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Winnfield 20 Jonesboro-Hodge 13 (OT)

Finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

After 75 years, Winnfield is finally back up to .500 in the series record.  The "problem" was this.  After the 1934 season the series record was tied at 4-4-2.  Winnfield then lost 16 of the next 22 games to move to a ten (10) game deficit in the series record (10-20-2).  By the end of the 1970s that deficit was 6 games and Winnfield won the first four games of the 1980s to move the series record to 26-28-2, but then Winnfield lost four straight to Jonesboro. By the end of the 1990s the series record for Winnfield was 32-38-2, so Winnfield was still 6 games behind in the series record. Winnfield then won the first five games of the 2000s to move within 1 game of tying the series record, but Winnfield lost the next two.  So, at the end of the 2006 season Winnfield's record in the series was 37-40-2.  Winnfield has now won three straight so the series record stands as follows:

Wins:  Winnfield (40), Jonesboro (40) - 2 ties

Wins in season opener - Winnfield (15), Jonesboro (10)

Wins on Jonesboro's home field - Winnfield (17), Jonesboro (24) - 1 tie

 Points Scored - Winnfield (1,371), Jonesboro (1,327) - a +44 margin for Winnfield

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A Tiger Died Last Week

 

     A Tiger died last week.  This one had a name – they all have names……….Stokes, Walker, Farr, Powell, Parker, Carter, Newman, Wyatt, Poisso, Keen, Thompson, Daughtry, Dennis Shell.  A Tiger died and because of that the Tiger Den is a little bit empty.  That space will be filled by other Tigers – they always come.  When a Tiger dies that loss is felt; for a little while anyway……sometimes for a long while. 

     I pity the Tiger fan who goes for wins alone.  I pity the Tiger fan who has not filled himself with pride and appreciation for being a part of something that is bigger than him/her self.  For to be a Tiger fan is to be connected to a program and to appreciate all that have contributed to building the Tiger program through coaching, playing, cheering, dancing and managing.  To be a Tiger fan is to appreciate the effort.  A Tiger invests him/herself and in doing so, with the right attitude, the dividends come back tenfold.

   When you have experienced the Tiger football program like Dennis Shell you achieve the full effect of what it is to be a Tiger.  He put on the pads (for a short time), he wrote about it, he filmed it, he cheered it on, he saw it through the eyes of a student, family member and a fan.  He contributed time, money and yes, prayer. Dennis lived with a pride of Tigers.  He married one (a homecoming queen), he fathered two (a musician and a Toy Tiger) and he was grandfather to an assortment of Tigers.  About all he didn’t do was call the plays, but he had opinions about that too – he had opinions about a lot of things.  Dennis Shell saw the program lose two championship games, but he also saw the program win one.  He was just as proud of each of those teams….but then he loved all Tiger teams because that is the kind of Tiger fan (and person) he was. 

     Football is all about relationships – mothers and fathers watching sons; fans urging on players; grandmothers and grandfathers admiring, no reveling in their grandbabies; coaches teaching, preparing and training young men.  Relationships are built on communication, encouragement, support, affection, joy and hurt.  That is why when something goes awry in the program (a loss, an error, a death) those closest to the program feel it.  It’s the way we are made – we are made to feel. 

     A Tiger died last week and the Tiger Den is a little empty.   That space will be filled by other Tigers, but nothing can really replace the Tiger that is no longer here with us.  That empty space is reserved for them and them alone.  The Den, however, is big…..real big.  There is room for other Tigers.  That is the cycle of the program – coaches replace coaches, players replace players, new fans are added; the program grows.  Still, we miss the Tigers who we don’t watch, sit by, cheer with, reminisce with.  They all have names – Lasyone,  Brazzell, Harrell, Dawson, Scott, Shephard, Iverstine, Grigg and on and on.  They are not with us, or so we think.  They helped build the program.  They all left a part of themselves behind.  We just think they are not with us.  They are here with us when we remember that.   It is up to us…..they are waiting.  We are never alone and we are never really that far away from them.  We sometimes distance ourselves from them but they are always there. Tigers never really leave, for, as one great Tiger often said, “Once a Tiger, Always a Tiger” – Shirley Jackson, father-in-law of Dennis Shell.

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Sports Web sites keep team's fans, alumni informed

 

Jimmy Touchet hasn't played football for the Alexandria Senior High Trojans since the early 90's. He doesn't even live in Central Louisiana.

Yet, this married father of two has continued to be a major part of the program in his own, unique way.

 
Since 2000, Touchet has been the driving force behind the ASH football Web site, one of the few football sites for local high school football teams.

"It's kind of my hobby," Touchet said. "It's my way of helping the kids out."

Touchet's site, like those of Holy Savior Menard, Leesville, Winnfield and Bunkie, offers more than just scores.

Players, parents, fans, alumni and the occasional scout can get everything from highlight films to news articles to photo galleries.

Some sites feature in-depth histories of the program and player profiles.

Fred Ruggles, the offensive line coach at Menard who runs the team's site, has begun to offer tape-delayed gamecasts complete with multiple-camera shots and game commentary.

It's a task that takes Ruggles and his team of assistants upwards of eight hours every Saturday to accomplish.

"I'll do anything I can do to help these young men," Ruggles said. "It might help some of them get noticed by a college scout. Even for the ones who don't get to play in college, when they get older, they'll have something to hold onto."

Touchet, who plans to offer live gamecasts of Trojans games, said it is not uncommon for scouts to consult team Web sites in their search for talent.

"ASH is a program that's had a lot of high-profile athletes," Touchet said. "I get requests from all over the country for information, and I get a lot of calls from recruiters who are trying to find that next Chris Brown or Craig Nall."

While scouts are welcome visitors to these sites, the target audience consists of players, both past and present, and lifetime fans who wish to keep up with their team.

At the ASH and Winnfield sites, a detailed history of the program, including lifetime statistics for the programs' all-time greats, has proven popular among former players.

Eddie Jenkins, who started the Winnfield Web site with statistics and history he compiled in anticipation of a book, said some of his site's most loyal visitors are former players who want to see how their numbers stack up against players from other generations.

"That's the really great part about the site," Jenkins said. "These former players will challenge my information. Sometimes they're right, but usually, I'm able to defend my findings. ... That's the thrill for me. I'm able to put this information out there as a sort of group-edit effort."

The efforts of Jenkins, Touchet, Ruggles and other site coordinators, all of whom receive no compensation for their efforts, have not gone unnoticed by current players and coaches.

"It's great recognition for this program and this school," ASH coach Butch Stoker said. "Any alumnist, anywhere in the country, can keep up with what's going on and it's just good exposure for our players. It's a big deal for us and it's a good deal."

James LeGlue, a senior center at Menard, has been equally impressed by Ruggles' site.

"It makes you feel like you're part of something special, like you're in a college program," LeGlue said. "All of your college and pro teams have their own Web sites with stats and highlights. It makes you feel like you're in a big-time program. It's cool to know that we have a coach who cares that much about us."

Perhaps students at places like Menard and Leesville, where Wampus Cats coach Terence Williams runs the team site, should feel somewhat special.

High school team sites, at least those that feature video, detailed histories and player statistics, are somewhat rare in Central Louisiana, a situation Jenkins attributed to the amount of work it takes to develop an in-depth site.

"If someone wanted to do a little site with just the scores, it could be done in no time and for very little money," Jenkins said. "But if you are going to have a site with all the historical information, someone is going to have to be willing to do the research and invest their time in it.

"I'm a 'wannabe' sports information director. That's my hobby and I know it's kind of a weird one that not too many people are interested in."

 



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Originally published October 19, 2007

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    TEAM SITE PROFILES
    ASH Trojans
    Address: www.ashtrojanathletics.com (all sports), www.ashtrojanfootball.com (football site)
    Site editor: Jimmy Touchet (both sites)
    Connection to program: Touchet played wide receiver for the Trojans from 1988-91, earning two letters
    Site features: History of the program, profiles of all-time great players, season-by-season results, game results from 2007, music and videos.
    Site history: Touchet’s original site, which was powered by eteamz.com, was started in 2000. Since then, the site has undergone several transformations. Touchet currently runs two sites, one for football and one for all Trojan athletics. Both sites are powered by OnlineSports.com.

    Bunkie Panthers
    Address: www.mightybunkiepanthers.com (all sports)
    Site editors: Mike Turner and Kobe East
    Connection to program: Work at the discretion of the Bunkie Booster Club and Bunkie High
    Site features: Photos, news, game summaries, coach’s comments.
    Site history: This is the first year of the site’s existence. The site is powered by S.A.S. Sports.

    Leesville Wampus Cats
    Address: www.leaguelineup.com/wampuscatfootball (football only)
    Site editor: Terence Williams
    Connection to program: Coach of the football team
    Site features: Game results, team announcements, news, rosters
    Site history: This is the first year of the site’s existence. The site is powered by LeagueLineup.

    Menard Eagles
    Address: www.menardeagles.org (all sports)
    Site editor: Fred Ruggles
    Connection to program: Offensive line coach at Menard
    Site features: Gamecasts, highlight films, player profiles, news, game results, team devotionals
    Site history: This is the first year of the site’s existence. The site is powered by AutoThemes.

    Winnfield Tigers
    Address: www.winnfieldtigerfootball.com
    Site editor: Eddie Jenkins
    Connection to program: Jenkins was a member of the 1971 Winnfield team that played for a state championship.
    Site features: In-depth team history, history of the Jonesboro-Hodge rivalry, career statistical leaders, profiles on current and former coaches, profiles of Winnfield’s all-time great players.
    Site history: Jenkins developed the site three years ago. Before that, he devoted more than 20 years of his life to compiling a complete history of Winnfield football. Jenkins perused the archives of The Town Talk, The (Shreveport) Times, The (Monroe) News-Star and Winn Parish Enterprise to find every final score for every Winnfield Tiger game dating back to the 1920’s.


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