July 31, 2018

Policemen VS Preachers Basketball Tournament

On Saturday July 28th the Bogalusa Police Department held a Policemen VS Preachers basketball  tournament at the Bogalusa High School Gymnasium. Approximately 1 year ago Chief Kendall Bullen and Rev. R.L. Palmer of the St. Paul AME Church got into a conversation about having a basketball game  involving the BPD officers. Rev Palmer suggested a game with local preachers playing against the BPD.

*Photograph* Tournament champions L-R   Marcus Rosa (Westside Emmanuel
Baptist Church), Fredrick Seal (ROCTS Ministries), Caleb Martin (Bens Ford
Baptist Church), Chief Kendall Bullen, Drew Galloway (1st Pentecostal
Church) and Mark Morelock (Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church)  Not shown Brandon
Willis (United Faith Pentecostal Church). 

During the 1st meeting, it was discussed that the event will be a fund raiser with a small admission fee, half of the proceeds going to the Bogalusa High School and the other half going to the National Night Out Against Crime sponsored by the BPD that will take place on October 2nd. After reaching out and inviting all the pastors in the Bogalusa area, there was an overwhelming response with approximately 28 preachers that had an interest in playing. What was supposed to be 1 basketball game turned out to be a tournament of 4 teams of preachers and 2 teams of BPD officers.

On July 19th a meeting was held with the preachers at the Bogalusa City Hall where their names were  drawn to make up the 4 teams. The teams picked their colors which consisted of black, red, green, yellow and BPD in Blue.

On the Day of the Tournament, there was a great turnout of spectators. The teams played single elimination games with the final championship game being between 2 teams of preachers.

The tournament champions consisted of the preacher team of Marcus Rosa of Westside Emmanuel Baptist Church, Fredrick Seal of ROCTS Ministries, Caleb Martin of Bens Ford Baptist Church, Drew Galloway of 1st United Pentecostal Church, Mark Morelock of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church and Brandon Willis of United Faith Pentecostal Church.

Chief Bullen said this was a successful day and would like to thank all that helped and sponsored the event.  Also would like to thank Mt Hermon Web TV for providing video coverage of the ball games.

Video of the games will be available soon!

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