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Articles from the Shreveport Times

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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Times – Captain Shreve’s Redd helps Gators write more history

This re-writing history business is getting to be a regular thing with the Captain Shreve Lady Gators.

Maybe they should consider putting out their own book – a who’s who of girls’ high school basketball, because it seems every night there’s a new chapter written by a different author on the court.

In Monday’s 66-59 victory over scrappy Ruston, it was little Jalia Redd who stepped up to move her team into the uncharted waters of the LHSAA Class 5A state quarterfinals. Never been there before – no big deal for a Lady Gators squad that had never won a district title or a playoff game until last season – then made it consecutive district titles for the first time this year.

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Times – Shreve girls ‘all business’ as playoffs start with romp over Pineville

Last year, the Captain Shreve girls basketball team was one of the feel-good stories in the area. The Lady Gators won a district championship and the first playoff game in program history.

This season, Captain Shreve again topped District 1-5A and garnered the No. 6 seed in the Class 5A playoffs. However, the mindset around the Swamp isn’t the same.

These Lady Gators mean business.

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Times – Captain Shreve’s Kennedi Heard Leads Historic Run

Kennedi Heard was bouncing along quite nicely in her high school basketball career playing third fiddle to team leaders Dezyre Black and Aaliyah Stevenson when the unexpected happened.

Two of the key cogs in Captain Shreve’s historic run to the District 1-5A title last season, the first for the Lady Gators, Black and Stevenson went down with knee injuries and sat on the sidelines most of this season. Heard got a call to visit coach Keith Greene to talk about stepping up her play.

She wasn’t necessarily ready for that, but what’s a girl to do.

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Times – Captain Shreve’s Adcock is a very sporting guy

Will Adcock hasn’t met many sports he doesn’t like. That fact, along with a pretty impressive GPA and ACT score, make the Captain Shreve senior the kind of student-athlete any school in the state would love to have.

Outstanding kicker on the football team, center defensive midfielder on the perennial championship Gator soccer team and regional qualifier in doubles tennis with Parker Smith – all that describes Adcock, who plans to major in pre-med at LSU this fall.

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Times – Captain Shreve closes due to bomb threat

Captain Shreve High School is closed today, following two bomb threats in two days.

The first threat was reported Thursday afternoon just before school let out, and no bomb was found when law enforcement searched the campus. The second threat came early this morning just before 7 a.m. The decision to close the campus was made by Superintendent Lamar Goree at 7:30 a.m. as authorities conducted a sweep, said Mary Nash-Wood, spokesperson of Caddo Schools and Cpl. Angie Willhite of the Shreveport Police Department.

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