Check out prep football, basketball summer schedules

Football Seven-on-seven June 8, 10:30 a.m. Hammond, Silliman Institute and Woodlawn at Live Oak Broadmoor, Central and University at Denham Springs St. Michael, St. Helena and Albany at Walker McKinley, Episcopal and Brusly at Dunham June 15, 10:30 a.m. Hammond, St. Helena… Continue reading →

Lafayette High baseball players Emile Lege, Hudson Laborde commit to Northwestern State

LAFAYETTE — Lafayette High’s Emile Lege was in the process of finalizing his college decision earlier this week when a text from longtime friend and teammate Hudson Laborde popped onto his screen. Laborde had committed to Northwestern State and was trying to see what direction Lege was leaning. “I wanted to make sure I made the… Continue reading →

Yancy Wilmot returns to basketball court as boys coach at Parkview Baptist

Yancy Wilmot, Parkview Baptist

After three seasons as an assistant boys basketball coach, Yancy Wilmot opted to concentrate on a classroom role at Parkview Baptist. It won’t be all about academics now. The 43-year-old Wilmot was hired as the Parkview’s head boys basketball coach. “There are two things I’m very passionate about,” Wilmot said. “One is basketball, and the other… Continue reading →

Tigers find more Hoover magic, rally past Tennessee 5-4 to stay alive in SEC tournament

LSU players mob Kramer Robertson (3) after he hit a bases-loaded single to win the game in the bottom of the ninth inning against Tennessee at the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Birmingham, Ala. (Vasha Hunt/ via AP)

HOOVER, Ala. — Greg Deichmann held his bat, a stick that just sent an entire team’s frustration over eight futile, error-filled innings deep into the night. He dropped it, albeit unwillingly, along the first-base line as the LSU baseball team’s dugout spilled onto the field in jubilation and he pumped his fist rounding the… Continue reading →

The Advocate’s 2016 Star of Stars: Colin Bone and Nicky Dawson take top honors

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Catholic's Colin Bone

BOYS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR Colin Bone, Catholic, Sr. You can’t beat being unbeaten. That’s what Bone was during his four-year swimming career at LHSAA and Capital City Swim League Championship meets. He holds five LHSAA composite/all classes state records and set two last fall. He has earned All-American status and is a four-time All-Metro… Continue reading →

Parkview Baptist’s Nicky Dawson and Catholic High’s Colin Bone are The Advocate’s high school Athletes of the Year for 2016

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Recipients of the Athlete of The Year for 2016 are Nicky Dawson, Parkview Baptist and Colin Bone, Catholic High, during the Athletes at the Year and Star of Stars Banquet at the LHSAA Monday night.

May is the month when high school seniors receive awards, along with their diplomas. Nicky Dawson of Parkview Baptist and Colin Bone of Catholic High agreed that they got more than just another accolade at The Advocate’s 31st Athlete of the Year/Star of Stars banquet Monday night. The duo received the top honors —… Continue reading →

East takes one game in all-star doubleheader after tie

LAFAYETTE — As Louisiana’s best high school baseball players gathered on Sunday, a messy, exciting doubleheader ensued, and winning was an afterthought for both teams. Franklinton’s Craig Estave, who was the East’s catcher for 14 straight innings through cramping in his quadriceps, was named Sunday’s overall Most Valuable Player after Game 1 ended in… Continue reading →

A salute to longtime coaches — Myra McClure Mansur, Brenda Simon, Larry Grayson — who made a difference

What I like most about covering high school sports can be summed up in two words — the people. That’s why it’s important for me to pay tribute to three coaches/administrators I’ve had the pleasure to work with during my 25-plus years in the Baton Rouge area. Episcopal’s Myra McClure Mansur, McKinley’s Brenda Simon and Broadmoor’s… Continue reading →

Power surge: The offenses heat up at the LHSCA all-star softball game after a slow start. East wins Game 2 slugfest 10-8

PINEVILLE — For 41/2 innings, Game 2 of the LHSCA/LSCA All-Star softball doubleheader was mostly about pitching and defense. Then it turned into an Ascension Parish power play. The teams scored 18 runs during the final 21/2 innings as the East defeated the West 10-8 on Saturday at Louisiana College. East MVP Kourtney Gremillion… Continue reading →

Check out the rosters for the East and West teams in the Louisiana High School Coaches Association baseball all-star games

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Brusly's Evan Daigle is one of 11 Baton Rouge area players on the East and West rosters for the LHSCA all-star baseball games.

East Josh Smith, Catholic; Brian Fairbanks, Catholic; Huff McIntosh, Cedar Creek; Austin McInnis, East Ascension; Mack McElveen, Franklinton; Craig Estave, Franklinton; Cameron Guillot, Lutcher; Kyle Barfield, Mangham; Chaz Scivicque, Maurepas; Quintin Guice, Neville; Sean Tweedy, Northlake Christian; Caleb Armstrong, Ouachita; Jake Slaughter, Ouachita Christian; Ryan Reynolds, Ouachita Christian; Chase Fals, Pearl River; Keelyn Johnson, Pineville; Tyler Gauthier, Riverside Academy;… Continue reading →

Check out the Baton Rouge area all-district baseball teams

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Zachary pitcher Joey Blanchard was picked the District 4-5A MVP.

District 4-5A First team Pitchers: Noah Danburg, Walker, Sr.; Robert Burke, Zachary, Jr.; Mikhail Hilliard, Central, Jr.; Brock Batty, Denham Springs, Jr. Catcher: Preston Faulkner, Live Oak, Jr. Infielders: Hunter David, Zachary, Sr.; P.J. Cannon, Zachary, Sr.; Griffin Walley, Walker, Sr.; Jacob Ard, Walker, Sr. Outfielders: Cade Doughty, Denham Springs, Fr.; Chance Dixon, Walker, Sr.; Anthony Fidanza, Zachary, Jr.;… Continue reading →

Check out the all-district softball teams for the Baton Rouge area

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- St. Amant 's Scott Nielson was selected Coach of the Year in District 5-5A.

District 4-5A First team Pitchers: Baylie Doiron, Zachary, Sr.; Savannah Hall, Live Oak, Sr.; Emily Danehower, Central, So. Catchers: Lakyn Wales, Zachary, Sr.; Kelsey Cifreo, Walker, Sr.; Jaden Accardo, Denham Springs, Jr. Infielders: Mattie Ort, Walker, Sr.; Gisselle Ash, Live Oak, Sr.; Lauren Brown, Live Oak, Sr.; Bailey Hughes, Denham Springs, Jr.; Macie Pampell, Zachary, So. Outfielders: Bailie Johnson,… Continue reading →

East coach Nancy Ensminger occupied with logistics, but can’t wait for softball all-star games

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Dutchtown softball coach Nancy Ensminger: 'Relationships you build through the years are a big part of softball. These games add to that.'

Until game time, Dutchtown softball coach Nancy Ensminger will focus on the logistics. Once the first LHSCA All-Star softball game begins, the East coach said she will relish the chance to see how the high school story ends for group of 42 players from across the state. “We’ve got several quality pitchers we can use… Continue reading →

Scotlandville’s Ja’Vonte Smart, Destrehan’s Cara Ursin receive Mr., Miss Basketball awards

It was a rare opportunity and a “photo opp” when Louisiana’s top two basketball players shared the same stage Thursday morning. Destrehan’s Cara Ursin and Ja’Vonte Smart of Scotlandville added to their awards collection during a visit to the Louisiana Farm Bureau office. Ursin, a 5-foot-7 junior, was voted the Louisiana Farm Bureau/LSWA Miss Basketball winner earlier… Continue reading →

LHSCA moves All-Star baseball games to Sunday at UL-Lafayette

Instead of trying to beat the rain, the LHSCA is opting to hold off until it is scheduled to end. The annual LHSCA All-Star baseball games planned for Friday and Saturday at North Park in Denham Springs have been moved to 3 p.m. Sunday and will instead be played as a doubleheader at the University of Louisiana… Continue reading →

Check out the Louisiana High School Coaches Association all-star softball rosters

EAST Shelrika Bryant, Bastrop; Karli Perque, Cabrini; Katelynn Bellelo, Catholic-Pointe Coupee; Ali McCoy, Dutchtown; Claire Weinberger, East Ascension; Jessie Watts, East Ascension; Dakota Helmer, Forest; Kelsey Bradford, Jena; Lauren Brown, Live Oak; Lacy Loupe, Maurepas; Samantha Dares, Mount Carmel; Shay Smith, North Webster; Addison Roark, Ouachita; Allie Williams, Pineville; Rebecca Martin, Pineville; Cheyanne Guillory, Rapides; Kourtney Gremillion,… Continue reading →

Pair with LSU ties, Runnels’ Johnny Johnson, Maurepas’ Chaz Scivicque set for all-star baseball game

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Episcopal's Brennan Folse (9) safely steals second base behind Runnels' Johnny Johnson (4), Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at Runnels' High School in Baton Rouge, La.

Playing in a high school baseball all-star game is a Johnson family tradition. Runnels baseball coach Tookie Johnson was the MVP of the New Jersey North vs. South All-Star Game before moving on to LSU, where he was a starter on the Tigers’ 1991 national championship team. Bobby Johnson, Tookie’s oldest son, followed in his father’s… Continue reading →

Silliman takes Class 3A Mississippi Association of Independent Schools championship with two straight wins

CLINTON — Silliman Institute’s baseball team needed an extra inning and a dramatic three-run home run to secure a 5-2 victory in Wednesday’s first playoff game against Cathedral High. It left little doubt which team was going to win the second game in the best-of-three series after the homestanding Wildcats erupted for seven runs in… Continue reading →

Fambrough: Next pitch for LHSAA comes at special-called meeting June 8

The LHSAA wrapped up another championship season when the final baseball pitch was thrown in Sulphur on Sunday. Those who follow the LHSAA know the games are anything but over. Looming on the horizon is a June 8 special-called meeting that will give member principals another chance to alter the LHSAA’s playoff structure. There… Continue reading →

Silliman, Cathedral High move Game 2 of their series to Wednesday

Why put off until Thursday something that weather forecasts say should happen sooner? So Silliman Institute and Cathedral High will opt to play the final portion of their best-of-three series to decide the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class 3A baseball title on Wednesday. Game time for Game 2 is set for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Clinton-based Silliman. Cathedral… Continue reading →

Staying in the Ben Franklin family: Cadie Higginson makes it three straight state Gatorade girls soccer awards for Falcons

File photo by JOSEPH HALM  Ben Franklin's Cadie Higginson, right, tries to fend off Lakeshore's Meghan Paulson in a Division II playoff game last season.

For four straight years, the Ben Franklin girls soccer team has brought a state championship trophy back to Leon C. Simon Drive. Louisiana’s Gatorade Player of the Year Award is finding a home at the school as well. Cadie Higginson was named Gatorade Player of the Year on Tuesday, marking the third straight year… Continue reading →

Silliman baseball drops opening game of MAIS Class AAA championship series

NATCHEZ — Cathedral High School took Game 1 of the MAIS Class AAA championship series Monday against Silliman Institute 4-2 thanks in large part to an inside-the-park home run from Pate Shirley. The series now shifts to Clinton, with Silliman (22-9) needing a pair of wins to claim the title. Cathedral coach Craig Beesley said… Continue reading →

Louisiana puts 19 players on U.S. Army All-American Bowl nominees list

Advocate photo by ZACH BRIEN --  Catholic running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire stiff-arms Brother Martin wide receiver Andrew McGuire on a first half run in Tad Gormley Stadium: Friday, November 20, 2015.

Ten players from the area are among 19 Louisiana football players nominated to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January. The Louisiana contingent is among 400 seniors from across the nation to be nominated for the annual all-star game, set for 1 p.m. Jan. 7 in San Antonio. Southern Lab linebacker Christopher Allen, University… Continue reading →

Silliman’s Zach Kelly honored with Don Souder Award as MAIS’ top male student-athlete

Silliman Institute quarterback Zach Kelly  (Bob Smith-For The Clarion-Ledger)

Silliman Institute’s Zach Kelly received the 2016 Mississippi Association of Independent Schools’ Don Souder Award, given each year to the organization’s top male and female student-athletes. Kelly, who led the Wildcats to the MAIS Class 3A football title last fall as a quarterback, made the MAIS all-star teams for football and baseball. The Wildcats beat Indianola Academy… Continue reading →

West Feliciana captures Class 3A baseball title

Associated Press/Lake Charles American Press photo by KIRK MECHE -- The championship trophy is raised in victory by West Feliciana during the 2016 Allstate Sugar Bowl / LHSAA Baseball Class 3A State Championships at Sulphur Parks and Recreation on Sunday.

SULPHUR — The underdogs are now the top dogs. After rallying to win the final two games in a quarterfinal series and coming from behind in the semifinals, West Feliciana High School took a different route Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. It was the Class 3A championship route. The sixth-seeded Saints took the lead just before weather issues… Continue reading →

Silliman sets sights on another state baseball title

Silliman Institute is seeking to add a third state title in 12 months to its collection beginning Monday with a best-of-three baseball series against Cathedral Catholic. Silliman won the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class 2A state baseball title last May. The Wildcats, led by senior quarterback Zach Kelly and others, moved up to MAIS Class 3A this… Continue reading →

Fambrough: A baseball season of memories for the Achord family

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- West Feliciana coach Gannon Achord.

SULPHUR — Even though he coached teams to eight state titles, Kyle Achord wasn’t prepared for the rush of emotions he’s felt over the past eight days. “I can say this … I get way more nervous now than I did when I coached,” Achord said. “It’s like a roller coaster. But I’ve also told… Continue reading →

State baseball tournament roundup: Daring move pays off for Teurlings in Class 4A title game

SULPHUR — Standing 180 feet away from home and a potential state championship, Teurlings Catholic’s Hayden Cantrelle didn’t see any risk — only opportunity. Cantrelle, who had tied Saturday’s Class 4A state championship game with a double down the right-field line in the bottom of the fifth, broke on Brett Weber’s bunt and didn’t stop until he crossed… Continue reading →

Check out the LHSAA state baseball tournament report

Scores, pairings Thursday SEMIFINALS Class 4A (No. 3) West Ouachita 5, (No. 2) St. Michael 3 (No. 1) Teurlings 5, (No. 5) Breaux Bridge 4 Class B (No. 6) Fairview 14, (No. 2) Glenmora 9 (No. 1) Grace Christian 5, (No. 5) Anacoco 1 Class C (No. 4) Claiborne Christian 4, (No. 1) Elizabeth 2 (No. 2) Downsville 4,… Continue reading →

Barbe edges Catholic 2-1 in nine-inning Class 5A semifinal

Associated Press photo by Lake Charles American PressCatholic' shortstop Josh Smith looks on as Barbe celebrates its game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth inning that netted a 2-1 victory in the Class 5A semifinal at the LHSAA state baseball touranment Friday in Sulphur.

SULPHUR — As Catholic High center fielder Patrick Crifasi turned and gave chase to a drive off the bat of Ty Manuel, Barbe coach Glenn Cecchini wasn’t sure what to expect. “I knew it was hit well and when I saw him (Crisfasi) lean back, I saw it come out of his glove,” Cecchini said.… Continue reading →

Clutch hits elude St. Michael as Warriors fall 5-3 to West Ouachita in Class 4A baseball semifinal

Associated Press photo by Kirk Meche (Lake Charles) American PressWest Ouachita's Micah Menard (16) attempts to knock the ball free from St. Michae catcher Ross Scelfo in a Classs 4A semifinal at the LHSAA state baseball tournament Thursday in Sulphur.

SULPHUR — Behind every successful baseball team there’s always a story. St. Michael the Archangel’s story was loaded with offense. The second-seeded Warriors outscored opponents 44-6 through three playoff rounds. Falling behind was never a concern until Thursday afternoon. Third-seeded West Ouachita raced out to a 3-0 lead and worked… Continue reading →

Catholic High baseball team ready for showdown with Barbe in Class 5A semifinal

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Catholic pitcher Brady Hebert is set to be the starter in Friday's Class 5A semifinal against Barbe.

Trying to dissect each component of the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA state baseball tournament could take hours. Everything from pitching to hitting and defense, and even the artificial turf infields are fair game for scrutiny. For Catholic High coach Brad Bass, none of those factors is the “it” factor. It’s all about pressure, according to the Catholic… Continue reading →