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Columbus grad helps Louisiana volleyball start strong

November 11, 2020 - 00:00
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Columbus High School graduate Hali Wisnoskie has been a dominant performer for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette women’s volleyball team.

The senior outside hitter helped the team to a 15-4 record as of Thursday, when she ranked fourth in kills per set among Sun Belt Conference players.

Wisnoskie was named the conference offensive player of the week in September. She was honored for 18 kills against South Alabama and a then-season high 21 of kills in another win over South Alabama. In the second victory, she led players from both teams in kills and finished with a season-best .452 hitting percentage. She also had seven digs.

Through 19 matches, she had at least 10 kills in 13. She had 11 digs or more in four matches, all when she reached double figures in kills as well.


Darrian Smith is competing for Texas A & M International University. The junior pitcher from Weimar High School previously played for Ranger College.

Brenna Ruether is a freshman catcher for University of St. Thomas. She played for Columbus.


Previously at Rice Consolidated, Jordan Johnson played in three of the first five games for West Texas A & M University. Against Oklahoma Panhandle State in the opener, the senior tight end had a 3-yard touchdown catch, his lone reception. In a win over Angelo State, he had season highs of 13 rushes, 43 yards and two touchdowns. He had 1-yard rushing scores in the second and third quarters.

Concordia University, Nebraska kicker Daniel Cantu averaged 53.5 yards on two kickoffs in a loss to Dordt University. He played for Rice.

Men’s basketball

Another from Rice, Matt Carey is a freshman forward on the Schreiner University junior varsity squad.

Send updates about area athletes to Barbara Boxleitner at jdanddoc@