Family Christian duo both have hit for cycle

The Family Christian Academy baseball duo of Tyler Randall and Ben Chauvin took turns hitting for the cycle last week.

Randall did it first, in a Tuesday game against Christian Life. Not to be outdone, Chauvin, the Class C Outstanding Player a year ago, hit for the cycle in a Thursday game against Northside Christian.

“I’ve been coaching for more than 20 years, (and) I’ve never had two players do this,” FCA coach Rick Smith said.

The cycle was not the only news for Randall, who has committed to play baseball at Division III Louisiana College.

DSHS coach on ‘Today’

Former Denham Springs girls basketball coach Nikki Leader appeared on NBC’s “Today” show along with other members of the Tigerettes senior women’s basketball team last week.

The Tigerettes took on female members of the “Today” staff in an abbreviated game.

Leader and the Tigerettes will be shooting for another gold medal in the Senior Olympics this summer in Cleveland.

Stelly returns to SJA

After spending the past two seasons at her alma mater, University High, as associate head coach, deLynn Stelly is returning to St, Joseph’s Academy as head girls basketball coach.

Stelly served as head coach from the Redstickers from 2009-11. Her teaching assignments are not set, but Stelly taught algebra, algebra resource and health and physical education in her previous stint at SJA.

Autism awareness

Ascension Parish baseball teams Dutchtown, East Ascension and St. Amant will wear blue sweatbands with a puzzle piece on them to promote Autism Awareness Month, which begins Monday.

The teams are banding together in support of St. Amant assistant coach Marshall Crooks, whose son, Allen, has autism. On April 10, Allen Crooks will also throw out the first pitch at the LSU-Southern game, also promoting the autism cause.

Open dates, etc.

Dutchtown is hosting a junior varsity All-Comers meet on April 3. Field events are set for 4:30 p.m. and running events begin at 5:30 p.m. Email coach John Talley at john.talley@apsb.org for details and to enter. ... Scotlandville has boys basketball open dates on Jan. 28 and Feb. 21. Contact Scotlandville coach Carlos Sample at (225) 802-3640. ... Parkview Baptist seeks varsity boys basketball opponents on Dec. 10, Dec. 13, Dec. 23 and Dec. 30. Call coach Yancy Wilmot at (225) 505-5161 or email him at yancy.wilmot@parkviewbaptist.com.

Officials needed

The River Parish Football Officials Association seeks new officials for the 2013 high school season. Weekly meetings will be held at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at Riverside Academy-Reserve through May 14.

Those interested must be at least 18 and either have a high school diploma or a GED.

Visit the RPFOA website at www.rpfoa.com or call (800) 908-1524 for details.

Dominican trip

Former Parkview Baptist baseball coach M.L. Woodruff, of the Istrouma Baptist Church sports program, is planning the group’s annual Dominican Republic baseball trip June 30-July 6.

Players who have completed grades eight through 12 are eligible to participate.

Five games against Dominican-based teams are scheduled. Players will also participate in two clinics for younger players. There will be group bible studies and worship each day as the players stay in Boca Chica at the S.C.O.R.E/Rawlings Complex.

The cost is $1,200, which includes airfare, transportation and lodging. A $600 deposit is due April 1. The balance is due May 30. Contact Woodruff at (225) 295-0775, extension 118, for more information.