Congratulations to the winners of The Avoyelles Journal Easter Coloring Contest. Winners took home special Easter goodies.Read more...
A piece of history is for sale in Hessmer. The village of Hessmer has declared it “has no further use” for the nearly 100-year old police station building.Read more...
Easter services are planned throughout the greater Avoyelles area in celebration of the Easter season. The following list of services was submitted to the Avoyelles Journal for publication:Read more...
There is plenty to do in Avoyelles Parish for Easter this weekend:
“Behold The Lamb,” a live performance depicting the life of Jesus Christ, will be performed at Center Point United Pentecostal Church in Effie on Wednesday through Sunday. Performances will be at 7 p.m. nightly.Read more...
#32 Avoyelles (9-14) at #1 John Curtis (25-2)
Monday, April 21, at 5:30 p.m. in River Ridge at John Curtis
Class - B
#17 Doyline (11-6) at #16 Avoyelles Public Charter School (10-12)
Monday, April 21 at 4:30 p.m. in Mansura at APCS
#10 St. Joseph of Plaucheville receives a bye
#10 St. Joseph of Plaucheville (9-13) at #7 Starks (10-12)
Thursday, April 18, at 5 p.m. in Starks at school
By GARLAND FORMAN
The Avoyelles Public Charter School Vikings made school history on Friday night when they defeated the Forest Bulldogs, 47-42, in the first round of the Class-B boys basketball playoffs. It was a great defensive effort by the Vikings but in the end it may have been nerves that allowed Forest to get back into the game.
Avoyelles Public Charter School never trailed in the game and even had an 11-point lead with 1:22 left in the game. The Bulldogs, in a matter of 22 seconds, were able to cut the lead down to three-points and had the ball with one minute left.
The Vikings, who improved to 22-10 overall, were able to get a steal and a rebound in the final seconds to pull out the win. APCS will advance to the second round to pay the winner of the Holden-Fairview game on Monday. The Vikings will have to travel.
“It was an exciting game but I am glad its over,” an exhausted APCS Head Coach Antonio Benjamin said moments after the game. “We have done this five or six times during the season by letting a team back into the game. We have to learn how to close out games.”
Coach Benjamin was still proud of how his team played up until the final seconds. He said the defensive effort his team gave was outstanding.
“We mixed up our defensive coverage tonight and it seemed to keep Forest off balance for most of the game,” Coach Benjamin said. “We may get beat but I will put our defense up against anyone.”
Forest Head Coach Delmas Pippin credited the defense of the Vikings as being the key to the game. He said the APCS defense confused his team at times.
“We became frustrated at times tonight,” Coach Pippen said. “We didn’t shoot the ball well and the pace of the game was not what we wanted but you have to give APCS credited for that.”
Coach Pippen said the loud atmosphere in the gym at APCS was also a factor. He praised his team for not quitting and coming back late in the game.
The Vikings broke a 2-2 tie and bolted out to a 15-7 first quarter lead. The Vikings took a 30-17 lead into the locker room for halftime and seemed in control of the game when they opened the second half with a 6-0 run to take a 28-14 lead.
APCS was leaning on the offensive play of Greg Alford, II who would finish the game with 14 points. Many of Alford’s points came of layups after he broke through the Forest defense.
The lead was 35-19 with 6:26 left in the game when Forest started their comeback. The Bulldog comeback was keyed by Keith Marshall, who had two steals, that led to five points . He also added a layup after a steal and made a free throw to complete a three-point play. He would lead Forest with 10 points in the game.
APCS then had back to back key plays by Triston Mills. With Forest down three points and with the ball, Mills had a steal that led to a layup by Jalen Batiste to give the Vikings a five-point lead. Mills then pulled down a key rebound with 15 seconds left to preserve the win.
“This is a good win tonight and it feels good to get this playoff monkey (a playoff win) off our backs,” Coach Benjamin added. “Hopefully, the next game we will play more relaxed but we also have to put this game behind us and get ready for Monday.”
Girls Basketball Playoffs
Thursday, Feb. 20
#15 Avoyelles (19-12) 62 - #18 Abbeville 52 (17-14)
#1 Fairview (36-1) 98 - #32 Avoyelles Public Charter School 28 (5-26)
#19 Reeves (3-28) 52 - #14 St. Joseph 45 (18-10)
Friday, Feb. 21
Avoyelles (12-17, 6-4) Season ended
Marksville 51 (16-10, 5-5) Season ended
Bunkie (6-19, 4-9) at Rosepine (18-7, 9-4)
Avoyelles Public Charter School (20-10, 4-2) vs Monterey (17-8, 4-2)
District playoff game at Menard
St. Joseph (4-25, 0-6) Season ended will be in the playoffs
Girls Basketball Playoffs
Monday, Feb. 24
#15 Avoyelles (19-12) at #2 John Curtis (27-4) 7 p.m. at John curtis in River Ridge
Friday, Feb. 14
Avoyelles (18-12, 9-1) 57 - Buckeye 48 (14-17, 3-7) Lady Mustangs District 3-AAA champs
Buckeye (14-16, 3-6) 50 - Marksville 45 (12-16, 2-8) Thursday
Oakdale (16-10, 7-6) 60 - Bunkie 34 (4-22, 2-11)
Avoyelles Public Charter School (5-25, 1-5) 57 - Grace Christian 34 (11-19, 3-3)
Elizabeth (21-10, 5-1) 68 - St. Joseph 49 (18-9, 1-4)
Friday, Feb. 14
Avoyelles (10-16, 5-3) 60 - Jena 50 (8-17, 2-6)
Caldwell (19-8, 7-2) 57 - Marksville 51 (16-9, 4-5)
Bunkie (6-16, 4-7) 55 - Oakdale 52 (3-21, 0-12)
Avoyelles Public Charter School (20-10, 4-2) 52 - Grace Christian 29 (25-7, 4-2)
Vikings are District champs with Grace Christian and Monterey
Elizabeth (28-2, 6-0) 83 - St. Joseph 58 (4-24, 0-5)Read more...
Native Flute Making Workshop Among Pow Wow Festivities Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana hosts flute workshop as part of 19th Annual Pow Wow Celebration
The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe has announced a Native Flute Making Workshop to be facilitated by musician/flute maker, Hawk Henries, Saturday, May 10 from 9 a. m. – 5 p. m. at the main pow wow grounds pavilion on the reservation near Marksville.Read more...
Known for his work with the legendary Allman Brothers, keyboardist JOHNNY NEEL (http://www.johnnyneel.com/) will be performing live at Bailey's on the Square Friday evening, March 21.Read more...