Southwood standout Chelsea Tieuel had to wait until near the end of the school year, but The Times All-City basketball player finally landed the Division I scholarship she coveted.
A standout for four years for the Lady Cowboys, Tieuel signed with new UL-Monroe Lady Warhawks coach Jeff Dow and assistant coach Stan Humphries, a former Southwood and ULM quarterback, who recently joined Dow’s staff.
“I’m happy for her, because Chelsea is a heckuva player,” Southwood coach Terry Josting said. “She has the talent and the sky is the limit for her if she continues to work hard. Chelsea deserves the opportunity to play at the next level.”
The only returning starter off Southwood’s 2012-13 Class 5A state championship team, Tieuel averaged 21 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists last season for Josting. The Lady Cowboys won the District 1-5A title (10-0), finishing 23-7 overall, but the No. 8 seed suffered a first-round exit from the LHSAA state basketball playoffs.
“Chelsea can be as good as she wants to be and she’s one of the best players I’ve seen around here in a long time,” Josting said.
“When we need her to, she can step up her game. She can shoot outside or drive and finish.”
Tieuel was getting some looks from junior colleges earlier this year.
Josting to return
After completing his first season at the help of the Lady Cowboys, there was some speculation about whether the veteran coach would return to the sidelines for a second season.
Josting said he has informed principal Jeff Roberts that he will coach the Lady Cowboys against next season.
“He asked me and I was excited to accept the position,” Josting said. “We lost a very good group of seniors, but we have some very good young kids coming back.”
Lady Eagles athletic director Becky Garcie has removed the “interim” label off the coaching status of softball coach Meghan Fisher after the former assistant completed her first campaign running the program.
Fisher replaced Sherilyn Mueller early last fall and led Evangel to a pair of playoff wins and a trip to Sulphur for FastPitch 56. The Lady Eagles gave No. 1 John Curtis all it wanted before falling 3-1 in the state quarterfinals.
The Fair Park 1990s alumni basketball team kicked of its third annual alumni tournament with an 87-85 win over BTW’s 1990s team.
The former Indians will get Bossier (90s-00s) at 3 p.m. today in Fair Park’s gym. Bossier devastated BTW (2000s) 106-79 to reach the semifinals.
The winner will face Fair Park’s 2001 and up squad at 6 p.m. in the championship.