U-High defeats Marksville, moves into Top 28 tourney semifinals

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- U-High's Destiny Ephrom drives to the basket against Marksville's Brionna Napoleon in a Class 3A quarterfinal playoff game Saturday night at U-High gym on LSU's campus.

University High turned back an early Marksville run and took another step toward defending their Class 3A state title with a 73-51 win over the Tigers in a quarterfinal game at U-High’s McKernan-Pennington Gym on Saturday. After U-High (30-2) opened with a 13-4 lead, the Tigers, behind freshman guard Teeona Barkley, went on a 10-6 run to… Continue reading →

Fambrough: Wynn Wingtate enjoying playoff run before stepping away from the court

Advocate photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Denham Springs' boys basketball head coach Wynn Wingates coaches against East Acension during the 5A District Challenge game at St. Amant Hight on Thursday night. Photo shot on Thursday December 13, 2012, in Baton Rouge, La.. MAGS OUT / INTERNET OUT/ONLINE OUT/NO SALES/TV OUT/FOREIGN OUT/ LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC./GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT/225/10/12/IN REGISTER/LBI CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS/  Full contract in place

Wynn Wingate couldn’t help dropping a few one-liners. “Either way, you know the Yellow Jackets will win,” the Denham Springs boys basketball coach quipped. “And you know, we’re going to look a lot like. Both teams wear purple. I think the jerseys are the same.” Yes, life is good for Wingate, whose 23rd-seeded Yellow Jackets knocked… Continue reading →

District 6-2A rivals Episcopal, Dunham to meet in regional playoff game

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Episcopal's Chris Beckman Jr. drives past Dunham's Levi Bradley (3) and Ben Bernhard (11) in a , Jan. 16 game at The Dunham School.

It’s hard to beat a team three times in one season. Basketball coaches say that all the time and sometimes the cliché turns into a reality. The Dunham School boys basketball coach Jonathan Pixley doesn’t believe in the cliché or the reasoning behind it. That won’t stop the Tigers (20-10) from trying to net their… Continue reading →

East sweeps West in girls all-star soccer game

It was an East sweep at the Louisiana High School Coaches Association’s girls soccer all-star game played Saturday at Pan American Stadium. The East girls squad claimed an 8-0 victory over the West in the first game. Three first-half goals were enough to give the East a 3-2 win over the West in the… Continue reading →

Albany, Doyle fall short in bids to make Top 28 girls state tourney

Class 3A Albany High and 2A Doyle saw their girls basketball seasons end just short of a berth in the AllState Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Girls Top 28 tournament Saturday night. Seventh-seeded Albany lost 48-36 to No. 2 Ville Platte High in a 3A quarterfinal that was a rematch of last year’s semifinal also won by VPHS. Eighth-seeded Doyle rallied late… Continue reading →

St. Paul’s, St. Scholastica win soccer titles

Top-seeded St. Paul’s capped a perfect season Saturday night with a 3-0 win over Jesuit to capture its second consecutive Division I state championship at Tad Gormley Stadium. Senior Barrick Roberts got the Wolves on the scoreboard in the 14th minute when his shot found the back of the right side of the net past Jesuit goaltender… Continue reading →

Prep report

Boys basketball playoffs Class 5A Bidistrict results (1) Natchitoches Central 58, (32) Rummel 36 (16) St. Paul’s 71, McKinley 65 (9) Brother Martin 60, Comeaux 40 (8) West Jefferson 71, Broadmoor 58 (5) Ouachita Parish 79, (28) Broadmoor 68 (21) Ruston 42, (12) Catholic-BR 41 (20) Higgins 44, (13) Bonnabel 26 (29) Carencro 56, (4) St. Augustine 53… Continue reading →

Catholic comes up just short in loss to Ruston

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Catholic High's Toliver Freeman (1) goes airborne to launch a last-second shot from beyond half court just before the end of the game, after splitting Ruston defenders Mike Mayfield (10) and Tykeme Anderson, background, but the shot would not fall, giving Ruston the win in the teams' tightly-contested Class 5A bi-district playoff game Friday, in the Catholic High gym.

They spent nearly the entire fourth quarter in pursuit of the lead when Catholic High finally obtained it with nine seconds left on Toliver Freeman’s free throws. Then in the blink of an eye the short-lived lead was gone and the No. 12 Bears season over. Ruston’s Tykeem Anderson drove in for a layup with 3.7… Continue reading →

Ken Hilton, Marcus Randall, Jimmy Williams finalists for Southern Lab job

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Scotlandville High head football coach Marcus Randall gives instruction to the team's quarterbacks Thursday, August 7, 2014, during practice at Scotlandville High.

Southern Lab has narrowed its search for a head football coach down to three well-known local candidates — Central defensive coordinator Ken Hilton, Scotlandville offensive coordinator Marcus Randall and Episcopal defensive coordinator Jimmy Williams. “We had 18 applicants and narrowed it down to a list of 12 we interviewed,” SLHS Athletic Director Rebecca Marshall said. “They all did well… Continue reading →

Scotlandville dominant in victory over Hahnville

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Scotlandville's Jordan Adebutu brings the ball down court while defended by Hahnville's Mason Aucoin on Friday night at Scotlandville High.

Third-seeded Scotlandville High School made a powerful statement in its Class 5A bidistrict round playoff game Friday night. It’s one the Hornets have made many times before. Yes, the offense was nice in a resounding 87-28 victory over No. 30 Hahnville. But it was the defense that made the difference in the game played at Scotlandville.… Continue reading →

Four Baton Rouge area teams one win away from Top 28 berths

For three days after its 26-point regional victory, top-seeded University High went back to work without knowledge of their next playoff opponent. The Cubs fine-tuned areas of their game with an emphasis on the full-court pressure that’s been a hallmark of their success. University (28-2) finally turned its attention to eighth-seeded Marksville on Friday with an… Continue reading →

Denham Springs knocks off 10th-seeded East St. John

RESERVE — Denham Springs High had to work overtime to do it. But the 23rd-seeded Yellow Jackets upset No. 10 East St. John 75-72 in overtime in a Class 5A action that helped open the LHSAA’s boys basketball playoffs Friday night. The Yellow Jackets (23-8) outscored the Wildcats (22-11) 22-12 in the fourth quarter as the teams ended… Continue reading →

Runnels gets past tough East Feliciana

East Feliciana High didn’t look or play like a 25th seed. The Tigers took eighth-seeded Runnels down to the final 3.5 seconds in the Class 2A bidistrict round game that helped open the playoffs at Runnels on Friday night. That’s how much time was left when Josh Sparks stepped to the free throw line and calmly dropped… Continue reading →

St. Paul knocks out McKinley in boys basketball playoffs

COVINGTON — McKinley High School would not go away, but in the end the Panthers just could not get over the hump Friday night. Keion Brown scored 21 points and Kyle Woods had 14 but it wasn’t enough as McKinley exited in the first round of the Class 5A boys’ playoffs after a 71-65 loss… Continue reading →

Check out Baton Rouge-area boys, girls prep basketball playoff pairings

Boys basketball playoffs Pairings, results Class 5A Bidistrict results (1) Natchitoches Central 58, (32) Archbishop Rummel 36 (16) St. Paul’s 71, McKinley 65 (9) Brother Martin 60, Comeaux 40 (8) West Jefferson 71, Broadmoor 58 (5) Ouachita Parish 79, (28) Broadmoor 68 (21) Ruston 42, (12) Catholic-BR 41 (20) Higgins at (13) Bonnabel (29) Carencro 56, (4) St.… Continue reading →

Ben Franklin girls win third straight Division II state title

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Ben Franklin girls soccer players teammates celebrate their 3-2 victory over Loyola Prep in the Division II state championship game Friday  at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans.

The Ben Franklin girls soccer team entered the 2015 Division II championship match on a 62-game winning streak. Two state title wins in the past two seasons accentuated the Falcons’ dominance during that stretch. After Friday’s championship match, it’s time to up the ante to 63 consecutive wins for Franklin. And don’t forget the state championship “three-peat.” Ben… Continue reading →

Kate McKowen’s two goals, defense stand out in U-High’s championship game victory over Pope John Paul II

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--University Lab's Kate McKowen, left, celebrates the second of her two goals against Pope John Paul II's Alexis Molero in U-High's 3-1 victory in the Division III State championship gameThursday at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans.

University Lab’s Kate McKowen doesn’t remember much of Thursday night’s girls Division III soccer state championship. She was so nervous, the most meaningful match of her high school career felt like an 80-minute blur. At least she’ll have some hardware to help jog her memory. McKowen took home MVP honors behind a pair of goals that launched second-seeded U-High… Continue reading →

School officials offer alternative district plans

LHSAA President Vic Bonnaffee started Thursday’s second classification meeting with an unusual announcement. A minimum of 13 executive committee members were needed to make a quorum. Only 10 committee members were present because of lingering weather issues. That meant no official business, such as appeals, could be conducted. However, there was plenty of discussion as… Continue reading →

Jamie Gibson’s clutch play helps Walker clinches first Top 28 berth since 2009

NATCHITOCHES — Jamie Gibson was determined to finish the job this time around. Gibson, Walker High School’s do-everything senior forward, scored the Wildcats’ final six points as they rallied to defeat Natchitoches Central 50-46 in a Class 5A girls quarterfinal game Thursday night. With the win, Walker (30-5) advances to the LHSAA’s… Continue reading →

Doyle girls team handles press well in win over Red River

LIVINGSTON — Inclement weather forced eighth-seeded Doyle to wait three days to play a Class 2A regional-round playoff game. Ultimately, it was worth the wait and the extra practice time. Breaking the fullcourt press was the focus in those practices for speedy No. 9 Red River. Doyle ran a clinic on how to break… Continue reading →

White Castle defeats West St. John in girls playoffs

EDGARD — The third time truly was a charm for the White Castle High School girls basketball team. Skylar O’Bear scored a game-high 22 points to help power the Bulldogs to a 42-36 victory over district rival West St. John in a Class 1A quarterfinal game Thursday night. “There were times when… Continue reading →

Soccer report

Boys All finals at New Orleans’ Tad Gormley Stadium Division I Saturday (3) Jesuit vs. (1) St. Paul’s, 7:30 p.m. Division II Friday (7) Ben Franklin vs. (5) Vandebilt Catholic Division III Thursday (1) St. Louis 1, (3) Northlake Christian 1 (St. Louis wins on penalty kicks Girls Division I Saturday (2) St. Scholatica vs. (1) Mount… Continue reading →

Prep report

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Pope John Paul II's Claire Cross goes airborne after colliding with Elizabeth Bankhead in the Division III state championship game Thursday at Tad Gormley Stadium.

Girls basketball playoffs Class 5A Bidistrict results (1) Ponchatoula 65, (32) Southwood 37 (16) Broadmoor 44, (17) Mandeville 39 (9) Pineville 55, (24) Chalmette 28 (8) Sam Houston 44, (25) Bonnabel 33 (5) Mount Carmel 62, Chapelle 35 (12) Carencro 71, (21) Zachary 38 (13) Covington 52, (20) Fontainebleau 37 (4) Destrehan 77, (29) East St. John 50 (3)… Continue reading →

Replay: Advocate sportswriter Robin Fambrough chronicles the second LHSAA redistricting meeting on Twitter

High Schools from across the state meet at the LHSAA office on Thursday at 1 p.m. to go over the latest round of redistrict plans. Advocate sportswriter Robin Fambrough provides live updates during the meeting.… Continue reading →

U-High, Pope John Paul II meet for first time ever in Division III girls soccer final

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- University High's Olivia Labarre, right, and Sacred Heart-New Orleans' Margaret Fitzpatrick battle for the ball in a Division III semifinal playoff game Friday at U-High's Gill Stadium.

There’s no history between the University High and Pope John Paul II girls soccer programs. Since 2009 when U-High coach Melissa Ramsey took the helm of the Cubs, the perennial Division III powers have never met. That will change Thursday. Second-seeded U-High (22-1-3) and No. 8 Pope John Paul II (14-4-5) will have plenty to remember… Continue reading →

Lakeview girls knock off Northeast

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Northeast's Pearl Jones attempts to move the ball past Lakeview's Ryann Cotton in a Class 2A regional playoff game Wednesday at Northeast High School.

PRIDE — One Cinderella story came to an end. But with seventh-grader Morgyn Payne scoring a game-high 15 points, another continued. Payne hit three 3-pointers, including two during a crucial second-quarter run, to lead 29th-seeded Lakeview to a 50-34 victory over 20th-seeded Northeast on Wednesday night at NHS. “She (Payne) shot them at the… Continue reading →

Fambrough: Weather presents another challenge for girls basketball teams

“Fire and Ice” is one of Robert Frost’s most popular poems. Those same words take on a different meaning for high school teams looking to navigate their way through the LHSAA’s basketball playoffs this week. Winter storms forced a number of girls basketball teams to push their quarterfinal games to Thursday night. Which teams will have… Continue reading →

Doyle, White Castle girls basketball teams set for quarterfinals

Eighth-seeded Doyle extended its string of successful late-season girls basketball to eight wins in its past nine games, complete with a 60-33 victory last Thursday over Hannan in the opening round of the Class 2A state playoffs. The Tigers began their preparations for ninth-seeded Red River, complete with an energetic practice on Sunday for Monday’s regional.… Continue reading →

LHSAA state soccer finals

Boys Division I Saturday Tad Gormley Stadium, New Orleans (3) Jesuit vs. (1) St. Paul’s, 7:30 p.m. Division II Friday Tad Gormley Stadium, New Orleans (7) Ben Franklin vs. (5) Vandebilt Catholic, 7:30 p.m. Division III Thursday Tad Gormley Stadium, New Orleans (1) St. Louis vs. (3) Northlake Christian, 7:30 p.m. Girls Division I Saturday Tad… Continue reading →

Prep report

Boys basketball Playoff pairings all BIDISTRICT GAMES ON Friday Class 5A (32) Archbishop Rummel at (1) Natchitoches Central, 6:30 p.m. (17) McKinley vs. (16) St. Paul’s at Covington High, 7 p.m. (24) Comeaux at (9) Brother Martin, 7 p.m. (25) Broadmoor at (8) West Jefferson, 7 p.m. (28) Zachary at (5) Ouachita Parish, 7 p.m. (21) Ruston at… Continue reading →

Catholic hires Matt Burmaster as its new defensive coordinator

Sam Burmaster (left), Catholic High's new defensive coordinator

Catholic High announced the hiring of Matthew Burmaster as its football defensive coordinator in a press release on Wednesday. Burmaster, who previously served as a defensive coordinator at Ponchatoula High, also serve as a health & physical education teacher. He most recently served as defensive coordinator at Ponchatoula High. He also coached defensive backs there. He also… Continue reading →

Josh Anderson’s versatility pays off for Madison Prep

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Madison Prep's Josh Anderson drives the ball pass McKinley's Kyle Woods during the championship game in the EBR boys basketball tournament held at the F.G. Clark Activity Center on Tuesday night.

Given that he’s got two Division I guard signees, Madison Prep Academy basketball coach Jeff Jones got a few raised eyebrows from colleagues inquiring about his best player this season. Logically, they believed Jones’ response would either be St. John’s commitment Brandon Sampson or Rhode Island signee Christian Thompson. “People think I’m crazy, but… Continue reading →

Jessica Shelby provides spark for U-High

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- University High's Jessica Shelby (2) is blocked by Sacred Heart-New Orleans' Erin Tolar (22) on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, during the girls soccer semifinal game at U-High's Gill Stadium.

When asked what makes University forward Jessica Shelby so good, Cubs coach Melissa Ramsey had to take a second to think of the answer. Shelby isn’t the type of player who is going to assume a vocal role in leadership, and the offensive system the team employs doesn’t necessarily focus on any singular player.… Continue reading →

LHSAA classification meeting moved to Thursday

Like it or not, Tuesday was moving day for the LHSAA. Continuing winter storms and storm warnings for the northern part of the state forced LHSAA officials to move Wednesday morning’s scheduled classification meeting back to 1 p.m. Thursday at the LHSAA office. The winter weather conditions also forced one area school to push its regional-round… Continue reading →

Prep Baseball Schedule

Wednesday Miller-McCoy at Scotlandville, 3:30 p.m. Thursday Woodlawn at Broadmoor, 4 p.m. McKinley at East Iberville, 4 p.m. Tara at Southern Lab, 6 p.m. Don’s Sportsman’s Classic… Continue reading →

Boys basketball pairings set

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Zachary coach Kenny Almond speaks with Demoine Bowie on the sidelines against McKinley in the EBR Parish tournament Dec. 27.

Zachary boys basketball coach Kenny Almond channeled a little Yogi Berra when asked about the LHSAA’s boys basketball playoff pairings that were released Monday. “You never know who you’ve got until you find out who you’ve got,” Almond said. “Things change after those last games are played in the (power) rankings. That’s why I never really look… Continue reading →

LHSAA Boys Basketball Playoff Pairings

Class 5A Bidistrict round (32) Archbishop Rummel at (1) Natchitoches Central (17) McKinley at (16) St. Paul’s (24) Comeaux at (9) Brother Martin (25) Broadmoor at (8) West Jefferson (28) Zachary at (5) Ouachita Parish (21) Ruston at (12) Catholic-BR (20) Higgins at (13) Bonnabel (29) Carencro at (4) St. Augustine (30) Hahnville at (3) Scotlandville (19) Southwood at… Continue reading →

Breaux Bridge stuns St. Michael

Call it a bit of role reversal. Instead of seeing its season continue in the quarterfinals for the third straight year St. Michael the Archangel watched upstart Breaux Bridge reach that juncture for the first time in school history. No. 11 Breaux Bridge erased a 10-point halftime deficit with a strong second half of play that… Continue reading →

Jamie Gibson’s late flurry propels Walker to win

WALKER — Patience is a virtue. Just ask Walker senior basketball player Jamie Gibson, who picked up four first-half fouls and sat out the first nine plus minutes of the second half in a Class 5A regional girls basketball playoff game. Gibson returned to score 11 of her game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter… Continue reading →

White Castle girls rout Madison Prep

WHITE CASTLE — White Castle High used a first-quarter blitz to set the tone against Madison Prep. Then the Bulldogs never let the Chargers find a comfort zone in their Class 1A regional-round playoff game Monday night. Sixth-seeded WCHS forced eight turnovers in the game’s first four minutes, and went on to rout No. 11… Continue reading →

Tenacious Albany dominates Parkview Baptist

ALBANY — It was “all systems go” for girls basketball at Albany High on Monday night. A large, boisterous crowd in the stands, ‘The Queens’ (a group of ladies from the AHS faculty and staff) welcoming fans in the lobby, a faux ESPN desk in the corner, writers for three newspapers, and a TV… Continue reading →

Girl basketball games postponed because of weather

As the number of schools being forced to delay regional-round girls basketball playoff games for multiple days because of predicted winter weather grew, the LHSAA began working on an alternate game plan. Assistant executive director Ronda Richardson said the LHSAA sent out a memo to member schools Monday afternoon informing them that many schools in the northern part of… Continue reading →

PREP REPORT

Girls basketball playoffs Class 5A regional results, pairings (1) Ponchatoula 57, (16) Broadmoor 26 (9) Pineville at (8) Sam Houston, 6 p.m. Tuesday (5) Mount Carmel 75, (12) Carencro 55 (4) Destrehan 83, (13) Covington 66 (14) Ouachita Parish at (3) West Monroe, 6 p.m. Tuesday (11)… Continue reading →