Riverdale Football Schedule Finalized

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The schedule for Riverdale Academy’s football team has been finalized. They have five away games and five games at home in 2018. Riverdale has five district games this year.

The Rebels first action under new head coach Jared Barber will be the Jamboree August 11th at the University of Louisiana Monroe. The Rebels will play Tallulah at 12:00 noon and then Caiborne at 12:25 pm.

Here is the schedule from Coach Barber:

District 3
@Rebul Academy 8/17
Prentiss Academy 8/24
@Wilkinson County Christian 9/7
@Christian Collegiate Academy 9/14
Claiborne Academy 9/21*
@Franklin Academy 9/28*
Prairie View Academy 10/5*
Tallulah Academy 10/12*
Tensas Academy 10/19
@Briarfield Academy 10/24*
*District Games

Scheduling this year for MAIS schools was delayed due to changes in the programs offered by Riverdale’s opponents. Several schools went from 11-man to 8-man football and one school had considered not fielding a team this year. That resulted in the late date for finalizing the schedule.

Journal Sports is making plans to stream Riverdale games live on The Journal’s website and social media pages. More details on how you can get the games in the near future.

Local Youngsters Are Showdown Winners

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Several parish young people did very well at the Red River Showdown held last Friday and Saturday. There was competition in Swine, Sheep and Goats. Organizer Nancy Nettles told the Journal contestants came from several surrounding states to enter.

The Red River Showdown is an annual part of the tour of summer livestock shows across Louisiana. The tour winds up at the end of summer when the overall point winners will be crowned.

Nettles provided these Local Red River Showdown Placings:

Swine Division
Showmanship: 6 classes of showmanship
Shirley Boyd 2nd Junior Division Heat A
Alaina Boyd 2nd Junior Division Heat B
Adalyn Halbmaier Peewee Division
Market swine class 16 classes of Market Swine
Class 2
2nd place Alaina Boyd
7th place Shirley Boyd
Class 3
7th place Shirley Boyd
Class 5
5th place Alaina Boyd

Sheep Division
Showmanship 5 classes
Senior Division
1st place Carmen Pickett
Junior Division
2nd place Madison Chamberlin

Peewee Division
Maverick Garcia, Whitt Walker, Adalyn Halbmaier
Overall Reserve Champion Sheep Showman: Carmen Pickett
Market Classes 12 classes
Class 6
4th place Madison Chamberlin
Class 7
1st place Carmen Pickett
4 place Madison Chamberlin
Class 8
3 place Madison Chamberlin
Class 10
1 place Carmen Pickett

Goat Division
Showmanship 45 classes
Senior Division
2nd place Alyssa Woodard
Peewee Division Adalyn Halbmaier
Market Classes 9 classes
Class 2
2nd place Alyssa Woodard
Class 3
1st place Alyssa Woodard

Next HEART Event is July 24th

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The HEART Team from the MLK Health Center and Pharmacy returns to Coushatta later this month to offer a Women’s Health Screening Event. HEART is an acronym for Health Education Awareness Response Team.

The July event offers free cardio checks that will include blood glucose and Lipid Panel test. Mammograms will be available to insured and uninsured women 40-years and older who have not had a mammogram within the past 365 days.

A registered dietitian will be at the event to offer nutrition counseling. A Registered Nurse will be on site to give you an explanation of the results from the cardio checks and mammograms.

As an incentive, a $10 gift card will be given to everyone completing their screening tests. And there will be other prizes as well.

These important health screenings will be offered to women in the parish on July 24th. The event will be held at Christus Coushatta Health Care from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm.

The HEART Team has been conducting regular events in Coushatta for nearly a year. Their next event is scheduled next month. They will be participating in the Health Fair at Open Door Fellowship on August 11th.

ULM Announces Local Honor Students

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The University of Louisiana Monroe announces the President’s and Dean’s lists for the spring 2018 semester. To be on the President’s list a student must earn at least a 3.9 GPA with a minimum of 12 hours. To be on the Dean’s list the requirements are a GPA of at least 3.5 with a minimum of 12 hours.

Students on the lists from Red River Parish include: Colby Craig, President’s List. Erin Hodge, Dean’s List. Megan Jones, Dean’s List. Carmen Latiolais, President’s List. Ansley Loftin, Dean’s List.

The Journal thanks Hope Young in the ULM Office of Marketing and Communications for the information. And we congratulate our area students for their excellent academic achievement.

Getting Ready for Back to School Bash

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The Back to School Bash for Red River Parish public schools is scheduled for July 30th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. It will be held at the High School Gym. The background work is well underway.

You may have noticed various merchants in town giving the public an opportunity to contribute by buying school supplies for the effort. Some have collection boxes for you to put your donation.

The United Way of Northwest Louisiana is heading the effort up for the second year. The idea is to provide backpacks and school supplies for the children in the parish. Some reports put the number of children served last year at about 1,000. The goal is larger than that for this year.

Volunteers are being sought to help with “Pack the Pack.” From 8:30 am to Noon on Friday July 27th volunteers will gather to fill the donated backpacks with pencils, paper and all other school supplies.

In addition to the parish wide back to school event, churches and other groups are planning some sort of activity. First United Methodist Church on Front Street will have their annual Back to School Bash on Sunday August 5th at 5:00 pm. It will feature games, food, and other activities.

If your church or group is planning a celebration for the beginning of the school year, let The Journal know at TheRRJournal@gmail.com.

Children in the parish will report to classes on Tuesday, August 7th.

Providing an excellent education for its students since 1970

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Riverdale Academy is delighted to begin the 2018/2019 academic year with a new principal, Dr. Robert Peters, a native of Grant Parish but a long-time resident of the Fairview Community in Natchitoches Parish. Dr. Peters brings fifty years of teaching and administrative experience to the Riverdale Family. His goal is to grow the student body by making “excellence” the watchword in academics, in extra-curricular activities and in sports. He would welcome a visit by parents and students interested in attending Riverdale Academy.

Riverdale Students Recent Accomplishments:

• Beta competition winners
• Average ACT composite score is 22
• Dual Enrollment courses offered from La. Tech, Northwestern State University, and
University of Louisiana at Monroe
• District and Class title winners in multiple sports.
• All-MAIS team players selected

Sports and Activities:
• Football Grades 3-12
• Basketball Grades 3-12
• Softball JV & Varsity
• Baseball JV & Varsity
• Track JV & Varsity
• Golf
• Tennis
• Danceline
• Cheer
• Numerous Clubs and activities

Parents interested in a quality education for their children should call and then come by for a visit and a tour of the school.

Riverdale Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex or national origin.


100 Riverdale Rd.
Coushatta, LA 71019

ETC… for July 13th



Are you superstitious? It is Friday the 13th. Some people say it is an unlucky day. The origin may go back to October 13, 1307, the day that members of the Knights Templar were arrested under pressure from Pope Clement V. If you are superstitious or not, have a great day today.

Registrar of voters Mary Jones reminded me that anyone wishing to run for office should sign up at the Clerk of Court’s office. It is not in Jones’ office as reported in a recent issue. Sorry for the boo-boo!

Tuesday is the annual membership meeting of the Red River Council on Aging. All members are encouraged to attend. The meeting will be held at the COA on Front Street July 17th at 1:00 pm.

The Journal stopped by Anderson’s Produce the other day. This time of year the peaches are ripe and plentiful. We talked to Jason Anderson and he said they have so many ripe peaches that they are giving them away. Through tomorrow, Saturday, July 14th get a free box of peaches with every one you buy.


Meet the New Riverdale Football Coach

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Jared Barber held his first “meet and greet” with football players and parents last Friday. The event was a fish fry at Riverdale Academy. There was plenty of great food and tie to get to know Coach Barber.

Barber told the gathering, “I grew up in Shreveport. I coached there and in East Texas. My team went to the Texas semi-finals in 2015, than became state champions in 2016.” He said he moved to a new school for 2017 and that team went to the state semi-finals.

“I am super excited to be here to coach your kids,” Barber said, “but it is not about winning. It is about building character.” And Barber said, “We are not building a team but a program. I hope these kids will look back at their 20 year graduation reunion and see that the program is still going.”

He said his priorities are faith, family, and academics and then football. “You have to have it all in order because academics is important,” added Barber. He told the players; “You will walk out of school with a diploma, God’s story in your heart and a championship ring.”

The coach talked enthusiastically about playoffs this fall, even though the schedule has not yet been set. He set the tone for team discipline, hard work, and keeping commitments. “I expect 100 percent commitment. A lack of it is not acceptable. There will be no cursing. You will keep your lockers clean and everything in order.”

In setting the bar pretty high for his players, Coach Barber said that playing time would be earned, not given. “Lack of effort won’t be tolerated,” said Barber, “We are creating a brotherhood. You will do whatever it takes to do something for your brother.”

Practices begin July 23rd with workouts running from 8:00 am until noon daily. First action comes at the Jamboree August 11th at ULM in Monroe. Barber said there would be 5 home and 5 away games with the first game on the road at Rebul Academy in Learned, Mississippi on August 17th. The schedule is not final due to at least one other school being unsure if they would have football this fall. The schedule is expected to be finalized in the near future.

Coach Barber summed it up this way, “Work hard, study hard, and play hard.”

Pictured with the article is Coach Barber with one of his outstanding players from Dallas Christian School in Mesquite to after their quarterfinal win.

Band Camp is On

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Band Director Yasmine Jason is conducting band camp on the Red River campus. It lasts through July 21st. Here is her description of the event.

“Red River High School Creative and Performing Arts Department Band Camp will be July 9th-21st at the High School Band Hall! This is a the yearly camp that teaches students basic marching fundamentals, routines, and music. Band camp is free and operates from 8 am – 5pm daily. We are opening an invitation to students in grades 7-12th if they if they interested in band. We have staff to help accommodate all levels of musicianship, from beginner to advanced. Our goal is for each student to bring one friend to camp!

“The Red River High School Band has been known in the community for exceptional performances, outstanding student leadership and scholarship opportunities, and a way for students to travel and perform for multiple communities and areas. The Red River High School band performs at every football game as well as marching and concert competitions. The band receiving Superior ratings for both. It is our hope that participation in the band will foster a better understanding and appreciation of music and develop their skills.

“It is our primary focus that students strive and develop skills and confidence in their area of skill. Participation in the Marching Band, Danceline, Majorette or Flagline will take commitment, dedication and most of all, hard work. All students are expected to attend all performances and commitments.”

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