Atmosphere, other elements make Fast Pitch 56 State softball tournament stand out

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Zachary's Baylie Doiron (15) is greeted at home plate after she hit a two-run home run in a first-round Class 5A playoff game against Natchitoches Central on April 18.

There’s no way to emulate the atmosphere and there are no guarantees for some of the top-seeded teams. Yet the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Fast Pitch 56 State Softball tournament is one of the most revered girls championship events. With top-seeded Parkview Baptist of Class 3A leading a group of 12 area teams, possibilities abound starting at… Continue reading →

Series time in baseball playoffs

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Zachary's River Town is met at home plate by teammates after hitting a homer against Walker on April 21.

The Zachary and University High baseball teams won’t meet this postseason with the Broncos being in Class 5A and the Cubs playing in the 3A bracket. That doesn’t mean the Burke household is safe from sibling rivalry. Zachary junior pitcher Robert Burke and his younger brother, U-High freshman third baseman Jacob Burke, rarely miss a… Continue reading →

State gymnastics meets set for Friday, Saturday

All the entries are in and competition is set to begin on Friday at Baton Rouge High in one of the LHSAA’s smallest but most interesting events the state gymnastics meet. A total of 184 boys and girls gymnasts will cap a year of preparation in the two-day affair. Gymnasts compete for individual championships in five separate… Continue reading →

Lee High hires boys basketball coach Brandon White from Parkview Baptist

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Parkview head coach Brandon White coaches against Catholic during the Red Stick Sports Classic boys basketball tournament at Parkview Baptist High School White has been hired as the boys basketball coach at Lee High.

Lee High School took two major steps toward building its athletic program by hiring Brandon White as its boys basketball coach and Valencia Wilson as its girls basketball coach for 2016-17. White was the boys basketball coach at Parkview Baptist the past two seasons. Wilson, previously the head coach at now-defunct Redemptorist, worked as a boys assistant coach at… Continue reading →

Check out the latest baseball pairings along with tennis and track and field results

Baseball playoffs Class 5A Second-round pairings Best-of-three series Friday-Saturday (17) Rummel at (1) Barbe, 7 p.m. Friday (24) St. Amant at (8) Brother Martin (12) Destrehan at (5) Jesuit, 6 p.m. Friday (13) Hahnville at (4) Catholic (19) Chalmette at (3) Airline (27) Captain Shreve at (11) Byrd (26) Ruston at (10) Zachary (15 Acadiana at (2) Lafayette… Continue reading →

Small in size Doyle, Holden, Maurepas ready to enhance softball traditions

Livingston Parish has one the state’s proudest girls basketball traditions. The chance to enhance a different kind of tradition intrigues Holden softball coach Dennis Knight. And he is not alone. “We’re all on the same side of the parish, and we all play each other,” Knight said. “We’ve all grown and learned from playing each other.… Continue reading →

St. Amant, Livonia try to stay in upset mode in baseball playoffs

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- St. Amant baseball coach Troy Templet hits ground balls to his infielders before the Catholic game April 12.

Referring to the playoffs as a whole new ballgame is nothing new for high school baseball coaches. What happens when a team pulls off a first-round upset and the next ballgame turns into ballgames? St. Amant and Livonia are ready to find out. “Our issue this year has been staying consistent,” St. Amant coach Troy Templet… Continue reading →

Check out the Baton Rouge area prep report: Baseball playoffs, boys golf regional results, track regional results

Baseball playoffs Catholic-Pointe Coupee 10 Delhi 0 Delhi 000 000 — 0  1 4 Catholic-Pointe Coupee 223 012 — 10 12 1 W — Samuel Grezassi (6-3). L — Jake Hale; Leaders: DELHI: Jake McPhereson (2B); CATHOLIC- POINTE COUPEE: Samiel Grezassi (2-4, 2 RBIs), Bret Hawkins (2-4, 2 RBIs), Mason Barker (2-4, 2B, RBI), Abram Glaser (2-4), Nathan Carriere… Continue reading →

LHSAA baseball playoffs: Precise St. Michael rolls to victory over DeRidder

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- St. Michael's Hayden Salles  celebrates his home run in the second inning against DeRidder with coach Johnny Bernhard on Tuesday at St. Michael.

St. Michael the Archangel baseball coach Johnny Berhard certainly likes when a plan comes together with such precision. The Warriors checked all the requisite boxes Tuesday in a convincing 13-0 mercy-rule victory in five innings over No. 31 DeRidder in a Class 4A state first-round state playoff game. Not only did St. Michael (21-7-1) erupt for nine runs… Continue reading →

Rummel holds off Walker 10-8 in first round of 5A baseball playoffs

WALKER — It wasn’t a thing of baseball beauty. On Tuesday, Walker High and Archbishop Rummel combined for seven errors and each yielded a mistake-prone big inning to the other. But after Rummel reliever Tyler Braud came on to strike out the final two batters with the bases loaded, his coach, Nick Monica, could… Continue reading →

St. Michael, Vandebilt Catholic repeat as Division II champions

St. Michael the Archangel and Vandebilt Catholic repeated as Division II state tennis girls and boys champions, respectively, Tuesday in Monroe. Jesuit won its ninth straight Division I boys team title with 12.5 points to edge Catholic High by a single point. Catholic was runner-up for the second straight season. Dominican scored 16 points to win its third… Continue reading →

LHSAA baseball playoffs: Acadiana holds off Dutchtown for 2-1 victory

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Acadiana's Luis Flores attempts a bunt against Dutchtown on Tuesday at Acadiana High.

SCOTT — With his team’s season hanging in the balance, the bases loaded with just one-out, and a 2-0 lead, Acadiana baseball coach Matt McCullough never wavered. This was Rams starter Brandon Duhon’s game to finish. The Acadiana hurler had given the Dutchtown hitters fits for the first six innings Tuesday at Acadiana. He had… Continue reading →

After a frightening auto wreck, St. Amant shortstop Adam Sevario is thankful to be on the field — and in the playoffs

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- St. Amant shortstop Adam Sevario stabs a ground ball before making the throw to first base, getting out Catholic hitter Daniel Guilbeau, Tuesday, April 12, 2016 during the teams' matchup at Catholic High.

Everyone has heard stories about how a random event can change the course of a person’s life. Few have a story like St. Amant senior shortstop Adam Sevario. A scholarship offer from an unexpected source and a frightening auto wreck that happened within a few months of each other have given special meaning to baseball… Continue reading →

Walker set to host Rummel in 5A baseball playoffs

Walker High baseball coach Randy Sandifer had no complaints about one extra chore he had to complete after Monday’s practice. “I’m cutting the grass,” Sandifer said. “That’s not something we’ve had to do here for a while, I believe. And you know, it’s a great thing because it means we get to have a playoff game at home.”… Continue reading →

Hahnville defeats Central in 5A baseball playoffs

Hahnville is headed to the second round of the Class 5A baseball playoffs after defeating Central 11-1 in six innings on Monday. “It feels great,” Hahnville coach David Baudry said. “Last couple years, we haven’t gotten out of the first round. We practiced long and hard, and I could see the confidence in my team coming… Continue reading →

Cody Trisler leads West Feliciana over Vidalia

ST. FRANCISVILLE — West Feliciana’s Cody Trisler handcuffed No. 27 seed Vidalia in Monday’s Class 3A baseball playoff game. He gave up just two hits in five inings while striking out six and the sixth-seeded Saints locked down a 10-0 victory over the visitors in a game that was called because of the… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area teams plentiful in baseball playoff bracket

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Parkview Baptist head coach Darron Mitchell, left, and Brusly head coach Tait Dupont speak on the field before their players compete, Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at Parkview Baptist in Baton Rouge, La.

Baton Rouge area teams can be found from the top to the bottom of LHSAA’s baseball playoff pairings released on Sunday. Getting a measure of the top local teams is as simple as counting from one to four. The list starts with top-seeded Brusly of Class 3A (30-4) and No. 2 St. Michael the Archangel (20-7-1) in Class… Continue reading →

Check out the LHSAA baseball playoff pairings

LHSAA baseball pairings Class 5A First-round pairings (32) John Ehret (13-15) at (1) Barbe (28-6) (17) Rummel (19-11) at (16) Walker (19-11) (24) St. Amant (16-12) at (9) Sam Houston (19-12) (25) St. Paul’s (16-10) at (8) Brother Martin (17-7) (28) Ouachita Parish (16-14) at (5) Jesuit (23-7) (21) Denham… Continue reading →

Blaire Laiche, Kennedy Achord, Jessica Shelby, Elizabeth Bankhead named Outstanding Players on Baton Rouge area All-Metro Girls Soccer teams

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- East Ascension's Blaire Laiche, left, and St. Joseph Academy's Kennedy Achord, Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at the Burbank Soccer Complex in Baton Rouge, La.

LARGE SCHOOLS Outstanding Players Blaire Laiche/East Ascension Forward, Sr. Laiche was the driving force for the Spartans to claim the Division I, District 5 crown and reach the quarterfinals of the playoffs while scoring 27 goals and collecting 17 assists. Kennedy Achord/St. Joseph’s Academy Midfielder, Sr. Achord provided the bridge between the Redstickers offense and… Continue reading →

Fambrough: LHSAA special meeting on back burner for a while

Now that the LHSAA has set June 8 for a special-called meeting, I’m hoping at least some of the emphasis will go back to the athletes competing in spring championship events. But I wouldn’t count on it. Sen. Kirk Talbot’s House Bill 863 is supposed to be heard on the House floor this week. The bill that would prohibit… Continue reading →

Central rallies to top Fontainebleau, punch ticket to Sulphur

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Central's Alyssa Habig slides safely at third base as she beats the throw to Fontainebleau's Chantel Schurr on Saturday at Central.

CENTRAL — Central’s bid to make the state softball tournament had a shaky start but a strong finish Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats rallied from an early deficit to turn back Fontainebleau 6-3 in the Class 5A softball playoffs. Next up for Central is No. 1 seed Alexandria Senior High in a Friday quarterfinal game at Frasch Park in… Continue reading →

Savannah Hall’s grand slam puts exclamation point on Live Oak’s 15-0 win that sends Eagles to state tournament

WATSON —The mighty game-ending, grand slam from Live Oak senior Savannah Hall punctuated more than Saturday’s 15-0 Class 5A state regional playoff victory over No. 12 Evangel. It also helped bury the disappointment the Eagles endured in a one-run loss to Zachary at this same juncture a year ago. “We just knew we didn’t… Continue reading →

Kourtney Gremillion, Abby McKey power St. Amant past Hahnville

ST. AMANT — With the top of St. Amant High School’s softball lineup hitting the way it was Saturday, there was no right answer for Hahnville. Either the Tigers would pitch to Kourtney Gremillion to avoid Abby McKey, or they walk Gremillion’s big bat and risk it with McKey’s equally devastating swing.… Continue reading →

Championship week in softball just start of busy sports week

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA --  West Feliciana's Darius Davis, right, competes against Catholic High's Patrick Stephens at the Josten's Invitational April 8. Davis won the 200- and 400-meter dashes in the District 6-3A track and field meet in St. Francisville.

Yes, it’s championship season for the LHSAA. The Allstate Sugar Bowl/Fast Pitch 56 state softball tournament is the high profile event this week, but there also is plenty of action in several other sports. And it starts Sunday when the LHSAA releases its playoff pairings in all seven classes for baseball. The state tennis tournament in Monroe, state… Continue reading →

The Advocate’s All-Metro boys soccer team: Woodlawn's Eduin Delcid, U-High's Miguel Vilas earn Outstanding Player honors

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Division I boys soccer MVP Eduin Delcid, of Woodlawn High.

Outstanding Player Eduin Delcid/Woodlawn Forward, Jr. Delcid was the offensive engine that propelled the Panthers to the Division II semifinals. He led the state in goals scored with 49 and also had 10 assists. Delcid was the Division II, District 4 MVP and also made the Division II all-state team selected by the coaches.… Continue reading →

West Feliciana defeats U-High 6-1, now awaits outcome of Brusly-Parkview Baptist game to see if they get share of District 6-3A title

West Feliciana’s baseball team gave itself the opportunity to stand alone from any other in school history. Now, the Saints need a little help from league rival Parkview Baptist before it can stand and take a bow. West Feliciana positioned itself to win at least a share of the program’s first district championship, pulling away Thursday… Continue reading →