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Dutchtown defeats Denham Springs 21-14

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --   Dutchtown's Zac Kilpatrick gets wrapped up by Denham Springs' Wes Ross, left, and Jarques Jones during the LeBlanc Food Store Jamboree on Thursday at Dutchtown.

DUTCHTOWN — Neither coach knew exactly what to expect. Dutchtown got just enough — including a 40-yard touchdown pass from Jared Sparks to Brandon Ricca with a 3:28 remaining — to notch a 21-14 victory over Denham Springs in the LeBlanc Food Stores Jamboree on Thursday night at Dutchtown. “Certainly there’s a lot of… Continue reading →

Central tops Port Allen 14-6 in jamboree

PORT ALLEN — Central football coach Sid Edwards said the characteristics his team displayed in Thursday’s jamboree will ultimately define his team’s season. The Wildcats were opportunistic with second-half field position, solid on defense and executed in the kicking game. It all added up to a 14-6 victory for Central over Port Allen — with… Continue reading →

Scotlandville’s Robert Valdez doesn’t mind hectic pace of last month

Things move fast in the world of Robert Valdez these days. The first-year Scotlandville football coach wouldn’t have it any other way. “My first day at Scotlandville was July 28, so tomorrow it will be one month,” Valdez said. “There’s been a lot of ground to cover, and it’s been great so far. In fact, it’s been… Continue reading →

LHSAA sidelines Mentorship Academy

A ruling by LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine leaves the East Baton Rouge Parish Kickoff Classic jamboree with one less football team Friday night. And it leaves Mentorship Academy with a much bigger issue. When Mentorship joined the LHSAA, it was two schools operating under one roof and only one of those schools was granted membership. Officials… Continue reading →

Football jamboree report

Thursday LeBlanc Food Stores Jamboree At Dutchtown High Dutchtown 21, Denham Springs 14 Port Allen/Placid Refining Jamboree At PAHS’ Otwell Stadium Central 14, Port Allen 6 St. James Jamboree At St. James Stadium Donaldsonville vs. St. James Friday Ascension Catholic Jamboree At Boutte Stadium, Donaldsonville Houma Christian vs. Ascension Catholic JV, 6 p.m. Houma Christian vs. ACHS Format: two… Continue reading →

Gay Louisiana prep football referee hears hateful comments on job: People here think gays 'weak,' 'perverted,' 'messed up'

A Louisiana high school football referee describes to Outsports.com in a recent blog post the kind of hateful comments he hears from others about their feelings on gay people. (AP file photo)

. "Pedophile." "There is something wrong with them." "I don't want any of that rubbing off on me" It's become commonplace for one closeted, gay Louisiana high school football official to hear disparaging comments about homosexuality, he recounts in an anonymous blog posted to Outsports.com. The site granted the official anonymity,… Continue reading →

Limits tested at McKinley volleyball jamboree

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --   University High's Destiny Ephrom goes for a kill against Ascension Christian during the McKinley volleyball jamboree Wednesday at the Louisiana School for the Deaf.

St. Michael the Archangel coach Rob Smith couldn’t help but smile, even though his team lost its final set at the McKinley Jamboree. “It’s very different playing early in the day,” Smith said. “The energy and the feel were quite different. We didn’t bring our energy with us. “We had a great summer and accomplished… Continue reading →

First-year Port Allen coach Nick Mitchell ready to gauge his team

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Port Allen coach Nick Mitchell: 'Central has always been a very good program. They’ve been deep into the playoffs and have a very good coaching staff with some great athletes.'

More than three months after taking over Port Allen’s football program, going through a challenging offseason and preseason, coach Nick Mitchell will get an early assessment of his team. With an eye toward preparing for a rugged District 6-3A race, the Pelicans host Class 5A Central in the Port Allen/Placid Refining Jamboree at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Otwell Stadium.… Continue reading →

Football jamborees schedule

Thursday LeBlanc Food Stores Jamboree At Dutchtown High Denham Springs vs. Dutchtown, 8 p.m. JV teams play first Format: two 12-minute halves for varsity Port Allen/Placid Refining Jamboree At PAHS’ Otwell Stadium Central JV at Port Allen JV, 6:30 p.m. Central vs. Port Allen Format: two 12-minute halves for varsity St. James Jamboree At St. James Stadium Donaldsonville JV… Continue reading →

McKinley volleyball jamboree scores

At LSD Pool A: St. Joseph’s Academy def. Live Oak 25-17, St. Michael def. Episcopal 25-23, St. Joseph’s def. Episcopal 25-6, St. Michael def. Live Oak 25-15, Episcopal def. Live Oak 25-8, St. Joseph’s def. St. Michael 25-14. Pool B: SJA JV def. Dunham 26-24, Central def. Broadmoor 25-10, Dunham 25, Broadmoor 16, SJA JV def. Central 25-20, Central… Continue reading →

Defending champions University High, Livonia squaring off in jamboree

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND -- Livonia coach Guy Mistretta

The teams aren’t the same, but the excitement surrounding Friday’s football jamboree between University High and Livonia continues to grow. “You can look at our guys and see they’ve got a little extra pep in their step,” Livonia coach Guy Mistretta said. “Part of it is because this is a jamboree. But I think… Continue reading →

Volleyball jamboree report

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Plaquemine's  Emily Falencki  hits a return against St. John during the  Westside Volleyball Jamboree on Tuesday at Brusly.

Tuesday’s scores Westside Jamboree At Brusly Pool A West Feliciana 25, Port Allen 15 Port Allen 19, St. John 18 White Castle 23, Port Allen 20 St. John 17, White Castle 15 West Feliciana 19, White Castle 17 West Feliciana 22, St. John 18 Pool B Southern Lab 22, Livonia 21 Livonia 25, Donaldsonville 15 Livonia 23, Family Christian… Continue reading →

Football jamboree schedule

Thursday LeBlanc Food Stores Jamboree At Dutchtown High Denham Springs vs. Dutchtown, 8 p.m. JV teams play first Format: two 12-minute halves for varsity Port Allen/Placid Refining Jamboree At PAHS’ Otwell Stadium Central JV at Port Allen JV, 6:30 p.m. Central vs. Port Allen Format: two 12-minute halves for varsity St. James Jamboree At St. James Stadium Donaldsonville JV… Continue reading →

Fambrough: Tara football coach Cooter Mansur’s Save the Game tries to help athletes keep playing

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Tara coach Cooter Mansur

There are life-changing experiences. And there are life-changing actions. Tara High football coach Cooter Mansur knows something about both. Mansur underwent two heart surgeries in June to alleviate 95 percent blockages in three arteries. A look at family history prompted his wife, Episcopal Athletic Director Myra Mansur, to push the 54-year-old coach to have a stress test. Suggestions… Continue reading →

City limits: Baton Rouge high school coaches, players committed to helping football thrive again

Advocate Photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- From left, Glen Oaks' Darren Evans, Belaire's Daquan Hicks,  Broadmoor's Jamil Abdul-Aziz, and Capitol's Chris Duhon in Expressway Park Saturday, August 15, 2015.

McKinley High football coach Robert Signater offers an analogy few would dispute. “People ask me what it’s like to compete against the other 5A teams in our district,” he said. “I tell them, ‘We’ve got a hammer and nails. Everybody else has a nail gun.’ “Now that doesn’t mean we can’t get things done. But it… Continue reading →

Prep volleyball jamborees ready to serve

The volleyball season starts anew this week with jamborees. Two new coaches are replacing longtime coaches and hoping to make their mark. Brusly’s Kayla Sarradet takes over for Karen Wooley, now the Livonia coach. McKinley’s Bridget Bowman replaces Brenda Simon. Brusly hosts the 16-team Westside Jamboree at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday. The 20-team McKinley Jamboree is at 3:30 p.m.… Continue reading →

Lutcher, St. James rekindle District 9-3A rivalry; coach: 'I don’t have enough words in my vocabulary to describe the intensity'

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Lutcher quarterback Jontre Kirklin

The football battle for St. James Parish returns this fall as Lutcher and St. James rekindle a series that hasn’t been played in more than a decade. The Bulldogs and Wildcats last matched up in 2004, the last time the schools shared a district. With Lutcher dropping from Class 4A and St. James rising from 2A,… Continue reading →

10 big storylines for 2015 Baton Rouge-area high school football season

Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER --  Catholic coach Dale Weiner

1. It’s a new year with new challenges. LHSAA schools finally may be settling into a select/nonselect football playoff routine, but a new two-year districting plan shakes things up. One key change sends Livonia, last year’s 3A state champion, into Class 4A and District 6-4A. Woodlawn drops from 5A to 4A and also… Continue reading →

Fambrough: Super Superdome finishes? Baton Rouge-area high school football teams are all-in for those

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --University High defensive back Tre Jackson

Stability is one thing every high school football coach yearns for. And for the first time in three years, LHSAA schools will have it … at least when it comes to the state finals format. Here’s the good news: The LHSAA’s split football playoff format remains the same for the second straight year. Title games… Continue reading →

District 5-5A Louisiana high school football preview: Nobody overlooks Catholic, but Ascension Parish rivals have plenty at stake too

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Catholic's Clyde Edwards-Helaire

It’s hard to imagine any team in District 5-5A overlooking perennial power Catholic High, but that doesn’t mean the Bears are the most important game on everyone’s schedule. With Ascension Parish district members St. Amant, Dutchtown and East Ascension emphasizing local rivalries, at times Catholic can get lost in the shuffle, if not on the field.… Continue reading →

District 4-5A Louisiana high school football preview: Zachary, rivals aim to go from making waves to making trend

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Zachary quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr.

It happened 24 years ago. But the emotion resonating through Zachary football coach David Brewerton’s voice makes it seem like it was yesterday. “I’ve told my guys it was the worst feeling in the world,” Brewerton said. “And I’ve told them it’s a road you don’t want to go down. To this day, I can’t… Continue reading →

District 6-4A Louisiana high school football preview: Livonia on rise, boosting difficulty in already challenging league

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Livonia quarterback Cee Jay Powell

Second-year Livonia coach Guy Mistretta knew exactly where to look to find a similar scenario. Mistretta, then a defensive coordinator, reached back 12 years to when he was part of the Redemptorist coaching staff that guided the Wolves to consecutive state championships in Class 3A and 4A. Fast-forward to 2015 as Mistretta hopes to push all… Continue reading →

District 6-3A Louisiana high school football preview: University High, Parkview Baptist eager for more marquee matchups in state's top 3A league

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- University High's Dylan Moses prepares for a collision with Teurlings' Luke Gossen

The downside to playing in the state championship game is that there can only be one winner. Of course, the teams in District 6-3A might beg to differ. “The last image a lot of people have from last year is that game,” University High coach Chad Mahaffey said. “It was such a great game. We were behind… Continue reading →

District 6-2A Louisiana high school football preview: Realignment creates hybrid league featuring on-the-rise Madison Prep

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Episcopal's TJ Wisham

The name of the game in District 6-2A this season is alignment. Not the kind that coaches put in the playbook, but the kind marked by asterisks on the LHSAA’s website. A combination of factors has created a hybrid district made up of schools that will compete in Districts 7-2A and 8-2A in all other sports… Continue reading →

District 6-1A Louisiana high school football preview: Baton Rouge area features just one 1A league for first time in ages

Advocate staff photo by ANDREA MABRY-- Southern Lab quarterback Bladrick Veal

Southern Lab and White Castle have one of Louisiana’s most storied boys basketball rivalries. The teams seem to meet on a yearly basis. They’ve combined to decide Class 1A state titles and played more memorable games than you can count on two hands. Football has never really been in the equation — until now.… Continue reading →

Livonia defensive end Willie Baker commits to Louisiana Tech

There was an underlying current that seemingly drew Livonia defensive end Willie Baker to Louisiana Tech for as long as he could remember. Whether it was because his two primary recruiters — Blake Baker or Joe Sloan — set a foundation during the early stages of his recruiting process, Willie Baker had a high enough opinion… Continue reading →

Kayin White had a breakthrough year with Parkview Baptist as a running back last season. His dad, former LSU great Lyman White, is soaking it up, glad to be in the background

Advocate staff photo by ROBIN FAMBROUGH -- Former LSU football player Lyman White and his son Kayin at Parkview Baptist. Lyman says of his son:'I don’t really advertise that he’s my son. I had my time, and now this is Kayin’s time. It’s not about me. He works very hard in his classes and at football.'

Some moments are frozen in time. Even on a hot, humid August day, senior Kayin White has no problem remembering his first high school touchdown. “I got in during the second half against Broadmoor,” White said. “That was my first game. The second time I touched the ball I went 60 yards and scored. It was great.”… Continue reading →

Zach Kelly, Michael Beauchamp help Silliman rush past Trinity Episcopal

NATCHEZ — Zach Kelly and Michael Beauchamp combined for 261 rushing yards and two touchdowns, leading Silliman Institute to a 20-15 road victory over Trinity Episcopal Friday night. Beauchamp ran for a game-high 140 yards on 16 carries and scored one touchdown for the Wildcats in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools regular-season opener. Kelly added 121 yards… Continue reading →

Marquee basketball trio at different schools for 2015-16

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Natchitoches Central's Cameron Lard tries to block a shot by Scotlandville's Jordan Adebutu last season.

Louisiana’s top basketball prospects are typically known for making flashy moves on the court. Cameron Lard, Galen Alexander and Braxton Bernard have all reportedly made notable moves off the court by transferring to new schools. All three transfers are likely to be reviewed by the LHSAA in the weeks ahead. The move by the 6-foot-9 Lard has attracted… Continue reading →

Central Private falls to Prairie View Academy 7-6

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Central Private's Cole Averette knocks the ball loose from Prairie View Academy's Jacob Fortner on Friday night at Central Private.

CENTRAL — It seemed like every time Central Private needed a play to fall their way, a fumble or penalty would kill Prairie View Academy’s drive — except when it needed it the most. The Spartans struggled to produce any offensive rhythm all night until senior quarterback Cole Bryan orchestrated a last-minute drive, ending with… Continue reading →

Central Private, Silliman open season Friday

Advocate staff photo by CHARLES CHAMPAGNE    Silliman coach T.J. Davis talks with his players during a preseason practice.

Focusing on details can be the difference between winning or losing football games. Silliman Institute returns a veteran team that finished 9-3 last season. Coach T.J. Davis said he wants his team focusing on one snap at a time and getting better each game. Central Private was 2-8 last season, but coach Joey Sanchez said the… Continue reading →

MAIS football capsules

Central Private Rebels Coach: Joey Sanchez (2-8 at school, 2-8 overall) 2014: 2-4, 0-4 Looking back: A couple of nondistrict wins were steps in the right direction for a rebuilding program. Moving forward: Early success will be crucial for the Rebels as they step up into 3A. Ask The Advocate: Look for the Rebels to be better in 2015,… Continue reading →

Prep scrimmage schedule

FOOTBALL Thursday St. Helena Central and Woodlawn at Live Oak, 5 p.m. West Feliciana at Plaquemine, 5 p.m. Glen Oaks at White Castle, 5:30 p.m. Northlake Christian vs. Ascension Catholic at Boutte Stadium in Donaldsonville, 5:30 p.m. Walker at Livonia, 5:30 p.m. St.… Continue reading →

Jordan Stephens, Central set sights on getting over regional hump

Advocate file photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON -- After falling in the regional round the past two years, Jordan Sptephens and the  Central volleyball team are focused on getting past that round and winning the state tournament.

The past two volleyball seasons ended too soon for Central High outside hitter Jordan Stephens. Last season, Central fell to Cabrini 3-1 in the regional round of the LHSAA Division II playoffs. The score was familiar because the Wildcats also lost 3-1 to Ben Franklin in the regional round in 2013.… Continue reading →

LSU commitment Wayde Sims keeps track of Tigers in Australia, but focus on senior season now

Advocate file photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND -- U-High's Wayde Sims goes up for a shot in between Madison Prep's Yuryk Lazard (14) and Joshua LeBlanc (23) at the Hall of Fame Classic last season.

The down under Wayde Sims was locked in Tuesday afternoon as he took the ball in the open court in a pick-up game. He dribbled and then ducked down under and around defenders. There were also detailed updates on the LSU men’s basketball exhibition game in Australia available online. The 6-foot-6 senior was focused on the athletic… Continue reading →

LSU commitment Wayde Sims keeps track of Tigers in Australia, but focus on senior season now

Advocate file photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND -- U-High's Wayde Sims goes up for a shot in between Madison Prep's Yuryk Lazard (14) and Joshua LeBlanc (23) at the Hall of Fame Classic last season.

The down under Wayde Sims was locked in Tuesday afternoon as he took the ball in the open court in a pick-up game. He dribbled and then ducked down under and around defenders. There were also detailed updates on the LSU men’s basketball exhibition game in Australia available online. The 6-foot-6 senior was focused on the athletic… Continue reading →

Football scrimmage schedule

Wednesday Brother Martin at Covington, 5 p.m. John Curtis at St. Paul’s, 5 Ben Franklin vs. Sophie Wright at St. Martin’s, 5 p.m. Warren Easton at Chalmette, 6 p.m. Catholic vs. Rummel (Yenni), 6:30 p.m. Thursday Shaw at Mandeville, 5 p.m. Clark, Fisher at Newman, 5 p.m. Riverdale, Lusher at Pope John Paul II, 5 p.m. Northlake Christian at… Continue reading →

Dutchtown quarterback Jared Sparks excited about Griffins’ outlook

Advocate file photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Dutchown quarterback Jared Sparks looks downfield against East Ascension in a 2014 game.

Jared Sparks is the guy at quarterback for Dutchtown High school, and it feels great. After a frustrating 4-7 season in which he primarily played in a backup role while splitting time with starter Brandt Fritsche, the now senior Sparks is ready to lead the Griffins back to the top of the district. “It feels amazing to know… Continue reading →

Brian Hargroder hired as boys basketball coach at Central

Former Live Oak and Zachary High coach Brian Hargroder was hired as the new boys basketball coach at Central High. Hargroder spent nine years as coach at Live Oak and one at Zachary. He succeeds Ron Lewis, who resigned nearly two weeks ago to become an assistant coach at Zachary. “The truth is, we’ve got about six or… Continue reading →