Episcopal volleyball coach Briget Melancon sees team blossom after 6-0 start

Photo provided by MTS Photography  --  Episcopal volleyball coach Briget Melancon said about recent wins over Dutchtown and Newman: 'They needed this. They needed to know that they are capable. I think they’re finally starting to believe they can handle all these teams.'

Episcopal’s skill, experience and drive have synchronized, and the Knights’ are 6-0 to start this season. Episcopal added five-set wins over reigning Division IV state champions Newman and Class 5A Dutchtown to its résumé within the past week and solidified confidence within the team while confirming what coach Briget Melancon saw in the offseason. “They needed… Continue reading →

Ascension Catholic’s Delmond Landry answers leadership call

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Ascension Catholic's Delmond Landry: 'I just use everything skills-wise for basketball, and I just translate all that onto the football field.'

Trailing Dunham by nine points late in Friday’s game, Ascension Catholic defensive end Delmond Landry knew he had to come up with a big play for his team. As a Class 1A All-State defensive end and all-district tight end, Landry was used to making plays on both sides of the ball when his team needed him. But… Continue reading →

University High rallies for 3-2 win over Assumption

Led by versatile 6-foot senior Lindsay Flory, University High rallied to win the last two sets to take a 3-2 volleyball victory over Assumption on Tuesday night at U-High. Flory had 17 kills and 15 assists as the Cubs prevailed 13-25, 25-21, 22-25, 25-20 and 15-13. University (9-4) has advanced to the playoff semifinals the past… Continue reading →

Prep report for Tuesday, Sept. 16

Volleyball Brusly 3, Lee 0 Brusly 25 25 25 Lee High 10 3 0 Team leaders: BRUSLY: Claire Daigle (17 aces), Briana Grandville (8 kills), Johane Leblanc (13 assists), Kelsey Parker (7 aces). Team records: Brusly 8-5, Lee 0-7. Denham Springs 3, McKinley 2 McKinley 21 25 19 25 8 Denham Springs 25 21 25 23 15 Team leaders: McKINLEY: Rayven Mills (13 kills, 43 assists, 3 aces, 5 digs, 8 blocks), Emily Eley (9… Continue reading →

Capital City Swim League’s top times

Top times swam at Capital City Swim League meets during the first two weeks of the season. Girls 200-yard freestyle: 1, Clayton Black, St. Joseph’s, 1:58.15. 2, Olivia Huffman, Dunham, 2:01.82. 3, Claire Charpentier, St. Joseph’s, 2:05.14. Continue reading →

A Few Minutes with ... Andrew Hicks

Andrew Hicks, Belle Chasse football player

Belle Chasse quarterback Andrew Hicks rushed 10 times for 303 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-20 victory over Carver. The 6-foot-2, 190 pound senior also completed his only pass attempt for a 29-yard touchdown. For the season, he has rushed 28 times for 544 yards and six touchdowns. Both of his pass attempts have gone… Continue reading →

Lafayette Christian’s Josh Brister towers over most Class 1A players, but it’s also his agility that turns heads

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Lafayette Christian Academy offensive lineman Josh Brister is a special player, says coach Derek Landry. Landry says: 'They got other teams that have big kids, but they can’t move like him. They have big kids that are strong, but play like they’re stuck in concrete. Josh is big, fast, strong and moves like a ballerina.'

LAFAYETTE — They had just come off the field after a grueling practice — one Lafayette Christian Academy football coach Derek Landry said frustrated him immensely. “I tell you what, Brister,” Landry said, “no matter how mad I am at the world, you can always make me smile.” “Brister” is Josh Brister, a 6-foot-5… Continue reading →

Episcopal cracks 2A football poll

Advocate staff photo by  April Buffington --  Episcopal's football head coach Travis Bourgeois during the South Baton Rouge Jamboree held at Episcopal High on Friday, August 29.

The loss of 14 seniors from one of the school’s most successful senior classes didn’t alter Episcopal’s expectations for the 2014 season. Two weeks into the year, it hasn’t done a lot to change the perception about the Knights’ football program as well. Episcopal (2-0) has won games both on the road and at home, and… Continue reading →

LSWA Football Poll

Here are the latest prep football polls from the Louisiana Sportswriters Association. Included are records, points and previous ranking. First-place votes are in parentheses. Class 5A Team Rec. Pts. Pvs. 1. Rummel (7) 2-0 128 2 2. Destrehan (1) 2-0 110 3 3. Acadiana (3) 1-1 99 1 4. Ponchatoula 2-0 96 5 5. Byrd 2-0 95 4 6. Catholic-BR 2-0 70 6 7. Barbe 2-0 59 7 8. Jesuit 1-1 51 9 9. West Monroe 1-1 40 8 10. Parkway 1-1 36 10 Others receiving… Continue reading →

The Advocate’s Prep Football Top 10s

Class 5A/4A 1. Catholic (2-0): Beating a solid 3A team like Parkview Baptist in Week 1 was impressive, but shutting out 5A Mandeville 48-0 in Week 2 made a huge statement, considering that Mandeville lost 14-0 to John Curtis in Week 1. 2. Plaquemine (2-0): The 4A Green Devils have lived by big… Continue reading →

The Advocate’s Prep Volleyball Top 5s

Divisions I-II 1. St. Joseph’s Academy (4-0): The Redstickers won twice last week and one of those wins was the biggest of the young season so far, a 3-2 victory over Mount Carmel in a rematch of last year’s Division I final. Both teams had early season miscues, but SJA controlled the decisive fifth set.… Continue reading →

In The Spotlight

St. Joseph's volleyball player Sydney Davis

Football D’Morea Wicks Plaquemine The numbers: Wicks played quarterback and running back and ran for 185 yards on 22 carries and scored two touchdowns. The junior also passed for 97 yards and another TD in the Green Devils’ 47-20 victory over Brusly on Friday night. What… Continue reading →

St. Thomas More bracing for Carencro

Advocate file photo by BRYAN TUCK. -- St. Thomas More football coach Jim Hightower coaches from the sideline.

Despite heavy annual losses to graduation, St. Thomas More historically finds itself in the thick of district championship races and deep postseason runs. Statewide recognition from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association has also been commonplace, so it’s difficult to rattle the Cougars’ concentration with a No. 4 ranking in Class 4A when they’re hosting Class 5A’s Carencro (2-0)… Continue reading →

Sacred Heart volleyball looks to build on success

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP  Academy of the Sacred Heart player Hailey Gauthier (20) battles Acadiana High player Kennedi Smith during their game at Acadiana High School in Scott, La., Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.

GRAND COTEAU — The athletic tradition at The Academy of the Sacred Heart runs almost as deeply as the roots of the massive live oak trees guarding the approach to the Grand Coteau campus. ASH volleyball is attempting to add to that layered heritage with an experienced team that has been cultivated for deep playoff… Continue reading →

St. Joseph’s, minus Annie Hill, takes title at Round Table Run

Even without its top two runners from last week including sophomore sensation Annie Hill, St. Joseph’s Academy had more than enough team depth to win the girls cross country title of Episcopal’s Round Table Run held at Highland Road Park Saturday morning. SJA scored 59 points as senior Sarah Catherine LeBlanc, freshman Summer Smith, senior Madelyn Andries,… Continue reading →

Schools urged to submit football stats

The Advocate will begin publishing its weekly high school football statistical leaders this week. Schools/coaches can find an online form to use on the preps page of our website, www.theadvocate.com. A copy of the form can also be obtained by fax or email by contacting Robin Fambrough at rfambrough@theadvocate.com. Individual rushing, passing,… Continue reading →

McGehee wins second straight volleyball tourney

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND -- McGehee's Taylor Ducros sends the ball back to Hannan at the Dutchtown tournament  Saturday.

DUTCHTOWN — For the second straight weekend Louise McGehee visited the Baton Rouge area for a volleyball tournament, and for the second straight weekend they went home with a first-place trophy. This week’s championship came in the 13th annual Dutchtown Invitational Tournament where the 15-0 Hawks fought off a strong three-set challenge by… Continue reading →

Rashad Louie, Shades Valley runs past Acadiana

SHREVEPORT — Acadiana High School had no answers for Shades Valley quarterback Rashad Louie on Saturday night at the Battle on the Border in Independence Stadium. Louie accounted for five touchdowns and 416 total offense yards as the No. 3-ranked Alabama team used its speed and rolled to a 39-21 victory over the Wreckin’ Rams.… Continue reading →

District 3-5A powers Acadiana, Barbe getting more competition

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCKAcadiana quarterback Peyton Touchet prepares to pass against Northside on Sept. 6.

Reigning Class 5A state champion Acadiana High School and 2013 state runner-up Barbe of Lake Charles have long established themselves among District 3-5A’s hierarchy and are expected to remain that way this season. What was lacking last year, though, was depth after the two power brokers but with fast starts from Carencro, Comeaux and Lafayette — all… Continue reading →

Week 3 football schedule

Football Week 3 Schedule Games start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise listed. Friday Local 5A/4A Belaire (6-4A) at Broadmoor (4-5A) Central (4-5A) at Jesuit (9-5A) Catholic (5-5A) at Denham Springs (4-5A) East Feliciana (6-2A) at Zachary (4-5A) St. Michael (6-4A) at Live Oak (4-5A) Pineville… Continue reading →

Acadiana Week 3 football schedule

Games start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise listed. Friday Barbe (3-5A) at West Monroe (2-5A) Carencro (3-5A) at St. Thomas More (5-4A) Comeaux (3-5A) at Breaux Bridge (5-4A) Sam Houston (3-5A) at Westlake (4-3A) Alexandria (2-5A) at Lafayette (3-5A) Sulphur (3-5A) at Washington-Marion (4-4A) New… Continue reading →

Volleyball schedule

Week 3 schedule Games to be played in the Baton Rouge area Sept. 15-20. Monday Live Oak at Central, 4 p.m. Baton Rouge High at Walker, 4 p.m. Episcopal at Dutchtown, 4:30 p.m. Christian Life at St. John, 4:30 p.m. St. Michael at Belaire, 5 p.m. Plaquemine at Broadmoor, 5 p.m. Louisiana School for the Deaf at Woodlawn, 5… Continue reading →

Episcopal’s Round Table Run results

Episcopal’s Round Table Run At Highland Road Park Boys varsity Team scores: 1. Jesuit 55. 2. Catholic 81. 3. St. Paul’s 92. 4. Brother Martin 101. 5. Episcopal 198. 6. Assumption 202. 7. Pineville 263. 8. Zachary 277. 9. Lafayette 280. 10. E.D. White 288. 11. Runnels 315. 12. St. Michael 324. 13. Dutchtown 349. 14.… Continue reading →

Swimming results

Swimming Capital City Swim League Meet 1 Girls Team totals: 1, Lutcher, 419. 2, Parkview Baptist, 296. 3, Baton Rouge High, 292. 4, Zachary, 288. 5, University, 191. 6, St. James, 92. 7, Central, 69. Top individuals 200-yard medley relay: 1, Parkview ‘A’ 2:07.65. 2, Lutcher ‘A’ 2:12.22. 3, U-High2:14.87. 200 freestyle: 1,… Continue reading →

Late Friday roundup: Andrew Hicks sparks Belle Chasse

Andrew Hicks rushed 10 times for 303 yards and three touchdowns in Belle Chasse’s 49-20 victory over Carver on Friday. Hicks also completed his only pass attempt for a 29-yard touchdown as the Cardinals improved to 2-0. Javelle Anderson rushed eight times for 120 yards and scored a touchdown. Fredrick Smith also scored… Continue reading →

Nathaniel Evans’ sack helps preserve John Curtis’ victory over Lufkin

Lufkin's Key'vantanie Coutee is grabbed by John Curtis'  Garret Wallow  during a game at the 2014 Battle on the Border on Saturday at Shreveport's Independence Stadium.

SHREVEPORT — John Curtis linebacker Nathaniel Evans broke through the Lufkin offensive line untouched with two minutes remaining, sacking quarterback Trey Cumbie and sealing the Patriots’ 32-25 victory over the Panthers in the Saturday afternoon matinee of the Landers Battle on the Border High School Football Showcase at Independence Stadium. “We had a blitz package… Continue reading →

Late Friday roundup: Lutcher completes comeback

LUTCHER – Lutcher completed a fourth-quarter comeback capped by a Jontre Kirklin touchdown and Nick Remondet point-after kick for a 40-39 overtime victory over McDonogh 35 on Friday. After trailing the Roneagles 25-13 following the third quarter, the Bulldogs (2-0) took a one-point lead after a 30-yard fumble return by Paul Joseph. Quarterback Jontre Kirklin put the… Continue reading →

East St. John hangs on for victory against Scotlandville

Advocate Staff photo by John Oubre - Scotlandville's Tyrell Henderson looses his helmet as he returns an interception thrown by East St. John quarterback, who also attempts the tackle.

It was by no means pretty, but wins on the road often aren’t. In a game marred by 25 penalties and six turnovers, East St. John took a lead in the first quarter and held on for dear life to a 15-14 victory to improve to 1-1 on the young season. “This was a very important… Continue reading →

Plaquemine cruises past Brusly

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Plaquemine quarterback D'Morea Wicks breaks free of a tackle attempt by Brusly's Darien Turner on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, in Brusly.

Critics of the Wing-T offense say it doesn’t have enough big-play potential. Don’t tell that to Plaquemine. The ninth-ranked Green Devils of Class 4A scored on six plays of 60 yards or longer while running away with a 47-20 victory over 3A rival Brusly on Friday night at Brusly. Quarterback-running back D’Morea Wicks led… Continue reading →

Derrius Guice, Catholic roll past Mandeville

Derrius Guice did not start the game for Catholic High because of an injury early in the week. It didn’t matter. The LSU commitment rolled up 274 all-purpose yards, with 264 coming in the first half, as the Bears rolled over host Mandeville 48-0 in a nondistrict game Friday night. “Derrius is an elusive… Continue reading →

Northeast capitalizes to shut out Baker 12-0

BAKER — For the better part of three-plus quarters, Northeast was in pursuit of an insurance touchdown. When two prime opportunities inside the 2-yard line went awry in the third quarter, the Vikings defense came to the rescue. Senior defensive back Marvin Ramsey perfectly read a screen pass and picked off quarterback Treylan… Continue reading →

Dutchtown dominates

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Dutchtown players celebrate in the endzone after a touchdown Friday, Sept. 12  2014, during their home game against Donaldsonville.

Dutchtown dominated the line of scrimmage and overpowered Donaldsonville 43-0 at Dutchtown Friday night. Six different players scored touchdowns for the Griffins (1-1), who rebounded in a big way from a season-opening 19-14 home loss to Lutcher. Dutchtown had five turnovers in that game and cut that to two interceptions in this game. The Griffins also… Continue reading →

University High defense keeps Southern Lab down

In a contest that started with an offensive surge, it was defense and special teams that proved to be the deciding factor in University High’s 19-6 victory against Southern Lab on Friday night. It was a dire situation early for the Cubs. After a holding call, a false start and a sack on the first three… Continue reading →

Panthers top Madison Prep

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Woodlawn's cheerleaders, from right, Nakavia Chapman, Tamiia Williams and Caitlin Martin along with rest of the squad cheers as the team runs out on the field before the game against Madison on Friday, Sept. 12 at Woodlawn High.

A hot start staked Woodlawn to an early lead, and the Panthers were able to keep Madison Prep at arm’s length the rest of the game Friday night at Woodlawn. With quarterback Charles Brooks throwing for two scores and running for two more, Class 5A Woodlawn rolled to a 35-16 win over the Chargers. Woodlawn… Continue reading →

Centrals rolls over Morgan City

For the Central High football team, this muggy September night felt something like a replay from the week before. The Wildcats rolled to a convincing home win for the second time in as many games, this time taking a 57-27 victory over outmanned Morgan City and moving to 2-0 on the season. But coach Sid… Continue reading →

McKinley defense shuts out Capitol

The 67th Downtown Showdown is in the books, and even though Capitol Charter had a few bursts of success, it’ll be happy to put this one in its rearview mirror. McKinley used a strong dose of the run, with just a sprinkle of passing yards, to pound out a 19-0 first quarter lead and go on to a 40-0… Continue reading →

Spartans chop down Lumberjacks

GONZALES — East Ascension started strong and held off an attempted late rally by Patterson behind a strong pass rush and timely special teams plays. The Spartans jumped out to a 21-0 second-quarter lead and fended off the Lumberjacks (0-2) and the heroics of Alabama receiver commit Daylon Charlot en route to a 42-27 victory… Continue reading →

Roundup: St. Amant rolls past Higgins

St. Amant quarterbacks Tyler Dixon and Hayden Mallory teamed up to complete 20 of 26 passes for 324 yards to power the Gators past Higgins 46-0 in nondistrict action Friday at The Pit. Richard Williams scored first on a 1-yard run for the Gators (1-1). Dixon contributed to St. Amant’s next 20 points. The senior threw touchdown passes… Continue reading →

Carencro tops Northside

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Carencro High School Quarterback Tyler Gaspard throws the ball while persued by Northside's Reginald Frank Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 in Carencro.

CARENCRO — Tyreik Campbell and Ethan Rose put on a back-and-forth offensive show for everyone in attendance at the Cro Dome on Friday night. Carencro’s Gabriel Duffy decided to put his stamp on the game with some defensive fireworks. Northside’s Rose rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns; Carencro’s Campbell rushed for 144 and… Continue reading →

Bulldogs dominate Bobcats 31-14

Jennings running back Travis Etienne provided an early preview of what eventually ensued as the Bulldogs continued an offensive dominance that lasted nearly the entire game. Etienne bolted for a 67-yard touchdown on the game’s second play at Bobcat Stadium and finished with 171 yards as No. 7 Jennings defeated Eunice 31-14… Continue reading →