Fight investigation ends with DWI arrest

(Lincoln Parish Journal) –  A Jonesboro woman was arrested following the investigation of a fight call at the Sundown Tavern late Wednesday night.

Officers responded to Sundown where the complainant said he did not wish to press charges but wanted the individuals banned from returning to the business. He said he was called racially charged slurs by the driver and occupant of a red Toyota Camry.

The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office spotted the vehicle on La. Highway 33 and stopped it after observing it travel 12 miles per hour over the speed limit and crossing the center line. Ruston Police responded to the scene of the stop.

The driver, Megan E. Hammonds, 32, of Jonesboro, refused to submit to field sobriety tests. She admitted to officers her driver’s license was suspended and the car’s license plate was expired.

A records check revealed an outstanding warrant for Hammonds from Ruston City Court for failure to appear on an expired license plate charge.

Hammonds was arrested, taken to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center, and administered a breath test, yielding a result of 0.206g%, over twice the Louisiana legal limit.

Hammonds was booked for DWI, driving under suspension, expired license plate, and the warrant. Bail was set at $3,500.00.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Second round of district play highlights weekend prep schedule

The “second season” has reached the second round of play. For some of the local prep teams, this means the hopes of securing the stranglehold they have on the top spot of the district standings while for others it represents a last opportunity to get into the district title race. 

Highlighting the schedule for this Friday evening is the girl’s and boys’ contest between home-standing Saline and Calvin. Both have tremendous bearings on the district 2C title race. If Saline beats Calvin in the girl’s game the Lady Bobcats go up two games in the competition with two games left. The boy’s contest has importance as well,  with the winner staying just one game back of district leader Atlanta who beat Saline on Tuesday.

For local viewing pleasure, the two Quitman vs Castor contests takes center stage as the boys and girls games will take place beginning at 6:00pm at the Jonesboro-Hodge High School gymnasium, which has been the de facto home court for Quitman this season due to their own gym undergoing renovations. The boys battle determines who has a leg up for second place in 1B while the Lady Wolverines need the victory to take a step toward getting back in the title race after dropping the first two district contests of the season.

Weston travels to Doyline for contests featuring the top and bottom teams in both the girls and boys divisions. Following their improbable last second win over Castor on Tuesday, to end the first round of district contests undefeated the Lady Wolves open the action at 6:00pm. This will be followed by the Wolves taking on the Doyline boys that gave Quitman their first district loss on Tuesday and has won 21 of  their 23 contests.

While district title aspirations seem to be a lost hope for both Jonesboro-Hodge teams the Tiger boys will look to improve on their Division IV power rating by looking to complete a season sweep of their district 3-2A series against Red River in their contest in Coushatta. The girls meanwhile will be looking for their first district win. 

For a full recap of games played on Tuesday, January 31st along with up-to-date district standing for all teams visit the Sunday, edition of the Jackson Parish Journal.

Girls & Boys schedule for Friday, February 3rd

(first game is at 6:00pm)

District 1B – Quitman vs Castor (at JHHS), Weston at Doyline 
District 2C – Saline vs Calvin
District 3-2A – JHHS at Red River (Coushatta)

 

 

 


Jackson Parish Watershed District releases 2022 financial report

Vice President/Treasurer, Gary Joynor, has released the Jackson Parish Watershed District Financial Report for the 2022 fiscal year as shown below. On a January 27th Caney Lake Community Page Facebook post Joynor made the following announcement. 

I’d like to thank the administrator for allowing me to post the FY 2022 Watershed District financial report on this page.
On behalf of the Jackson Parish Watershed District, I’d like to thank each person that supported Caney Lake in 2022. I have provided the FY statement for your review. I’m glad you ask why! It’s very important to me that you see where every penny is going. Clearly, launch fees are the no.1 source of revenue for JPWD. The expenditures explain where the money is used. The Ebenezer and Spill Way launches are “Public Access” launches not parish or state-owned. The 3.00 launch fee is vital for us to maintain them and plan other projects for public use on Caney. Jimmy Davis State Park charges 3.00/per person to enter the park and the money is used for the maintenance and upkeep of that facility. In closing, if you are not a payer at those launch sites for whatever reason and you wanted to know where the money is going I hope to change your mind with the financial statement. Your financial support is vital to help the Jackson Parish Watershed District maintain the things that are within our control for the public to enjoy on the #1 lake in Louisiana and tops in the nation.

Gary Joynor
VP/Treasure JPWD


Jackson Parish Student Athletes of the Week for Jan. 29th – Feb. 4th recognized

The selections of the Student-Athletes of the Week at Jonesboro-Hodge, Quitman, and Weston High School for January 29th – February 4th have been announced. The honorees, that are chosen by select members of the faculty and staff from each school, earn the award by best exemplifying what it means to be a true student-athlete through academic achievement and athletic accomplishment. Each recipient not only receives public recognition but also is given a commemorative T-Shirt by the Jackson Parish Hospital, which sponsors the weekly award. 

Student-Athlete of the Week jph logo

Briley Peterson (10th Grade) – Varsity Girls Basketball player at Weston High School

Eli Walker (11th Grade) – Varsity Boys Basketball player at Quitman High School

Savantez Phillips (12th Grade) – Varsity Boys Basketball player at Jonesboro-Hodge High School


Classifications and playoff structure stay the same following LHSAA annual meeting

It was anticipated that landmark decisions regarding classification and the playoff structure issues would come out of the gathering of school Principals at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s annual meeting that was held this past Friday, January 27th. As it turned out it was “much ado about nothing” as by a 300-66 vote, it was overwhelmingly agreed to postpone any changes to the status quo until June, when the LHSAA will reconvene for a statewide meeting.

As result, the current classification of schools and playoff structure for basketball, baseball, and softball that was voted on by the LHSAA executive committee last September will remain in place for the rest of the 2022-2023 school year.

Items on the agenda that were ratified are as follows:

• Due to the LHSAA being in good financial standing, no member schools will pay membership dues for the 2023-2024 academic year.

•All items proposed for ratification by the executive committee under Article 4.4.4. were passed or postponed including postponement of ratifying the playoff structure, all Non-Select and Select championships remain together and new member schools will have to wait until a reclassification year to play in district competition.

• A proposal to add softball as a sport allowing the higher seed to host the quarterfinal round of the playoffs passed, 312-52, effective in 2024.

• A motion to remove added point for basketball district championships in power ratings for the 2023-24 school year failed, 182-186, at the behest of Lincoln Prep principal Gordon Ford who argued that a possible playoff restructuring meeting in June could negate the proposal.

 


Local Historian Brad Dison documents lost sawmill in Saline and NL&N Railroad

In 1905, the Saline Stave Factory in the newly incorporated village of Saline, in the southern part of Bienville Parish, Louisiana, began production. At that time, Saline was the last stop on the Louisiana and Northwest Railroad (L&NW). Saline was a bustling town whose main industries at the time were cotton, timber, and, later on, watermelons. The sawmill closed in the 1940s following World War II. In the same decade, the L&NW ceased operations. As a historian, I was curious to see if anything pertaining to the sawmill or railroad still existed. The current landowner gave me permission to go onto the land to investigate. I must stress that this land is private property. Trespassers will be prosecuted. Join me as we uncover the lost sawmill of Saline.

Brad Dison

To view the documentary click here


Three Tiger football players make college commitments

Being a part of building a tradition apparently was intriguing to three graduating senior gridiron players from Jonesboro-Hodge as each has decided to continue their playing career at a university and college whose football program is in its infancy. Joshua Tatum and Cartavious “Hambone” Waters have committed to North American University located in Stafford, TX while Zion Gray has announced he will be going to Centenary College in Shreveport. 

Located just outside of Houston, NAU is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and is in it’s fourth year of competing as an NAIA Independent within the Continental Athletic Conference. Centenary’s program is even newer having announced in November of last year that after first playing football in 1894 before stopping in 1941 that the Gentleman would revive the program again in 2023.

Tatum was one of the strongest players on the team last year and played alongside Waters, a two-time All-District honoree, on the line for the 2022 Jonesboro-Hodge Tiger football team. Gray, who didn’t start playing football until his junior season, did double duty as a wide receiver and defensive back. Each made their commitment announcement on Twitter on January 29th and 30th. 


Yahzmynne Andrews named to SAU Tech Homecoming Court

In the fall of 2021, Jonesboro-Hodge graduate Yahzmynne Andrews ventured to Southern Arkansas University Tech, located in Camden, AR to earn her place on the basketball court as a scholarship member of the SAU Lady Rockets. This past week, Andrews was selected to be on another court, this being the SAU Homecoming Court as a Sophomore Maid. The SAU Homecoming Ceremonies will take place on February 4th.


JPYBL: Schedule for Feb. 4th, Results from Jan. 28th

Schedule of Games on February 4th

Jonesboro-Hodge Middle School

9:00am Bucks vs Warriors (5-6)
9:45am Lakers vs Bulls (5-6)
10:30am Suns vs Clippers (5-6)
11:15am Stars vs Liberty (7-8 girls)
12:00pm Aces vs Sparks (7-8 girls)
12:45pm Grizzlies vs Thunder (7-8 boys)
1:30pm Hawks vs Magic (7-8 boys)
2:15pm Blazers vs Thunder (7-8 boys)
3:00pm Celtics vs Kings (7-8 boys)

JHHS Girls Gym
9:00am Mystic vs Sky (9-10 girls)
10:00am Kings vs Grizzlies (9-10 boys)
11:00am Mystic vs Fever (9-10 girls)
12:00pm Celtics vs Raptors (9-10 boys)
1:00pm Grizzlies vs Rockets (9-10 boys)
2:00pm Lynx vs Wings (11-13 girls)

JHHS Boys Gym
9:00am Bucks vs Mavericks (11-12 boys)
9:45am Spurs vs Bulls ((11-12 boys)
10:30am Lakers vs Suns ( 11-12 boys)
11:15am Suns vs Wings (11-13 girls)
12:00pm Dream vs Liberty (11-13 girls)
12:45pm Celtics vs Kings (13-14 boys)
1:30pm Heat vs Blazers (13-14 boys
2:15pm Celtics vs Magic (13-14 boys)

Game results from January 28th

5&6 Divison

Suns 27 Warriors 19:
Suns scoring: Ashton Anderson 12, Kaden Blewer 10. Leia Green 2, Kassidy Loyd 2, Willow Tingle 1
Warriors scoring: Brennon Otwell 9, Duke Henderson 3, Crew Tidwell 3, Oliver Lee 3, Braxley Tucker 2, Matilyn Otwell 1, Laurel Smith 1

Bucks 13 Lakers 11:
Bulls Scoring: Pistol McCurdy 4, Harper McBride 4, Sebastian 3, Mitchell Osborne 2, John Walker 1
Bucks scoring: Bryce Martin 5, Briggs Craighead 1, Koltyn Donaldson 1, Jacob Patton 1, Harper Gandy 1, Cole Burton 1, D J Hudson 1, Starr Bradley 1, Londyn Tilley 1

Warriors 23 Clippers 13:
Clippers scoring: Ryker Ingram 6, Levi Norred 2, Bentley Roncal 2, Lamar Martin 2, Emma Rowe 2, Jackson Linton 2, Kenzie Billman 1, Jayce Linton 1
Lakers scoring: Jace Watkins 3, Brenton Lewis 2, Aceon Calahan 1, Kolton Laffitte 1, Kase Mathews 1, Kadon Graves 1, MJ Harrell 1

Shooting Stars: (scored 10 points or more): Ashton Anderson 12, Kaden Blewer 10

7-8 Girls Divison

Aces 6 Starz 4
Aces scoring: Dally McCurdy 2, Morgan Osborne 1, Madi Spillman 1, Jaicee Watkins 1, Savannah Porter 1
Stars scoring: Jersey Kate Corley 2, Delilah Hudson 1, Charlea Jones 1

Sparks 34 Liberty 10
Sparks scoring: Adeline Anderson 12, Hadley Garner 12, Ainsley Bougues 8, Jaylee Hough 1, Natalie Sullivan 1, 
Liberty scoring: Cadie Conn 4, Ryleigh Puffer 3, Kylee Allen 2, Justice Faulkner 1

Shooting Stars: (scored 10 points or more): Adeline Anderson 12, Hadley Garner 12

7-8 Boys Division

Grizzlies 19 Celtics 7
Grizzlies scoring: Cruz Nomey 8, Andrew Edwards 6, Case Creel 3, Clay Burton 2
Celtics scoring: Brock Craighead 2, Brandon Laffitte 2, Tytus Campbell 1, Mason Caldwell 1, James  Lewis 1

Magic 23 Blazers 19
Magic scoring: Asher Norred 11, Andrew Seymore 5, Carter Greer-Kelly 4, Bryce Mauthe 1, Bradley Keeney 1, Colton Haney 1
Blazers scoring: Kree Boston 12, Austin West 5, Stone Anderson 1, Jaycob Rogers 1

Magic 32 Thunder 32
Magic scoring: Asher Norred 10, Andrew Seymore 10, Colton Haney 4, Carter Greer-Kelly 3, Bryce Mauthe 1, Bradley Keeney 1, Sebastian Love 2
Thunder scoring: Kutter Blalock 18, Noah Martin 8, Khaza Cottonham 1, Ayden Chatham 1, Clark Atkins 1, Declan Williams 1, Cason Walker 1, Maddox Graham 1

Kings 24 Hawks 19
Kings scoring: Jagger Ingram 10, Koplen Taylor 4, Taten Hall 3, Thomas 3, Isaac Sessions 2, Grant Williams 1, Mason 1
Hawks scoring: Mason Greer 6, Leland Anderson 5, Cooper Barnes 3, Cutter Whisonant 3, Jeremiah Jones 1, Jess 1

Shooting Stars: (scored 10 points or more): Kree Boston 16, Koplen Taylor 13 Cooper Barnes 10

9-10 Girls Divison

Fever 12 Mystics 9
Fever scoring: Amelia Staggs 8, Brooklyn Keiffer 2, Lizzie Kate Sullivan 2
Mystics scoring: Mallory Malone 6, Scarlett Parks 3

9-10 Boys Division

Raptors 18 Rockets 15
Raptors scoring: Aiden Reed 8, Joseph Gill 5, Jase Reed 3, Ryder Diffey 2
Rockets scoring: Caiden Jackson 4, Thatcher Savage 4, Tripp McBride 4, Caston Zimmerman 2, Braddock Chandler 1

Rockets 17 Grizzlies 11 
Rockets scoring: Jaxon Culpepper 5, Mason Tolar 4, Caston Zimmerman 3, Caiden Jackson 2, Tripp McBride 2, Hudson StClair 1
Grizzlies scoring: Jack Robinson 4, Kash Gandy 2, Jase Tinsley 2, Ryder Pardue 2, Christopher Wren 1

Kings 15 Celtics 14
Kings scoring: Bentley Ponder 6, Rhett Emmons 4, Gunner Garrett 4, Shepard Norred 1
Celtics scoring: Cason Conn 6, Brady Malone 4, Grant Griffin 2, Parker Nomey 1, Kaine Stasson 1                                           

11-12 Boys Division

Mavericks 35 Spurs 13
Mavericks scoring: Lukas Bandy 10, Cason Rogers 7, Elijah Calloway 6, Kolt Keiffer 6, Bryce Tolar 4, Gabriel Lebrun 2
Spurs scoring: Elin Henderson 8, Mason Thomas 4, Beau Blalock 1

Lakers 38 Bucks 15 
Lakers scoring: Braydon Robinson 15, Raylon Bradford 10, Noah Spillman 6, Jayden Burns 5, Jadyn Watkins 2
Bucks scoring: Jameon Jefferson 9, Ashton Borland 4, Jason McNeil 1, Jaxson Brown 1

Suns 40 Bulls 19
Suns scoring: Kaleb Maxwell 12, Joseph Delaney 11,  Leyton Younse 10, Ryder Gray 6, Christopher Oncale 1
Bulls scoring: Luke Rowe 6, Colton Otwell 4, Lucas Leach 4, Madden McAdams 3, Tucker Goss 1, Benjamin Patton 1

Bucks 24 Spurs 8
Bucks scoring: Jameon Jefferson 4, Quantavius Campbell 4, Will St. Clair 4, Ashton Borland 3, Jason McNeil 3, Jaxson Brown 2, Brody Tucker 2, Jake Moak 2
Spurs scoring: Mason Thomas 5, Jacolby Lowe 2, Beau Blalock 1

Shooting Stars: (scored 10 points or more): Braydon Robinson 15, Kaleb Maxwell 12, Joseph Delaney 11, Raylon Bradford  10, Leyton Younse 10, Lukas Bandy 10

11-13 Girls Division

Liberty 14 Wings 7
Liberty scoring: Brooklyn Brown 6, Ella Robinson 4, Bailey Tinsley 2, Landry Horsfall 2
Wings scoring: London Burks 5, Emma Kate Toms 1, Gabby Edwards 1

Dream 13 Sun 13
Dream scoring: Carly Jo Griffin 9, Jana Potts 3, Braelyn Patton 1
Sun scoring: Samone Mallard 7, Shacoria Mallard 4, Anna Pardue 1, Allison Ramsey 1

Liberty 16 Lynx 15
Liberty scoring: Klea Blalock 8, Brooklyn Brown 5, Landry Horsfall 1, Tinley Choate 1, Reese Womack 1
Lynx scoring: Sophia Kliebert 12, Allie Robertson 1, Ella Simonelli 1, Keeley Davis 1

Shooting Stars: (scored 10 points or more): Sophia Kliebert 12

13-14 Boys Division

Celtics 39 Blazers 28
Celtics scoring: Taden Thomas 17, Ty Henderson 9, Caden Jackson 6, Rodney Williams 3, Grayson Dalgaard 2, Elijah Jackson 2
Blazers scoring: William Brittington 8, Colby Williams 8, Ayden Greer 6, Hayden Seymore 6, Aiden Phares 2

Kings 32 Blazers 23
Kings scoring: Brody Halbrook 16, Abram Toms 8, Remy Kennard 6, Rylan Reynolds 2
Blazers scoring: Jack Thomas 14, Colby Williams 4, Hayden Seymore 3, William Brittington 2

Magic 39 Heat 35
Magic scoring: Brayden Martin 15, Jamarcus Dozier 11, Santiago Zuniga 7, Jake North 6
Heat scoring: Tyson Burks 16, Shane Reed 9, Alex Lewis 6, Mathew Odom 2, Colt Guyotte 2

Shooting Stars: (scored 10 points or more): Taden Thomas 17, Brody Halbrook 16, Tyson Burks 16, Jack Thomas 14, Jamarcus Dozier 11


Emma Kate McBride receives offer to play for Louisiana Christian

Already several colleges have offered Emma Kate McBride, who is averaging 13.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.2 steals per game while leading Weston to an outstanding 24-5 record, to play basketball for them next season. On Monday, January 30th, Louisiana Christian University (LCU), formerly recognized as Louisiana College, extended the welcome mat as well, officially offering the fearless floor leader the opportunity to become a Lady Wildcat after a visit to the campus in Pineville, LA.  

The daughter of Jeff and Rebecca McBride announced the offer on Twitter.

LCU is affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) that competes in the Red River Athletic Conference, which has 11 members located across a three-state region that includes Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico including LSU – Shreveport and LSU – Alexandria. 


Quitman High Softball to host pre-season tourney on Saturday

Quitman High School will be the first to bring Jackson Parish residents the sounds of spring sports this year when the Lady Wolverine Softball team opens their 2023 LHSAA campaign by hosting a pre-season tournament this Saturday, February 4th. Twelve of north Louisiana’s finest programs will take part in the day-long, round-robin competition that will be played at the Jackson Parish Recreation Department Sports Complex, located at 5254 Hwy 4 in Jonesboro.

None of the contests will count as an official game of record for the upcoming LHSAA season, which begins with Jamboree’s on February 9th and season openiing contests starting on February 14th. 

The Lady Wolverines will be in action twice beginning with the opening contest of the tourney against Class 3A Sterlington at 9:00am followed by a 10:45am game against Class 5A Airline. Both contests will be played on Field 4. For a complete schedule of games see below. 

2023 Quitman High School Softball Schedule

2023 Quitman HIgh School Softball Team Roster


Where were you when we seemed Lost in Space?

Nationally shared moments come along and you’re pretty sure that you, along with a good chunk of humanity, will remember where you were When You Heard Something Had Happened.

It was (an impossible, it seems) 37 years ago last Friday — January 28, 1986 — that the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster happened, 46,000 feet above the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida Coast at Cape Canaveral. It was 10:30 CST, a cold-for-Florida (36 degrees) and clear Tuesday, and classrooms across America, maybe the world, were tuned in because this mission carried Christa McAuliffe, a social studies teacher from New Hampshire and the first teacher in space.

So millions at the same time were trying to process what they were seeing when Challenger basically exploded just more than a minute after takeoff, everyone on the ground looking up and so many more looking at televisions that seemed to show a giant white expanding ginger root punching in different directions through the bright blue sky.

Where were you that morning?

I asked a new friend named Dan that this weekend — he was on a service call and hooking a piece of equipment to my television to transform it from a Dumb TV to a Smart TV — and he looked at me liked I’d asked him where he was during the Battle of the Bulge. “I wasn’t born yet,” he said.

Oh. Yeah … Well …

I asked him if he could hook a piece of equipment to me to turn me from Dumb to Smart.

“I wish,” he said.

Kids.

Dude’s like 26, or my age when the Challenger Disaster happened. I was one of the last Americans to know, is probably why I remember so well. I’d worked really late as usual at the newspaper, stumbled into 222 Lake Street in Shreveport a couple hours after noon. Lots of Space Shuttle news on the televisions, I thought. And then … Ohhhhhh…

Terrible day.

The tragedy’s cause — excuse this over-simplification — was that these things called O-Rings hadn’t properly sealed, due to their imperfections and the cold weather, and gas had escaped and there you go.

Awful. And yes, a lot of people got in trouble.

Now, this next one, more of you can get in on the Where Were You? game, (even young Dan).

It was 20 years ago — February 1, 2003 — that a space tragedy happened much closer to home when the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated as it reentered the atmosphere over East Texas and, well, over us. The crew of seven was lost. A piece of foam that broke off during ascent and hit and damaged the thermal protection system tiles on the shuttle’s left wing was the cause of the disaster when the spacecraft tried to return home.

Brutal.

February 1, 2003 was a Saturday, another gorgeous winter day, clear skies. I went the paper about 8:30 to do a little work. Just tie up some loose ends. (I was conscientious back then.) Had a tee time at 10:30. Perfect day.

Until it wasn’t.

The disaster began to unfold around 8 a.m. our time, but the Internet and all that was a thing still getting its footing. When I walked in, a couple of friends were already working on rumors. We had one computer that was hooked to the Internet — and NOT the Internet you know today.

All the TVs were on but things were still sketchy. Hard to believe 20 years later that the world then did not have instant information but … it didn’t.

Compared to now, it was archaic. But the feelings were the same. The finding out. The discoveries. The slow unfolding. Talking to people who had found things that had fallen from the sky.

Head-shaking day.

You remember? Remember where you were?

Long day and heartsick. Hope today is memorable, but for much better reasons.

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu or Twitter @MamaLuvsManning

 

 


Gridiron Football names Dylan Hayes and Michael Malone as “Rising Stars”

After their outstanding performances in the Gridiron Football Jr. All-American Bowl that pitted the best junior high football players in the state of Louisiana against each other, Dylan Hayes and Michael Malone of Jonesboro-Hodge Middle School (J-HMS) has been named as “Rising Stars” by Gridiron Football Magazine. The designation is given to select junior high gridders across the state that are expected to make a big impact for their high school football programs next year. Each was showcased in a feature article of Gridiron Football Magazine as shown below. 

Dylan Hayes 

Dylan Hayes receiving his Gridiron Football All-American Jersey
(Photo courtesy of Jason Saucier)

Interview with Gridiron Football Magazine 

Dylan Hayes is an 8th-grade 6’2 175lb. powerhouse athlete playing both Receiver/Defensive End for Jonesboro-Hodge Middle School in Jonesboro, LA. With the natural athleticism to move like a machine, Dylan is efficient at playing both sides of the ball. Hayes recently showcased his talents in the Gridiron Football Junior High All-American Game.

Q&A with Dylan:

What inspired you to start playing football and how old were you?

I started playing football at the age of 5. I was really inspired by watching a lot of Kevin Johnson highlights growing up.

Did you play any other sports growing up, and why did football stand out to you the most?

I thought I wasn’t good enough to be in basketball, so that’s when I switched over to football.

What have you learned about yourself playing the sport?

Football definitely builds character. The sport has taught me to meet new people and just have fun while playing the sport.

What are your personal goals for the upcoming 2023 season?

The goal I set for myself is to start in varsity and make the varsity team my freshman year of high school.

What are some game day rituals that help you mentally prepare for competition?

On game day, music helps me a lot to block everything out and stay focused.

What sets you apart from any other athlete?

I would say how my teammates describe me like a machine.

If you could go back and give your younger self any piece of advice, what would it be?

I would tell my younger self to remain humble always and don’t let your dreams die.

What motivates you the most every day to get stronger and better?

Seeing other people stronger than me motivates myself to get stronger than I am.

During the offseason, what are some of your favorite hobbies or interests?

I enjoy hanging out with the team and playing basketball.

Who would you say your favorite NFL player is and why do they inspire you?

My favorite NFL player is Kevin Johnson because I look at him as a machine and can’t be stopped.

As a receiver, how do you communicate with and build trust with your QB?

My QB and I are close friends on and off the field, so I trust him, and he trusts me.

Michael Malone

Michael Malone receiving his Gridiron Football All-American Jersey.
(Photo courtesy of Jason Saucier)

Interview with Gridiron Football Magazine 

Michael Malone is an ambitious 6’2 300lb. Offensive and Defensive Lineman playing for Jonesboro-Hodge Middle School in Jonesboro, LA. Michael’s size, strength, and powerhouse mobilities at the age of 13 were recently showcased in the Gridiron Football Junior All-American Game. A young athlete full of heart and passion for the game are expressed below.

Q&A with Michael:

How old were you when you first picked up a football and decided this sport was for you?

I was 4 years old and as a young kid, I would always watch my older brother and cousin play which inspired me.

Who are some of your biggest influences?

My cousins are a big influence on me because they constantly motivate me and stay with me about my education.

Regardless of win or loss, how do you maintain a positive mindset at all times on the field?

Hearing what the coach got to say after the game.

During the offseason, what are some of your favorite hobbies or interests?

Playing basketball, chilling with my friends, and playing the game.

What are some current goals and dreams you have set for yourself?

Going to college, making it to the NFL, and maintaining a 3.5 GPA. My dream school would be to play for Jackson State.

How would your teammates describe you?

My teammates would describe me as being positive, a good motivator, and having good sportsmanship.

What is your favorite football memory?

When I scored a touchdown in 8th grade, at that moment I just felt very happy.

What do you feel you and your team can improve on the most?

As a team, we can improve on everything like skill, strength, and speed.

A special appreciation by Michael, “I would like to thank my family, friends, and my coaches”.