St. Amant’s Blayne Enlow makes first cut for USA Baseball 18-and-under team

Photo by Rick Hickman/American Press -- St. Amant pitcher Blayne Enlow

St. Amant High School pitcher Blayne Enlow is officially a cut above. The senior right-hander made the first cut for the USA Baseball 18-and-under team, thanks to two stellar three-inning outings during the Tournament of Stars held last week in Cary, North Carolina. Enlow, an LSU commitment, advances to a September competition in which the 40 players in… Continue reading →

Teurlings Catholic’s Nick Webre not cut from typical Mr. Baseball mold

Advocate photo by PAUL KIEU --  Teurlings Catholic right fielder Nick Webre  gestures after doubling in a Class 4A quarterfinal game against Grant on May 7 at Teurlings.

Based on the precedent of the state’s highest high school baseball honor, there were a lot of reasons why Teurlings Catholic junior Nick Webre may not have been considered a conventional candidate. In the previous 19 years of the Louisiana Farm Bureau Insurance/LSWA Mr. Baseball Award, the state’s sportswriters had only selected two juniors and rarely… Continue reading →

St. Thomas More coach Andria Waguespack calls Miss Softball Bailey Hemphill ‘Once in a lifetime player for a coach’

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --   St. Thomas More's Bailey Hemphill batted .560 and hit 12 home runs this season.

This year the Louisiana Farm Bureau Insurance/LSWA Miss Softball Award turns 20. To try to commemorate the milestone, a panel of the state’s sportswriters came up with a transcendent choice to bestow their highest honor on a softball player in Louisiana. St. Thomas More catcher Bailey Hemphill. “She’s one of… Continue reading →

Cecilia High’s Raymond Calais named Gatorade Louisiana Boys Track & Field Athlete of Year

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRECecilia’s Raymond Calais won the Class 4A 100-meter dash in May at LSU’s Bernie Moore Stadium at LSU. Calais is the Outstanding Track Performer on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-State Track and Field team. Calais’ top time this season was 10.54 seconds.

LAFAYETTE — Cecilia’s Raymond Calais was named the Gatorade Louisiana boys track & field athlete of the year Friday after speeding past his Class 4A competitors at the state championships in May. “This is really mind-blowing,” Calais said. “I’ve always wanted to win the award, and now that I’ve won, I can’t be complacent.… Continue reading →

Zachary’s Janie O’Connor wins Louisiana’s Gatorade track award

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBREJanie O’Connor, Zachary sprinter

The running list of honors for Zachary High track star Janie O’Connor continues to grow. O’Connor has been selected as Louisiana’s Gatorade Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year. During her junior season O’Connor, Louisiana’s top girls sprint prospect in the class of 2017, led Zachary to Division I indoor and Class 5A outdoor state… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Damian Jones’ challenging ride ends up golden as Golden State snags ex-Scotlandville star in NBA draft (with video)

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Scotlandville High graduate and Vanderbilt center Damian Jones, right, celebrates with his mother, Dana Jones, after the Golden State Warriors selected him as the 30th pick in the first round of the NBA draft.

ADDIS — When do you know? When does it really dawn on you that your son, a child who has grown so big and so fast over the years you’ve scarcely been able to keep up with his rapidly changing clothes and shoe sizes, could actually be a professional athlete? “I never thought of it,”… Continue reading →

Central, Comeaux put on probation in football after spring scrimmage altercation

An LHSAA sportsmanship committee issued identical penalties to Central High and Comeaux High based on their roles in an altercation that stopped a spring football scrimmage. The May 18 scrimmage at Central was in its final stages when several fights broke out following an interception by Central near the goal line. The two schools were… Continue reading →

Parkview’s Nicky Dawson, West Feliciana’s Trey Morgan win Marucci awards for softball, baseball

Advocate photo by Robin Fambrough  --   Parkview Baptist shortstop Nicky Dawson hit .658 with five homers, 36 RBIs and 58 stolen bases. She also set a national career record for triples with 49.

Trey Morgan of West Feliciana and Parkview Baptist’s Nicky Dawson are the recipients of the 2016 Marucci Louisiana High School Baseball and Softball Player of the Year awards. Dawson, an LSU signee, has won the first two Marucci softball awards. Morgan, an Southeastern Louisiana signee, joins former St. Thomas More player O’Neal Lochridge as the baseball winners,… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Soccer Club sending three teams to U.S. Youth Soccer Region III tournament

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Natalie Presedo, a Baton Rouge High graduate, will be playing for a U18 girls team from the Baton Rouge Soccer Club at the U.S. Soccer Region III tournament, which starts Friday in Greenville, S.C.

A strong showing at last month’s Louisiana Soccer Association’s State Cup resulted in a solid presence for the Baton Rouge Soccer Club at the U.S. Youth Soccer Region III tournament. Three BRSC teams, which won Competitive I state championships, will represent the local club in regional action, which gets underway Friday with pool play at the Mesa… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area has big haul on Class 5A all-state softball team with nine selections; two baseball players named all-state

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Zachary pitcher Baylie Doiron, a first-team all-stater, posted a 26-6 record with a 1.73 ERA and 328 strikeouts.

No local players or coaches won a major award, but there was still plenty to celebrate as two baseball players and nine softball players claimed spots on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 5A all-state teams. Two pitchers, Barbe’s Tyler Booth and Alexandria Senior High’s Carrie Boswell, won the Outstanding Player honors on the teams selected by… Continue reading →

NBA draft: Vanderbilt star and Scotlandville grad Damian Jones wants ‘the chance to prove myself’

Vanderbilt center Damian Jones (30) and Baylor forward Rico Gathers get the jump-ball call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Cheering for a nice guy to finish first is easy. That’s part of why plenty of people are pulling for former Scotlandville High post player Damian Jones going into the NBA draft. Jones helped the Hornets win back-to-back Class 5A state titles in 2012-13 and is set to be the school’s first NBA draft pick, Scotlandville coach… Continue reading →

LHSAA sportsmanship hearing for Central and Comeaux high schools held after altercation at spring football game

Both schools agreed on practically all the events that took place when their spring football scrimmage ended with an altercation. The administrators and coaches for Central High and Comeaux High called it an “embarrassment.” Now the two schools must wait 48 hours to get a penalty ruling based on the testimony heard during a 90-minute sportsmanship hearing… Continue reading →

St. Amant kicker Briggs Bourgeois commits to Southern Mississippi

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  St. Amant kicker Briggs Bourgeois has committed to Southern Mississippi

St. Amant High’s Briggs Bourgeois said he thought a trip to a camp at Southern Mississippi on Saturday was a success. But at first, Bourgeois was puzzled when the USM coaches told him to call them once he got on the road to return home. The mystery was quickly solved when the Golden Eagles offered the senior… Continue reading →

St. Michael’s Ross Scelfo, Michael Smith nab Class 4A All-State honors

Advocate photo by ROBIN FAMBROUGH -- Michael Smith of St. Michael stands in at the plate during practice Monday, May 9, 2016.

Four trips to the LHSAA state tourney since 2011 have helped St. Michael the Archangel carve a niche as one of Louisiana’s top Class 4A baseball programs. The Warriors advanced to the 4A semifinals for the third straight season this spring. That finish helped two players, first baseman Michael Smith and catcher Ross Scelfo, claim spots on… Continue reading →

Sportsmanship hearing set for Comeaux, Central

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association will conduct a sportsmanship hearing at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the LHSAA office for Comeaux and Central. The hearing revolves around events which took place at a spring football scrimmage between the teams. Former Central coach Doug Dotson is the coach at Comeaux. LHSAA… Continue reading →

Class 3A all-state baseball, softball teams: West Feliciana’s Gannon Achord named Coach of the Year

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- West Feliciana's Gannon Achord, a 25-year-old first-year head coach, led his team to the Class 3A title.

Gannon Achord said he doesn’t do his job for accolades, and he wouldn’t trade his team for any other. It’s the perfect sentiment to come from the 25-year-old coach who led West Feliciana to the Class 3A baseball title in his first season. There is an award to note, nonetheless. Achord has been selected as the Coach of… Continue reading →

Fambrough: Host sites seek help from other venues to coordinate expanded championships

Advocate file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Denham Springs' Lexi McMorris (32) makes a layup against Mandeville in a Class 5A semifinal at the girls Top 28 tournament March 1 at Southeastern Louisiana's University Center in Hammond.

Here’s a twist of fate no one was counting on in the days since LHSAA principals voted to reaffirm an expanded select/nonselect split of its championships. There’s a spirit of cooperation among the host sites for the expanded championships. And for now, at least, it beats the heck out of the growing pains some were expecting.… Continue reading →

Notebook: St. Amant’s Blayne Enlow to play in USA Baseball 18U Tournament of Stars

Photo by Rick Hickman/American Press -- St. Amant pitcher Blayne Enlow

St. Amant pitcher Blayne Enlow is an LSU commitment and is already established as one of the area’s top pitchers. This week the senior-to-be gets to take his skills to a higher level. Enlow is one of three Louisiana players set to compete in the USA Baseball 18U Tournament of Stars in Cary, North Carolina. “We found out about… Continue reading →

The Father’s Day gift — a trip to the Junior College World Series — came a month early for Burke Broussard and his son, Brandt

Advocate staff photo by ROBIN FAMBROUGH -- Delgado second baseman Brandt Broussard, left, is pictured with his father Burke.

Burke Broussard held up two fingers and dropped his head slightly, knowing the response could make him look like one of those overzealous parents whom every coach dreads. “We started doing fielding drills as soon as I started to walk,” Brandt Broussard said, flashing a wry smile as he looked toward his father. “It’s… Continue reading →

Warren Easton football team wins title at 7-on-7 tournament

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- After defeating West Feliciana High School, Warren Easton players and coach Jerry Phillips, left, celebrate after winning the finals of the Adidas 7-on-7 tournament Friday at St. Amant High.

ST. AMANT — One Gatorade bath later, Warren Easton coach Jerry Phillips thought he had torn his hamstring. “They attempted it,” Phillips laughed. As Warren Easton and West Feliciana shook hands after the adidas/Airo 7-on-7 tournament at St. Amant High School concluded in a Warren Easton 20-12 victory, Phillips’ attempt to escape failed as he… Continue reading →

Riverside’s Mason Vicknair, Menard’s Jensen Howell named Class 2A Outstanding Players in baseball, softball

Riverside Academy’s Mason Vicknair and Menard’s Jensen Howell headline the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 2A All-State baseball and softball teams. Vicknair, who finished 8-3 on the mound with 84 strikeouts, was voted the Outstanding Player on the baseball squad and shares the spotlight with another Menard pitcher Jensen Howell. Howell, voted the Outstanding Player for… Continue reading →

Impressive talent in play at 7-on-7 tourney

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Dunham's Josh Matthews (7), left, has his pass broken up by St. Augustine's Cordie Johnson (19) during the Airo 7-on-7 Adidas Championship Series, Thursday, June 16, 2016, at St. Amant High School in St. Amant, La.

ST. AMANT — Hayden Mallory didn’t think the 2016 adidas/Airo Louisiana 7-on-7 Championship would bring so many people to St. Amant High. It won’t lead to a championship for Mallory and the host Gators. But it increased the level of excitement and competition by Thursday afternoon as six teams advanced to the quarterfinals set… Continue reading →

Zachary hires Courtney Liddle Barbour as softball coach

Zachary softball coach Courtney Barbour (right) coaches first base for McNeese during a game this spring.

When Courtney Liddle Barbour watched Zachary High play in the Class 5A title-game at the LHSAA State Softball tournament, she was focused on recruiting. At the time, Barbour was an assistant coach at McNeese State. Barbour was hired as the head softball coach at Zachary on Thursday. “I already knew a good bit about Zachary because… Continue reading →

Class 1A all-state softball, baseball teams named; Catholic-Pointe Coupee, Ascension Catholic softball teams garner top individual honors

File photo by Roddy Johnson, Lake Charles American PressAscension Catholic pitcher Julia Beck delivers during the LHSAA Fast Pitch 56 Tournament this past season at Frasch Park in Sulphur.

It isn’t always about how you start, it’s about how you finish. Just ask the Catholic High of Pointe Coupee softball team and Ascension Catholic softball pitcher Julia Beck. CHSPC started the season with seven new starters and entered the playoffs with a 12-11 record. The Hornets outscored their playoff opponents 36-7 en route to a Class 1A… Continue reading →

Scotlandville, St. Augustine, Warren Easton still unbeaten at Adidas Aero 7-on-7 football championships

Adidas Aero 7-on-7 championships At St. Amant Standings Pool A: St. Amant 3-1, Loranger 3-1, Donaldsonville 2-2, Terrebonne 2-2, West Feliciana 2-2, Vidalia 0-4. Pool B: Scotlandville 4-0, Karr 3-1, St. James 2-1-1, Ferriday 1-2-1, McDonogh (35) 1-3, Higgins 0-4. Pool C: St. Augustine 4-0, Landry-Walker 3-1, J.S. Clark 1-3, East Ascension Gold 1-3, West St. John 1-3. Pool… Continue reading →

Scotlandville’s Ja’Vonte Smart earns spot on USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Championship team

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBREScotlandville's Ja'Vonte Smart drives past Denham Springs' Tori Odom on Feb. 19.

Scotlandville High School point guard Ja’Vonte Smart has a penchant for slicing through defenses. Those skills no doubt helped the junior make another important cut Tuesday. Smart is part of the USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Championship team that was announced via Twitter. It will be Smart’s second summer with a USA Basketball national team. A year… Continue reading →

Former U-High lineman Adrian Ealy making big push at East Ascension

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Lineman Adrian Ealy, left, works out with the offensive line at EAHS Tuesday morning June 14, 2016. He's a four-star prospect with 16 major college offers.

Adrian Ealy remained focused on the commands from East Ascension offensive line coach Keragan McCready as he settled into a stance. Then, in one smooth and swift ballet-like motion, Ealy powered his way past a player holding a blocking pad. It is one of two crucial education phases for one of Louisiana’s top… Continue reading →

St. Amant to again host 7-on7 state championship football series

Advocate file photo by SCOTT THRELKELD  Quarterback Lowell Narcisse helped St. James reach the Class 3A state championship game last season.

There was a time 7-on-7 football was considered to be a distraction that helped high school teams get through the summer. Now it’s a main attraction. The three-day adidas State Championship Series for 7-on-7 is scheduled Wednesday through Friday and features 46 high school teams, including 31 competing at St. Amant High School. “Our goal was… Continue reading →

Holden’s David Knight earns top coaching honor in Class B

Holden hadn’t been a top contender for a state softball title since 2011. A lineup that featured four eighth-graders made the Livingston Parish-based Rockets look more like a team of the future. Why wait for the future when your team can seize the moment? Coach David Knight’s 32-4 team did just that, finishing as the Class B… Continue reading →

Fambrough: Wednesday’s LHSAA meeting still leaves plenty of questions

I’ve had the chance to watch what others have written and reported since the LHSAA’s special-called meeting Wednesday. There has been plenty of anger, sadness and some shots taken at the LHSAA, along with the 56.5 percent of principals/voters who reaffirmed an expanded playoff split to include boys/girls basketball, baseball and softball. You’re not going to… Continue reading →

Practice limits, failed swimming proposal among topics to note from LHSAA’s summer meeting

Plans for Wednesday’s special-called meeting and year-end reports were among the major topics at the LHSAA’s summer meeting. There also were a few other items of note. The LHSAA executive committee revisited the debate about what constitutes an activity that counts against the three-hours-a-day practice limit and will inform schools that any sports-specific activity, such as running plays… Continue reading →

Check out the LSWA All-State track and field team

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBREJanie O’Connor, Zachary sprinter

Track and field LSWA All-State teams Below is the 2016 LSWA All-State Track and Field Team, selected by Bruce Brown from nominations by members of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. BOYS Running events 100 meters: 1, Josh Lister, Haughton, 10.51. 2, Raymond Calais, Cecilia, 10.54. 3,… Continue reading →

Hackberry, Claiborne Christian lead the way on Class B/C All-State teams

For the sixth straight year, Hackberry High School hoisted the Class C softball title in Sulphur. A couple of weeks later, Claiborne Christian claimed the Class C baseball crown. So it comes as no surprise that the Mustangs and Crusaders landed numerous players on the Class C all-state softball and baseball teams, as voted on by a… Continue reading →

Bishops of Louisiana to study athletic options

Advocate staff photo by ROBIN FAMBROUGHLHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine speaks during Wednesday's LHSAA meeting at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge.

A day after LHSAA member principals/proxy voters exercised their option to stick with an expanded split of its playoff championships, another group is set to study theirs. The Bishops of Louisiana issued a brief statement on Thursday, which announces the formation of a task force to study the future of high school athletics for the state’s parochial… Continue reading →

Bishops: Haven't 'closed door' on LHSAA, looking at options after select/nonselect schools championships vote

Update: 12:45 p.m. Thursday: The Advocate obtained a copy of the following statement sent to the state’s parochial schools. Bishop’s Statement on LHSAA June 9, 2016 "The Bishops of Louisiana have approved the formation of a task force to continue looking into all options when it comes to the future of Catholic high school athletics. The… Continue reading →

‘It might just have split us more:’ Baton Rouge-area administrators, coaches discuss Wednesday’s LHSAA vote

Some local coaches and administrators expressed sadness and some were disappointed. However, others were happy with the vote to stick by an expanded nonselect/select playoff split first approved in January. “I’m disappointed because I think we should all be together,” The Dunham School football coach Neil Weiner said. “But obviously, the majority of our association doesn’t feel… Continue reading →

Vote scheduled Wednesday on select/nonselect proposals

After awarding bids, ruling on appeals and sifting through housekeeping items, the LHSAA’s executive committee closed its summer meeting the only way it could — by getting things in order for Wednesday’s special meeting. “It could be one of the shortest votes ever,” LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine said. “If everybody votes for No. 5, we’ll be out… Continue reading →

Robin Fambrough: LHSAA, a student sports entity with adult problems, at another crossroads Wednesday

What’s wrong with the LHSAA? I’ve heard that one a lot lately. No need to offer a penny for somebody’s thoughts. There’s a steady stream of people on both sides of the select/nonselect issue who are more than happy to share. Some wouldn’t give you a plug nickel for the LHSAA right now. Yet here we are, facing… Continue reading →

Select/non-select vote could have financial impact

Discussion about rules and procedures in advance of Wednesday’s special-called meeting for all principals aren’t scheduled until Tuesday. Executive committee members learned that the impact of its select/nonselect schools issues could hit the LHSAA where some say it really hurts — the pocket book — during the first day of the LHSAA’s summer meeting. Marketing Director… Continue reading →

LHSAA summer meeting starts Monday; agenda includes procedures for Wednesday’s special meeting, appeals, state event bids

It would be easy to dismiss the LHSAA executive committee’s summer meeting as something to do before the main attraction, Wednesday’s special-called meeting for all principals. With two event bids to decide, a few appeals, reports that close out the 2015-16 seasons and preparation for the special meeting it isn’t exactly business as usual. The annual two-day meeting… Continue reading →

LHSAA principals to vote on four plans or none of the above at Wednesday’s special-called meeting

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- John Ehret's Darius Campbell, right, is called for pass interference on a pass to Zachary's Shyron White in the Class 5A championship game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Dec. 12. The LHSAA will be meeting this week to determine how its postseason in football and some other sports will take shape.

Sports are used as a metaphor for war and life in numerous essays. Regardless of what happens this week, the Louisiana High School Athletic Association won’t be fashioning the latest metaphor. Member principals meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge to decide what the future of the 96-year-old LHSAA may be,… Continue reading →

Coaches, principals weigh in on what approach LHSAA should take to its postseason issues and what got them at this juncture

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --   Episcopal boys basketball  coach Chris Beckman Sr.

There’s no shortage of opinions from those playing the latest LHSAA waiting game before Wednesday’s special-called meeting. However, lobbyist Paul Rainwater offers none. The architect of a planned sports cooperative that would provide an alternative for select/private schools unhappy with the widening LHSAA playoff split is like everyone else — waiting. “There’s nothing new to talk… Continue reading →

Check out the particulars of the LHSAA special meeting Wednesday and some scenarios on how it might play out

1. When/where is the special meeting? 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Crowne Plaza. 2. Why is there a special meeting? To vote on alternatives to a plan approved in January that expands the LHSAA’s select/nonselect playoff split to include boys/girls basketball, baseball and softball. The LHSAA split into nine select/nonselect championships for football in 2013. The total… Continue reading →

Amy Pitre named St. Amant softball coach

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Amy Pitre, who has coached East Ascension the past nine seasons, was named the St. Amant softball coach Thursday.

Sometimes, if things fall into place a certain way, the top candidate for a job emerges front and center. The top candidate for the St. Amant High head softball job was there all along, coaching at a rival Ascension Parish school. The Gators hired Amy Pitre of East Ascension on Thursday, ending a search that began… Continue reading →