Versatile linebacker A.J. Fletcher defensive catalyst for St. Michael

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- St. Michael's Ashton

In his last game, St. Michael the Archangel senior A.J. Fletcher had 12 tackles, kicked a 48-yard field goal and scored his first varsity touchdown with a 1-yard run in a 23-14 victory over Loranger. The modest Fletcher said he’s had better games. He had a school-record 26 tackles against Broadmoor as a sophomore and kicked a… Continue reading →

Notre Dame trying to keep focused on Catholic-NI

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  - Catholic-New Iberia's Seth Pierre picks up yardage in the first half against Teurlings Catholic during the Kiwanis Jamboree.

CROWLEY — Notre Dame coach Lewis Cook said he has had one crazy week of practice leading up to the showdown Thursday with Catholic High of New Iberia. The Pios will be without five starters Thursday following a violation of Notre Dame’s personal conduct policy. One who will be absent from the lineup is starting… Continue reading →

A few minutes with ... Olivia Huffman

Olivia Huffman, The Dunham School, swimmer Huffman is a sophomore who won the 200-yard individual medley in 2 minutes, 24 seconds and the 100 freestyle in 58.43 in a Capital City Swim League meet last weekend. How did you get involved in swimming? “I danced and I played… Continue reading →

Thursday football capsule

Erath vs. St. John 7 p.m. at Plaquemine’s Canova Stadium RECORDS: Erath 1-3; St. John 0-4 LAST WEEK: Erath beat Franklin 21-20; St. John lost to North Vermilion 32-8. PLAYERS TO WATCH: ERATH: RB Elijah Mitchell, QB Ben LeBlanc,… Continue reading →

State prep football leaders

Here are Louisiana’s high school football statistical leaders through four weeks of the regular season as submitted by local newspapers from across the state and compiled by Ron Brocato. Season 127-1,004, Derrick Guillory,… Continue reading →

Volleyball report

Baton Rouge High 3, Scotlandville 0 Baton Rouge High 25 25 25 Scotlandville 9 9 20 Team leaders: BATON ROUGE HIGH: Sameera Mohomad (4 kills, 7 digs, 4 aces, 14 assists), Maria Morgan (4 kills, 7 digs, ), Megan Morgan (9 kills,11 digs,2 aces);SCOTLANDVILLE: Dawantae Tolbert (6 blocks), Justice Coleman (3 kills, 7 digs). Team records: Baton Rouge High 18-7, district 2-1; Scotlandville… Continue reading →

Notre Dame trying to keep focused on Catholic-NI

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  - Catholic-New Iberia's Seth Pierre picks up yardage in the first half against Teurlings Catholic during the Kiwanis Jamboree.

CROWLEY — Notre Dame coach Lewis Cook said he has had one crazy week of practice leading up to the showdown Thursday with Catholic High of New Iberia. The Pios will be without five starters Thursday following a violation of Notre Dame’s personal conduct policy. One who will be absent from the lineup is starting… Continue reading →

Carencro’s Gabe Duffy flourishing in new role as DB

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP  Carencro defensive back Gabe Duffy moves past teammate Kendarius Poullard during Wednesday's practice.

Barbe was on the cusp of cutting Carencro’s halftime lead in half to a touchdown, reaching the Bears red zone for the second straight drive in Friday’s District 3-5A football opener. On the previous series, Carencro’s defense stuffed a fourth-down run at the 2-yard line and were back on their heels once again, trying to protect a… Continue reading →

Taylor trying to rebrand image

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND --  White Castle running back Dontrell Taylor: I see me breaking more tackles and getting more of those extra, hard yards. I feel like Iā€™m still at that scat back role, but I see me progressing more as the season progresses.'

There’s more to Dontrell Taylor than meets the eye. At 5-foot-8, 150 pounds, the White Castle High School running back feels he’s been unfairly labeled as a “scat” back, primarily using his speed to break around the edge. And by running a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash, it isn’t hard to see why. But this season,… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge prep report

VOLLEYBALL Baker 3, Lee Magnet 0 Lee Magnet -- ā€‚7 ā€‚9 ā€‚7 Baker High -- 25 25 25 Team leaders: BAKER: D. Fisher (7 aces, 1 kill), M. Davis (5 aces), C. Bell… Continue reading →

Megan Marchand determined in latest comeback

Megan Marchand closed her right eye in attempt to apply make up during a 2013 summer vacation. But as she tried to look at herself in the mirror through her left eye, she couldn’t see her face. “I thought I had sand in my eye or it wasn’t anything serious,” Marchand said. So she brushed it… Continue reading →

A few minutes with ... Pierce Hill

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Catholic High's Pierce Hill finished fourth in the Bayou Boogie Invitational last month.

Pierce Hill, Catholic High, cross country runner How did get involved in running? “Well, it’s always been a big part of my family. My mom runs marathons and my sister Annie (of St. Joseph’s Academy) started running before I did. I didn’t have much of running career until the summer before my freshman year. I wasn’t too serious about… Continue reading →

In the Spotlight

Amber Ferguson, Denham Springs cross country runner

Cross Country Amber Ferguson, Denham Springs By the numbers: Ferguson was the top local girls finisher at the Battlefield Cross Country Festival on Saturday at the Port Hudson historic site. She placed fourth with a three-mile time of 20 minutes, 32.7 seconds, finishing 26 seconds behind the individual winner. What the numbers mean: The performance was a solid… Continue reading →

Acadiana prep report

FOOTBALL Week 5 schedule Games start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise listed. Thursday Catholic-New Iberia (5-2A) at Notre Dame (6-3A) Erath (6-3A) vs. St. John-Plaquemine (8-1A) at Plaquemine’s Canova Stadium Friday Acadiana (3-5A) at Barbe (3-5A)… Continue reading →

Addie Vidrine supplies offense to power Ascension Episcopal

Ascension Episcopal School’s offense overpowered a Breaux Bridge volleyball squad that struggled executing plays Tuesday night in a 25-15, 25-15, 25-11 victory. Gators coach Jill Braun said the match went well after she switched up the lineup to improve the offense. “We know Breaux Bridge is usually a strong team, and so we wanted… Continue reading →

Ascension Episcopal’s Ja’Ciery Linzer a surprising rising star

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Ascension Episcopal School's Ja'Ceiry Linzer practices with the team Tuesday in Youngsville. Linzer leads the state with 754 yards -- more than double the second-leading rusher -- and 11 touchdowns -- five more than anyone else.

YOUNGSVILLE — If someone said he knew Ascension Episcopal’s Ja’Ciery Linzer would lead the state in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns after four weeks of the season, his credentials would probably be questioned. But that is exactly what Gators coach Michael Desormeaux said he expected from his junior running back going into… Continue reading →

Improving Parkview stays at No. 7 in LSWA poll

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Parkview's quarterback Reginald Haynes tries to get pass Catholic's Trevell Johnson during the season opener on Friday, September 5, 2014 at Parkview.

The scoreboard may tell one story about a Parkview Baptist football game, but the Eagles must ultimately ask themselves one question afterward. Did we get better today? The refrain has originated from first-year coach Jay Mayet and trickled down to staff members and more importantly, the players in the process-oriented program. “Our message is the… Continue reading →

LSWA football polls

The Louisiana Sportswriters Association prep football polls include team records, points received and previous ranking. First-place votes are in parenthesis. CLASS 5A Team , Rec. , Pts. , Prv. 1, Rummel (12), 4-0 , 144 , 1 2, Destrehan , 4-0 , 127 , 2 3, Byrd , 4-0 , 119… Continue reading →

The Advocate football Top 10s

Class 5A-4A 1, Catholic (3-1): Yes, the Bears lost to top-ranked Rummel. Unlike a year ago when they lost to the Raiders to a wide margin Catholic showed it should be in the conversation about the 5A elite. 2, Plaquemine (4-0): Playing without QB D’Morea Wicks, the fifth-ranked went on the road to 3A power Jennings and won a… Continue reading →

Duplechein sisters power St. Amant past rival EAHS

GONZALES — Sisters Alli and Maggie Duplechein had 10 kills each to help lead St. Amant to a 3-0 volleyball victory over East Ascension on Monday night in the Division I, District 3 opener for both teams. Another pair of sisters, Kara and Kourtney Gremillion, help keep two-thirds of the St. Amant starting lineup… Continue reading →

The Advocate’s volleyball top five polls

Division I-II 1, St. Joseph’s Academy (20-1): The Redstickers avenged their lone loss to New Orleans rival Mount Carmel to win their own tourney. The record speaks for itself. 2, St. Amant (13-7): The Gators proved their mettle again SJA tourney and beat rival East Ascension in district play in district play Monday night. 3, East Ascension (13-7): Spartans… Continue reading →

In the spotlight ... Charles Brooks and Madison Daigle

Football Charles Brooks Woodlawn By the numbers: Brooks accounted for 290 yards of offense in a 28-21 victory over the top-ranked team in Class 4A, Warren Easton. Brooks ran for 160 yards and two touchdowns and also passed for 130 yards and two more TDs. What the numbers mean: Brooks shook off any issues from a minor concussion suffered… Continue reading →

St. Thomas More leads strong Acadiana contingent in LSWA polls

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye --    STM's  (7) Tiger Bech runs for extra yarsd at Cougar Staduim on Friday night Sept 19, 2014.

This week’s Class 4A state rankings have a thick Acadiana accent to them. And it starts at the top. For the first time in recent memory St. Thomas More (4-0) has risen to the summit in Class 4A, making short work of tradition-rich Evangel Christian Academy 56-19 on Friday. The Cougars, who received six first-place… Continue reading →

Prep roundup: Parkview loses in volleyball tourney semis

Parkview Baptist advanced to the semifinals, leading the local contingent at Woodlawn High’s Rumble in the Jungle volleyball tournament completed Saturday night at WHS. The Eagles finished 3-0 in pool play, beating eventual tourney runner-up Fontainebleau along the way. PBS then went on to beat St. John 2-1 in the quarterfinals before losing 2-1 to eventual tourney… Continue reading →

5-5A teams to battle New Orleans teams

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- McKinley coach Robert Signater.

It’ll be Baton Rouge’s District 5-5A against the New Orleans area in Week 5 of the high school football season. Fifth-ranked Catholic High, Dutchtown, St. Amant and McKinley all are set to play nondistrict games against New Orleans area teams to close the first half of the regular season. A week after top-ranked Rummel (4-0) ousted… Continue reading →

St. Joseph’s beats Mount Carmel to win Red-Hot Sticker Classic title

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  St. Joseph's Academy's Sydney Davis hits the ball against Mt. Carmel in the Red Hot Sticker Classic on Saturday at SJA.

St. Joseph’s Academy and Mount Carmel Academy renewed their rivalry in the final of the SJA Red-Hot Sticker Classic on Saturday, and this time St. Joseph’s prevailed in three sets, 25-22, 18-25 and 15-10. The match brought the Redstickers record to 19-1, with the lone loss coming at the hands of Mount Carmel. The Cubs’ record is… Continue reading →

Roundup: St. Amant holds off Lutcher in high-scoring affair

LUTCHER — St. Amant High outlasted Lutcher High in a shootout, claiming a 31-28 nondistrict road victory Friday night. Both teams totaled 400-plus yards and the lead changed four times in the game. Tyler Dixon completed 20 of 26 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns for Class 5A St. Amant (3-1), one to Ethan Babin and the other… Continue reading →

Roundup: Cross country, swimming events held

JACKSON — Catholic High and Alexandria’s Holy Savior Menard won the team titles for the second straight year at the Battlefield Cross Country Festival on Saturday at the Port Hudson Historic site. Menard had the top individual finisher in Mallory Robichaux and finished with 32 points to lead the girls division. Catholic’s Pierce Hill… Continue reading →

Off to 1-0 league starts, Teurlings, Breaux Bridge to square off Friday

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP Breaux Bridge wide receiver Javin Derousselle hauls in a pass for a 77 yard touchdown during their game against Notre Dame at Gardner Memorial Stadium in Crowley, La., Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014.

Two of the three teams that shared last year’s District 5-4A championship — Breaux Bridge and Teurlings Catholic — are set for a midseason showdown. Teurlings (3-1, 1-0 in 5-4A) will make the short trip down the Breaux Bridge Highway, armed with a three-game win streak and one of the Acadiana area’s top passers in Cole Kelley,… Continue reading →

Red-Hot Sticker Classic report

At St. Joseph’s Academy Red Pool Friday: Notre Dame def. Episcopal 25-21, 25-20 ; U-High def. St. Amant 25-20, 20-25, 16-14; SJA def. Episcopal 25-10, 25-15; St. Amant def. Notre Dame 23-25, 25-18, 15-6; SJA def. U-High 25-16, 25-17. Saturday: St. Amant def. Episcopal 25-15, 25-21; SJA def. Notre Dame 25-17, 25-2; Episcopal def. U-High 27-25,20-25,15-7; SJA def. St.… Continue reading →

Prep report for Saturday, Sept 27

Swimming Capital City Swim League At Crawfish Aquatics pool Meet 1 Girls Team totals: 1, Dutchtown 469. 2, St. Michael 212. 3, The Dunham School 208. 4, Walker171. 5, West Feliciana, 143. 6, St. Amant 137. 7, Brusly 108. 8, Christian Life 67. 9, Runnels, 37. 10, Plaquemine High School, 1. Top individuals 200-yard medley relay: 1, Dutchtown… Continue reading →

Volleyball schedule

Here’s a schedule of volleyball contest scheduled for the Baton Rouge area from Sept. 29 to Oct. 4. Monday St. Amant at East Ascension, 4 p.m. Zachary at Baton Rouge High, 4 p.m. St. Amant at East Ascension, 4 p.m. Pope John Paul II at Parkview Baptist, 4 p.m. St. Michael at… Continue reading →

Prep football scores

Football Saturday’s games East Jefferson 30, Helen Cox 27 Grace King 19, Lake Area Tech 16 Peabody 51, Block 30 Friday’s scores Albany 8, Varnado 6 Amite 41, Belaire 0 Ascension Catholic 55, False River 6 Broadmoor 48, Walker 46 Brother Martin 35, East… Continue reading →

How Louisiana’s ranked teams fared

LSWA polls fared Here’s how the teams ranked in the LSWA’s football polls fared in Week 4. CLASS 5A 1, Rummel (4-0) beat Catholic 17-14 2, Destrehan (4-0) beat Terrebonne 42-17 3, Byrd (4-0) beat Mansfield 42-8 4, Ponchatoula (4-0) beat Mandeville 28-19 5, Catholic-BR (3-1) lost to Rummel 17-14… Continue reading →

Week 5 football schedule

Week 5 schedule Games start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise listed. Thursday Local area Erath (6-3A) vs. St. John-Plaquemine (8-1A) at Plaquemine’s Canova Stadium Acadiana Catholic-New Iberia (5-2A) at Notre Dame (6-3A) Southeast Slidell (6-5A) at Covington (6-5A) Northshore (6-5A) at Ponchatoula (6-5A) St. Paul’s… Continue reading →

Acadiana football schedule

Games start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise listed. Thursday’s games Acadiana Catholic-New Iberia (5-2A) at Notre Dame (6-3A) Erath (6-3A) vs. St. John-Plaquemine (8-1A) at Plaquemine’s Canova Stadium Friday’s games Acadiana (3-5A) at Barbe (3-5A) Carencro (3-5A) at Comeaux (3-5A) Sam Houston (3-5A) at Sulphur (3-5A) Lafayette (3-5A) at New Iberia (3-5A) Beau Chene… Continue reading →

Woodlawn shocks Warren Easton 28-21

Warren Easton marched into Woodlawn looking to remain perfect, but the Panthers scored late in a back-and-forth contest to upset the visiting Eagles 28-21. Warren Easton (3-1) had made a name for itself as a high-scoring squad— and was nationally ranked — after three games. After downing St. Amant, West Jefferson and Carver by a combined score… Continue reading →

Brother Martin prevails over East Ascension

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- The East Ascension football team takes the field Friday before its home game against Brother Martin.

East Ascension and Brother Martin played a game of copycat for most of Friday’s matchup. Crusaders quarterback Jake Broggi throws a 63-yard touchdown pass? Spartans quarterback Kyran Irvin responds with a 64-yard TD toss just a few plays later. But Brother Martin came out on top, holding on for a 35-26… Continue reading →

Port Allen defeats West Feliciana

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  West Feliciana's kicker Christopher Palm kicks a field goal against Port Allen Friday, September 26, 2014 at Port Allen High School.

Having started district play by losing to West Feliciana last season, Port Allen made sure the same thing would not happen for a second year in a row. Propelled by an opportunistic defense and a sound rushing attack, the Pelicans opened District 7-3A with a 30-14 win over the Saints. “We felt like we had a good… Continue reading →