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Episode 12 - Cody and Adam relive Sulphur plus baseball playoffs and Ben Haddox

Adam Hunsucker of The News-Star joins host Cody Futrell to talk about the LHSAA Softball championship tournament in Sulphur. Hunsucker also dives intot he 3rd round of the LHSAA baseball playoffs and the recent recruiting penalites against Wossman High School. The duo also discuss the recent ULM logo change of many and the baseball season for the Warhawks. Ben Haddox of Cedar Creek School stops by later to talk about his time as CCS football coach and recently deciding to hand over that...


Episode 11 - Road to Sulphur (NELA Preps Plus)

Special Preview Podcast featuring all area teams is now up for your listening pleasure. Cody Futrell and Byron D Avery​ Breakdown all the area matchups in Sulphur for the teams in the softball state tournament plus hear interviews with West Monroe coach Amy Daigle, Sterlington coach Jennifer Hickman​ and Cedar Creek coach Julie McConathy Riser​. The Road to the state championships has begun!


Episode 10 - Dale Brown and the world of college basketball

For our special 10th episode we sit down with Hall of Fame coach and LSU legend Dale Brown. Brown talks about his entire HOF career including being the winningest coach in LSU basketball history and the first coach to ever make the Final Four as a No. 11 seed (Loyola-Chicago became the fifth ever this year). Also hear the first time he ever met Shaquille O' Germany. That and much more!


WM Lady Rebel Soccer Season in Review

West Monroe travels to No. 3 St. Scholastica for the quarterfinals of the LHSAA DIvision I girls soccer playoffs. It is only the 3rd time in the more than 50 year history of the school that girls soccer team has reached the third round of the playoffs. Cody Futrell talks to coach Chris Barron about the 20 win season and the rise of a program that made huge strides under previous coach Trey Long and is now in position to make its deepest playoff run in history.


Episode 9 - Jesse Burnette

Host Cody Futrell sits down with legendary NELA high school basketball coach Jesse Burnette of Carroll High School to talk about the 40 plus years Burnette has coached. Burnette is a 4x state champion and grew up in the shadow of NBA great Elvin Hayes in Rayville, LA before playing with and coaching with ULM most winningest coach Mike Vining. Burnette tells some interesting stories and gives his recruiting insight into todays game.


Episode 8 - Roy Lang at the Super Bowl & Part 2 with Bill Campbell

On NELA Preps Plus today, Cody sits down to hear stories from Shreveport reporter Roy Lang III's experiences covering Super Bowl 52 in which Monroe's own Doug Pederson led the Philadelphia Eagles to the world championship. Also, listen to part 2 of the conversation with former Monroe reporter turned New Orleans Saints and later Texas Rangers reporter Bill Campbell as he tells of the time Alex Rodriquez told him he wanted out of Texas. Also, did Bill or anybody have a clue that steriod use...


Episode 7 - Part I with Bill Campbell former News-Star, New Orleans Saints and Dallas Morning-News Sports Reporter

Former Monroe reporter Bill Campbell who later covered the Texas Rangers, News Orleans Saints, MLB, NBA and major college sports in a long career in sports joins host Cody Futrell to talk about Monroe native Doug Pederson in the Super Bowl, his memories of covering then-Northeast Louisiana football during a 1987 championship season and a crazy press conference during the Super Bowl in the 1980s. Part 2 coming Monday, Feb. 5.


Episode 6 - LHSAA Convention plus more with Ken Trahan & Adam Hunsucker

Host Cody Futrell talks LHSAA Convention and split solutions with Ken Trahan of Crecent City Sports. Trahan has been a legendary fixture of talk radio across the state for decades and also covers pro sports in New Orleans as well as being in charge of the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame. Adam Hunsucker of The News-Star also stops by to talk about his front row seat at the 2018 LHSAA Convention in Baton Rouge. Hunsucker also comments on the rise of former NLU/ULM quarterback Doug Pederson...


Episode 5 - Roy Lang and area prep basketball

Hosted by Cody Futrell Cody talks about the area district basketball races and who could be a serious state championship contender. Later, Roy Lang III joins Cody to talk about his career at the Shreveport Times and all the great national events he has covered plus the future of the Independence Bowl in North Louisiana and the Saints going forward plus much more.


NELA Preps Plus - The Career of Lonnie Cooper (Franklin Parish Coach) & Saints talk w/ John Hendrix

Cody Futrell sits down with former LA Tech star and former ULM/West Monroe High assistant coach Lonnie Cooper. Cooper is now head coach at Franlin Parish and has over 20 years experience teaching local youth the game of basketball as well as a pro career in Europe. Cody also talks to John Hendrix of WDSU and SB Nation about the epic Saints playoff game in Minnesota as well as the future of the franchise.


NELA Preps Plus - Will Blackwell

Cody Futrell talks with former West Monroe and LSU lineman Will Blackwell about topics ranging from new LSU offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger to his time playing for Les Miles and the crazy high school football recruiting process and much more in another exciting episode of the NELA Preps Plus podcast.


NELA Preps Plus - LSU & More (1-11-18)

Cody Futrell is back with the hottest high school sports talk and more. Today, Cody is joined by several guests including Andrew Lopez of and the Times-Picayune. Lopez talks LSU football coaching changes and the latest on LSU men's basketball and its SEC winning streak. Barry Sebren stops by to talk about the strange coaching situation at Bastrop with Adrian Burnette and how a similar situation was put on him a few years ago at Franklin Parish. West Monroe boys basketball caoch...


NELA Preps Plus - Our Very First Podcast (Jan. 10, 2018)

Host Cody Futrell talks some of the hot topics in high school sports in Northeast Louisiana. Cody is joined by good friend Adam Hunsucker of The News-Star newspaper in Monroe, LA. Cody and Adam discuss the bizarre coaching changes at St. Fred and the on-and-off again relationship between Bastrop coach Adrian Burnette and the Morehouse Parish School Board. Also, fallout from the Don Redden Memorial basketball tournament and how the Rayville Hornets might be poised to go undefeated in 2A...