Basketball Playoffs Begin

On Thursday night the Red River Lady Bulldogs began their quest for the state basketball title in 2-A. Before tip-off Coach Missy Antilley said, “It starts all over. Doesn’t matter that we are 28 and 6 overall or a perfect 6 and 0 in district. It starts all over!”

The Lady Eagles came to the Dog Pound from Rosepine High School. They only have 8 players on their roster and were ranked 27th in the state.

Red River took command of the game as they have so many times this season. The Lady Bulldogs were up 10 points at the end of the first quarter and the gap widened considerably from there.

Final score was Red River 88 and Rosepine 40. The Bulldogs move on. Next contest is Monday night February 18th. Red River will host East Beauregard. They defeated D’Arbonne Woods Charter Thursday night to advance to round two.

Journal Sports will take the air at 5:50 Monday night for round two of the Red River Girls playoff trip in search of a state championship.

Earlier in the week, both of the Riverdale Academy basketball teams were victorious in the first contests of the “South A” Tournament. Tuesday evening the Lady Rebels easily defeated Rebul Academy from Learned, Mississippi 41 to 15. The girls team will play Tensas Academy today at 4:00 pm.

Also on Tuesday the Riverdale boys team defeated Discovery Christian School 42 to 24. They advance to play Union Christian This evening at 6:30. UC gave the Rebels a hard time in the South A last year.

Playoff games for both Red River and Riverdale will be carried live on The Journal. Look for the links to the broadcasts to be posted shortly before game time on our website and social media pages.

Two Suicides at Ware Youth Center

Two of the youth held at Ware Youth Center north of Coushatta have died by suicide within the past week. Ware Executive Director Joey Cox confirmed the deaths occurred within 72 hours of each other.

Troy Murray of the Sheriff’s Office confirmed that they are investigating.

“At this point I can confirm that the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating two apparent suicides that occurred last week at Ware Youth Center. The first incident involved a seventeen year old male and the second a thirteen year old male. Both incidents took place within an approximate forty-eight hour time period.”

It is reported that the two boys were sent to Ware from Bossier Parish. Bill Davis, spokesman for the Bossier Sheriff’s Office said, “I understand one of the youths was charged with simple escape and resisting arrest. The other was charged with simple arson.”

The matter is being investigated by the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office. Identities of the two youths has not been made public.

Tournament Brackets Released

Riverdale Academy’s basketball teams and Red River girls begin their quest for the championships this week.

The Mississippi Association of Independent Schools has published the brackets for their regional tournaments that take place this coming week. Riverdale Academy’s boys and girls teams will play in the “South A Tournament.”

Their first games will be Tuesday afternoon. Riverdale Rebels play Discovery Christian at 5:15 pm. The Lady Rebels will play afterwards versus Rebul Academy at 6:30 pm.

The top four teams in the boys and girls regional tournament will advance to the “A Tournament to be held the following week.

The “South A Tournament” is being played at Briarfield Academy in Lake Providence. The Journal will provide live broadcasts of each game. We will be on the air at about 5:10 pm Tuesday for both games.

When Riverdale wins the first games, they advance to the quarterfinals on Friday afternoon. Championship and consolation games will be held on Saturday.

Last year both the boys and girls teams lost the tournament in the championship games. However both teams went on to win the championship of the Class A tournament.

The Red River Lady Bulldogs begin their road to the championship on Thursday. They will play Rosepine on Thursday at home. The Lady Bulldogs are seeded number 6 in 2-A and Rosepine is seeded 27th.