LHSAA sanctions Livonia; school files appeal

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association is preparing for an emergency telephone appeal of baseball and football sanctions issued to Livonia High on Wednesday. Though the official notification of the sanctions won’t be released to the media until Thursday, LHSAA Executive Director Kenny Henderson confirmed that Livonia had self-reported an eligibility issue regarding a ninth-grade student who … Continue reading →

Zachary boys, girls cruise to 4-5A titles

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Broadmoor's Devin Johnson wins the 400-meter dash at the District 4-5A meet Wednesday at Broadmoor High.

There was plenty of Columbia blue and red on display at Wednesday’s District 4-5A track meet, some from the host Broadmoor High but most from Zachary High. The Broncos swept the boys and girls titles in such impressive fashion that both squads had clinched their respective titles by the time the final event, the 1,600-meter relay, was … Continue reading →

Episcopal overpowers opposition at 6-2A track meet

Episcopal junior Rachel Misher continued her assault on the District 6-2A track sprint records. Compiling 30 points each, the Stamey siblings swept the three distance races to help power the Knights to the boys and girls team titles at EHS on Wednesday. Episcopal’s boys scored 207 points and the girls 234 points. Northeast was second in the … Continue reading →

Dutchtown, Denham Springs seek outright titles

It’s no secret that high school baseball coaches are obsessed with power ratings. That’s because power ratings determine where a team is seeded for the playoffs. But does that obsession make winning an outright district title any less significant? Denham Springs coach Mark Carroll and Dutchtown coach Chris Schexnaydre say it doesn’t. Both DSHS and Dutchtown … Continue reading →

Cathlic-Pointe Coupee softball team now has the bull’s-eye

A year ago, Catholic-Pointe Coupee softball coach Lauren Doucet had the word “Finish” printed on her team’s T-shirts as a not-so-subtle reminder to complete the season with a Class 1A state title. The Hornets won the 1A title in 2013, and this year’s T-shirts again offer a cautionary reminder. The front says “Make It Reign.” On the … Continue reading →


Track and field District 4-5A meet at Broadmoor High School Boys Team standings: 1, Zachary, 135. 2, Central, 105. 3, Scotlandville, 88. 4, Broadmoor, 84. 5, Denham Springs, 69. 6, Walker, 64. 7, Live Oak, 12.: 800 relay: 1, Scotlandville, 1:29.15. 2, Zachary, 1:30.38. 3, Central, 1:30.47.4, Denham Springs, 1:31.64. 1,600: 1, Thomas Kelton, DSHS, 4:46.21. 2, Trevor … Continue reading →

Dutchtown moves into first place with win over St. Amant

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Dutchtown's Austin Bain picked up the win against St. Amant on Tuesday night.

ST. AMANT — Dutchtown High and St. Amant High were neck- and-neck atop the District 5-5A baseball standings, but Dutchtown created some separation in the sixth inning of their game Tuesday evening. Dutchtown (22-10, 8-1) scored five runs in the sixth before coasting in for a 6-1 win. St. Amant (23-8, 7-2) went down in … Continue reading →

Chapelle knocks Dutchtown out of softball playoffs

Until the fifth inning, Dutchtown’s softball season appeared it would be ushered out quietly. Archbishop Chapelle right-hander Samantha Mracich had completely silenced the Griffins’ offense to that point, protecting a four-run lead along the way. No. 11 Dutchtown rallied, though, scoring twice in the fifth and once more in the sixth. But it couldn’t … Continue reading →

Top seeds cruise in softball playoffs

Top-seeded St. Amant of Class 5A helped top the list of teams that claimed bidistrict round softball playoff wins Tuesday. St. Amant beat Chalmette 5-1, while defending Class 3A state champion Brusly breezed past District 7-3A rival West Feliciana 10-0. The area’s other top seed, Catholic-Pointe Coupee, beat Ringgold 15-0 on Monday. In 4A action, … Continue reading →

Central Private edges Brookhaven Academy

CENTRAL — Heading into the bottom of seventh inning, Central Private coach Jason Kinchen predicted how the game would end. Four batters later, his prophecy came true. Central Private (16-11) defeated Brookhaven Academy 3-2 on a walk-off single by first baseman Kris Templet in game one of the MAIS Class 2A second-round game played Tuesday … Continue reading →

Prep report

Softball Brusly 10, West Feliciana 0 W — Camryn Comeaux (6-2). L — Katie Sirchia. Leaders: WEST FELICIANA: Bre Willis (1-1), Katie Sirchia (1-3); BRUSLY: Kaitlyn David (2-3, 2B, 3 RBIs, 3 Rs), Camryn Comeaux (2-3, 2B), Jonette Fitzgerald (2-3, R), Lanesha Taylor (2-3, 2 Rs). Records: West Feliciana 9-14; Brusly 22-8. Chapelle 4, Dutchtown 3 W — Samantha … Continue reading →

Walker edges Dominican

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNONWalker's Grace DeLee tags Dominican's Kaithlyn Duncan out at second during the third inning of Monday's game in Walker.

WALKER — Some softball coaches would be nervous about having a sophomore at the plate in a pivotal situation. Walker High coach Nicole Dufour quickly points out that Katelynn McKenzie is anything but a regular sophomore. McKenzie proved that point scoring hitting a home run in the first inning and adding a game-winning RBI … Continue reading →

Merryville rallies over Acension Christian

GONZALES — The postgame tears and somber Ascension Christian clubhouse suggested one thing. The future of the Lady Lions’ program indicates another. Ascension Christian’s six-year-old softball program turned another corner this season, hosting its first state playoff game. But it will have to wait another year to achieve the next step in their growth with … Continue reading →

Dutchtown, St. Amant meet in key 5-5A games

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUKDutchtown baseball coach Chris Schexnaydre

Dutchtown High baseball coach Chris Schexnaydre wasn’t sure what to expect when the season began two months ago. The Griffins had a lineup that featured eight new starters. With two games remaining, Dutchtown is where every high school baseball team wants to be — playing a parish rival with a district title on the line. St. … Continue reading →

The Advocate’s Baseball/Softball Top 5s

Baseball Class 5A-4A 1. St. Amant 23-7: Gators have been the most consistent among the 5A contingent and face Dutchtown in back-to-back games to help decide the 5-5A title this week. 2. Dutchtown 21-10: Griffins have been steady and are tied with St. Amant for the 5-5A lead. (tie) … Continue reading →

Prep Softball Playoff Report

Here are the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s softball playoff pairings and results. Class 5A Bidistrict pairings (32) Chalmette at (1) St. Amant, 5 p.m. Tuesday (17) Zachary at (16) Sulphur, 4 p.m. Tuesday (24) Mandeville at (9) Pineville, noon Tuesday (25) Slidell at (8) Natchitoches Central, … Continue reading →

Catholic baseball tops Denham Springs 4-1

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Catholic High right-handed pitcher Hayden Mixon (16) slides into home plate Saturday, April 19, 2014, during their game against Denham Springs High School at North Park.

DENHAM SPRINGS — There’s no substitute for quality pitching and timely hitting. Catholic High got the right combination of both en route to a 4-1 victory over Denham Springs in Class 5A nondistict baseball action Saturday at Netterville Field in North Park. Ross Massey (5-2) scattered five hits, struck out five … Continue reading →

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 →


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 →