East Ascension stadium to be ready, coach says

Watching grass grow shouldn’t be an objective for football fans at either East Ascension or Catholic High, despite that fact that much more dirt than turf is visible.

East Ascension football coach Paul Bourgeois said the Spartan Stadium field surface was tilled earlier this week and that a newer strain of Bermuda grass seed will be planted within “the next day or two.”

Meanwhile, plans for Catholic’s renovated complex that will include artificial turf on the football practice field, lights and a new track are on schedule for completion sometime in early September, Athletic Director J.P. Kelly said.

While it could take up to 40 days for the grass to grow at Spartan Stadium, Bourgeois said he has no worries, thanks to a schedule that will have EAHS playing/scrimmaging elsewhere to start the season.

The Spartans, who practice at the school and not the stadium, are not scheduled to scrimmage or play a jamboree at home. EAHS’ first home game is Sept. 12.

“We’ve got some time already built into this process,” Bourgeois said. “We’re going to be fine.”

Kelly said Catholic has plans in place that will involve using the outfield on the baseball field for practice, along with a 70-yard stretch of land located nearby that the school purchased several years ago.

“I think the target date is around Sept. 6. But if it goes into mid-September, that wouldn’t be a big deal based on the return we’ll get.”

The revamped facility will give Catholic the capability of hosting soccer contests at the school.

Clinic stuff

The agenda for next week’s Louisiana High School Coaches Association’s annual clinic is almost set.

“I think the only thing we’re missing right now is a speaker for soccer, and that should be taken care of soon,” LHSCA Director Gary Duhe said. “I think we’ve always put on a good clinic, and I think this year will be more of the same. We may look at some different things for the future, but from my perspective, if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.”

The four-day LHSCA event starts Monday with a golf tournament at the LSU Golf Course. A series of workshops and guest speakers begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Crowne Plaza.

LSU football coach Les Miles is scheduled to speak at 11 a.m. Tuesday. LSU volleyball coach Fran Flory, University of Louisiana at Lafayette baseball coach Tony Robichaux and Louisiana Tech coaches — football coach Skip Holtz and women’s basketball coach Tyler Summitt — are among the other Tuesday speakers.

The LHSCA’s general business meeting is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday. Louisiana-Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth leads the list of Wednesday speakers. For a complete clinic agenda, go to lhsaa.org.

Now pinch hitting …

Robichaux is taking over the clinic role ex-Cajuns assistant Matt Deggs was supposed to fill, Duhe said.

When Deggs was hired as Sam Houston’s baseball coach last month, Duhe said Robichaux agreed to take over his speaker’s spot.