Live Oak High School senior football player Garrett Lee (seated, center) signs a letter of intent to play football at St. John's University located in Collegeville, Minn. Lee is pictured with his mother, Jeana Lee and father, Robert E. Lee. Standing (from left) are Chris Collier, Live Oak High School assistant football coach; Tracy McRae, Live Oak High School principal; Jason Cooper, Live Oak High School assistant principal; Bentley Lee, niece; Logan Lee, brother; Molly Magee, girlfriend; Brenda Russell, grandmother; Ricky Russell, grandfather; Misti Lee, step-mother and Robert Graves, Live Oak High assistant athletic director.
A sign in the northeast corner of Sidney Hutchinson Park in Walker advertises an ambitious project to build a Challenger League Baseball Field for handicapped children. Walker already has a growing Challenger program using that attracts participants from throughout Livingston and neighboring parishes. Fundraising for the facility is ongoing. Above are Walker Mayor Rick Ramsey, the steering committee for the project and some current participants in the program along with their parents. The group includes (from left) Jeremiah and parents Jerome and Monique Wilson, Nathaniel Miller, Delaine Hood, Ethan Johnson, Mayor Ramsey, McKenzie Hughes, Karen Demaree, Gabriel Lockhart, Kreston Brown, Ira Powell, Tracy Pettigrew, Zac Johnston, Susan Abels, Andre Sylvester, Nicole Elmore and Scott Dufrene. League play begins Thursday. Any parent of a child with a special needs disability can contact Traci Westmoreland for more information about joining the league at 225-665-3755. For more information about helping with the project contact Susan Abels at 225-937-8027.
Ava Shields, daughter of former Albany High School point guard Celeste Hoyt Shields and granddaughter of Albany Hall of Fame girls basketball Coach Karen Hoyt and Gene Hoyt, has returned from the annual UNO Swim Meet as high point winner for the third straight year. Competing this year in 8 and Under, she won first place in the 25 Back, 25 Fly, 50 Free and 100 meter Individual Medley races and second place in the 25 Free and 25 Breast. She set records in the 25 Back at 17.52 and 100 Meter Individual Medley at 1:23.15. Her father is Sean Shields, currently the girls basketball coach at Loranger High School.