FTCA Lady Patriots Claim State Runner-up


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PINEVILLE – The game was there for the taking.

But those missed opportunities proved too much to overcome as the Faith Training Christian Academy Lady Patriots fell to the top-seeded Southwest Louisiana Homeschool Lady Knights on Saturday in the ACEL state championship game at H.O. West Fieldhouse on the campus of Louisiana Christian University, 46-38.

Faith Training junior guard Kylie Fleshman (32) drives the baseline during the third quarter of the Lady Patriots’ loss in overtime to Southwest Louisiana Homeschool at Louisiana Christian University in the ACEL championship, 46-38.

“We fought back hard to send it to overtime. It just got away from us at the end,” Faith Training Christian Academy head coach Walter Young said. “But I’m proud of our girls and how we battled back.”

This final was a rematch of last year’s outing, which FTCA won at Pineville High School. And if the opening moments of the contest were an indication of what was to come, then it would have been a repeat.

Faith Training jumped out to a 7-0 lead before Southwest closed out the first quarter on a 12-0 run to claim a 12-7 advantage.

The Lady Patriots battled back to tie things on a couple of occasions in the second period at 13-13, 15-15 and 17-17, before a basket by Nevaeh Clophus allowed Southwest to go into the locker room with a 19-17 advantage.

FTCA came out of the locker room fresh and took advantage of JoHana Clophus being on the bench in foul trouble. The Lady Patriots doubled up on SWLA in the third, 12-6, opening up a 29-25 lead going into the final frame of regulation.

Faith Training Christian Academy Lady Patriots (courtesy photo)

JoHana Clophus re-entered the game and connected on a three-pointer to get her team to within one and caused a turnover, which led to the Lady Knights opening up a 30-29 advantage.

Eventually, SWLA took a 36-33 lead with under two minutes to go in regulation and continued gunning from downtown. That allowed FTCA to get the ball down the court, where Keira Henry was fouled. 

Henry connected on her first free throw, but missed the second. However, Julia Jenkins grabbed the rebound and put the ball in to tie the game at 36-36. Each team had a couple of possessions to close it out in regulation, but neither team converted, sending the game into the extra session.

Faith Training Christian Academy Lady Patriot head coach Walter Young was named as the ACEL Girls’ Coach of the Year for the fifth year in a row. He was presented with his honor following the completion of the ACEL State Tournament Championships at Louisiana Christian University.(courtesy photo)

Both teams scored in the opening minute of overtime to be tied at 38-38. But a driving layup by Nevaeh Clophus, followed by back-to-back threes from the junior, sealed the game for the Lady Knights, 46-38.

Although Young wished the outcome would have been different, he was proud of his team and is already looking forward to next year.

“We lose two seniors in Jordan Jenkins and Emily Dobbins, so we will be looking for someone to step up for us and compete,” Young said. “But we will have some veteran players back that know what it is like to win one of these and lose one. And Southwest will be right there with us.”

Nevaeh Clophus scored 24 points for the Lady Knights, while sister JoHana Clophus came in with 11 points. Ava Loewer chipped in with seven points.

Jordan Jenkins paced the Lady Patriots with 16 points, while Henry contributed seven points. Julia Jenkins finished with six points.

Later in the evening, Young was named the ACEL Girls’ Coach of the Year, while Henry and Kylie Fleshman won first-team all-state recognition. Jordan and Julia Jenkins were second-team all-state.

Congratulations Educators!

Fort Polk Progress extends congratulations to area educators who were named winners in the elementary school division of the Louisiana Department of Education state-level Teacher and Principal of the Year process. The winners were announced during a virtual ceremony July 16. 
Kaitlyn Richard, who teaches at South Beauregard in Beauregard Parish was named the elementary teacher division winner, while Karen Robertson, principal at West Leesville Elementary in Vernon Parish, was named the elementary principal division winner. 

Kaitlyn Richard

Being able to invest into the community that built me, is one of the greatest honors that I have had as a teacher.

“As a former military dependent, I understand the concerns and issues that military families have in regards to their child’s education. I look forward to sharing my platform of creating a positive school culture and building leadership skills in my students and teachers across the state of Louisiana.”

Karen Robertson

Fort Polk: Education Options for the Graduate and Adult

A move to Fort Polk is the perfect opportunity to learn new things or finish that degree. 

And the educational opportunities are plentiful for the enterprising recent graduate or adult.

Northwestern State University, located a little over an hour away in historic Natchitoches offers a variety of degree programs. However, don’t despair if the idea of driving all that way overwhelms you. One of NSU’s satellite campuses is right outside the Fort Polk gate. And if that’s too far, they offer a ton of online degrees

Mcneese State University offers similar opportunities, with online degrees as well. 

The Lamar Salter Campus of Central Louisiana Technical Community College, located just south of Fort Polk on U.S. Highway 171, offers a variety of degrees in technical education. 

Effective July 1, 2021, SOWELA Technical Community College will acquire the Lamar Salter campus, greatly expanding the offerings. The transition is expected to take a year. 

Admissions for Central Texas College are open to all military members, their dependents, GS employees and the general public, and the requirements are much less stringent than other colleges. CTC offers a variety of programs. Classes and offices are located at 7460 Colorado Ave. Bldg. 660,  Room 102, Fort Polk. 

Upper Iowa University offers educational services to veterans and service men and women, as well as civilians, including Department of Defense (DoD) employees, federal contractors and military dependents (spouses and children). Explore the degree programs here

A move to Fort Polk could offer you the perfect opportunity to prepare for the next phase of your life: get that degree!

Let us know what questions you may have and we’ll  do our best to answer them!

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Fort Polk Progress
PO Box 1191
Leesville, LA 71496

Fort Polk: Education Options for Your Children

Now that you have a plan for where you’re going to live, if you have children, your mind is likely turning toward their education, and if you don’t have children, you may be thinking about your own education options. 

Let’s talk about the options for children first. There’s plenty to cover. 

Two public school districts serve the children of Fort Polk. The Vernon Parish School District serves approximately 2,000 military-connected children, while the Beauregard Parish School District serves close to 200 military-connected children. 

Fort Polk is actually located within the Vernon Parish School District, so you can expect transportation to be part of the package within the transportation circle of the school you choose. On their website, if you click on the Campus icon at the top of the page, a dropdown menu of all the schools in the district will appear. 

All told, two high schools (Pickering and Leesville); one dedicated junior high; one middle school and five elementary schools (Pickering, North Polk, Parkway, East and West) serve the area closest to the base. In addition, the district offers virtual school

The district is also keenly aware that it serves military families, and has a military liaison office to help you get settled and to learn about all the opportunities they offer that will help your children with their academic goals beyond high school. 

You can download enrollment forms for the Vernon Parish District here.

Another option is the Beauregard Parish School District, which is south of the base in another parish. For some families, this is a fine option. It just depends on your needs and preferences.  See the post on housing options for more on the benefits of living in different areas. 

Again, click on the Campus icon on the district’s home page for a drop down menu of the different schools in the parish. DeRidder High School and DeRidder Junior High make the most sense for anyone who lives in DeRidder and commutes to Fort Polk, as do Carver Elementary, K.R. Hanchey Elementary and Pinewood Elementary. 

You can read about each school and each district’s performance scores as measured by the state here. And you can discover state graduation requirements here. 

A third option is private school, which can either be your own home school, or one of two schools in the area. Faith Training Christian Academy offers a Christian education, using the A Beka program primarily for K-4 through 12th grade. First Assembly Christian Academy provides day care and education for ages 6 weeks through 8th grade. In addition, their extracurricular activities are open to homeschool students. 

Finally, of course, homeschooling is an option. To ensure you comply with state attendance laws, click here. 

Comment with your questions or insight below! We look forward to talking with you more!

Contact Us:
Fort Polk Progress
PO Box 1191
Leesville, LA 71496