Zachary outlasts Walker in pitchers’ duel

ZACHARY — Zachary High School outlasted Walker 1-0 in a District 4-5A pitcher’s duel at Chief Herty Field on Saturday afternoon. Walker’s Bryce Tassin and Zachary’s Cory Muscleman both pitched complete games for their respective teams. “Both guys were just going at it,” Zachary coach Jesse Cassard said. “They executed today,” Walker coach Randy Sandifer said. “We executed … Continue reading →

Fambrough: Clement Mubungirwa’s plight brings spectrum of opinions

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Episcopal's Clement Mubungirwa

It’s been a week since The Advocate published stories about Episcopal’s fight to get an added year of eligibility for football-soccer player Clement Mubungirwa. Those stories focused on Mubungirwa’s story and the difficulties it presents for the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. Needless to say, a broad range of opinions have been expressed in the … Continue reading →

Advocate Athlete of the Year nominations being accepted

The Advocate is still accepting nominations for its annual Athlete of the Year awards from Baton Rouge Metro area schools. Boys and girls Athlete of the Year winners will be honored at a banquet set for May 21, along with other athletes selected as the Star of Stars of their respective sports by The Advocate sports staff. … Continue reading →

Prep report

Baseball Catholic High 4, Denham Springs 1 W — Ross Massey (5-2). L — Mac Sceroler (6-5). Leaders — CATHOLIC HIGH: Nick Coomes (2-4, RBI), Hayden Mixon (2-4), Austin Devillier (2-4), Hunter De’Armond (1-3, 2 RBIs), Josh Smith (1-3, 2 Rs); DENHAM SPRINGS: Carl Guidry (1-3), Matt Erwin (1-3), Bailey Holstein (1-3), Brennan Batty … Continue reading →

Curtis’ Tia Charles signs with Nicholls State

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- John Curtis' Tia Charles, right, gets around University Lab's Mikayla Bates during the Class 3A semifinal Thursday in Lake Charles.

Tia Charles can score points in bunches if she has to. But the John Curtis senior point guard would much rather dish out an assist. It’s something that rubbed off her back when she was in elementary school. Charles was in the fourth grade when NBA point guard Chris Paul first began … Continue reading →

Salmen’s Kalani Brown earns another honor

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIESalmen's Kalani Brown grabs a rebound over St. Thomas More's Courtney Chainy Hemphill in a Class 4A semifinal playoff game at the LHSAA Top 28 Tournament in Lake Charles.

Another week. Another honor. Salmen junior center Kalani Brown picked up another award on Thursday when she was named to Max Preps All-American team. The 6-foot-6 Brown was named to the third team after averaging 21 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots this season to lead Salmen to its second consecutive Class … Continue reading →

Catholic High, BRHS take Grizzly Relays titles

Advocate staf fphoto by HILARY SCHEINUKFrom left, Scotlandville's Chris Johnson, Southern Lab's Devin Dixon and Scotlandville's Dontrell Hilliard run in the boys 100-meter dash during the  Grizzly Relays at Catholic High on Thursday.

Cool temperatures and gray skies were a part of Catholic High’s Grizzly Relays on Thursday, but the rains stayed away and the athletes turned in some good performances in a tune-up meet for next week’s district meets. Makiah Brisco of Baton Rouge High claimed first in the 100 and 200-meter dashes, anchored a winning relay and … Continue reading →

LHSAA SOFTBALL PLAYOFF PAIRINGS

Here are the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s softball playoff pairings released Thursday afternoon. Class 5A (32) Chalmette at (1) St. Amant (17) Zachary at (16) Sulphur (24) Mandeville at (9) Pineville … Continue reading →

Central edges Zachary in 13 innings

ZACHARY — A baseball team that strikes out 17 times in a game normally doesn’t win it. But when the game last 13 innings anything goes. Central High finally got an edge in the top of the 13th when Jordan Wilkins’ RBI-double down the third base line scored Brennan Fontenot. It was enough to give … Continue reading →

Christian Life rallies over Southern Lab

Instead of picture-perfect end to undefeated District 6-1A baseball championship and polishing up its postseason resumé, Christian Life Academy found itself in early peril. Arch-rival Southern Lab opened with six runs on three hits and stole four bases, placing the home-standing Crusaders squarely on their heels. CLA responded with five runs in its first at-bat, pitcher … Continue reading →

Prep Report

Track and field St. Amant meet Boys Team rankings: 1. St. Amant 129. 2. Dutchtown 82. 3. Zachary 76. 4. Hahnville 66. 5. East Ascension 53. 6. Jesuit, 39. 7. Denham Springs 35. 8. West Feliciana 31. 9. Lutcher 28. 10. Donaldsonville 10. 11. Parkview Baptist 8. 12. Live Oak 1. Running events 100: Danzil Felix, St. Amant, … Continue reading →

Prep track meets hit high gear Thursday

Advocate file  photo by CATHERINE THRELKELDBaton Rouge High's Mikiah Brisco, an LSU signee and one of the top sprinters in the country, is scheduled to run in the Grizzly Relays on Thursday at Catholic High School.

Call it the relays day. Catholic High’s annual Grizzly Relays helps highlight a schedule of Thursday track meets in the Baton Rouge area. Glen Oaks’ Panther Relays at Port Allen High and White Castle’s Sugar Relays are among the other meets that help close out the high school regular season. “I think you’ve got some … Continue reading →

Zachary hoping to follow last season’s course

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBREZachary baseball coach Jesse Cassard.

Under the circumstances, it might be appropriate for Zachary High School baseball coach Jesse Cassard to quote that famed baseball wordsmith Yogi Berra. Cassard said the Broncos’ season to date is very similar to last season when his team and Catholic High surprised everyone by playing for the Class 5A state title. That doesn’t mean he’s going … Continue reading →

Prep results

Baseball Ascension Catholic 7, Ascension Christian 1 W — Falcon Mire. L- Gaudin. Leaders: ASCENSION CATHOLIC: Garrett Hales (2-3, 2RS), D. J. Latino (1-4, 2B 2RBIs), Colin Landry (1-3, RS, RBI); ASCENSION CHRISTIAN: Bledsoe (3-4, 2B, R), Gaudin (1-4). Records: Ascension Catholic 15-10 (8-0 district 8-1A), Ascension Christian NA. Dunham 22, Redemptorist 8 W — Alec Duhe. L … Continue reading →

Seven proves unlucky for Plaquemine in loss to Lutcher

PLAQUEMINE —The number seven has officially taken on a negative connotation for Plaquemine High School. Lutcher extended Plaquemine’s losing streak to an unlucky seven games when the two District 6-4A baseball foes met Wednesday afternoon. The Bulldogs (11-13, 3-0) rallied in the top of the seventh inning to defeat the Green Devils 4-3. … Continue reading →

Metro boys golf results

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- University High's  Trey Winstead chips up on the 15th green enroute to a 3 under score in regulation play of the Metro Boys Tournament at BREC's Beaver Creek Golf Course in Zachary Wednesday. Winstead faced Catholic's Matt Jakuback in a playoff.

Results At Beaver Creek Golf Club Team totals: 1, Catholic 291. 2, Parkview Baptist 300. 3, University 313, Zachary 313. 5, West Feliciana 316. 6, Denham Springs 325. 7, Dunham 331, 8, Episcopal 339. 9, Dutchtown 342. 10, East Ascension 343. 11, … Continue reading →

Redemptorist surges early and late to stop Dunham

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBREDunham’s John Volland slides safely at second base as he beats the attempted tag by Redemptorist’s Russel Gage on Tuesday at Dunham.

Redemptorist sandwiched enough run support in its first and last at-bats around a gutty pitching performance to move into sole possession of the District 6-2A baseball lead. Redemptorist scored three times in the top of the first and pulled away with a four-run seventh for an 8-2 victory Tuesday at The Dunham School. The Wolves … Continue reading →

St. Amant edges past rival East Ascension 6-4

GONZALES — St. Amant High School left 11 men on base Tuesday night, and that’s a stat that’s usually trouble for a baseball team. But the Gators (22-7 overall, 6-1) came up with two big hits in the first two innings, stole a run in the sixth and even shook off their own shaky defense … Continue reading →

Many possibilities at Metro golf tourneys

Trey Winstead

Each Baton Rouge Metro golf tournament has a race for a team that can be upstaged by the battle for top individual honors. With the BR Metro Girls Golf and Metro Boys Golf tournaments set for back-to-back days at BREC’s Beaver Creek Golf Course the possibilities are four-fold. Action begins with tee times at 11 … Continue reading →

Redemptorist, Dunham ready for 6-2A baseball showdowns

Redemptorist easily got past one baseball nemesis. Now the Wolves face another stern test in Dunham. Redemptorist (17-7) travels to Dunham (13-12) for a 6 p.m. Tuesday game. Dunham plays at RHS at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Both teams are 4-0 in District 6-2A. Redemptorist is the top-ranked team in the Class 2A power rankings, according … Continue reading →

THE ADVOCATE’S TOP 5 BASEBALL/SOFTBALL TEAMS

Baseball Class 5A-4A 1. St. Amant 21-7: Gators have one District 5-5A loss and also got a nondistrict win over Denham Springs last week. 2. Denham Springs 21-8: The Yellow Jackets got three district wins last week, including key victories over Live Oak and Walker. 3. Dutchtown 18-10: Griffins … Continue reading →

BR’s prep female bowlers get redemption in singles

Maybe the word “redemption” is kicked around too much on the sports pages, but when Jacob Garretson of Central won the boys singles title in the LHSAA prep bowling playoffs this past Saturday at All-Star Lanes, the word might be one you can use. It also seemed fitting that two of Baton Rouge’s top female bowlers — … Continue reading →

The difficult case of Clement Mubungirwa

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Episcopal junior Clement Mubungirwa

Kakule Clement Mubungirwa’s story already is one of triumph over tragedy. Before he was 12 years old, Mubungirwa’s father went missing and was presumed to have been murdered. He was born in one African nation and lived with his mother and six siblings in refugee camps in another, surviving malaria and a broken leg … Continue reading →

Livonia rides big fifth inning to win over Brusly

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Livonia's Patrick Queen beats the throw to Brusly's Luke LeBlanc at first base on Saturday at Brusly High.

BRUSLY — Livonia slugged its way past Brusly, jumping on Panthers pitching early and capitalizing on errors to notch a 13-5 win in a nondistrict Class 3A baseball game Saturday. In the decisive fifth inning, the Wildcats scored six runs, while forcing two pitching changes to turn a competitive 3-1 game to a 9-1 hill … Continue reading →

The Advocate seeks Athlete of Year nominations

The Advocate is accepting nominations from Baton Rouge metro area schools for its annual Athlete of the Year awards. Schools are asked to submit the top boys athlete and top girls athlete from their respective schools by April 30. Submit the athlete’s name, classification and a summary of his or her athletic accomplishments in 2013-14, including statistics … Continue reading →

Catholic, St. Joseph’s dominate again

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Anna Claire  Maxwell of St. Joseph's Academy won 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 20.80 seconds at the Jostens Invitational track meet Friday at Episcopal High School.

With an eye on peaking for upcoming season-ending meets, Catholic High and St. Joseph’s Academy took home team titles Friday evening at the Josten’s Relays hosted by Episcopal High. Boosted by a strong showing in the field, Catholic literally and figuratively ran away with the boys title with a final tally of 189 points. The Bears … Continue reading →

Livonia, Brusly square off in nondistrict 3A showdown

Livonia is on the verge of its fifth straight 20-win baseball season with goals of another deep playoff run. The Wildcats are 19-3 and sit atop the District 5-3A standings at 7-0. Livonia, ranked ninth in the Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association poll, plays a key nondistrict game at 1 p.m. Saturday at fourth-ranked Brusly (18-6, 4-1 in … Continue reading →

Albany girls can tap into coach’s prep experience

If Albany High School brings home the girls state LHSAA bowling championship Saturday at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge, the high school experience of their coach may be a big factor in getting them through the pressure of the semifinals and championship match. Scott Eiswirth bowled for Shaw from 2004-07. The 220 average bowler is attending Southeastern … Continue reading →

Dutchtown downs East Ascension 7-1

Advocate Staff Photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- East Ascension pitcher Nick Purpera tries to pick off Dutchtown's Dylan King as first baseman Tristan Babin awaits the throw Thursday at Dutchtown.

DUTCHTOWN — Going into Thursday’s District 5-5A showdown, East Ascension’s baseball team held a one-game lead on Dutchtown with two weeks of regular season play left. The Spartans now share that lead with the perennial district power Griffins, who used a commanding performance by starter Evan Richardson and uneven EAHS pitching to notch a 7-1 … Continue reading →

Denham Springs blanks Live Oak

WATSON — The topsy-turvy baseball race in District 4-5A took another turn Thursday evening as Denham Springs avenged a first-round loss with a 5-0 win over Live Oak. The Yellow Jackets’ win left both teams tied for first with 5-2 records. Brennan Batty (5-2) tossed a complete-game four-hit shutout to highlight the Yellow Jackets’ … Continue reading →

Lutcher overcomes rough start to beat Plaquemine

PLAQUEMINE — The Lutcher softball team fought back from a rocky first inning behind a masterful pitching performance by Avarie Louque to notch a 4-2 comeback win over Plaquemine and remain unbeaten in District 6-4A play. Plaquemine (3-9, 4-2 in district) opened the bottom of the first with singles by leadoff batter Mallory Perrault and … Continue reading →

Brusly softball team dominates Parkview Baptist

BRUSLY — Cleats and gloves aren’t the only accessories Brusly’s softball team sports these days. A closer examination of the reigning Class 3A state champions also shows a walking boot, knee brace and crutches. Such is life for Brusly, which has lost five players to season-ending injuries, including three starters, but you would have … Continue reading →

Episcopal, Port Allen set for track meets

Advocate file photoNational high school 
indoor record holder Devin King of Jewel Sumner will be on hand for the Jostens Invitational on Friday at Episcopal.

Episcopal High School’s Jostens Invitational and the Port Allen’s Westside Relays help highlight Friday’s track schedule in the Baton Rouge area. Ten schools are entered in the Westside Relays that begin at Port Allen High at 3:30 p.m. with field events. Running events are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Field events for the Jostens Invitational begin at … Continue reading →

Prep scores

Baseball Chef 8, Acadiana Blue 3 W — Clay Cornelius (6-2). L — Matthew Delcambre (4-2). Leaders — Chef: Trent Kinchen (2-4, HR, 2Rs), Steven Normand (1-2, HR, R), Patrick Hardy (2-3); Acadiana: Beau Meche (3-3, R); Records — Chef: 12-4, 8-0 in district. … Continue reading →

Patience pays for St. Michael

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- St. Michael's Dylan McElroy  scattered seven in five innings and struck out eight in his team's 10-1 over  Plaquemine on Wednesday at Plaquemine.

PLAQUEMINE — Patience was the virtue St. Michael the Archangel’s offense relied on more than anything in its District 6-4A baseball opener against Plaquemine. However, the Warriors were also aggressive when they needed it most. St. Michael took advantage of a dozen walks and seniors Austin Edens and J.T. Mauldin each homered in a … Continue reading →