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Captain Shreve vs West Monroe moved to Thursday due to weather

  • Joel Rodgers

The West Monroe Rebels are sick. No… really!

The Monroe television station KNOE is reporting that hundreds of students have missed classes at West Monroe High School this week. If you’re traveling to West Monroe Thursday afternoon, don’t touch anything.

According to Principal Shelby Ainsworth, it began Monday, Nov. 18, with around 400 students out sick because of the flu or flu-like symptoms. Ainsworth says close to 500 students were then out Tuesday.

The 500 absentees make up nearly a quarter of the school’s students. Roughly 2,200 students attend West Monroe High School.

He says some students have tested positive for the flu. An extra nurse has been brought in for testing.

As of Tuesday morning, there are no plans to cancel classes, but they didn’t move their playoff game up one day, not because of the flu, but because of the weather. Heavy rain is expected in the forecast on Friday and the rebels will play host to the Captain Shreve Gators THURSDAY NIGHT AT 7 PM.


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Joel Rodgers

Joel Rodgers joined RSHV News 1 in January 2018 as a reporter/journalist. Prior to joining our team, Joel spent the previous 5 years as a morning show reporter, entertainment reporter, and sports reporter for a local television station. At 6’5”, he's the tallest reporter in the history of Shreveport, but it’s more than just his height that makes this Shreveport native stand out. His editing skills combined with his love for storytelling makes for a creative and talented addition to the RSHV News 1 team. After attending and graduating from Evangel Christian Academy, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern State University. Joel is very active in the Shreveport community having won several competitions in recent years. In 2017, he danced his way to victory in the annual Susan G. Komen event, “Dancing for the Cure." He’s also won the “Mudbug Madness” Crawfish eating contest in back-to-back years and was named the top celebrity chef at the “Louisiana Food Prize” cooking competition. If you have a story idea, news tip, or just want to say "hey" - you can do so by emailing Joel Rodgers at

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