Basketball recruiting: U-High’s Wayde Sims commits to LSU; Southern Lab’s Cailain Williams pledges to Lady Tigers

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- University High's Wayde Sims (44) drives past Port Allen's Nigel Allen (31) in the Class 3A quarterfinal boys basketball game, Saturday, Mar. 7, 2015, at Port Allen High School in Port Allen, La.

Some basketball players make a quick decision to commit to a college as soon as a scholarship is offered. That is definitely not the story of University High senior-to-be Wayde Sims, who committed to LSU on Sunday. Sims, the son of former LSU player Wayne Sims, was offered a scholarship by the Tigers during his freshman season… Continue reading →

Bonine not expecting any movement this week with LHSOA as national convention meets in New Orleans

There will be no rapid LHSAA response to the impasse with the Louisiana High School Officials Association, Executive Director Eddie Bonine said. The LHSAA is focused on its role of hosting the National Federation of State High School Associations Summer meeting that runs Sunday through Thursday in New Orleans. Talks between the LHSAA and LHSOA to forge a… Continue reading →

McDonogh 35 rules 7-on-7 tournament at East Ascension

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- John Ehret's Tyron Williams reaches for a pass against McDonogh 35 in the Adidas 7v7 State Championship on Saturday at East Ascension High School.

GONZALES — McDonogh 35 quarterback Sidney Wilson was tired of people asking him what the Roneagles had ever won. He has an answer for them after Saturday. Wilson and the rest of the skill players from McDonogh 35 were crowned the first Louisiana 7v7 champs after defeating John Ehret 26-4 in the finals… Continue reading →

Louisiana Softball Coaches Association all-state team

Class 5A Pitchers: Ali McCoy, Dutchtown, Jr.; Jessie Watts, East Ascension, Jr.; Amanda Holliday, Live Oak, Sr.; Tanner Wright, Sam Houston, Jr.; Gabby Sharp, St. Amant, Sr. Catchers: Ella Manzer, Alexandria, So.; Jaden Accardo, Denham Springs, So.; Bria White, Dutchtown, Sr.; Molly Simpson, Natchitoches Central, Sr.; Addison Roark, Ouachita, Jr. Infielders: Hope Vezinat, Dutchtown, Sr.; Claire Weinberger, East Ascension,… Continue reading →

Lutcher, QB Jontre Kirklin shine at 7-on-7 state championship event

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Lutcher quarterback Jontre Kirkland (13) throws a pass during the Airo 7v7 Louisiana State Championships, Friday, June 26, 2015, at East Ascension High School in Gonzales.

GONZALES — Friday brought Louisiana high school football one step closer to crowning its first 7v7 state champion as 29 teams from around the state competed at the Adidas 7v7 Louisiana State Championship at East Ascension’s Spartan Stadium. About 600 players, mostly from the southern part of the state, showed up to play a… Continue reading →

Adidas 7-on-7 high school football tournament set for Gonzales this weekend

Football season doesn’t start for another few months, but an unofficial state championship will be on the line this weekend at the Adidas Statewide 7v7 Championship in Gonzales. Almost 30 teams from around the state will meet at East Ascension High School’s Spartan Stadium on Friday and Saturday for the chance at becoming the first 7v7 Louisiana state… Continue reading →

Southern Lab’s Cailain Williams gives Kittens strong presence around basket, on the wing

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Southern Lab sophomore Cailain Williams goes up for layup as coach Henry Combs watches Wednesday at the school's gym.

Southern Lab girls basketball player Cailain Williams rolls her eyes every time someone mentions her nickname, “Geico.” She doesn’t like it, but unfortunately it’s become the way people identify her as the name has seeped outside the basketball program into the school’s general population. It even reached a point last season where her father made shirts… Continue reading →

Dutchtown quarterback Jared Sparks finds Southern Mississippi to his liking

Advocate file photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Dutchown quarterback Jared Sparks looks downfield against East Ascension in a 2014 game.

Despite his relative lack of starting experience, Southern Mississippi saw enough promise in Dutchtown quarterback Jared Sparks to issue the rising senior a scholarship. Less than a week later, Sparks took part in the Golden Eagles’ camp and felt compelled to call the Hattiesburg, Mississippi, school home for the next four to five years. Sparks, who will be Dutchtown’s… Continue reading →

Notebook: East Ascension coach Keragan McCready, Parkview Baptist’s Nicky Dawson receive major honors

East Ascension strength and conditioning coach Keragan McCready and Parkview Baptist softball player Nicky Dawson each claimed significant honors. Dawson and St. Thomas More baseball standout O’Neal Lochridge received the inaugural Louisiana Softball and Baseball Player of the Year awards from Marucci Sports. McCready and the Spartans were awarded the Strength of America Award from the National Strength and… Continue reading →

LHSAA: Officials likely to walk out in 2015-16 after negotiations reach impasse

Was it a sign of the times when LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine called a news conference Tuesday afternoon? Perhaps. As far as the Louisiana High School Officials Association is concerned, “sign” is the only operative word — as in principals signing contracts with the LHSOA for the upcoming season. Bonine announced at the news… Continue reading →

Zachary center Kellton Hollins steps to forefront as leader

Kelton Hollins, Zachary football player

ZACHARY — The end of a grueling conditioning run for Zachary’s football team was near when senior center Kellton Hollins reached out to aid a wobbly teammate. The Broncos were setting up to run the 15th of 16 “gassers” — a stretch where players run from one sideline to the other and back —… Continue reading →

Marc Brown named Brusly football coach

Brusly High hired Marc Brown as its football coach Tuesday. The move is a reversal of field for the 39-year-old Brown, who was hired to be East Iberville’s head coach in March. He spent the 2014 season as the offensive coordinator for Class 3A state champion Livonia after being an assistant at Brusly, another 3A school, in… Continue reading →

Fambrough: Eddie Bonine confident deal can be reached with prep officials

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine and school officials face some important decisions when they meet Monday and Tuesday.

Is no news good news? That’s the latest word from Executive Director Eddie Bonine on the LHSAA’s attempts to stave off a “job action” by members of the Louisiana High School Officials Association. “There have been some good meetings,” Bonine said. “I met with (LHSOA President Paul LaRosa) on June 8 and then I met with the superintendents… Continue reading →

Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association All-State teams

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Catholic's Ross Massey  will be the starting pitcher when the Bears take on Denham Springs in Game 1 of their Class 5A quarterfinal playoff series Friday.

Louisiana baseball coaches association Class 5A Pitchers: Jack Burke, Jesuit, Sr.; Bailey Holstein, Denham Springs, Sr.; Andrew Lowe, Airline, Sr.; Kyle Griffen, Sulphur, Jr.; Clay Rikard, West Monroe, Jr.; Kyle Backofen, Airline, Jr.; Shane Saizan, Chalmette, Sr. Catchers: Evan Pace, Zachary, Sr.; Dustin Duhon, Sam Houston, Sr. Infielders: Josh Smith, Catholic-BR, Jr.; Grant Schulz, Holy Cross, Jr.;… Continue reading →

Louisiana soccer coaches association all-state teams

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Catholic High's Joshua Campbell kicks the ball away from St. Amant's Steven Saucier during a Jan. 14 game at the Burbank Soccer Complex in Baton Rouge. Catholic High won, 1-0.

LSSCA All-State team Louisiana soccer coaches association all-state teams Division I FIRST TEAM Alex Caswell, Acadiana; Salvador Colin, Acadiana; Kade Kling, Acadiana; Chad Usry, Captain Shreve; Joshua Campbell, Catholic-BR; Zachary Boothe, Denham Springs; Camden Hilliard, Denham Springs; Jack Laforge, Jesuit; Chase Rushing, Jesuit; Michel Fleurant, Lafayette; Briggs Bourgeois, St. Amant; Eric Guin, St. Paul’s; Colin Hanley, St. Paul’s;… Continue reading →

Father’s Day 2015: Football’s the family business — and then some — for Bucky and Guy Mistretta

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Livonia coach Guy Mistretta poses with his father, Bucky

Guy Mistretta vividly recalls the day his career choice prompted a fiery exchange with his father. “I can remember the first time I told him I was switching my major to education,” the Livonia High football coach said. “He told me I was nuts and said, ‘You really need to think about this.’ And that’s when I… Continue reading →

Madison Prep's Malcolm Roach gets third SEC scholarship offer

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern lab quarterback Bladrick Veal looks downfield as he is chased out of the pocket by Madison Prep's Malcolm Roach (11) and Bryan Jones.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Madison Prep defensive lineman/tight end Malcolm Roach got a scholarship offer from Arkansas.on Saturday. It is the thid SEC offer in the last two weeks for the senior-to-be. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound senior-to-be was offered a scholarship as the Razorbacks wrapped up the final day of their prospects camp. Roach said wide receivers coach Michael Smith extended the scholarship… Continue reading →

Lafayette High pole vaulter Armand Duplantis named Gatorade Louisiana Track & Field Athlete of the Year

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND --  Lafayette's Armand Duplantis clears 16 feet, 2 inches at the LHSAA State Indoor Track meet Saturday at  LSU's Carl Maddox Field House. Duplantis later set a state record by broke  cleared 16-9.50

CHICAGO — Armand Duplantis of Lafayette High School has been named the 2014-15 Gatorade Louisiana Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year. Duplantis is the third Gatorade Louisiana Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year to be chosen from Lafayette High School. His older brother, former LSU competitors Andreas Duplantis, was the… Continue reading →

One day at LSU was all Caleb Roddy needed to realize his dream

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Scotlandville running back Delmas Holmes is caught from behind by Denham's Caleb Roddy as Brennan Wall (44) assists on the tackle Friday at Denham.

DENHAM SPRINGS — Caleb Roddy kept staring at the dying cell phone in his massive right hand, anxiously waiting on either a call or text message from LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron. Roddy had just completed what he believed to be a solid showing in LSU’s first summer football camp, one he thought could… Continue reading →

Sulphur pitcher Kale Breaux named Mr. Baseball

Advocate file photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND --  Sulphur Kale Breaux posted a 9-1 record with a 0.75 ERA and two saves.

Sulphur High pitcher Kale Breaux doesn’t have the size or sizzle of most top high school baseball pitchers but more than made up for it with command, control and deception. Breaux went 9-1 with a 0.75 ERA and two saves. He allowed one unearned run during the regular season. In 75 innings, he struck out 125 and… Continue reading →

Farm Bureau/Mr. Baseball winners

Winners of the Louisiana Farm Bureau/Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Mr. Baseball award. 1996: Joe Lawrence, Barbe 1997: Chucky Son, Parkview Baptist 1998: Aaron Lowe, Parkway 1999: Nick Bourgeois, Barbe 2000: Austin Nagle, Barbe 2001: Austin Nagle, Barbe/Jonathan Zeringue, E.D. White 2002: Greg Smith, Alexandria 2003: Matt Greenwich, Parkview Baptist 2004: Ben Soignier, West Monroe 2005: Beau Jones, Destrehan 2006:… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area football players make commitments

Advocate photo by BRAD KEMP --  Livonia's Patrick Queen has received a scholarship offer from Tulane.

Temperatures always heat up in June. And so does college football recruiting. Donaldsonville High lineman Tyarise Stevenson committed to Tulane on Saturday, becoming one of the area’s most recent commitments. The 6-foot-4, 320-pound Stevenson plays offensive tackle and defensive tackle. In a tweet the senior-to-be said, “I want to thank God, my coaches, family & all the… Continue reading →

Sam Houston star Tanner Wright named LSWA’s Miss Softball

Tanner Wright’s first year in the circle didn’t produce many good times. Five years later, a dominant year pitching for Class 5A state champion Sam Houston has earned Wright the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Miss Softball award. The annual award honors the Louisiana’s top high school softball player in all classifications. The junior started every game… Continue reading →

Miss Softball winners

Past winners 1996: Ashley Lewis, Central 1997: Ashleigh Ivey, Barbe 1998: Micah Barbato, Lafayette 1999: Mandy Mullins, Sacred Heart-VP 2000: Sarah Meadors, Denham Springs 2001, 2002: Beth Provost, Teurlings Catholic 2003: Britni Bowen, Sterlington 2004: Leah Heintze, St. Amant 2005: Kellie Eubanks, St. Amant 2006, 2007: Ashley Brignac, John Curtis 2008: Lauren Crane, Vandebilt Catholic 2009: Lauren Wilson, Belle… Continue reading →

LSWA All-State Track and Field Team

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Zachary's Janie O'Connor, right, owned the top times in the 100 (11.52) and 400 meters (54.86) on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-State team. She had the second best time in the 200.

Louisiana Sports Writers Association all-state track team. Compiled by Bruce Brown for the LSWA Boys Track events 100: 1, Donte’ Jackson, Riverdale, 10.30. 2, Dontrelle Allen, East St. John, 10.33. 3, Edward Davis, Karr, 10.42. 4, Kirk Merritt, Destrehan, 10.45. 5, Raymond Calais Jr., Cecilia, 10.57. 200: 1, Donte’ Jackson, Riverdale, 21.21. 2, Corrieon Mosby, Natchitoches Central, 21.35. 3,… Continue reading →

Shamblyn Gabehart named Dunham baseball coach

Former Parkview Baptist assistant baseball coach Shamblyn Gabehart was already planning to return to the Baton Rouge area after three seasons at South Terrebonne. Whether Gabehart would coach in 2016 was in question — until Tuesday. That’s when The Dunham School announced that the 36-year Gabehart had been hired as the school’s Director of Baseball Operations/head baseball coach.… Continue reading →

Denham Springs defensive lineman Caleb Roddy commits to LSU

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Scotlandville running back Delmas Holmes is caught from behind by Denham's Caleb Roddy as Brennan Wall (44) assists on the tackle Friday at Denham.

Denham Springs defensive end Caleb Roddy became LSU’s 12th commitment for its 2016 on Monday afternoon. The 6-foot-5, 241-pound Roddy committed to the Tigers at of LSU’s offensive/defensive lineman camp. Roddy wasn’t the only District 4-5A lineman to commit to a major football power. Zachary offensive lineman Kelton Hollins committed to TCU during a combine camp held at… Continue reading →

Denham Springs defensive lineman Caleb Roddy commits to LSU

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Scotlandville running back Delmas Holmes is caught from behind by Denham's Caleb Roddy as Brennan Wall (44) assists on the tackle Friday at Denham.

Denham Springs High School defensive lineman Caleb Roddy became LSU’s 12th commitment for its 2016 class on Monday afternoon. The 6-foot-5, 241-pound Roddy committed to the Tigers on the first day of LSU’s offensive/defensive lineman camp. LSU was the 32nd school to offer Roddy a scholarship and he quickly accepted. “I’d like to thank every school that… Continue reading →

Standout University High point guard Skylar Mays to transfer to Findlay Prep in Las Vegas

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- University High's Skylar Mays (1) drives down the court flanked by Port Allen's Grover Harrison (22) in the Class 3A quarterfinal boys basketball game, Saturday, Mar. 7, 2015, at Port Allen High School in Port Allen, La.

Before Monday’s morning workout point guard Skylar Mays and his parents came to see University High boys basketball coach Joe Spencer. “All I really knew was that Skylar had gone on an unofficial visit to UNLV,” Spencer said. Mays soon told Spencer and the U-High team of his plans to transfer to… Continue reading →

O’Neal Lochridge, E.C. Delafield outstanding players on Class 4A baseball, softball teams

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  - St. Thomas More Cougar's O'Neal Lochridge is safe at third base as Neville Tiger's Dixon Houston takes the throw in a Class 4A semifinal playoff game. Locridge was selected the Outstanding Player on the Class 4A all-state team.

After leading their teams to state titles, St. Thomas More’s O’Neal Lochridge and North DeSoto’s E.C. Delafield headline the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 4A All-State teams for baseball and softball. Lochridge was voted the Outstanding Player on the baseball squad after helping the Cougars win their second straight 4A crown. He batted .454 with 12 home runs… Continue reading →