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The Louisiana Bulldogs won the Monroe City Basketball Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 13 and captured the winners plaque. They are: from left, back row, Assistant Coach Matt Smith, R.J. Branham, Alex Windmiller, Abricion Ivey, Taybren Campbell, Zach Richardson and Head Coach Derrick Branstetter. Front row, Elijah Oblinger, Kendon Chatman, Josh Runyon and P.J. Francis.

Louisiana boys capture Monroe City tournament

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 9:47 am

The Louisiana Bulldogs boys basketball team won three games and lost one last week and are now 4-1 for the season. The wins included the championship of the Monroe City Basketball Tournament. That victory was the 100th win for Head Coach Derrick Branstetter, who is in his eighth year leading the Louisiana program. Western-51 Louisiana-46 The Bulldogs had a terrible first half  in a Monday, Dec. 15 home loss to

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  • Louisiana wins in first round of tournament

    Posted on December 9, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Bulldogs Josh Runyon (10) and Taybren Campbell (3) chase a loose ball during recent action.

    The Louisiana Bulldogs beat the Paris Coyotes, 55-38, in the first round of the Monroe City Basketball Tournament on Monday, Dec. 8. Senior guard  Elijah Oblinger led the Bulldogs with 18 points. “We did not play well,” said Louisiana Head Coach Derrick Branstetter. “We need to do a much better job helping in the post on defense and need to stay under control on offense.  We’ll take the win, but we

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  • Louisiana Bulldogs blast Pleasant Hill in opener

    Posted on December 2, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Louisiana guard Abricion Ivey lays in two of his game-leading 23 points against the Pleasant Hill Wolves.

    The Louisiana Bulldogs walloped the Pleasant Hill (Ill.) Wolves, 75-34, in the first varsity game of the season on Tuesday, Nov. 25. The Bulldogs don’t have much height this year, but they are extremely quick and fast in the open court. With good ball movement, Louisiana was able to score on drives to the basket and from outside. The Bulldogs scored 33 of their points on 11  three-point shots in

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  • Louisiana Middle School teams busy

    Posted on November 26, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    The Louisiana Middle School basketball teams have started their seasons. All of the games are scheduled to be completed by Saturday, Dec. 20 prior to the holiday break. Here are the results so far: Girls 8th grade Palmyra-45 Louisiana-43 The Lady Bulldogs lost the game by two points in the final seconds after a valiant effort on Thursday, Nov. 20. The girls improved on facets like rebounding and pushing the

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  • Louisiana teams win season openers

    Posted on November 26, 2014 at 11:05 am


    The Louisiana Bulldogs varsity boys basketball team easily beat the Pleasant Hill Wolves, 75-34, in the first game of the season on Tuesday, Nov. 25. The Lady Bulldogs destroyed Wright City, 46-20 on the road. For the full stories and photos, see the Dec. 3 edition of the Louisiana Press-Journal.

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  • Martin signs with Hannibal-LaGrange

    Posted on November 18, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Pictured with Shaylen Martin for her signing are front row from left: Shane Martin (father), Martin and DeeDee Martin (mother); back row from left: Shayla Cox (HLGU Assistant Coach), Matt Cannon and Dan Hurst (HLGU Head Coach).

    The Hannibal-LaGrange softball program is happy to announce the signing of Shaylen Noelle Martin from Clarksville. Martin will graduate from Clopton High School this spring. “Shaylen is a great student and has the potential to be a successful softball player at HLGU,” commented Head HLGU Softball Coach Dan Hurst.  “We are excited to add her to our program.” Along with consistently being a member of the Clopton High’s A and

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  • Clopton cross country competes at state

    Posted on November 12, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Left, Clopton’s Daniel Reading ran the course in 19 minutes and 48 seconds.
Center, Freshman Lady Hawk Katelynn Hammett ran at state in her first year of high school competition.
Right, Junior Clopton runner Luke Adams competed at state for the second time in his high school career.

    They didn’t win medals but three Clopton cross country team members got to run in the state Class 1 meet on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Oak Hills Golf Center in Jefferson City. Junior Luke Adams placed 90th with a time of 19 minutes and 28 seconds. Senior Daniel Reading placed 113th with a time of 19:48. Freshman Katelynn Hammett placed 121st with a time of 25:52. The Clopton trio

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  • IndianHawks female football player looking forward to another season

    Posted on November 4, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Brianna Dickens

    Elsberry High sophomore Brianna Dickens made history this year as the first female student to play on the Clopton/Elsberry IndianHawks football team. Injuries have hampered her playing time on the offensive and defensive lines but she remains undeterred. Dickens has attended school in the Elsberry R-II School District since day one and was already well known to her fellow students due to her participation in softball, basketball and the marching

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  • Louisiana loses to Monroe City, 46-0; closes out disappointing campaign

    Posted on October 29, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Louisiana running back Cody Brown got grabbed by the head on this play against Monroe City.

    The Louisiana Bulldogs ended their season on the road against the Monroe City Panthers on Friday, Oct. 24 and suffered a 46-0 shutout. The Bulldogs were 0-10 for the season. Four turnovers by the Bulldogs didn’t help and the Panthers scored 32 points in the first quarter. “Too many mistakes and a lack of consistency really hurt us,” said Louisiana Head Coach Greg Purdum. Monroe City scored on a 22-yard

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