Area loaded with championship contenders

Barbe will be looking for more of the same while South Beauregard will be looking to take one more step after reaching the state championship game last high school baseball season.

The Bucs became the second team to win three consecutive Class 5A state championships last year (joining 1990s St. Amant) and are in prime position to extend the streak after losing two seniors from last year.

It still counts: Cowgirls content with ugly victory

It was bowling-shoe ugly and needlessly difficult, but the McNeese State Cowgirls hung on for a 59-52 Southland Conference win over Nicholls State Saturday.

McNeese (12-13, 7-7) won despite turning the ball over 30 times and suffering several long scoring lapses. Seniors Amber Donnes and Victoria Rachal combined for 40 points to help the Cowgirls overcome their numerous mistakes.

Golf dog fight to support cancer battle

There was a wave of purple showing during a recent tournament at Mallard Cove.

The event was the Billy LaRocca par-3 super dog fight and the color purple on clothing that contestants were wearing was to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer, which Billy is now battling.

New LDWF secretary asking for input

Jack Montoucet, Louisiana’s new secretary for the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, was in town last week giving a short talk to a convention of police jurors.

During the time he hit on some of the things he plans to bring to the position.

Dustin Duhon's walk-off sacrifice fly 'picks up' Collin Kober in McNeese's 5-4 win against Rhode Island

This was unfamiliar territory, stepping into the dugout in the bottom of the ninth following an ineffective Collin Kober outing.

Jerry Sandusky's son Jeffrey arrested on child sex charges

BELLEFONTE, Pa. — One of Jerry Sandusky's sons was arrested Monday on multiple sexual offense charges involving children, more than five years after the former Penn State assistant coach was himself first arrested.

Jeffrey S. Sandusky, 41, a stalwart supporter who attended many of his father's court proceedings, was charged with 14 counts,

To stand out at Super Bowl LI, ads are going for stunts

NEW YORK -- Lady Gaga is reportedly entertaining an unusual twist on her Super Bowl halftime show, which — though it's not confirmed — she could perform from the roof of the stadium. If that comes to pass, she won't be the only one making a big play for attention this year.

Advertisers from first timer 84 Lumber to veteran Hyundai are ramping up the marketing stunts in order to stand out from the crowd during the big game. Some will air live ads, ,or at least teasers for their campaigns; one will even shoot its commercial during the game. Others are deliberately courting controversy.

Super Bowl LI, in which the Atlanta Falcons will take on the New England Patriots, is expected to be the biggest live TV event of the year.

Bagwell, Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

NEW YORK -- Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez have been elected to baseball's Hall of Fame, earning the honor as Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero fell just short.

Steroids-tainted stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were passed over for the fifth straight year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America but received significantly more votes this time and could be in position to gain election in future votes.

Bagwell drew 86.2 percent and Raines got 86 percent. Rodriguez had 76 percent — he received four more votes than the necessary 332 of 442 (75 percent).

Peterson, Foster tell kids it can be done: Path to pro baseball

Two former Southwest Louisiana high school baseball stars returned home and share their experiences on the road to becoming professional baseball players Saturday at Glad Tidings Church.

Atlanta Braves shortstop Jace Peterson of Hamilton Christian and McNeese State joined former Barbe High standout and LSU walk-on-turned-starter Jared Foster — now in the Los Angeles Angels organization — on stage in front of an eager crowd of all ages, telling motivating stories and answering questions.

“This was great,” Peterson said. “I play this game, and it’s my job and it’s on a big stage. But, for me, it’s no different than when I was in the Little League.”

All but 2 minor charges tossed against Steelers assistant

PITTSBURGH — All but the two least serious charges will be dropped against Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter stemming from an alleged altercation outside a bar hours after the team's Sunday playoff win against the Miami Dolphins, a prosecutor announced Thursday.