Sean Weatherspoon’s comments get Saints’ attention

Sean Weatherspoon is going to miss Sunday’s Falcons-Saints game with a season-ending Achilles’ tendon injury. Judging from his Twitter account, the Atlanta linebacker seems excited about this NFC South matchup at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis certainly had a lot to say about it earlier this week, offering your Falcons a funeral. Weatherspoon responded on Twitter:… Continue reading →

Host Madison Prep, Lafayette teams win tourney openers

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Port Allen's Nigel Allen goes in for a layup against Northside in the Madison Prep Classic on Thursday.

The second day of the Madison Prep Academy Classic turned into an infomercial for Lafayette Parish basketball. Lafayette High, Northside and Lafayette Christian all advanced to form three-fourths of the inaugural event’s semifinal bracket. While Lafayette High and Lafayette Christian Academy enjoyed double-digit wins — the Lions defeating Hamilton Christian 71-47 and the Knights outdistancing McKinley… Continue reading →

U-High offensive tackle E.J. Oglesby looks forward to LHSCA all-star game

University High offensive tackle E.J. Oglesby said his journey has been a substantial one since his first varsity start three years ago. “It was against Live Oak, and I was terrified,” Oglesby said. “I was playing left tackle next to Garrett Brumfield, and he was getting on me. I remember driving down to the goal line and… Continue reading →

Claude Coleman new Belaire football coach

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- New Belaire coach Claude Coleman

Former Capitol coach Claude Coleman was hired as the football coach at Belaire on Thursday. “The big thing for me is getting the chance to build something,” Coleman said. “I’ve had some experience turning programs around before, so that part of it is not new to me. What I am excited about is being at a school… Continue reading →

Prep report for Thursday, Dec. 18

Boys basketball CHEF 68, Wilkinson County 61 CHEF 16 12 15 25 — 68 Wilkinson County 10 23 17 11 — 61 Scoring — CHRISTIAN HOME EDUCATORS FELLOWSHIP: Will Campbell 16, Colyin Petry 16, Antonio Thomas 11, Cody Williamson 10, Jacobe Lee 6, Josh Slocum 5, Chaz Morgan 4; WILKINSON COUNTY CHRISTIAN: Hutch Holden 23, Colton Nettles 16, Caleb Pool 14, Joshua Leger 8. 3-Point Goals — CHEF 6 (Campbell 4,… Continue reading →

North Louisiana teams claim major Class 1A all-state honors

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern lab quarterback Bladrick Veal looks downfield as he is chased out of the pocket by Madison Prep's Malcolm Roach (11) and Bryan Jones.

North Louisiana’s Haynesville and Ouachita Christian School of Monroe claimed state football titles and honors on the 2014 Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 1A All-State team. There were some notable individual honors for players from Baton Rouge, the New Orleans area and the Acadiana areas. Haynesville’s Golden Tornado won the 1A state title for… Continue reading →

Denham Springs blanks Live Oak

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Live Oak's Darin Alleman kicks the ball away from Denham Springs' Craig Hodges during Wednesday night game at Live Oak.

LIVE OAK — Denham Springs High is putting together a sterling boys soccer season, and the Yellow Jackets maintained their winning ways Wednesday evening at Live Oak. Even so, after staying undefeated in Division I, District 4, with a 3-0 win over the Eagles, Yellow Jackets coach Chris Thorne was unimpressed with the effort.… Continue reading →

Host Madison Prep, Port Allen win tourney openers

The first two games of the inaugural Madison Prep Academy Classic couldn’t have been more polar opposite. Port Allen had to rally down the stretch in the opening game to remain undefeated, clipping Tara 63-58, while host Madison Prep overwhelmed Amite 96-41 in Wednesday’s finale. “We just gutted it out,” Port Allen coach Brandon Ricard said.… Continue reading →

St. Michael’s Chris Reid to fill two roles in Red Stick Bowl

St. Michael’s Chris Reid will play defensive back and punter in Sunday’s U.S. Army Red Stick Bowl set for 2:30 p.m. During the 2014 football season, Reid averaged more than 42 yards per punt and set a school-record with a punt of 71 yards. Throughout his career, he’s averaged 40 yards per punt. He credits his yearly… Continue reading →

Woodlawn football coach Brett Beard hired as the new football coach at Live Oak

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Woodlawn football coach Brett Beard.

Brett Beard quickly built a reputation by turning the Woodlawn High football program around in just two years. Now the former Vanderbilt and Southeastern Louisiana offensive lineman is turning his attentions to another local Class 5A school. Beard was named head football coach at Live Oak High on Wednesday, ending a two-week search process. “It’s really… Continue reading →

Prep report for Wednesday, Dec. 17

Boys basketball Madison Prep Classic At Madison Prep Wednesday’s results Port Allen 63, Tara 58 Halftime: Tara 31, Port Allen 31 Leading scorers: Port Allen: Ishmael Lane 26, Nigel Allen 17, Jordan Morgan 11; Tara: Keidrick Stewart 16, Paul Johnson 14. Madison Prep 96, Amite 41 Leading scorers: Madison Prep – Christian Thompson 13, Brandon Sampson 12, Kobe Julien… Continue reading →

Southern Lab runs away from West Feliciana

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND --  Southern Lab's Sheldon Carroll scores two of his 21 points against West Feliciana Tuesday night at Southern University's Seymour Hall.

First-year Southern Lab basketball coach Devan Clark was hoping to fortify his already talented roster with additional help from the Division IV state runner-up football team. Because of injuries to several of those players, Clark will have to wait to bolster his team that didn’t need any further help in running away from West Feliciana 84-51 on… Continue reading →

Red Stick Bowl: Black Knights offensive linemen complete package

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Woodlawn footbal coach Brett Beard.

Knowledge, precision and power make a lethal combination for an offensive line. After two days of practice, Black Knights head coach Brett Beard of Woodlawn and offensive line coach Gabe Fertitta of Catholic said their line has all three of those skills. “We got some kids that can flat-out play,” Beard said. “We got some that… Continue reading →

Madison Prep boys, Walker girls hosting basketball tournaments

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Madison Prep boys basketball coach Jeff Jones and his team will be hosting the Madison Prep Classic, which runs Wednesday through Saturday.

Madison Prep’s Jeff Jones wants to host a big boys basketball tournament, but is starting small. Walker High’s Korey Arnold has taken things to the opposite extreme with his school’s girls tourney.… Continue reading →

Prep report for Tuesday, Dec. 16

Boys basketball Catholic-PC 63, Algiers Tech 53 Algiers Tech 13 16 11 13 — 53 Catholic-Pointe Coupee 18 17 9 21 — 63 Scoring — ALGIERS: K. Griffin 13, B. Roche 10, B. Osbey 9, J. Salen 7, H. Barnes 6, H. Hills 6, J. Royal 2; CATHOLIC-POINTE COUPEE: A. LaCour 21, S. Guidroz 14, T. Pichon 9, J. Lee 9, L. Patin 8, K. Bourque 2 3-Point Goals — Algiers… Continue reading →

Players report for Red Stick Bowl practice

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- St. Michael quarterback Jeffrey Vaccaro (7) launches a pass downfield Friday against Plaquemine at Doug Williams Stadium.

There was no title-game hangover for four Livonia High School players who reported for Monday’s U.S. Army Red Stick Bowl practice. Running back Malcolm Dedrick, defensive back Diante Bridgewater, receiver Stephen Guidry and linebacker Bryce Jones all reported for practice with the Rough Riders of St. Michael the Archangel coach Paul Varnado. “You never… Continue reading →

Catholic’s Aaron Wiltz changes commitment to N.C. State

Catholic High School offensive lineman Aaron Wiltz

Central Florida and North Carolina State won’t meet to decide the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl until Dec. 26. However, N.C. State chalked up a pregame victory when Catholic High School offensive lineman Aaron Wiltz changed his commitment from UCF to the Wolfpack on Monday.… Continue reading →

Donaldsonville holds off Dutchtown

DUTCHTOWN — Free-throw shooting has been a work in progress for Donaldsonville High School, so coach Lionel Gilbert challenged his team to improve last week. The results weren’t perfect Monday night, but Donaldsonville (4-4) made 8 of 12 free throws in the fourth quarter as it held off Dutchtown for a 52-49 win… Continue reading →

New year, new story as Livonia claims the Class 3A state championship with a 43-14 win over Amite

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- From left, Livonia's Kendrick Paul, 4, Bryce Jones, 3, and Stephen Guidry, 7, celebrate winning the 2014 Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA High School Football Playoffs in their division  at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Saturday, December 13, 2014.

In his first year, Guy Mistretta came through on his promise to the Livonia High School family. A year after they fell in the state championship game, 2014 was a different story for the Wildcats: They stormed past Amite 43-14 to capture the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Class 3A state championship Saturday afternoon. “I’m just really proud of… Continue reading →

Livonia’s Cee Jay Powell makes dream become reality

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACHAmite's Josh Perry tries to tackle Livonia's quarterback Cee Jay Powell  during the Class 3A state finals on Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Sperdome.

Two days before the Class 3A title game Cee Jay Powell had a dream. “It’s hard to explain, but it always happens to me before games,” Powell said. “I’ll dream about a play I can make or something. “All I saw were people in the stands and they were celebrating something. But I didn’t know… Continue reading →

New LHSAA executive director Eddie Bonine excited about the maintenance of the association

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- The new LHSAA Executive Director, Eddie Bonine answers questions during a press conference before the 2014-15 Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Saturday, December 13, 2014.

There were smiles all around as the Louisiana High School Athletic Association finally got to introduce its new executive director, Eddie Bonine. The fact that Bonine, executive director of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association for eight years, had been hired was not a secret. That was confirmed earlier in the week. But Saturday’s news… Continue reading →

Fambrough: New LHSAA director Eddie Bonine has a lot of work ahead of him

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH From left new LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine greets Richard Smith and Mitch Small during his introductory news conference Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Cue the music from a classic TV show from the 1960s or ’70s. “Good morning, Mr. Bonine. Your mission, which you have chosen to accept, is one that won’t require manual labor. But it does call for some serious heavy lifting. Things may get emotional and heated. Surrender should never be an option, but compromise must be. Good… Continue reading →

University beats Belaire to win Kinsley Tournament

University High basketball coach Joe Spencer tried crafting a predistrict schedule that would raise the level of his team’s play once the season’s stakes increase. With the Cubs, the reigning Class 3A state champions, in the final of their first tournament of the season, they were more than up to the task with a 65-35 victory… Continue reading →

Red Stick Bowl players meeting set Sunday

Players scheduled to compete in this week’s U.S. Army Red Stick Bowl all-star football game must report for an organizational meeting at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Woodlawn High. Red Stick Bowl co-director Dennis Lorio said all players for the Black Knights and Rough Riders should bring their signed participation slips to the meeting. Practice for the two teams begins… Continue reading →

Prep report

Basketball tournaments Louisiana Bayou Classic Home School Tournament Boys Pontchartrain Christian Athletics 73, CHEF 27 Halftime: PCA 50, CHEF 13 Leaders: PCA: Payton Welch 14, Matthew Thomas 12, Devin Jones 12, Luke Maehler 10 CHEF 79, Baton Rouge Home School Athletic Association 22 Halftime: CHEF 40 Baton Rouge Home School Athletic Association 12 Leaders: CHEF: Colyn Petry 15, Cody… Continue reading →

Defense leads way for Acadiana

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --   Destrehan quarterback Marquise Darensbourg is stacked up by the Acadiana defense during the fourth quarter of the Class 5A State Championship Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Acadiana won 23-7.

The Class 5A state final could have been a cleaner played game for both sides, especially in the first half. In the first quarter, Acadiana High School’s Donavin Soloman tripped on a lineman’s feet on what would have been a sure touchdown. Instead, just a 17-yard gain. Two drives later, Kevin Moore fumbled on the Destrehan… Continue reading →

University High girls defeat Broadmoor 39-34 for EBR Girls Tournament title

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- University's Genea Miles (12) and Broadmoor's Mikayla Crockett (22) grapple for the ball in the finals of the East Baton Rouge Parish girls basketball tournament, Saturday, Dec. 13 at Tara High School.

University High assistant Susan Gremillion ran her record to 2-0 for the week as a pinch hitter for head coach Bonita Johnson as the U-High Lady Cubs celebrated their first year playing in the Coca Cola-EBR Girls Tournament with a 39-34 win over Broadmoor for the tournament title. Johnson missed the semifinals and finals with a family emergency,… Continue reading →

After boys draw, U-High girls beat Newman

After watching the University High boys soccer team end their match with Newman in a scoreless tie, the Cubs’ Kirby Miller knew she couldn’t let the girls suffer the same fate. Both the boys and girls programs for U-High got out to a fast start, knocking a barrage of deep balls into Newman’s defensive third, but it… Continue reading →

Live updates from Saturday's LHSAA state championship football games in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome

The LHSAA crowns state football champions in Class 3A, 4A and 5A in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Saturday. Click here for live updates. Continue reading →

Nothing little about this small-town battle as Livonia and Amite meet for Class 3A state title

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Livonia's Malcom Dedrick evades West Feliciana defenders and scores a touchdown at Livonia High School Friday, Dec. 05, 2014.

Capturing the essence of what it will be like when two football-crazy communities meet for the first time with a state title on the line isn’t easy. Livonia High coach Guy Mistretta offered the perfect explanation. “I’d hate to be that one last sheriff’s deputy or policeman,” he said. “Once everybody leaves for the… Continue reading →

Class 3A championship game, at a glance: Livonia vs. Amite

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Livonia's Malcolm Dedrick breaks away from Port Allen defenders on his way to a 90-yard touchdown on a punt return Friday in Livonia.

No. 1 seed Livonia (13-0) vs. No. 3 Amite (11-2) Noon, Saturday How they got here LIVONIA: beat No. 32 Baker 28-14 in the first round, No. 16 Mansfield 27-0 in the second round, No. 9 Rayville 26-22 in the quarterfinals… Continue reading →

LaMarcus Lee sparks Scotlandville over Landry-Walker 48-45

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Scotlandville's Jordan Adebutu and Landry-Walker's Khalil Williams battle to get to the ball during Friday night game at Scotlandville High.

Guard LaMarcus Lee relied on his outside marksmanship to help Scotlandville get back into contention in the first half. His ability to rise to the occasion at crunch time enabled the Hornets to escape with a victory. Lee, who buried four 3-pointers, soared through the air to slam home teammate Joshua Roberts’ missed shot with 1:52 remaining… Continue reading →

U-High edges McKinley; Belaire routs Redemptorist

Defending Class 3A champion University High got its first test of the young season Friday night, and the experienced Cubs came up with a passing grade. Skylar Mays drove the lane for a basket with two seconds left, allowing the Cubs to edge Class 5A McKinley 61-59 in semifinal action at Central High’s Kinsley Memorial Tournament.… Continue reading →

U-High, Broadmoor advance to EBR girls tournament final

University and Broadmoor will play for the East Baton Rouge Parish Girls Basketball Tournament championship on Saturday. No. 3-seeded Broadmoor won the tournament last year and will make its fourth trip to the championship game in four years. It’s No. 1-seeded U-High’s first year in the tournament. The Cubs won by 11 when the two teams played… Continue reading →

Many collects its first state title

Advocate staff photo by ANDREA MABRY-- Isaiah Smith of Many scores a touchdown against Kinder during the second weekend of the Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Prep Classic Select School titles at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. ORG XMIT: LABAT

This time it was the Tigers who came out victorious against their archrival. In a rematch between the same teams from a year ago, Kentrell Maxie’s 5-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter proved to be the winner as the Many Tigers captured the school’s first state championship with a 22-15 win over Kinder in the… Continue reading →

Haynesville captures 1A crown

Advocate staff photo by ANDREA MABRY-- Haynesville players K.Z. Larkins and Brian Randle tackle Ridge Heisler of Mangham during the second weekend of the Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Prep Classic Select School titles at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. The Haynesville Golden Tornado won 16-0. ORG XMIT: LABAT

Different year, same results. Haynesville added yet another trophy to its ever-growing trophy case on Friday with a 16-0 victory over Mangham to repeat as Class 1A champions in the LHSAA All-State Sugar Bowl Prep Classic at the Mercedes- Benz Superdome. “This one feels even better,” senior James Jackson said. “Last year seemed… Continue reading →

Photos: LHSAA State Champion Football

Advocate staff photo by ANDREA MABRY-- Damarcian McCutchen of Haynesville runs the ball as Brian Criff of Mangham attempts the tackle during the second weekend of the Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Prep Classic Select School titles at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. The Haynesville Golden Tornado won 16-0. ORG XMIT: LABAT

Images from Friday’s Louisiana State Champioship games.… Continue reading →

Class 5A championship game, at a glance: Destrehan vs. Acadiana

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Will Matthews runs the ball for a first down in the second quarter during the Destrehan vs. East St. John high school football game at Wildcat Stadium in Destrehan on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014.

No. 4 seed Destrehan (14-0) vs. No. 15 seed Acadiana (10-4) 7 p.m., Saturday How they got here DESTREHAN: beat No. 29 Pineville 54-0 in bidistrict round; beat No. 20 East St. John 68-14 in regional… Continue reading →

Class 4A championship game, at a glance: Warren Easton vs. Neville

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Deshawn Capers-Smith narrowly escapes the clutches of Plaquemine's Kenny Dotson during the Warren Easton vs. Plaquemine high school football game at Pan Am Stadium in New Orleans on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014.

No. 5 seed Warren Easton (12-2) vs. No. 2 seed Neville (12-1) 3:30 p.m., Saturday How they got here NEVILLE: beat No. 31 Riverdale 57-7 in the bidistrict round; beat No.… Continue reading →

Rematches highlight Friday’s state final games

Advocate file photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Many's Xavier Davis gets tackled by Kinder's Derric Mayfield, Collin Williams and Welles Cooley during last year's state championship game in the Mercedes Superdome in New Orleans.

How well the teams match up with each other isn’t always the deciding factor in a state championship football game. What happens when a matchup becomes a rematch? Plenty, thanks to the fact that the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Prep Classic opens its second weekend with two rematches at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. “It’s just a matchup… Continue reading →

Quick Read: Class 1A title game

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Haynesville coach David Franklin talks on his headset during game against Ouachita Christian Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, during the fourth quarter of the Class 1A State Championship at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

How they got here MANGHAM: First-round bye, beat No. 17 Montgomery 54-20 in the second round, beat No. 8 White Castle 49-14 in the quarterfinals and beat No. 4 Kentwood 42-27 in the semifinals. HAYNESVILLE: First-round bye, beat No. 15 Delhi 55-18 in the second round, beat No. 7 East Beauregard in the quarterfinals 14-0 and beat No.… Continue reading →

QUICK READ: Class 2A state title game

How they got here MANY: Beat No. 32 Homer 73-0 in the first round, No. 16 Lake Arthur 41-6 in the second round, No. 9 St. James 28-14 in the quarterfinals and No. 5 Northeast 35-12 in the semifinals. KINDER: Beat No. 31 North Caddo 42-0 in the first round, No. 15 Pine Prairie 37-6 in the second… Continue reading →

Prep football scores, pairings

Seedings listed in parentheses. Nonselect schools Class 5A Regional round C.E. Byrd 37, East Ascension 20 West Monroe 24, Covington 7 Hahnville 28, Haughton 14 Destrehan 68, East St. John 14 Zachary 35, Denham Springs 10 Scotlandville 27, Thibodaux 15 Mandeville 24, Barbe 21 Acadiana 38, Ponchatoula 28 Quarterfinals West Monroe 19, C.E. Byrd 7 Destrehan 24, Hahnville… Continue reading →

Scotlandville to face Landry-Walker

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCKScottlandville coach Carlos Sample

Carlos Sample doesn’t teach chemistry in a classroom. But the Scotlandville High School boys basketball coach knows plenty about the actions and reactions needed to make a team successful. Even though they Hornets (8-1) are off to a fast start, Sample said there are still some on-the-court chemistry lessons his team needs to master. Sample’s… Continue reading →