Bowling playoffs feature upsets

One high seeded team in Baton Rouge failed to advance and a major upset in the lone New Orleans match highlighted the final day of regional play in the two cities at both All-Star Lanes sites in Kenner and Baton Rouge. The field is now set for the BR-NOLA biregional set for Tuesday at All-Star Lanes in… Continue reading →

East Ascension football tourney set for June

East Asecension is scheduled to host the Adidas State 7 v 7 football tournament set for June 26-27. The tournament has the support of the Louisiana Football Coaches Association and promotes the idea of high school teams playing together in their home state. The tourney will be played at EAHS’ Spartan Stadium and its adjoining soccer fields. “(The) 7-on-7… Continue reading →

Prep report for Wednesday, March 25

Baseball Denham Springs 8, Live Oak 4 DSHS 105 001 1 — 8 5 3 LOHS 200 101 0 — 4 6 4 W — Bailey Holstein (4-0). L — Lenni Kunert. LEADERS — Denham Springs: Jonah Overland (3-3, 3 RBIs), Travis Swaggerty (1-4, 2B, RBI), Brock… Continue reading →

Jonah Overland collects big hit as Denham Springs downs Live Oak

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Denham Springs' pitcher Bailey Holstein pitches against Live Oak in the District 4-5A game held Live Oak Sports Park in Watson on Tuesday night.

WATSON — Denham Springs’ Jonah Overland smashed a three-run double as the Yellow Jackets built an early four-run lead. The Yellow Jackets then kept Live Oak at arms’ length the rest of the way. Overland’s hit highlighted Denham Springs’ five-run third inning and propelled the Jackets to an 8-4 win in the District 4-5A… Continue reading →

Pair of home runs push Live Oak past Denham Springs

DENHAM SPRINGS — Home runs are powerful weapons. Live Oak smashed two timely home runs to defeat Denham Springs 7-5 in a District 4-5A softball game played Tuesday at North Park. Sophomore third baseman Gisselle Ash smashed a solo homer in the third inning, and junior Katelyn McLin had a three-run… Continue reading →

Landon LeBlanc, St. John continuing to show signs of maturing

GONZALES —First-year St. John of Plaquemine baseball coach Chris Harrell uses the development of freshman second baseman Landon LeBlanc to mirror that of his team this season. “Landon started out and has grown, he’s learning and getting better as we’ve gone on,” Harrell said. “We had to take our licks early. There were some… Continue reading →

Prep report for Tuesday, March 25

Girls golf The Island Par 36 Team scores — Brusly 193, Baton Rouge High 209 Medalists — Hayden Richard, Brusly 45; Max Gauthreaux 46; Tara Braud, Christian Life 48. Boys golf at Beaver Creek PAR 72 Team scores — Zachary 331, East Ascension 379. Medalists — Brady Bennett, Zachary 73; Trevor Adams, East Ascension 80; Donnie LaCombe, East… Continue reading →

Form holds in Baton Rouge bowling regional

Form held in the open division of the Baton Rouge prep bowling regional at All-Star Lanes on Monday, with only one higher seed going down in the 8-9 match as Baton Rouge High beat Catholic High 17-10 as Keondra Eaton had a 236-599. Other winners were No. 2 seed Dutchtown, remaining undefeated with… Continue reading →

Central’s Raegan Willis turns in record-setting powerlifting performance

Central High’s Raegan Willis enjoyed a record-setting night at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Division I state powerlifting meet Saturday at Alexandria Senior High. Willis won the 165-pound weight class and was the outstanding lifter on the upper weight-class platform. Two of her three lifts established state records in the 165 weight class and the… Continue reading →

Dutchtown tops Catholic-PC in softball

DUTCHTOWN — Dutchtown High scored four runs in the first two innings, and junior pitcher Ali McCoy stepped up in the circle with the bases loaded in the seventh inning as the Griffins defeated Catholic of Pointe Coupee 4-2 in softball action Monday. Coming off two straight losses, Class 5A Dutchtown (12-3) played an error-free… Continue reading →

Will Reese, Madyson Brasseaux lead Class B all-state basketball squads

Lacassine and Anacoco made quite the splash during the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Top 28 basketball tournaments. Anacoco knocked out both Fairview and Midland en route to winning the first boys state title in school history, while Lacassine defeated nemesis Fairview on their way to a boys championship, their first since 1981. And as a result, both… Continue reading →

Prep bowling playoffs begin Monday

The first step in the high school bowling playoffs begins Monday with two undefeated boys/open division teams in Baton Rouge and one in New Orleans looking to advance to the biregional round next week. The Baton Rouge regional begins in both the boys/open division and the girls division at 3:15 p.m. at All-Star Lanes in Baton… Continue reading →

Inspired Denham Springs beats St. Thomas More

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye- Ashton Marin of Denham Springs rounds third base to score for the Jackets  at Bro. Ephrem Hebert field on Saturday March 21, 2015.

LAFAYETTE — Denham Springs High coach baseball coach Mark Carroll said his team played more inspired Saturday against St. Thomas More than they did Friday. “Friday we were the Bad News Bears,” Carroll said. “We were a T-ball team Friday. (Saturday) we came out mentally sharper against a good team and competed. We wanted to… Continue reading →

False River flexes muscles for state powerlifting title

False River Academy claimed a boys state title, while Ascension Catholic was the girls runner-up at the LHSAA’s Division V-Class 1A and below state powerlifting meet Saturday at Pope John Paul II in Slidell. New Roads-based FRA won its title in the night session by scoring 47 points, placing ahead of Delhi with 37 and Catholic-Pointe Coupee… Continue reading →

EBR All-Star Weekend set for Saturday, Sunday at BRCC

The East Baton Rouge Parish School System is set to host its East Baton Rouge All-Star Weekend for basketball on March 28-29 at Baton Rouge Community College. A NBA All-Star format of challenges is set for 6 p.m. Saturday for the senior players participating. There will be a skills contest, a 3-point shooting contest and a dunk contest. Games… Continue reading →

Helen Cox’s Marlain Veal sparks West to win in all-star game

SHREVEPORT — Raining down 3-pointers with abandon, Marlain Veal of Helen Cox ramped up the West All-Stars’ offense and ignited his team to a 119-100 win over the East in Saturday afternoon’s Louisiana High School Coaches’ Association Boys’ All-Star game at Hirsch Coliseum. Unsigned and looking for a college, Veal was voted the game’s MVP… Continue reading →

Kalani Brown, East girls dominate second half to claim all-star victory

SHREVEPORT — A heavy dose of Baylor-signee Kalani Brown of Salmen High after halftime, along with some stingy defense, allowed the East All-Stars to dominate the West All-Stars 86-65 in Saturday afternoon’s Louisiana High School Coaches Association Girls All-Star game at Hirsch Coliseum. Featuring some of the top players in the state, the seniors-only… Continue reading →

State champions dominate Class C’s major awards

New Living Word won its second straight Class C state title in boys basketball. Summerfield won their first state championship in girls basketball since 1968. Both teams were dominant in their runs to the state title. That dominance was verified as each team placed three players on the Class C all-state basketball teams, as selected by a… Continue reading →

Prep report for Saturday, March 21

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye- Jacket's short stop Matt Ervin making the tag on Grant Cox as he slides into second base at Bro. Ephrem Hebert field on Saturday March 21, 2015.

Baseball Destrehan 14, Zachary 2 Zachary 200 00 — 2 4 1 Destrehan 30(10) 1x — 14 9 0 W — Martin. L — Fidanza; Leaders: ZACHARY: P. Cannon (2-3, R); DESTREHAN: B. Breaux (3-3, 3 Rs, RBI), C. Caminitia (1-3, 2 Rs, 3 RBIs), B. Wild (0-0, 3 Rs), N. Pilutti (1-2, 2 Rs, 4 RBIs) East Iberville 18, Donaldsonville 4 Donaldsonville 040 — 4 1 5… Continue reading →

Baseball schedule

Baseball Monday Woodlawn at Tara, 6:30 p.m. Bowling Green at Silliman Institute, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday E.D. White at Donaldsonville, 3:30 p.m. St. John at Ascension Christian, 4 p.m. Brusly at Baker, 4 p.m. Walker at Broadmoor, 4 p.m. West St. John at East Iberville, 4 p.m. Ville Platte… Continue reading →

Softball schedule

Softball Monday Redemptorist at Broadmoor, 4 p.m. Phoenix at Family Christian, 4 p.m. Madison Prep at Northeast, 4 p.m. Morgan City at Plaquemine, 4 p.m. Church Point at Livonia, 4:30 p.m. West Feliciana vs. Baker at Jefferson St. Park, 4:30 p.m. Brusly at East Ascension, 5 p.m. Catholic-PC at… Continue reading →

Wayde Sims of University High named 2014-15 Gatorade Louisiana Boys Basketball Player of the Year

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- University High's Wayde Sims scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in his team's 50-41 victory St. Louis Catholic in a Class 3A semifinal of the Boys Top 28 Tournament on Thursday night in Lake Charles

University High’s Wayde Sims admitted he felt a wave of emotions as he read a Friday morning text message from coach Joe Spencer. The text informed the 6-foot-6 junior that he was named the Gatorade Louisiana Boys Basketball Player of the Year for 2014-15. “First, I was surprised,” Sims said. “But I was also… Continue reading →

LHSCA All-Star Basketball rosters

Boys West squad Ka’davion Evans, North Caddo, Ishmael Lane, Port Allen; Eric Brown, Jr., Arcadia; Corey Davis, Lafayette; Artayvious Lynn, Parkway; Marlain Veal, Helen Cox; Leland Alexander, Ellender; Melvin Frazier, Higgins; Christian Fontenot, St. Louis; D.J. Marshall, Plaquemine; Tivonte “Tay” Hardy, Lakeview; Randy Primeaux, Midland; Colby LaFauci, Elizabeth; Danny Cohen, Natchitoches Central; Chad Lott, Byrd. Coordinator:… Continue reading →

Zachary boys, girls blaze way to sweep at Hornet Relays

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Zachary's Janie O'Connor, left reaches the baton to her teammate Kiara Bethley in the girls 4x200 meter relay in the Hornet Relay held at Scotlandville High on Friday, March 20.

The Zachary High School girls sprinters turned in blazing performances and the Broncos boys had high marks across the board to capture both divisions of the Hornet Relays at Scotlandville High on Friday. The boys used a collection of personal bests in piling up 137 points, icing the win with a 1-2 finish in the 3,200 meters.… Continue reading →

St. Michael’s Tyler Ezell throws shutout in win over Ponchatoula

Given the pregame disposition of pitcher Tyler Ezell that included a fever and sinus infection, St. Michael the Archangel baseball coach Johnny Bernhard wasn’t certain what to expect from his senior right-hander. A complete game, shutout victory and near no-hitter probably weren’t on his radar. Ezell was perfect through 3.2 innings and carried a no-hitter into… Continue reading →

Lutcher girls win ninth straight powerlifting title

TIOGA — The feeling of winning a state title never gets old for Lutcher girls powerlifting coach Kelly Magendie. Magendie said the celebration for Lutcher’s ninth straight state title in girls powerlifting was anything but old hat. “This one was special because we’ll be graduating six girls who have been with… Continue reading →

Catholic, Live Oak baseball teams both win in Lafayette

LAFAYETTE — Sophomore Ethan Hines had pitched six strong innings and St. Thomas More coach Gary Perkins said he had no reservations sending Hines back out to face Catholic-Baton Rouge in the seventh. “He pitched one heck of a ballgame,” Perkins said. “He got to 90 pitches and maybe in hindsight we bring someone else in to start… Continue reading →

Prep report for Friday, March 20

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye-  Catholic-Baton Rouge catcher Bo Branch gets ready to catch the ball and tag St. Thomas More's Mason Tucker on Friday night in Lafayette.

Baseball Ascension Catholic 9, Episcopal 1 Episcopal 000 001 0 — 1 4 5 Ascension 206 100 x — 9 7 2 W — Clifton. L — H. Eglin. Leaders: EPISCOPAL: M. Distefano (1B), M. Garrett (1B, RBI), M. Clark (1B), C. Beckham Jr. (2B); ASCENSIONCATHOLIC: I. Simoneaux (2 1B, RBI), C. Landry (1B, 2 RBIs), D. Mattingly (1B, 2 RBI), A. Esquivel (1B)… Continue reading →

East Ascension softball team edges Dutchtown

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Dutchtown's Rachel Newcomer attempts to tag out East Ascension's Ashtyn Bercegeay on  Thursday at East Ascension.

GONZALES — During a week in which it played seven softball games in six days, East Ascension may have saved its best for last. After trailing most of the game against District 5-5A rival Dutchtown, the Spartans showed no fatigue as they rallied for a 3-2 win at East Ascension. East Ascension (11-3, 2-0)… Continue reading →

St. Amant builds big lead, holds off Notre Dame

ST. AMANT — The result of batting around in consecutive innings provided St. Amant a seemingly comfortable nine-run lead after four innings over Notre Dame. An inning later, two throwing errors, coupled with some ineffective relief pitching, placed the Gators in a precarious position. St. Amant reliever Austin Fox, who struggled since an early… Continue reading →

State powerlifting action starts Friday

Six of last year’s 10 team champions are among the favorites to repeat as the Louisiana High School Powerlifting Association’s state tournament gets underway at two locations Friday. Tioga will stage the Division II meet for Class 4A schools while Church Point High hosts the Division III (Class 3A) meet. For both meets, girls’ lifting begins at… Continue reading →

St. Joseph’s, Episcopal win titles at Episcopal’s 6-Way track meet

Episcopal’s 6-Way Track and Field meet was all about the numbers with large squads of varsity and junior varsity athletes from seven schools in action on Thursday. St. Joseph’s had 10 first place winners and enough depth to win the girls division with 144 points. Episcopal was second with 104 and Dutchtown third with 70. Host… Continue reading →

Prep report

LHSAA districts (’15-17) Editor’s note: This is an unofficial list of basic LHSAA districts for the next two years based on information provided at Thursday’s classification meeting. The LHSAA will not release the official list until Monday, after schools are given a chance to correct clerical errors. + Playing up in class; (AG) — All-girls; CNF — Coed… Continue reading →

The LHSAA executive committee approves basic districts for 2015-17

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Incoming LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine speaks to the members.

Executive Director Eddie Bonine got to see the LHSAA’s classfication/districting system up close and personal Wednesday. Though there was one notable heated exchange and a few other cases where schools unsuccessfully lobbied for changes, Bonine chalked the process up as a win. The LHSAA executive committee completed its 2015-17 process by approving districts in all seven classes… Continue reading →

Wrestling tournament headed to Bossier City

A bold move that sends the LHSAA’s State Wrestling tournament back to Bossier City for a second time highlighted the afternoon portion of the executive committee meeting Wednesday at the LHSAA office. The committee rejected bids from the traditional host, Kenner’s Pontchartrain Center, and Baton Rouge’s River Center, putting the tourney back at the CenturyLink Arena for the first… Continue reading →

Ascension softball strong again: Dutchtown, East Ascension to meet Thursday; St. Amant in mix

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Dutchtown's Ali McCoy pitches against St. Amant on during a March 27 district game..

Ascension Parish schools Dutchtown, East Ascension and St. Amant are again off to fast starts in softball. Dutchtown (11-1, 2-0) travels to East Ascension (9-3, 1-0) for an important District 5-5A game at 5 p.m. Thursday. Defending district champion St. Amant (8-0, 1-0) is also in the mix. EAHS and St. Amant advanced to the… Continue reading →

Prep report for Wednesday, March 18

Softball Brusly 17, Baker 0, Baker 000 — 0  0 6 Brusly 152 — 17 10 0 Brusly 18, Baker 0 Brusly (18)00 — 18 9 0 Baker 000 — 0 0 5 Records: Brusly 8-6, 3-0 in District 7-3A; Baker 0-5, 0-2 Livonia 17, Northwest 2 Northwest 101 — 2 1 3 Livonia 953 — 17 7 3 W — Kelsey Meyer. L — N/A. Leaders: LIVONIA: Katelynn… Continue reading →