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Articles from the Shreveport Times

Times – Capt. Shreve girls, Benton boys open soccer playoffs with wins

It’s evident it’s time for the LHSAA soccer playoffs when the temperature drops from the 70s to the 30s. But that extreme did little to deter the Captain Shreve soccer team which dispatched visiting Acadiana 3-0 Thursday night at Lee Hedges Stadium in Division I action.

Goals from fabulous freshman Emma Bradford, super sophomore Kiley Rourke and senior Olivia “Doodle” Hilburn were too much for the Lady Rams to offset and the victory moved the Lady Gators into the second round of the LHSAA Division I state playoffs.


Times – William Bradford’s back is back for Captain Shreve

Anyone who thinks playing soccer at the high school level isn’t back-breaking work, should consider a one-on-one with Captain Shreve’s William Bradford.

The senior standout is just a few months removed from a nine-month forced hiatus from the sport he loves due to overplaying kicking a small white ball around on turf and grass fields.

Bradford suffered a stress fracture in his lower back last January that required surgery in June.

“It started hurting after a practice, but went away, and I didn’t think anything of it,” Bradford said. “We had a tournament in Lafayette the following weekend, and after the first game, the pain just never went away. I had to miss the last game of the tournament.”

Bradford realized he was playing too much soccer without enough rest between outings, causing him to slip a disc. He was constantly in pain before the surgery.


Times – Captain Shreve’s Coleman attracts rave reviews

During the recruiting process of Captain Shreve’s Kendal Coleman, one college coach described the big man’s upside as in the vicinity of Louisiana Tech/NBA great Karl Malone.

An exaggeration? Maybe. Maybe not.

But what we do know is that Coleman is ultra-talented, smart, physical and will make Northwestern State fans happy in the near future. Right now, the 6-foot-8, 220-pounder is putting smiles on the faces of the Gator faithful.

“What is most impressive about Kendal is his work ethic and willingness to be coached,” first year Captain Shreve coach Corey Deans said. “When your best player is your hardest worker and the most coachable, it makes the coach’s job easy. Not only does Kendal hold himself to my expectations and standards, but he demands his teammates meet them also.”


Times – Captain Shreve tops Parkway in BFCU finale

Captain Shreve sauntered into the Parkway gym Saturday afternoon and sauntered away with their first tournament championship and perhaps their most significant victory under new coach Corey Deans.

While the celebration of the 50-39 victory over the host Panthers in the championship game of the 2019 Barksdale Federal Credit Union basketball tournament was somewhat muted, it may have set the Gators up for a strong run when the District 1-5A race gets under way.

“It doesn’t mean a whole lot, except it is nice to get a win against a district opponent,” Deans said. “I’m ready for district play to get underway.”


Times – Captain Shreve’s Gustavson is regional Principal of the Year

Caddo Parish Public Schools has announced Captain Shreve High School Principal Ginger Gustavson has been named the 2020 Louisiana Association of School Executives Regional Principal of the Year.

Gustavson, who has served as the principal of Captain Shreve since 2015, has garnered a reputation of excellence with continued increases in the school’s graduation rate, student performance and parental involvement.

Under Gustavson’s guidance, Captain Shreve also earned recognition as a National PTA School of Excellence and consistent accolades for student leadership advocacy. The school also is home to a 2020 National Merit Semi-Finalist.


Times – Captain Shreve’s October shines in October, dotes on December

Every time the month enveloping Halloween rolls around, Li’Quesni October walks around the Captain Shreve campus with a smile on his face.

It’s his favorite month for obvious reasons. He likes most of the other ones too, but his friends have to love October in October.

“Indeed,” he said on Wednesday afternoon.

One of the best strong safeties in the area and one who is getting looks to play at the next level, October rarely gets beat on the football field. That’s because he has near world class speed and has an after-burner that kicks in when an opponent tries to go deep.

“I’ve got good recovery speed, and I like to play aggressively physical,” October said of his defensive assets. “I love hitting. I love bringing the contact more than receiving it.”


Times – Captain Shreve’s Alex Adcock wins AOW in amazing vote total

In one of the most spectacular finishes yet in The Times Athlete of the Week voting, sponsored by the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission, Captain Shreve cross country standout Alex Adcock topped North DeSoto cross country runner Courtney Johnson for the honor.

Adcock garnered 37.58 percent of the 75,869 votes cast, the most in the two-year history of the award, to eek out win versus Johnson, who managed 35.94 percent of the positive votes. The final numbers were 28,510 votes to 27,265. The previous week, 27,295 total votes were cast for the eight candidates.


Times – Captain Shreve’s Addison Martin attracts first 3 collegiate offers

Once Sept. 1 arrived the collegiate offers began rolling in for Times All-City basketball player Addison Martin.

That day was the first day college coaches could began attempting to lure juniors to their campus.

Martin, who was one of Captain Shreve’s key components in the drive to the 2019 LHSAA Class 5A state basketball title, already has three offers in hand – Abilene Christian, McNeese and Northwestern.


Times – Captain Shreve will showcase speed burners in ‘19

Loaded with enough speed to make even the fastest of defensive backs shake in their cleats, Captain Shreve embarks on a 2019 campaign it hopes will their opponents in the dust.

Three members of the Gators’ 2019 state championship 4×100 relay team, D.J. Fleming, Laderian Frieson and Laquisni October, will give fans plenty to smile about when the Friday night lights are turned on. Wide receiver Kendrick Law Jr. is also a member of the Fast Track Club.

“We are fast. I believe we have more speed than we’ve ever had,” said Shreve coach Bryant Sepulvado. “We also have a lot of experience with 32-33 seniors. Their leadership in getting the younger guys in line has been outstanding. The kids see the big picture of what we’re trying to accomplish.”


Times – Captain Shreve’s Stevenson is lauded with festive signing

Recent Captain Shreve graduate Aaliyah Stevenson put a fitting capstone on the Lady Gators’ school year Wednesday when she signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Paul Quinn University in Dallas.

She became the third and final senior off the 2019 LHSAA Class 5A state champions to earn the right to a free education by inking to play at the next level. Fellow seniors Kennedi Heard and Najah Scott had earlier signed with Prairie View A&M and Bishop State respectively.