Top softball seniors get chance to shine in all-star games

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Brusly's Akiya Thymes is one of several Baton Rouge area players participating in the LHSCA All-Star softball games Friday and Saturday in Pineville.

For most of the state’s high school softball players, the 2015 season closed. But for a select few seniors, there’s still one more game to play — this time, against the best Louisiana has to offer. The Louisiana High School Coaches Association Softball All-Star games this weekend offer one final opportunity for the top… Continue reading →

Louisiana High School Coaches Association All-Star softball games rosters

EAST Lyndsey Hayes, Quitman; Kendi Malcomb, Jena; Harli Crow, Denham Springs; Blaire Bass, Catholic-PC; Amy Crockett, West Ouachita; Alaina Guarino, Mount Carmel; Bobbi Smith, West Ouachita; Elyse Thornhill, St. Joseph’s Academy; Kayla Busby, Menard; Brooke Lynn Anderson, Ouachita Christian; Sarah Brown, St. Joseph’s-Plaucheville; Amanda Holliday, Live Oak; Kara Gremillion, St. Amant; Virginia Cacioppo, Live Oak; Morgan Acosta,… Continue reading →

Elyse Thornhill says all-star game will be emotional finale

Elyse Thornhill, St.Joseph's Academy softball player and LSU signee

Elyse Thornhill’s softball career isn’t over just yet, but this weekend still holds a sad distinction for the St. Joseph’s middle infielder. With her senior season in the books, Thornhill will represent the Redstickers one more time in the Louisiana High School Coaches Association Softball All-Star games this weekend as a member of the East team.… Continue reading →

Dunham’s Joey Thibodeaux resigns; Scott Allen steps aside as Plaquemine baseball coach

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Dunham coach Joey Thibodeaux.

For Joey Thibodeaux, the answer was academic. After coaching baseball for 25 years in two stints at The Dunham School, Thibodeaux resigned Tuesday and plans to focus on classroom duties as an algebra teacher. “I’m not really sure what to call this,” Thibodeaux said. “I’d say it’s 90 percent resignation and maybe 10 percent retirement … just in… Continue reading →

John Curtis tops Parkview Baptist for 3A state title

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye -- Parkview Baptist's Sam O'Brien slides safe into home as John Curtis' catcher is late with the tag in the Class 3A title game of the LHSAA state baseball tournament Saturday at Sulphur's McMurry Park.

SULPHUR — The Parkview Baptist baseball team ended it’s season a win shy of its ultimate goal Saturday night, as the Eagles fell 4-2 to second-seeded John Curtis in the Class 3A final of the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Baseball tournament at McMurry Park. The Eagles (23-13) kept it close throughout, but failed to get… Continue reading →

St. Thomas More beats Teurlings for second title in a row

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye-- Class 4A state champions St Thomas More

SULPHUR — Second-seeded St. Thomas More defeated crosstown rival fifth-seeded Teurlings Catholic 5-1 on Saturday night at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Baseball tournament. It was the second straight Class 4A state title for St. Thomas More and fourth overall. The other titles came in 1983 and 1992. For most of the game, LSU signee Brennan Breaux silenced… Continue reading →

LHSAA state baseball tournament report

At McMurry Park-Sulphur Thursday Semifinals Class B: (2) Florien 1, (3) Choudrant 0 Class C: (3) Claiborne Christian 12, (2) Downsville 5 Class 4A: (5) Teurlings Catholic 16, (1) Tioga 1 Class 4A: (2) St. Thomas More 12, (6) St. Michael the Archangel 2 Class B: (9) Fairview 4, (5) Maurepas 0 Class C: (1) Elizabeth 13, (4) Summerfield… Continue reading →

Catholic edges Brother Martin 1-0 on seventh-inning run

Associated Press photo by Kirk Meche/The (Lake Charles) American PressCatholic shortstop Josh Smith of Catholic throws out a Brother Martin runner in a Class 5A semifinal game at the LHSAA state baseball tournament Friday at Sulphur's McMurry Park.

SULPHUR —Heroes weren’t at a premium in positioning Catholic High for an opportunity to win its third Class 5A state baseball championship in six years. They ranged from the complete-game effort of pitcher Ross Massey to the clutch hitting performances of pinch-hitter Brandon Fairbanks and ninth-place hitter Bo Branch. The collective efforts… Continue reading →

Kirby Loupe named Brusly boys basketball coach; Gannon Achord new baseball coach at West Feliciana

Advocate file photo by April Buffington -- Kirby Loupe

Brusly High School hired Kirby Loupe as its boys basketball coach. It will be a homecoming of sorts for Loupe, who gained acclaim as head coach for another West Baton Rouge Parish school, Port Allen. Loupe led the Pelicans to the Class 3A semifinals in 2008 and the quarterfinals in 2009. The 37-year-old’s familiarity with the… Continue reading →

Prep baseball playoff report

Results, schedule At McMurry Park-Sulphur Thursday Semifinals Class B: (2) Florien 1, (3) Choudrant 0 Class C: (3) Claiborne Christian 12, (2) Downsville 5 Class 4A: (5) Teurlings Catholic 16, (1) Tioga 1 Class 4A: (2) St. Thomas More 12, (6) St. Michael the Archangel 2 Class B: (9) Fairview 4, (5) Maurepas 0 Class C: (1) Elizabeth… Continue reading →

St. Edmund rolls past Central Catholic, to play for Class 1A title

Associated Press photo by Roddy Johnson/The (Lake Charles) American PressSt. Edmund's Gibson Lafleur just beats out the throw to first base against Central Catholic in a Class 1A semifinal game at the LHSAA state baseball tournament at Sulphur's McMurray Park.

SULPHUR — Seventh-seeded St. Edmund baseball team earned a shot at a state championship Friday afternoon with an 8-1 victory against sixth-seeded Central Catholic in a Class 1A semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Baseball tournament at McMurry Park. St. Edmund (20-11) seized control with a four-run fourth inning that gave it a 5-0… Continue reading →

LHSAA baseball tournament: Catholic advances to 5A championship game; Parkview rallies from behind to beat Evangel Christian 5-4

Catholic 1, Brother Martin 0 Catholic’s Bo Branch hit a walk-off RBI single to right to end Brother Martin’s season with a 1-0 defeat in the Class 5A semifinals at McMurry Park. Brother Martin, seeking its first state title since 1996, finished the season 24-12. Catholic advances to Saturday’s championship game to play the winner of Friday night’s Barbe-Sulphur game. The game was a… Continue reading →

Kirby Loupe hired as Brusly High School's boys basketball coach

Brusly High has hired Kirby Loupe as its boys basketball coach. It will be a homecoming of sorts for Loupe, who gained acclaim as head coach for another West Baton Rouge Parish school, Port Allen High. Loupe led the Pelicans to the Class 3A semifinals in 2008 and the quarterfinals in 2009. The 37-year-old Loupe's familiarity… Continue reading →

Catholic coach Brad Bass says team needs to play semifinal the way they have played rest of season

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Catholic  third baseman Hayden Mixon trots home after a homer against Alexandria in a Class 5A playoff game last month.

Catholic High knows what it’s like to be the underdog. Two years ago the 21st-seeded Bears surprised everyone by winning a Class 5A baseball title in New Orleans. Now the shoe is on the foot. Second-seeded Catholic (36-3) plays No. 14 Brother Martin (24-11) in a Class 5A semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Baseball tournament.… Continue reading →

Class 3A semifinal: Parkview Baptist features strong pitching, while Evangel piles up runs

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND -- Parkview's Hunter Joubert, who is 5-1 with a 1.15 ERA, will start for the Eagles in their Class 3A semifinal game against Evangel.

Regardless of how their respective journeys intersected fifth-seeded Parkview Baptist and top-seeded Evangel Christian provide quite a contrast in styles in Friday’s Class 3A state semifinal. The 3 o’clock contest in the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Baseball Tournament at Sulphur’s McMurray Park matches pitching-dominated Parkview Baptist (22-12) against offensive-laden Evangel (23-9), the defending state champion. The… Continue reading →

District 7-2A rivals hope to get chance to play again; first, Runnels, Doyle need to take care of semifinal foes

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Runnels baseball coach Tookie Johnson watches his team take batting practice during practice Tuesday.

Runnels coach Tookie Johnson said he feels like the District 7-2A rivalry between the Raiders and Doyle brings out the best in both teams. If so, that dynamic could lead to a third meeting between the pair in the Class 2A state championship game. Top-seed Doyle (23-5) and No. 2 Runnels (19-4) advanced on different sides… Continue reading →

Maurepas unable to get key hits against Fairview

Associated Press photo by Rick Hickman/The (Lake Charles) American PressMaurepas pitcher Austin Aime throws to a Fairview batter  in a Class B semifinal at the LHSAA state baseball tournament Thursday at McMurry Park in Sulphur.

SULPHUR — Fifth-seeded Maurepas season ended Thursday night when ninth-seeded and defending champion Fairview shut out the Wolves 4-0 in the Class B semifinals of the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Baseball tournament at McMurry Park. The Wolves (21-10) put runners on base in all but two innings, but they could never find a way score… Continue reading →

Silliman wraps up Class 2A MAIS championship series

CLINTON — It was fitting that pitcher Darian Turnstall provided the happy ending to Silliman Institute’s storybook baseball season. There was hardly any suspense left as the senior left-hander closed the final chapter with his ninth strikeout, completing a masterful one-hitter and clinching Thursday’s 6-0 victory over Oak Hill Academy in Game 2 of the… Continue reading →

LHSAA state baseball tournament

At McMurry Park-Sulphur Thursday Semifinals Class B: (2) Florien 1, (3) Choudrant 0 Class C: (3) Claiborne Christian 12, (2) Downsville 5 Class 4A: (5) Teurlings Catholic 16, (1) Tioga 1 Class 4A: (2) St. Thomas More 12, (6) St. Michael the Archangel 2 Class B: (9) Fairview 4, (5) Maurepas 0 Class C: (1) Elizabeth 13, (4)… Continue reading →

St. Thomas More, Teurlings Catholic advances to Class 4A finals; other LHSAA semifinal baseball results

. Class 4A Second-seeded St. Thomas More scored seven runs in the final inning to notch a surprisingly easy 12-2 five-inning victory over St. Michael the Archangel in a Class 4A semifinal that helped conclude Thursday’s action at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Baseball tournament at McMurry Park. Hogan Harris (6-1) allowed just two hits… Continue reading →

Catholic shortstop Josh Smith, second baseman Bo Branch give Bears strong defense up the middle

Catholic shortstop Josh Smith, left, and second baseman Bo Branch have provided the Bears with strong defnese up the middle.

Whether or not second-seeded Catholic can claim its second Class 5A baseball title in the past three seasons is a point for debate. As Friday’s semifinal with No. 14 Brother Martin (26-12) looms, there’s no debate about which cliché fits the Bears (36-3) the best. “Defense wins championships” is one of the oldest catch… Continue reading →

Rematch: Not the way St. Michael coach Johnny Bernhard looking at St. Thomas More game

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- St. Michael's Nolan Tiersch (14) hits an RBI double in the sixth inning  to score the go-ahead run in St. Michael's 4-2 win over Plaquemine Tuesday at St.Michael.

Critics probably see it as a rematch. But for St. Michael the Archangel coach Johnny Bernhard a Class 4A semifinal with defending state champion St. Thomas More is a whole new ballgame. “Seven of our nine starters on the field are first-year starters,” Bernhard said. “St. Thomas More didn’t graduate as many people as we did, but… Continue reading →

Adam Tarver, Parkview Baptist staying focused

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND --  Parkview Baptist's Adam Tarver tags a St. Louis Catholic base runner who was trying to steal third base in a Class 3A playoff game May 6.

Staying focused and in the moment has served the Parkview Baptist baseball team well so far this season. There might not be a better example of that than senior infielder-pitcher Adam Tarver, who handles both of his roles with like a consummate leader. A presence in the field, at the plate and on the mound, Tarver… Continue reading →

Defending champ Fairview next for Maurepas

An obsessive baseball coach might be accused of making a mountain out of a molehill when the name of an opponent is mentioned. Maurepas baseball coach Anthony Gregoire calls it the way he sees it going into the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Baseball tournament. “There’s a definitely a hill there for us to climb,” Gregoire said.… Continue reading →

Silliman set for Game 2 in MAIS 2A series

It all comes down to one final day. And perhaps just one final game for the Silliman Institute baseball team. The Wildcats (22-7) host Oak Hill Academy (16-8) in the second game of a best-of-three games series to decide the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools overall Class 2A title. Game time is 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Clinton-based… Continue reading →

LHSAA state baseball tournament

At McMurry Park-Sulphur Thursday Semifinals 4 p.m. — Class B: (3) Choudrant vs. (2) Florien, Field 40 4 p.m. — Class C: (3) Claiborne Christian vs. (2) Downsville , Field 37 4 p.m. — Class 4A: (1) Tioga vs. (5) Teurlings Catholic, Field 41 7 p.m. — Class 4A: (2) St. Thomas More vs. (6) St. Michael the Archangel,… Continue reading →

Jonathan Lofton big-game pitcher for St. Michael

The St. Michael baseball team found itself in a position it didn’t want Friday. Not only had the Warriors lost 8-1 in Game 1 of their Class 4A best-of-three quarterfinal series at Franklinton, they were out of sorts. The play of third-seeded Franklinton, along with the home crowd atmosphere, had sixth-seeded St. Michael off its game.… Continue reading →

Silliman wins first game in Class AA championship series

WEST POINT, Mississippi — Jordan Talley says he is a football player first. But, like many dual-sport athletes, the Silliman Institute senior acknowledges football takes a back seat to baseball at this time of the year. On Tuesday, it was hard for Talley to argue against baseball, as he pitched a one-hitter to lead… Continue reading →

Baseball: Central Catholic clips Ascension Catholic

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Ascension Catholic's James Martin (4) dives past Central Catholic catcher Matthew Barbier (3) to cross home plate for the score in the fourth inning, Monday, May 11, 2015, at La La Regira Field in Donaldsonville, La.

DONALDSONVILLE — It was a fitting end to a high-stakes game filled with terrific pitching performances, outstanding defensive plays and one timely plate appearance. Central Catholic of Morgan City’s T.J. Ruffin made up for three previous empty trips to the plate, doubling in pinch-runner Charlie Solar from second base in the top of the 10th… Continue reading →

Baseball: Parkview Baptist advances to state tournament

LONGVILLE — One game away from the state baseball tournament for the first time in the program’s history, the magnitude of the moment was not lost on South Beauregard and coach Jeremy Devillie. Unfortunately, baseball itself was unkind to the Purple Knights on Monday evening as a few unlucky bounces worked against No. 4 South… Continue reading →

Baseball: Doyle, Maurepas set for challenges at state tournament

There may never be an ideal time to play the defending state champion in baseball, but doing so at the Allstate/Sugar Bowl LHSAA state tournament at Sulphur’s McMurry Park is as good as any. Fifth-seeded Maurepas in Class B and top-seeded Doyle in Class 2A will each face that task after advancing to the state semifinals in… Continue reading →