Runnels pair registers 125th straight starts

Advocate Staff Photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND Episcopal's Neal Courter competes on the rings at the LHSAA State Boys Gymnastics on Baton Rouge Magnet High School's campus Friday, April 27, 2012.  ONLINE OUT/NO SALES/TV OUT/FOREIGN OUT/ LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC./GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT/225/10/12/IN REGISTER/LBI CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS OUT/
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Seniors Alden Cartwright and Josh Morris started their 125th consecutive varsity games for the Runnels baseball team Thursday. The Raiders beat Broadmoor 8-3 in the South Louisiana Shootout game.

“This is the first time I’ve had players who have that many games in a row,” Runnels coach Tookie Johnson said. “Anytime you have a player who plays that long and becomes a backbone to your program you count on them. They’ll be hard to replace.”

Both players have started for Runnels since they were eighth-graders. The two players also have worked with the Istrouma Sports Organization run by former Parkview Baptist coach M.L. Woodruff in its outreach program to bring baseball to inner city youth.

Cartwright, an LSU signee, has a 1-1 record on the mound and has one home run. Morris, a Northwestern State signee, is hitting .471 and has a 2-2 record as a pitcher.

ZHS pink game

The Zachary High softball team will host its first breast cancer awareness doubleheader against Morgan City at 10 a.m. March 23 at Zachary Youth Park.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted and will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Zachary players will wear special pink T-shirt and fans are encouraged to wear pink. Commemorative pink T-shirts also will be sold at the game.

Alumni notes

Former Baton Rouge high school stars, Caroline Sagrera and Neal Courter, are excelling in different sports in other states this spring.

Sagrera, who starred at St. Joseph’s Academy, is a pitcher for the Alabama-based Spring Hill College softball team. She is 11-0 with a 0.48 earned run average with 127 strikeouts and just 13 walks.

Sagrera leads NAIA Division I in strikeouts and was conference Pitcher of the Week after striking out 15 and tossing a no-hitter against Huntington College. She also was Spring Hill’s Athlete of the Week.

Meanwhile, Courter, a standout in gymnastics at Episcopal, was honored as the Eastern Collegiate Conference Gymnastics Rookie of the Week while competing for Virginia-based William & Mary.

In a win over Navy last weekend, Courter tied a school record with a score of 15.3 in floor exercise. He won the floor exercise, vault (14.75) and high bar (14.45). The high bar mark was a personal record.

Gourrier entries

Broadmoor track coach Alan Brown announced a couple of key changes for the Bucs’ Bat Gourrier Relays on Thursday at BHS.

Coaches should note that there will be no premeet scratch meeting.

Entries and changes to entries are due before 9 a.m. Thursday and should be sent via email to Byron Turner at byronturner@usexpresswtrackclub.org.

Field events start at 3 p.m. and running events beginat 5:30 p.m.

Prep notables

University High’s Garrett Brumfield and Plaquemine High’s Devon Godchaux garnered top awards at the Rivals Camp Series held at Houston’s Westfield High this weekend.

Brumfield was selected as the top offensive lineman, while Godchaux was the top defensive lineman. The camp attracted 185 players from Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

After that win, Jones decided to give the pit bull the name Monroe in honor of the city where Madison Prep won its first state title.

Contact ACHS Development Director Troy LeBoeuf at (225) 473-9227 Ext 242 to register.

Open dates

The Parkview Baptist varsity boys basketball team needs to fill open dates on Dec. 10, Dec. 13, Dec. 23 and Dec. 30.

Call assistant coach Yancy Wilmot at 225-505-5161 or email at yancy.wilmot@parkview
baptist.com.

Contact PHS Athletic Director Scott Allen at (225) 687-6367.

Job openings

Berwick seeks head coaches for volleyball, girls basketball and boys basketball for 2013-14.

The St. Mary Parish school has teaching openings in several areas, including girls physical education, math and language. Those interested should email a résumé to BHS Principal Buffy Fegenbush at bfegenbush@stmary.k12.la.us or to Athletic Director Craig Brodie at cbrodie@stmary.k12.la.us.

Compiled by Robin Fambrough