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Sat
22
Jul

Coaching changes, intensity of players, return of starters

HOUSTON – While recent history doubtless weighed heavy on those voting in the poll to predict the 2017 Southland Conference football race, it has little bearing on how the Northwestern State Demons forsee their upcoming season.

The way head coach Jay Thomas, senior quarterback J.D. Almond and senior defensive end Dannie Harmon see it, last year’s adversity provided priceless experience and incentive for the 2017 Demons.

At the Southland Conference Football Media Day Thursday, the league’s official preseason poll projected the same teams that finished atop the standings last fall – defending champ Sam Houston State, playoff entry and league runner-up Central Arkansas — to lead the pack again this season. NSU (1-10 overall, 0-9 in the Southland a year ago) was tabbed for 10th in the 11-team league.

 

Sat
22
Jul

Rabalais: After Hugh Freeze’s shocking fall, maybe calling Les Miles is up next for Ole Miss?

Hugh Freeze finally committed an offense that Ole Miss couldn’t defend.

Freeze tendered a shocking resignation Thursday, not because of the pot of boiling water the school finds itself in with a years-long NCAA investigation, but because of a “pattern of personal misconduct.”

No one at Ole Miss would say what that pattern was, but it reportedly stemmed from a call Freeze made to an escort service. That led to Ole Miss to dig into the rest of Freeze’s phone records, and that opened the trap door beneath the pricey loafers he was able to afford with his $4.7 million salary.

 

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Thu
20
Jul

Demon Delights continued after weekend break

NSU

The 2017 Demon Delights contest resumed Monday today with a record-setting women’s track and field performance battling an incredible story of success.

The Northwestern State women’s track and field program set a new high-water mark for points at the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships in May and that accomplishment will square off with men’s basketball graduate assistant

Trey McCrory’s nomination for the USBWA’s Most Courageous Award in the sixth of eight first-round matchups. Along with visiting www.NSUDemons.com to vote, fans can pick their favorites in each round on social media via the @NSUDemons Twitter account and the Northwestern State Demons Facebook page.

Thu
20
Jul

Sign up for DigFest

The third Fall Demon DigFest of the Sean Kiracofe era now has a date.

The eighth annual event, which serves as the largest fund-raiser for the Northwestern State volleyball program, will again take place at Point Place Marina on Aug. 12.

The marina is located at 1209 Patrick Road, just south of Natchitoches. Play is set to begin at 8 a.m. and will encompass all day Saturday for what now will be a one-day event. In addition to four-on-four volleyball action, there will be music, food and entertainment. Teams can feature up to six players and the entry fee is $100 per team.

Teams can register and add a current NSU player for $125. Banner sponsorships are available for $150.

 

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Sat
15
Jul

Lady Demon

On front row from left are NSU Lady Demon April Trowbridge campers Braylen Courtney, Addison McGrath, Evan Carney, Logan Carter, Aidan Carney and Lady Demon Jayden Wheeler. On back row are campers Cameron McAlister, Leah Swanstron, Mariska Van Linder, Hayes Posey, Emma Jenkins, Anna Hobart, Caleb McAlister, Jordan Vercher and Lila Robertson. The NSU Lady Demon Soccer team’s annual soccer day camp taught youth soccer fundamentals and increased in difficult with each player’s skill level.

The participants learned different dribbling skills, defensive positioning and more. The participants were coached by current Lady Demons. The soccer team will host an intensity residential camp July 16-18 for high school level players.

 

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Sat
15
Jul

Tigers Training for the Field

June 23 and 24, five St. Mary’s Athletic Trainers attended The Lake Area Athletic Trainers Associations Workshop at McNeese State University in Lake Charles.

The workshop prepared the trainers for the upcoming Tiger Athletic season. Level 1 taught ankle injury and basic training concept, Level 2 taught knee and lower leg injury, and Level 3 focussed on shoulder injury and general medical conditions of an athlete. From left are trainers Abigail Wheat Level 1, Mallory Lee Level 2, Maci Messenger Level 1, Chloe Creamans Level 1 and Peyton Green Level 3.

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Sat
15
Jul

Two-Sport Standout

By Ashley Froust

Natchitoches Central is one of three high schools in Natchitoches Parish with tremendous athletes, many who play multiple sports. Most athletes have one sport they shine in and others they are good at, but Joshua Fortenberry is one athlete who has made deep impressions in two 5A sports, football and baseball, and is a strong member of Team Louisiana’s U18 baseball team. Fortenberry started playing baseball when he was five years old. “I’ve played ever since I can remember. I love pitching and doing my job on the mound,” he said. He plans to play college ball after he graduates in May 2018. The senior is spending this summer playing baseball with Team Louisiana.

 

Thu
13
Jul

7v7 tournament, Gold takes silver

Colin Moran hikes the football to Trey Smith as running back AJ Moses takes off for a pass. Natchitoches Edge, coached by LeBronte Hoover, consists of two 7v7 teams, one made of upcoming eighth graders and the second upcoming freshmen. They competed against two teams from Benton for a 7v7 tournament Saturday, July 1. The gold Edge team won second place in the tournament and Benton’s blue team won first. The tournament was a chance for the athletes to have competitive games of two-hand-touch against a new competitor.

 

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Thu
13
Jul

Lady Chiefs dig into summer, improving game skills before fall season

The Lady Chiefs competed in their first games of the summer league Thursday, July 6 with two home matches against Captain Shreve and C.E. Byrd. The Lady Chiefs have two remaining games away. These games are giving the Lady Chiefs a strong glance into what play as a Division 1 team could be this fall.

The girls continue to develop fundamentals in their second year as a team. From left are Kasie Ramian and Kailyn Kendrick waiting for Byrd’s serve.

 

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Sat
08
Jul

Abboud Goes Pro

NSU Sports Information

Four years ago, Shahd Abboud took a journey halfway around the world to pursue a college basketball career. That odyssey has come full circle as Abboud has signed to play professionally for Hapoel Petah Tikva in her home country of Israel.

“It’s a dream come true to be able to play professionally,” said Abboud, a two-year Lady Demon letterwinner who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology in May. “I used basketball to learn and experience and meet new people. It’s not easy to come back (to Israel) after being away for four years, but it’s exciting.

Things have changed. Basketball has changed since I left. I’m a different player since I left. I’m curious to see how this is going to be.”

 

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