Catholic High, Walker among Baton Rouge-area teams in the 5A, 4A LHSAA baseball playoffs

When he left Central High following a Thursday loss, Walker High coach Randy Sandifer thought his team’s baseball season was over. Less than 72 hours later, the emotions were quite different. The Wildcats (16-18) found out they made the Class 5A playoffs as a No. 32 seed. WHS is now set to face top-seeded Sulphur (30-2) on… Continue reading →

Class 5A baseball pairings to be released Sunday, other classes Tuesday

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Denham Springs' Reese Pourciau bats against Zachary in a game earlier this month.

All but two LHSAA sports have entered their respective postseasons, and that is about to change. The LHSAA kicks off its baseball playoffs by announcing the pairings for Class 5A teams Sunday afternoon. Playoff teams in the other six classes will be finalized Tuesday. Set for Friday and Saturday are the LHSAA’s State Gymnastics meet and Fast Pitch 56… Continue reading →

Redemptorist baseball team adds luster to Emerald Park

It was one of those surreal moments that remain etched in your memory. After the Redemptorist baseball players emptied a water cooler on top of coach Daniel Jewett, following a 10-0 victory over The Dunham School on Friday night, there was another encounter near second base. Jewett greeted Sammy Rispone with a hug. Rispone, who played on Redemptorist’s first… Continue reading →

LHSAA commissioner Eddie Bonine working on panel to address issues

An LHSAA news release stated that Executive Director Eddie Bonine is moving closer to formulating a task force designed to address the organization’s select/nonselect school issues. The brief news release said that a number of head coaches, principals and various other LHSAA-affiliated individuals have been invited to join the group. A meeting is tentatively planned for late May. Those… Continue reading →

Prep report for Saturday, April 25

Baseball schedule Sunday St. John at False River, 2 p.m. East Iberville at Ascension Christian, 4 p.m. Doyle at Dunham, 5 p.m. Monday Family Christian at Ascension Christian, 4 p.m. St. John at East Iberville, 4 p.m. Houma Christian at Maurepas, 4 p.m. Southern Lab at Port Allen, 4 p.m. False River Academy at Runnels, 4… Continue reading →

Redemptorist finishes 6-2A unbeaten and wins final regular-season home game

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --   Redemptorist's Caleb Nunez pitches against Dunham for their last home baseball game Friday, April 24, 2015.

Conventional wisdom says you don’t empty the water cooler on the coach after a regular-season game. The flood of emotions that came after Redemptorist powered its way past The Dunham School 10-0 in a District 6-2A baseball game played Friday dictated it. So the Wolves doused coach Daniel Jewett as parents and students shot video and photos.… Continue reading →

St. Amant moves to 26-0, heads to Sulphur

ST. AMANT — With perfection has come a point of no return for St. Amant High School’s softball team. “At this point anything less than perfect would be disappointing because that means you didn’t win a state championship,” St. Amant coach Scott Nielson said. “We’re not looking three games ahead. We’re going to take… Continue reading →

Softball: Denham Springs tops Pineville for 16-13 win

HAMMOND — “It’s going to be a hitter’s game,” Denham Springs High softball coach David Bourque predicted prior to his team’s Class 5A regional round matchup with Pineville High. Bourque was absolutely right. The teams combined for 29 runs, 33 hits, 3 home runs and a parade of base runners. The issue wasn’t decided… Continue reading →

Softball: East Ascension finishes off Walker with eight-run sixth

GONZALES — East Ascension High softball coach Amy Pitre asked her team to score one insurance run to pad a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. EAHS gave her eight runs instead. Sixth-seeded East Ascension topped No. 11 seed Walker 11-1 in Class 5A second-round playoff action Friday at Lady Spartan Park.The… Continue reading →

U-High’s Malik Antoine commits to Stanford

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- University High defensive back Malik Antoine jams St. Louis wide receiver Austin Doiron at the line of scrimmage.

University High defensive back-wide receiver Malik Antoine has committed to Stanford’s 2016 signing class. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Antoine is projected as a cornerback for the Cardinal. He visited Stanford in February. “I just couldn’t pass up a school that excels in academics and athletics the way Stanford does,” Antoine said. “When I went out there… Continue reading →

LHSAA softball playoff report

Box scores Central Catholic 2, False River 0 False River 000 000 0 — 0 Central Catholic 101 000 x — 2 W — Megan Landry. Leaders: Halley Romero (1B), Brooke Lipari(R, 2B), Brittany Longman (1B), Jordan Morvant(1B), Megan Landry (2 RBI) East Ascension 11, Walker 1, Walker 001 000 — 1  4 0 East Ascension 200 018 — 11 16 0 W — Jessie Watts. L — Katelynn McKenzie. Leaders: WALKER: Kelsey… Continue reading →

Prep report for Friday, April 24

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND --   Redemptorist's Lee Whitaker scores the final run in the Wolves' 10-0 win over  Dunham on Frirday.

Baseball Catholic 10 , East Ascension 8 Catholic 280  000 0 — 10 6 2 East Ascension 300 113 0 — 8 12 1 W- Kyle Candilora (6-1). L- Tristan Babin. Sv- Will Hopkins). Leaders: CATHOLIC: Simon Prevot 1-3, 2, 3 RBIs, Hayden Mixon (1-2, 2b, RBI), Bo Branch (1-4 RBI), Cole Johnson (1-2, RBI); EAST ASCENSION: Tristan Babin (3-3, 3B, 2 Runs), Hayden Adams (3-5, 3B, RBI,… Continue reading →

Catholic, St. Joseph’s take 5-5A track titles

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- McKinley's Rakayla Robertson, center, clears the last hurdle before winning the Girls 100 Meter Hurdles event during the District 5-5A track meet at Catholic High Thursday. At left is Baton Rouge High's Danai Metoyer and St. Joseph's Marguerite Poche is at right.

Coaches and athletes took care of the business at hand at the District 5-5A track and field meet at Catholic on Thursday, namely competing for team points and personal records. At the same time, they were aware of the importance of finishing in the top four of each event to qualify for next week’s regional meet… Continue reading →

District 5-5A Track and Field Meet results

Girls Team scores: 1. St. Joseph’s Academy, 165.5. 2. Baton Rouge High, 118.5. 3. Dutchtown, 95. 4. St. Amant, 95. 5. East Ascension, 39. 6. Woodlawn, 28. 7. McKinley, 17. Javelin: 1. Cameron Matherne, St. Amant, 112-06. 2. Morgan Tidwell, St. Amant,… Continue reading →

The Advocate’s All-Metro Girls Soccer team

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Natalie Presedo is the girls soccer MVP, photographed at Baton Rouge High School on Friday, April 17, 2015.

Overall MVP Natalie Presedo Baton Rouge High Junior forward-midfielder Repeats as overall MVP after scoring 36 goals and 21 assists this season. The numbers for goals and assists were both higher than last season. Offensive MVP Brady Moran St. Joseph’s Senior forward-midfielder The co-most valuable player for District 5-1,… Continue reading →

Catholic High holds off East Ascension

GONZALES — With exactly one inning of varsity experience to his credit, Catholic High pitcher Will Hopkins went to coach Brad Bass with a proposal. In an effort to try and crack the Bears’ rotation, Hopkins suggested reinventing himself, transitioning from a traditional over-the-top pitcher to a drop-down, sidearm delivery. With East Ascension breathing… Continue reading →

Prep report for Thursday, April 23

Track and field District 6-2A Boys Team totals: 1, Episcopal 221. 2, Northeast 94. 3, East Feliciana 81. 4, Capitol 63. 5, Dunham 50. 6, Redemptorist 27. Field events High jump: 1, Jeremiah Mayes, EHS, 6-5. 2, Kevin Tripeaux, EHS, 6-3. 3, Torrance Uwagboe, Northeast, 6-1. 4, Sedrick Willis, Capitol, 5-7. Pole vault: 1, Jake Pellegrin, EHS, 12-0. 2,… Continue reading →

District 4-5A meet results

At Broadmoor Girls Team scores: 1. Zachary 201 2. Denham Springs 81. 3. Live Oak 78 4. Walker 77.50. 5. Scotlandville 51.50 6. Broadmoor 45. 7. Central, Baton Rouge 23 Running events 4x200 relay: 1. Zachary 1:42.75. 2. Walker 1:46.76. 3 Denham Springs 1:48.75. 4. Broadmoor 1:50.50. 1600 Meter Run 1 Ferguson, Amber Denham Springs 5:42.87. 2 Rider,… Continue reading →

Prep notebook: Scotlandville’s Ja’Vonte Smart invited to Under-16 USA Basketball training camp

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Scottlandville's Ja'Vonte Smart is congratulated by coach Carlos Sample as he is awarded the MVP in the Class 5A game against Natchitoches Central.

There already were plenty of postseason honors for Scotlandville High freshman Ja’Vonte Smart, a Class 5A all-state selection and the MVP of the 5A title game. Add one more for the 6-foot-3 guard, who has been invited to attend the training camp for the Under-16 USA Basketball squad. The training camp will be held in Colorado Springs… Continue reading →

Plaquemine sweeps District 6-4A titles

PLAQUEMINE — The Plaquemine boys battled Lutcher throughout the District 6-4A track meet before winning the team title Wednesday evening at Green Devil Stadium. It was a similar story for Plaquemine’s girls team. The PHS girls battled St. Michael the Archangel early in the meet before pulling away for their title. All totaled,… Continue reading →

District 6-4A track meet results

Results from the District 6-4A track meet at Plaquemine High School. Boys Team standings: 1, Plaquemine, 127. 2, Lutcher, 105. 3, St. Michael, 75. 4, Tara, 44. 5, Belaire, 22. 4x200 relay: 1, Plaquemine, 1:30.08. 2, Lutcher, 1:30.46. 3, Belaire, 1:33.92. 4, St. Michael, 1:40.04. 1,600: 1, Nicholas Scott, THS, 4:49.25. 2, Reed Callegan, SMHS, 4:56.19.… Continue reading →

The Advocate’s All-Metro girls basketball team

Outstanding Player Jamie Gibson Walker Some players grow up wanting to be a big shot and others, such as Gibson, make them. The 5-foot-10 senior hit two game-winning shots in the playoffs, including one in the semifinals to lead WHS to its first berth in a girls basketball title game since 1979.… Continue reading →

St. Michael rallies for win over Lutcher

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Lutcher's Luke Zeringue is safe at first base under St. Michael's Michael Smith at St. Michael the Archangel High School Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

The swings in momentum in Tuesday’s District 6-4A showdown matching St. Michael the Archangel and Lutcher High were profound from the first inning until the home team’s final plate appearance. St. Michael, ranked fifth in the latest LHSAA power rankings, rallied from a two-run deficit with four unanswered runs over the final two innings in a 5-3… Continue reading →

SOFTBALL REPORT

Tuesday’s linescores Brusly 7, St. Louis 4 St. Louis 002  010 1 — 4 7 3 Brusly 400 012 x — 7 9 5 W — Camryn Comeaux (9-5). L — Mary Guillory. Leaders: ST. LOUIS: Mary Guillory (2-4, HR, RBI, 2 Rs), Da-Sha Petre (2-4, 2 Rs), Alex Hebert (2-4, RBI); BRUSLY: Camryn Comeaux (2-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBIs, R),… Continue reading →

Golf, track and field and baseball report

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  St. Michael's Evan Becnel is the starting pitcher against Lutcher at St. Michael the Archangel High School Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

Boys golf Division I- District III Team scores: 1. Catholic 298, Zachary and Dutchtown 333. 4. St. Amant 351. Medalists: 1. (tie) Triston Elston, Catholic, Logan Leary, Dutchtown, 73. 3. (tie) Will Meyer, Catholic, Pete Mata, Catholic, 74. Track and field District 6-1A At Woodlawn Boys Running Events 4x200 relay: 1. Southern Lab, 1:29.06. 2. Madison Prep,… Continue reading →

St. Amant’s Sharp no-hits Chalmette

Even when you’re the No. 1 seed in Class 5A, a softball playoff rematch can offer an “Oh no” moment. It was a no-no instead for St. Amant High. Gabby Sharp tossed her first playoff no-hitter, striking out four in a 12-0 five-inning victory over No. 32 Chalmette to open the playoffs on Tuesday at Butch Gore… Continue reading →

Zachary tops Central in softball playoff game

ZACHARY — Central High’s softball team took living on the edge a step too far Tuesday evening at the Zachary Youth Park. As a result, Zachary bounced the Wildcats out of the Class 5A playoffs with a 4-1 win. The 19th-seeded Wildcats (15-12) worked out of jams in the fourth and fifth innings, but No.… Continue reading →

The Advocate’s All-Metro boys basketball team

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Brandon Sampson is the boys basketball MVP, photographed at Madison Prep High School Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

Outstanding Player Brandon Sampson, Madison Prep, Sr. Can less really equal more? It did for the 6-foot-5 Sampson, who led the Class 1A Chargers to a state title and earned Louisiana’s Mr. Basketball honor from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. Sampson averaged 15.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists for a Madison Prep team that finished 35-1,… Continue reading →

Prep report

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Archbishop Chapelle's Kelsey Conley swings at the ball against Denham Springs in the Claa 5A first-round game at North Park on Monday, April 20 in Denham Springs.

Softball playoffs First round Class 5A (32) Chalmette at (1) St. Amant, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Butch Gore Stadium (17) Fontainebleau at (16) Barbe, 4 p.m Tuesday (24) Haughton at (9) Pineville, 5 p.m. Monday (8) Denham Springs 6 , (25) Archbishop Chapelle 3, (28) Parkway at (5) Sam Houston, 5 p.m. Monday (21) C.E. Byrd at (12)… Continue reading →

Former Tara basketball coach Larry Grantham dies

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Tara coach Larry Grantham. Photo shot on 12/12/2012, in Baton Rouge, La.. MAGS OUT / INTERNET OUT/ LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC.OUT / GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT OUT / 225 OUT / 10/12 OUT / IN REGISTER OUT/LBI CUSTOMPUBLICATIONS OUT /MANDATORY CREDIT: THE ADVOCATE / JOHN OUBRE/

Longtime Tara High boys basketball coach Larry Grantham died Monday morning following a brief illness. The 60-year-old Grantham coached for 36 years, compiling a 449-443 record. He came to Tara in 1987 and also coached at Holden. Funeral arrangements are pending. “It’s hard to believe,” Zachary High coach Kenny Almond said. “You coach against a guy… Continue reading →

St. John rallies to defeat LaSalle

PLAQUEMINE — Trailing 5-1 after three innings Monday, coach Cynthia Prouty had her St. John softball team gather in front of the dugout with the hopes of lighting a fire to avoid early elimination. “I just told them to keep it close and keep chipping away,” Prouty said. “I told them to don’t give up,… Continue reading →

After playoff drought, Acadiana softball team ready to make some noise

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP Acadiana High softball player Kennedi Smith gets is some batting practice at the school Monday April 20, 2015 in Scott, La..

SCOTT — The Acadiana High School softball program took inspiration in the words of Julie Andrews. The beloved film star of “The Sound of Music” and “Mary Poppins” had been quoted saying “perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” After missing out on the state playoffs for the 19th straight year last season,… Continue reading →

Tough schedule prepares Beau Chene softball team for playoffs

ARNAUDVILLE — Thad Dickey challenged himself. Despite his team having won 25 games, the Beau Chene softball coach had just witnessed his team lose at home in the opening round of the playoffs to No. 20 seed Scholastic 13-7. In the days that followed the stunning upset, the longtime Lady Gators coach knew he needed to… Continue reading →

Brandon Sampson to announce college decision at 10 a.m. Monday

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Madison Prep's Brandon Sampson dunks against Southern Lab on Jan. 23 at Southern University's F.G. Clark Activity Center.

Credit Madison Prep basketball star Brandon Sampson for providing the best curveball of the spring season. Madison Prep coach Jeff Jones contacted media Sunday to announce that the 6-foot-5 Sampson will sign with a college at 10 a.m. Monday at the school. The abrupt decision to sign comes three weeks after Sampson announced he was reopening his recruitment… Continue reading →

Recruiting twist: LSU may win in luring Madison Prep's Brandon Sampson

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Madison Prep's Brandon Sampson scores against Southern Lab at Madison Prep High School Friday, March 6, 2015.

Madison Prep basketball star Brandon Sampson has no problems driving or spinning past opponents on the court. So it should come as no surprise that Sampson could pull off the recruiting version of 180 degree spin move. The 6-foot-5 Sampson, Louisiana’s reigning Mr. Basketball and Class 1A Outstanding Player, is now set to sign at 10 a.m. Monday at the school. My… Continue reading →