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Articles from the Shreveport Times

Times – Captain Shreve honors seniors in playoff win

At first glance, the decision by Captain Shreve coach Keith Greene to hold senior night for his three superstars following a first-round LHSAA Class 5A state playoff game against Fontainebleau appeared a bit brazen.

For it to happen successfully, his team had to earn a playoff game, be seeded high enough to get a home playoff game, and then win said playoff game. But even though Greene is brazen, he ain’t that brazen. The night that honored Nahja Scott, Aaliyah Stevenson and Kennedi Heard came when it did on the schedule because the regular season home game with Bastrop, which was supposed to be Senior Night, was canceled.

“We wanted to do something for our seniors,” Green said. “The Bastrop game was our last regular season game.”

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Times – Capt. Shreve’s Heard is The Times Athlete of the Week

Captain Shreve girls basketball standout Kennedi Heard is The Times Athlete of the Week for the week ending Jan. 25.

Heard, a senior, received 52 percent of the more than 16,000 votes cast for five northwest Louisiana student-athletes. Parkway soccer player Faith Ingles was second with 31 percent of the vote and Natchitoches Central guard CJ Carpenter was third.

Heard was the key ingredient in the Lady Gators’ perfect run last week in District 1-5A as coach Keith Greene’s club ran its record to 25-4 overall and 11-0 in the league. Shreve dominated shorthanded Parkway and Evangel during the week.

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Times – Captain Shreve’s Gage Simpson: recruiter, student, athlete extraordinaire

Gage Simpson is a sterling center defender for the Captain Shreve soccer team, which is in control of its destiny in the district race after recently going 2-0. But Simpson’s greatest asset with the Gators might be his recruiting ability rather than in deflecting the opposition’s offense.

Entering the 2018-19 campaign, coach Brett Barker’s team was in need of a shutdown goalie. Enter Simpson, who talked 6-foot-4, 245-pound Cade Davis into making the move into the net after playing tight end for the Shreve football team.

“We really needed someone, and Cade fit the bill,” said Simpson, the football team’s kicker. “Cade has a good build and he is big. He’s been very useful.”

In addition to being a recruiter, Simpson adds a lot to the soccer team’s overall GPA, carrying a 4.7 mark to shine for principal Ginger Gustavson as a student-athlete.

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Times – Captain Shreve’s Grant to test West Monroe

Coming out of middle school, Darrius Grant had some options about where to attend high school and advance his love of football. That’s not unlike most of the kids in the Caddo Parish School District.

Loyola, Byrd, Captain Shreve — Grant opted for the Gators after some prayerful consideration and direction from coaches he trusted.

“It was a good decision,” said Grant, who will quarterback the Gators against Class 5A’s top-seeded West Monroe Friday night at 7 p.m.

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Times – Captain Shreve’s Kayla Jenkins is The Times Athlete of the Week

Captain Shreve volleyball player Kayla Jenkins is The Times Athlete of the Week for the week ending Oct. 21.

Jenkins received more than 44 percent of the nearly 8,700 votes cast in the poll. Ruston volleyball player Meg Roeder was second with more than 31 percent of the vote.

Jenkins had three aces, six kills, three blocks, one assist and three digs last week.

 

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Times – Byrd’s Erwin, Shreve’s Davis fast friends for life

For all the blustering, flustering and hectoring associated with Byrd-Captain Shreve week we sometimes forget there are relationships that transcend a rivalry that’s been known to bring out the worst in one side or the other.

Consider the case of Captain Shreve senior Cade Davis and Byrd senior Nick Erwin – two guys who couldn’t be more dissimilar or more alike. Cade is tall, lean and favors the Gator nation, while Nick is shorter, stocky and inhabits the City of Byrd.

Nick is active at Broadmoor Methodist, Cade does his praying at Broadmoor Baptist.

Nick lives in Blanchard driving in a long way to attend Byrd, while Cade has a relatively short trip from off the Southern Loop to Shreve. More later on their unlikely friendship that isn’t expected to end anytime soon.

Davis and Erwin face off for the final time Thursday night at Lee Hedges Stadium during a District 1-5A showdown that will undoubtedly be worth attending.

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Times – DuBois pitches Captain Shreve past Ruston

Captain Shreve and Ruston High tossed their aces at each other to open the LHSAA Class 5A state playoffs Monday night and both performed up to expectations.

But thanks to some clutch offense by the Gators behind senior Reid DuBois, Captain Shreve topped the Bearcats and Graham Hanes 2-0 to advance to a best-of-3 series this weekend against Natchitoches Central or Denham Springs. That matchup will probably begin at 6 p.m. Friday with a possible doubleheader beginning at noon Saturday at Shreve (32-3).

“Everyone in the playoffs has a No. 1 and we saw two good ones tonight,” said Shreve coach Todd Sharp. “You don’t expect anything differently when you get to the playoffs. We were able to get some guys on and apply some pressure.”

DuBois was spectacular on the mound over seven innings striking out nine without issuing a walk.

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Times – Captain Shreve hires coach with Class 5A ties

Captain Shreve has a new boys’ basketball coach and the selectee is a person with strong ties to several schools in northwest Louisiana.

Green Oaks coach Chris Bush was tabbed on Wednesday by Shreve principal Ginger Gustavson to run the Gators’ program, replacing long time coach Todd Martinez, who is moving to Benton High.

“I’m excited. We had a good pool of applicants and we found someone who has already been successful at the 5A level as a coach and who has been an administrator,” Gustavson said. “Those are two qualities that go hand-in-hand.”

Bush will finish the school year at Green Oaks, where he led the Giants to a 19-14 record and an LHSAA Class 3A state playoff berth.

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Times – Captain Shreve can’t grind out LHSAA semifinal win

When the Captain Shreve Lady Gators gather around to watch game film of their Thursday night fracas with Natchitoches Central in the LHSAA Class 5A Marsh Madness semifinal, it’s not going to look very pretty.

While the experience of the Lady Chiefs on this stage had a lot to do with it, the Lady Gators played probably their worst game of the season on the biggest stage and ended their historical 2017-18 run with a 49-41 loss.

“It was definitely a grind,” Shreve coach Keith Greene said. “We could get to the basket, but we couldn’t make a layup – and we couldn’t make free throws. But I’m proud of where this program has moved to.”

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Times – Captain Shreve girls survive 3-point barrage to claim first state tourney berth

An 18-point fourth quarter lead nearly evaporated during an emotional Thursday evening at The Swamp, but the Captain Shreve girls survived Sam Houston to earn a 71-70 victory and a berth in the LHSAA Class 5A state tournament.

It seems like Gators and Marsh Madness would be a perfect fit, but this will mark the first time in program history they have reached the semifinals.

“It’s still amazing,” a near-speechless Kennedi Heard of Captain Shreve said. “We’re in the final four, bro. We’ve never done this before.”

It certainly wasn’t easy. Sam Houston hit 16 3-pointers, including a half-court heave at the final buzzer. However, 4 seconds prior, Heard hit a clutch free throw to secure a date with Natchitoches Central in the semifinals on Thursday (6:15 p.m.) in Alexandria.

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