Sports

Lions boys’, girls’ build on early season success
Both the boys and girls teams at
Union Christian Academy continue
to be the only high school teams in
Union Parish posting winning records
on the basketball court early
in the season.
The Lions won two of three
games last week to improve their
record to 7-4 overall. They opened
the week taking a 52-33 win over
Tallulah and MAIS District 6-A play.
In the Prairie View Tournament,
they hammered Franklin Academy
from Winnsboro by an 80-20 count
before falling to the tournament
host Spartans 54-51.
The Lady Lions went 1-1 on the
week, dropping their district opener
to Tallulah 43-19. They took a 49-29
win over Prairie View in the Lady
Spartans’ tournament.
After opening the season with
three straight wins, the Union Parish
boys’ team saw their record fall
to .500 after dropping three games
last week. The Fighting Farmers
hung close against perennial
Class C power Summerfield before
falling 54-49. They never found a
real rhythm in dropping a 65-41
contest against the host Vikings in
the Northside tournament. They
also fell to New Iberia 48-39 at the
Northside tournament.
After going 1-1 for the week, the
Lady Farmers’ record stands at 3-4.
They opened the week dropping a 46-
31 decision at Summerfield before
returning home to take a 54-33 win
against D’Arbonne Woods.
The Timberwolves are still looking
for their first win of the season
after four games. They only played
once in the past 10 days, losing 76-43
to Delhi Charter.
Going 0-3 in the past 10 days saw
the Lady Timberwolves record fall
to 4-5 on the season. They dropped a
close decision at Delhi Charter, 36-32
and also fell against Grace Christian
67-44 in addition to the loss against
UPHS.
Both teams at Downsville Community
Charter continue to struggle.
The Demons dropped their only
game in the past 10 days, falling to
St. Frederick 52-40. The Lady Demons
saw their losing streak reach
11 after a season-opening win. They
lost to St. Fred 39-12.
UCA has district games for both
teams this week, playing at Riverdale
and hosting Tensas.
Union Parish plays a boys/girls
doubleheader at Ruston on Tuesday.
The Farmers are part of the Minden
tournament December 13-16, while
the Lady Farmers take part in the
Castor tournament December 14-16.
The boys and girls teams at D’Arbonne
Woods have double headers
again at Cedar Creek on Monday
and host Downsville on Tuesday.
The boys are also scheduled to take
on Jonesboro-Hodge in the West
Ouachita tournament this weekend,
while the Lady Timberwolves take
part in the West Ouachita Tournament. »


Mixed results for parish teams early in hoops season
Half of the teams that play high
school basketball in Union Parish
have winning records as the season
begins to get completely underway »


With a win and some help, UPHS could be home in first round
Regardless of the outcome
of Friday night’s
game against Wossman,
the Union Parish High
School Fighting Farmers
will qualify for the
Allstate/Sugar Bowl Louisiana
Athletic Association
Football Prep Classic
playoffs.
A win against Wossman,
however, could
translate into one more
game played at the current
version of Doc Elliott
Stadium as opposed
to a road trip that could
see the Farmers playing
south of Baton Rouge in
the first round.
UPHS comes into the
contest with a 5-4 overall
record and a 1-3 mark in
District 2-3A play. According
to the LHSAA power
ratings released Monday,
the Farmers find themselves
as the 18th seed. If
there are no changes in
the rankings – which is
most unlikely (more on
that later) – the Farmers
would travel to take on
number 15 seed Donaldsonville.
Wossman opened the
season dropping their
first five games as they
struggled to find an offense,
scoring just four
times in the first four
games.
Madison Parish proved
to be the answer for the
Wildcats offensive woes,
as they posted a 50-26 win
against the Jaguars to
open District 2-3A play.
Wossman dropped their
next two games – 50-14
against Sterlington and
41-0 to Carroll – before
bouncing back for an 8-7
win against Richwood
last week to put their 2-3A
record at 2-2. The Farmers
1-3 district record also
features a win against
Madison, a one-point loss
(20-19) a 14-6 loss at Richwood
and last week’s 40-13
loss at Sterlington.
The Farmers held a
two-point leading going
into halftime, based on a
12-play drive to open the
game capped off by Chris
Smith’s two-yard TD run
and Trent Ginn’s extra
point. After the Panthers
tied the score late in the
first quarter, UPHA took
the lead on an eight-yard
slant pass from Ginn to
Jaylon Gaels and a twopoint
conversion run from
Lawrence Glosson Jr. The
drive was kept alive when
Ginn scampered for 13
yards on a fourth down
near midfield. The Panthers
pulled within two
just before intermission
when Carson Clowers
scored on a quarterback
keeper from 56 yards out.
Sterlington scored on its
three possessions in the
third quarter to put the
game out of reach. The
Panthers also clamped
down defensively, limiting
the Farmers to just 30
yards total offense after
halftime.
With a win, it’s possible
that three games being
played Friday could catapult
the Farmers to the
top half of the bracket
and give them a home
game in the first round. »


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