by: Sam Rothman
SHREVEPORT, La (KMSS/KTAL) – It was a packed house at Airline High School’s library this afternoon as four student-athletes put pen to paper, signing National Letters of Intent to play at the next level. All four are staying close to home with both Paris Endris and Jina Baffuto committing to Louisiana Tech softball, Carson Carey playing baseball at Northwestern State and Jacque Deville heading to Centenary for volleyball.
“It’s been a dream of mine since I was little to play DI softball,” said Endris. “I’m just so excited to have a home away from home and just get to play the game at a higher level and just compete. That’s what I love to do, compete.”
While Endris can’t wait to take the field for the Bulldogs, her Vikings and soon-to-be Louisiana Tech teammate, Jina Baffuto, is looking forward to continuing their relationship in Ruston.
“I’m just excited for the next level and to play with my at-home teammate Paris,” said Baffuto. “All I can say is I’m just happy.”
Airline baseball catcher Carson Carey is also staying in Louisiana, signing an NLI to play at Northwestern State.
“I love the town of Natchitoches, and I just love the atmosphere,” said Carey. “It’s a Division I school. It’s been my dream since I’ve been in middle school to play at a Division I school.”
While Paris, Jina and Carson will continue playing on the field, Jacque Deville will continue her athletic career on the court, playing volleyball at Centenary right here in Shreveport.
“I am beyond grateful,” said Deville. “This has been a goal and a dream of mine for a while, since I started playing volleyball. I remember seeing the girls who were at a higher level and thinking, ‘I want to do that. I want to play at a higher level.’ Getting the opportunity to play at Centenary and being close to home, it just means so much to me.”
Four dreams turned into four realities with four signatures.
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The number of daily active cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas has passed 5,000 again.
The Arkansas Department of Health released data Saturday showing that active cases went up by 244 to 5,126. This is the fifth day in a row of active cases increasing.
BATON ROUGE, LA. — Cam Little’s 37-yard field goal in the first overtime period Saturday night lifted No. 25 Arkansas to a 16-13 win over LSU in Tiger Stadium. Arkansas ended a five-game losing streak to the Tigers and claimed the Golden Boot for the first time since 2015.
The Razorbacks improved to 7-3 overall and 3-3 in the SEC, while LSU dropped to 4-6 overall and 2-5 in conference play.
BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Voters in Louisiana approved the passage of one of four amendments to the state’s constitution on the ballot on Saturday and rejected three others.
Amendment 2, which would lower the maximum income tax rate and eliminate the ability to deduct federal income taxes from state taxes, passed with 8 percent more “Yes” than “No” votes.