2019 Battle for the Paddle, Chili, Demon Basketball and Family Fun

By Kevin Shannahan

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Northwestern State University’s Prather Coliseum was the place to be Jan. 26 as the NSU men’s and women’s basketball teams faced off against the Southeastern Louisiana University. The busy day featured basketball action, performing spirit groups, and a chili cookoff. The Lady Demons defeated the SLU Lions 58-47 in a hard fought, physical contest that kept the fans on their feet cheering. The Demon men fell to the Lions 69-53.

The Battle for the Paddle has become an eagerly awaited annual tradition in Natchitoches. The popular chili cookoff featured 10 teams this year, including several local businesses, the Natchitoches Police Department, community groups and The NSU football team’s offensive line. Hungry Demon fans thronged the hallways of Prather where they sampled the various teams’ chili and voted for their favorites. The event is a popular fundraiser for the Demons Unlimited Foundation. The Foundation assists the NSU Athletic Department in a number of ways, including financing athletic scholarships. This year’s competition was won by local author Harvis “Junior” Johnson, the NSU football team’s offensive line and City Bank also placing in the competition. The Natchitoches Parish Journal is donating the event’s photography. Copy protection is off and anyone may download any they wish. If you do see a photograph you like, please consider a donation to the Demons Unlimited Foundation. Let’s help a few young men and women get through college!


Junior Johnson- Judge’s Choice

City Bank – People’s Choice Award

NSU Football O-Line – 2nd Runner Up
Maglieaux’s- 1st Runner Up

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