All-star baseball game offers coaches, players chance to connect for first time

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND --  University High's Manny Miles will be playing for the East team in the LHSCA all-star games Friday and Saturday at North Park's Netterville Field in Denham Springs.

Paul Guerriero knows many of the players set to play for his East squad in this weekend’s LHSCA All-Star baseball games. The Neville High coach says there are two Baton Rouge area players he doesn’t know who have his curiosity piqued. “There are two pitchers I’m anxious to see — Manny Miles and Travis Swaggerty,” Guerriero said.… Continue reading →

Louisiana High School Coaches Association All-Star games baseball rosters

East 2 Dillon Abbess, Dutchtown, P; 3 Brennan Breaud, Destrehan, SS; 4 Connor Cominita, Destrehan, OF; 5 Justin Duhon, St. Amant, OF; 6 Joseph Gennaro, Mandeville, P; 7 Lenni Kunert, Live Oak, 3B; 8 James Schopp, Central, OF; 9 Travis Swaggerty, Denham Springs, OF; 10 Willie Ward, Neville, 2B; 11 Donovan Thibodeaux, Maurepas, OF; 12 Austin Weber, St.… Continue reading →

Sulphur’s Kale Breaux receives Gatorade state baseball honor

CHICAGO — Gatorade announced Thursday that Sulphur High’s Kale Breaux is its Louisiana Baseball Player of the Year. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Breaux is now a finalist for Gatorade’s national baseball Player of the Year. The 6-foot, 180-pound… Continue reading →

Positive vibes at LHSAA task force meeting; some discussion about reuniting split football playoffs

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine

No one was ready to belt out a verse of the 1970s hit song, “Reunited and It Feels So Good.” The first meeting of the LHSAA task force charged with finding solutions to the organization’s select/nonselect school issues left many thinking it may be possible for member schools to reunite more than two years after a vote to… Continue reading →

Live Oak’s Lenni Kunert eager all-star

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Live Oak pitcher Lenni Kunert pitches against Denham Springs in March.

After starting for four years on the Live Oak High baseball team, Lenni Kunert knows a few things about handling pressure on and off the diamond. However, none of that will come into play this weekend when he takes part in the LHSCA all-star baseball games. The games will be focused on fun for… Continue reading →

Florien baseball, softball take bulk of Class B major honors

Florien swept the Class B state titles in baseball and softball and nearly took home all the top honors on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class B All-State teams. The Blackcats landed a combined eight players on the teams selected by a panel of sportswriters from across the state. Three players from Livingston Parish-based Maurepas were… Continue reading →

Susan Gremillion: 1st female head football coach in Louisiana high school history is nice, but loftier goal is...

Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Susan Gremillion, the first female head football coach at a Louisiana high school, takes over at Louisiana School for the Deaf.

Being the first female head football coach at a Louisiana high school might be enough to impress some people. Susan Gremillion has her sights set on higher goals. “First woman to be a head football coach sounds nice,” Gremillion said. “I’d rather be the first woman to coach a deaf national championship team. Or maybe… Continue reading →

Family Christian lands two on Class C All-State baseball team

Hackberry won the Class C state softball title for the fourth straight year. And for the first time since 2001, Elizabeth reigned supreme on the baseball diamond. Those two reigns now have led to two others. Hackberry and Elizabeth highlight the Class C All-State baseball and softball teams selected by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. Rolling to a… Continue reading →

East wins LHSCA all-star softball game; St. Joseph’s Elyse Thornhill named outstanding player

Elyse Thornhill, St.Joseph's Academy softball player and LSU signee

PINEVILLE — Elyse Thornhill of St. Joseph’s Academy was all smiles after being voted the Outstanding Player for the East squad at the Louisiana High School Coaches Association’s Softball All-Star weekend. The LSU signee said she wasn’t sure what all the fuss was about after she helped the East claim a 3-1 victory over… Continue reading →

Notebook: Brandon Bravata named Christian Life baseball coach

Christian Life Academy has hired former Redemptorist player and Catholic-Pointe Coupee coach Brandon Bravata as its new baseball coach. The hiring of Bravata and induction of St. Amant High’s Scott Nielson into the Louisiana Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame were among the week’s notable events. “I’m excited about being able to coach in Baton Rouge again,” Bravata said.… Continue reading →

Top softball seniors get chance to shine in all-star games

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Brusly's Akiya Thymes is one of several Baton Rouge area players participating in the LHSCA All-Star softball games Friday and Saturday in Pineville.

For most of the state’s high school softball players, the 2015 season closed. But for a select few seniors, there’s still one more game to play — this time, against the best Louisiana has to offer. The Louisiana High School Coaches Association Softball All-Star games this weekend offer one final opportunity for the top… Continue reading →

Louisiana High School Coaches Association All-Star softball games rosters

EAST Lyndsey Hayes, Quitman; Kendi Malcomb, Jena; Harli Crow, Denham Springs; Blaire Bass, Catholic-PC; Amy Crockett, West Ouachita; Alaina Guarino, Mount Carmel; Bobbi Smith, West Ouachita; Elyse Thornhill, St. Joseph’s Academy; Kayla Busby, Menard; Brooke Lynn Anderson, Ouachita Christian; Sarah Brown, St. Joseph’s-Plaucheville; Amanda Holliday, Live Oak; Kara Gremillion, St. Amant; Virginia Cacioppo, Live Oak; Morgan Acosta,… Continue reading →

Elyse Thornhill says all-star game will be emotional finale

Elyse Thornhill, St.Joseph's Academy softball player and LSU signee

Elyse Thornhill’s softball career isn’t over just yet, but this weekend still holds a sad distinction for the St. Joseph’s middle infielder. With her senior season in the books, Thornhill will represent the Redstickers one more time in the Louisiana High School Coaches Association Softball All-Star games this weekend as a member of the East team.… Continue reading →

Dunham’s Joey Thibodeaux resigns; Scott Allen steps aside as Plaquemine baseball coach

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Dunham coach Joey Thibodeaux.

For Joey Thibodeaux, the answer was academic. After coaching baseball for 25 years in two stints at The Dunham School, Thibodeaux resigned Tuesday and plans to focus on classroom duties as an algebra teacher. “I’m not really sure what to call this,” Thibodeaux said. “I’d say it’s 90 percent resignation and maybe 10 percent retirement … just in… Continue reading →

John Curtis tops Parkview Baptist for 3A state title

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye -- Parkview Baptist's Sam O'Brien slides safe into home as John Curtis' catcher is late with the tag in the Class 3A title game of the LHSAA state baseball tournament Saturday at Sulphur's McMurry Park.

SULPHUR — The Parkview Baptist baseball team ended it’s season a win shy of its ultimate goal Saturday night, as the Eagles fell 4-2 to second-seeded John Curtis in the Class 3A final of the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Baseball tournament at McMurry Park. The Eagles (23-13) kept it close throughout, but failed to get… Continue reading →

St. Thomas More beats Teurlings for second title in a row

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye-- Class 4A state champions St Thomas More

SULPHUR — Second-seeded St. Thomas More defeated crosstown rival fifth-seeded Teurlings Catholic 5-1 on Saturday night at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Baseball tournament. It was the second straight Class 4A state title for St. Thomas More and fourth overall. The other titles came in 1983 and 1992. For most of the game, LSU signee Brennan Breaux silenced… Continue reading →

LHSAA state baseball tournament report

At McMurry Park-Sulphur Thursday Semifinals Class B: (2) Florien 1, (3) Choudrant 0 Class C: (3) Claiborne Christian 12, (2) Downsville 5 Class 4A: (5) Teurlings Catholic 16, (1) Tioga 1 Class 4A: (2) St. Thomas More 12, (6) St. Michael the Archangel 2 Class B: (9) Fairview 4, (5) Maurepas 0 Class C: (1) Elizabeth 13, (4) Summerfield… Continue reading →

Catholic edges Brother Martin 1-0 on seventh-inning run

Associated Press photo by Kirk Meche/The (Lake Charles) American PressCatholic shortstop Josh Smith of Catholic throws out a Brother Martin runner in a Class 5A semifinal game at the LHSAA state baseball tournament Friday at Sulphur's McMurry Park.

SULPHUR —Heroes weren’t at a premium in positioning Catholic High for an opportunity to win its third Class 5A state baseball championship in six years. They ranged from the complete-game effort of pitcher Ross Massey to the clutch hitting performances of pinch-hitter Brandon Fairbanks and ninth-place hitter Bo Branch. The collective efforts… Continue reading →

Kirby Loupe named Brusly boys basketball coach; Gannon Achord new baseball coach at West Feliciana

Advocate file photo by April Buffington -- Kirby Loupe

Brusly High School hired Kirby Loupe as its boys basketball coach. It will be a homecoming of sorts for Loupe, who gained acclaim as head coach for another West Baton Rouge Parish school, Port Allen. Loupe led the Pelicans to the Class 3A semifinals in 2008 and the quarterfinals in 2009. The 37-year-old’s familiarity with the… Continue reading →

Prep baseball playoff report

Results, schedule At McMurry Park-Sulphur Thursday Semifinals Class B: (2) Florien 1, (3) Choudrant 0 Class C: (3) Claiborne Christian 12, (2) Downsville 5 Class 4A: (5) Teurlings Catholic 16, (1) Tioga 1 Class 4A: (2) St. Thomas More 12, (6) St. Michael the Archangel 2 Class B: (9) Fairview 4, (5) Maurepas 0 Class C: (1) Elizabeth… Continue reading →

St. Edmund rolls past Central Catholic, to play for Class 1A title

Associated Press photo by Roddy Johnson/The (Lake Charles) American PressSt. Edmund's Gibson Lafleur just beats out the throw to first base against Central Catholic in a Class 1A semifinal game at the LHSAA state baseball tournament at Sulphur's McMurray Park.

SULPHUR — Seventh-seeded St. Edmund baseball team earned a shot at a state championship Friday afternoon with an 8-1 victory against sixth-seeded Central Catholic in a Class 1A semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Baseball tournament at McMurry Park. St. Edmund (20-11) seized control with a four-run fourth inning that gave it a 5-0… Continue reading →

LHSAA baseball tournament: Catholic advances to 5A championship game; Parkview rallies from behind to beat Evangel Christian 5-4

Catholic 1, Brother Martin 0 Catholic’s Bo Branch hit a walk-off RBI single to right to end Brother Martin’s season with a 1-0 defeat in the Class 5A semifinals at McMurry Park. Brother Martin, seeking its first state title since 1996, finished the season 24-12. Catholic advances to Saturday’s championship game to play the winner of Friday night’s Barbe-Sulphur game. The game was a… Continue reading →

Kirby Loupe hired as Brusly High School's boys basketball coach

Brusly High has hired Kirby Loupe as its boys basketball coach. It will be a homecoming of sorts for Loupe, who gained acclaim as head coach for another West Baton Rouge Parish school, Port Allen High. Loupe led the Pelicans to the Class 3A semifinals in 2008 and the quarterfinals in 2009. The 37-year-old Loupe's familiarity… Continue reading →

Catholic coach Brad Bass says team needs to play semifinal the way they have played rest of season

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Catholic  third baseman Hayden Mixon trots home after a homer against Alexandria in a Class 5A playoff game last month.

Catholic High knows what it’s like to be the underdog. Two years ago the 21st-seeded Bears surprised everyone by winning a Class 5A baseball title in New Orleans. Now the shoe is on the foot. Second-seeded Catholic (36-3) plays No. 14 Brother Martin (24-11) in a Class 5A semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Baseball tournament.… Continue reading →

Class 3A semifinal: Parkview Baptist features strong pitching, while Evangel piles up runs

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND -- Parkview's Hunter Joubert, who is 5-1 with a 1.15 ERA, will start for the Eagles in their Class 3A semifinal game against Evangel.

Regardless of how their respective journeys intersected fifth-seeded Parkview Baptist and top-seeded Evangel Christian provide quite a contrast in styles in Friday’s Class 3A state semifinal. The 3 o’clock contest in the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Baseball Tournament at Sulphur’s McMurray Park matches pitching-dominated Parkview Baptist (22-12) against offensive-laden Evangel (23-9), the defending state champion. The… Continue reading →

District 7-2A rivals hope to get chance to play again; first, Runnels, Doyle need to take care of semifinal foes

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Runnels baseball coach Tookie Johnson watches his team take batting practice during practice Tuesday.

Runnels coach Tookie Johnson said he feels like the District 7-2A rivalry between the Raiders and Doyle brings out the best in both teams. If so, that dynamic could lead to a third meeting between the pair in the Class 2A state championship game. Top-seed Doyle (23-5) and No. 2 Runnels (19-4) advanced on different sides… Continue reading →

Maurepas unable to get key hits against Fairview

Associated Press photo by Rick Hickman/The (Lake Charles) American PressMaurepas pitcher Austin Aime throws to a Fairview batter  in a Class B semifinal at the LHSAA state baseball tournament Thursday at McMurry Park in Sulphur.

SULPHUR — Fifth-seeded Maurepas season ended Thursday night when ninth-seeded and defending champion Fairview shut out the Wolves 4-0 in the Class B semifinals of the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Baseball tournament at McMurry Park. The Wolves (21-10) put runners on base in all but two innings, but they could never find a way score… Continue reading →

Silliman wraps up Class 2A MAIS championship series

CLINTON — It was fitting that pitcher Darian Turnstall provided the happy ending to Silliman Institute’s storybook baseball season. There was hardly any suspense left as the senior left-hander closed the final chapter with his ninth strikeout, completing a masterful one-hitter and clinching Thursday’s 6-0 victory over Oak Hill Academy in Game 2 of the… Continue reading →

LHSAA state baseball tournament

At McMurry Park-Sulphur Thursday Semifinals Class B: (2) Florien 1, (3) Choudrant 0 Class C: (3) Claiborne Christian 12, (2) Downsville 5 Class 4A: (5) Teurlings Catholic 16, (1) Tioga 1 Class 4A: (2) St. Thomas More 12, (6) St. Michael the Archangel 2 Class B: (9) Fairview 4, (5) Maurepas 0 Class C: (1) Elizabeth 13, (4)… Continue reading →

St. Thomas More, Teurlings Catholic advances to Class 4A finals; other LHSAA semifinal baseball results

. Class 4A Second-seeded St. Thomas More scored seven runs in the final inning to notch a surprisingly easy 12-2 five-inning victory over St. Michael the Archangel in a Class 4A semifinal that helped conclude Thursday’s action at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Baseball tournament at McMurry Park. Hogan Harris (6-1) allowed just two hits… Continue reading →

Catholic shortstop Josh Smith, second baseman Bo Branch give Bears strong defense up the middle

Catholic shortstop Josh Smith, left, and second baseman Bo Branch have provided the Bears with strong defnese up the middle.

Whether or not second-seeded Catholic can claim its second Class 5A baseball title in the past three seasons is a point for debate. As Friday’s semifinal with No. 14 Brother Martin (26-12) looms, there’s no debate about which clichĂ© fits the Bears (36-3) the best. “Defense wins championships” is one of the oldest catch… Continue reading →