Left: Photo by ROBERT SUMMERLIN — Pitcher Tanner Frasier of Ruston High School starts to follow through on a pitch during weekend action at the Trey Altick Louisiana Prep Classic which was held at 10 different fields in the area, including the Bearcats’ diamond. Right: Catcher Austin McNeill of Cedar Creek takes a throw while guarding the plate during the Cougars’ action in the Trey Altick Louisiana Prep Classic this weekend. Cedar Creek was one of the schools serving as a host site for the tourney.
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Editor’s note: This is one of a Louisiana Sports Writers Association series of stories featuring the 11 members of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame’s 2015 Induction Class. They will be enshrined Saturday in Natchitoches, capping three days of activities. For a full schedule, visit LaSportsHall.com or call 318-238-4255.
He didn’t get into this crazy sports journalism business for the awards, although they came — more than 50 from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association and the Associated Press, at last count.
Post-season play is often all about the timing — reaching the playoffs at your peak.
In that case, things look pretty bright for the Ruston High, who will open play in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 5A playoff bracket at 6 p.m. Tuesday as the eighth-seeded Bearcats will play host to No. 25 Walker at the RHS Baseball Complex.
Ruston (22-11) has won 13 of its last 15 games heading into the postseason, something that head coach Toby White has to feel pretty good about.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Freshman Chasity Gooch scored a career-high 19 points to lead Western Kentucky to a 69-54 win over Louisiana Tech Monday night before 814 fans at E.A. Diddle Arena.
Tech (2-6) lost for the third straight time as the Lady Techsters shot only 35 percent (21-60) from the field in the loss while committing 18 turnovers.
Whitney Jones led three players in double figures for the Lady Techsters with 13 points while Shantale Bramble-Donaldson added 12 points and 10 rebounds and Jasmine Bendolph added 11 points and four steals.
PINE BLUFF, Ark. — UAPB quarterback Ben Anderson was a one man wrecking crew, accounting for nearly 500 yards of total offense as Arkansas-Pine Bluff beat Grambling State 45-42 Saturday.
Anderson passed for 280 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing for a season-high 192 yards and another touchdown. He completed 19-of-29 passes, with no interceptions. The only interception in the game came on a failed trick play and Anderson was not the passer.