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Pictured is the 2017 Tournoi Champion Eric Guillory during his first round of this year’s competition. The Vidrine native earned his sixth straight Tournoi title with a total of 20 caught rings. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

A stud can be defined as a place where horses are bred. However, if you consider the Guillory family compound a stud, then they are breeding Tournoi champions instead of horses.

Former Tournoi rider Gerald Fontenot poses for a picture with the champion’s trophy and spurs that he won during the 1967 Louisiana Tournoi competition. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Every October, on a Sunday afternoon, a group of Tournoi riders get ready to don a knights traditional garb, saddle up on horseback and spear through the seven enemies of cotton.

Lynn Landreneau is pictured here as she stands in Lucas Pitre’s cotton farm located on the Whiteville Road. She is holding her two books that she wrote about the Louisiana Cotton Festival. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

There is an old saying that cotton is the fabric of our lives. This is none truer than for Ville Platte resident Lynn Landreneau, who has compiled the rich history of the Louisiana Cotton Festival into two volumes of work.

Demons focus on continuing to improve; host Eunice High

Youth can be a blessing and a liability when it comes to high school football programs.
On the one hand, knowing that most of your players will be around for a few years, gives a coaching staff a chance to develop a team.

Ville Platte takes on perennial powerhouse Notre Dame

The Ville Platte High defense gang tackles a Kinder runner this past Friday night. The Bulldogs face Notre Dame tomorrow. (Gazette photo by Nick Jagneaux

It does not get any easier for the Ville Platte High Bulldogs this week.

Spurred to Knighthood

Former Tournoi rider Gerald Fontenot poses for a picture with the champion’s trophy and spurs that he won during the 1967 Louisiana Tournoi competition. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Every October, on a Sunday afternoon, a group of Tournoi riders get ready to don a knights traditional garb, saddle up on horseback and spear through the seven enemies of cotton.

Mamou council discusses upcoming Vet. Day Parade

The Mamou Town Council held its regular monthly meeting last Wednesday, and centered its discussion around the upcoming Veteran’s Day Parade set to be held in the local community.

Mr. Hargrave, Miss Schexnayder plan Nov. 25 nuptials

Mr. Kayne Micheal Hargrave,
Miss Lyndsey Nacole Schexnayder

The engagement of Miss Lyndsey Nacole Schexnayder, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Maurice Schexnayder of Ville Platte to Mr. Kayne Micheal Hargrave, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wendell James Hargrave of Maurice, has been announced by their parents.

Scoring fest

The Sacred Heart offensive line gets ready to come off of the ball and help gain positive yardage against the North Central defense. Sacred Heart rolled past North Central 70-22 in a District 5-1A contest to improve to 5-2 on the season. The Trojans will host Slaughter Charter on Friday. (Gazette photo Justin Johnson)

VILLE PLATTE – The Sacred Heart Trojans got back on the winning track in a huge way here Friday night as they rolled to a 70-22 win over the North Central Hurricanes.

Basile picks up huge win over Elton; win streak now at three

ELTON -- It has been a tale of two seasons for the Basile Bearcats.
After starting the year at 1-3, Basile had reeled off two wins in a row and was looking to make it three in a row when they travelled down Highway 190 Thursday night to take on long time rival Elton High School.

Ville Platte falls hard to Kinder 49-8

VILLE PLATTE -- It was not a good night offensively for the Ville Platte High Bulldogs, as they took one on the chin in a 49-8 loss to the Kinder Yellow Jackets here Friday night.

Pine Prairie cannot slip past Eunice

PINE PRAIRIE -- With playoff implications on the line, the Pine Prairie Panthers are in a must win situation from here on out for the rest of the season.
The Panthers, the No. 24 seed coming into Friday night’s game needed a victory to keep those post-season hopes alive.

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Sports

If you would have looked at the Basile High win/loss record after the first four games of the 2017 campaign, you might have said it was going to be a long season for the Bearcats as they stood 1-3

Lifestyle

Mr. Kayne Micheal Hargrave,
Miss Lyndsey Nacole Schexnayder

The engagement of Miss Lyndsey Nacole Schexnayder, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Maurice Schexnayder of Ville Platte to Mr. Kayne Micheal Hargrave, the son of Mr. and Mrs.

Obituaries

Janice “Jan” Barbara Guillory Fontenot, 84, a native of Ville Platte and a resident of Houma, passed away peacefully on Sept. 20, 2017.

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