Donald Johnson (left) and his son David.

EUNICE — For L’Anse aux Pailles native Donald Johnson, his favorite Courir de Mardi Gras was his first. Johnson said, “I was 11 years old. Mardi Gras was new to me. I didn’t know anything about that. I was just riding a horse.”
It has been more than 20 years since Russell Rubin was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for committing second degree murder in 1992. The now 39-year-old was 15 at the time of the commission of this crime, which resulted in the slaying of a female worker at a Chataignier gas station.

Basile High sophomore Gavin Christ holds us a few of the honors he has been awarded in his wrestling career, including a pair of LHSAA Division III state championships. Christ aspires to one day wrestle in college and compete in the Olympics but first he wants to beat his father Chris Briscoe’s mark of three state championships at Basile High.
(Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

BASILE – Gavin Christ got the best of his old man.

Basile High wrestling team competes at state tourney

Culminating an outstanding season for the Basile Bearcat wrestling team, nine BHS
grapplers placed in the top nine at the recent Louisiana High School Athletic Association's
Division III Wrestling Meet held in Shreveport. Leading the list of Basile wrestlers were

Mamou defeats No. 1 seed Rapides to earn berth in 2A semifinals

Mamou High’s Braylin Charles goes up for a jumpshot in a game played earlier this season. The Lady Demons defeated Rapides Thursday night to advance to the Top 28 for the first time in the last 19 years. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

LECOMPTE – The eighth seeded Mamou Lady Demons wrangled the top ranked Rapides Lady Mustangs to a 68-55 win Thursday night in Lecompte in the quarterfinal round to advance to the Top 28.

Ville Platte defeats Vidalia for first win of the 2017 playoffs

Ville Platte’s Brandon Thomas (30) flies high for the jump ball against Vidalia’s Demarco Brown (40). The Bulldogs defeated the Vikings Friday night 79-58 to advance to the second round of the 2017 playoffs. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

VILLE PLATTE – Slows starts have plagued the Ville Platte High Bulldog basketball team all season long and Friday night was no exception, as they defeated the Vidalia Vikings 79-58 here in a first round Class 3A playoff contest.

On all cylinders

The Ville Platte Lady Bulldog offense awaits an inbound play against Iowa Thursday night in their quarterfinal match-up with the Lady Yellow Jackets. Ville Platte blasted Iowa 77-39 to advance to the Top 28 on Wednesday for the fourth time in the last seven years. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

VILLE PLATTE – When a team is playing at their very best, the old sports cliché “firing on all cylinders” is often used to describe that situation.

“I’ll ride ‘til I die”

Donald Johnson (left) and his son David.

EUNICE — For L’Anse aux Pailles native Donald Johnson, his favorite Courir de Mardi Gras was his first.
Johnson said, “I was 11 years old. Mardi Gras was new to me. I didn’t know anything about that. I was just riding a horse.”

African-American leaders honored at MLK Center

Ville Platte High’s JROTC’s Color Guard march through the crowd on way to the state area inside the Martin Luther King Jr. Center on Friday. The group led the crowd in the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance during the First African-American Achievers & Black History Mural Dedication Awards Luncheon (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

The City of Ville Platte’s past and present African-American leaders were paid homage on Friday.

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Culminating an outstanding season for the Basile Bearcat wrestling team, nine BHS
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Children at Danyelle’s Early Development in Ville Platte gather for a group photo before the traditional Cajun Mardi Gras Run at their school. Several parents and grandparents attended the event.

Photos by Claudette Olivier Lifestyles Editor

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