Boys soccer playoffs: Grace King rallies from 1-0 halftime deficit to beat Denham Springs 3-1

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Denham Springss Andrew Finley kicks the ball away from Grace King's Carlos Lopez in a Division I second-round playoff game Thursday night at DSHS.

With a crudely bandaged cut above his right eye and his team trailing 1-0 at halftime, Grace King center back Almedin Tursunovic had one message for the Fighting Irish. “Play our game.” And with his team’s back against the wall and its feet still shaky from playing on the unfamiliar artificial turf, Tursunovic orchestrated a season-saving,… Continue reading →

Brusly enters state wrestling tournament with different label -- underdog

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --   Brusly's Austin Franklin jumps on the back of De La Salle's Raekwon Thomas in the 132-pound final at Brusly's tournament last month.

Brusly has won 11 of the past 12 Division III state titles in wrestling, including four in a row. The Panthers have a new role going into the 2016 Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Wrestling tournament — underdog. The major role reversal and a new host site for the two-day tournament at Bossier City’s CenturyLink Center are… Continue reading →

Girls basketball district playoff for first place in 6-1A tentatively set for Saturday

At first, there were six teams making plans for possible girls basketball tiebreaker games. Now there are only two. White Castle (13-14, 9-2) and Southern Lab (23-5, 10-2) have tentatively set up their District 6-1A playoff at noon Saturday at Brusly. WCHS plays at Ascension Catholic to close out its 6-1A schedule on Friday. A potential tiebreaker game… Continue reading →

Check out the top seeds for the LHSAA state wrestling tournament

Division I 106-pound weight class: 1, Luke Cotton, Brother Martin; 2, Kiefer Fuselier, Sulphur; 3, Clay Celli, C.E. Byrd. 113: 1, Adam Larriviere, Jesuit; 2, Cole Houser, St. Paul’s; 3, Dylan Ames, Comeaux. 120: 1, Steven Shields, Brother Martin; 2, Joseph Dupre, Jesuit; 3, Cameron Carpenter, Catholic. 126: 1, Javarious Jones, Airline; 2, Eli Larriviere, Jesuit; 3, Stephen Rumney,… Continue reading →

Check out the Baton Rouge area prep report: boys and girls basketball results, boys and girls soccer playoff scores, pairings

Boys basketball University 101, Donaldsonville 68 Donaldsonville 15 18 17 18 — 68 University 29 26 19 27 — 101 Scoring — DONALDSONVILLE: Braxton Bernard 24, Jacoby Simon 8, Aaron Julien 8, Jermaine Collier 8, Ronald Wittington 7, Everett Wilson 6, Devon Johnson 3, Jalen Williams 2; UNIVERSITY: Jalen Johnson 32, Wayde Sims 30, John Jones 16, Spencer Mays… Continue reading →

Girls soccer playoffs: East Ascension defeats Dominican 1-0

GONZALES — East Ascension made two big plays, one on offense in the first half and one on defense in the second. Dominican couldn’t find the hero it needed in the wild finish of a tight game. The result was a hard-fought 1-0 win for EAHS in the second round of the… Continue reading →

In Krystal Huggins’ first season as the McKinley girls basketball coach, Panthers on 11-game win streak, one victory away from undefeated district season

Krystal Huggins

Most coaches tell you they are the product of the programs they came from. Krystal Huggins is no exception. That’s why the first-year McKinley girls basketball coach is stressing the same fundamentals she was taught. “There are things you have to do in order to be successful that don’t change,” Huggins said. “Defense and rebounding are… Continue reading →

Ashton Cagnolatti named St. John football coach

Ashton Cagnolatti, St. John football coach

Getting a job as a head football coach on the high school level is a dream come true for Ashton Cagnolatti. The fact that he’ll be coaching his alma mater — St. John of Plaquemine — makes the dream even better for the 30-year-old Cagnolatti. “I’ve talked to a lot of coaches who have told me… Continue reading →

A few minutes with ... Central wrestler Austin Gouedy

Austin Gouedy, Central wrestler

Central’s Gouedy is a defending state wrestling champion in Division II at 106 pounds and has won two straight titles at Baton Rouge’s City tournament. He’s a junior and is seeded second at 106 going into the LHSAA’s State Wrestling tournament that begins Friday at the Centurylink Arena in Bossier City. How did you get involved in wrestling? “One… Continue reading →

Plaquemine boys stave off persistent Tara

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Tara's Tywon Buckley goes in for a layup as Plaquemine's Kirkland Jones defends Tuesday night in Plaquemine.

PLAQUEMINE — Tara’s chances at reaching the state playoffs received a boost this week, and the Trojans put forth a playoff-caliber effort Tuesday night at Plaquemine. The Trojans (8-15, 5-2) were credited with a forfeit win this week over Belaire, a game they lost on the court. Tara turned around and gave District 6-4A leader… Continue reading →

Zachary girls hold off Denham Springs comeback

ZACHARY — The game was a lot like the one the two teams played last month. Zachary built a big lead, and Denham Springs rallied. Only this time, Zachary withstood the challenge and came away with a 58-52 victory over Denham Springs in a crucial District 4-5A girls basketball game Tuesday night. “We were… Continue reading →

McKinley rides strong first half to victory over Dutchtown

DUTCHTOWN — Just before stepping through the doors onto the gym floor at Dutchtown to join his victorious team, McKinley basketball coach Harold Boudreaux wondered out loud. Boudreaux, who was removed as McKinley’s coach three weeks because of an undisclosed incident, returned last Friday after an injunction was granted and guided the Panthers past St.… Continue reading →

Soccer playoffs: Catholic coach Josh McReynolds leery of playing at St. Amant’s The Pit

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- East Ascension girls soccer coach Chris Goodall

It isn’t the “Who” that concerns Catholic High soccer coach Josh McReynolds in the Bears’ second round match in the Division I playoffs — it’s the “Where.” Sure, No. 5 St. Amant is the higher ranked team, and of course the Gators only lost two regular-season games on the way to their first district title since 2002.… Continue reading →

Denham Springs, Zachary girls set to meet again

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Denham's Lexi McMorris grabs a rebound in front of Zachary's Tamia Veal on Friday night during a home game in Denham Springs.

Denham Springs High had to rally to beat Zachary High to keep an impressive girls basketball winning streak alive last month. With the streak still intact, DSHS (25-2, 8-0) travels to Zachary (21-9, 7-1) with two objectives Tuesday night — clinch the District 4-5A title and extend its win streak to 20 games. “The last time… Continue reading →

Glen Oaks names Jack Phillips new football coach

Jack Phillips has spent just two years in Baton Rouge’s high school football ranks. But his experience before coming to Baton Rouge and four years coaching in the area made Phillips the right choice to be the new head football coach at Glen Oaks High. “My first year at Glen Oaks, he was on the staff as an assistant… Continue reading →

Parkview Baptist quarterback Reggie Hayes signs with Navy

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- Parkview Baptist's Reginald Hayes (5) tries to avoid a tackle by University High's Dylan Moses during a regular-season game Oct. 16.

There was no time like the present for Parkview Baptist quarterback Reggie Hayes Jr. to make a college decision. So Hayes, who led PBS to the Division II select state title last fall, signed with Navy during his visit to the school Saturday. “The coaches here remind me so much of the coaches I… Continue reading →

LSU last chance qualifier track meet: Lafayette High pole vaulter Armand Duplantis sets national prep indoor record; Zachary’s Janie O’Connor double winner

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Armand Duplantis of Lafayette won the boys pole vault by clearing a national prep indoor record of 18 feet, 1/2 inch at the LSU High School Last Chance Qualifier meet Saturday at the Carl Maddox Field House

Considering what happened on Saturday at LSU’s Carl Maddox Field House, it might be time to change the name of LSU’s high school last chance qualifier. Lafayette High’s Armand “Mondo” Duplantis set a national high school indoor record while winning the boys vault with an effort of 18 feet, ½ inch to highlight a day that included… Continue reading →

Southern Lab boys, White Castle girls win key District 6-1A games

The prevailing theme in the boys/girls District 6-1A doubleheader between Southern Lab and White Castle was championships. Southern Lab’s boys gained a share of one, while White Castle’s girls are now in a three-way tie for league supremacy. “They’re hungry for it,” White Castle girls coach Tammy Pierce said. “I asked them after the game if they were full.… Continue reading →

Boys soccer playoffs: Patient Lafayette High reels off three straight goals on way to 4-1 victory over Baton Rouge High

LAFAYETTE — Patience paid off for the Lafayette High Mighty Lions. The Lions scored three straight goals to snap a 1-1 tie in an eventual 4-1 win over Baton Rouge High in a first-round Division I boys soccer playoff game Saturday. Sami Aissi scored a pair of goals for the Lions, who will travel… Continue reading →

More prep schools received golden footballs commemorating the 50th anniversary of Super Bowl

As the countdown to the Super Bowl started winding down, four more local schools were able to be part of it through presentations and displays featuring golden footballs that commemorate the 50th anniversary of the NFL championship. Northeast has three golden football, including one for former Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams. The others represent former NHS and Tulane linebacker… Continue reading →

Results from the LSU high school last chance qualifier prep indoor track and field meet

At Carl Maddox Field House Boys Field events High jump: 1, Damon Guidry, Crowley, 6-4. 2, Trymaine Samanie, Thibodaux, 6-2. 3, Brennan Dorsey, Parkview, 6-0. Shot put: 1, Nigel Despinasse, Catholic, 57-2. 2, Kellton Hollins, Zachary, 50-0½. 3, Zechariah Blake, Curtis, 49-11½. Long jump: 1, Christian Miller, Northside, 21-11½. 2, Ja’Juantae Brown, Tara, 21-9¼. 3, Jace Attuso,… Continue reading →

Ben Franklin advances past Cox in boys soccer playoffs; Holy Cross next

Advocate staff photo by RUSTY COSTANZA --  Helen Cox High School's goal keeper, Taher Shalabi, center, saves a goal attempt by Ben Franklin during a playoff match at Ben Franklin in New Orleans, LA, on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016.  On the left is Cox's Jose Cordora and on the right is Franklin's Oliver Kjellgren.

Ben Franklin started the boys soccer playoffs on a winning note Saturday. The No. 11-seeded Falcons advanced to the second round of the Division II playoffs with a 3-1 win over No. 22 Helen Cox on Saturday at Ben Franklin. “It was a great win,” Falcons coach Jose Ferrand said. “These kids played hard.… Continue reading →

Parkview Baptist’s Skyler Goodwin scores 35 points, including nine points in final 2:06, to spark win over U-High

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Parkview's Skyler Goodwin pulls the ball away as University High's Chelsea Verrett goes for a steal Friday night at Parkview.

No one ever questions Skyler Goodwin’s productivity. Parkview Baptist’s 5-foot-8 guard came into the game averaging more than 20 points per game. With the clock winding down and University High slicing into the lead, Goodwin wasn’t just a good option — she was a great one. Goodwin scored nine points in the final 2:06 and finished… Continue reading →

Harold Boudreaux back as McKinley High boys basketball coach after injunction granted — full hearing on Thursday

Advocate staff file photo by JOHN OUBRE -- McKinley boys basketball coach Harold Boudreaux in January 2015

Harold Boudreaux was back on the sideline Friday night as the McKinley High School boys basketball coach, thanks to an injunction granted earlier in the week. The injunction, granted by Judge Timothy Kelley, of the 19th Judicial District, on Tuesday, will allow Boudreaux to coach again this Tuesday when the Panthers travel to Dutchtown High School for… Continue reading →

Michael Bryant, Jason Holliday key Brusly win over Port Allen

PORT ALLEN — Pictures on the gymnasium wall still serve as reminders of Kirby Loupe’s past coaching successes at Port Allen, but the Pelicans wanted to pin a loss on Loupe on Friday night. Instead, Loupe’s Brusly team had its way and never trailed en route to a 52-41 District 6-3A win at Port Allen.… Continue reading →

Episcopal boys soccer team blanks Grant 8-0 in playoff opener

The Episcopal boys soccer team didn’t need the full 80 minutes to earn its ticket to the second round of the playoffs Friday. The No. 9 Knights defeated No. 24 Grant 8-0 in the first round of the Division III playoffs, ending the game in the 64th minute because of the LHSAA’s mercy rule. “It feels good to… Continue reading →

Track and field athletes get another shot at qualifying for the state indoor track meet at LSU’s last chance qualifier on Saturday

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Catholic High shot putter Nigel Despinasse is scheduled to compete in LSU's High School Last Chance Qualifier on Saturday at the Carl Maddox Field House.

Plenty of work goes into competing in a state championship track and field event. Sometimes the meet before the championship event gets overlooked. Not on Saturday. LSU’s high school last chance qualifier gives competitors one last chance to claim a spot in the LHSAA indoor state meet set for Feb. 20. The chance to move… Continue reading →

Parkview Baptist girls basketball team set for another district showdown with University. U-High won the first time 84-82 in overtime

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --   U-High's girls basketball coach Bonita Johnson:

There was little solace in the voice of interim Parkview Baptist girls basketball coach Christina Anderson after her team dropped a heart-breaking 84-82 overtime game to District 6-3A opponent University High. “We played well, but we let that game go,” Anderson said. “They’re anxious to get out there and show the consistency in which… Continue reading →

Private schools, others discuss forming new organization

The immediate takeaway from a Monday meeting that attracted select and nonselect school representatives offered two perspectives. On one hand, guest speaker Paul Rainwater talked about building a new organization for private schools, saying he’ll have the framework ready as soon as May. On the other, there were school representatives who called the meeting an informational… Continue reading →

Dominican girls soccer team edges Baton Rouge High in overtime in first-round playoff game

Eighty minutes was not enough time to settle a first-round girls playoff game between Dominican and Baton Rouge High on Thursday at Pan American Stadium. But 100 minutes were, however, as Marcelle Kepper’s header in overtime gave 11th-seeded Dominican a 1-0 victory over No. 22 seed Baton Rouge High in the first round of the Division… Continue reading →

LHSAA rules Belaire boys team must forfeit games

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Belaire High School  principal Roy Walker.

What was a magical season for the Belaire boys basketball team took a decidedly negative turn Thursday. The LHSAA informed the school it had to forfeit 17 games because of two ineligible players. The Bengals were 18-6 overall and 3-1 in District 6-4A and now are 1-23 and 1-3. Belaire Principal Roy Walker said the school… Continue reading →

Video: Lutcher High alum Dwain Jenkins to be Bulldogs’ new football coach, replacing retiring Tim Detillier

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD ? Dwain Jenkins has been named the Lutcher football coach. Jenkins was the St. James head coach previously.

Whoever said you can never go home again doesn’t know Dwain Jenkins’ story. Jenkins, who led St. James to a Class 3A runner-up finish last fall, is the new football coach at Lutcher. The move to send Jenkins back to his alma mater was announced in a video posted on a St. James Parish School Board site Thursday… Continue reading →

Those signing-day dreams became reality Wednesday at Scotlandville, Southern Lab and Madison Prep

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Signees, just before the start of the college signing day event for athletes Wednesday at Southern University Laboratory School.

The dream was born on recreation league fields. It was nurtured through middle school and high school football games. It came to fruition Wednesday on national signing day and permeated the fiber of three North Baton Rouge schools: Scotlandville, Southern Lab and Madison Prep. “This is something we’ve been talking about and waiting for since we… Continue reading →