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CO MP LI ME NTARY

FEBRUARY 2016, VOL. 14 ISSUE 1

Publisher / Editor Mike Strong Sales Manager Dottie Godberry Staff Photographer Jimmy Dunkley

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FAMILY FEST

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LAYNE’S JEWELRY

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SWEET EYES W/ TANYA

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PROFESSIONAL ARCHIVE

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JAMMIN’ WITH GOOSIE

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THOUGHTS FROM BULLY

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St. Elizabeth Hosts 2016 Family Fest More than 1,000 turned out for St. Elizabeth’s annual

St. Elizabeth Hosts 2016 Family Fest

More than 1,000 turned out for St. Elizabeth’s annual Family Fest held on January 30th at the Lamar Dixon Trade Mart Building in Gonzales. Themed, Adventures in Health, participants were treated to a variety offerings in one of five distinct areas: Play, Thrive, Prevent, Shop, and Eat.

There was something for everyone from the young to the young at heart. “As the predominant provider of healthcare in Ascension, St. Elizabeth takes its obligation to improve the health and well-being of the people of this area seriously,” said Jon Hirsch, Director of Marketing. “The Family Fest is a fun way to get people to focus on preventing chronic illnesses down the road. The children are being active while having a great time playing on

the numerous inflatables and playing outdoor games with BREC on the Geaux. Meanwhile their parents and grandparents are taking advantage of the many screenings offered at Family

Fest.

through screening that someone’s blood sugar levels are high, for instance, we can provide the tools they need for early treatment. So, it’s a win-win-win.”

One member of the community underscored the importance of St. Elizabeth’s Family Fest posting to Face Book “this health fair quite possibly saved my life.” When she had her blood pressure checked it was so high that she ended up in the emergency room. She had no history of high blood pressure and no idea that it was so high.

And if we discover
And if we discover

In addition to the free health screenings, games and inflatables for the children, Family Fest featured free food samples from area restaurants, interactive exhibits, live entertainment and shopping. Every family received a complementary “monkey” sling sack, and many lucky participants left with a door prize.

Among the more than 65 vendor booths, The Ascension Fund’s booth invited guests to

try their singing skills with karaoke, while the Premier Lanes booth gave fest-goers a hand at bowling. Face painting provided by a professional artist proved to be a hit again this year, and there were many opportunities for participants to learn more about health care conditions and services offered in our community.

“Many, many people helped to make this event a success,” said Hirsch. “There were scores of volunteers, representatives from area establishments, and physicians and providers from within and outside our St. Elizabeth family. Members of St. Elizabeth Hospital’s Women’s Advisory Council members also gave of their time to make this event uniquely successful for the local community and its families.”

members also gave of their time to make this event uniquely successful for the local community

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Hirsch also added his thanks to the sponsors of this year’s Family Fest: Stage Sponsor

Hirsch also added his thanks to the sponsors of this year’s Family Fest:

Stage Sponsor

EATEL Expedition Sponsors AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana Atlas Dermatology MedCare Outpost Sponsors Ascension Children’s Dental Baton Rouge Physical Therapy Lake

Community Coffee Lake Urgent Care Parker Orthodontics Rotolo’s Pizzeria Smith Chiropractic Zaxby’s

“These companies contributed to the quality of the event, and enabled the provision of many screenings and exhibits,” he said.

contributed to the quality of the event, and enabled the provision of many screenings and exhibits,”
contributed to the quality of the event, and enabled the provision of many screenings and exhibits,”

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Chamber Honors 2015 Success at Annual Awards Banquet The Ascension Chamber of Commerce honored their

Chamber Honors 2015 Success at Annual Awards Banquet

The Ascension Chamber of Commerce honored their 2015 Ambassador, Individual, New Business, Small Business and

Large Business of the Year at its Annual Awards Banquet held Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at Houmas House Plantation.

Attendees began their evening by networking with fellow Chamber members during a so- cial hour, followed by an

elegant dinner.

After dinner, the Chamber cele- brated the dedication and com-

during a so- cial hour, followed by an elegant dinner. After dinner, the Chamber cele- brated
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mitment of their 2015 Award Nominees. The program was led by Chamber President/CEO Sherrie Despino

mitment of their 2015 Award Nominees. The program was led by Chamber President/CEO Sherrie Despino and Board Chairman Bridget Hanna, As- cension Parish Clerk of Court.

Rae Milano, Chairman of the Ambassador Committee intro- duced the 2015 Ambassadors. Those ambassadors in atten- dance were Crystal Bergeron, Mike Bonfanti, Tracy Browning,

dance were Crystal Bergeron, Mike Bonfanti, Tracy Browning, 7 For more than 19 years, we have
dance were Crystal Bergeron, Mike Bonfanti, Tracy Browning, 7 For more than 19 years, we have

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Sheena Falgoust, Terri Kaaihue, Jenny Heroman, Jane Mathews, Jada Mayon, Aleaha Morgan, Shawn Nolan and Cheryl Rice. Individual of the Year nominees were Tracy Browning, Executive Director of Ascension Parish Tourism, Gasper Chi- fici, Vice-President Burk-Kleinpeter, Inc. and Jacob Waguespack of Faulk & Win- kler. 2015 New Business of the Year Nom- inees were Guaranty Media, Kristina Cusick- Pennant Real Estate and NOLA Lending Group, A Division of Fidelity Bank. 2015 Small Business of the Year

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nominees were Action Therapy & Wellness Center, LLC, Ex- press Employment Profession- als, Gulf South Technology Solutions and River Parish Se- curity Systems. 2015 Large Business of the Year nominees were Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, Baton Rouge Physical Therapy Lake, EATEL and EFCU Financial.

The Chamber is proud to an- nounce Shawn Nolan as the 2015 Ambassador of the Year, Jacob Waguespack as the 2015 Individual of the Year, Guar- anty Media as the 2015 New Business of the Year, Gulf South Technology Solutions as the 2015 Small Business of the Year and Ascension Parish Sher- iff’s Office as the 2015 Large Business of the Year. Mike

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Bonfanti, Bonfanti Investments, was also recognized for out- standing service as the top pro- ducer in the Chamber’s 2015 Total Resource Campaign.

The Ascension Chamber would like to thank Corporate Spon- sors St. Elizabeth, EATEL,

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Hoops are Hopping with Layne Gautreau This season’s go-to fashion ac- cessory has been around

Hoops are Hopping

with Layne Gautreau

This season’s go-to fashion ac- cessory has been around and around and yet it is back again.

cessory has been around and around and yet it is back again. Similar to a favorite

Similar to a favorite pair of blue jeans, you can never go wrong with a fabulous pair of gold or sterling silver hoop earrings. Whether embellished with gemstones, charms, or beads, hoops will work with almost any

gemstones, charms, or beads, hoops will work with almost any outfit from school to office or

outfit from school to office or a night out on the town.

Long known for setting trends, fashion-forward actress An- gelina Jolie was recently spotted wearing a slim and streamlined pair of yellow gold hoops. One does not need to resemble Mrs. Jolie Pitt to wear hoop earrings, as an ex- traordinarily simple pair of hoops can create an exception- ally striking look for anyone.

Suggestions for wearing hoops confidently:

Size: Don’t go larger than the palm of your hand. Style: The hoop will work for you whether embellished, smooth or textured. Color: Whether it’s sterling silver, yellow gold, white gold or this season’s popular pink

gold, all work well with any outfit.

Birthstones February - Amethyst.

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work well with any outfit. Birthstones February - Amethyst. For those born in February, sin- cerity

For those born in February, sin- cerity is the personal trait usu- ally associated with this beautiful form of precious quartz. Sparkling and trans¬par- ent amethyst can range from pale lilac to deep purple

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Recently, the 1970’s era has flooded fashion and award

Recently, the 1970’s era has flooded fashion and award shows across the globe. Soft silhouettes, pastels,

shows across the globe. Soft silhouettes, pastels, fringe, flora, fauna and reptile motifs were spotted mingling with yellow gold and white diamonds. At this year’s Golden Globe Awards, top jewelry trends in- cluded diamond fringe earrings, open, lacey diamond bib style necklaces, and the star of the show, was the diamond studded snake necklace seen slithering around Naomi Watts’ neck.

necklaces, and the star of the show, was the diamond studded snake necklace seen slithering around

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With over 250,000 fibers that make up this brush, it applies makeup to larger parts of the body flawlessly. I use this for highlighters on the face and décolleté’ and for smoothing out powder and blush on the cheeks. This brush is so easy to use and applies powders like a thin veil of heaven.

Artis Elite Oval 8 – Available at retailers and artis.com Retail Price $65.00

This is the brush I would choose over all others. It’s slightly smaller than the oval 10, and is great for applying foundation to the face. I’ve never had a brush apply foundation in such a flawless manner. I use less foundation and apply makeup more evenly with less effort.

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CosmeFibre® filaments help pick up and lay down product, so you use less makeup. I can use one pump of foundation and it goes over my entire face!

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Yes, Artis brushes are pricey, but I figure I’ll save in the amount of foundation I use on

a daily basis. Also, the time I

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How does laser hair removal work? Lasers emit a light at a specific wavelength that
How does laser hair removal work? Lasers emit a light at a specific wavelength that

How does laser hair removal work?

Lasers emit a light at a specific wavelength that is known to be absorbed by the pigment (color) in the hair follicle — without damaging the surrounding skin. The light is converted to heat en- ergy, which in turns disables the hair follicle so that it will not produce another hair.

How many sessions does it take to achieve the best results?

On average, most people require six sessions spaced four to six weeks apart depending on the area being treated. This will result in 80-85% permanent hair reduction. Once or twice a year maintenance treatment is recommended to maintain results.

How soon do I expect to see results?

You may see approximately 10 to 25 percent reduction in the growth of the hair from each ap- propriately spaced treatment. The results will depend upon many factors including how dark your skin is, the texture and color of the hair, the growth phase of the hair follicle, and your body’s re- sponse to the laser.

Is laser hair removal for all skin types?

Yes, our laser can treat all skin types. However not all hair color. The laser energy is only attracted to hair with pigment or color and is not effective on white, grey, light red or blonde hair.

Does laser hair re- moval hurt?

Generally, laser hair removal is not painful. We can add topical numbing for im- proved comfort. The level of discomfort de- pends on the treated area, the texture of the hair, and skin.

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Food Festival to be Held March 29

Plans are underway for the 2016 Gonzales Rotary Club Food Festival. This annual event, to be held this year on March 29th, is a collaboration of area Restaurants, and local food vendors who come together for a taste of the great food offered in our area.

“We are so thankful for their participation and look forward to this year’s event,” stated by Gary Laiche, Food Festival Chairman. Last year over 500 people community members participated to help feed the needy in our community.

Tickets are $25.00 in advance and can be purchased at the Gonzales City Hall, 128 Irma

and can be purchased at the Gonzales City Hall, 128 Irma Gonzales Rotary Club Food Festival

Gonzales Rotary Club Food Festival Committee Members: Seated (l-r) Tracy Browning, Glenda Shaheen, Sheena Falgoust. Standing (l-r) Dr. James Jeansonne, Rae Milano, Bill Myhand, Craig Walling, Anna Sparacino, Gary Laiche, Lyman Abadie and Willie Robinson.

Boulevard, or at the office of Dr. James Jeansonne, 1116 Purpera Avenue, Gonzales. Tickets may also be purchased through any member of the Gonzales Rotary Club prior to the event or at the door for $30 on the day of the event. All are invited to come and enjoy this community event in support of the St. Theresa Food Bank.

Don’t forget to bring a canned good to the event!

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Who is the Best Gumbo Cook? Gumbo Cooks Wanted Fred’s on the river is hosting
Who is the Best
Gumbo Cook?
Gumbo Cooks
Wanted
Fred’s on the river is hosting
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March 19th. The entry fee is
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No Seafood! Chicken and
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1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies
and money. Also a people’s
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to the cooks. Cooks can sign
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The gumbo will be sold to the
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Come eat or cook your last
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Emoji: More Than Just A Smiley Face by Orhan Mc Millan dezinsINTERACTIVE
Emoji: More Than
Just A Smiley Face
by Orhan Mc Millan
dezinsINTERACTIVE

Everything in marketing and communication revolves around engagement and now that is highly influenced by a little yellow smiley face, a heart or some sort of other emoji.Yes, the emoji is the next big thing in communication.We are living in the age of the emoji. What is it? An emoji is simply a digital icon.

It is now highly suggested that emojis be implemented in marketing campaigns.This is great being that while social media has grown, character count has done the opposite. So, what better way to get your point across than by using a simple little icon other wise known as an emoji.

Although we are living in the digital age, actual human interaction is still vital. Unfortunately, we don’t always get this type of interpersonal communica- tion.This could also be a factor in the rise of the emoji. Studies have shown that we react to emojis like we would a real human face.

The use of emojis, are doing something that can be difficult to do with words alone and that is express emotion. People simply react better to visuals. Scientist have found that looking at a smiley face or a sad face online, activates specific parts of the brain just as when we look at a real human face.This affects marketing because it has been proven that human faces are attention grabbers.

Many brands have integrated the emoji in their marketing campaigns. Domino's being the first brand to actually allow customers to order using an emoji via twitter.

General Electric is another brand to utilize emojis.They retold a story by Popular Mechanics using emojis. Brands are now able to tell a story using one character count instead of hundreds of words. PETA, IKEA, and Bud Light, are among other large brands to implement emojis in their marketing strategies.

According to Swyft Media, 74 percent of U.S. population use stickers or some sort of emoji, on average sending 96 emojis or stickers per day. This brings the total to 6 billion emojis and stickers being used around the world daily!

These little digital icons are taking over, so platforms are now being created to measure engagement and the effect it is having on both brands and consumers. Zoomph now has an Emojis Report feature of their social analytics platform.This feature allows brands to see how emojis associated with an instance of its name, which is shown via an emoji cloud. It also gathers location and user demographics such as ethnicity and gender. Instagram has made it possible to hashtag emojis, which allowed for the access of real data on the usage and the meaning behind them.

Knowing how emojis are now affecting engagement, you may want to go back to that social media post you have scheduled, eliminate a few words and replace them with a simple digital icon (emoji).

that social media post you have scheduled, eliminate a few words and replace them with a
that social media post you have scheduled, eliminate a few words and replace them with a

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Cosmetic

Denistry

By Calvin Bessonet, DDS,FAGD Ascension Premier Dental

How Can My Dentist Im- prove My Smile?

From subtle changes to major re- pairs, your dentist can perform a vari- ety of procedures to improve your smile. There are many techniques and options to treat teeth that are discolored, chipped, misshapen or missing. Your dentist can reshape your teeth, close spaces, restore worn or short teeth or alter the length of your teeth. Common procedures include bleaching, bonding, crowns, veneers and reshaping and contouring. These improvements are not always just cosmetic. Many of these treat- ments can improve oral problems, such as your bite.

Bleaching

Bleaching is a common and popular chemical process used to whiten teeth. Some people get their teeth bleached to make stains disappear, while other just want a whiter shade. Discoloration occurs in the enamel and can be caused by medication, coffee, tea and cigarettes. Discol- oration also can be hereditary or due simply to getting older. Bleaching can be performed by your dentist in the office or, under dental supervision, at home. Many pa- tients enjoy bleaching at home because it is more convenient. Treatment be- gins when your dentist creates a cus- tom mouthpiece to ensure the correct

amount of whitening solution is used and that your teeth are properly exposed. Typi- cally, whitening at home takes two to four weeks, depending on the desired shade you wish to achieve. Whitening in the office may call for one or more 45-minute to one-hour visits to your dentist's office.

Bonding

Bonding is tooth-colored material used to fill in gaps or change the color of teeth. Requiring a single office visit, bonding lasts several years. Bonding is more susceptible to staining or chipping than other forms of restoration. When teeth are chipped or slightly decayed, bonded composite resins may be the material of choice. Bonding also is used as a tooth- colored filling for small cavities. Addi- tionally, it can be used to close spaces between teeth or cover the entire out- side surface of a tooth to change its color and shape.

Crowns

Crowns, also known as caps, cover a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and appearance. Due to their cost, they are used in cases where other pro- cedures will not be effective. Crowns have the longest life expectancy of all cosmetic restorations, but are the most time-consuming.

Veneers

Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic placed over the front teeth to change the color or shape of your teeth. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked. Little or no

anesthesia is needed. Veneers are used to treat some of the same problems as bonding. This treatment is an alternative to crowns, which are more expensive. The procedure requires your dentist to take an impression of your tooth. Be- fore the custom-made veneer is ce- mented directly onto the tooth, your dentist will lightly buff the tooth to compensate for the added thickness of the veneer. Once the cement is be- tween the veneer and your tooth, a light beam is used to harden it. Porce- lain veneers require more than one visit because they are fabricated in a laboratory. Veneers have a longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding.

Contouring and Reshaping

Tooth reshaping and contouring, is a procedure to correct crooked teeth, chipped or irregularly shaped teeth or even overlapping teeth in a single session. Tooth reshaping and contouring, is commonly used to alter the length, shape or position of your teeth. Contouring teeth may also help correct small problems with bite. It is common for bonding to be combined with tooth reshaping. This procedure is ideal for candi- dates with normal, healthy teeth but who want subtle changes to their smile. Your dentist will take X-rays to evaluate the size and location of the pulp of each tooth to ensure that there's enough bone between the teeth to support them.

Which procedure is right for me?

Your dentist can answer any questions you may have about techniques used to improve your

smile. The condition of your teeth and desired result you want often dictates the best procedure. If you are considering a treatment, there are a few questions you can ask your dentist before deciding if a particular proce- dure is right for you.

What will the changes look like?

• What should I expect through the course of treatment?

• What type of maintenance will be required?

What should I look for in a cosmetic dentist?

In order to make sure your dentist is skilled in cosmetic dentistry, the Amer- ican Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) recommends that you ask your dentist for the following items before undergoing treatment:

Before and after photos. These photos will allow you to examine the results of other patients being treated by the dentist to make sure his or her work fits your dental needs.

References. References allow you to get a sense of the quality of care the dentist provides. Proof of continuing education. Be certain that your dentist has taken continuing education courses to keep him or her up-to-date with the latest techniques in clinical cosmetic dentistry. Your dentist can answer the questions you have about the techniques used to improve your smile. The condition of your teeth and your desired result often indicate the best procedure for you.

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YOUR ESTATE MATTERS Estate Planning in the Digital Age When you begin thinking about estate planning

Estate Planning in the Digital Age

When you begin thinking about estate planning and which assets to leave to certain family members or friends, the china, photo albums, or expensive jewelry may come to mind. But what about your Facebook account, your online banking account, or a personal website? As we increasingly rely on technology for our social, consumer and business activities, it’s essential that individuals include their digital assets in the legal documents that protect their legacy. Here are a few things to

By Linda Melancon

think about when planning ahead in the digital age.

1) Know what your digital assets

are. Computers, iPhones, and hard drives are tangible assets, but the non-tangible, electronic data they contain falls under the category of digital assets and is often password protected. These assets range from ones of pure sentimental value, like family photos on social media sites or email correspondence, to assets that carry monetary potential – such as PayPal accounts, company

websites, etc

McAfee study showed that the average consumer has digitally stored assets worth approximately $35,000. Unfortunately, an estate executor may be unable to pay certain bills or even unaware of their existence in cases where this digital property was left out of an estate plan. To prevent this, take time to make a complete inventory of your digital assets and what should be done with each of them at the time of your death or disability.

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2) Understand your service user agreements. We tend to click “I have read and accepted these terms of service.” when we sign up for online accounts without

thinking of the implications these agreements may have on our loved ones who are tasked with settling our estates after we’re gone. While Facebook allows you to designate a “Legacy Contact” to monitor your account if something happens to you, Yahoo! specifically states that user accounts may not be transferred to a different user and will be permanently deleted with all content upon proof of a user’s death. It’s also important to recognize that eBooks or iTunes files are licensed to – not owned by – the consumer and may not be given away at death like other assets.

3) Discuss legal directives for digital assets with your attorney. Discuss your digital assets with your attorney to make sure that you, your estate, and your beneficiaries are protected. You may need to incorporate language in your wills, trusts or powers of attorney to account for these assets. It’s always discouraging to hear of parents who went through 8 weeks of court processes to gain access to a child’s computer or a spouse who was denied their loved one’s records – not because the deceased denied them access, but simply because those digital assets were not considered in their estate planning.

While it may be burdensome to

regularly manage your digital assets, consider making it a yearly or quarterly habit to download online pictures, family videos or documents – especially ones from accounts that will be deleted by the service provider at the time of your death. Also consider leaving a list of usernames and passwords in one secure location. There are many online providers where you can store all of your usernames and passwords. Finally, for true business enterprisers, make sure that you have a qualified appraiser value your digital assets for tax and estate planning purposes.

Many individuals already have estate planning documents that don’t mention directives for digital assets. Living in the digital age may mean that some of your most important records aren’t in your home where a successor can walk through and find them. Don’t wait until it’s too late to make your digital assets a part of your legacy!

Mrs. Melancon has engaged in the practice of law in Louisiana for the past 17 years. The primary focus of her practice is estate planning, special needs planning, elder law and probate. She is also accredited by the VA to give advice regarding veterans’ benefits. For more information, please contact her at 225-744-0027. You may also visit her website at www.LegacyCenterLa.com

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Don’t Monkey with Another’s Monkey with Private Investigator Sam Stone by Bill Delaune

T.S. Eliot once wrote that “April is the cruelest month.” Well, apparently Thomas Sterns never sat through the winter of 2016 in an office the size of Bobby Jindal’s heart waiting for a phone to ring with a client of any kind on the other end. Things were so bad that I’d quit singing to the Elvis poster on the wall with my beat-up Martin guitar and tried to rearrange the words on my door-“Sam Stone, P.I.”-to see what I could come up with. So far, the best I had done was “Piss on team” which could have been any sporting squad I had wagered on in the month of January. I’d had more losers in the first part of 2016 than a 300-pound jockey and not a single client had called to help foot the bill. Now it was February 2-Ground- hog’s Day. My dad had been born on this day and his dad before him. I had ended that tradition by arriving in March-a Pisces working for scale-and my instincts told me that something fishy was about to transpire. Then-just like Punxsutawney Phil-she popped up. Trouble walking through my door in 4-inch stilettos at the end of a pair of legs that should have been running in the feature race at Evangeline Downs. “Are you Stone?” she asked in a voice so raspy you could have sharpened a pocket knife on it. “I was for most of 1969 but I didn’t inhale,” I replied. “What can I do for you?” “I need to find a missing person. He has something of value that belongs to me.” “I see. And what is the name of this would-be perpetrator?” “D’Andre Wong.” “And yours?” “Honey Stinger.” Not only was I as desperate as a Cajun in a crawfish famine for a job but I couldn’t let this marvelous model of a marlin slip off my line. “What’s he got of yours?” I was thinking of a diamond maybe as big as Yankee Stadium’s but that was not the case. “He grabbed my puppies, stole my baby and snatched my monkey. Now you do the leg work (Believe me-I’d done plenty already.) and I’ll explain more when I pick you up for lunch tomorrow.” Wong’s trail was as easy to follow as elephant with diarrhea. Like many other South Louisiana males, he was a huge fan of LSU and NFL football and he was also what

I liked to call a 4-G man. That

is-his hobbies consisted of golf,

guitars, gambling and –on occasion-go-go girls. A man with that many

weaknesses shouldn’t be that difficult to find. In fact, I was surprised we hadn’t run into each other somewhere before. And I had a pretty good idea where we might find Wong on this cold February morning. Honey picked me up in the Prairieville CBD around noon-her blond hair streaming behind her in

a black Corvette, looking not

unlike the goddess Aphrodite in an

cruelty or sexual abuse. Perhaps you could enlighten me.” “We worked at a marketing firm together on a job for a big Super “

I had this

creative idea to combine the most popular items of the past year- puppies, other animals and babies into one lovable character called ‘Puppymonkeybaby’ and I even wrote a little jingle it could sing. Wong said that was the stupidest thing he’d ever heard and con- vinced our boss to scrap the project. Then he stole my idea and sold it to Mountain Dew who’s going to use it to introduce their

Bowl ad,” she began.

going to use it to introduce their Bowl ad,” she began. ebony chariot. “Where to?” she

ebony chariot. “Where to?” she asked. I told her I figured there was only one place that Wong would frequent on this date-the LSU football recruiting party-aka the Bayou Bash-conveniently located at the River City Center right between two downtown casinos. “Too cold for golf, too early for music or strippers. That leaves Tiger football and gambling. He’s got to be there,” I reasoned. “You’re not as stupid as you look,” Honey said. “Nobody is,” I admitted. “Now about this case…I’m not sure I’m dealing with kidnapping, animal

new energy drink. All I want is my copyright back and the money they paid him,” she cried. We arrived at the Bash armed with a pair of “Vendor” badges I had scored from my connections at Edwin Watts. “What if someone asks me a golf question?” Honey inquired. “Tell them they need a stiffer shaft and more durable balls,” I advised. “Now you go in that direction and I’ll check the VIP section and we’ll meet back at the Pot and Paddle booth.” Now considering the fact there were over 4,000 fanatics there, swilling puke beer and

alternately cheering and booing every time some 17-year old kid announced his college preference, we didn’t do too bad. We found LSU legend Jerry Stovall, LSU and Saints great Dalton Hilliard, radio celebrity Jimmy Ott and a guy who owed my money from the 1988 Kentucky Derby. I also sold a couple of Titleist visors and a torturous device guaranteed to make you keep your head down. But we didn’t find Wong. We made a pass through the casino and came up empty-both on our quest for Wong and at the blackjack table. “You really got some bad cards,” she consoled. “Yeah,” I agreed. “I had more 15’s and 16’s than Rob Lowe. The only 21’s I saw today were Stovall and Hilliard.” She dropped me off back at my office over my protests. “Come on, Honey. It’s still

early. The night still has braces on its teeth.” “Get some rest, Card Shark. I’ll see you tomorrow.”

I waited for her on Thursday

longer that Forrest Gump waited for that bus. She finally bopped into my cramped quarters around seven that evening humming an old Buddy Holley song called “Peggy Sue”. “Where have you been out gadding, my Ice Princess?” I asked trying to mask my anxiety. “Yesterday was February 3,” she explained. “It was ‘The Day the Music Died’. I’ve been at a Buddy

Holley, Richie Valens and Big Bopper Festival all day. I hope you don’t mind this ‘Chantilly Lace’ that I have on.”

I resisted the urge against the old

“I know something else that would look good on you” line and started for the door. “We’re headed for Carly-Co’s Cafe,” I told her. “They’re pulling numbers for the big Super Bowl Board tonight and there’s music after the drawing. Sounds like a perfect spot for Wong to show.” The place was packed and it seemed everyone in the joint was getting better numbers than my cartel. Even with four squares, we ended up with a mixture of 1’s,’2’s, 5’s and 9’s that only the mother of an inmate could love. “Too bad,” Honey comforted looking at the disaster. “Not a 0, 3, or 7 in the bunch. And no Wong either.” “I’ve seen better figures at a Rosanne Barr look-alike contest,” I lamented. “But that is a nice

number they’re playing. Would you like to dance?”

“I’d rather have sex with a cac- tus,” she shot back and headed for the door.

I didn’t see her again until early

Saturday morning when she woke me on the couch of my cozy confines attempting to sleep off a tequila binge that Gram Parsons would have been proud of. “I had to put a mirror under your nose to see if you were

breathing,” she scolded. “Come on, I’ve got a pretty good idea where Wong is.” The early a.m. weather was colder than a post-Monica Hillary Clinton and the wind was blowing like—well, really hard. “Where are we going at this hour of the morning?” I stammered. “I haven’t even thrown up yet.” Honey had the petal to the metal in the Vet now and we were traveling south on I-10 at Starship Enterprise speed. “Pelican Point,” she answered. “Wong’s signed up to play in a Super Bowl Scramble out there at 8:30. Something you would know

if you spent less time with your

buddy Jose Cuervo.”

I started to say something about

only idiots playing golf in these conditions but then I remembered some of the things I’ve learned about golfers over the years. For one thing, golf is a game where you yell “Fore”, make a “six” and write down “five”. For another thing, it’s the only game that allows white, middle-aged men to dress up like pimps. So for

50 or so semi-intelligent golfers to venture out in 30 degree weather with a 35 mile per hour wind howling is not unusual as a Tom Jones 60’s hit. The clubhouse was empty but the scoreboard revealed some disheartening information. “D. Wong-WD.” “What’s that mean?” she asked. “Well, he’s either gone to Winn Dixie or he had the good sense to withdraw from this debacle,”

I answered. “How about a

Bloody Mary?” Honey ignored my offer and yanked me into the parking lot with the wrath of a woman who would not be denied. “We’ll find him tomorrow if we have to go to every Super Bowl party in this parish,” she promised. “And do something about your breath-you could back down a dragon right now.” On Sunday, I made some crazy prop bets on the game, took a double shot of Grey Goose and Listerine and put on an antiquated Bronco jersey that may have been worn by Floyd Little in the glory days of the 60’s and 70’s. “What is that?” she sneered eying my apparel. “It’s a throw-back,” I tried to explain. “Well, throw it back in the

trash where it belongs and let’s go to work.” Our first stop was at the Gonzales Country Club where the gin and bouree games were already raging. The friendly banter from my so-called cohorts was enough to warm your heart. “Hey, Stone! Why don’t you crawl back in the gutter you came out of and leave the hottie here.” “About that horse you gave me, Stone. He went off a 20-1 and came in at 20 after 2.” “Very funny, guys. Now show

what little class you have in front of this lady. Anybody here seen D’Andre Wong? And does anybody know how many points Carmelo Anthony scored in the first half?” At the moment I’d settle for one out of two. One of the degenerates paused for a moment and slurred, “I think Wong said he was going to a house party. And Carmelo had a bad first half-only eight points.” Well, there went my first gim- mick bet of the day. I had taken Anthony’s total points against Cam Newton’s completions and now Superman was sure to top that total. We arrived at Jeff Alexander and Mike Lee’s party just in time to watch Lady Gaga blow the National Anthem and cost me more money. “She didn’t hold the “brave” long enough and the time went under,” informed Casey who-like me-had bet over the 2:16 time limit predicted by Vegas. “I think she was bought off,” added the King of Conspiracy Theories. No one had seen Wong there either so we headed back to Sammy’s to watch the game. Most people there were more interested in their numbers on the board than the defensive struggle on the field, and Honey glued herself to a television in the corner carefully perusing all the million-dollar 30-second commercials. I was about three shots of Patron into the evening when I heard a blood-curdling scream.

I wheeled around to seen Honey

hurling condiments of all kinds at a bizarre little creature on the TV screen who seemed to be chanting, “Puppymonkeybaby”. “That’s my ad,” howled Honey. “That s.o.b. stole my ad!”

I managed to calm her down and

get her back to my office where we watched Carolina cost me more money and Cam Newton morph from Superman into the Incredible Sulk. “Don’t worry,” I began optimistically, “we’ll find him…” “Stone,” she was inconsolable,

“You couldn’t find a prayer in the Bible.” And with those parting words she stormed out.

I woke up Monday morning with

no way to hold my head that didn’t hurt and tried to sum up my

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current situation. Somehow I had managed to lose the game, lose the

girl and lose the client. Three out of three ain’t bad.

I was looking over the stats for

the game to see how much more damage I could find when a colorful ad caught my eye- “Mardi Gras Mutt Parade-Krewe of Barkus-Monday at the Great Wall parking lot, Airline Highway, Gonzales.” Now every now and then,

miracles occur in this crazy, mixed- up world-the ’69 Mets, Doug Flutie, Donald Trump-and I was hoping that this “Hail Mary” idea of mine might actually connect.

I called Honey and told her to

meet me for lunch at the Great Wall and she reluctantly agreed. “Are you going to consult fortune cookies today?” she sneered. But she wasn’t sneering when we arrived at the Chinese buffet and saw the camera crew filming a dog parade chasing a paper dragon who was munching on a king cake. “See anybody you know?” I asked pointing to a Tiger Woods look-alike behind a camera. “That’s not Wong-but it’s his brother!” she squealed. At that moment, a hungry Dachshund caught hold of the dragon’s tale and pulled the costume off to reveal another Tiger duplicate. “That’s Wong!” Honey shouted. Now in my business, you need friends in low places-but you need

a few pals in law enforcement also.

I’d rolled the dice on a hunch and

booked a couple of Ascension Parish’s finest to accompany me to the parade. “Book ‘em, Dano,” I said in my best Hawaii Five-O voice. “Copyright infringement.” I resisted a “Two Wongs don’t make

a right” parting shot and turned

back to Honey who was eyeing me with confused admiration. “But…how…when…what?” “Elementary, my dear.” I was trying not to gloat. “I figured Wong would try to promote his product at a spot where he could incorporate puppies, monkeys and babies while the ad was hot.” “The babies came from the king cake and the puppies, obviously from the parade.” “But what about the monkeys?” “Today is Chinese New Year’s- the Year of the Monkey. That’s why he chose the Great Wall.” The admiration in her eyes had turned to another look that I hadn’t gotten from a woman since the last bet I’d won. “Stone, I take back everything I ever said about you,” she cooed. “Say, are you kin to Fred Flintstone?” “Not that I know of-but I do like old-fashioned women.” “Because tonight I’m going to make your Bedrock!” I have a feeling my luck is finally starting to change…

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This past month I had a night out on the town and headed to
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Superbowl Rib-Off Crowns a First Time Champion The morning of this year’s Super Bowl Rib-Off started
Superbowl Rib-Off Crowns a First Time Champion The morning of this year’s Super Bowl Rib-Off started

The morning of this year’s Super Bowl Rib-Off started like so many years before with ‘High Hopes’ that I may break through and win, finally. Unlike years past I didn’t bring any good luck charms or place voodoo dolls around to sabotage

Blue 1 Time Champion
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Shake 2 Time Champion
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worked against my score. Now I know what the judges are looking for and I’m ready to kick some family butt. Last year I came in second

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behind, Leighton, the head Chef at Sullivans in Baton Rouge. This year we had several new cooks. Kyle cooked this year of Blanchards Blend, Cajun Seasonings and this year Jason, the

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Sous-Chef for Leighton at Sullivan’s, determined if Leighton could win he certainly could. I’m cooking against professionals again. On a beautiful morning the contest began and the tricks had begun. I had cut some special

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Wayne and it drove me crazy not flipping my meat. However it seemed to pay off. I’ve been a brides maid the last 2 years finishing second and this year I finished 3rd. I guess that makes me a flower girl. The sous-chef Jason came in second and Bruce a long time veteran cook breaks through for his first win. I was feeling a little let down for my 3rd place finish until I saw the final score sheet of the judges. I was 3 points from 1st place which tells me I am right there. I will tweak my sauce next year and bring home the crown. Congratulations Bruce and if I didn’t mention it, Big Luke came out last. Luke is a former 2 times Champion and seem to have been cut down to size.

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five SEC division titles and five SEC tournament championships in nine seasons.

“We’re proud of the recognition, now it’s our job to uphold our tradition of excellence.”

The 2016 LSU roster includes 17 lettermen from the 2015 club, including five position players with starting experience and 11 pitchers that recorded innings last season. The LSU veterans are complemented by a talented class of 16 newcomers, including 10 position players, five pitchers and one two-way player. The incoming class was rated No. 7 in the nation in the annual Collegiate Baseball recruiting rankings.

“This was obviously an extremely important recruiting class for us,” Mainieri said. “We needed to bring in a group of guys who could compete for everyday positions, as well as guys who could add depth to our pitching staff. I think we may have some difference- makers in the players that have joined our team. There was a great deal of teaching taking place during fall practice because

THE 2016 TIGERS Lettermen Returning/Lost:…

Pos. Players w/Starting Experience

Returning/Lost:… Pitchers Recording Innings Returning/Lost:……

… Newcomers:…16 (10 high school players; 5 JUCO transfers; 1 Division I transfer)

Despite having to replace eight of nine everyday starters from last season’s batting order, LSU is ranked as high as No. 5 in the 2016 preseason polls, marking the fifth straight season the Tigers will begin the year among the Top 10 teams in the nation.

The Tigers, who have the most wins in the nation over the past four seasons (204 wins) and the past eight seasons (387 wins), captured the

2015 SEC championship and

advanced to the College World Series for the second time in three years. LSU posted a nation’s-best 54 victories and was ranked No.1 for 10 consecutive weeks during the

2015 campaign.

“The fact that we’re ranked among the top teams in the nation entering the

2016 season is a sign of respect for

our program, considering we have to replace so many players from last year’s lineup,” said 10th-year LSU coach Paul Mainieri, who has directed the Tigers to one national champi- onship, four College World Series appearances, three SEC overall titles,

PRIMARY PITCHERS RETURNING

Player R/L

Cl.-Exp.

W-L

ERA

IP

BB

SO

Notable

Alex Lange

R

So.-1L

12-0

1.97

114.0

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131

2015 First-Team All-American

Jared Poche’

L

Jr.-2L

9-2

3.05

109.1

25

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18 career wins in two seasons

Austin Bain

R

So.-1L

2-3

3.95

54.2

23

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Earned SEC Freshman of the Week honor

Parker Bugg R

Jr.-2L

1-2

1.72

36.2

13

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2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll

Hunter Newman R

Jr.-2L

3-0

0.49

36.2

13

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24 appearances; 4 saves in 2015

Jesse Stallings R

So.-1L

1-2

2.73

33.0

12

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2015 Freshman All-American; 12 saves

TOP NEWCOMERS—PITCHERS

 

Player

R/L

Cl.

Hometown (2015 School)

 

Riley Smith

R

Jr.

Lufkin, Texas (San Jacinto JC)

Caleb Gilbert

R

Fr.

Hoover, Ala. (Hoover HS)

John Valek III L

Sr.

Parkland, Fla. (Akron University)

PRIMARY PITCHERS LOST Player R/L

Exp.

W-L

ERA

SV

IP

BB

SO

Notable

Zac Person

L

2L

2-0

4.06

0

31.0

12

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9th-round draft choice of Houston Astros

Jake Godfrey R

1L

7-1

4.61

0

54.2

33

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transferred to junior college

PRIMARY RETURNING POSITION STARTERS (12 or more starts in 2015)

Player

Pos.

Cl.-Exp.

B/T

Avg.

HR

RBI

Notable

Jake Fraley

OF

Jr.-2L

L/L

.307

2

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23 stolen bases in 2015

Kramer Robertson

INF

Jr.-2L

R/R

.232

0

5

42 career starts at second base

TOP NEWCOMERS—POSITION PLAYERS

 

Player

Pos.

Cl.

B/T

Hometown (2015 School)

Cole Freeman

INF

Jr.

R/R

Mandeville, La. (Delgado Community College)

Antoine Duplantis

OF

Fr.

L/L

Lafayette, La. (Lafayette High School)

Trey Dawson

INF

Fr.

R/R

Hurricane, W.Va. (Hurricane High School)

PRIMARY STARTING POSITION PLAYERS LOST

 

Player

GFPos.

Cl.-Exp.

B/T

Avg.

HR

RBI

Notable

Kade Scivicque

C

2L

R/R

.355

6

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2015 First-Team All-American

Andrew Stevenson

OF

3L

L/L

.348

1

24

2015 First-Team All-SEC

Alex Bregman

SS

3L

R/R

.323

9

49

2015 First-Team All-American

Conner Hale

3B

2L

R/R

.327

4

56

2015 First-Team All-SEC

of all of the new players. To see them compete against each other and see how the pieces fit together has been a lot of fun.”

The LSU pitching staff is led by sophomore right- hander Alex Lange, the 2015 National Freshman Pitcher of the Year who last season posted a 12-0 mark with a 1.97 ERA and 131 strikeouts in 114 innings. Junior left-hander Jared

Poche’, who was 9-2 last season with a 3.05 ERA, combines with Lange to give LSU the best returning 1-2 starting combination in the Southeastern Conference. Lange and Poche’ have a combined 30 career victories entering the 2016 season. Other veteran pitchers back from last season include left-hander Hunter Devall, and right-handers Hunter Newman, Parker Bugg, Doug Norman, Jesse Stallings, Russell Reynolds, Collin Strall, Austin Bain and Alden Cartwright. Freshman left-hander Jake Latz, redshirted last season due to an arm injury, hopes to return to the mound in 2016.

The returning position players are led by outfielder Jake Fraley, who started 56 games last season and hit .307

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(69-for-225) with 11 doubles, five triples, two homers, 35 RBI, 50 runs and 23 stolen bases.

Other players returning that made appearances in the LSU lineup last season include infielders Kramer Robertson, Bryce Jordan and Greg Deichmann, catcher Michael Papierski and outfielder Beau Jordan.

With guys like Alex Lange and Jared Poche’, along with our other veterans and some new arms, we have a very

formidable pitching staff going into 2016,” Mainieri said. The main focus this fall has been putting together a lineup. With Jake Fraley being the only position player returning to the starting lineup from 2015, we’ve had a lot of work to do.

“We believe in hard work, I can tell you that,” Mainieri continued. “To play at this level at LSU with the expectations of what we have for our program, you have to have committed players. They have to be all in.

Everybody has to be pulling on the same end of the rope, and it means they make some sacrifices, and they’re certainly going to work hard. There’s going to be a lot of competition, which I think is good. I think it brings out the best in you.”

Position Players

Junior Jake Fraley, a product of Middletown, Del., is LSU’s only returning everyday starter from last season. Fraley played in left field last season, and he is slated to move into the starting centerfielder’s role in 2016. He hit .307 (69-for-225) last season with

11 doubles, five

projected as the Tigers’ starter in left field. Jordan played in 20 games last year (four starts), and he turned in one of the best defensive plays of the 2015 season. He made a game-saving catch in left field in the bottom of the 14th inning at Alabama, snaring a deep line drive above his head and doubling off a Bama base runner at first base to keep the scored tied at 5-5. LSU eventually won the contest, 8-5, in 16 innings.

Freshman Antoine Duplantis of Lafayette, La., is a strong candidate to join Fraley and Jordan in the starting outfield. A tremendous a thlete, Duplantis is a speedy, left-handed playmaking performer with

a sweet swing and the ability to hit the ball with authority.

Other players with the opportunity to

see playing time in the outfield include

Austin Bain
Austin Bain

triples, two

a

pair of talented true freshmen –

homers, 35 RBI,

Brennan Breaux of Lafayette, La.,

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runs and 23

stolen bases. He finished No. 6 in the SEC in steals, and he was LSU’s leading hitter in the NCAA Tournament, batting .387 in eight games.

Sophomore Beau Jordan of Lake Charles, La. is

and Brody Wofford, a product of Rome, Ga.

Junior second baseman Kramer Robertson is the Tigers’ veteran presence among the infielders, having started 42 games over the past two seasons. Robertson, a native of McGregor, Texas, displayed excellent power at the plate during fall practice, and he is an exceptional defensive infielder capable of making spectacular plays.

at the plate during fall practice, and he is an exceptional defensive infielder capable of making

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Sophomore Greg Deichmann of Metairie, La., is LSU’s projected starter at first base. Deichmann, an imposing left-handed power hitter who also possesses outstanding speed, was the Louisiana high school leader in home runs for three consecutive seasons. Sophomore Bryce Jordan - Beau’s twin brother – played in 21 games last season and should see significant action at first base and as the Tigers’ primary designated hitter.

Freshman Trey Dawson of Hurricane, W.Va., is a superb prospect who is scheduled to begin the year as LSU’s starting shortstop. Selected in the 2015 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers, Dawson hit .425 as a high school senior while committing just one error at shortstop.

Cole Freeman, a transfer from Delgado Community College in New Orleans, will likely start at third base. Freeman, who batted .385 at Delgado last season, is the prototypical “table-setter” on offense that can put a lot of pressure on the opposition with his bunting and base-stealing ability.

Freshmen O’Neal Lochridge of Lafayette, La., and Chris Reid of Baton Rouge should also make an impact this season as infielders.

Sophomore catcher Michael Papierski started 12 games behind the plate last season, and the 2014 MLB Draft

selection demonstrated his skill as a tremendous defensive player. Jordan Romero, a JUCO Gold Glove recipient from LSU-Eunice, will also compete for playing time at catcher.

Pitchers

Junior left-hander Jared Poche’ and sophomore right-hander Alex Lange – both 2016 preseason All-Americans - form one of the nation’s top returning weekend starting duos, as they have a combined 30 wins during their careers.

Poche’, a native of Lutcher, La., has an 18-5 record in his two seasons as a weekend starter for the Tigers. He was 9-2 last season with a 3.05 ERA in 18 starts, and he recorded 25 walks and 72 strikeouts in 109.1 innings. Poche’ pitched LSU to victory in Game 2 of the 2015 NCAA Super Regional versus UL-Lafayette, leading the Tigers to a College World Series berth. He limited the Cajuns to one run on five hits in 7.2 innings with one walk and seven strikeouts.

Lange, a product of Lee’s Summit, Mo., posted a 12-0 record in 2015 with a 1.97 ERA in 114 innings for the Tigers. In 17 starts, he recorded 131 strikeouts and limited opponents to a .212 cumulative batting average. He was voted the 2015 National Freshman Pitcher of the Year and SEC Freshman of the Year, and he received

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first-team All-America and first-team All-SEC recognition. Lange culminated the year with a complete-game victory over Cal State Fullerton in the College World Series, limiting the Titans to three runs on six hits in nine

innings with two walks and 10 strikeouts.

Sophomore right-hander Austin Bain is projected to join Poche’ and Lange in the weekend starting rotation.

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Bain, a native of Geismar, La., appeared in 21 games (six starts) last season, posting a 3.95 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 54.2 innings. He was named SEC Co-Freshman of the Week on April 6 of last season, as he pitched brilliantly in relief 4 to help lead LSU to a 13-inning win over Alabama. Bain worked a career-long 6.2 shutout innings (93 pitchers), and he allowed just three hits with one walk and a career-high nine strikeouts.

LSU has a veteran staff of capable relievers led by juniors Parker Bugg, Hunter Newman and Alden Cartwright, and third-year sophomore

Jesse Stallings. Bugg, a right-hander from San Diego, Calif., recorded a

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The hard-throwing Stallings, a product of Colfax, La., was No. 2 in the SEC last season in saves with 12, and he earned Freshman All-America recognition.

Junior right-hander Riley Smith, a transfer from San Jacinto College in

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Other hurlers who will compete for time on the mound include freshman right-hander Cole McKay, a 2015 MLB Draft selection by the Detroit Tigers; junior right-hander Collin Strall, senior left-hander Hunter Devall and junior right-hander Russell Reynolds.

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Cajun Stuffed Peppers

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Prep Time:

30 minutes

Cook Time:

6 minutes

I n g r e d i en ts :

15

jalapeno peppers (cut in half length wise – seeds and pith removed)

1

cup small diced white onion

¼

cup small diced red bell pepper

½

cup green onions (sliced)

8

ounces cream cheese (softened)

10

ounces pepper jack cheese (shredded)

1 lb baby boiled shrimp – rough chopped (90/110)

15

slices of bacon (chopped)

15

slices of bacon (cut in ½)

1 tsp fresh minced garlic

¼ cup bread crumbs

Salt, Red Pepper, Black Pepper to Taste

Method:

In a pot, bring water to a rapid boil and blanch the jalapeno halves for ap- prox. 2 minutes then immediately scoop them and place them in an ice bath to cool. While the peppers are cooling, in a large mixing bowl, add your cream cheese, pepper jack cheese, garlic, green onions and shrimp. Sauté the onion and red bell pepper until tender then add to the cheese mixture. Next, sauté your chopped bacon until crispy and add to the cheese mixture. (Grease too… YUM) Add the bread crumbs to the cheese mixture and mix well. Generously stuff the peppers with cheese mixture then wrap the pepper with ½ a slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick.

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