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Big loss upsets Demons, encourages first-year coach
A new coach has to replace seven
seniors lost off last year’s state runner
up.
As bleak as that might look, don’t
tell Blake Wolfe and the Downsville
Community Charter School Demons
this is a rebuilding year.
DCCS opened the season with a
roster that had very little varsity experience
– three juniors, two seniors,
two eighth graders, a freshman and a
scattering of sophomores.
“Everybody is trying to call this a
rebuilding year,” Wolfe said. “I keep
asking the guys why does it have to
be, reminding them that it does not
have to be a rebuilding year. Yeah, we
are just a young team with not a lot of
experience right now, but hopefully
get our experience going and make a
run at it at the end of the year. It is not
how you start, it is how you finish.”
The Demons are off to a 3-4 start,
with three games this week – at home
against Choudrant on Monday and a
home-and-home series with Jonesboro
Hodge that sees the series start
at J-Hodge on Tuesday and return to
Downsville for a Friday game at 6 p.m.
Downsville went 1-2 in the Haynesville
tournament last weekend. They
dropped a 6-2 decision against the
host Class 2A Tigers on Friday. They
opened play Saturday with a 10-9 win
against Class 1A Haynesville. By
the time they faced Class 2A North
Caddo in their final game Saturday,
the Demons had exhausted their experienced
pitchers and dropped a 15-0
decision to the Rebels.
Following the game against North
Caddo, Wolfe said he was encouraged
by the team’s reaction.
“As a coach, it’s a good thing to
see that there is a little bit of fight
in those guys and that they will be
ready to bounce back next week,”
Wolfe said.
DWCS has three game scheduled
this week. They were on the road Monday »


Former Lady Farmers win USCAA title
Three ladies who graduated from Union Parish High School in 2016 helped Concordia College Alabama
win its second straight United States Collegiate Athletic Association championship on March 4. Raneseya
Brown, Breanna Johnson and Dee Jones helped the Lady Hornets post a 27-4 record this year. »


Union advances, while D’Arbonne, D’ville out
If past history is any indication
of future success, the Union Parish
Farmers might be primed for a run
to the Class 3A championship game.
The Farmers were on the road
Tuesday night to take sixth-seeded
South Beauregard in the second
round of the Allstate Sugar Bowl/
Louisiana High School Athletic Association
playoffs.
Union pushed its record to 16-13
with a 63-59 win at home against
Glen Oaks.
The last time the Farmers made
it past the first round of the playoffs,
they advanced to the championship
game where they dropped a 68-64
game against District 2-3A rival Carroll.
The Farmers were one-and-done
following the regular season in 2016
and 2014 and missed the playoffs with
a 2-22 mark in 2015.
All five teams from 2-3A advanced
with first-round wins last week. Carroll
and Richwood both advanced,
with wins over Iota and Patterson,
respectively. The Bulldogs, seeded
second in the power rankings, and
19th-ranked Rams split a pair of
games during district play. The
winner of that game will face the
Union-South Beauregard winner in
the third round.
Wossman, the three seed, advanced
by hammering Bolton in a
98-21 (yes, that’s right) win and will
face Brusly, the 15th seed, at home.
Madison advanced with a win
against Mansfield. The number five
seed will host Iowa, the 12th seed.
D’Arbonne Woods suffered its
tenth straight loss in bowing out in
the first round after a 96-46 loss to
White Castle. The Timberwolves,
seeded 29th in Class A, finished the »


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