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 →

Catholic, St. Joseph’s Academy take aim at Division I swim titles

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Catholic High's Colin Bone swims to a win in the boys 200 freestyle at the Capital City Swim League Championships on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014.

St. Joseph’s Academy and Catholic High have combined to win five Division I state swimming titles over the past three years. It’s the kind of success that can guarantee future success. The Bears and Redatickers enter Friday’s final portion of the Allstate Sugar Bowl/Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Swim meet knowing that one last competition is… Continue reading →

LHSAA state swim meet results

Photo provided by Roderick AndersonDunham's Kirkland Mawae won the Division IV 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1 minute, 56.88 seconds Thursday at the LHSAA state swimming championships in Sulphur.

Division III Thursday’s results from the LHSAA state swim meet at SPAR’s Aquatic Center in Sulphur. Girls Team totals: 1, E.D. White 331. 2, Vandebilt Catholic 274. 3, University 221. 4, Parkview Baptist 211. 5, St. Louis 190. 6, Lutcher 134. 7, St. Charles 125. 8, Haynes Academy 116. 9, Notre Dame 98. 10, Lusher Charter 58. 11, Teurlings… Continue reading →

Video: Highlights from the LHSAA State Swimming Meet (Division III)

Advocate sportswriter Robin Fambrough talks with Division III outstanding swimmers Jay Danos of E.D. White and Erin Trahan of Notre Dame at the LHSAA State Swimming Meet. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

University rolls past Christian Life in boys basketball

University looked in midseason form Thursday night in its 53-22 boys basketball jamboree victory over host Christian Life Academy. The defending Class 3A state champions return four starters. Hot shooting University surged to a 29-6 halftime lead in a 10-minute half format. Wayde Sims led the Cubs with 18 points, nine in each half. Jalen Johnson… Continue reading →

Nonselect football playoff capsules

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Northeast's Dominic Yates tries to break away from Episcopal's Jeremiah Mayes in a game last month. Northeast hosts Pickering in a Class 2A regional playoff game Friday night.

East Ascension at Byrd Class 5A 7 p.m. at Lee Hedges Stadium-Shreveport RECORDS: East Ascension 6-5; Byrd 11-0 LAST WEEK: No. 16 EAHS beat Sulphur 52-14; No. 1 Byrd beat Fontainebleau 35-6 PLAYERS TO WATCH: EAST ASCENSION: QB Kryan Irvin, RB Joshua Bates, DL Jayvin Johnson; BYRD: WB Dominic Haggerty, QB Deuce Caston, S Trent Jones. LB Krishun Cash.… Continue reading →

Select football playoff capsules

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Catholic' defenders sack East Ascension quarterback Keenan Dunn in the regular-season finale Nov. 7. Catholic hosts Brother Martin in Division I quarterfinal playoff game Friday night at Memorial Stadium. Meanwhile, East Ascension travels to Byrd for a Class 5A regional playoff game Friday.

Brother Martin vs. Catholic Division I 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium RECORDS: Brother Martin 9-2; Catholic 9-1 LAST WEEK: No. 5 Brother Martin beat Shaw 63-21; Catholic did not play PLAYERS TO WATCH: BROTHER MARTIN: RB Jared West, QB Jake Broggi, Bruce Jordan-Swilling; CATHOLIC: P/K Jack Gonsoulin, QB Ian Brian, FS Trevell Johnson. NOTEWORTHY: First football meeting… Continue reading →

Prep report for Thursday, Nov. 20

Boys basketball Thursday’s games Brusly 74, White Castle 70 Port Allen 58, Catholic 50 Walker 66, Independence 48 Southern Lab 76, Lee 62 Madison Prep 54, St. Thomas More 30 False River 44, Ascension 21 Port Allen 58, Catholic High 50 Scotlandville 65, Mandeville 61 Madison Prep 54, St. Thomas Moore 30 St. Michael 61, Broadmoor 43 Woodlawn Shootout… Continue reading →

Football scores, pairings

Louisiana High School Athletic Association football playoff pairings. Seedings listed in parentheses. Records listed after school name. Game times 7 p.m. unless otherwise listed. Nonselect schools Class 5A Bidistrict round C.E. Byrd 35, Fontainebleau 6 East Ascension 52, Sulphur 14 West Monroe 49, Sam Houston 21 Covington 34, Carencro 0 Haughton 34, Ouachita Parish 19 Hahnville 62, Natchitoches Central… Continue reading →

LHSAA football playoff pairings

Louisiana High School Athletic Association football playoff pairings. Seedings listed in parentheses. Regular-season records listed after school name. Game times 7 p.m. unless otherwise listed. Nonselect schools Class 5A Regional round (16) East Ascension (6-5) at (1)… Continue reading →

Video: Highlights from the LHSAA State Swim Meet (Division IV)

Advocate sportswriter Robin Fambrough talks with the outstanding swimmers, Olivia Hoffman (Dunham) and Jared Williams (Newman) in Division IV at the LHSAA state swimming meet. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Episcopal wins LHSAA swimming Division IV titles; E.D. White and Lusher take Division III crowns

Division IV SULPHUR — Episcopal swept the Division IV state titles at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Swim meet Thursday. The Knights scored 231.5 points to edge Baton Rouge rival The Dunham School by 71/2 points to win the boys title. Defending champion Newman placed third with 214.5… Continue reading →

2014 state swimming tournament, Division IV results

Division IV At SPAR Aquatic Center-Sulphur Girls Team totals: 1, Episcopal-BR 390. 2, Newman 294. 3, Ascension Episcopal 218. 4, St. Martin’s 128. 5, Louise McGehee 126. 6, The Dunham School 119. 7, Archbishop Hannan 110. 8, Northlake Christian 108. 9, Westminster Christian 102. 10, Riverside Academy 100. 11, Pope John Paul II 66.… Continue reading →

District 4-5A 4-5A teams improve résumé

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  Denham Springs quarterback Torez Kinchen rolls out a regular-season matchup against Zachary. The two will square off in a Class 5A regional playoff game Friday night at Denham Springs.

District 4-5A isn’t filled with the big-name schools some of its counterparts have. Whereas districts like 6-5A on the Northshore sent five teams into nonselect postseason play this year or District 5-5A with four of its five public schools making the bracket, District 4-5A only sent three teams — district champion Zachary (10-1), Denham Springs (7-4) and… Continue reading →

Division III, IV swim teams, competitors use state meet prelims for positioning

SULPHUR — It was business as usual for Baton Rouge and Acadiana area competitors looking to make their mark at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Swim meet. No one won a team or individual title during Wednesday’s preliminaries for Division III and Division IV. Plenty of swimmers put themselves in position… Continue reading →

A FEW MINUTES WITH ... Casper Williams

Casper Williams, Port Allen linebacker

Casper Williams, junior Port Allen linebacker How is your junior season progressing? I feel it’s been pretty successful so far. I’m just trying to stick with my progress, do good things and get my chance to take my game to the next level.… Continue reading →

Prep report for Wednesday, Nov. 19

Football Louisiana High School Athletic Association football playoff pairings. Seedings listed in parentheses. Regular-season records listed after school name. Game times 7 p.m. unless otherwise listed. Nonselect schools Regional round… Continue reading →

U-High’s Jalon Baker, Jake Wharton bounce back after injuries

Advocate staff photo by  April Buffington -- West Feliciana's Tre' Bailey tries to push University's Jalon Baker away in a game earlier this month.

Every time University Lab senior wide receiver Jake Wharton gets hit, he is unceremoniously reminded of what he’s been through the past year. A pain shoots up through his shoulder with every tackle, but only on his left shoulder — the side that wasn’t surgically repaired last year after he tore not one, but both labrums in… Continue reading →

St. Joseph’s returns to cross country victory stand

The St. Joseph's cross country team celebrates its Class 5A state championship Tuesday in Natchitoches.

Being cast in the favorite’s role was not a kind twist of fate for St. Joseph’s Academy a year ago. The Redstickers didn’t take home a first or second-place trophy. Being ranked second to Mandeville High during the latter part of the year gave SJA coach Mark LaHaye the ammunition needed to get his team to focus… Continue reading →

LHSAA state cross country meet results

NATCHITOCHES – Team scores and top 10 individual finishers Tuesday in the 2014 State Farm Louisiana High School Athletic Association Cross Country Championships for classes 5A, 4A and 3A at Northwestern State’s Walter P. Ledet Track Complex, with girls and boys running 3 miles: Class 5A Girls Team scores: 1. St. Joseph’s-BR45, 2. Mandeville 63, 3. Mt. Carmel 96,… Continue reading →

Divisions III, IV kick off state swim meet

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Episcopal's Chanler D. Turnley has the top entry marks in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard freestyle for Division IV in the LHSAA state swim meet.

Will it be more of the same? Or could the first day of the Allstate Sugar Bowl/Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Swim meet be a moving day with teams trying to unseat the favorites? Teams in Divisions III-IV compete in preliminary heats Wednesday to open the annual four-day meet at Sulphur’s SPAR Aquatic Center.… Continue reading →

Madison Prep tops St. Michael 56-46

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Madison Prep's Christion Thompson drives the baseline  as St. Michael's Jacob Evans goes for the block.

Madison Prep used a late second-quarter surge to take control and went on to post a 56-46 win over St. Michael in the season opener for both squads. Billed as a matchup between two of the state’s top high school prospects, Brandon Sampson of Madison Prep and Jacob Evans of St. Michael, it was Evans who had… Continue reading →

Video: Highlights from the final day of the LHSAA state cross country meet

South Louisiana teams dominated on the second and final day of the LHSAA state cross country meet in Natchitoches, La. Click here to see the video. Continue reading →

Updated Advocate's High School Signings Slide Show

Parkview Baptist signees are softball player Morgan Acosta (Harding University), baseball player Adam Tarver (Nicholls State) and volleyball player Macey Stock (Southeastern Louisiana University)

Slowly but surely high school athletes continue to sign national letters of intent to play collegiate athletics next year. Here is an updated version of the Advocate's High School Signings Slide Show with more athletes and signings prior to Nov. 18, 2014. Click here to see the slide show.Continue reading →

Live updates from the second day of the LHSAA State Cross Country Meet

State cross country ä Watch our video from the LHSAA state cross meet at theadvocate.com/sports Here are the winners of Classes 2A, 1A, B and C from Monday’s races. Classes 3A, 4A and 5A run Tuesday. Boys team: Episcopal… Continue reading →

Video: Highlights from the first day of the LHSAA State Cross Country Meet

It was a cold, damp opening day of the two-day LHSAA State Cross Country Championships in Natchitoches, La., but that didn’t stop some athletes from having the race of their lives. Here is a highlight video from the meet.Continue reading →

Episcopal wins 19th straight state cross country title

NATCHITOCHES — No rule requires a team that wins a state title to also have the top individual finisher at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Cross Country meet. But it certainly doesn’t hurt — something traditional powers Episcopal and Ascension Catholic proved while winning boys titles to help open the annual two-day meet held… Continue reading →

Traditional powers, underdogs head to chilly Natchitoches in search of state cross country titles

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Catholic High's Jeffery Kelley sprints to the finish line for third place on Saturday in the Bayou Boogie Invitational.

There’s nothing wrong with being cast in the role of the frontrunner. Baton Rouge’s contingent headed to the final day of the Allstate Sugar Bowl/Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Cross Country meet want to prove that being an underdog can be just as good. Teams in Classes 3A to 5A begin their races at 11… Continue reading →

Q&A with Dunham’s Jyron Walker and Joshua Matthews

Jyron Walker

Senior Jyron Walker connected with sophomore Joshua Matthews on a 46-yard Hail Mary on game’s final play as No. 10 Dunham rallied for a 27-24 Division III road playoff win over Menard on Friday. The Advocate: What did it feel like when you released the pass? Jyron Walker: I threw the ball as high… Continue reading →

Team, individual win streaks on line in cross country meet

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Gabrielle Jennings of First Baptist finished first at the  Catholic High Invitational cross country meet with a time of 18 minutes, 11.72 seconds Saturday at Highland Road Park.

Coaches love analogies that explain the differences between teams and seasons. Seashells and coral formations are good ways to illustrate. individuality. Oddly enough, a snowflake might be the best analogy for Baton Rouge area teams looking to keep streaks alive at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Louisiana High School Athletic Association state cross country meet that begins Monday… Continue reading →

Fambrough: Basketball teams set to begin playing for keeps Monday

Football is definitely king in Louisiana. No one questions that. But there’s nothing quite like the royal treatment Baton Rouge’s high school basketball teams garner seemingly every year. The battle for basketball supremacy starts Monday. That’s the first day when teams in Class 5A to 1A can suit up and play their first regular-season games.… Continue reading →

Video: Highlights from the LHSAA State Volleyball Championships

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Teurlings Catholic holds up their trophy after winning first place in their division at the 2014 Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Volleyball State Tournament held at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner on Saturday, November 15, 2014.

Country Day, Pope John Paul II, Teurlings Catholic, St. Thomas More and Mount Carmel each won LHSAA state volleyball championships on Saturday, and The Advocate was there. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Mount Carmel surprises St. Joseph’s with a 3-0 sweep in the volleyball state title game

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --Mount Carmel's Katie Kampen tries to hit the ball past St. Jospeh's Melissa Currier in Division I of the LHSAA state volleyball tournament Saturday at Kenner's Pontchartrain Center.

Defense wins championships, and defending state champion St. Joseph’s Academy watched that maxim become a reality Saturday night. Second-seeded Mount Carmel Academy surprisingly swept the top-seeded Redstickers 3-0 to win the Division I state title to close out the Allstate Sugar Bowl/Louisiana High School Athletic Association state volleyball tournament at the Pontchartrain Center. “I think you saw… Continue reading →

Week 2 of football playoffs promises intrigue

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Catholic High quarterback Ian Brian (14) throttles a pass against East Ascension, Friday, Nov. 7, at Olympia Stadium in Baton Rouge.

The second week of high school football playoffs features two interesting local rematches and the return to action of high-seeded teams who drew byes in Catholic High, St. Michael the Archangel and University High. Fourth-seeded Catholic (9-1) hosts No. 5 Brother Martin (9-2) in select Division I quarterfinal action at 7 p.m. Friday at Memorial Stadium. Catholic… Continue reading →

Late roundup: Lutcher, St. Edmund pick up wins

DERIDDER — Lutcher, seeded No. 17 in Class 4A, used a 28-8 surge over the final three quarters to pull away from No. 16 DeRidder in Friday’s bidistrict football matchup. DeRidder (7-4) trailed 14-6 after D’Angelo Ridder opened scoring for the Dragons with a 70-yard touchdown run. But following Ridder’s TD, Lutcher’s Jontre Kirklin rushed 4 yards to score… Continue reading →

Slide show: The first day for high school athletes to sign national letters of intent in the early signing period

Parkview Baptist signees are softball player Morgan Acosta (Harding University), baseball player Adam Tarver (Nicholls State) and volleyball player Macey Stock (Southeastern Louisiana University)

High school athletes from across the country signed national letters of intent on the first day of the early-signing period on Wednesday. Here is a slide show of some of those athletes from the Baton Rouge area. Click here to see the slide show.Continue reading →

St. Thomas More gets three-peat

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --St. Thomas More's Maddy Aucoin tries to hit the ball past Assumption's Megan White (9) and Elise Smith (6) in the Division II final of theLHSAA state volleyball tournament Saturday Division II at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner.

St. Thomas More earned its three-peat Saturday afternoon the hard way. After defeating second-seeded St. Scholastica in the semifinals, STM upended top-seeded Assumption 25-13, 25-22 and 25-14 to capture the Division II title at LHSAA state volleyball tournament at Kenner’s Pontchartrain Center. Besides being the third consecutive championship for STM (35-8), this is the fourth in… Continue reading →

Teurlings wins second straight state title, Country Day takes sixth straight crown

A state championship season is a tough act to follow. Unless you’re Division III Teurlings Catholic and Metairie Park Country Day and the sport is volleyball. Teurlings (36-9) won its second straight Division III title, Country Day (40-6) won its sixth consecutive Division V crown as the Allstate Sugar Bowl\Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Volleyball tournament… Continue reading →

Prep notes: Cross country, swimming championships set

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s series of fall sports championships continues this week with cross country in Natchitoches and swimming in Sulphur. Northwestern State in Natchitoches is the site of the LHSAA State Cross Country Meet set for Monday and Tuesday. The LHSAA State Swim Meet runs Thursday through Saturday at Sulphur’s SPAR Aquatic Center. Cross country action… Continue reading →