Notebook: Madison Prep’s Michael Roach trims his recruiting list to 11 finalists

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Madison Prep's Malcolm Roach brings down Vermilion Catholic's quarterback Hunter Frith during the Division IV playoffs last season.

Madison Prep defensive end-tight end Malcolm Roach stopped just short of a dozen, listing 11 schools as his finalists Wednesday. Roach, one of the area’s top 2016 recruits, has a list of finalists that includes four Southeastern Conference schools Arkansas, Mississippi State, Missouri and Tennessee. His other finalists are Arizona, Texas, California, Louisiana-Lafayette, Memphis, North Carolina State and Texas… Continue reading →

Tyler Morrison’s busy summer ball schedule ends

Advocate file photo by JOHN OUBRE -- St. Michael's Tyler Morrison pressures Plaquemine's Asia Nelson as she brings the ball down the court last season.

Tyler Morrison was fresh off an appearance in the bracket championship of the N’awlins Elite Showcase with her Louisiana Lady Select AAU teammates, arriving back in town Saturday for an early evening dinner. Morrison, a senior-to-be at St. Michael the Archangel, enjoyed her team’s performance that included a 3-0 mark until a 60-56 loss in the… Continue reading →

Belaire’s Claude Coleman getting numbers up

Advocate  photo by Robin Fambrough  --  Darel Bell

It’s all about the helmets for first-year Belaire High head football coach Claude Coleman — at least until the games start. “The more helmets I order, the more I know I’m doing my job,” Coleman said. “We started out with 51 helmets in the spring. We didn’t have enough for the spring game. Now we have over… Continue reading →

Rummel's 6-foot-5, 300-pound lineman Larry Robinson commits to Southern Miss

Rummel offensive lineman Larry Robinson committed to Southern Miss on Tuesday morning.

“It felt like home and it was heartwarming from Day One,” Robinson said.

The Golden Eagles first offered the 6-foot-5, 300 pound Robinson after his junior season, his first year as a starter for the Raiders.

He also had an offer from McNeese State and had drawn interest from… Continue reading →

St. James QB Lowell Narcisse commits to Auburn

Advocate staff photo by ROD WALKER -- St. James quarterback Lowell Narcisse is interviewed after announcing his commitment to Auburn on July 27, 2015, in Vacherie. At left is his mother, Stacy Narcisse. At right is his girlfriend, Niya Ross.

VACHERIE — The birthday party was for Lowell Narcisse. But the gift went to Auburn. More than 300 people crammed into the multi-purpose building in Vacherie to celebrate one of the nation’s top quarterback’s 17th birthday, but more importantly, to see where the St. James junior would play his college ball.… Continue reading →

Franklin names Brandon Small football coach

Brandon Small knew all that was entailed in the vacant Franklin head football coaching job. The Hornets were 0-10 a year ago, returned three seniors and have regularly had 25-30 players taking part in summer workouts. Those are hardly the most advantageous circumstances in taking over a program, but the 35-year-old Small, who spent the past two years… Continue reading →

Rummel quarterback Chase Fourcade commits to Nicholls State

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Archbishop Rummel quarterback Chase Fourcade scrambles against Catholic High, Friday, Sept. 26 in Baton Rouge's Olympia Stadium.

As a sophomore, Chase Fourcade helped lead Rummel to a state championship. After coming up short as a junior, the quarterback is hoping to help the Raiders hoist another trophy in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in December. He got the recruiting part out of the way on Monday, committing to Nicholls State. “I… Continue reading →

St. James QB Lowell Narcisse to announce his college commitment Monday: LSU, Alabama, Auburn or Clemson

Lowell Narcisse won’t sign his National Letter of Intent until February 2017. But that isn’t stopping the St. James rising junior quarterback from making his commitment. Narcisse, ranked by many as the top dual-threat quarterback in the country for the Class of 2017, is slated to announce his commitment at 6 p.m. Monday. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder tweeted that… Continue reading →

Eddie Bonine has gotten his baptism of fire in a little less than five months as the LHSAA chief

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Incoming LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine speaks to the members.

LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine is still relatively new on the job. But the former head of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association has seen and been involved in a lot since taking over Louisiana’s top high school sports job in March. Here is a look at Bonine’s views on what he’s seen so far, what issues loom on the… Continue reading →

Fambrough: Metro/rural plan sounds right chord

Advocate photo by BRAD KEMP -- Notre Dame coach Lewis Cook Jr.'s plan using a metro/rural break down for the football playoffs as opposed to the current system of nonselect/select has received some favorable reviews.

The LHSAA used much the same system to classify teams and crown state champions for decades. So what happens when there’s a fresh idea like the metro/rural schools concept pitched by Notre Dame-Crowley Athletic Director-football coach Lewis Cook? We’ll have to wait and see, but so far, it’s sounds pretty darned good. The words… Continue reading →

LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine gets positive response from coaches

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Acadiana  coach Ted Davidson

LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine has been on the job for less than five months. He’s getting high marks from some who acknowledge there are still key issues to approach. The Advocate asked the coaches to rate Bonine’s performance and the direction the LHSAA is headed. They were also asked what key issues must be addressed next. Continue reading →

LHSAA task force discusses three possible plans on how to classify schools

LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine formed a task force to study the organization’s select/nonselect school issues with the idea that a plan or solution could be found. Three potential solutions were discussed at the second task force meeting Thursday afternoon at the LHSAA office. Like the first meeting held in late May, the second meeting was closed to… Continue reading →

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher at high school clinic: 'LSU is a very special place ... Just so many fond memories'

ADVOCATE STAFF PHOTO BY ROBIN FAMBROUGH -- Florida State head coach and former LSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher talks to Broadmoor coach Rusty Price after today's coaching clinic.

There was a little vintage Jimbo Fisher unplugged, complete with some one-liners and a few stories. What coaches also got was Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher plugged in and doing what he does best — talking fast to make sure he could talk about as much offense as possible. “I hope I didn’t go too… Continue reading →

Former LSU, Giants star Leonard Marshall tells coaches eradicating concussions is imperative

Staff photo by Robin Fambrough--Leonard Marshall talks to Dunham coach and former LSU assisttant Tim Jorgensen.

Leonard Marshall glanced at the video screen as the highlight that helped define his NFL career played. Once the clip of his bone-crushing hit on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana in the 1991 NFC Championship ended, Marshall wryly noted, “That play would cost me $250,000 if I was still playing today.” Marshall is still an… Continue reading →

Notre Dame football coach Lewis Cook makes metro/rural proposal

Most people see the LHSAA biggest issue as a select vs. nonselect schools thing or a private vs. public schools conflict. Could dividing schools up into groups of metro schools and rural schools be a solution? That’s an option Notre Dame-Crowley football coach Lewis Cook and one of his assistants, Daniel McCready, presented during Wednesday’s football coaches forum at… Continue reading →

Retif Oil blanks Delhomme 1-0 to win American Legion state tournament

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Retiff Oil's Nick Ray prepares to make the throw to first after forcing out Delhomme's Devin Boutin at second base in the American Legion state championship game Wednesday at Kirsch-Rooney Staduium.

Jesuit-based Retif Oil scored 17 runs in its win over the River Ridge Patriots on Tuesday, which placed them in the American Legion state championship game but managed only one run on Wednesday against the Delhomme Drillers. It was the only run they needed. Outfielder Scott Crabtree’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning… Continue reading →

Fambrough: It’s a new day; LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine is moving on

Those much-anticipated workshops with LSU football coach Les Miles and defensive coordinator Ed Orgeron were well attended. So were several other Tuesday workshops that helped open the Louisiana High School Coaches Association’s annual Coaches Clinic at the Crowne Plaza. The biggest revelation of the day may have come for LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine, who spoke… Continue reading →

Gauthier & Amedee comes out on short end of pitching duel

Gauthier & Amedee right-hander Brennan Grant threw a complete-game, giving up one run on four hits and striking out 13 while walking only two. It still wasn’t enough to keep his squad alive. The Ascension-based program was eliminated from the American Legion State tournament after losing to Acadiana-based Delhomme 1-0 Tuesday afternoon at… Continue reading →

Coaches receive National Federation of State High School Association awards

Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Jimmy Bible, Brusly wrestling coach

Six coaches from the Acadiana, Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas were part of a group that received statewide coaching honors in their respective sports from the National Federation of State High School Associations. The awards were presented during the Louisiana High School Coaches Association’s general business meeting Tuesday at the Crowne Plaza. The business meeting helped open the… Continue reading →

Retif Oil takes slugfest with River Ridge 17-14 at American Legion state tournament

In a videogame-esque, seesaw affair, Retif Oil outlasted John Curtis-based River Ridge 17-14 after the two combined for 31 runs and 23 hits in an American Legion state tournament game Tuesday night at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium. It clocked 3 hours, 37 minutes. Undefeated Retif Oil hosts the Lafayette-based Delhomme Drillers in the championship game at 4:30… Continue reading →

American Legion state tournament: Retif Oil rallies past Gauthier & Amedee in the ninth inning to prevail 6-4

Jesuit-based Retif Oil put itself in the driver’s seat Monday night, rallying from a two-run, ninth-inning deficit to surprise Ascension Parish-based Gauthier & Amedee 6-4 in the American Legion double-elimination state tournament at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium in New Orleans. Ben Hess’ two-run triple with one out in the top of the ninth reversed Retif Oil’s fortune. Trent… Continue reading →

Behind 19 hits and Hayden Adams’ no-hitter, Gauthier & Amedee blanks Refuel 15-0

Gauthier & Amedee wasted little time. Two outs into Sunday’s American Legion state tournament game, the Ascension Parish-based squad seized control, scoring four runs on Shaw-based Refuel in the top of the first inning. An inning later, the scoreboard read 6-0, then 10-0 and 11-0 before Gauthier & Amedee upended Refuel 15-0 in seven innings via… Continue reading →

Jake Markham outduels Colin Bone, but Crawfish Aquatics dominates Long Course Swimming Championships

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Tiger Aquatics' Mason Nyboer wins the Boys 13-14 200 LC Meter Freestyle event of the Louisiana Long Course Swim Meet finals Sunday at the LSU Natatorium.

Tiger Aquatics’ Jake Markham outdueled Crawfish Aquatics’ Colin Bone in the 17-and-up 200-meter freestyle on Sunday, highlighting the final evening of competition at the Louisiana long course swimming championships. Markham, an LSU freshman from Denver, touched the wall at 1 minute, 51.47 seconds, just ahead of Bone. A senior-to-be at Catholic High, Bone swam 1:53.17 in the… Continue reading →

Artificial turf fields increasingly popular for prep teams

Advocate staff photo by ROBIN FAMBROUGHZachary High recently replaced its existing artificial turf field, which was originally put down in 2007.

The football fortunes of District 4-5A rivals Zachary and Walker high schools couldn’t be more different. Zachary advanced to the Class 5A semifinals before losing to eventual state champion Acadiana last fall. Walker was winless. Both schools illustrate different stages in the evolution of artificial turf on the high school level. More high schools are opting… Continue reading →

Fambrough: Dixie basketball camp still about life’s lessons

The word Dixie has all kinds of connotations these days and not all of them are good. Say the word and the image of a Confederate flag usually comes to mind along with a vision of a plantation home from the 1800s. There’s another “Dixie” that has a entirely different meaning for Baton Rouge basketball coaches… Continue reading →

Les Miles, Jimbo Fisher among speakers to open Coaches Clinic

There’s something to be said for a great opening act. Putting together a closing act that’s just as impressive can be hard to do. That won’t be a problem for the Louisiana High School Coaches Association’s annual Coaches Clinic set to begin Tuesday at the Crowne Plaza. LSU football coach Les Miles is among the Tuesday speakers, helping to… Continue reading →

Gauthier & Amedee surges past Townsend Homes in American Legion state tournament

Gauthier & Amedee coach Conrad Gayle said his team overcame two obstacles during Saturday’s opening-round 9-4 victory over St. Charles Catholic-based Townsend Homes in the American Legion State Tournament at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium. “First, we knew St. Charles would be tough,” Gayle said of the team that won last week’s Southeast Regional. “We knew it would be a… Continue reading →

Gauthier & Amedee set for state tournament

Gonzales Blaine Schexnayder throws to first during Game 12 of the American Legion World Series against Hawaii. (Ben Earp/The Star)

The challenge for Gauthier & Amedee’s American Legion team was to find the type of competition outside of its eight-game district schedule to prepare itself for a postseason run reminiscent of years past by the Ascension Parish-based program. Coach Conrad Gayle found games in all corners of the state that included a three-game series against the… Continue reading →

Injury doesn’t deter Catholic High’s Josh Smith

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Catholic High's Josh Smith hits a bases loaded double in the 6th inning against Denham Springs on friday at home.

Two days into what could have been one of the crowning achievements in his baseball career, Catholic High’s Josh Smith had to deal with a disappointing outcome. Smith traveled to Cary, North Carolina, to represent his country for the first time doing what he loves the most. The Bears shortstop was set to compete against the nation’s… Continue reading →

LHSAA finalizes four-year agreement with officials organization

Instead of preparing for an officials’ strike, the LHSAA executive committee was able to strike up a crucial four-year agreement with the Louisiana High School Officials Association on Thursday. The majority of 18 principals on hand for a meeting/conference call at the LHSAA office in Baton Rouge voted in favor of an agreement that includes immediate pay… Continue reading →

LHSOA head confident agreement with LHSAA will be finalized

Paul LaRosa, president of the Louisiana High School Officials Association, couldn’t give specifics Wednesday night on Sunday’s agreement between the LHSOA and the LHSAA. But two things were clear in the LHSOA meeting held Wednesday night at Delgado Community College. First, LaRosa was confident the agreement will be finalized any day now, and subsequently… Continue reading →

Tiger Aquatics, Crawfish Aquatics hope familiar pool a boost in Louisiana Long Course State Swim meet

The idea of “home-field” or “home-court” advantages are concepts most sports fans understand. What about a “home-pool advantage?” Defending champion Crawfish Aquatics and host Tiger Aquatics are determined to prove that’s a big deal too when the Louisiana Long Course State Swim meet that begins Thursday at the LSU Natatorium. “It’s nice to be close to home,” Crawfish… Continue reading →

Scotlandville hires West St. John football coach Robert Valdez

Former McKinley High coach Calvin Nicholas was impressed by what he saw the one season that Robert Valdez served as head football coach for the Panthers. Fast-forward eight years. Nicholas, now a first-year principal at Scotlandville High, hired Valdez of West St. John High as the Hornets football coach Wednesday, ending a rapid-fire coaching search that… Continue reading →

Scotlandville hires Robert Valdez as its new football coach

Advocate file photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Robert Valdez has agreed to take over as Scotlandville's new football coach.

Scotlandville High got its man Wednesday, hiring former Southern University player and McKinley High head coach Robert Valdez as its new head football coach. Valdez, who has coached West St. John for the past seven seasons, succeeds Eric Randall, who resigned last week to become an assistant principal at Baker High. Valdez led West St. John… Continue reading →

Terence Williams new director of LHSCA

Advocate file photo by  Mark SaltzTerence Williams was appointed director of the Louisiana High School Coaches Assocation.

By the time the LHSAA sent out a Tuesday afternoon news release saying former he was hired as Director of the Louisiana High School Coaches Association, Terence Williams was already at work. The former Redemptorist and Donaldsonville High head football coach said he started working toward next week’s LHSCA Coaches Clinic. “I got… Continue reading →

DE Willie Baker is Livonia’s inspirational leader

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Livonia DE Willie Baker gets ready to go in during practice.

LIVONIA — It would be easy to point to quarterback Cee Jay Powell or running back Barrick Slaughter as the key players to watch for Livonia High School. As the Wildcats transition into Baton Rouge’s District 6-4A after winning the Class 3A state title in 2014, opponents should be wary of Willie Baker. He’s… Continue reading →

Ex-Redemptorist football coach Terence Williams named head of Louisiana High School Coaches Association

. Terence Williams, who served as Redemptorist High's football coach from 2013-2015, was named director of the Louisiana High School Coaches Association on Tuesday. Before coaching at Redemptorist, Williams was a teacher/coach/athletic director at Donaldsonville High, Leesville High, University Lab, Jackson High and Christian Life Academy. Williams has served on the Louisiana High School Athletic Association's… Continue reading →

Source: Interim coach Sean Beauchamp, West St. John’s Robert Valdez are leading candidates for Scotlandville High football job

Advocate file photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Robert Valdez has agreed to take over as Scotlandville's new football coach.

Interim head coach Sean Beauchamp and West St. John coach Robert Valdez have emerged as the top candidates to become head football coach at Scotlandville High, a source close to the coaching search told The Advocate on Monday night. The source also said Beauchamp, the Hornets’ defensive coordinator for three seasons, and Valdez, a former Southern player who… Continue reading →

LHSAA, officials organization reach tentative agreement

Advocate photo by Robin Fambrough -- LHSOA President Paul LaRosa, left, and LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine smile after a meeting Sunday, July 12, 2015, at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge.

Louisiana High School Officials Association President Paul LaRosa and LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine shared a hug behind closed doors. There was a handshake and then smiles in front of the cameras. Most importantly, the duo announced that their groups had reached a tentative agreement designed to prevent a fall strike by the state’s high… Continue reading →

Former Ruston High football coach Jimmy ‘Chick’ Childress dies

Jimmy 'Chick' Childress at his Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame induction in 2010 (courtesy Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame)

Highly successful former Ruston High football coach Jimmy “Chick” Childress died Sunday after a brief illness. The Shreveport Times reported Childress, 83, died at Northern Louisiana Medical Center in Ruston. Childress led Ruston to four state titles, including a victory over Catholic High in the 1990 Class 4A title game. He also was defensive coordinator on the… Continue reading →

Plaquemine to utilize Austin Mitchell’s elusiveness as Wing-T quarterback

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND --  Plaquemine's Austin Mitchell weaves through McDonogh 35's defense last season.

PLAQUEMINE — First-year starting quarterbacks and the Wing-T offense don’t always mix well. There’s a reason Plaquemine football coach Paul Distefano has no reservations about Austin Mitchell. You could argue that the senior was born for the job. Or at the very least, Mitchell had no reservations about playing it. “He has that… Continue reading →