U-High boys beat Mandeville 66-29, take home Grady Hornsby Tournament crown

DENHAM SPRINGS — Higher stakes surely await a University High basketball team that has won the past two Class 3A state titles. But after the Cubs handled Mandeville 66-29 in the championship game of the Grady Hornsby Tournament on Wednesday night at Denham Springs High, coach Joe Spencer said the plaque his team took home for… Continue reading →

Zachary girls basketball wrap up exciting game with 56-55 win against Parkview Baptist

Zachary High sophomore guard Rayah Haynes scored on a driving layup with 3.7 seconds remaining to lift the Broncos to a 56-55 victory over Parkview Baptist in the title game of Broadmoor High’s Jewell S. Kelly girls basketball tournament. Parkview’s Skyler Goodwin missed a difficult running 3-pointer at the buzzer to close out the exciting back-and-forth game… Continue reading →

Hunter Smith sets tone for West Feliciana defense

Hunter Smith, West Feliciana LB

ST. FRANCISVILLE — Often tasked with setting the defensive front, West Feliciana linebacker Hunter Smith often starts with setting a tone. Soft-spoken and with a wide smile off the field, Smith — a junior — transforms on the field, in the middle of any pregame huddle or speech nearly expending all his energy. “Just pretty hyped… Continue reading →

A Few Minutes with ... Lamar Thomas

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  White Castle coach Lamar Thomas

Sixth-seeded White Castle (6-5) travels to play No. 3 Haynesville (9-2), the two-time defending Class 1A champion in the quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m. Friday. What’s the key point you’ve tried to get across to your team about playing playing Haynesville? “It’s true, Haynesville is the two-time defending 1A champion, but… Continue reading →

Dunham tournament: Dunham rolls past East Iberville, Hathaway

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- East Iberville's Ronderick Patterson tries to drives past Dunham's Tyrean Spurlock in a game at the Dunham tournament Tuesday.

The Dunham School boys basketball team completed a busy day with a 63-41 win over East Iberville as the round-robin Team Sportsplex Thanksgiving Tournament came to a close. Earlier in the day, Dunham (4-0) picked up a 67-33 win over Hathaway. The two wins continued a solid start for the Tigers, who are implementing an… Continue reading →

Parkview’s Trent Harrington, U-High’s Josh Becnel longtime friends might see each other often in Friday’s matchup between the two schools

University defensive lineman Josh Becnel

They were good friends and classmates through the seventh grade. Josh Becnel and Trent Harrington meet on the football field Friday night for the final time, and there’s one last sentiment — may the best team win. Of course, there’s a difference of opinion about which team that will be. Harrington is an offensive lineman… Continue reading →

Jewell S. Kelly girls basketball tournament: Parkview Baptist, Zachary advance to final

Parkview Baptist and Zachary coasted to convincing semifinal wins Tuesday in the Jewell S. Kelly girls basketball tournament at Broadmoor. Parkview (4-0) and Zachary (4-0) will play for the championship at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Parkview defeated East Ascension 43-25 and Zachary defeated Broadmoor 48-12. Tamia Veals scored a game-high 11 points for Zachary.… Continue reading →

St. James quarterback Lowell Narcisse Jr. was thought to be out for season with torn ACL, but returns for playoffs

When St. James quarterback Lowell Narcisse Jr. committed to Auburn over the summer, the assumption was the junior would not play this fall because of a torn ACL suffered in the spring. The Wildcats’ opponents probably wish that had been the case. Narcisse has accounted for six touchdowns in St. James’ two Class 3A playoff wins. SJHS (9-3),… Continue reading →

Jewell S. Kelly girls basketball tournament: Skyler Goodwin scores 31 in Parkview’s win over Southern Lab

Parkview Baptist’s versatile junior Skyler Goodwin scored 19 of her season-high 31 points in the second half to help power the Eagles to a 53-46 victory over Southern Lab on Monday in the Jewell S. Kelly girls basketball tournament at Broadmoor High School. Parkview will battle East Ascension at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Zachary meets the Broadmoor-Port Allen winner… Continue reading →

Football playoff pairings, boys and girls basketball scores

Boys basketball Christian Life 91, Catholic-Pointe Coupee 46 Team Sportsplex Thanksgiving Classic Dunham 84, Caldwell Parish 31 Dunham 64, Bogalusa 61 Hathaway 74, Family Christian 50 Hathaway 37, Lake Charles Prep 28 New Iberia 84, East Iberville 40 St. Paul’s 60, New Iberia 40 St. Paul’s 91, Caldwell Parish 52 Catholic High Thanksgiving ShootOut Catholic 52,… Continue reading →

A few minutes with Jonard Robinson

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern Lab's Jonard Robinson chases a loose ball snapped over the head of Madison Prep's Malcolm Roach during a two point conversion attempt by Madison Prep.

Jonard Robinson, a Tulane commitment, is a 6-foot-2, 187-pound senior from Southern Lab. The sixth-seeded Kittens (8-3) travel to No. 2 Vermilion Catholic (10-2) on Friday. What does making it to the Division IV semifinals this week mean to you? “It means a lot. We’ve had a lot of good runs in the playoffs, but because we lost so… Continue reading →

Division I and I state swim results

At SPAR Aquatic Center-Sulphur Division I Girls Team totals: 1, St. Joseph’s Academy 472. 2, Mandeville 261. 3, Mount Carmel 260.5. 4, Dominican 257. 5, Northshore 162.5. 6, Fontainebleau 124. 7, Slidell 110. 8, Lafayette 83. 9, C.E. Byrd 73. 10, Destrehan 57. 10, Sulphur 57. 12, Comeaux 48. 13, Archbishop Chapelle 34. 13, Baton Rouge High 34. 15,… Continue reading →

Once a year not enough: Parkview Baptist, University meet in Division II semifinals for their sixth game in three years

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- University High's Titus Nelson (28) tries to maintain his balance after Parkview Baptist's Tyler Frederick (20) and Xavier Davis (57) tried to tackle him on Oct. 16. The District 6-3A rivals meet again in a Division II semifinal Friday.

Since the LHSAA split its football playoffs three years ago certain things have been givens — like University High playing district rival Parkview Baptist for a second time each season. The two teams will do it again — meeting for the sixth time in the past three seasons. Fourth-seeded PBS (8-3) travels to play No. 1 U-High… Continue reading →

Fambrough: Cross country could unite Episcopal, Arizona school

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBREEpiscopal cross country coach Claney Duplechin gives instructions to runners on Saturday morning to start the Round Table cross country run at Highland road on Sept. 12. Episcopal has won 20 straight state titles.

Scouting the competition is something every coach does. But when the Episcopal cross country program made it into the National Federation of High School Association’s record book a few years ago, coach Claney Duplechin took it to another level. The Knights won the 20th boys state title in a row Monday in Natchitoches. Episcopal’s streak is the nation’s… Continue reading →

East beats West in annual volleyball all-star game

The volleyball playoffs in Louisiana may have come to an end last week, but it sure didn’t seem like it at the annual Louisiana High School Coaches Association East-West All-Star match. Both teams were highly competitive and forced the game to go five sets, but the East came away with the 25-20, 25-11, 21-25, 23-25, 15-9 victory on… Continue reading →

Ponchatoula knocks off top-seeded West Monroe

PONCHATOULA — Ponchatoula pulled the upset. On Friday night, the 17th-seeded Green Wave withstood a wild rally by West Monroe, then took advantage of a fourth-quarter fumble to notch the game-winning touchdown in a 28-21 upset of the top-seeded and previously undefeated Rebels. West Monroe (11-1) trailed 21-0 at halftime but scored three second-half touchdowns to tie the… Continue reading →

Prep report

Boys basketball Riverdale Christian 68, Bethany 65 Woodlawn Shootout Parkview Baptist 69, Lee High 51 Tara 76, Vandebilt Catholic 57 Woodlawn 37, Helen Cox 35 H.L. Bourgeois 48, Destrehan 41 Girls basketball Madison Prep tournament Monday Mamou vs. McKinley, 10 a.m. Scotlandville vs. St. James, 11:30 a.m. Mad. Prep vs. Breaux Bridge, 1 p.m. Tara vs. St.… Continue reading →

LHSAA state football playoff report: scores and pairings

Class 5A Regional scores (2) Zachary 35, (18) Dutchtown 14 (17) Ponchatoula 28, (1) West Monroe 21 (9) John Ehret 25, (25) Live Oak 2 (12) Mandeville 42, (5) Scotlandville 41 (13) Landry-Walker 47, (4) C.E. Byrd 41 (3) Destrehan 52, (14) Barbe 27 (6) Parkway 55, (11) Acadiana 28 (7) Hahnville 55, (10) St. Amant 33 QUARTERFINAL PAIRINGS… Continue reading →

Live updates from LHSAA state swimming; 2:30 p.m.

Follow the final day of the LHSAA State Swim Meet with competitions for Division II and Division I from Sulphur’s SPAR Aquatic Center. Division I Girls team champion, runner-up: 1, St. Joseph’s Academy 472. 2, Mandeville 261. Boys team champion, runner-up: 1, Catholic High 445. 2, Jesuit 299. Swimmers of the… Continue reading →

Scoreboard: Supreme Chevrolet presents LHSAA prep football playoff final scores

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK --  Acadiana high students bang on drums and cheer as Acadiana takes on Carencro in a high school football game Friday, September 18, 2015, at Acadiana High School in Scott, La.

Check out high school football scores from across Louisiana on our scoreboard presented by Supreme Chevrolet... Continue reading →

Reggie Hayes, Parkview Baptist advance past St. Louis; U-High up next

Parkview Baptist senior quarterback Reggie Hayes wanted to enjoy one more victory at home with his classmates and teammates. Hayes did his best to ensure that such a celebration would take place. Hayes rushed 12 times for 232 yards and scored on three long-range touchdowns, propelling No. 4 Parkview Baptist to a 41-16 Division II select… Continue reading →

Scotlandville comes up just short in playoff loss to Mandeville

Leading by one point and Scotlandville going for an onside kick with a little more than a minute to play, Mandeville linebacker Johnathan Picone had flashbacks to his sophomore season when the Skippers had to stop John Ehret in a similar situation. They didn’t and Picone has lived with that game haunting him for the past three… Continue reading →

Blocked extra points the difference as Madison Prep falls to St. Charles

The Division III quarterfinal game at Baton Rouge’s Leadership Academy Doug Williams Stadium turned out to be a battle of extra points. St. Charles Catholic was 1 for 2 and Madison Prep was 0 for 2. The result: The Comets took a hard-fought 13-12 win to move on to the semifinals. “Hindsight is 20-20,” Madison… Continue reading →

St. Amant falls 55-33 at Hahnville

Hahnville and Anthony Williams lagged behind visiting St. Amant in the first half of their second-round playoff game Friday. But they broke loose in the second half. Williams broke loose for touchdowns of 75 and 53 yards, and the Tigers surged past St. Amant 55-33 to advance to the Class 5A state quarterfinals for the second… Continue reading →

D.J. White’s 266 yards passing, 4 TDs spark U-High to 44-6 rout

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- University's Chris Raymond (3) scores the Cubs' first touchdown of the game ahead of Vandebilt Catholic's Jacob Lecompte (5), Friday, November 20, 2015, at University High's Boss Field in Baton Rouge, La.

D.J. White’s been in this scenario before. A two-sport athlete at University High, White’s seen playoff action on the hardwood, so Friday’s quarterfinal start wasn’t as nerve-wracking as some speculated. “I’ve been in this situation since I was 14,” White said. “I kind of know how to go about this.” Making the first playoff start… Continue reading →

Live Oak falls 25-2 to visiting Live Oak

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --   Live Oak's Will Higginbotham runs the ball as offensive lineman Travis Simmons, 62, blocks John Ehret's Michael Divinty during Friday's game at Live Oak High.

WATSON —John Ehret coach Corey Lambert wanted one more score from his team after halftime. The Patriots built a 13-point lead over Live Oak at the break, but the way their defense was playing, Lambert knew one more touchdown would seal the win. Ehret did better than that as it added a pair… Continue reading →

Warren Easton powers past Plaquemine

Tyriek Starks threw for two scores and ran for another as Warren Easton defeated Plaquemine 37-20 in a Class 4A regional playoff game at Joe Brown Park. The Eagles will host McDonogh 35 next week in the quarterfinals. “This game was a tribute to our offensive line” Eagles coach Tony Hull said. “When we got an… Continue reading →

Crowley overcomes injuries, Livonia in 41-35 playoff win

LIVONIA — Injuries sidelined key players for both Crowley and Livonia, but Crowley made the most of star running back Ty’Von Griffin. Griffin’s five touchdowns led the No. 2 seeded Gents to a 41-35 win over Livonia in the regional round of the Class 4A nonselect playoffs. Griffin finished with 255 yards rushing. The… Continue reading →

Interception seals East Feliciana’s Class 2A playoff victory

CLINTON — With East Feliciana clinging to a 20-16 lead and less than two minutes remaining, Loreauville had the ball on its 23-yard line. East Feliciana coach Cedric Anderson was looking for his defense to make a play. He got one from his son. Cedric Anderson Jr., playing defensive back, stepped in… Continue reading →

Kentwood routs Oberlin

KENTWOOD — Top-seeded Kentwood went into Friday’s Class 1A regional against Oberlin looking to hone the other half of its offensive package. And star quarterback Shyheim Carter and the Roos offense delivered a withering aerial assault. Carter, always dangerous running the football, was the game’s top rusher with 107 yards on just three carries with… Continue reading →

Catholic’s Colin Bone, St. Joseph’s Amy Miller record-breakers in Divisions I, II at LHSAA state swim meet

SULPHUR — No team or individual titles were decided at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Swim Meet on Friday. That didn’t keep Catholic High’s Colin Bone and Amy Miller of St. Joseph’s Academy from setting records. Bone broke an eight-year-old all-classes record when he put up the top qualifying time of 20.49 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle… Continue reading →

Dutchtown, Zachary meet again

Advocate photo by BRIAN ROBERTS  --  Dutchtown linebacker Roderick Osiagwu tackles Zachary quarterback Lindsey Scott at the Dutchtown vs Zachary gameFriday.

SULPHUR — There’s a tendency to analyze all angles of a football playoff matchup, especially when the two teams have played before, like second-seeded Zachary High and No. 18 Dutchtown High. Dutchtown coach Benny Saia breaks things down to a basic level. “We’ve been very good on offense the last month of the… Continue reading →

U-High, Parkview set to begin select playoffs

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUKParkview's Jay Mayet coaches from the sideline against John Curtis earlier this season.

The major difference in this year’s pursuit of a Division II state championship for University High is simply knowing they can accomplish the feat. After a 26-year gap in between the school’s last state championship, coupled with a failed attempt in 2013, the Cubs broke through a year ago against District 6-3A rival Parkview Baptist. “You’ve… Continue reading →

Silliman’s quick strikes net state football title

Silliman football players celebrate after they beat Indianola Academy to win the MAIS Academy 3A state championship Thursday at Millsaps College.

JACKSON, Miss. — Silliman needed to get out to fast start. The Wildcats did just that and never looked back. Behind a strong running game and a defense that forced three turnovers Silliman ran past Indianola Academy 40-26 to claim the MAIS Academy 3A state championship at Millsaps College’s Harper Davis Field on Thursday… Continue reading →

LHSAA state swim meet results: Divisions III, IV

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye --Parkview Baptist's Jolee Liles of  sets a  Division III state record  in the girls 500 yard freestyle at the state meet. Her time was 5 minutes, 01.09 seconds.

Division III and IV results from the LHSAA state swim meet at the SPAR Aquatics Center in Sulphur Division III Boys Team totals: 1, E.D. White 343. 2, St. Louis 238. 3, Lutcher 236. 4, St. Charles 209½. 5, Lusher 199. 6, Brusly 186. 7, Episcopal 159. 8, University 115. 9, Hannan 106. 10, Vandebilt 87. 11, West… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area nonselect prep football playoff capsules

Crowley at Livonia Class 4A 7 p.m. at Livonia High RECORDS: No. 2 Crowley 11-0; No. 18 Livonia 8-3 LAST WEEK: Crowley beat Abbeville 55-18; Livonia beat LaGrane 28-13 PLAYERS TO WATCH: CROWLEY: RB Ty’Von Griffin, QB Pate Broussard, WR Jacq-co Price; LIVONIA: QB Cee Jay Powell, OT/DE Paul DeRogers, DE Desman Collins, RB Patrick Queen. NOTEWORTHY: Both… Continue reading →