A Navy veteran with a Shreveport connection has returned to town to share his love of the service during Navy Week.
Commander Robert Lightfoot was born in Michigan but graduated from Captain Shreve High School. He’s the commanding naval officer of the USS Laboon, a destroyer based in Norfolk, Virginia. He has fond memories of his time in Shreveport.
“For me they were some of the best years of my life,” Lightfoot said. “A lot of my best memories are camping, going with the Boy Scouts on a national scout jamboree.”
Observing Navy Week in landlocked Northwest Louisiana may seem odd, but Shreveport-Bossier City is one of 14 places nationwide taking part in the Navy’s outreach program. Navy members participate in community projects and offer a glimpse of Navy life during the event.
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She’s a marksman from Shreveport and her talents with a gun have earned her some high honors and a special ticket to college.
“I have fun first of all. It’s just a good way to blow off steam, relax,” said Caroline Brakeville.
“It teaches you a lot of responsibility. It’s not just about shooting a gun. It’s the principle. You have to have everything correct in what you do with your body, your set up, how you clean your rifle before you even get to the gun range,” Brakeville said.
That attention to detail has taken Brakeville, a Captain Shreve High School graduating senior, a long way. In fact, it’s taken her all the way to a rare shooting scholarship for college this fall.
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Heading into his senior season, Captain Shreve’s Demond Hill cared about one thing: playing on the Gators basketball team for one more season. That was until a health condition benched the 18-year-old. Unlike many who may look at the negatives of their situation, Demond decided to dwell on the positives.
“It breaks my heart because I just want to play. I just love to play basketball,” explained Hill.
“I try to put the football in his hand, he would throw that down and pick up the basketball. I said no, get the football, he would throw it down and get the basketball,” added Demond’s mother Brenda Hill.
The game he was born to play was never easy.
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Captain Shreve is one of the few unbeaten teams left at the high school level in the ArkLaTex. A big reason why the Gators sit at 3-0 is the play of running back James Ivory III.
The senior has a few triple digit rushing performances under his belt this season and plans to add to his yardage total Friday against visiting Westgate.
Ivory’s star power at the school was on display earlier this month when he was selected to be principal for a day following a great game against Woodlawn and head coach Bryant Sepulvado said that’s a sign school administrators back what the football team is all about.
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