Sports

Bracey, Jean earn postseason honors

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A couple of Louisiana Tech Bulldogs received postseason honors on Monday as the league announced thatDaQuan Bracey was named First Team All-Conference USA and Derric Jean was selected to the C-USA All-Defensive Team.

Anglers pull in more than 400 pounds during tournament

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More than 80 boats hit the water on Lake D’Arbonne last Friday to kick off the 2020 Crappie Masters Louisiana State Championship Tournament. The top 17 teams earned a total of $33,550 and weighed in 471.25 pounds of Crappie. The winning team of father and son, Bruce and Matthew Rogers, had a 2-day total of 30.36 lbs., and took home $11,800. Biggest Fish (3.25 lbs.) went to the team of Dan Langston and James Pegram, who finished 13th and won $750. Second place went to the father-daughter team of Terry and Terra Stewart (29.64, $5,000) and in third place was Dustin Harris and Kelly Graham (29.07, $3,200). The top Adult/Youth winners were TJ and Alex Palmer, finishing fourth (28.69, $2,300).

Kicking off the year right

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Coming into the 2020 Bassmaster Elite Series season, the road has been less than smooth. When a guy just wants to fish, all the business surrounding the upcoming season can wear on you. It is full of partnership discussions, jersey and wrap design sessions, and lots of back and forth. And, when you are fishing with the top 87 anglers in the world, you can’t let those things get in your way. Bass fishing will humble the best anglers whether you’re on By the water or not. But the Harvey Horne highs and lows of this sport will also build your perseverance and faith, which is how you get to fish at the Elite level.

Meeting focuses on feral hog concerns

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Fifty-one people came together at a Tuesday evening meeting in Marion on February 18, to express their concerns about the exploding population of wild hogs in our area and learn effective control techniques. Feral hog trapping was discussed by Kory Gilbert of Hogg Boss Traps of Bastrop. John Hanks of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries answered questions and provided information on wild hog population trends and control techniques. This meeting was coordinated by Trailblazer RC&D and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.