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Still Tigers
Coach Dwain Roark of Champion Christian College in Hot Springs, Ark., helps new recruits Ricky Hayes Jr. of Cottonport (right) and Kristopher Bachman of Center Point sign paperwork officially making them part of the small college’s first baseball team. Both played for the Marksville High Tigers and received four-year athletic scholarships to play for the CCC Tigers this year. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

Two Marksville High Tigers to play baseball at Champion Christian College in Hot Springs

Two young men will soon be playing the game they love on the same piece of ground where Babe Ruth hit major league baseball’s first 500-foot home run in 1918.

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Carl Wilmer Jr., still a Tiger after trading in his Marksville purple and gold for Grambling’s black and gold, holds the Historically Black Colleges and Universities national championship trophy. The G-Men won their 15th HBCU National Championship with a 10-9 defensive contest with North Carolina Central University on Dec. 17. The Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl was held in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome.

Wilmer part of Grambling national champs

Although only a freshman, Carl Wilmer Jr.


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