Frustrations boil over as LHSAA rules to cut short rain-plagued baseball playoff series

The combination of rain, the LHSAA and frustrations over rules on how to govern best-of-three baseball series are played boiled over Sunday night. Ultimately, the LHSAA opted to stick with its deadline to complete at least two games of a best-of-three playoff series by midnight Sunday, putting four teams, including Class 3A University High, out of the… Continue reading →

Alexandria beats Zachary 7-0 in Class 5A state softball title game

SULPHUR — Three teams from District 4-5A came to the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Fast Pitch 56 state softball tournament determined to prove their mettle. They had one more thing in common by the time the Class 5A state champion was crowned: All three had lost to top-seeded Alexandria Senior High. The Trojans used… Continue reading →

Lutcher falls 4-0 to Kaplan in Class 3A softball state title game

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye--Kaplan Lady Pirates runner gets thrown out at the plate in the LHSAA Softball 56 Fast Pitch Tournament on Saturday April 30, 2016 in Sulfur.

SULPHUR — Lutcher’s magic finally ran out in the sixth inning. No. 15 Lutcher, the lowest seed to make it to the finals of the Allstate Sugar Bowl/Fast Pitch 56 state softball tournament, fell short late Saturday night, kept in check by No. 4 seed Kaplan during a 4-0 loss in the Class 3A state championship… Continue reading →

St. Amant wins playoff series with Brother Martin after five-hour delay

St. Amant isn’t a normal No. 24-seed in the Class 5A baseball playoffs, and Brother Martin had to learn that the hard way on Saturday. After losing Friday’s series opener, the Gators (19-13) overcame a five-hour rain delay and Brother Martin’s top pitcher to take down the No. 8 Crusaders twice in one day, including a 4-2… Continue reading →

Ruston pulls off upset of Zachary

ZACHARY — Zachary baseball team held its breath as it watched the season come down to a matter of feet. With two outs in the bottom of the seventh and the tying run on second, Zachary senior PJ Cannon hit a high fly ball that pushed Ruston left fielder Cade Gibson to the warning track. If it’s… Continue reading →

Catholic outlasts Hahville in eight to even series

After two down-to-the-wire contests, Catholic High and Hahnville have set the stage for a dramatic third and deciding game. This time it was the Bears who executed at the opportune time. Connor Bowen’s one-out, two-run single broke a tie in the top of the eighth inning, and relief pitcher Brady Sartain finished a sterling effort, leading No. 4… Continue reading →

Softball: Catholic-Pointe Coupee scores Class 1A state title with 8-3 win over St. Mary

SULPHUR — Some skeptics probably dismissed Catholic-Pointe Coupee as a title-game hopeful when the LHSAA released its softball playoff pairings a couple of weeks ago. The eighth-seeded Hornets took some lumps while playing a challenging schedule that included lots of teams from higher classifications. Catholic-PC proved seeding was just a number by… Continue reading →

Holden falls to Florien in Class B title game

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye-- Holden's Karlie Stine pitches against Florien in the Class B title game at the LHSAA state softball tournament Saturday at Sulphur.

SULPHUR — Two innings proved to be the difference for Holden in its failed upset bid against Florien in the Class B state championship game. Florien scored four runs in the first inning and one in the fourth to defeat the Rockets 7-0 late Saturday night in the Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA Fast Pitch… Continue reading →

Parkview, Brusly, Live Oak, Catholic-Pointe Coupee fall in semifinals at state softball tournament

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye--Kaplan's Kate Trahan (7) gets thrown out trying to steal second base on Saturday April 30, 2016 in Sulfur.

SULPHUR — The chance for rivals Parkview Baptist and Brusly to meet again seemed likely after they overpowered quarterfinal opponents Friday. First, heavy rains and lightning delayed the start of Saturday’s semifinal game at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Fast Pitch 56 State Softball tournament. Then two Cinderella teams, fourth-seeded Kaplan and No. 15 Lutcher, stormed… Continue reading →

Check out the LHSAA state softball tournament report: scores and linescores

Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA tournament At Frasch Park-Sulphur Scores Class 5A Quarterfinal scores Live Oak 3, Pineville 2 Ouachita 7, Barbe 6 Zachary 5, St. Amant 4 (8 innings) Alexandria 3, Central 1 Semifinal scores Zachary 8, Ouachita Parish 3 Alexandria 7, Live Oak 0 final Zachary vs. Alexandria, n Class 4A Quarterfinal scores North DeSoto 4, St. Thomas More… Continue reading →

LHSAA state baseball playoff report

Class 5A First-round scores (1) Barbe 3, (32) John Ehret 0 (17) Rummel 10, (16) Walker 8 (24) St. Amant 10, (9) Sam Houston 8 (8) Brother Martin 10, (25) St. Paul’s 0 (5) Jesuit 9, (28) Ouachita Parish 3 (12) Destrehan 1, (21) Denham Springs 0 (13) Hahnville 11, (20) Central 1 (4) Catholic 8, (29) East… Continue reading →

Start of state golf tournaments postponed

The total of between five and six inches of rain that fell on or around the three Lafayette area courses made postponing the LHSAA’s state golf tournaments for boys and girls the only one to make, tourney organizer Robert Boudreaux said. “Two of the three courses located above I-10 really took a lot of water,” Boudreaux said.… Continue reading →

Caddo Magnet captures state gymnastics title

The state championship trophy for the LHSAA Sugar Bowl Girls Gymnastics meet is headed north to Shreveport for the third straight year after Caddo Magnet finished atop a four-team logjam to claim the title Saturday at Baton Rouge High School. After going over the detailed scoring rubric several times, meet director Kevin Nee and scorer Mark Courter determined… Continue reading →

LHSAA state girls gymnastics meet

At Baton Rouge High Team scores: 1. Caddo Magnet, 222.100. 2. St. Amant, 220.050. 3. St. Joseph’s Academy, 218.100. 4. Baton Rouge High, 217.750. 5. East Ascension 212.700. 6. E.D. White, 209.600. 7. Catholic-New Iberia 209.250. Individual Events, Division I, Level 8 Vault: 1 .Camryn… Continue reading →

LHSAA state softball tournament: Zachary edges St. Amant; Live Oak also wins in Class 5A

Associated Press photo via (Lake Charles)Zachary second baseman Hannah Dixon makes the catch for an out as St. Amant's Taylor Tidwell lunges for the bag in a Class 5A quarterfinal at the LHSAA state softball tournament Friday in Sulphur.

SULPHUR — Leslie Efferson-Yellott took a few seconds to ponder what had just happened as second-seeded Zachary High rallied from a three-run deficit to beat seventh-seeded St. Amant High. “When you think about it, softball is a game of failure,” Efferson-Yellott said. “If you succeed three times out of 10, that’s considered to be… Continue reading →

LHSAA state softball tournament: Parkview, Brusly prevail in 3A; Ascension Catholic, Catholic-Pointe Coupee, Holden advance

Associated Press photo via Lake Charles American PressParkview Baptist pitcher Taylor Spencer pitched a two-hitter as Parkview blanked Pine Prairie 9-0 in a Class 3A quarterfinal at the LHSAA state softball tournament Friday in Sulphur.

SULPHUR — Call it Class 3A power play courtesy of District 6-3A. Top-seeded Parkview Baptist overpowered No. 8 Pine Prairie in one quarterfinal, and Camryn Comeaux hit two home runs to propel sixth-seeded Brusly past No. 3 Jena in another to help open the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Fast Pitch 56 State Softball tournament. Freshman Taylor Spencer tossed… Continue reading →

Dwain Varisco’s home run puts exclamation point on St. Michael’s playoff win over Beau Chene

St. Michael second baseman Dwain Varisco’s favorite moment from the 2015 major league season was Jose Bautista’s now infamous bat flip in Game 5 of the American League Divisional Series. So when Varisco hit a solo homer in the Warriors’ 7-3 win against Beau Chene in Game 1 of their second-round, Class 4A playoff series, he decided he… Continue reading →

Thibodaux pitches Episcopal to win in series opener

Two runs never looked so insurmountable after Episcopal scored in the fourth inning. With ace right-hander Chris Thibodaux they were as good as gold. Thibodaux limited Northlake Christian to one hit and the two runs Episcopal pushed across stood up in a 2-0 victory Friday in the first game of a Class 2A best-of-three regional series. The two… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge High wins 23rd state title under coach Kevin Nee

Two newcomers to the LHSAA state gymnastics championship meet captured individual all-around titles and the Baton Rouge High team gave coach Kevin Nee his 23rd team championship on Friday at the BRHS gymnastics facility. Robbie Shamp of Thomas Jefferson edged Travis Braud of St. Amant in the Division I All-Around competition, 79.80 to 79.60. The two battled… Continue reading →

Check out the latest softball, baseball and gymnastics results from Friday

Softball Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA tournament At Frasch Park-Sulphur Class 5A Quarterfinal scores Live Oak 3, Pineville 2 Ouachita 7, Barbe 6 Zachary 5, St. Amant 4 (8 innings) Saturday’s semifinals/finals (2) Zachary vs. Ouachita, 1 p.m. Field 14 Alexandria 3, (5) Live Oak 1 Class 4A Quarterfinal scores North DeSoto 4, St. Thomas More 2 West Ouachita 7, Teurlings… Continue reading →

Atmosphere, other elements make Fast Pitch 56 State softball tournament stand out

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Zachary's Baylie Doiron (15) is greeted at home plate after she hit a two-run home run in a first-round Class 5A playoff game against Natchitoches Central on April 18.

There’s no way to emulate the atmosphere and there are no guarantees for some of the top-seeded teams. Yet the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Fast Pitch 56 State Softball tournament is one of the most revered girls championship events. With top-seeded Parkview Baptist of Class 3A leading a group of 12 area teams, possibilities abound starting at… Continue reading →

Series time in baseball playoffs

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Zachary's River Town is met at home plate by teammates after hitting a homer against Walker on April 21.

The Zachary and University High baseball teams won’t meet this postseason with the Broncos being in Class 5A and the Cubs playing in the 3A bracket. That doesn’t mean the Burke household is safe from sibling rivalry. Zachary junior pitcher Robert Burke and his younger brother, U-High freshman third baseman Jacob Burke, rarely miss a… Continue reading →

State gymnastics meets set for Friday, Saturday

All the entries are in and competition is set to begin on Friday at Baton Rouge High in one of the LHSAA’s smallest but most interesting events the state gymnastics meet. A total of 184 boys and girls gymnasts will cap a year of preparation in the two-day affair. Gymnasts compete for individual championships in five separate… Continue reading →

Lee High hires boys basketball coach Brandon White from Parkview Baptist

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Parkview head coach Brandon White coaches against Catholic during the Red Stick Sports Classic boys basketball tournament at Parkview Baptist High School White has been hired as the boys basketball coach at Lee High.

Lee High School took two major steps toward building its athletic program by hiring Brandon White as its boys basketball coach and Valencia Wilson as its girls basketball coach for 2016-17. White was the boys basketball coach at Parkview Baptist the past two seasons. Wilson, previously the head coach at now-defunct Redemptorist, worked as a boys assistant coach at… Continue reading →

Check out the latest baseball pairings along with tennis and track and field results

Baseball playoffs Class 5A Second-round pairings Best-of-three series Friday-Saturday (17) Rummel at (1) Barbe, 7 p.m. Friday (24) St. Amant at (8) Brother Martin (12) Destrehan at (5) Jesuit, 6 p.m. Friday (13) Hahnville at (4) Catholic (19) Chalmette at (3) Airline (27) Captain Shreve at (11) Byrd (26) Ruston at (10) Zachary (15 Acadiana at (2) Lafayette… Continue reading →

Small in size Doyle, Holden, Maurepas ready to enhance softball traditions

Livingston Parish has one the state’s proudest girls basketball traditions. The chance to enhance a different kind of tradition intrigues Holden softball coach Dennis Knight. And he is not alone. “We’re all on the same side of the parish, and we all play each other,” Knight said. “We’ve all grown and learned from playing each other.… Continue reading →

St. Amant, Livonia try to stay in upset mode in baseball playoffs

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- St. Amant baseball coach Troy Templet hits ground balls to his infielders before the Catholic game April 12.

Referring to the playoffs as a whole new ballgame is nothing new for high school baseball coaches. What happens when a team pulls off a first-round upset and the next ballgame turns into ballgames? St. Amant and Livonia are ready to find out. “Our issue this year has been staying consistent,” St. Amant coach Troy Templet… Continue reading →

Check out the Baton Rouge area prep report: Baseball playoffs, boys golf regional results, track regional results

Baseball playoffs Catholic-Pointe Coupee 10 Delhi 0 Delhi 000 000 — 0  1 4 Catholic-Pointe Coupee 223 012 — 10 12 1 W — Samuel Grezassi (6-3). L — Jake Hale; Leaders: DELHI: Jake McPhereson (2B); CATHOLIC- POINTE COUPEE: Samiel Grezassi (2-4, 2 RBIs), Bret Hawkins (2-4, 2 RBIs), Mason Barker (2-4, 2B, RBI), Abram Glaser (2-4), Nathan Carriere… Continue reading →

LHSAA baseball playoffs: Precise St. Michael rolls to victory over DeRidder

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- St. Michael's Hayden Salles  celebrates his home run in the second inning against DeRidder with coach Johnny Bernhard on Tuesday at St. Michael.

St. Michael the Archangel baseball coach Johnny Berhard certainly likes when a plan comes together with such precision. The Warriors checked all the requisite boxes Tuesday in a convincing 13-0 mercy-rule victory in five innings over No. 31 DeRidder in a Class 4A state first-round state playoff game. Not only did St. Michael (21-7-1) erupt for nine runs… Continue reading →

Rummel holds off Walker 10-8 in first round of 5A baseball playoffs

WALKER — It wasn’t a thing of baseball beauty. On Tuesday, Walker High and Archbishop Rummel combined for seven errors and each yielded a mistake-prone big inning to the other. But after Rummel reliever Tyler Braud came on to strike out the final two batters with the bases loaded, his coach, Nick Monica, could… Continue reading →

St. Michael, Vandebilt Catholic repeat as Division II champions

St. Michael the Archangel and Vandebilt Catholic repeated as Division II state tennis girls and boys champions, respectively, Tuesday in Monroe. Jesuit won its ninth straight Division I boys team title with 12.5 points to edge Catholic High by a single point. Catholic was runner-up for the second straight season. Dominican scored 16 points to win its third… Continue reading →

LHSAA baseball playoffs: Acadiana holds off Dutchtown for 2-1 victory

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Acadiana's Luis Flores attempts a bunt against Dutchtown on Tuesday at Acadiana High.

SCOTT — With his team’s season hanging in the balance, the bases loaded with just one-out, and a 2-0 lead, Acadiana baseball coach Matt McCullough never wavered. This was Rams starter Brandon Duhon’s game to finish. The Acadiana hurler had given the Dutchtown hitters fits for the first six innings Tuesday at Acadiana. He had… Continue reading →

After a frightening auto wreck, St. Amant shortstop Adam Sevario is thankful to be on the field — and in the playoffs

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- St. Amant shortstop Adam Sevario stabs a ground ball before making the throw to first base, getting out Catholic hitter Daniel Guilbeau, Tuesday, April 12, 2016 during the teams' matchup at Catholic High.

Everyone has heard stories about how a random event can change the course of a person’s life. Few have a story like St. Amant senior shortstop Adam Sevario. A scholarship offer from an unexpected source and a frightening auto wreck that happened within a few months of each other have given special meaning to baseball… Continue reading →