Uncertainty surrounds LHSAA convention

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Incoming LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine speaks at a news conference in November.

Questions abound as the Louisiana High School Athletic Association begins its annual convention Wednesday with an executive committee meeting at the Crowne Plaza. The three-day event starts with the 9 a.m. executive meeting and continues through Friday, when principals are scheduled to vote on proposals that could alter the current makeup of the organization. Incoming LHSAA… Continue reading →

More to LHSAA’s issues than public vs. private schools

Unless you’ve been on Mars for a while you know the LHSAA has major issues to address at its annual convention this week. This public school vs. private school tug-of-war simmered below the surface for years before member principals voted to split the LHSAA’s football championships into separate divisions for select and nonselect schools two years ago.… Continue reading →

Fundamentals, fast start spark Catholic

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND --  Catholic's Toliver Freeman attempts to score against McKinley's Tyrese Radford on Tuesday at MHS.

McKinley had Catholic High on the ropes. The Panthers forced seven fourth-quarter turnovers and cut the Bears’ lead to two points twice in the final 1:15 of the District 5-5A boys basketball game. A fast start and a fundamental finish that included four free throws by Toliver Freeman in the final 26.8 seconds gave Catholic all it… Continue reading →

Tara rides free-throw shooting to victory over Belaire

Belaire High boys basketball coach Chauncey Moore, and Tara High’s Marqus Mitchell were in agreement following Tuesday night’s District 6-4A game. Free-throw shooting made the difference. Both teams shot well under 50 percent from the floor, but Tara made 28 of 35 free throws keeping Belaire at arms length most of the way in a 51-37 win… Continue reading →

Runnels rallies past French Settlement to remain unbeaten in district

The sight of such a deficit in the latter stages of a game may have been a cause for concern for Runnels High School in years past. Now, instead of wilting under the pressure, the Raiders are flourishing under extreme conditions and have a lot to show for their efforts. Runnels rallied from a five-point deficit… Continue reading →

Prep report for Tuesday, Jan. 27

Boys basketball Brighton 60, Trinity 37 Brighton 24 10 11 15 — 60 Trinity 12 6 9 10 — 37 Scoring — BRIGHTON: J. Sylvester 34, J. Brown 10, Z. Patterson 6, A. Bennett 5, A. August 3; TRINITY: V. White 15, T. Scott 10, C. Bailey 10, T. Grey 2. 3-Point Goals — Brighton: 11 (Sylvester 9, Bennett 1, Brown 1); Trinity: 4 (Scott 2, Bailey 2 )… Continue reading →

The Advocate Soccer Top 10

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  McKinley's Nicholas Wiggins is blocked by Catholic's Michael GorlandoTuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 at McKinley High.

Boys 1, Catholic 12-1-5: The Bears have already clinched the Division I, District 5 title. 2, University 17-1-2: Another great season for the Division III, District 7 Cubs. 3, Denham Springs 23-4-1: The Yellow Jackets are enjoying their best soccer season ever. 4, St. Michael 15-4-5 and Zachary 12-3-1: Division II St. Michael and Division I Zachary have… Continue reading →

Denham Springs beats Zachary to clinch district title

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- From left,  Denham Springs' Jacob Moore (17), Zachary Boothe (34) and Zachary Kimball (14) celebrate after Kimball scored against Zachary, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 at Bronco Stadium in Zachary.

ZACHARY — Fresh off of a thrilling win over Zachary High School five days before, Denham Springs’ quest for the program’s second boys soccer district title was not locked up quite yet. To achieve that, the Yellow Jackets were going to have to get past the Broncos once again, but this time away from home. Thanks to an… Continue reading →

Catholic clinches soccer title with win over Dutchtown

Overcoming frigid conditions and its own below average offensive play, Catholic High School defeated Dutchtown 1-0 to claim the Division I, District 5 soccer title. “It’s always nice to clinch district,” Catholic coach Bo Cassidy said. “It’s one of the goals we set out for as a team. I’m proud of the guys, and our ability to achieve… Continue reading →

Runnels looking to stay ahead in District 7-2A

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUKSouthern Lab's Bladrick Veal lays on the court under the goal in pain after suffering an injuryagainst Madison Prep on Friday at Southern University's F.G. Clark Activity Center.

“There’s no place like home” is a cliché that’s been used countless times. Runnels boys basketball coach Ben Young and his team are using it one more time while looking to stay at the front of the line in District 7-2A race. “We’ve played four of our five district games so far at home,”… Continue reading →

The Advocate boys and girls basketball Top 10

Basketball Top 10s Classes 5A-4A 1, Scotlandville 21-4: The Hornets are firmly in control in District 4-5A. 2, Plaquemine 18-5: An impressive body of work so far for the 6-4A Green Devils. 3, Catholic 15-5: The Bears established themselves as early 5-5A leader and… Continue reading →

Madison Prep scores ‘a signature win,’ 60-56 over University High

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Madison Prep's Yuryk Lazard (14) and Joshua LeBlanc (23) try to block U-High's Wayde Sims at the Hall of Fame Classic Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at Baton Rouge Community College.

Put two top-quality boys basketball teams like Madison Prep and University High on the court together, and you figure each has a 50 percent chance of winning. Madison Prep coach Jeff Jones stressed a different type of 50-50 approach, and it paid big dividends as the Class 1A Chargers ousted defending 3A state champion University 60-56 to… Continue reading →

Port Allen shines against Karr; McKinley falls to Country Day

Port Allen coach Brandon Ricard didn’t know whether to credit the brighter lights and the bigger stage afforded by playing at Baton Rouge Community College. Regardless, though, the Pelicans took advantage of Saturday’s Hall of Fame Classic platform to prove they could be a serious contender for the Class 3A state championship. Port Allen’s sizzling start manifested itself into… Continue reading →

Zachary, Denham Springs standouts shine at LHSAA indoor track qualifying meet

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Catholic's Kam Cummings takes first in the Boys 60 Meter Hurdles at the prep track qualifier race in LSU's Carl Maddox Field House Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015.

There were no team scores, but plenty of fierce competition and outstanding individual performances at the LHSAA Indoor Qualifying Meet at LSU’s Carl Maddox Fieldhouse on Saturday. It was a good day for youngsters as sophomore Abigail O’Donohue of Denham Springs won the girls high jump with a meet record of 5-7, freshman Armand Duplantis of… Continue reading →

Track and field: LSU High School Indoor Qualifier results

Boys Field Events Pole vault: 1, Armand Duplantis, Lafayette, 16-04. 2, Kyle Baudoin, Walker, 16-04. 3, Austin Schott, Jesuit, 14-00. Triple jump: 1, Ryan Theyard, Lusher, 44-05.75. 2, Jace Attuso, Catholic High, 43-02. 3, Ke’Andre Jones, Opelousas, 43-00. High jump: 1, James Willingham, Pineville, 6-6. 2, Austin Walker, West Monroe, 6-4. 3, Damon Guidry Crowley, 6-4. Shot put: 1,… Continue reading →

Plaquemine’s D’Morea Wicks commits to Air Force

Plaquemine High quarterback D’Morea Wicks committed to Air Force during a Saturday visit to the school, PHS coach Paul Distefano said. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Wicks is scheduled to play running back for the Falcons. Wicks accounted for 2,353 total yards while leading the Green Devils to the Class 4A semifinals last fall. He tallied 1,260 rushing yards, 1,093… Continue reading →

Wrestling: Brother Martin cruises to victory at Live Oak Duals

WATSON — In Brother Martin coach Robert Dauterive’s mind, six matches were crucial at Saturday’s Live Oak Duals. Though other big name schools in the 16-team field gave some of their starters a weekend off, Dauterive brought his full lineup to sew up a few seedings in those six matches in advance of the state… Continue reading →

Top two power rankings matchup: Mount Carmel trims St. Joseph’s

Advocate staff photo by Rusty Costanza --  Mount Carmel's Emily Dares heads a ball past St. Joseph's Sarah Town on Saturday at Pan American Stadium.

Stoppage time decided the LHSAA girls Division I power rankings No. 1-versus-No. 2 showdown at Pan American Stadium on Saturday. Awarded a free kick, top-seeded Mount Carmel lined up defender Kat Dehoog from 37 yards out. Dehoog lifted her hand, inched forward and launched the ball. The ball dipped into the back of the net over the… Continue reading →

Basketball Schedule

Here is a schedule of basketball games to be played during the week of Jan. 26-31. Start times listed typically include at least one subvarsity game before varsity games. Boys Monday Zachary at Broadmoor, 5 p.m. Episcopal at Capitol, 5 p.m. Tuesday Baker at University, 5 p.m.… Continue reading →

Prep report for Saturday, Jan. 24

Boys basketball Amite 69, Beau Chene 62 Amite 15 25 21 8 — 69 Beau Chene 13 7 28 14 — 62 Scoring — AMITE: James Harvey 24, Devonta Smith 13, Devin Atkins 10, Jordan Baldwin 7, Joshua Jackson 6, Andrew Jones 5 Brennan Edwards 2, De’Aarion Sims 2; BEAU CHENE: Julius Tibbs 17, Datravan Guilbeau 16, Denzel Austin 15, Christian Jolivette 11, Deotre Eaglin 4, Jakaven Servant 1. 3-Point Goals… Continue reading →

Soccer Schedule

Here is a schedule of soccer games to be played during the week of Jan. 26-31. Start times listed typically include at least one subvarsity game before varsity games. Boys Monday Belaire at McKinley, 6 p.m. Denham Springs at Zachary, 6 p.m. Dutchtown vs. Catholic at Burbank Field 18, 6… Continue reading →

Madison Prep boys, girls sweep Southern Lab

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Madison Prep's Brandon Sampson dunks against Southern Lab on Friday at Southern University's F.G. Clark Activity Center.

When Madison Prep led by only four points at the end of the first quarter, it looked like Southern Lab was destined to have a big night. The Kittens learned once again that St. John’s commitment Brandon Sampson has a habit of altering another team’s fate. Sampson scored a game-high 27, mixing 3-pointers, dunks and flashy… Continue reading →

Port Allen catches fire in second half for victory

PORT ALLEN — By the time his Glen Oaks team had contributed to Port Allen’s worst half of the season, veteran coach Harvey Adger saw some of the qualities that’s made the Pelicans one of the state’s top Class 3A teams. It took PAHS just five minutes during the third quarter to get that message… Continue reading →

Sterling’s free throws push Scotlandville past Broadmoor

Celica Sterling sank two free throws with less than 1 second remaining as Scotlandville High held off Broadmoor High 47-45 to notch a key District 4-5A victory Friday night at Scotlandville. The game produced 19 lead changes and six ties. No one held confortable edge until Sterling scored the last of her game-high 24 points.… Continue reading →

St. Jospeh’s Academy makes key run in final period to take win

St. Joseph’s Academy went on a 14-0 run in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and came away with an impressive 54-47 victory over Dutchtown Friday night at SJA. Four players scored during that decisive run and one play was indicative of how the Redstickers played in this game with their moving and cutting style.… Continue reading →

Marquee matchup: Madison Prep vs. U-High

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- U-High's Skylar Mays collides with Brusly defender Michael Bryant as he drives to the basket in a game earlier this month.

It sounds like a marquee matchup inspired by the overwhelming success of both teams. The Hall of Fame Classic game between two of Baton Rouge’s top boys basketball teams, Class 1A Madison Prep and 3A University High, has a different story. “You couldn’t script it much better than this,” MPA coach Jeff Jones said.… Continue reading →

Prep report for Friday, Jan. 23

Boys basketball Brusly 72, Baker 32 Brusly 22 13 14 23 — 72 Baker 10 12 6 4 — 32 Scoring — BRUSLY: Michael Bryant 14, Shawn Freeman 12, Jason Holiday 12, Darien Jones 10, Jasper Queen 8, Robert Taylor 6, Codi Miller 4, Alonzo Lejeune 4, Zavian Bell 2; BAKER: R. Hamilton 11, J. Brooks 9, J. Morgan 5, C. Wagner 4, T. Bell 3. 3-Point Goals — Brusly: 4… Continue reading →

New LHSAA executive director Eddie Bonine impresses at Baton Rouge area meeting

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Incoming LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine speaks at a news conference in November.

There were no outbursts or open suggestions about which direction the Louisiana High School Athletic Association should go next. Once the Baton Rouge area meeting ended, it was clear that the crowd of about 90 administrators and coaches got exactly what they came for — the chance to see incoming Executive Director Eddie Bonine in… Continue reading →

Madison Prep, Southern Lab ready for showdown

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND --  Southern Lab's boys basketball coach Devan Clark encourages his team during their game against Redemptorist on Tuesday.

Southern Lab boys basketball coach Devan Clark started to laugh as he attempted to answer the question that no one in Louisiana has had a solution for. “You know, I honestly don’t have a clue how you beat Madison Prep,” Clark said. “It’s not something I’ve even thought about. Let’s face it, nobody else around here has… Continue reading →

Scotlandville uses fast pace to top Broadmoor

The racehorse pace of Thursday’s District 4-5A game was right in Scotlandville’s wheelhouse. The Hornets’ opponent, Broadmoor, not so much. Scotlandville was in its comfort zone from the outset, shooting 57 percent from the field with three players reaching double figures in a 75-63 victory. “We talked about not wanting to make a living from… Continue reading →

Prep report for Thursday, Jan. 22

Boys basketball Christian Life 63, Kentwood 41 Christian Life 20 11 18 14 — 63 Kentwood 5 7 16 13 — 41 Scoring — CHIRSTIAN LIFE: S. Williams 23, J. Briggs 10, J. Kibodi 10, B. Williams 6, J. Creed 3, M. Lenior 3, FX. Roges 3, J. Thomas 3, D. Cooper 2; KENTWOOD: T.Hawthorne 9, J. Johnson 8, J. Moore 6, B. Chappell 5, D. McKnight 4, S. Walls… Continue reading →

Live updates from the LHSAA area meeting in Baton Rogue

Live updates as the LHSAA area meeting in Baton Rouge continues Bonnaffee points out that the LHSAA building will have to be refinanced later this summer. Crowd gives Bonine a round of applause. Bonine says he toured the LHSAA building for first time Wednesday night. Says he communicated with family… Continue reading →

Issues, new LHSAA chief Eddie Bonine highlight meetings

LAFAYETTE — Representatives from Lafayette area schools gathered Wednesday afternoon to discuss issues facing high school athletics in Louisiana and to also meet the new man who will soon be calling the shots. The Louisiana High School Athletic Association area meeting at the Clifton Chenier Center was designed to prepare member schools to vote… Continue reading →

Fambrough: LHSAA still at crossroads

After spending most of two days on the road following the LHSAA contingent through three area meetings, I gained a new appreciation for a number of things. Surely no one is surprised to hear that no slam-dunk solution for the LHSAA’s private vs. public school issues came to light. I didn’t expect one. What I did… Continue reading →

Denham Springs tops Zachary in back-and-forth game

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND -- Zachary's Evan Delhom tries to steal the ball from Denham Springs's T. Cade Murry during a Jan. 21 game at Denham Springs. The final score was Denham 3, Zachary 2.

Like a pair of prizefighters, Denham Springs and Zachary went at each other on the soccer pitch Wednesday night. Every time the Broncos took a swing, the Yellow Jackets would retaliate with a haymaker of their own. That is, until Denham Springs (24-2-1, 8-0) junior Joao Borsato delivered the knockout blow. In the 68th minute, Borsato… Continue reading →

U-High soccer teams try to keep momentum going

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- University High girls soccer coach Melissa Ramsey shouts instructions to her players Monday during a game against Episcopal earlier this month.

The University High soccer program is learning a valuable lesson: winning brings about confidence, which in turn, brings more winning. The U-High boys and girls teams are among the top of their division — the girls (14-1-2) at No. 2 and the boys (17-1-2) at No. 3 in the latest power rankings, which is giving the Cubs… Continue reading →

Prep report for Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

Bowling Boys Runnels 25, Woodlawn 2 High series: RUNNELS: Drake Fromenthal 541 High game: RUNNELS: Jordan Johnston 210, Clay Harned 193; WOODLAWN: Nicole Andorf 167, Connor McCullough 163 Lee High 0, Central 27 High series: LEE HIGH: Nabil Hamden 106 ; CENTRAL Jacob Garreston 217 High game: LEE HIGH: Nabil Hamden 106. Kaleb Hall 104, CENTRAL: Jacob Garretson 236,… Continue reading →

New LHSAA executive director Eddie Bonine leaves area meeting in Alexandra with lots of homework to do

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- From left, the new LHSAA Executive Director's son, Colin, wife, Christine and Eddie Bonine laugh during a conversation with Richard Smith, right, and Mitch Small during a press conference before the 2014-15 Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Saturday, December 13, 2014.

ALEXANDRIA — Incoming Executive Director Eddie Bonine walked toward the group of coaches/administrators who were expressing frustration with specific schools during the LHSAA’s Alexandria area meeting Wednesday morning. “What school is that you said,” Bonine asked. “This is our third meeting and this is rhe first time the names of schools have been mentioned. If this is… Continue reading →

Amite football coach Alden Foster named football coach at East St. John

Alden Foster, East. St. John football coach

. Amite coach Alden Foster has been named head football coach and athletic diretor at East St. John. Foster replaces former coach Phil Banko. “This process produced an excellent coach that we believe will produce victories on and off the field,” said Kevin George, superintendent of The St. John the Baptist Parish… Continue reading →

Louis Conerly helps propel Plaquemine past St. Michael; St. Michael girls defeat Green Devils

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- St. Michael's Michael Miketinas drives to the basket between Plaquemine's C.J. Young, left, and Darwin James on Tuesday night.

St. Michael the Archangel’s basketball team felt the wrath of Plaquemine’s Louis Conerly once again. After rallying his team in the fourth quarter against the Warriors last season, Conerly scored a team-high 16 points off the bench to lift the Green Devils to a 42-38 District 6-4A road victory on Tuesday. “Louis Conerly has done this… Continue reading →

Compromise discussed openly at Monroe-area LHSAA meeting

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- From left, the new LHSAA Executive Director's son, Colin, wife, Christine and Eddie Bonine laugh during a conversation with Richard Smith, right, and Mitch Small during a press conference before the 2014-15 Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Saturday, December 13, 2014.

MONROE — There was a decidedly different tone at the LHSAA’s area meeting at Neville High on Tuesday afternoon. After a morning meeting that featured some resistance to compromise on public/private school issues in the Shreveport/Bossier City area, a total of 57 coaches/administrators in Monroe took the opposite point of view. Compromise was… Continue reading →

New LHSAA executive director Eddie Bonine impresses in area meeting in Shreveport

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Incoming LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine speaks at a news conference in November.

BOSSIER CITY — Incoming Executive Director Eddie Bonine ended the first Louisiana High School Athletic Association area meeting with words that may be strangely prophetic. “We are good,” Bonine asked. “The proof is in the pudding.” Principals, coaches and administrators on hand for the 21/2-hour Shreveport area meeting at Airline High said they were impressed with… Continue reading →