Parkview Baptist wins volleyball opener

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND --  Parkview Baptist's Christy Dearie sends the ball back to Central in Tuesday's match at Parkview.

Central kept things close early, but Parkview Baptist’s size at the net and experience proved to be the difference in the volleyball season opener for both teams. Parkview prevailed 3-1 by scores of 25-17, 23-25, 25-16 and 25-16 Tuesday at Parkview. Central showed in its second set victory that it may be ready for another playoff run… Continue reading →

Numbers in cross country favor Catholic, St. Joseph’s

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Ascension Catholic's Zach Capello was tge All-Metro MVP in cross country last season.

High school cross country is about numbers. The team with the lowest score based on total place finishes wins. The runner with the fastest three-mile time wins. Schools from the largest classifications can dominate. That’s why Class 5A Catholic High and St. Joseph’s Academy are expected to lead the Baton Rouge pack as the season begins… Continue reading →

Denham Springs speeding up tempo this season

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND -- Denham Springs football coach Dru Nettles on his team's faster-paced offense: 'It is a different thing than what most people expect out of Denham Springs.  But change is ultimately going to take place in all areas of life and in different things, and this was the time and place for us at Denham Springs and our football program.'

Out with the old and in with the new? That wasn’t what Denham Springs football coach Dru Nettles was thinking about when he changed the team’s offense. Nettles wanted to speed things up and with speed comes change. “It is a different thing than what most people expect out of Denham Springs,” Nettles said. “But change… Continue reading →

Next step for Lafayette Christian: district title contender

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Lafayette Christian Academy defensive end Desmond Prejean, left, says: I think we have alot of talent this year. We all understand what it’s going to take this year and how hard we have to work in order to make a run this year.'

Lafayette Christian Academy was going through its customary pregame routine in preparation for last year’s Division IV state playoff game at Sacred Heart of Ville Platte. The Knights had steadily elevated the status of their program from six-man football to playing in the Louisiana Christian School Athletic Association. Last year was the program’s first as a member… Continue reading →

The Advocate’s Top 5 football teams

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Acadiana High's Peyton Touchet tries to escape St. Martinville defenders in last week's jamboree.

The Advocate’s Top 5 large Schools (5A-4A) 1. Acadiana Acadiana made it look easy in last year’s Class 5A title game. What can Rams do for encore? Go back-to-back and win school’s fourth crown. 2. St. Thomas More With a year of experience to his credit, junior quarterback Will Bellamy gives Cougars a distinct advantage. He passed for 148… Continue reading →

Acadiana football schedule

Games start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise listed. Vinton (4-2A) at Abbeville (6-3A) Jeanerette (5-2A) at Hanson (7-1A) Eunice (4-4A) at Northwest (5-3A) West St. Mary (6-3A) at Opelousas (4-4A)… Continue reading →

Prep report from Tuesday Sept. 2

Belaire 3, McKinley 1 McKinley 17 25 22 10 Belaire 25 14 25 25 Team leaders: McKINLEY: Asha Meawenther (6 kills, 5 blocks), Emily Eley (2 kills, 12 assists, 2 blocks, 7 aces); BELAIRE: Sydney Chris (10 kills, 4 digs, 4 aces, 3 blocks), Christina Springer (9 kills, 4 digs, 5 blocks, 6 aces), Denetria Wren (16 assists,… Continue reading →

Area volleyball teams expect solid seasons again

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  St. Joseph's Madison Daigle, right, blocks a shot by Fontainebleau's Madison Heath during a match Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at Fontainebleau.

Talk about high school volleyball in the Baton Rouge area has typically started and ended with one team — St. Joseph’s Academy. The not-so-news flash is that after ending an three-year title drought for BR volleyball with a Louisiana High School Athletic Association Division I state title in 2013, the Redstickers are expected to be great again.… Continue reading →

University No. 2, Lab No. 4 in polls

Advocate file photo by John OubreUniversity High's Chad Mahaffey on being a head coach for the Red Stick Bowl all-star game: 'It’s a game that’s been seen many times, and I’m just very honored to be asked to coach and participate in the event.'

No Baton Rouge area team garnered a No. 1 ranking in the preseason high school football polls from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. There’s nothing wrong with being No. 2 and No. 4. Just ask University High and Southern Lab. U-High, the Division II select state runner-up a year ago is ranked second in the… Continue reading →

LSWA Prep Football Polls

CLASS 5A Team Rec. 1st Pts. 1, Acadiana 0-0 (8) 129 2, Rummel 0-0 (3) 122 3, Parkway 0-0 81 4, West Monroe 0-0 77 5, Destrehan 0-0 75 6, Jesuit 0-0 67 7, Byrd 0-0 59 8, Ponchatoula 0-0 53 9, Barbe 0-0 47 10, Catholic-BR 0-0 43 Others receiving votes: St. Augustine 27, Dutchtown 26,… Continue reading →

Belaire preparing for first game in its own stadium

Advocate staff photo by ROBIN FAMBROUGHBelaire football coach Keith Woods cuts the grass under the goalpost at the school's on-campus stadium on Monday.

Keith Woods could picture himself pacing the sideline and barking out play calls when he took the job as Belaire High School’s football coach two years ago. The veteran coach probably never anticipated what he was doing at 10 a.m. Labor Day. Yet there Woods was, manning a riding mower. He was busy cutting the grass on… Continue reading →

Showdowns starting early in Baton Rouge area

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Zachary's Terry Sullivan tries to elude West Feliciana's Desmond Wilson in the Zachary Jamboree on Friday. Zachary opens the regular season against Bryd on Friday.

Some high school football teams use their season opener as a stepping stone to get to high-profile showdowns later in the year. Catholic High, Parkview Baptist, Zachary, Dutchtown, St. Amant, Lutcher and Southern Lab top the list of Baton Rouge area teams who are skipping that step this week. Dale Weiner’s Class 5A Bears travel to… Continue reading →

Silliman Institute blanks Simpson Academy

MENDENHALL, Miss. — Zach Kelly rolled up 299 yards of total offense while leading Silliman Institute to a 27-0 victory over defending Class 2A champion Simpson Academy in Mississippi Association of Independent Schools nondistrict regular-season action Friday night. Kelly ran for 92 yards on 14 carries and completed 7-of-13 passes for 207 yards while accounting for four touchdowns as… Continue reading →

Notebook: Non-football sports also starting their seasons

It’s about more than just the high school football regular season this week. Baton Rouge area volleyball, cross country and swim teams also begin their respective seasons with regular season action that starts Tuesday with 13 volleyball contests. The volleyball week concludes with Broadmoor and Woodlawn hosting the South Louisiana Volleyball Invitational on Friday and Saturday at WHS and… Continue reading →

Defending 5A champion Acadiana next for Northside

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Acadiana's Alex Courtier tries to avoid a tackle by St. Martinville's Tevious Etiene in a jamboree Friday night  at Carenro High.

Northside High’s been big-game hunters since the spring, scrimmaging Class 5A quarterfinalist Central, and again in the fall, taking on New Iberia, a Class 5A regional round playoff team. In keeping with that theme, the Vikings open the 2014 season at home against reigning Class 5A state champion Acadiana, travel to Carencro and host Division II state… Continue reading →

Football jamboree scores

Friday Lafayette Kiwanis Jamboree Schedule At Teurlings Catholic Hanson Memorial 7, Ascension Episcopal 6 Catholic-New Iberia 21, Teurlings Catholic 14 At Carencro High Acadiana 30, St. Martinville 0 Carencro 21, Cecilia 6 Northside 18, Comeaux 14 VERMILION PARISH JAMBOREE At North Vermilion Erath 7, Abbeville 6 South Plaquemines 30, Gueydan 0 Kaplan 15, North Vermilion 3 SUGAR… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area football schedule

Week 1 schedule Schedule of games played in the Baton Rouge area for the week of Sept. 2-6. Tuesday Central at Parkview Baptist, 4 p.m. Zachary at St. Michael, 4 p.m. Denham Springs at Live Oak, 4 p.m. Central Catholic at Ascension Catholic, 5 p.m. St. John at Ascension Christian, 5 p.m. McKinley at Belaire, 5 p.m. Woodlawn at… Continue reading →

Acadiana football schedule

Week 1 Games start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise listed. Thursday Vinton (4-2A) at Abbeville (6-3A) Jeanerette (5-2A) at Hanson (7-1A) Eunice (4-4A) at Northwest (5-3A) West St. Mary (6-3A) at Opelousas (4-4A) Friday Acadiana (3-5A) at Northside (5-4A) Washington-Marion (4-4A) at Barbe (3-5A) Westgate (5-4A) at Carencro (3-5A) Cecilia (5-4A)… Continue reading →

Acadiana volleyball schedule

Week 1 Here’s a schedule of high school contests for Sept. 2-5. Tuesday Brusly at Ascension Episcopal, 4 p.m. Highland at Church Point, 5 p.m. Northside at Carencro, 5:30 p.m. Northwest at Opelousas, 5:30 p.m. North Vermilion at Westminster, 5:30 p.m. Lafayette Christian at Northside Christian, 5:30 p.m. St. Louis at Notre Dame, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Carencro at Lafayette,… Continue reading →

Zachary, Central, Denham Springs put their own stamp on victories

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Central quarterback Gabe Brownis is brought down by Baker's Deon Addison (74) in the Zachary Jamboree on Friday at Zachary.

It really wasn’t supposed to be a trick question. As he surveyed his team after the Zachary Jamboree, first-year Zachary High coach David Brewerton had to ask. “OK, guys, so what is our record?” Brewerton said. One player quickly responded with “1-0.” Brewerton smiled and reminded the Broncos that jamborees don’t count. But the other numbers… Continue reading →

Bigger Broadmoor, Woodlawn prevail

The big guys took turns beating up on lower classification opponents Friday night at the East Baton Rouge/Coca-Cola Kickoff Classic at Woodlawn High School. Broadmoor turned in a near-flawless effort as it blanked Glen Oaks 22-0. Woodlawn came back in the nightcap, scoring all its points in the first half of a 30-0 shutout. Continue reading →

U-High tops McKinley; Northeast edges Tara

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- U-High's Sam Wharton (72) stops McKinley running back Larry Moore for a short gain in the jamboree at Olympia Stadium

The first game back for University High quarterback Manny Miles was filled with mixed results. Miles, who suffered a broken hand in last year’s Division II state championship game, overcame a pair of interceptions to pass for 131 yards and three touchdowns in a 21-7 win Friday over McKinley in the East Baton Rouge Jamboree… Continue reading →

Episcopal, Parkview Baptist post jamboree victories

Advocate staff photo by  April Buffington --  Parkview's Houston Robert runs the ball against Dunham during the South Baton Rouge Jamboree held at Episcopal High on Friday, August 29.

Episcopal and Christian Life put on an offensive display in the first game, and longtime assistant coach Jay Mayet made his debut as Parkview Baptist’s new coach in the second at the Southside Jamboree at Episcopal High on Friday. Episcopal held off a last-second threat to top the Crusaders 19-14, and Parkview wore down Dunham 16-0… Continue reading →

Madison, Scotlandville get convincing wins

It wasn’t exactly a barnburner, but Friday night featured a pair of dominant performances at the East Baton Rouge Coca-Cola Kickoff Classic at Scotlandville Magnet High School. Madison Prep made quick work of Mentorship Academy, and host Scotlandville crushed Capitol Charter. MADISON PREP 36, MENTORSHIP ACADEMY 0: Madison Prep junior running back Quincy Banks… Continue reading →

Hampton’s late TD lifts EA over St.Amant

DUTCHTOWN — Of course, it would come to this. It’s St.Amant-East Ascension. Marquise Hampton’s 2-yard scoring reception with 12 seconds to go lifted the Gators to a 21-14 LeBlanc’s Food Stores Jamboree Challenge victory over their fiercest rival Friday night at Dutchtown High. Just what longtime observers might expect from teams that have… Continue reading →

Catholic clicks against St. Michael

Catholic High’s offense clicked on all cylinders Friday night to dominate St. Michael in the St. Michael jamboree. Catholic scored consistently, and with ease, in the first half of its 30-7 rout at Doug Williams Stadium. Two touchdowns from LSU commitment Derrius Guice, one from wide receiver Landon Flowers and a safety yielded 23 first-half points… Continue reading →

Acadiana not looking back to last season

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Acadiana High's Malik Eugene, left, breaks away from St. Martinville's Harvey Ross in the jamboree Friday at Carenro High.

CARENCRO — Entering the 2014 season, it appears the Acadiana High School football team got their coach’s message. As the defending Class 5A champion, Ted Davidson wanted this team to form their own identity, and not rest on last year’s laurels. That certainly appeared to be the case in their 30-0 victory over St. Martinville in… Continue reading →

Some Acadiana teams hitting high notes already

Kiwanis Club member André Doguet filled the press box at the Cro Dome with the sultriest tones he could muster in the minutes before Friday night’s jamboree hosted by Carencro. “Oh say can you see?” Doguet sang. Thirty seconds passed, maybe a minute. “Oh say can you see?” Doguet repeated. He leaned… Continue reading →

Catholic-New Iberia shows strong running game in victory

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  - Catholic-New Iberia's Andre' Bellefontaine tries to turn the corner against Teurlings Catholic in the Kiwanis Jamboree on Friday at Teurlings.

Most in attendance at Friday night’s jamboree were ready to see Catholic High New Iberia’s Jason Pellerin on display against Teurlings Catholic. Catholic coach Brent Indest said he wants to get opposing teams in a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” mentality when defending Pellerin. Friday night’s 13-carry, 80-yard performance by running back Seth… Continue reading →

Erath edges District 6-3A rival Abbeville 7-6

District 6-3A rivals displayed that a jamboree does matter Friday night at the Vermilion Parish football Jamboree. The Erath Bobcats and the Abbeville Wildcats squared off in a defensive struggle that saw Erath pull out a 7-6 victory. “We talked about progress,” said Erath first-year coach David Comeaux. “We gave up six points in the… Continue reading →

Football jamboree scores

Friday Lafayette Kiwanis Jamboree Schedule At Teurlings Catholic Hanson Memorial 7, Ascension Episcopal 6 Catholic-New Iberia 21, Teurlings Catholic 14 At Carencro High Acadiana 30, St. Martinville 0 Carencro 21, Cecilia 6 Northside 18, Comeaux 14 VERMILION PARISH JAMBOREE At North Vermilion Erath 7, Abbeville 6 South Plaquemines 30, Gueydan 0 Kaplan 15, North Vermilion 3 SUGAR CANE… Continue reading →

Russ rushes for 120 yards in Plaquemine’s 14-0 win

PLAQUEMINE — At the Plaquemine High Jamboree, Reston Russ ran for 120 yards on 13 carries including a 13-yard scoring run as Plaquemine blanked its cross-parish rival White Castle 14-0 . Louis Connelly added a 20-yard scoring run as the Green Devils rushed for 216 yards while holding White Castle to 52.… Continue reading →

Dutchtown dominant early in blanking Walker

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Dutchtown's Kajuan Coleman scores a touchdown against Walker in the Dutchtown Jamboree on Thursday.

DUTCHTOWN — Dutchtown football coach Benny Saia almost pronounced his team ready for the start of next week’s regular season. It was hard to find fault with the Griffins’ lights-out performance in the first half that produced 26 points en route to a dominating 32-0 victory Thursday over Walker at the LeBlanc Jamboree at Griffin… Continue reading →

Football jamborees undergoing some changes

Jay Mayet, Parkview Baptist football coach

There was a continuing theme after Jay Mayet took over as head football coach at Parkview Baptist in the spring. The Eagles longtime defensive coordinator repeated, “Not much is going to change” for several months as he transitioned into the job held by his father-in-law, PBS Athetic Director Kenny Guillot, for 15 seasons. As he prepared… Continue reading →

St. James downs Donaldsonville

DONALDSONVILLE — It had the earmarks of a showdown featuring two of the state’s top recruits, St. James sophomore Lowell Narcisse and Donaldsonville junior Stephen Sullivan. Sullivan got the LeBlancs/River Parish Jamboree off to a fast start with a big play. But it was Narcisse who finished it with a game-winning touchdown. The… Continue reading →

Jamboree scores, schedule

Thursday At Port Allen Port Allen 14, Albany 0 Kiwanis Jamboree At Yenni Stadium-Metairie Jesuit 17, Karr 15 Bonnabel 13, Grace King 0 At West St. John East St. John 24, West St. John 6 At Clark Field-Lafayette Breaux Bridge 12, Livonia 0 Kiwanis Jamboree At Teurlings Catholic-Lafayette St. Thomas More 14, Notre Dame 0 Opelousas Catholic… Continue reading →

St. Thomas More, Opelousas Catholic claim jamboree wins

Advocate staff photo by BRAD KEMP -- Saint Thomas More's John Corry (50) and Brennan Bourgeois (48) force Notre Dame's Jordan Bertrand Motte to fumble.

LAFAYETTE — Accuracy in the St. Thomas More passing game was in plentiful supply Thursday night during the 63rd annual Kiwanis Jamboree at Teurlings Catholic. STM quarterback William Bellamy completed nine of his 11 passes and a pair of first half touchdowns as STM defeated Notre Dame-Crowley 14-0. The Cougars finished with 148… Continue reading →

Breaux Bridge wins; Lafayette, Jennings play to 21-all tie

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE --  Livonia quarterback Cee Jay Powell gets a pass off while being pressured by Breaux Bridge's Orel Ledet, right, and Jocorey Houston during Thursday night's jamboree at Clark Field in Lafayette.

Breaux Bridge still has some things to work on, but it came away from its 12-0 jamboree win against Livonia feeling pretty good about where it is with the season a week away from officially kicking off. The Tigers played suffocating defense, holding the Wildcats to just 46 yards in the contest and forcing three turnovers, two… Continue reading →

Football jamboree scores, schedule

Thursday At Port Allen Port Allen 14, Albany 0 Kiwanis Jamboree At Yenni Stadium-Metairie Jesuit 17, Karr 15 Bonnabel 13, Grace King 0 At West St. John East St. John 24, West St. John 6 At Clark Field-Lafayette Breaux Bridge 12, Livonia 0 Kiwanis Jamboree At Teurlings Catholic-Lafayette St. Thomas More 14, Notre Dame 0 Opelousas Catholic… Continue reading →