Photos: Ascension in Focus for Oct. 11, 2012

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Fourth-graders Madelyn Gresko, Addison Didier and Margaret Giesler, all 9, from left, hang on for dear life while spinning on the 'Sizzler' Saturday at the Festival of Friends in Gonzales. 'I was scared in the beginning,' Margaret said, 'but by the end I was having fun.' The three-day fair raised money for St. Theresa and St. John Catholic schools.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- St. Theresa of Avila School student Rachel Alonzo, 9, right, clutches her cousin Georgia Vega, 4, as the two ride the giant slide at the school's fair in Gonzales on Saturday. The two attended the fair with their grandparents, Peggy and George Alonzo, along with Georgia's brother Bennett Vega, 7. The Festival of Friends, which raises money for St. Theresa and St. John Catholic schools, featured food, entertainment, games and rides.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Kyriel Felton, 14, of East Ascension High School, lights a candle Monday in honor of victims of domestic violence whose names are unknown. Candles lit at the Take Back the Night ceremony at Jambalaya Park in Gonzales represented specific groups of people in Louisiana who were victims of violent crimes within the last year.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Terica Toliver, from left, Juanita McCray and Kezia Scott, 9, hold signs Monday representing each victim of domestic violence who died in the last year in Louisiana as Laneir Cutno, right, listens to the names being read at the Take Back the Night ceremony at Jambalaya Park in Gonzales. Since the ceremony was held last year, 52 people have died from domestic violence.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Members of the Dutchtown High School band play The Beatles' "Yesterday" Monday afternoon at Jambalaya Park in Gonzales as part of the Take Back the Night ceremony. They are, from left, Victoria Fairchild, Jonna Bradshaw, Thomas Schroeder, Brennen Tompkins and Shannon Cousins.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Shirley Neal, left, accompanied by her son, Larry Neal, speaks Monday about her daughter, Jackie Neal, who was killed in 2005 by her ex-boyfriend. Neal addressed the crowd at the 'Take Back the Night' ceremony in Jambalaya Park.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Donaldsonville High School JROTC members, from left, Arhmand Hambrick, Shaun Brown and Breana Nelson present the colors Monday at the beginning of the Take Back the Night program in Jambalaya Park in Gonzales. The program's goal is to raise awareness about and help stop domestic violence.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Taking a stand against crime -- Audrey Wascome recalls her own experience with violent crime on her 17th birthday, Oct. 9, 1995, at the "Take Back the Night" program Monday at Jambalaya Park in Gonzales. Wascome is interim executive director of the Capital Area Violence Intervention Center Inc. Since last year's event, 52 people in Louisiana have died in domestic violence crimes, said Kim Brown, the center's community outreach coordinator.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Sam Pizzillo lines up a shot during a pool tournament at the Council on Aging in Gonzales on Friday. It was Pizzillo's second title. He won the first tournament held last year.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Calvin Braud, Wally Turner and Alvin Daigle, from left, watch competitors take shots in during the Council on Aging's pool tournament in Gonzales on Friday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Orlando Dickson, 81, sizes up a shot during the Council on Aging's pool tournament in Gonzales on Friday. Dickson took second place in the tournament behind champion Sam Pizzillo.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Wally Turner prepares to take a shot Friday in the Council on Aging's pool tournament at the Gonzales Senior Center.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Sam Pizzillo wraps up his prize, a new cue stick case, with his lucky scrunchies after successfully winning his second title at the Council on Aging's Gonzales Senior Center on Friday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- St. Amant Middle School quarterback Hayden Mallory winds up for a pass during a middle school football game against Gonzales Middle School at The Pit in on Oct. 4.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Gonzales Middle School's Justin Daniels, right, carries the ball against the St. Amant Middle School's defense during a middle school football game on Oct. 4 in The Pit. Gonzales won 6-0 to remain undefeated.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- St. Amant Middle School's Anthony Naya, left, blocks a punt by Gonzales Middle School's Jaime Garibaldi, right, during a middle school football game at The Pit in St. Amant Oct. 4.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- St. Amant Middle School wide receiver Briggs Bourgeois, left, is tackled by Gonzales Middle School's Koye Ruiffin after making a reception in a middle school football game at The Pit in St. Amant on Oct. 4. Gonzales won 6-0.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Gonzales Middle School's Koye Ruiffin, right, outruns St. Amant Middle School's Jacob Cheatwood for a touchdown after making a reception in a middle school football game at Oct. 4 at The Pit. The score was the only touchdown in the game won by Gonzales, 6-0

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Ascension Catholic quarterback D.J. Latino (14) dodges a tackles from St. John's Bo Dearman during a football game at Floyd Boutte Memorial Stadium in Donaldsonville.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAUAscension Catholic coach Doug Moreau talks with players on the sideline during a game against St. John of Plaquemine in 2012.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Ascension Catholic's Cleveland Fefie (20) reaches for a long pass while being grabbed by St. John's Morgan Booksh (9) during a football game at Floyd Boutte Memorial Stadium in Donaldsonville on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. Pass interference was called on the play, with a 15-yard penalty against St. John.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- St. John's Jacob Caballero (3), top, is tackled by Ascension Catholic's Patrick Butler (21), bottom, during a football game at Floyd Boutte Memorial Stadium in Donaldsonville.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- St. John quarterback Hunter Schnebelen (2), center, scrambles out of the pocket against Ascension Catholic's defense during a football game at Floyd Boutte Memorial Stadium in Donaldsonville.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Ascension Catholic's Patrick Butler (21), left, scores a touchdown past St. John's Colby Landry (10), right, during a football game at Floyd Boutte Memorial Stadium in Donaldsonville.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Ascension Catholic's Wade Bailey (23) makes a reception and runs for a touchdown while St. John's defense on his tail during a football game at Floyd Boutte Memorial Stadium in Donaldsonville.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Dutchtown's Shelby White (1) catches a pass during practice drills before the game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Dutchtown's David Elias (91) jogs across the field during practice drills before their game against St. Amant.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAUSt. Amant's Trey Washington looks for yardage against Dutchtown earlier this month. Washington has 693 yards rushing going into Friday's game against Catholic.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- St. Amant's Hakeem Brooks (44) dodges a tackle from Dutchtown defensive back Victor Mattaur (40) during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- St. Amant's Nic Bickham (36), center, tackles Dutchtown quarterback Mason Nickens (15), bottom, during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photos by ADAM LAU -- Dutchtown quarterback Mason Nickens, right, is tackled by St. Amant's Brandon Rogers during the first half of the Griffins' 31-17 win Friday night at DHS.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Dutchtown quarterback Mason Nickens (15) reaches for extra yardage as he is tackled by St. Amant's Nic Bickham (36) during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- St. Amant's Kirk Elisar (26), left, is swarmed by Dutchtown defense during the second half.

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  • Advocate staff photos by ADAM LAU -- Dutchtown running back Austen Brown dives for extra yardage as St. Amant's Dylan Guedry closes in Friday night in Dutchtown.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- St. Amant's Jamal Vaughn (2) goes sideways as he is hit by a tackle from Dutchtown defensive back Yamaury Velez (8), bottom, during the second half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- St. Amant's Jonavon Lewis (5) breaks up a pass meant for Dutchtown's Shelby Christy (1) during the second half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Dutchtown running back Austen Brown (34) reaches past the goal line for a touchdown as he is tackled by St. Amant's Jeffrey Williams (1) and Chance Cernich (35), from left, in the second half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Dutchtown wide receiver Torrance Mosley turns this pass from Mason Nickens into a 40-yard touchdown run against St. Amant on Friday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Dutchtown defensive back Tevin Reed (20) celebrates with teammates after running an interception back for a touchdown against St. Amant in the second half.

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