 44-38 victory marked a season best third win in a row and third consecutive under new head coach Kris Cash. 

Ajay Tew led the way with a season best 19 points that included three treys in the third quarter and another in the overtime period.  J-H outscored Winnfield by an 8-5 margin in the extra frame of the battle between two top ten Class AA schools to improve their record to 8-4. Winnfield fell to 15-6 on the year after their third straight loss and second in three days at home.

Devontae Mozee also turned in a season best 14 points and grabbed 8 boards followed by nine from Justin Calahan on the strength of three bombs from arc, who also added five assists. Tydre Malone added 7 and 10 rebounds.

The victory, which improved J-H’s ranking to #3 in the latest Geauxpreps.com poll while Winnfield dropped to #9, had an unusual side caveat to it as well with the teams finishing each of the four quarters tied. 

#3 JHHS (8-4)1281813859
#9 Winnfield (15-6)1281813556
(JHHS scoring) Tew 19, Mozee 14, Calahan 9, Malone7, Andrews 6, Joe 2, Phillips 2 (WHS scoring) Roberson 11, Duncan 11, Duncan 10, Starks 6, Harris 6, Womack 5, Price 5, Goff 2

Lady Tigers sudden surge continues

Who remembers the 1977 iconic, smash recording hit by Jimmy Buffet called Changes in Latitudes bring Changes in Atitudes. One of the lyrics states…

Oh, yesterdays are over my shoulder
So, I can’t look back for too long
There’s just too much to see waiting in front of me
And I know that I just can’t go wrong

While not a single player or coach for Jonesboro-Hodge was even alive when the song was written it is still timely when thinking about the remainder of the 2022 basketball season which can only be described as two polar opposite seasons in one. 

Oh, yesterdays are over my shoulder. Thank goodness!

There was total disfunction to the team that led to a 2-10 start. Then came the embarrassing situation of parents squabbling with the coach that led to the school principal relieving the coach of her duties. Through the holidays the job was offered to several people. No one would touch it with a ten-foot pole with the common statement among many being it was the worst possible coaching job in the state. 

While it seems an outrageous statement, a close look into the program lends credence to the claim. No one might want to say it out loud but there is a reason that JHHS is on now their fifth coach in four years. Each left after successful seasons, including one who was a JHHS graduate and led the Lady Tigers to the state tournament. Why did they move on? 

To a person the response was the same. The families and fans of the JHHS girls made it a most unbearable situation. It wasn’t enough to win. Everyone wanted special considerations for their family member and griped loud and long about it.  Each of the coaches also stated after they left, that they also never received any backing from the leadership of the school to help relieve the situation. 

There’s just too much to see waiting in front of me! After some serious soul searching a young man felt he was right for the job and decided that he would take over the program. Kris Cash, who is the head football coach at the Junior High School, was already well versed in handling the situation that ran the other coaches off. Nothing like coaching 30-40 junior high kids for several years can prepare one better. 

What has been the result? It has been only three games, so the jury could be said to be still out but so far Cash has been money in the bank. JHHS has won all three games since he took over the team. It isn’t just that they are winning, as they traditionally have, but look like a well-organized and disciplined team. It is obvious that he has assigned his players their roles and the team has bought in.

I know that I just can’t go wrong. The victory over Winnfield on Friday puts it all into perspective. Knowing that every possession counted, Cash put the ball into the hands of his best and really, only scorer. The result was a 37-point effort by Xabrianna Jackson, her third straight game of scoring 30 or more points. Bolstered by (7) three pointers, including five in the first half, Jackson scored all but three of the first half points, two of the third quarter points and all but seven the Lady Tigers scored in the game.

The remainder of the team did their part too, buckling down in their new roles as defense stoppers.  Instead of being discontent for not getting the ball as they would have prior, they didn’t allow a single Winnfield player to score in double digits.  

The “new look” Lady Tigers now enter district play as a favorite to win the 1-2A title.

Truly, the Changes in Latitudes have brought Changes in Attitudes! 

JHHS (5-11)1313127 44
Winnfield (12-2)6910 1338(
(JHHS scoring) Jackson 37, Andrews 2, Malone 2, Hoggro 2, Houston 1 (WHS scoring) Sapp 7, Cherry 7, Brown 6, Brown 6, Gilbert 5, Pikes 2

District play begins for area preps


There was a time not too many years ago that a high school basketball coach would tell you that the season didn’t really start until district play began. That was because playoff seedings were solely determined on how a team fared in district play. 

That is not the case anymore. Since the inception of “Power Rankings” in LHSAA athletics which is how the playoff seedings are determined the games played before district play begins often times mean more to postseason fortunes than the chase for a district title. 

Regardless of how important it is, there is one thing that will never change and that is the memory of winning a district championship. There is no better feeling for a high school player than to have that patch on the letter jacket declaring his team won the district title or even when you get old to be able to look back and say you were a district champion. 

All three Jackson Parish schools (JHHS, QHS, WHS) begin district play this Tuesday hoping the “second season” as it is fondly called brings added fortunes to the year. Jackson Parish Journal coverage area teams, Saline and Dodson, got a head start in the title race by squaring off against each other this past Friday. (see results in game recaps)  

Here is a look at the Tuesday matchups

Weston High School will be the only local team playing at home with both the boys and girls looking to continue their success since the calendar turned to 2022. The boys team, which enters the contest with an 11-13 overall record and a 5-2 mark in January, has the most daunting task ahead of them as they host the top team in Class B in Simsboro, who sports a 20-2 record. 

It looks to be easier sledding for the Weston girls, who have posted a 15-8 pre-district record and winners of their last two. Simsboro enters the contest as the only 2B team with a losing record (7-14) and has struggled since coming back from the Christmas Holiday break. Looks can be deceiving though. Since December 28th, the Lady Tigers are 0-5 but each of their losses have been to teams from higher classifications.

Jonesboro-Hodge enters district 1-2A play as favorite to wins both the boys and girls divisions. After beginning the season by winning six of their first seven games the boys have split their last six, including an impressive OT win over arch-rival Winnfield this past weekend to stop a two-game skid where they lost to two of the top teams in north Louisiana in Neville and Simsboro. Their second season opener should be no problem in 0-16 Lakeside. 

The fortune of the girls team is one of the best stories of the year. Before the calendar turned to 2022 the Lady Tigers were without a coach and saddled with a hopeless 2-10 mark. Kris Cash stepped in at the first of the year and JH hasn’t lost since with three impressive victories. Included is the latest which improved the record to a deceiving 5-11 on the year and dropped Winnfield to only their second loss of the year. Senior standout, Xabrianna Jackson , has been leading the way on the floor by averaging over 30 points a game in the last three and hopes to continue the scoring outburst. Lakeside (2-12) is coming off a win over North Webster which stopped a season worst eight game skid.

Quitman High makes the short trip to Choudrant for a pair of boys and girls contests. This could be the most entertainable matchup on the calendar. Both schools have eclipsed the 15-win mark in girls play, while the two boys teams have 14 wins each. Two of those wins for Choudrant are the only two losses this year that Class C #1 ranked Calvin has suffered. 

The Lady Wolverines seem to be peaking at the right time as they have won 8 of their last ten via two separate four game winnings streaks, one of which Quitman is still on. Choudrant, is a very formidable foe especially at home where the Lady Aggies are undefeated on the year. 

Games on Tuesday:

JHHS at LakesideDistrict 1-2A6:00pm
Quitman at ChoudrantDistrict 2B6:00pm
Weston vs SimsboroDistrict 2B6:00pm
Saline at DoylineDistrict 1B6:00pm
Dodson vs CastorDistrict 1B6:00[,

BIRDS OF A FEATHER RETURN HOME TOGETHER

Here in north Louisiana, we see a name like “Hebert” and we pronounce it “He-bert”. Down south that same name is pronounced “Ay-Bear”. Same goes for another name I just realized has different pronunciation….”Clement”. Up here, it’s “Clem-ent”. Down around Thibodeaux, that name rolls off tongues as “Cle-Maw”.

Pronunciations aside, I had occasion last week to visit with a fellow transplanted from south Louisiana, Keith Clement (who pronounces his name Cle-Maw) who hails, by the way, from Thibodeaux. Clement works as a corrosion control specialist in the natural gas pipeline industry but when he’s not on the job, he can be found at his state-of-the-art pigeon loft in back of his house.

There are two rather distinct types of birds he maintains; multi-colored racing pigeons and pure white homing pigeons. Both varieties have the ability to return to their home base when released sometimes hundreds of miles from the base. Clement shared an occasion that boggles the mind about one of his birds.

“I had sent a young bird to be entered in a race down to Lake Charles so it could be trained to fly back to that base,” said Clement. “On race day, the bird and others in the race were taken to Conway, AR to be released at daylight that morning. My bird arrived at the Lake Charles base at 3:05 that afternoon, covering a distance of some 350 miles non-stop.”

Clement now has that bird in a breeding program at his home loft but said if he were to release the bird today it would make a bee-line back to the base in Lake Charles.

That is simply mind-blowing to me. I had to do some research to try and find out just how these birds know where home is and how they are able to return. According to a web site I read, “a pigeon has an innate homing ability, meaning it will generally return to its base, it is believed by using magneto-reception, which is defined as a sense which allows an organism to detect a magnetic field to perceive direction, altitude or location.”

Whatever. That’s too deep for me to comprehend but while visiting Clement, I saw this phenomenon in action. He placed about 40 birds in a cage, he and I drove a few miles down the road to the parking lot at a church and the birds were released. They made a circle around the roof of the church and then were gone.

“They’ll beat us back home,” said Clement as we drove away.

Sure enough, when we arrived back at his home, we saw shadows of a flock of birds circling the loft. All the birds got back to their base as soon as we did. These white homing pigeons are often used at events such as weddings or funerals where they are “rented” to be released for the ceremony.

“Often at funerals,” Clement explained, “we will release four birds, three representing the Holy Trinity; Father, Son and Holy Spirit with the final one representing the departing spirit of the deceased. This can be quite meaningful to a family who has lost a loved one.”

As accurate as homing pigeons are in returning home, young ones in particular may get confused and have difficulty returning home. For example, our daughter who lives in Minden sent me a photo a couple of weeks ago of a white bird that was sitting on her driveway. She posted the photo on Facebook, Clement saw the photo and identified it as one of his that had gotten off track.

The ability to find your way home is something I could have used once when I was hunting, got turned around in a thicket and had to call for help. I guess my magneto-reception doesn’t work very well.

FISHING REPORT

CANEY LAKE – Bass fishing has been best fishing deep water with deep diving crank baits, jigging spoons and tail spinners. Crappie are in the deep water out from the dam with best catches made on shiners or jigs fished 2 ½ feet off the bottom in 35-40 foot water. Jigging spoons bounced off the bottom in deep water are fair for yellow bass. No report on catfish. For information contact Hooks Marina at 249-2347, Terzia Tackle at 278-4498 or the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
BLACK BAYOU – Fishing is slow. No report this week. Contact Honey Hole Tackle Shop 323-8707 for latest information.
OUACHITA RIVER – Crappie fishing is best fishing the deep tops, 18 feet deep in 20-25 foot water on shiners or jigs including the Blue Pearl, Gum Drop, Lites Out. Bass are fair in the run-outs from river lakes to river with spinners, crank baits and soft plastics working best. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE D’ARBONNE – Crappie fishing has been best in the channel fishing 20 feet deep in 25-30 foot water. Best jigs this week have been the Popsicle, 120-R, Key lime Pie. Bass are in the channels in deeper water with crank baits, jigs and soft plastics picking up some. Bream fishing is slow while catfish are still biting cold worms fished off the banks. For latest reports, call Anderson’s Sport Center at 368-9669 or Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE CLAIBORNE – Crappie fishing has been best fishing around submerged brush in 25 – 30 foot water with shiners or blue colored jigs working best. Bass are fair with most running rather small and hitting on Chatter baits. A few bream have been caught off the banks on night crawlers. No report on stripers or catfish. For latest information, call Misty at Kel’s Cove at 331-2730 or Terzia Tackle at 278-4498.
LAKE POVERTY POINT – Catfishing has been good on cold worms. Crappie fishing has been fair with some big fish caught fairly deep off the banks on shiners or jigs. No report on bass. For latest reports, call Poverty Point Marina at 318/878-0101.
LAKE ST. JOHN – The water is low; launching boats is a near impossibility. No fishing this week. For information, call Ken Mahoney at 318-201-3821.
LAKE YUCATAN – The water is high, but on a stand-still, expecting a slow fall next week. No fishing reported this week. For information, call Surplus City Landing at 318/467-2259.


Meet the Staff – ReAnna Rowden

One of the best assets the Jackson Parish Library has is it’s very creative and helpful staff. One that will always greet you with her warm smile is Circulation/Reference Assistant, ReAnna Rowden. In an effort to allow patrons to know the personnel more a short bio on ReAnna has been created and shown below.

Activity Schedule for Monday and Tuesday

Monday: 9:00 am – Check out Fitness (Chatham Branch) 4:00pm – Childrens Art Class (Chatham Branch)
Tuesday: 4:00pm – Childrens Art Class (Jonesboro Branch)

Bookmobile Schedule for Monday and Tuesday

Monday:
8:30 – 9:00 (Shania’s Love Bugs)
9:15 – 9:45 (Long Leaf Apts.)
9:55 – 10:10 (Oak & 4th St – Hodge)

Tuesday:
8:00 – 12:00 (Weston High School)


Breakout performance highlight week one of JPRD Youth Basketball League play

On Saturday, January 15th, twenty-four games in eight different leagues of the Jackson Parish Recreation Department Youth Basketball League, representing local youth from the ages of 5-14 were played at the J-H Middle School and Jonesboro Hodge High School.  The contests opened the season which will be played each Saturday through the first week of March.  

Highlighting the action were several breakout performances by area stars of the future led by 32 points scored by Jalynn Jiles, who led her Mystics team to victory in the 9-10 girls division. Additional sensational scoring games were achieved by Shane Reed of the Blazers in 13-14 boys play and Channing Grey of the Lakers in 11-12 boys action, who scored 26 and 24 points respectfully. Kace West also broke the 20-point barrier with 21 points for his 13-14 Celtics team. 

Game Recaps (January 15)

5&6 boys and girls results and leading scorers
Bulls 11 Warriors 8 (Bulls)Hyman – 4 (Warriors) Sebastion Love – 2, Carter Hall – 2, Mayson Terral – 2
Clippers 12 Lakers 11 (Clippers) n/a (Lakers) Kylee Anne Allen – 4
Spurs 11 Pelicans 7 (Spurs) Cutter Whisonant – 4, Jeramiah Jones – 4 (Pelicans) Ashton Anderson – 4
Bucks 17 Lakers 6 (Bucks) Charlae Jones – 6 (Lakers) Kylee Anne Allen – 2

7&8 Boys results and leading scorers
Blazers 19 Kings 14 (Blazers) n/a (Kings) n/a
Hawks 21 Celtics 3 (Hawks) Jagger Ingram – 9 (Celtics) Hall – 2
Magic 19 Thunder 6 (Magic) n/a (Thunder) n/a

7&8 Girls results and leading scorers
Aces 20 Mercury 16 (Aces) Kate Keiffer – 6 (Mercury) Charlee Mauthe – 5
Mercury 31 Starz 11 (Mercury) Scarlett Parks – 10 (Starz) n/a

9&10 Boys results and leading scorers
Kings 21 Raptors 20 (Kings) Lucas Leach – 9 Lukas Bandy -9
Thunder 31 Rockets 4 (Thunder) Aiden Reed – 10 (Rockets) Jaxen Culpepper – 2 
Grizzlies 27 Celtics 14 (Grizzlies) Noah Spillman -17 (Celtics) Raylon Bradford – 6

9&10 Girls results and leading scorers
Mystic 43 Sparks 11 (Mystic) Jayleen Jiles – 32 (Sparks) Lily LaBlance – 8
Sky 27 Fever 5 (Sky) Knyleigh Leach – 14 (Fever) Mariyah Harland – 4
Storm 15 Sparks 5 (Storm) Teegan Hall – 6, Syla Malone – 6 (Sparks) Landry Horsfall – 2, Lily LeBlance – 2

11&12 Boys results and leading scorers
Suns 21 Mavericks 15 (Suns) Kobie Williams – 10 (Mavericks) Eli Rowe – 6, Luke Rowe – 6
Bulls 32 Spurs 25 (Bulls) Michael Malone – 19 (Spurs) Jack Thomas – 10
Lakers 28 Hornets 22 (Lakers) Channing Gray – 24 (Hornets) Abram Toms – 8
Bucks 52 Hornets 23 (Bucks) Kaleb Maxwell – 17 (Hornets) Gunner Fontenot – 12

11&12 Girls results and leading scorers
Liberty 25 Lynx 21 (Liberty) Shacoria Mallard – 11 (Lynx) Kinley Walker – 9, Sanaa Tatum – 9
Sun 17 Dream 9 (Sun) Abby Martindale 12 (Dream) Brooklyn Brown – 4
Liberty 16 Wings 3 (Liberty) Shacoria Mallard – 6 (Wings) Brylee Cuthrell – 1, Hallay Taylor – 1, Emma Kate Toms – 1 

13&14 Boys results and leading scorers
Blazers 63 Celtics 35 (Blazers) Shane Reed – 26 (Celtics) Kace West – 21
Heat 31 Magic 25 (Heat) Brayden Martin – 13 (Magic) D.J. Palmer – 8


Cowans earns top twenty finish for UL in season opening indoor meet

Kaprecia “Shy” Cowans opened her junior campaign at the University of Louisiana by placing 17th in the long jump at the Ted Nelson Invitational held at Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium on the campus of Texas A & M University.

The versatile 2018 Jonesboro-Hodge graduate who has competed in the triple jump, high jump, 60 and 200 meters earned her position with a leap of 16′ 9 1/2″. Cowans and the Ragin Cajuns will be in action next at the Bayou Bengal held at LSU on February 4th. 

 


Advertising And Today’s Angler

There are old sayings, “If you look good, you’ll play good” or “You only play as good as you look.” These sayings have been heard in the sports and business world for decades. To be a great salesman or a great player, it’s mentally important to look good. Today’s professional bass fishermen have definitely cornered the market on self-promotion and looking great. From their truck and boat wraps to their fancy fishing jerseys, today’s pro anglers know how to look good.

Let’s start with the jersey. Anglers today are literally advertising icons as they walk around with all their sponsor logos on their fishing outerwear. It has been this way since it all began in the late 1960’s as anglers back then wore the old jump suits with sewn on patches. Then someone thought of the idea to sew these patches on a sleeveless vest, which not only looked good, but was more comfortable to wear. Today’s anglers are wearing state of the art performance dye-sublimated shirts with every inch of their jersey covered in sponsor logos. These multi-colored shirts are made with built in UV protective sunscreen that’s designed to keep a fisherman both cool and dry.

If there’s one thing the FLW organization revealed to the professional angler, it was how to look good while tournament fishing. FLW introduced us to the fancy boat and truck wraps you see today navigating across our lakes and up and down the highways of America. These rolling billboards are easy to spot and there’s no mistaking who they are. Don’t forget, anglers eat up all the attention they get when they pull into a gas station or pull up at a boat ramp. This attention gives them that rock star feeling that we all crave. Also understand, these rolling billboards have a purpose…to bring as much attention as possible to the angler’s sponsors. Every logo on each boat and truck is strategically placed based on how much the sponsor is willing to pay. If sponsors want to be on the hood…. they’ll pay a premium price. But if they are okay with being on the lower left fender, they’ll pay a lot less.

You see, FLW took notes from NASCAR back in the 1990’s and decided to follow the same format for advertising. But FLW took it a step further by placing coordinated wraps on both the boat and the truck pulling it, giving the sponsor more bang for their buck. This is also a way for the professional angler to supplement his income. Every year anglers are on the phone or knocking on doors during the offseason, trying to convince companies to be a part of their sponsorship package. This is not just income for the angler, but it also helps pay for their entry fees for whatever circuit they are fishing. Some of this money is used for hotel accommodations, as well as food, while they are on the road.

This promotional advertising system has gotten the attention of many young high school and college anglers all across America. Young people today love the flashy, fancy, good looking fishing jerseys. It’s one reason why so many anglers have taken an interest in bass fishing. And again, “If you look good, you’ll play good.” So, the next time you’re at a professional bass tournament, you’ll understand the reason for the boat and truck wraps and the fancy fishing jerseys; it’s sponsor recognition, which allows anglers to fish at the highest level.

Make sure to tune into the Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show for the latest news from the great outdoors, every Wednesday from 11:00 till 1:00 on AM 1130 The Tiger and FM 93.3.

Till next time, good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook.

Steve Graf

 


Death Notices

Betty Ann Rogers
March 4, 1933 – January 17, 2022

rogersMrs. Betty Ann Rogers, age 88 of Jonesboro, was called home Monday, January 17, 2022 following a period of declining health. Mrs. Rogers was a loving Mother who enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Robert W. Rogers, Jr., David M. Rogers and Scott R. Rogers; brother, Bill Gaines; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceding her in death were her husband of 60 plus years, Robert W. Rogers, Sr.; parents, Enoch E. and Mary (Shaffer) Gaines; brothers, Roy Gaines and Bob Gaines.

Friends may visit with the family Monday, January 24th from 5:00pm ~ 7:00pm in the chapel of Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

Annabelle Lee Loe
August 11, 1933 – January 16, 2022

loeAnnabelle Lee Loe, age 88, went to be with her Lord on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport. Mrs. Loe was a dedicated Educator who taught fourth and fifth grade for twenty years. She then taught kindergarten for the last ten years of her career. Mrs. Loe loved to deer hunt and fish with her husband Johnny and was an avid LSU Football fan. She taught Sunday school for many years at Gracepoint Church of the Nazarene in Shreveport.

Mrs. Loe leaves her husband of sixty-four years, Mr. Johnny Loe, and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father, Lewis Henry Reese; her mother, Edna Elvina (Coffman) Reese; and her sisters, Dorothy Reese and Marilyn Reese.

A graveside service was held on Thursday, January 20th at the Antioch Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Quitman.


Gavin Caskey lifts QHS over Castor with school record 10 three pointers

Gavin Caskey didn’t tell anyone he was “going downtown” this past Thursday evening.  Thinking in the literal sense one might believe that it was because he is only in the ninth grade, and it was a school night. As it turned out he went ten times. What? Surely, he heard it from his parents, right? Why would a teenager from Quitman need to go downtown ten times in one night? Maybe a little explanation is needed.

In basketball terms “going downtown” means making shots from behind the three-point line. While Caskey’s parents might have gotten upset over the first scenario, Quitman head coach Mike Black, his teammates and the fans in the stands was pleased as they could be as under the second scenario Caskey treated them to a record setting performance. 

Ten times, Caskey stepped behind the arc and drained a three pointer to help lift Quitman to a resounding 75-40 victory over Castor.  The marksmanship set a new QHS school record and tied the all-time Jackson Parish record set by Alex Wyatt of Weston in 2017. What makes it even more impressive is he did it in only 15 shots. That is an incredible 66.67% shooting percentage from roughly 20 feet away. Was it mentioned that he is only a 9th grader? Was it mentioned that he is a reserve on the team? Are you kidding me? You better believe it!!!!

The sharp shooting Freshman served quickly notice in the first half that he was having the game of his life when he made 6 treys, including his first three to help Quitman race 19-9 first quarter lead and a 39-20 advantage at the break.

“I don’t know how to explain it,” said Caskey about his record performance. “I felt good in the warmups. Then the first couple went in and then another.” gavin caskey

The question was asked about did he feel like he was in “the zone” and did the basket look as big as an ocean? Typical questions that you hear in the rare events like this. 

“No, it wasn’t really anything like that,” confessed Caskey. “Really when I missed my fourth shot, I though well that was fun but as I was heading back up court my coach and teammates kept telling me to keep shooting. Them believing in me is what really pumped me up to keep firing. The result was a career high 30 points and his name forever etched in the school’s all-time annals. 

QHS 52 Oak Grove 38 – Quitman evened their record at 12-12 by limiting home standing Oak Grove to single digits in three of the four quarters played. L.D. Manning scored 17 and Logan Ponder added 11 as QHS won their second of three games played in just four days this past Friday.

Calvin 79 QHS 50: The gauntlet began with the Wolverines falling to Calvin, who is #1 in Class C, 79-50. It was a 28-point third quarter by the 22-1 Cougars that put the game out of reach. Quitman actually shot the ball pretty well but they could only get 30 looks the entire contest against the swarming Calvin defense. 

Lady Wolverines upset #7 Oak Grove 37-34

Class B Quitman is gaining quite a reputation as “giant killers” this season. Already this year the Lady Wolverines have taken down a Class 5A school, three Class 2A schools and 2 Class A schools. Now you can add another Class A school to the list and a highly ranked one at that. To make it even more impressive QHS did it on the road.

Quitman held #7 ranked Oak Grove, who with the loss fell to 10-3 on the year, to just 12 first half points and then survived a second half rally to take the three-point victory that improved their record to 16-8. Coach Kyle Leach didn’t have to look hard to see who did the damage. Three girls scored all but one of the 37 points put up by Quitman and took 34 of the 42 shots attempted.

Brayli Stewart led the way with 15 on 5 of 11 shooting including making 4 of 10 from the three-point line. Bethany Leach added 13 and attributed four steals and four assists. Cali Deal pitched in with 8 and Summer Grillette got the lone other point. 

photos submitted by Thomas Barker