University High, Parkview Baptist set for semifinal showdowns, with trips to the Superdome on the line

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- University High quarterback Manny Miles (7) is brought down by Port Allen's Zaylon Bellamy (4), Friday, Oct. 17, in Port Allen.

No one is driven by the challenge of playing and winning on the road more than University High football coach Chad Mahaffey. But with the opportunity of hosting Friday’s Division II select state semifinal for a return to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the thought of being home for the Thanksgiving holiday didn’t sound so bad. “With Thanksgiving week, it’s… Continue reading →

Three BR area playoff games pit teams from same district against each other

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Zachary quarterback Lindsey Scott gets off a pass for a touchdown while pressured by Scotlandville defender Deandre Williams.

Northeast High edged rival East Feliciana High 16-14 in a Week 9 showdown. Scotlandville High and Madison Prep wound up on the wrong side of lopsided scores. So is it possible to call Baton Rouge’s three football playoff rematches set for 7 p.m. Friday a “best of” anything let alone three of the best games on the… Continue reading →

No. 1 seeded Plaquemine, Livonia not looking past lower seeded teams

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Plaquemine coach Paul Distefano: 'We’re 11-1 and South Terrebonne is 10-1. I’m telling you they’re 10-1 for a reason. They’re a solid football team. They’ve been able to score a lot of points and so have we. They’re a No. 9 seed, but at this point those numbers don’t matter.'

Plaquemine coach Paul Distefano doesn’t care about rankings. Sure, his Devils are the No. 1 team in the Class 3A nonselect playoffs this season, but none of that matters once they step onto the field against No. 9 South Terrebonne on Friday. It’s the quarterfinals, and it’s a win-or-go-home attitude for the few teams remaining in the… Continue reading →

Playoff football capsules

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- West Feliciana  coach Robb Odom leads his team against defending state champion Union Parish in a Class 3A quarterfinal playoff game Friday night.

Kinder at Springfield Class 2A quarterfinal 7 p.m. at Springfield High RECORDS: No. 2 Kinder 12-0; No. 7 Springfield 9-2 LAST WEEK: Kinder beat Pine 37-6; Springfield beat South Plaquemines 45-22 PLAYERS TO WATCH: KINDER: QB Welles Cooley, RB Taylor Johnson, S Zach Rider; SPRINGFIELD: RB/LB Josh Taylor, QB Milan Love, DE/TE Mark Patterson, LB Jordan Carter.… Continue reading →

Prep report for Thursday, Nov. 28

Boys basketball Team Sportsplex Basketball Tourney Dunham 53, East Iberville 50 St. Paul’s 64, New Iberia 59 Girls basketball Team Sportsplex Basketball Tourney Dunham 46, East Iberville 30 E.D. White 58, West Feliciana 28 Football playoffs Louisiana High School Athletic Association football playoff pairings and results. Seedings listed in parentheses. Game times 7 p.m. unless otherwise listed. Nonselect schools… Continue reading →

St. Michael wins Hornsby Classic

DENHAM SPRINGS — Summer-league basketball games are usually forgotten as soon as the final buzzer goes off. St. Michael the Archangel couldn’t forget its summer game against Denham Springs High. That fact set the stage for a role reversal in the title game of Denham Springs’ Grady Hornsby Thanksgiving Classic. Tourney MVP Jacob Evans scored… Continue reading →

Parkview seniors wants to make impact on this season, future Eagles teams

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Parkview's Houston Robert carries the ball through St. Michael's defense Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 at the Louisiana Leadership Institute.

Football is a sport that exudes the notion that bigger is better. High school teams strive to have a large roster and bigger players. Is it possible for less to equal more? Parkview Baptist football coach Jay Mayet thinks so. The first-year head coach cites his nine-member senior class as a prime example. “This… Continue reading →

Plaquemine’s Joe Keller expanding his horizons

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Plaquemine's Joe Keller knocks over McDonogh 35's Toreano Miner, causing a fumble that Plaquemine was able to recover at PHS Friday, Nov. 14, 2014.

Joe Keller’s story isn’t exactly a new one. Most high schools have a guy like Keller. He’s a talented athlete who decided to focus on one sport — baseball — at an early age. The Plaquemine coaches saw Keller’s potential to excel in football along with baseball. So the fact Keller is a key part of… Continue reading →

Hunter Smith one of West Feliciana’s defensive stalwarts

Photo provided by Heidi Smith -- West Feliciana's Hunter Smith (42) intercepts against Westlake in a Class 3A regional playoff game Friday.

West Feliciana’s defense has held six foes to seven or fewer points this season and faces a tough challenge this week. Sophomore linebacker Hunter Smith is among the defensive standouts for the Saints, who have outscored two playoff foes 84-13. No. 5 West Feliciana (10-2) entertains No. 4 Union Parish (11-1), the defending state champion, in… Continue reading →

Prep report for Wednesday, Nov. 26

Girls soccer Hannan 3, Walker 2 Football playoffs Louisiana High School Athletic Association football playoff pairings. Seedings listed in parentheses. Game times 7 p.m. unless otherwise listed. Nonselect schools Class 5A Quarterfinals (1) C.E. Byrd (12-0) at (9) West Monroe (10-2) (5) Hahnville (8-3) at (4) Destrehan (12-0) (22) Scotlandville (9-3) at (3) Zachary (11-1) (15)… Continue reading →

Quarterback Cee Jay Powell makes quick impression on coach Guy Mistretta

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP Livonia quarterback Cee Jay Powell tries to  Church Point's Trey Babineaux in a Nov. 6 game.

Guy Mistretta hadn’t even been introduced as Livonia’s new coach before he knew Cee Jay Powell was a special player. Before Mistretta walked into the cafeteria to meet his new team in March, Powell made it a point to walk up to the new coach and introduce himself. He was the only player to do so. Later,… Continue reading →

White Castle senior Harold Zachary had faith in young teammates

While there might have been a hint of doom and gloom outside of White Castle’s football program, senior fullback-outside linebacker Harold Zachary was always a beacon of hope. Given the youthful makeup of the Bulldogs this season, a group with only five seniors, some of the skepticism might have been well-founded but never in the eyes of… Continue reading →

St. Michael moves into Grady Hornsby final

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  St. Michael's Jacob Evans drives pass Lutcher's Jontre Kirklin in a Grady Hornsby Classic Tournament semifinal Tuesday night at Denham Springs.

DENHAM SPRINGS — Practice doesn’t always make things perfect so St. Michael the Archangel has used its early schedule to season its younger players. The seasoning was just right Tuesday night at the Grady Hornsby Classic where St. Michael advanced to the tournament final with a 72-54 win over previously unbeaten Lutcher. St. Michael… Continue reading →

Prep report for Tuesday, Nov. 25

Football playoffs Louisiana High School Athletic Association football playoff pairings. Seedings listed in parentheses. Nonselect schools Quarterfinals Class 5A (1) C.E. Byrd (12-0) at (9) West Monroe (10-2) (5) Hahnville (8-3) at (4) Destrehan (12-0) (22) Scotlandville (9-3) at (3) Zachary (11-1) (15) Acadiana (8-4) at (10) Mandeville (9-3) Class 4A (9) South Terrebonne… Continue reading →

Madison Prep set for rematch with Southern Lab

Advocate file photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Madison Prep's Malcolm Roach, left, takes down Kentwood's Shyheim Carter last season.

With its defense peaking at the right time, Madison Prep faces nemesis Southern Lab with a shot at redemption in Friday’s select Division IV semifinal football playoff game at Louisiana Leadership’s Doug Williams Stadium. No. 9 Madison Prep (8-4) eliminated defending Division IV state Vermilion Catholic, the top seed, last week 28-14. The Chargers’ defense forced six turnovers… Continue reading →

Northeast, East Feliciana renew rivalry

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- East Feliciana coach Cedric Anderson surveys the field before his team's matchup against Denham Springs in the Zachary Jamboree at Zachary High School, Friday, August 29.

Ask fans in the Baton Rouge area to list the top high school football rivalries. There’s a good chance that Northeast High vs. East Feliciana High won’t make the cut. But there are reasons why it should, especially since the two District 6-2A teams will add to their storied history together this week. “You’ve had… Continue reading →

St. Michael rallies over Mandeville in tourney

DENHAM SPRINGS — St. Michael the Archangel rallied from an 11-point second half deficit to post a 46-45 win over Mandeville on Monday night to highlight first day action at the Grady Hornsby Thanksgiving Classic. East Ascension opened the tournament with a 54-31 win over Hammond. Lutcher followed with a lopsided 73-29 win over Holden,… Continue reading →

Walker in market for new football coach

Walker High is in the market for a new head football coach/athletic director. WHS Principal Jason St. Pierre confirmed head coach Dwayne Severio’s four-year tenure at the school has ended. “We’re moving in another direction … that’s really all there is to say,” St. Pierre said. “We were 2-18 in the last two years and 7-33… Continue reading →

Three area quarterfinal playoff games involve teams from the same district

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Zachary quarterback Lindsey Scott is brought down by Denham Springs' Zach Stuart, left, and Caleb Roddy in a Class 5A regional round playoff game Friday.

Some football playoff games are automatically deemed a “match made in heaven,” based on the teams’ strength and history. The third week of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s playoffs will be rematch week for the Baton Rouge area. It starts in Class 5A with No. 3 Zachary (11-1) hosting No. 19 Scotlandville (9-3), a… Continue reading →

Catholic boys, St. Joseph’s Academy girls surge to state swimming titles

Clayton Black helped set three records, won the 200-yard freestyle and helped lead St. Joseph's Academy to the LHSAA Division I state swimming championship in Sulphur on Saturday.

SULPHUR — No two success stories are the same, a point Catholic High and St. Joseph’s Academy proved while winning state titles to close out the Allstate Sugar Bowl/Louisiana High School Athletic Association state swim meet Saturday. Despite having one state record time wiped out by a disqualification, St. Joseph’s won its fourth… Continue reading →

State swimming results

Photo provided by Rodrick Anderson/Southwest Daily News -- Central High senior Matthew Arnold won a tight race to take home the 100-yard butterfly (53.86 seconds) state championship on Saturday at the LHSAA Division II state swimming championships in Sulphur.

Division I Boys Team totals: 1, Catholic-BR 416. 2, Jesuit 388. 3, Mandeville 225. 4, Hahnville 169. 5, St. Paul’s 150. 6, Northshore 137. 7, Barbe 105. 8, Fontainebleau 86. 9, Lafayette 69. 10, Slidell 66. 11, Destrehan 59. 12, Zachary 48. 13, Rummel 42. 14, C.E. Byrd 41. 15, Brother Martin 31. 16, Sulphur 28. 17,… Continue reading →

Notebook: Coaches to pick Red Stick Bowl players

Local/area football coaches are invited to attend the selection process for the U.S. Army Red Stick Bowl all-star game at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Michael the Archangel. Coaches for the teams will select the players, but coaches are encouraged to attend the meeting in order to speak on behalf of their athletes. St. Michael’s Paul Varnado and Woodlawn… Continue reading →

Prep report for Saturday, Nov. 22

Louisiana High School Athletic Association football playoff pairings and results. Seedings listed in parentheses. Nonselect schools Class 5A Regional round C.E. Byrd 37, East Ascension 20 West Monroe 24, Covington 7 Hahnville 28, Haughton 14 Destrehan 68, East St. John 14 Zachary 35, Denham Springs 10 Scotlandville 27, Thibodaux 15 Mandeville 24, Barbe 21 Acadiana 38, Ponchatoula 28 Quarterfinals… Continue reading →

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Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --The undefeated John Curtis Patriots rip through a banner and take the field against the Edna Karr Cougars at Muss Bertolino Stadium in Kenner on Friday, Sept. 27, 2014. Curtis is looking to keep a ten game winning streak alive tonight.

The chase for LHSAA football state championships continued with week two of the select and non select playoffs. Get the scores from thje games The Advocate's High School Football Scoreboard Powered by SportsNola.com. Click here to see the updates. Continue reading →

Brother Martin slips past Catholic

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Brother Martin quarterback Jake Broggi is stopped by Catholic High defenders , from left, John Connolly, Trevell Johnson and Chase Priest as he trys to run out of the pocket on Friday at Memorial stadium.

Brother Martin stopped Derrius Guice on a two-point conversion try with no time remaining, and the Crusaders held on to defeat Catholic High 25-23 in Division I playoff action Friday night at Memorial Stadium. Brother Martin’s Jared West and Bruce Jordan-Swilling both rushed for more than 100 yards. Jordan-Swilling ran for 127 and two scores while West… Continue reading →

Plaquemine beats Lutcher a second time 43-28

It is often said that it’s tough to beat the same team twice in one season. Plaquemine High was faced with that very task Friday night, in a road playoff game no less. But the top-seeded Green Devils passed with flying colors as they led wire-to-wire against district 6-4A rival Lutcher High to pull out a 43-28… Continue reading →

Photos: Baton Rouge area football

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --   St. Michael students cheer on the Warriors Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 at the Louisiana Leadership Institute.

Images from Baton Rouge area prep football on Friday Nov. 20, 2014.… Continue reading →

Zachary plays with ‘a chip on their shoulder’ in rematch rout of Denham Springs 35-10

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Denham High School seniors Austin Meyers, center, and Bailey Holstein, both 17, greet senior wide receiver Turain Starcks (7) at the fence line before kickoff against Zachary in a 5A playoff game, Friday, Nov. 21, at Yellow Jacket Stadium in Denham Springs.

DENHAM SPRINGS The last time Zachary High visited Yellow Jacket Stadium, the Broncos needed an improbable fourth-down TD pass in the final minute to knock off Denham Springs. Three weeks later, no such drama was needed. Zachary rumbled to a 35-10 win in Friday night’s rematch with its District 4-5A… Continue reading →

Physical Parkview runs past St. Michael

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Parkview Baptist's Houston Robert scores a touchdown against St. Michael Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 at the Louisiana Leadership Institute.

St. Michael the Archangel got a heavy dose of Parkview Baptist tradition on Friday night at Louisiana Leadership’s Doug Williams Stadium. Parkview has made its mark with smash-mouth defense and a relentless running game for years, using the formula for four state championships, and the Eagles unleashed both on their way to a 49-20 win in the… Continue reading →

First-half lead cements Scotlandville win over Thibodaux 27-15

An explosive first half would be all Scotlandville would need in a 27-15 victory against Thibodaux in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs on Friday night. One thing was for certain early: Scotlandville was more than prepared to defend its home turf. The Hornets, led by sophomore southpaw quarterback Levi Lewis, began their opening… Continue reading →

Calvary downs Dunham

SHREVEPORT — A cold and wet night, turned into a cold, wet and disappointing night for eighth-seeded The Dunham School. Following one of the most exciting wins in school history, Dunham ran into the No. 2 seed and defending Division III state champion Calvary in its second-round matchup. Calvary played like a… Continue reading →

Select roundup: Jesuit ousts St. Thomas More; John Curtis KOs Evangel

When Jesuit High School needed a big drive in the final minutes, the Blue Jays knew where to turn. Charles Jackson and Chris Mills had provided the 1-2 punch all night, and they did again in the Jays’ most important drive of the season. Their power running helped Jesuit go 80 yards in nine plays, and Hunter Robert went… Continue reading →

University High trounces St. Louis 61-21

Over the PA system at Richard F. Gill Cub Field, they call him “the touchdown maker,” and for good reason. “Making touchdowns,” a smiling Jalon Baker said. “Very simple. I make touchdowns.” Friday was no exception. The U-High senior defensive back scored two defensive touchdowns, running back Nick Brossette added three of his own, and Cubs… Continue reading →

Livonia starts fast, blanks Mansfield 27-0

LIVONIA — Guy Mistretta told his Livonia Wildcats he would not accept a repeat performance of its first-round playoff game. His players apparently took his word. Top-seeded Livonia avoided last week’s slow start and swung through the gate early to shut out 16th-seeded Mansfield 27-0 Friday in Class 3A regional playoff action. Senior… Continue reading →

Big second quarter keys East Feliciana win

CLINTON — East Feliciana broke open a close game with a 28-point second quarter Friday and rolled to a 50-19 Class 2A playoff win over Oakdale. The win pushed the Tigers’ record to 8-3 heading into a showdown with District 6-2A rival Northeast (9-2), a 24-15 playoff winner over Pickering, at the Clinton Middle… Continue reading →

Catholic’s Colin Bone sets new marks in swimming prelims

SULPHUR — Catholic High’s Colin Bone broke Division I and composite/all divisions records in the boys 100-yard freestyle Friday night to help highlight Division I preliminary heats at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/Louisiana High School Athletic Association state swim meet. Bone swam the 100 freestyle in 45.46 seconds, bettering his own Division I record set last… Continue reading →

Madison Prep stuns Vermilion Catholic

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Madison Prep's Malcolm Roach brings down Vermilion Catholic's quarterback Hunter Frith during the Division IV playoff game held at Glen Oaks High on Friday night.

Madison Prep forced six turnovers and eliminated defending state champion Vermilion Catholic with a 28-14 Division IV quarterfinal playoff victory Friday night at Glen Oaks. No. 9 Madison Prep (8-4) scored 14 points in the third quarter to break open a game that was tied at 14 at halftime. Madison Prep’s Brian Savoie had two fourth-quarter… Continue reading →

Live results from the LHSAA State Swim Meet

Allstate Sugar Bowl/Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Swim meet. Preliminaries at SPAR Aquatic Center-Sulphur Division I Catholic High’s Colin Bone broke Division I and composite/all divisions records in the boys 100-yard freestyle Friday night to help highlight Division I preliminary heats at the Allstate Sugar Bow/Louisiana High School Athletic Association State… Continue reading →

Zachary taking on Denham Springs; Plaquemine facing 6-4A rival Lutcher

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Plaquemine quarterback D'morea Wicks is tackled by Lutcher's Sully Laiche, left, and Shawn Brignac  in a District 6-4A game Oct. 24. The two play again in a Class 4A regional playoff game Friday night at Lutcher.

Zachary and Plaquemine have two of the most explosive offenses among local-area teams still remaining in the high school football playoffs. The two schools have combined for 12 games of 40 or more points with Zachary reaching that mark seven times. Denham Springs and Lutcher proved they could hold these two teams below their scoring averages in… Continue reading →

St. Michael seeks first playoff win as it takes on traditional power Parkview Baptist

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Parkview  Baptist coach Jay Mayet leads the 7-3 Eagles against St. Michael in a select Division II playoff game Friday night at Louisiana Leadership's Doug Williams Stadium.

The two schools are separated by a five-mile stretch in southeast Baton Rouge, where one is considered one of the state’s formidable programs, with four state championships, the other a program on the rise in search of its first state playoff victory. For the first time in recent memory when No. 7 Parkview Baptist (7-3) faces No. 2… Continue reading →

Episcopal sweeps Division IV state swimming titles

Chanler Turnley (Episcopal High School) breezed to a state title in the Division IV 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:14.20 on Thursday at the LHSAA state swimming championship in Sulphur.

SULPHUR — The long-running “Wide World of Sports” show on ABC used film clips to illustrate “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat” storylines. It could have been that kind of day for the Episcopal swim teams. Instead, the Knights followed the thrill of victory with another kind of win that sends… Continue reading →