[From left] Maya Lopez, Kaiden Pierite and Emilio Lopez, all of Marksville, are shown here at the Tunica-Biloxi Stickball Clinic in 2017. The Marksville-based tribe will be sponsoring its 4th annual Stickball Clinic & Exhibition at Chief Joseph A. Pierite Pow Wow Grounds on the Tunica-Biloxi Reservation in Marksville on Saturday (Feb. 9).
{Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

Tunica-Biloxi to hold 4th annual stickball clinic Saturday

Before there was a Super Bowl, there were large sporting events that attracted thousands of spectators to watch their favorite team take on their hated archrivals.

Leonard Sampson (76) squares off against an opposing defensive lineman. Sampson is an Academic All-State and earned first team selection to both the All-District and All-Parish squads. Sampson said he enjoyed facing larger opponents, using his speed and strength to neutralize the opponent's size advantage. {Photo courtesy of Golda Sampson}

Leonard Sampson (right) and Marksville Coach J.T. Dunbar proudly display Sampson’s Academic All-State Team award, which he received during the state championship game in the Superdome on Dec. 7.
{Photo courtesy of J.T. Dunbar}

Leonard Sampson

MHS’s Leonard Sampson is prime example of 'student athlete'

Once upon a time he was the target of bullies. He struggled with asthma. He was shy and withdrawn.

Robert Lewis (right, in pre-game warm-ups) was an imposing force on the Avoyelles Mustangs' offensive and defensive lines during his high school football career. The 6-6, 295-pound senior plans to go to college and hopes football can still be a part of his life at that level. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

Brody Knott (shown passing as quarterback last year) enjoyed playing a number of positions, including a marauding linebacker that tackled opposing quarterbacks and running backs for losses on many occasions. The 5-8 senior started as the Mustang signal caller when he was a 5-6 8th grader. He spent most of his time on offense this year at halfback. {Photo by Connie Giovanetti}

Brody Knott: “I was pretty much always the smallest one on the field, but I didn’t think about that when I was blocking or on defense. I just hit them and whatever happened after that just happened.”

Robert Lewis: “I’m not worried about who gets the headlines and the credit. I’m just worried about protecting my quarterback and making a hole for the running back.”

The ‘long & short’ of Avoyelles Mustang football

If the Avoyelles Mustangs football team could be considered a “pod,” these two would definitely not be considered “two peas.”



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