Hooks and Leaders Fishing Rodeo able to roll in Fourchon | Sports activities

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South Lafourche High School has one of the best cheerleading programs in the state of Louisiana – a program that consistently wins in competitions across the state and the Southeast.

This weekend, locals have the opportunity to give back to the program while enjoying some time at Sportsman’s Paradise.

The Tarpon Cheer Hooks & Leaders Fishing Rodeo takes place on Friday and Saturday at Moran’s Marina in Fourchon. The annual rodeo benefits the Tarpon cheerleaders.

Speaking to The Gazette this week, Captain Alaina Ashmun and co-captains Allie Bossier, Atalin Guidry, Jesi Savoie and Abbi Collins said they are excited to host the 2021 event and would like to invite the community to join in the fun throughout the event a good time to spend the weekend.

The Hooks & Leaders Rodeo was held this past October but was far smaller than normal due to COVID crowd restrictions.

“I’m looking forward to working for our Cheer Fishing Rodeo this coming weekend,” Bossier said. “I can’t wait to see our sponsors there enjoying what we have worked so hard to achieve with their generous donations.”

There is something for everyone at the Hooks & Leaders Fishing Rodeo.

Of course there is fishing – this starts at 00:01 on Friday and lasts until Saturday afternoon, with the weighbridge open from 14:00 to 18:00 every day. There are several adult and children’s inshore and offshore categories and divisions.

Inside the air-conditioned tent, live music will be played with Monkey Fist on Friday from 8pm to midnight and Russ Cheramie on Saturday from 12pm to 3pm and DJ Dallas to wrap up the show.

On Saturday there will be a cornhole tournament at 11:00 am and a live auction at 7:00 pm

There will also be a dive booth, ax throwing, food and drinks, a half/half raffle and a Jambalaya cook-off – all in the air-conditioned tent.

“I would tell the locals that our annual rodeo this year is going to be better than ever,” Savoie said when asked what she would say to people to come to the event. “We hope to see everyone there.”

When the weekend is over, the Tarpons’ sole focus will be banging on the mats and trying to perfect their craft.

South Lafourche competes annually in regional, statewide and even national competitions at the highest level in the state – a reputation they have earned over several years of notoriety.

The pandemic has changed the face of the sport over the past season as many competitions have been held virtually and practice time has been limited.

“Last year was crazy and very stressful,” Collins said.

But this year the team is looking to get back to that and earnings for the weekend will be crucial in helping the team with their expenses throughout the season.

“We will work hard in the coming school year to bring our community home a UCA national championship,” Bossier said. “It would be a great way to give back to such a great and generous community.”

“My goals for this season are for the seniors to come out of this program better than we found it,” added Guidry. “Keep the legacy alive. I want to do better in every competition than in previous years. I want to finish 1st at Regionals, Top 2 at State, and at least Top 3 at Nationals. But my big goal is to bring those White Jackets home at Nationals!”

Collins said it will be amazing to see the community support this coming weekend. After a whole year of cancellation it will be great to have a bit of normalcy.

“This will be one of the first times that something is truly back to normal,” Collins said. “Last year our rodeo was in October and not many people came. This year we will have our tent, several different games and I know a lot of people will come to enjoy the weekend. It feels so good that all of these events are finally going back to normal.”

Ashmun agreed, saying seeing the community support motivates her and her teammates to work hard on the mat every day to try to achieve all of their goals.

“The work we put in at Cheer Gym every day makes the difference for every single girl,” Ashmun said. “Due to the hard work of every single member of the squad, I am confident that we will have a successful year. I look forward to what we will achieve this year and I believe the sky is the limit.”