Madison Prep tops Northside to win tourney

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Madison Prep's Brandon Sampson collides with Northside's Brandon Ellis in the Madison Prep Classic Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014.

Madison Prep used its length, strength and balance to wear down Northside and win its Madison Prep Classic on Saturday in the MPA gym. The Chargers won the championship game 66-51 in just under an hour. It was their second win in two nights over a Lafayette area team after defeating Lafayette High in the semifinals Friday.… Continue reading →

Fambrough: Redemptorist’s shuttering costs Baton Rouge a meaningful aspect of its sports history

Redemptorist coach Guy Mistretta and running back Brent Grimes embrace after winning the Class 3A state final in Shreveport, La., Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005. (AP Photo/The Times, Robert Ruiz)

Who doesn’t love a story about the underdog who somehow rises from the ashes like a Phoenix and then soars to new heights? Sadly, that can’t be Redemptorist’s story any more. The Baton Rouge Diocese’s decision to close the 67-year-old school June 30 came as a surprise to some, but not to others. There was a sharp decline… Continue reading →

West rolls past slow-starting East in LHSCA all-star football game

SHREVEPORT — By the time Manny Miles and the East offense got rolling Saturday, the deficit was too big. The East scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns and had chances at more, but the West cruised to a 24-14 win in the Louisiana High School Coaches Association All-Star game at Independence Stadium. The West defense sacked… Continue reading →

Red Stick Bowl set for Olympia

Some of the Baton Rouge area’s top senior football players are set to end their high school careers with Sunday’s U.S. Army Red Stick Bowl. The annual all-star game set for 2:30 p.m. at Olympia Stadium features the Black Knights and the Rough Riders. Talent for the teams is dispersed through a draft. Both squads are eager… Continue reading →

Roundup: Scotlandville, U-High win, to meet Monday

Scotlandville’s basketball team has “a lot of new faces in new roles,” coach Carlos Sample said. Sample’s Hornets learned two valuable lessons Saturday night in defeating John Curtis 48-37 in the second round of the Country Day Classic in Metairie. Scotlandville (11-2) weathered a ragged first half and utilized a 14-0 run during a span of… Continue reading →

Prep notes: LHSAA committee seeks lawyers/firm

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s executive committee continues to accept “Requests for Proposals” for attorneys or a law firm to handle the association’s legal services. Those interested should go to lhsaa.org and download the RFP form and complete it. Forms must be sent to the attention of interim LHSAA Executive Director Jimmy Anderson by Dec. 30. All… Continue reading →

Prep report

Boys basketball Lutcher 65, Terrebonne 59 Lutcher 15 9 17 24 — 65 Terrebonne 9 13 17 20 — 59 Scoring — LUTCHER: T. White 18, B. Taylor 18, J. Winngate 10, A. Davis 9, E. Baldwin 4, E. Robertson 4, T. Maddie 2; TERREBONNE: M. Wolf… Continue reading →

Sumner girls edge Walker

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Jewel Sumner's Kiara Williams tries for a steal against Walker's Keeona Brown in the Lady Cat Invitational on Friday night in Walker.

WALKER — The stage was set for the host team to claim a dramatic win. Walker High called its last two timeouts with 13.4 seconds left to set up the final play. The Class 5A Wildcats got off two solid shots, including an outside jumper by Baylie Stears with 2.1 seconds remaining. Neither… Continue reading →

Fast start pushes Madison Prep past Lafayette

Madison Prep broke from the gate like a team with a purpose to run up an early lead against Lafayette and held the Lions at bay the rest of the way to put itself in the final of its Madison Prep Classic on Friday night. The Chargers took a 12-3 lead in the early game and… Continue reading →

U-High cruises, Scotlandville wins

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- University Lab's Maxwell Starwood scored 16 points in the Cubs' 83-24 win over Warren Easton in the Country Day Classic on Friday.

University Lab senior forward Maxwell Starwood committed to Tulane in November. On Friday, Starwood made the trip from Baton Rouge to his future college residence for the first time since that commitment. He wasted little time giving the folks in New Orleans a sneak peek of what he can do in the Cubs’ opening-round… Continue reading →

LHSCA All-Star game primed to go

SHREVEPORT — The return of the Louisiana High School Coaches Association All-Star football game didn’t happen a year ago. The East and West squads practiced for three days, only to have weather conditions cancel the game. There was rain once again Friday, but organizers are vowing to play the game set for 1 p.m.… Continue reading →

Prep report for Friday, Dec. 20

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Walker's Treasur Mansur drives  to the basket as Jewel Sumner defender Kiara Williams reaches in to knock the ball loose Friday in the Lady Cat Invitational at Walker.

Boys basketball Belaire 79, Broadmoor 77 Belaire 17 11 20 31 — 79 Broadmoor 5 18 16 38 — 77 Scoring — BELAIRE: T. Johnson 29, T. Johnson 21, R. Lewis 14, T. West 6, Z. Besant 5, B. Percy 3, J. Robillard 1; BROADMOOR: Devin Carlin 33, Malik Jackson 13, Brian Smith 10, Darnell Wilson 8, Patrick Hale 5, Travis Knighton 4, Anthony Dry 4. 3-Point Goals — Belaire: 5… Continue reading →

Faculty, alumni react to Redemptorist closing

Redemptorist girls basketball coach Valencia Wilson was preparing for a Friday night game when she was called into a faculty meeting. Along with 24 other faculty members, Wilson was told the Roman Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge plans to close the school on June 30. Though she was shaken by the news, Wilson said her goals… Continue reading →

Sean Weatherspoon’s comments get Saints’ attention

Sean Weatherspoon is going to miss Sunday’s Falcons-Saints game with a season-ending Achilles’ tendon injury. Judging from his Twitter account, the Atlanta linebacker seems excited about this NFC South matchup at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis certainly had a lot to say about it earlier this week, offering your Falcons a funeral. Weatherspoon responded on Twitter:… Continue reading →

Host Madison Prep, Lafayette teams win tourney openers

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Port Allen's Nigel Allen goes in for a layup against Northside in the Madison Prep Classic on Thursday.

The second day of the Madison Prep Academy Classic turned into an infomercial for Lafayette Parish basketball. Lafayette High, Northside and Lafayette Christian all advanced to form three-fourths of the inaugural event’s semifinal bracket. While Lafayette High and Lafayette Christian Academy enjoyed double-digit wins — the Lions defeating Hamilton Christian 71-47 and the Knights outdistancing McKinley… Continue reading →

U-High offensive tackle E.J. Oglesby looks forward to LHSCA all-star game

University High offensive tackle E.J. Oglesby said his journey has been a substantial one since his first varsity start three years ago. “It was against Live Oak, and I was terrified,” Oglesby said. “I was playing left tackle next to Garrett Brumfield, and he was getting on me. I remember driving down to the goal line and… Continue reading →

Claude Coleman new Belaire football coach

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- New Belaire coach Claude Coleman

Former Capitol coach Claude Coleman was hired as the football coach at Belaire on Thursday. “The big thing for me is getting the chance to build something,” Coleman said. “I’ve had some experience turning programs around before, so that part of it is not new to me. What I am excited about is being at a school… Continue reading →

Prep report for Thursday, Dec. 18

Boys basketball CHEF 68, Wilkinson County 61 CHEF 16 12 15 25 — 68 Wilkinson County 10 23 17 11 — 61 Scoring — CHRISTIAN HOME EDUCATORS FELLOWSHIP: Will Campbell 16, Colyin Petry 16, Antonio Thomas 11, Cody Williamson 10, Jacobe Lee 6, Josh Slocum 5, Chaz Morgan 4; WILKINSON COUNTY CHRISTIAN: Hutch Holden 23, Colton Nettles 16, Caleb Pool 14, Joshua Leger 8. 3-Point Goals — CHEF 6 (Campbell 4,… Continue reading →

North Louisiana teams claim major Class 1A all-state honors

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.

North Louisiana’s Haynesville and Ouachita Christian School of Monroe claimed state football titles and honors on the 2014 Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 1A All-State team. There were some notable individual honors for players from Baton Rouge, the New Orleans area and the Acadiana areas. Haynesville’s Golden Tornado won the 1A state title for… Continue reading →

Denham Springs blanks Live Oak

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Live Oak's Darin Alleman kicks the ball away from Denham Springs' Craig Hodges during Wednesday night game at Live Oak.

LIVE OAK — Denham Springs High is putting together a sterling boys soccer season, and the Yellow Jackets maintained their winning ways Wednesday evening at Live Oak. Even so, after staying undefeated in Division I, District 4, with a 3-0 win over the Eagles, Yellow Jackets coach Chris Thorne was unimpressed with the effort.… Continue reading →

Host Madison Prep, Port Allen win tourney openers

The first two games of the inaugural Madison Prep Academy Classic couldn’t have been more polar opposite. Port Allen had to rally down the stretch in the opening game to remain undefeated, clipping Tara 63-58, while host Madison Prep overwhelmed Amite 96-41 in Wednesday’s finale. “We just gutted it out,” Port Allen coach Brandon Ricard said.… Continue reading →

St. Michael’s Chris Reid to fill two roles in Red Stick Bowl

St. Michael’s Chris Reid will play defensive back and punter in Sunday’s U.S. Army Red Stick Bowl set for 2:30 p.m. During the 2014 football season, Reid averaged more than 42 yards per punt and set a school-record with a punt of 71 yards. Throughout his career, he’s averaged 40 yards per punt. He credits his yearly… Continue reading →

Woodlawn football coach Brett Beard hired as the new football coach at Live Oak

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Woodlawn football coach Brett Beard.

Brett Beard quickly built a reputation by turning the Woodlawn High football program around in just two years. Now the former Vanderbilt and Southeastern Louisiana offensive lineman is turning his attentions to another local Class 5A school. Beard was named head football coach at Live Oak High on Wednesday, ending a two-week search process. “It’s really… Continue reading →

Prep report for Wednesday, Dec. 17

Boys basketball Madison Prep Classic At Madison Prep Wednesday’s results Port Allen 63, Tara 58 Halftime: Tara 31, Port Allen 31 Leading scorers: Port Allen: Ishmael Lane 26, Nigel Allen 17, Jordan Morgan 11; Tara: Keidrick Stewart 16, Paul Johnson 14. Madison Prep 96, Amite 41 Leading scorers: Madison Prep – Christian Thompson 13, Brandon Sampson 12, Kobe Julien… Continue reading →

Southern Lab runs away from West Feliciana

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND --  Southern Lab's Sheldon Carroll scores two of his 21 points against West Feliciana Tuesday night at Southern University's Seymour Hall.

First-year Southern Lab basketball coach Devan Clark was hoping to fortify his already talented roster with additional help from the Division IV state runner-up football team. Because of injuries to several of those players, Clark will have to wait to bolster his team that didn’t need any further help in running away from West Feliciana 84-51 on… Continue reading →

Red Stick Bowl: Black Knights offensive linemen complete package

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Woodlawn footbal coach Brett Beard.

Knowledge, precision and power make a lethal combination for an offensive line. After two days of practice, Black Knights head coach Brett Beard of Woodlawn and offensive line coach Gabe Fertitta of Catholic said their line has all three of those skills. “We got some kids that can flat-out play,” Beard said. “We got some that… Continue reading →

Madison Prep boys, Walker girls hosting basketball tournaments

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Madison Prep boys basketball coach Jeff Jones and his team will be hosting the Madison Prep Classic, which runs Wednesday through Saturday.

Madison Prep’s Jeff Jones wants to host a big boys basketball tournament, but is starting small. Walker High’s Korey Arnold has taken things to the opposite extreme with his school’s girls tourney.… Continue reading →

Prep report for Tuesday, Dec. 16

Boys basketball Catholic-PC 63, Algiers Tech 53 Algiers Tech 13 16 11 13 — 53 Catholic-Pointe Coupee 18 17 9 21 — 63 Scoring — ALGIERS: K. Griffin 13, B. Roche 10, B. Osbey 9, J. Salen 7, H. Barnes 6, H. Hills 6, J. Royal 2; CATHOLIC-POINTE COUPEE: A. LaCour 21, S. Guidroz 14, T. Pichon 9, J. Lee 9, L. Patin 8, K. Bourque 2 3-Point Goals — Algiers… Continue reading →

Players report for Red Stick Bowl practice

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- St. Michael quarterback Jeffrey Vaccaro (7) launches a pass downfield Friday against Plaquemine at Doug Williams Stadium.

There was no title-game hangover for four Livonia High School players who reported for Monday’s U.S. Army Red Stick Bowl practice. Running back Malcolm Dedrick, defensive back Diante Bridgewater, receiver Stephen Guidry and linebacker Bryce Jones all reported for practice with the Rough Riders of St. Michael the Archangel coach Paul Varnado. “You never… Continue reading →

Catholic’s Aaron Wiltz changes commitment to N.C. State

Catholic High School offensive lineman Aaron Wiltz

Central Florida and North Carolina State won’t meet to decide the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl until Dec. 26. However, N.C. State chalked up a pregame victory when Catholic High School offensive lineman Aaron Wiltz changed his commitment from UCF to the Wolfpack on Monday.… Continue reading →

Donaldsonville holds off Dutchtown

DUTCHTOWN — Free-throw shooting has been a work in progress for Donaldsonville High School, so coach Lionel Gilbert challenged his team to improve last week. The results weren’t perfect Monday night, but Donaldsonville (4-4) made 8 of 12 free throws in the fourth quarter as it held off Dutchtown for a 52-49 win… Continue reading →

New year, new story as Livonia claims the Class 3A state championship with a 43-14 win over Amite

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- From left, Livonia's Kendrick Paul, 4, Bryce Jones, 3, and Stephen Guidry, 7, celebrate winning the 2014 Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA High School Football Playoffs in their division  at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Saturday, December 13, 2014.

In his first year, Guy Mistretta came through on his promise to the Livonia High School family. A year after they fell in the state championship game, 2014 was a different story for the Wildcats: They stormed past Amite 43-14 to capture the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Class 3A state championship Saturday afternoon. “I’m just really proud of… Continue reading →

Livonia’s Cee Jay Powell makes dream become reality

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACHAmite's Josh Perry tries to tackle Livonia's quarterback Cee Jay Powell  during the Class 3A state finals on Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Sperdome.

Two days before the Class 3A title game Cee Jay Powell had a dream. “It’s hard to explain, but it always happens to me before games,” Powell said. “I’ll dream about a play I can make or something. “All I saw were people in the stands and they were celebrating something. But I didn’t know… Continue reading →

New LHSAA executive director Eddie Bonine excited about the maintenance of the association

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- The new LHSAA Executive Director, Eddie Bonine answers questions during a press conference before the 2014-15 Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Saturday, December 13, 2014.

There were smiles all around as the Louisiana High School Athletic Association finally got to introduce its new executive director, Eddie Bonine. The fact that Bonine, executive director of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association for eight years, had been hired was not a secret. That was confirmed earlier in the week. But Saturday’s news… Continue reading →

Fambrough: New LHSAA director Eddie Bonine has a lot of work ahead of him

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH From left new LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine greets Richard Smith and Mitch Small during his introductory news conference Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Cue the music from a classic TV show from the 1960s or ’70s. “Good morning, Mr. Bonine. Your mission, which you have chosen to accept, is one that won’t require manual labor. But it does call for some serious heavy lifting. Things may get emotional and heated. Surrender should never be an option, but compromise must be. Good… Continue reading →

University beats Belaire to win Kinsley Tournament

University High basketball coach Joe Spencer tried crafting a predistrict schedule that would raise the level of his team’s play once the season’s stakes increase. With the Cubs, the reigning Class 3A state champions, in the final of their first tournament of the season, they were more than up to the task with a 65-35 victory… Continue reading →

Red Stick Bowl players meeting set Sunday

Players scheduled to compete in this week’s U.S. Army Red Stick Bowl all-star football game must report for an organizational meeting at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Woodlawn High. Red Stick Bowl co-director Dennis Lorio said all players for the Black Knights and Rough Riders should bring their signed participation slips to the meeting. Practice for the two teams begins… Continue reading →

Prep report

Basketball tournaments Louisiana Bayou Classic Home School Tournament Boys Pontchartrain Christian Athletics 73, CHEF 27 Halftime: PCA 50, CHEF 13 Leaders: PCA: Payton Welch 14, Matthew Thomas 12, Devin Jones 12, Luke Maehler 10 CHEF 79, Baton Rouge Home School Athletic Association 22 Halftime: CHEF 40 Baton Rouge Home School Athletic Association 12 Leaders: CHEF: Colyn Petry 15, Cody… Continue reading →

Defense leads way for Acadiana

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --   Destrehan quarterback Marquise Darensbourg is stacked up by the Acadiana defense during the fourth quarter of the Class 5A State Championship Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Acadiana won 23-7.

The Class 5A state final could have been a cleaner played game for both sides, especially in the first half. In the first quarter, Acadiana High School’s Donavin Soloman tripped on a lineman’s feet on what would have been a sure touchdown. Instead, just a 17-yard gain. Two drives later, Kevin Moore fumbled on the Destrehan… Continue reading →