The LSU Eunice Lady Bengal softball squad, fresh off the National Junior College Athletic Association regional tournament in Mississippi, is headed to the NJCAA softball national championship next week in Bloomington, Ill.
"I'm very proud of them," says head coach Andy Lee. "These girls have worked really, really hard and achieved a lot." The Lady Bengals have compiled a 37-16 record in only the fourth year that LSUE has had a softball program.
The team is currently ranked sixth in the nation in the latest NJCAA Division II poll, the first time in school history the team has cracked the top ten. The Lady Bengals roster features several players who excelled at high schools in Acadiana: Ashley Parr (pictured with Lee following a home run Saturday in the regional tournament) and Chasity Gary, both of Comeaux High; Cheri Sammis of Lafayette High; Hannah Latiolais of Cecilia High; and Meredith Himel and Kelli Jo Soileau of Eunice.
The team went 3-1 at the regional tournament in Clinton, Miss., losing to Mississippi Gulf Coast in the championship game, to earn second-place. The top two teams from each regional tournament will compete in the national tilt May 14-16.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again, it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to go public this year.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.