Slidell Junior High School and High School Honor Roll

A HONOR ROLL

FIFTH GRADE – Easton Vanover, Madison Meyer, Jerl McCasland, Warren Johnson

SEVENTH GRADE – Savannah Gray, Lexey Houck, Bailey Meyer, Brady Vanover, Mayling Zhang

EIGHTH GRADE – Taylor Davis, Obed Galindo, Sierra Hargrave-McGinty, Shelby Johnson, Sydney Keating

A/B HONOR ROLL

FIFTH GRADE – Chloe Malone, Brock Harwell, Rusty Fennell, Jayden Ellison, Cameron Dinger, Michael Davis

SIXTH GRADE – Ashley Bowen, Aurora Deluna, Bailey Keating, Slayton Pruett, Tristyn Talamantes

SEVENTH GRADE – Camryn Franklin, William Horner, Chasey Malone, Ben McCasland, Chesney McDaniel, Kaitlyn Reynolds

EIGHTH GRADE – Caitlynn Baber, Sydney Engle, Cassidy Shenberger

SLIDELL HIGH SCHOOL

A HONOR ROLL

NINTH GRADE – Adina Zidermanis

10TH GRADE – Sarah Beaver, Francisco Martinez, Mason Maynard, Shelby Vanover

11TH GRADE – Caitlin Pruett, Marisol Millan, Amanda Hall, Morgan Barnes

12TH GRADE – Ashley Mills

A/B HONOR ROLL

NINTH GRADE – Erick Guiterrez, Ian Lane, Lisbet Licea, Jace Schumpert, Amber Sylvera, Kayler Talamantes, Rosa Verdugo

10TH GRADE – Dustin Davis, Kylie Franklin, Norberto Martinez

11TH GRADE – Khristian Talamantes, Miguel Sanchez, Kayleigh Miller, Tyler Maynard, Chris Brown

12TH GRADE – Chloe Cox, Isaac Davis, Melinda Guinn, Jarrett Tinsman

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Hounds run past Prairie Valley

{{{*}}}The Slidell Greyhounds opened with a 30-4 run and never slowed down in an 87-29 victory over Prairie Valley.

Slidell (23-7, 8-2) led 56-13 at halftime and 73-20 going into the fourth quarter.

“I thought that we executed on both ends of the floor and rebounded the ball very well,” said Slidell coach Todd McCormick.

Heyden Craned posted a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. He was one of four Greyhounds in double figures. Tyler Maynard poured in 24 points with five rebounds, six assists and a steal. Isaac Davis had 14 points, seven boards, nine assists and four steals. Colton Perkins finished with 15 points, five rebounds and three steals.

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Slidell returns to postseason

{{{*}}}Last year as the playoffs began, Slidell girls coach Cody Vanover was in the unusual position of watching from the stands after his Lady Greyhounds missed the postseason for the first time since 2009.

“We made it to the regional tournament three straight years and didn’t make the playoffs last year,” Vanover said. “We had a young group last year. But missing the playoffs hurt. It wasn’t a lot of fun not being in.”

After that one-year absence, the Lady Greyhounds are postseason bound again. Slidell (16-7) finished as the second seed in District 21-A Division II and will open the playoffs at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Whitesboro with a bi-district game against Savoy – the third seed from 22-A.

Vanover feels his Lady Greyhounds match up well with Savoy.

“They are a little stronger and thicker inside. If we can get out and run, hopefully they will struggle,” Vanover said. “We have to block out or they will kill us on the boards.”

The Lady Greyhounds will rely on Caitlin Pruett to help carry the load inside. The junior averaged better than a double-double this season – 17.3 points and 11.6 rebounds. She also added 1.5 assists and 2.5 steals.

In the regular season finale against Prairie Valley, Pruett needed just 26 minutes to put in 23 points and grab 14 boards.

But Vanover points out that one of the keys for the Lady Greyhounds’ turnaround has been the play of Kayler Talamantes. The freshman has averaged 6.2 points and five boards.

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Even the geese are snowbirding

{{{*}}}Did I mention I don’t really love winter? … and today is BRRRR Rabbit! The weatherman calls it “dangerously cold” – some say the weather is not fit for man nor beast.

But what about our feathered friends? Everyone knows they go south for the winter, but wait just a minute …

This afternoon I took my granddaughters to Sanger to gymnastics. I’m driving back and what did I see? A flock of geese headed northeast.

I did a double take… surely that’s not what I think. Yes indeed – in “V” formation they fly high, fighting the north wind. I couldn’t really hear them, but I think the goose in front was honking, “Come on, guys … we’re going home. It’s warmer up there than it is down here!”

Come on summer!

Irene Wilson
Slidell

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Eagles move west, Bulls east in realignment

{{{*}}}The Decatur Eagles are headed west, and the Bridgeport Bulls east.

The Big Sandy rivals were sent in opposite directions for football Monday morning when the University Interscholastic League unveiled its biennial realignment for 2014-16. It was the first realignment with a division split for the UIL’s third-largest classification in football.

While they’re in separate leagues for football, Decatur and Bridgeport will be back together for basketball.

All the Wise County schools will start competition in their new leagues in August.

The UIL released realignment for football and basketball Monday. The new leagues for the other sports will be released later.

This year’s realignment included renaming the UIL’s six classifications from 6A to A. That put six-man football and the former Class A Division II schools in their own classification, A. The former Class A Division I and A 11-man football schools are now 2A. The rest of the classifications also moved up, with the largest league now 6A.

The split for the new 4A presented a fair amount of intrigue for this year’s realignment. The split was used in the past realignment in the old 2A and Class A.

UIL athletic director Mark Cousins said the split presented a challenge because of the lack of schools in 4A. It is the smallest classification, with 186 schools in the range of 465 students and 1,059. Division I is for schools with 686 to 1,059 students. Division II is for those with 465 to 685.

“That’s the old 3A, and even before the split, it was the one class that was the biggest challenge with the number of schools and the enrollments,” Cousins said. “In that range, there are not that many schools. The question is, how large do you want those ratios? Then when you split it in half, one of the biggest concerns is travel.”

Cousins said the added travel caused by the division splits in 4A, 3A and 2A for football is a reason why the UIL is not looking to do the same in other sports.

Here’s a look at where everyone is headed as a result of the realignment.

EAGLES, BULLS SPLIT

The Decatur Eagles will play in 4A Division I’s 4-4A in Region I with Burkburnett, Wichita Falls Hirschi, Graham, Mineral Wells and Gainesville.

“It’s a good district,” said Decatur athletic director Kyle Story. “It’ll be a good competitive district for football. We’ve enjoyed our time in West Texas as we have out east.”

The Eagles could face a tough bi-district opponent with a loaded District 3-4A next to them that includes Stephenville, Brownwood and Abilene Wylie.

Bridgeport will shift east in Division II’s 3-4A with Aubrey, Celina, Krum, Anna and Bonham.

“Our football district came out to what we were predicting,” said Bridgeport athletic director Danny Henson. “We’re used to competing with Celina in scrimmages. We’ve played Krum and have an idea about them.

“We knew we’d be looking at some travel with Division II, but most of the district games are what we are used to traveling.”

For basketball, Decatur and Bridgeport will be together in 8-4A with Castleberry, Lake Worth and Springtown. The two were sent to Region I and avoided being in the same region with Dallas ISD powerhouses Dallas Madison and Lincoln, as well as Argyle.

NORTHWEST, BYRON NELSON LAND TOGETHER

As expected, Northwest will be in the same league next year with its district mate Byron Nelson. The two landed in 6A’s District 5 with Denton Guyer, Denton Ryan and Keller’s four schools – Keller, Central, Fossil Ridge and Timber Creek.

“It’s what we thought with the Keller schools and Byron Nelson,” said Northwest football coach Bill Patterson. “It’s going to be a tough district.”

Once again, as in the past with Euless Trinity and Southlake Carroll, Northwest will be in a district with a team coming off a state title – this time Guyer.

“We’re good about that. We’re fortunate to keep getting the state champion,” Patterson said. “But all around us are good football teams.”

BOYD, PARADISE STAY TOGETHER

Boyd and Paradise will again be linked in the same football district but will have new mates. After sharing league last year with Callisburg, Whitesboro and Pilot Point, the Wise County schools move west to Region I’s 4-3A Division I with Breckenridge, Bowie, Brock and Ponder.

“It was kind of a surprise the way it turned out,” said Boyd athletic director Brandon Hopkins. “It will be a decent district. The only drawback is the post-district travel.”

Paradise athletic director Scott Broussard also expressed excitement about the new league.

“I didn’t think that’s the way it would be,” he said. “It’s not too bad of a realignment.”

For basketball, the two got away from perennial powers Peaster, Brock and Ponder. They will be in 9-3A with Henrietta, Holliday, Jacksboro, Nocona and City View.

“Our basketball coaches are really happy,” Broussard said. “It’ll be good for the kids to play different people.”

ALVORD, CHICO TO HEAD EAST

Alvord dipped down into the new 2A Division I and landed in the same league with an old rival, Chico. The two Wise County schools will be in 5-2A with Valley View, Bells, Blue Ridge and Trenton for football.

“I thought that Chico, Valley View and us were hooked together,” said Alvord athletic director Curtis Enis. “We thought we’d go west with Olney and Archer City. We’re glad to be with Trenton, Bells and Blue Ridge. It’ll be refreshing to be with all new people.”

After competing against larger schools, Enis said it will be good to face schools their own size.

“Our kids are excited. They see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Enis said.

Chico athletic director Stephen Carter also liked the new league.

“It’s exciting to get some new faces,” he said. “We’d rather go that way for travel purposes.”

For basketball, Alvord and Chico will be with Collinsville, Era, Lindsay, Muenster, Poolville and Valley View.

SLIDELL STAYS IN SAME SPOT

Of all the area schools, Slidell saw the least amount of change in the new alignment. The Greyhounds stayed in 21-A with Bellevue, Gold-Burg, Forestburg, Midway, Prairie Valley and Saint Jo. The lone change was the addition of Tioga, who is competing in the UIL for the first time.

“We may be the only eight-team district in the region,” said Slidell athletic director Todd McCormick.

DRAWING NEW LEAGUES

The UIL unveiled its new alignments for 2014-16 Monday. Here are the results.

4-4A I Football
Decatur, Burkburnett, Wichita Falls Hirschi, Graham, Mineral Wells, Gainesville

3-4A II Football
Bridgeport, Aubrey, Anna, Krum, Bonham, Celina

8-4A Basketball
Decatur, Bridgeport, Castleberry, Lake Worth, Springtown

5-6A Football/Basketball
Northwest, Byron Nelson, Denton Ryan, Denton Guyer, Keller, Keller Central, Fossil Ridge, Timber Creek

4-3A I Football
Boyd, Paradise, Breckenridge, Bowie, Ponder, Brock

9-3A Basketball
Henrietta, Holliday, Jacksboro, Nocona, City View

5-2A I Football
Alvord, Chico, Valley View, Bells, Blue Ridge, Trenton

11-2A I Basketball
Alvord, Chico, Collinsville, Era, Lindsay, Muenster, Poolville, Valley View

21-A Basketball
Slidell, Bellevue, Gold-Burg, Forestburg, Midway, Prairie Valley, Saint Jo, Tioga

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Eagles, Bulls await split-up; Rivals to land in different districts

{{{*}}}The historic district football rivalry between Decatur and Bridgeport will become part of the past Monday morning.

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) will unveil its biennial realignment at 9 a.m. Monday and the two Big Sandy rivals will end up in separate Class 4A divisions for football. Decatur will be a 4A Division I school, and Bridgeport heads to 4A Division II.

In an unprecedented move, the UIL released the cutoffs its six classifications and the division breaks in the lower four leagues in December. Previously, the organization had waited to release those numbers along with realignment in the first week of February.

“The UIL coming out with that information took some of the shock value out of it,” said Danny Henson, Bridgeport football coach and athletic director. “It also allowed coaches to figure out their non-district schedules.”

The UIL also renamed its classifications for this realignment. The previous 5A division became 6A and the next four leagues elevated in class. The previous Class A Division II will now be Class A, and Class A Division I is now 2A.

While schools know what classification they will be in for 2014-2016, they are still left to wonder what league they will end up in when the UIL releases the new district alignments.

“I don’t make any guesses because I’ve never been right,” said Kyle Story, Decatur football coach and athletic director.

Carl Padilla of San Antonio, creator of the Padilla Poll, has compiled his list of district projections and is confident with his picks.

“I do but there’s always different ways of doing things,” Padilla said. “One of the tougher things to project is what they will do with the bigger schools in the Metroplex.”

Here are a few items to watch for Monday:

DECATUR, BRIDGEPORT SPLIT

Since 1998, the Bridgeport Bulls and Decatur Eagles have shared a football league.

With a big-school, small-school division split being introduced to Class 4A this realignment, they will go their separate ways.

“Since I’ve been here at Bridgeport, there’s been two cycles (1994-96 and 1996-98) that we were not in the same district,” said Henson, who started with the Bulls in 1993.

Story, who arrived in 1999 in Decatur, has always been paired with Bridgeport.

Both coaches have already vowed to keep the Battle of Big Sandy alive as a non-district game. It it tentatively set at the fifth non-district game for each.

“We still plan to play each other,” Story said. “If we end up with a bigger district, we’ll move the game up.”

The division split that will put the two in separate districts for football is supported by both. In 4A-II, Bridgeport, whose enrollment is 627, will be paired with schools that have between 465 and 685 students.

“Football takes so many resources and there’s a big difference in the big schools and smaller schools,” Henson said. “The UIL is doing something to help.”

Decatur, with an enrollment of 876, will be with schools with between 686 and 1,059 students in 4A Division I.

“It levels the playing field and there won’t be as wide of a range,” Story said. “It will be good for equality.”

The division split is only for football. Decatur and Bridgeport could end up in the same league for volleyball, basketball and the spring sports.

Padilla expects Decatur to end up in District 4-4A Division I with Sanger, Lake Worth, Gainesville, Springtown and Argyle. He projects Bridgeport to be in the expansive District 3-4A Division II with Celina, Anna, Aubrey, Iowa Park and Vernon.

NORTHWEST, BYRON NELSON TO BE IN 6A

Northwest and Byron Nelson are expected by both Northwest ISD officials and Padilla to be together in a 6A league Monday.

“That’ll be a good rivalry,” said Northwest football coach Bill Patterson.

Who will join the two Northwest ISD schools is anyone’s guess.

“I’ve been here five years, and this will be the third realignment and it’s always been different,” Patterson said. “We’ve always been with the Keller schools but the other schools have been different.”

Padilla projects Northwest and Byron Nelson to stay with the Keller schools and add Denton Ryan and Guyer.

BOYD, PARADISE STAY PUT

Boyd and Paradise will be in Class 3A Division I and don’t expect to see much change.

“I think things will stay pretty much the same,” said Boyd football coach and athletic director Brandon Hopkins. “We could lose Pilot Point or Whitesboro. Maybe we’ll get a six-team district.”

Boyd turned in an enrollment of 350 to put it in the Division I that has a range of 315-464.

Paradise has an enrollment of 337 – 12 over the cutoff for Division II.

“It makes it tough being one of the smaller schools in the division – but it’s not something you can control,” said Paradise football coach and athletic director Scott Broussard. “You control what you can, and that’s getting your kids ready.”

The two are not sure how newcomers to 3A Division I – Brock, Glen Rose, West and Hillsboro – may affect where they go.

Padilla expects Paradise and Boyd to be with Ponder, Whitesboro, Callisburg and Bowie in a six-team league.

ALVORD IN NEW TO 2A

After battling in the old Class 2A the past few years as one of the division’s smallest, Alvord will stay in the new 2A and suddenly be one of the biggest.

With an enrollment of 202, Alvord fit under the cutoff of 219 for Class 2A Division I – the old Class A Division I.

“It’s a good move for our athletic program,” said Alvord football coach and athletic director Curtis Enis. “We’ve been a small fish in a large pond for the last few years. When we first went to 2A and had an enrollment of 230 we were fine. When we dropped to 204, it hurt us to compete against much larger schools.”

Alvord will be in the same division with Chico, which turned in 185.

SLIDELL COULD GO IN MULTIPLE DIRECTIONS

With an enrollment of 66, Slidell will be in the smallest classification – Class A.

But athletic director Todd McCormick is unsure if the school will stay with its current district mates that include Forestburg, Midway, Gold-Burg, Saint Jo and Prairie Valley.

“The key will be what they do with Tioga,” McCormick said. “No one is near them. They could pull us east with Dodd City and Roxton. They could also bring Tioga in with us to make an eight-team district.”

UIL realignment will be announced at 9 a.m. Monday. See where Wise schools land at wcmsports.com

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Girls Basketball: Slidell routs Gold-Burg

{{{*}}}The Slidell Lady Greyhounds inched closer to locking up the second playoff seed out of District 21-A Division II Tuesday.

Behind 25 points from Caitlin Pruett, the Lady Greyhounds pounded Gold-Burg 51-27.

“It wasn’t a real crisp performance for us, but it’s a win,” said Slidell coach Cody Vanover. “We need to beat Prairie Valley on Tuesday to secure second place.”

The Lady Greyhounds (14-7, 8-2) trail first-place Saint Jo by a game, heading into the regular season finale.

Slidell started slow against Gold-Burg, but came alive in the second quarter with a 19-8 run. Slidell led 27-12 at the break.

The Lady Greyhounds put the game away with a 12-5 closing spurt.

Kylie Franklin scored eight points, and Kayler Talamantes seven.

SANTO 68, CHICO 16

Santo, ranked seventh in Class A, rolled past Chico Tuesday 68-16.

Santo opened the game on a 20-4 run and led 43-8 at halftime.

Chico looked to rebound Friday at home against Perrin-Whitt in its season finale.

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Boys Basketball: Santo extinguishes Dragons

{{{*}}}The Chico Dragons lost their grip on second place in District 11-A Tuesday.

Santo started the game on a 20-7 run on its way to a 56-44 victory.

Marshall Anderle, Chris Gilmore and Kalan Johnson scored 11 points each.

SLIDELL 60, GOLD-BURG 33

The Slidell Greyhounds rebounded from the loss to Bellevue in a big way Tuesday.

The Greyhounds went on a 41-5 run from the middle of the second quarter into the fourth in a 60-33 victory over Gold-Burg.

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Boys basketball: Class A Roundup

{{{*}}}CHICO HANDLES RANGER

The Chico Dragons took a big step toward wrapping up second place in District 11-A Friday.

Behind 21 points from Marshall Anderle, the Dragons knocked off Ranger 60-46. Chico (8-10) moved to 4-1 in the league with three games left.

Fighting Through Traffic

FIGHTING THROUGH TRAFFIC – Chico’s Marshall Anderle works his way to the basket during the Dragons’ win over Ranger Friday. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

Anderle attacked Ranger inside and helped the Dragons to an early 20-12 lead. Chico built the advantage to 35-21 at halftime.

“Marshall played big for us,” said Chico coach Chad Woodard. “Shots were not falling from the outside, and he was able to find a way to score down low.

“We played well enough to win, but we have to cut down our turnovers.”

Chris Gilmore added 10 points and four assists. Ivan Segura finished with nine points, six rebounds and three assists.

Chico returned to action Tuesday at Santo and will play Perrin-Whitt at home Friday.

BELLEVUE 71, SLIDELL 63

Bellevue seized control of the District 21-A Division II race Friday, holding off the second-place Slidell Greyhounds.

Bellevue, which moved to 8-0 in the league, outscored Slidell 23-18 in the final frame to pick up the win.

“It was a good game played by both teams,” said Slidell coach Todd McCormick. “They outrebounded us and that was the difference in the game.”

Slidell (21-7) fell to 6-2 in the district with three games left after Tuesday’s game at Gold-Burg.

Friday’s game was tight throughout. Bellevue led 48-45 going into the fourth quarter.

Isaac Davis led Slidell with 35 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and four steals. Tyler Maynard added 13 points, and Khristian Talamantes 10 points and nine assists.

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Perkins, Davis pace Hounds to win

{{{*}}}The Slidell Greyhounds blasted out of the gate Tuesday, burying the Saint Jo Panthers early and never letting up.

Slidell poured in 27 points in the first quarter on its way to an 89-37 victory in the Pantherdome.

“We got off to a good start shooting the ball in the first quarter,” said Slidell coach Todd McCormick.

The Greyhounds (21-6) finished with 29 assists led by Isaac Davis, who handed out 12 as part of his triple double. Davis also scored 15 points and grabbed 16 rebounds.

Colton Perkins led the Greyhounds in scoring with 31 points. He also pulled down 15 boards. Tyler Maynard and Khristian Talamantes finished with 13 points each.

Slidell stretched a 27-10 first-quarter lead into a 50-16 halftime advantage. The Greyhounds continued to pull away in the third quarter, going on a 26-7 run.

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Saint Jo takes over league lead

{{{*}}}The Saint Jo Lady Panthers grabbed control of the District 21-A Division II race Tuesday, knocking off the Slidell Lady Greyhounds.

Saint Jo ended the game on a 12-4 run to pull off a 49-42 victory.

“We had our chances in the game,” said Slidell coach Cody Vanover. “We led 38-37 with about five minutes to play. We just missed too many free throws and too many shots under the goal.”

The loss dropped Slidell (13-7) to 7-2 in the league. Saint Jo (16-5) moved to 8-1 and into sole possession of first place.

After trailing 26-20 at halftime, Slidell went on a 13-7 run in the third quarter to tie the game at 33. Saint Jo outscored Slidell 17-9 in the final frame to get the win.

“We can learn a lot from this game – it just doesn’t leave a very good taste in your mouth to learn it this way,” Vanover said.

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Davis lights up scoreboard; Slidell guard pours in 39 in victory

{{{*}}}Isaac Davis raised the bar again for himself Friday.

The Slidell guard tossed in a career-high 39 points, leading the Greyhounds to an 87-53 victory over Forestburg on homecoming night.

“I didn’t realize he had 39 until after when I looked at the book,” said Slidell coach Todd McCormick. “That’s a lot of points.”

Davis entered the game averaging 19.3. His previous career high was 34.

To go along with his 39 points, Davis grabbed 11 boards and dished out seven assists.

Colton Perkins added 19 for the Greyhounds, and Tyler Maynard 10.

Slidell jumped out to a 21-6 lead and never let up. The Greyhounds tossed in 28 in the final eight minutes.

“We got out to a quick start and ran from there,” McCormick said.

Slidell (20-6) moved to 7-1 in District 21-A Division II. The Greyhounds took on Saint Jo Tuesday before their showdown Friday with district leader Bellevue.

“We need to win (Friday) to force a tie,” McCormick said. “It’s going to be a tight game. I feel better that it’s at home. We’ll still have to play well.”

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Lady Hounds blast Forestburg

{{{*}}}The Slidell Lady Greyhounds kept momentum building heading into Tuesday’s showdown with Saint Jo for the District 21-A Division II lead with a thrashing of Forestburg.

Kylie Franklin and Caitlin Pruett scored 12 points each in the Lady Greyhounds’ 42-27 victory on homecoming night.

Pruett added nine rebounds and three steals.

Slidell (13-6, 7-1) limited their opponent to 11 first-half points, building a 28-11 lead at the break.

“Defensively, we were good in the first half. I don’t remember seeing anyone get out of position,” said Slidell coach Cody Vanover. “We had some lapses blocking out in the second half against a bigger team which left them hanging around in the game.”

Slidell and Saint Jo each headed into Tuesday’s game at 7-1 in the league. After Tuesday, the Lady Greyhounds have three regular season games remaining.

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Slidell Elementary School Honor Roll

A HONOR ROLL

THIRD GRADE – Paige McDaniel

FOURTH GRADE – Novalee Polanco

A/B HONOR ROLL

THIRD GRADE – Lezley Beaty, Jayson Ellison, Christian Everton, Hannah Schumpert, Brianna Wright

FOURTH GRADE – Caitlyn Cox, Adrianna Deluna, Krystal Gladden, Fisher Horner, James Hunter, Jayden Martinez, Tyler Pruett, Collin Richards, Shelby Seay

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Man in motion: Energetic gym rat paces Hounds

{{{*}}}Isaac Davis routinely gets the text message from his mother checking his whereabouts.

His typical response: “you know where I’m at – the gym.”

ENDLESS ENERGY – With his consistent drive, Isaac Davis has turned into the area’s top scorer this season. Entering Friday’s homecoming game, he was averaging 19.3 points. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The Slidell senior explains:”This is like my second home. I live in the gym.”

He routinely stays in the gym long after many of his teammates have left, heaving up hundreds of extra shots from different spots around the floor.

“I shoot 100 to 200 shots from various spots,” Davis said. “I try some from mid-court.”

The time in the gym and extra shooting has turned him into one of the area’s most prolific scorers this season. Entering Slidell’s homecoming game Friday against Forestburg, Davis was averaging 19.3 points per game and shooting better than 43 percent from the field.

Along with his prolific scoring, Davis is piling up big numbers in other categories, grabbing 10.4 rebounds, handing out 5.1 assists and making 5 steals per night.

“He’s a stat stacker,” said Slidell coach Todd McCormick. “He plays all five positions for us. He’ll play guard, and we’ll put him inside.

“He’s got a motor that doesn’t stop. He just keeps going.”

While playing all over the floor, the 5-10 Davis prefers to stay up top and handle the basketball. But when he’s matched up with a smaller guard, he likes taking them down low to post them up.

“I play my role. I do what the team needs,” Davis said. “I feel most comfortable with the ball in my hands.”

Davis made his debut on the Greyhounds’ varsity as a sophomore, earning a starting job midway through the season. McCormick said he’s steadily improved before having his official breakout in the Greyhounds’ playoff game against Ector, tossing in 22 points.

“It’s been a steady progression,” McCormick said. “He was solid last year. Then in the playoff game against Ector, he took another step forward. He stepped up and really took on leadership of the team.”

Scoring more than 20 this year has been routine for Davis. To McCormick, his best game was the 23-point and 21-rebound showing against Chico that also included eight assists and three steals. His best scoring game came against Gold-Burg as he poured in 34 points, hitting 10 3-pointers and going 12-for-24 from the field.

The Greyhounds and Davis have seven more games left in the season and a possible playoff run. Davis is not thinking about the end of the year or having to find a new second home to spend time in.

“I just want to play until the last game ends,” Davis said. “Hopefully, it’s in the state championship.”

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Slidell 57, Midway 46

{{{*}}}The Slidell Greyhounds used a strong start and another big game from Isaac Davis to knock off Midway Tuesday.

Davis poured in 20 points, grabbed seven rebounds and made seven steals to lead the Greyhounds to a 57-46 win.

Tyler Maynard added 13 points and six assists. Colton Perkins finished with 11 points and six boards.

Slidell (19-6) moved to 4-1 in District 21-A Division II and remain a game behind Bellevue.

“It was a tough win on the road for us,” said Slidell coach Todd McCormick. “Both teams were tied for second going into the game.”

Slidell jumped on Midway early, taking a 15-8 lead in the first quarter. The Greyhounds led 29-22 at halftime. Slidell built the advantage to 45-35 going into the fourth.

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Slidell 48, Midway 33

{{{*}}}Behind the shooting of Kayler Talamantes on the outside and the work of Caitlin Pruett on the interior, the Slidell Lady Greyhounds kept their share of the District 21-A Division II lead Tuesday.

Talamantes knocked down a career-best four 3-pointers, and Pruett finished one rebound short of a double-double in the Lady Greyhounds’ 48-33 win over Midway.

“Midway is a tough place to play regardless of the team records. Anytime you can come out there with a win, it’s a good win,” said Slidell coach Cody Vanover.

Slidell (12-6, 6-1) shares the league lead with Saint Jo, which knocked off Bellevue Tuesday. Slidell and Saint Jo will play Tuesday at the Pantherdome in Saint Jo.

Pruett poured in 17 points to go along with nine rebounds and five steals. Talamantes finished with 15 points.

“It looks like Kayler is really finding her shot,” Vanover said.

Slidell started the game on an 11-3 run and led 23-9 at the break.

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Slidell 79, Prairie Valley 28

{{{*}}}Behind a monster game from Isaac Davis, the Slidell Greyhounds stayed in the thick of the District 21-A Division II race with a dismantling of Prairie Valley Friday.

Davis piled up 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the Greyhounds’ 79-28 win.

The Greyhounds (18-6) moved to 3-1 in the league and are tied for second with Henrietta Midway. Bellevue leads the league at 5-0.

Slidell jumped out to a 24-5 lead on Prairie Valley and never slowed. The Greyhounds built the lead to 45-14 at halftime and took a 65-20 advantage into the fourth quarter.

Tyler Maynard finished with 18 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Mason Maynard added seven points and grabbed eight boards.

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Slidell 47, Prairie Valley 28

{{{*}}}The Slidell Lady Greyhounds maintained a share of the District 21-A Division II lead Friday with a 47-28 victory over Prairie Valley.

After a sluggish first quarter, the Lady Greyhounds (11-6, 5-1) went on a 21-7 run in the second quarter to build a 35-13 lead.

“We didn’t execute the game plan early, but once we settled in we did a nice job,” said Slidell coach Cody Vanover. “We still have a lot of work to do in the second half of district to get where we want to be.”

Caitlin Pruett paced Slidell with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Kylie Franklin added 13 points, four assists and three steals.

Kayler Talamantes chipped in four points and grabbed a career-best 10 boards. Marisol Millan added two points and nine rebounds with four steals.

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Slidell notches league win

{{{*}}}The Slidell Lady Hounds cruised to a 56-15 win over Gold-Burg Friday.

“You could tell it was a holiday game,” Slidell coach Cody Vanover said. “We didn’t shoot the ball real well.”

Caitlin Pruett finished with a double-double, 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Kylie Franklin added 12, and Megan Garcia had 10.

Jessy Goode came away with four.

Slidell travels to Prairie Valley Friday.

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