Times – Shreve girls headline class of 8 area teams headed to state

Captain Shreve certainly didn’t perform like the underdog Thursday night. The ninth-seeded Lady Gators traveled to Sam Houston and wiped out the top seed in Class 5A, 61-48, to earn a berth in the LHSAA Girls Marsh Madness in Alexandria next week.

Shreve headlines a group of eight semifinalists from northwest Louisiana that will invade Rapides Coliseum.

The Lady Gators will face No. 5 East Ascension at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday. The Class 5A title game is scheduled for next Saturday (March 2) at 8 p.m.

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Times – Captain Shreve’s Martin earns bag of game balls

The Captain Shreve Lady Gators proved their No. 9 LHSAA seeding was a bit off the mark Thursday night when they went on the road and blasted No. 1-seeded Sam Houston, 61-48, in the LHSAA Class 5A state quarterfinals.

Super sophomore Addison Martin earned a nice award from her teammates after scoring a team-high 26 points against Sam Houston (29-4).

Addison was consistent throughout the game with her offensive and defensive rebounding and her inside play,” Shreve coach Keith Greene said. “They had no one to match up with her on the inside and she went to work.

“We started giving game balls out to players after games and Addison played so well, her teammates said, ‘Just give Addi the whole ball bag.’”

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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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KTBS – Navy veteran offers glimpse of military life

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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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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GatorPress – Battalion Commander is up for her Promotion

Many high school students are known to have a lack of discipline or respect. Well not with this particular individual. Shakonna Sudds is a preacher’s daughter who has always kept her grades up.

JROTC became the source for her fiery passion for structure her freshman year. She has even won Cadet of the Month, she recalls winning it because, “she had her head screwed on right.”, she said.

“JROTC helps improve you as a person and as a leader”, said Shakonna, “It’s not just about the title, it’s more about your actions.”

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