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Ellsworth ‘more than ready’ for pro debutEllsworth ‘more than ready’ for pro debut
Headed To
Russia As Advisor
Ellsworth learned
Monday that he will be
travelling with Valrice
Cooper to Russia to aid
Felix Sturm in his super
middleweight title fight
against Fedor Chudinov.
“I’m one of the better
defensive fighters in our
camp, and am honored
they selected me to help
(Strum) in his title fight.
This is a big deal for our
camp.”
After an active career
as an amateur, it has been
almost a year since Shamir
Ellsworth lost a decision
in the finals of the Golden
Gloves regional tournament
in Little Rock. »


Farmers open season on three-game win streak
Union Parish won two of three contests over the weekend,
playing in the Ouachita Christian Tournament in
Monroe.
In Friday’s contest, the Farmers improved to 3-0 on the
season with an 11-1 win over Class 3A’s DeRidder Dragons.
UPHS dropped its first decision of the season in Saturday’s
first game, falling to East St. John, 3-1, before bouncing
back in their final game of the round-robin affair with a
6-5 win against South Beauregard, handing the Knights
only their second loss of the season against seven wins.
Coach Joe Spatafora’s team won two games the first
weekend of the season playing in the Mangham Tournament.
They opened with an 11-1 win over Bastrop before
taking down the host Dragons 10-7.
It was unknown at press time whether the weather
would force the Farmers to postpone their game Tuesday
afternoon against St. Frederick. The Warriors, perennially
one of the top teams in Class A, have struggled out
of the box with, winning their first game of the season
against Bastrop before dropping four straight. They have
been outscored 44-4 over their last three games, giving up
17 runs against both Loranger and Loyola Prep. »


Depth for Demons could provide push to title
If past results are a barometer of future success, this
may be the year for Downsville Charter School to bring
home a state championship in baseball.
With just two seniors lost from last year’s team, coach
Wayne Johnson has the nucleus back for the Demons bring
home their first title in over 25 years.
In his first season at DCS, Johnson helped the Demons
post a 21-5 record before they were eliminated in the first
round of the playoffs. Last season, DCS posted a 25-5
mark and made its deepest run in the playoffs in 20 years.
Despite taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning, the Demons
dropped a semifinals decision in the state tournament to
Claiborne Christian.
Johnson said he is impressed with the effort his squad
is making on and off the field.
“We graduated two important players from 2014, Corey
Antley and Seth Harvill,” Johnson said. “This is the best
grades we have made in the classroom, the most on-thefield
dedication and a lot of individual excitement.”
Depth and experience earned last season should benefit
a pitching staff that is six deep – Seth Powell, Nick Clark,
Matthew Thomas, Dakota Duet, Tyler LaGrone and Caleb
Hinton.
Position players for the Demons include Dylan Ridgway,
Dashawn Miller, Erick Rodriquez, Reubon Mitchell, Chad
Viator, Caleb Tassin, Jordan Walsworth, Kenneth Harper,
Seth Navarro and Logan Rogers.
Johnson said his assistants have done a good job getting
the Demons ready for the season.
“Coach Todd Ridgway has done an outstanding job
preparing our hitters,” Johnson said. “Coach David Scott
has assisted with the outfield and base running.”
DCS takes a 1-0 record into this week’s tournament at
Jonesboro-Hodge. Powell and Clark pitched a two-hitter,
striking out 12 in a 5-1 win against Class A Beekman
Charter. Dylan Ridgway led the Demons at the plate with »


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