Three area quarterfinal playoff games involve teams from the same district

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Zachary quarterback Lindsey Scott is brought down by Denham Springs' Zach Stuart, left, and Caleb Roddy in a Class 5A regional round playoff game Friday.

Some football playoff games are automatically deemed a “match made in heaven,” based on the teams’ strength and history. The third week of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s playoffs will be rematch week for the Baton Rouge area. It starts in Class 5A with No. 3 Zachary (11-1) hosting No. 19 Scotlandville (9-3), a… Continue reading →

Catholic boys, St. Joseph’s Academy girls surge to state swimming titles

Clayton Black helped set three records, won the 200-yard freestyle and helped lead St. Joseph's Academy to the LHSAA Division I state swimming championship in Sulphur on Saturday.

SULPHUR — No two success stories are the same, a point Catholic High and St. Joseph’s Academy proved while winning state titles to close out the Allstate Sugar Bowl/Louisiana High School Athletic Association state swim meet Saturday. Despite having one state record time wiped out by a disqualification, St. Joseph’s won its fourth… Continue reading →

State swimming results

Photo provided by Rodrick Anderson/Southwest Daily News -- Central High senior Matthew Arnold won a tight race to take home the 100-yard butterfly (53.86 seconds) state championship on Saturday at the LHSAA Division II state swimming championships in Sulphur.

Division I Boys Team totals: 1, Catholic-BR 416. 2, Jesuit 388. 3, Mandeville 225. 4, Hahnville 169. 5, St. Paul’s 150. 6, Northshore 137. 7, Barbe 105. 8, Fontainebleau 86. 9, Lafayette 69. 10, Slidell 66. 11, Destrehan 59. 12, Zachary 48. 13, Rummel 42. 14, C.E. Byrd 41. 15, Brother Martin 31. 16, Sulphur 28. 17,… Continue reading →

Notebook: Coaches to pick Red Stick Bowl players

Local/area football coaches are invited to attend the selection process for the U.S. Army Red Stick Bowl all-star game at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Michael the Archangel. Coaches for the teams will select the players, but coaches are encouraged to attend the meeting in order to speak on behalf of their athletes. St. Michael’s Paul Varnado and Woodlawn… Continue reading →

Prep report for Saturday, Nov. 22

Louisiana High School Athletic Association football playoff pairings and results. 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… Continue reading →

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Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --The undefeated John Curtis Patriots rip through a banner and take the field against the Edna Karr Cougars at Muss Bertolino Stadium in Kenner on Friday, Sept. 27, 2014. Curtis is looking to keep a ten game winning streak alive tonight.

The chase for LHSAA football state championships continued with week two of the select and non select playoffs. Get the scores from thje games The Advocate's High School Football Scoreboard Powered by SportsNola.com. Click here to see the updates. Continue reading →

Brother Martin slips past Catholic

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Brother Martin quarterback Jake Broggi is stopped by Catholic High defenders , from left, John Connolly, Trevell Johnson and Chase Priest as he trys to run out of the pocket on Friday at Memorial stadium.

Brother Martin stopped Derrius Guice on a two-point conversion try with no time remaining, and the Crusaders held on to defeat Catholic High 25-23 in Division I playoff action Friday night at Memorial Stadium. Brother Martin’s Jared West and Bruce Jordan-Swilling both rushed for more than 100 yards. Jordan-Swilling ran for 127 and two scores while West… Continue reading →

Plaquemine beats Lutcher a second time 43-28

It is often said that it’s tough to beat the same team twice in one season. Plaquemine High was faced with that very task Friday night, in a road playoff game no less. But the top-seeded Green Devils passed with flying colors as they led wire-to-wire against district 6-4A rival Lutcher High to pull out a 43-28… Continue reading →

Photos: Baton Rouge area football

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --   St. Michael students cheer on the Warriors Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 at the Louisiana Leadership Institute.

Images from Baton Rouge area prep football on Friday Nov. 20, 2014.… Continue reading →

Zachary plays with ‘a chip on their shoulder’ in rematch rout of Denham Springs 35-10

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Denham High School seniors Austin Meyers, center, and Bailey Holstein, both 17, greet senior wide receiver Turain Starcks (7) at the fence line before kickoff against Zachary in a 5A playoff game, Friday, Nov. 21, at Yellow Jacket Stadium in Denham Springs.

DENHAM SPRINGS The last time Zachary High visited Yellow Jacket Stadium, the Broncos needed an improbable fourth-down TD pass in the final minute to knock off Denham Springs. Three weeks later, no such drama was needed. Zachary rumbled to a 35-10 win in Friday night’s rematch with its District 4-5A… Continue reading →

Physical Parkview runs past St. Michael

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Parkview Baptist's Houston Robert scores a touchdown against St. Michael Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 at the Louisiana Leadership Institute.

St. Michael the Archangel got a heavy dose of Parkview Baptist tradition on Friday night at Louisiana Leadership’s Doug Williams Stadium. Parkview has made its mark with smash-mouth defense and a relentless running game for years, using the formula for four state championships, and the Eagles unleashed both on their way to a 49-20 win in the… Continue reading →

First-half lead cements Scotlandville win over Thibodaux 27-15

An explosive first half would be all Scotlandville would need in a 27-15 victory against Thibodaux in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs on Friday night. One thing was for certain early: Scotlandville was more than prepared to defend its home turf. The Hornets, led by sophomore southpaw quarterback Levi Lewis, began their opening… Continue reading →

Calvary downs Dunham

SHREVEPORT — A cold and wet night, turned into a cold, wet and disappointing night for eighth-seeded The Dunham School. Following one of the most exciting wins in school history, Dunham ran into the No. 2 seed and defending Division III state champion Calvary in its second-round matchup. Calvary played like a… Continue reading →

Select roundup: Jesuit ousts St. Thomas More; John Curtis KOs Evangel

When Jesuit High School needed a big drive in the final minutes, the Blue Jays knew where to turn. Charles Jackson and Chris Mills had provided the 1-2 punch all night, and they did again in the Jays’ most important drive of the season. Their power running helped Jesuit go 80 yards in nine plays, and Hunter Robert went… Continue reading →

University High trounces St. Louis 61-21

Over the PA system at Richard F. Gill Cub Field, they call him “the touchdown maker,” and for good reason. “Making touchdowns,” a smiling Jalon Baker said. “Very simple. I make touchdowns.” Friday was no exception. The U-High senior defensive back scored two defensive touchdowns, running back Nick Brossette added three of his own, and Cubs… Continue reading →

Livonia starts fast, blanks Mansfield 27-0

LIVONIA — Guy Mistretta told his Livonia Wildcats he would not accept a repeat performance of its first-round playoff game. His players apparently took his word. Top-seeded Livonia avoided last week’s slow start and swung through the gate early to shut out 16th-seeded Mansfield 27-0 Friday in Class 3A regional playoff action. Senior… Continue reading →

Big second quarter keys East Feliciana win

CLINTON — East Feliciana broke open a close game with a 28-point second quarter Friday and rolled to a 50-19 Class 2A playoff win over Oakdale. The win pushed the Tigers’ record to 8-3 heading into a showdown with District 6-2A rival Northeast (9-2), a 24-15 playoff winner over Pickering, at the Clinton Middle… Continue reading →

Catholic’s Colin Bone sets new marks in swimming prelims

SULPHUR — Catholic High’s Colin Bone broke Division I and composite/all divisions records in the boys 100-yard freestyle Friday night to help highlight Division I preliminary heats at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/Louisiana High School Athletic Association state swim meet. Bone swam the 100 freestyle in 45.46 seconds, bettering his own Division I record set last… Continue reading →

Madison Prep stuns Vermilion Catholic

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Madison Prep's Malcolm Roach brings down Vermilion Catholic's quarterback Hunter Frith during the Division IV playoff game held at Glen Oaks High on Friday night.

Madison Prep forced six turnovers and eliminated defending state champion Vermilion Catholic with a 28-14 Division IV quarterfinal playoff victory Friday night at Glen Oaks. No. 9 Madison Prep (8-4) scored 14 points in the third quarter to break open a game that was tied at 14 at halftime. Madison Prep’s Brian Savoie had two fourth-quarter… Continue reading →

Live results from the LHSAA State Swim Meet

Allstate Sugar Bowl/Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Swim meet. Preliminaries at SPAR Aquatic Center-Sulphur Division I Catholic High’s Colin Bone broke Division I and composite/all divisions records in the boys 100-yard freestyle Friday night to help highlight Division I preliminary heats at the Allstate Sugar Bow/Louisiana High School Athletic Association State… Continue reading →

Zachary taking on Denham Springs; Plaquemine facing 6-4A rival Lutcher

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Plaquemine quarterback D'morea Wicks is tackled by Lutcher's Sully Laiche, left, and Shawn Brignac  in a District 6-4A game Oct. 24. The two play again in a Class 4A regional playoff game Friday night at Lutcher.

Zachary and Plaquemine have two of the most explosive offenses among local-area teams still remaining in the high school football playoffs. The two schools have combined for 12 games of 40 or more points with Zachary reaching that mark seven times. Denham Springs and Lutcher proved they could hold these two teams below their scoring averages in… Continue reading →

St. Michael seeks first playoff win as it takes on traditional power Parkview Baptist

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Parkview  Baptist coach Jay Mayet leads the 7-3 Eagles against St. Michael in a select Division II playoff game Friday night at Louisiana Leadership's Doug Williams Stadium.

The two schools are separated by a five-mile stretch in southeast Baton Rouge, where one is considered one of the state’s formidable programs, with four state championships, the other a program on the rise in search of its first state playoff victory. For the first time in recent memory when No. 7 Parkview Baptist (7-3) faces No. 2… Continue reading →

Episcopal sweeps Division IV state swimming titles

Chanler Turnley (Episcopal High School) breezed to a state title in the Division IV 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:14.20 on Thursday at the LHSAA state swimming championship in Sulphur.

SULPHUR — The long-running “Wide World of Sports” show on ABC used film clips to illustrate “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat” storylines. It could have been that kind of day for the Episcopal swim teams. Instead, the Knights followed the thrill of victory with another kind of win that sends… Continue reading →

Catholic, St. Joseph’s Academy take aim at Division I swim titles

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Catholic High's Colin Bone swims to a win in the boys 200 freestyle at the Capital City Swim League Championships on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014.

St. Joseph’s Academy and Catholic High have combined to win five Division I state swimming titles over the past three years. It’s the kind of success that can guarantee future success. The Bears and Redatickers enter Friday’s final portion of the Allstate Sugar Bowl/Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Swim meet knowing that one last competition is… Continue reading →

LHSAA state swim meet results

Photo provided by Roderick AndersonDunham's Kirkland Mawae won the Division IV 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1 minute, 56.88 seconds Thursday at the LHSAA state swimming championships in Sulphur.

Division III Thursday’s results from the LHSAA state swim meet at SPAR’s Aquatic Center in Sulphur. Girls Team totals: 1, E.D. White 331. 2, Vandebilt Catholic 274. 3, University 221. 4, Parkview Baptist 211. 5, St. Louis 190. 6, Lutcher 134. 7, St. Charles 125. 8, Haynes Academy 116. 9, Notre Dame 98. 10, Lusher Charter 58. 11, Teurlings… Continue reading →

Video: Highlights from the LHSAA State Swimming Meet (Division III)

Advocate sportswriter Robin Fambrough talks with Division III outstanding swimmers Jay Danos of E.D. White and Erin Trahan of Notre Dame at the LHSAA State Swimming Meet. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

University rolls past Christian Life in boys basketball

University High looked in midseason form Thursday night in its 53-22 boys basketball victory over host Christian Life Academy. The defending Class 3A state champions return four starters. Hot shooting University surged to a 29-6 halftime lead in a 10-minute half format. Wayde Sims led the Cubs with 18 points, nine in each half. Jalen Johnson… Continue reading →

Nonselect football playoff capsules

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Northeast's Dominic Yates tries to break away from Episcopal's Jeremiah Mayes in a game last month. Northeast hosts Pickering in a Class 2A regional playoff game Friday night.

East Ascension at Byrd Class 5A 7 p.m. at Lee Hedges Stadium-Shreveport RECORDS: East Ascension 6-5; Byrd 11-0 LAST WEEK: No. 16 EAHS beat Sulphur 52-14; No. 1 Byrd beat Fontainebleau 35-6 PLAYERS TO WATCH: EAST ASCENSION: QB Kryan Irvin, RB Joshua Bates, DL Jayvin Johnson; BYRD: WB Dominic Haggerty, QB Deuce Caston, S Trent Jones. LB Krishun Cash.… Continue reading →

Select football playoff capsules

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Catholic' defenders sack East Ascension quarterback Keenan Dunn in the regular-season finale Nov. 7. Catholic hosts Brother Martin in Division I quarterfinal playoff game Friday night at Memorial Stadium. Meanwhile, East Ascension travels to Byrd for a Class 5A regional playoff game Friday.

Brother Martin vs. Catholic Division I 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium RECORDS: Brother Martin 9-2; Catholic 9-1 LAST WEEK: No. 5 Brother Martin beat Shaw 63-21; Catholic did not play PLAYERS TO WATCH: BROTHER MARTIN: RB Jared West, QB Jake Broggi, Bruce Jordan-Swilling; CATHOLIC: P/K Jack Gonsoulin, QB Ian Brian, FS Trevell Johnson. NOTEWORTHY: First football meeting… Continue reading →

Prep report for Thursday, Nov. 20

Boys basketball Thursday’s games Brusly 74, White Castle 70 Port Allen 58, Catholic 50 Walker 66, Independence 48 Southern Lab 76, Lee 62 Madison Prep 54, St. Thomas More 30 False River 44, Ascension 21 Port Allen 58, Catholic High 50 Scotlandville 65, Mandeville 61 Madison Prep 54, St. Thomas Moore 30 St. Michael 61, Broadmoor 43 Woodlawn Shootout… Continue reading →

Football scores, pairings

Louisiana High School Athletic Association football playoff pairings. Seedings listed in parentheses. Records listed after school name. Game times 7 p.m. unless otherwise listed. Nonselect schools Class 5A Bidistrict round C.E. Byrd 35, Fontainebleau 6 East Ascension 52, Sulphur 14 West Monroe 49, Sam Houston 21 Covington 34, Carencro 0 Haughton 34, Ouachita Parish 19 Hahnville 62, Natchitoches Central… Continue reading →

LHSAA football playoff pairings

Louisiana High School Athletic Association football playoff pairings. Seedings listed in parentheses. Regular-season records listed after school name. Game times 7 p.m. unless otherwise listed. Nonselect schools Class 5A Regional round (16) East Ascension (6-5) at (1)… Continue reading →

Video: Highlights from the LHSAA State Swim Meet (Division IV)

Advocate sportswriter Robin Fambrough talks with the outstanding swimmers, Olivia Hoffman (Dunham) and Jared Williams (Newman) in Division IV at the LHSAA state swimming meet. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Episcopal wins LHSAA swimming Division IV titles; E.D. White and Lusher take Division III crowns

Division IV SULPHUR — Episcopal swept the Division IV state titles at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Swim meet Thursday. The Knights scored 231.5 points to edge Baton Rouge rival The Dunham School by 71/2 points to win the boys title. Defending champion Newman placed third with 214.5… Continue reading →

2014 state swimming tournament, Division IV results

Division IV At SPAR Aquatic Center-Sulphur Girls Team totals: 1, Episcopal-BR 390. 2, Newman 294. 3, Ascension Episcopal 218. 4, St. Martin’s 128. 5, Louise McGehee 126. 6, The Dunham School 119. 7, Archbishop Hannan 110. 8, Northlake Christian 108. 9, Westminster Christian 102. 10, Riverside Academy 100. 11, Pope John Paul II 66.… Continue reading →

District 4-5A 4-5A teams improve résumé

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  Denham Springs quarterback Torez Kinchen rolls out a regular-season matchup against Zachary. The two will square off in a Class 5A regional playoff game Friday night at Denham Springs.

District 4-5A isn’t filled with the big-name schools some of its counterparts have. Whereas districts like 6-5A on the Northshore sent five teams into nonselect postseason play this year or District 5-5A with four of its five public schools making the bracket, District 4-5A only sent three teams — district champion Zachary (10-1), Denham Springs (7-4) and… Continue reading →

Division III, IV swim teams, competitors use state meet prelims for positioning

SULPHUR — It was business as usual for Baton Rouge and Acadiana area competitors looking to make their mark at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Swim meet. No one won a team or individual title during Wednesday’s preliminaries for Division III and Division IV. Plenty of swimmers put themselves in position… Continue reading →

A FEW MINUTES WITH ... Casper Williams

Casper Williams, Port Allen linebacker

Casper Williams, junior Port Allen linebacker How is your junior season progressing? I feel it’s been pretty successful so far. I’m just trying to stick with my progress, do good things and get my chance to take my game to the next level.… Continue reading →

Prep report for Wednesday, Nov. 19

Football Louisiana High School Athletic Association football playoff pairings. Seedings listed in parentheses. Regular-season records listed after school name. Game times 7 p.m. unless otherwise listed. Nonselect schools Regional round… Continue reading →

U-High’s Jalon Baker, Jake Wharton bounce back after injuries

Advocate staff photo by  April Buffington -- West Feliciana's Tre' Bailey tries to push University's Jalon Baker away in a game earlier this month.

Every time University Lab senior wide receiver Jake Wharton gets hit, he is unceremoniously reminded of what he’s been through the past year. A pain shoots up through his shoulder with every tackle, but only on his left shoulder — the side that wasn’t surgically repaired last year after he tore not one, but both labrums in… Continue reading →