LHSAA executive director Eddie Bonine says the majority of schools don't want a split association

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Incoming LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine holds up the 2014-15 School Year Calendar while speaking to the members.

. Advocate sportswriter Robin Fambrough talks with new LHSAA executive director Eddie Bonine about coming to Louisiana, working with the member schools and trying to come up with the best unified solution for high school athletics. Click here to listen to the conversation. Music "Air Hockey Saloon" by Chris Zabriske… Continue reading →

LHSAA membership rejects split for now; new chief Eddie Bonine gets time to address issues

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- As President Vic Bonnaffee, right, watches, incoming LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine, left, speaks to the members at Friday's meeting.

Most emotionally charged games feature a crucial turning point that decides the winner. The Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Friday vote on whether to expand its split playoffs beyond football also had a definitive momentum shift. After Many High Principal Norman Booker III spoke on behalf of the first of his three proposals to widen the split —… Continue reading →

LHSAA baseball, softball officials lose some compensation on weather-delayed games

LHSAA assistant executive director Keith Alexander doesn’t normally seek out the media in order to make a point. After LHSAA principals failed to approve pay raises for officials in basketball and volleyball and voted to cut the pay baseball and softball umpires receive on weather-delayed games, Alexander, who oversees officiating for the LHSAA, was not happy. “I thought… Continue reading →

Courtney Julien delivers for St. Amant in victory over East Ascension

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- St. Amant's Courtney Julien drives past East Ascension's Reshawn Moody on Friday night at St. Amant's Gold Dome.

ST. AMANT — There wasn’t any trade secrets once Courtney Julien came to the forefront when St. Amant needed him to dig the Gators out of an early hole. Julien was there again in the second half when St. Amant began to gain some separation from rival East Ascension. Julien scored 13 of his… Continue reading →

University High girls rout Brusly; Cubs boys team also wins

There was no denying the extra motivation that came into play for Friday night’s girls basketball rematch between University High and Brusly. U-High, which dropped a first-round District 7-3A game to Brusly three weeks ago, played with the intensity of a cornered tiger, and the Cubs went on to post an 86-44 win at U-High. Brusly… Continue reading →

Jehovah-Jireh tops Family Christian

Family Christian Academy coach James Holmes predicted his Flames would be in for a dogfight when they took on District 7-C rival Jehovah-Jireh at the Baton Rouge Charter Academy gym Friday, and he wasn’t wrong. Jehovah-Jireh (20-8, 3-0 in District 7C) came from behind in the final 1:30 to claim a 78-70 win, their first over the… Continue reading →

St. Michael, Lutcher girls end in another tie

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Lutcher's Olivia Mohon kicks the ball away from St. Michael's Julia Robe at the Burbank Soccer Complex Friday, Jan. 30, 2015.

When the final whistle blew on the brutal, winner-takes-all matchup for the Division II, District 5 title between the St. Michael and Lutcher girls soccer teams, there was no celebration or tears of joy. The sidelines of the Burbank Soccer Complex stood still as the roughly 150 fans quietly waited for something, anything, to happen. But… Continue reading →

Prep report

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- St. Amant's Nick Griffin (20) shoots for two over East Ascension's Jimel London (22), Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at St. Amant High School's Gold Dome.

Boys basketball Berchmann’s 62, Bethany 45 Bethany Christian 7 7 17 14 — 45 Berchmann 12 17 15 18 — 62 Scoring — BETHANY CHRISTIAN: Josiah Marshall 19, AJ Simon 14, Arlington Smith 7, Samuel Gray 5; BERCHMANN’S ACADEMY OF THE SACRED HEART: Mark Gallaghor 28, William Hebert 22, Patrick Dandy 5, Dylan Marks 3, Daniel Marks 2, Blaise Broussard 2. 3-Point Goals — Berchmann 5 (Mac Gallaghor 4, William Hebert… Continue reading →

LHSAA schools decide to give new executive director Eddie Bonine a chance to work for solutions

Credit incoming Executive Director Eddie Bonine with the win as the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s annual convention came to close on Friday. Bonine again asked member principals for time to address the LHSAA’s public vs. private school issues while speaking to the… Continue reading →

Live updates from the LHSAA annual convention

Click here for live updates from the LHSAA annual convention in Baton Rouge from Advocate sportswriters Robin Fambrough and Rod Walker. Continue reading →

LHSAA principals to vote on key proposals Friday

Brusly High Principal Walt Lemoine described it as a “good day.” Was what transpired on Thursday at the LHSAA’s annual convention enough to convince principals not to expand the organization’s playoff split? Stay tuned. “Overall, I came away with a good feeling,” Lemoine said. “I’m optimistic. As far as (Friday), anything could happen. We’ll have to… Continue reading →

New LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine takes general tact at luncheon

Incoming LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine kept his comments brief during the annual Coca-Cola Convention Luncheon on Thursday at the Crowne Plaza. Bonine said member schools take care of Louisiana’s most precious commodity, its student-athletes. He also stressed the importance of continuing education and growth for coaches and athletic directors. Unlike other workshops and area meetings, Bonine referred to… Continue reading →

Brusly, U-High girls set for showdown

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Brusly girls basketball coach Shaeeta Williams: 'It’s really not just another game. That’s what you want to say as a coach, but we do understand the stakes and we still want to approach it like we do every game with heart, intensity and being aggressive. We’re trying to keep our feet grounded.'

Brusly girls basketball coach Shaeeta Williams tried her best to stay in character and provide the typical stock answer. But not even the ultra-competitive Williams could accomplish that, putting the significance of Friday’s road clash at University High into its proper perspective. “It’s really not just another game,” Williams said. “That’s what you want to say… Continue reading →

Longtime AAU coach-administrator Malcolm Brian dies

Malcolm “Coach B” Brian, a longtime youth and AAU girls basketball coach-administrator, died Tuesday. Brian, 75, a 1957 Catholic High graduate, played basketball at Catholic and Northwestern State. He started out coaching CYO boys youth teams, then began coaching girls players in the early 1980s, eventually forming the Lady Tigers AAU program. “Coach B was a man… Continue reading →

Prep report for Thursday, Jan. 29

Girls basketball Broadmoor 79, Walker 66 Walker 11 13 17 25 — 66 Broadmoor 22 22 14 21 — 79 Scoring — WALKER: M. Scott 25, T. Dyess 18, J. Scott 17, B. Anderson 6; BROADMOOR: Devin Carlin 20, Malik Jackson 17, Jawuan Butler 13, Darnell Williams 11, Patrick Hale 8, Anthony Drye 7, Montrell Dunn 2, Tarves Knighton 1. 3-Point Goals — Walker 6 (J. Scott 3, Anderson 2,… Continue reading →

LHSAA executive committee hears reports, approves budget

It was almost all business for the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s executive committee on Wednesday. There were reports and a budget was approved. Incoming Executive Director Eddie Bonine’s four-year contract was approved along with 2015-16 membership for six schools. A new legal firm was hired. Speculation about split/classification-related proposals and… Continue reading →

Madison Prep’s Sherry Porter making major statement this season, especially past three games

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Madison Prep's Sherry Porter  is fouled by Southern Lab's Cailan Williams on Friday. Porter scored 36 points in MPA's win over Lab and has 103 points in her past three games.

During the offseason, long after the rest of the Madison Prep girls basketball team went home, Sherry Porter could be found back in the gym, working on her shooting. In between shots, Porter’s mind would wander back to all the people who told her “no” in the past. She would think of all the friends… Continue reading →

Episcopal wraps up district, beats Christian Life

When Miles Vaughn first arrived at Episcopal for his first season as soccer coach just a few months ago, he was immediately tasked with replacing 14 seniors from last year’s squad. The Knights started the season 0-5. But on Wednesday night, Vaughn and Episcopal (7-9, 3-0) sealed the Division III, District 6 title with a 3-0 win… Continue reading →

Prep report for Wednesday Jan. 28

Boys basketball Southern Lab 71, Kentwood 48 Southern Lab 16 18 15 20 — 71 Kentwood 7 12 15 11 — 48 Scoring — KENTWOOD: J. Moore 14, B. Phillips 6, B. Chappell 5, S. Walls 4, K. Brumfields 3, B. Miller 2, J. Johnson 2, T. Crocrham 2, L. Dunn 2, F. Hawthorn 2, B. Modle 2; SOUTHERN LAB: J. Booker 18, S. Carroll 13, R. Hayes 10, D. Dennis… Continue reading →

Uncertainty surrounds LHSAA convention

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Incoming LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine speaks at a news conference in November.

Questions abound as the Louisiana High School Athletic Association begins its annual convention Wednesday with an executive committee meeting at the Crowne Plaza. The three-day event starts with the 9 a.m. executive meeting and continues through Friday, when principals are scheduled to vote on proposals that could alter the current makeup of the organization. Incoming LHSAA… Continue reading →

More to LHSAA’s issues than public vs. private schools

Unless you’ve been on Mars for a while you know the LHSAA has major issues to address at its annual convention this week. This public school vs. private school tug-of-war simmered below the surface for years before member principals voted to split the LHSAA’s football championships into separate divisions for select and nonselect schools two years ago.… Continue reading →

Fundamentals, fast start spark Catholic

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND --  Catholic's Toliver Freeman attempts to score against McKinley's Tyrese Radford on Tuesday at MHS.

McKinley had Catholic High on the ropes. The Panthers forced seven fourth-quarter turnovers and cut the Bears’ lead to two points twice in the final 1:15 of the District 5-5A boys basketball game. A fast start and a fundamental finish that included four free throws by Toliver Freeman in the final 26.8 seconds gave Catholic all it… Continue reading →

Tara rides free-throw shooting to victory over Belaire

Belaire High boys basketball coach Chauncey Moore, and Tara High’s Marqus Mitchell were in agreement following Tuesday night’s District 6-4A game. Free-throw shooting made the difference. Both teams shot well under 50 percent from the floor, but Tara made 28 of 35 free throws keeping Belaire at arms length most of the way in a 51-37 win… Continue reading →

Runnels rallies past French Settlement to remain unbeaten in district

The sight of such a deficit in the latter stages of a game may have been a cause for concern for Runnels High School in years past. Now, instead of wilting under the pressure, the Raiders are flourishing under extreme conditions and have a lot to show for their efforts. Runnels rallied from a five-point deficit… Continue reading →

Prep report for Tuesday, Jan. 27

Boys basketball Brighton 60, Trinity 37 Brighton 24 10 11 15 — 60 Trinity 12 6 9 10 — 37 Scoring — BRIGHTON: J. Sylvester 34, J. Brown 10, Z. Patterson 6, A. Bennett 5, A. August 3; TRINITY: V. White 15, T. Scott 10, C. Bailey 10, T. Grey 2. 3-Point Goals — Brighton: 11 (Sylvester 9, Bennett 1, Brown 1); Trinity: 4 (Scott 2, Bailey 2 )… Continue reading →

The Advocate Soccer Top 10

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  McKinley's Nicholas Wiggins is blocked by Catholic's Michael GorlandoTuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 at McKinley High.

Boys 1, Catholic 12-1-5: The Bears have already clinched the Division I, District 5 title. 2, University 17-1-2: Another great season for the Division III, District 7 Cubs. 3, Denham Springs 23-4-1: The Yellow Jackets are enjoying their best soccer season ever. 4, St. Michael 15-4-5 and Zachary 12-3-1: Division II St. Michael and Division I Zachary have… Continue reading →

Denham Springs beats Zachary to clinch district title

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- From left,  Denham Springs' Jacob Moore (17), Zachary Boothe (34) and Zachary Kimball (14) celebrate after Kimball scored against Zachary, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 at Bronco Stadium in Zachary.

ZACHARY — Fresh off of a thrilling win over Zachary High School five days before, Denham Springs’ quest for the program’s second boys soccer district title was not locked up quite yet. To achieve that, the Yellow Jackets were going to have to get past the Broncos once again, but this time away from home. Thanks to an… Continue reading →

Catholic clinches soccer title with win over Dutchtown

Overcoming frigid conditions and its own below average offensive play, Catholic High School defeated Dutchtown 1-0 to claim the Division I, District 5 soccer title. “It’s always nice to clinch district,” Catholic coach Bo Cassidy said. “It’s one of the goals we set out for as a team. I’m proud of the guys, and our ability to achieve… Continue reading →

Runnels looking to stay ahead in District 7-2A

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUKSouthern Lab's Bladrick Veal lays on the court under the goal in pain after suffering an injuryagainst Madison Prep on Friday at Southern University's F.G. Clark Activity Center.

“There’s no place like home” is a cliché that’s been used countless times. Runnels boys basketball coach Ben Young and his team are using it one more time while looking to stay at the front of the line in District 7-2A race. “We’ve played four of our five district games so far at home,”… Continue reading →

The Advocate boys and girls basketball Top 10

Basketball Top 10s Classes 5A-4A 1, Scotlandville 21-4: The Hornets are firmly in control in District 4-5A. 2, Plaquemine 18-5: An impressive body of work so far for the 6-4A Green Devils. 3, Catholic 15-5: The Bears established themselves as early 5-5A leader and… Continue reading →

Madison Prep scores ‘a signature win,’ 60-56 over University High

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Madison Prep's Yuryk Lazard (14) and Joshua LeBlanc (23) try to block U-High's Wayde Sims at the Hall of Fame Classic Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at Baton Rouge Community College.

Put two top-quality boys basketball teams like Madison Prep and University High on the court together, and you figure each has a 50 percent chance of winning. Madison Prep coach Jeff Jones stressed a different type of 50-50 approach, and it paid big dividends as the Class 1A Chargers ousted defending 3A state champion University 60-56 to… Continue reading →

Port Allen shines against Karr; McKinley falls to Country Day

Port Allen coach Brandon Ricard didn’t know whether to credit the brighter lights and the bigger stage afforded by playing at Baton Rouge Community College. Regardless, though, the Pelicans took advantage of Saturday’s Hall of Fame Classic platform to prove they could be a serious contender for the Class 3A state championship. Port Allen’s sizzling start manifested itself into… Continue reading →

Zachary, Denham Springs standouts shine at LHSAA indoor track qualifying meet

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Catholic's Kam Cummings takes first in the Boys 60 Meter Hurdles at the prep track qualifier race in LSU's Carl Maddox Field House Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015.

There were no team scores, but plenty of fierce competition and outstanding individual performances at the LHSAA Indoor Qualifying Meet at LSU’s Carl Maddox Fieldhouse on Saturday. It was a good day for youngsters as sophomore Abigail O’Donohue of Denham Springs won the girls high jump with a meet record of 5-7, freshman Armand Duplantis of… Continue reading →

Track and field: LSU High School Indoor Qualifier results

Boys Field Events Pole vault: 1, Armand Duplantis, Lafayette, 16-04. 2, Kyle Baudoin, Walker, 16-04. 3, Austin Schott, Jesuit, 14-00. Triple jump: 1, Ryan Theyard, Lusher, 44-05.75. 2, Jace Attuso, Catholic High, 43-02. 3, Ke’Andre Jones, Opelousas, 43-00. High jump: 1, James Willingham, Pineville, 6-6. 2, Austin Walker, West Monroe, 6-4. 3, Damon Guidry Crowley, 6-4. Shot put: 1,… Continue reading →

Plaquemine’s D’Morea Wicks commits to Air Force

Plaquemine High quarterback D’Morea Wicks committed to Air Force during a Saturday visit to the school, PHS coach Paul Distefano said. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Wicks is scheduled to play running back for the Falcons. Wicks accounted for 2,353 total yards while leading the Green Devils to the Class 4A semifinals last fall. He tallied 1,260 rushing yards, 1,093… Continue reading →

Wrestling: Brother Martin cruises to victory at Live Oak Duals

WATSON — In Brother Martin coach Robert Dauterive’s mind, six matches were crucial at Saturday’s Live Oak Duals. Though other big name schools in the 16-team field gave some of their starters a weekend off, Dauterive brought his full lineup to sew up a few seedings in those six matches in advance of the state… Continue reading →

Top two power rankings matchup: Mount Carmel trims St. Joseph’s

Advocate staff photo by Rusty Costanza --  Mount Carmel's Emily Dares heads a ball past St. Joseph's Sarah Town on Saturday at Pan American Stadium.

Stoppage time decided the LHSAA girls Division I power rankings No. 1-versus-No. 2 showdown at Pan American Stadium on Saturday. Awarded a free kick, top-seeded Mount Carmel lined up defender Kat Dehoog from 37 yards out. Dehoog lifted her hand, inched forward and launched the ball. The ball dipped into the back of the net over the… Continue reading →

Basketball Schedule

Here is a schedule of basketball games to be played during the week of Jan. 26-31. Start times listed typically include at least one subvarsity game before varsity games. Boys Monday Zachary at Broadmoor, 5 p.m. Episcopal at Capitol, 5 p.m. Tuesday Baker at University, 5 p.m.… Continue reading →

Prep report for Saturday, Jan. 24

Boys basketball Amite 69, Beau Chene 62 Amite 15 25 21 8 — 69 Beau Chene 13 7 28 14 — 62 Scoring — AMITE: James Harvey 24, Devonta Smith 13, Devin Atkins 10, Jordan Baldwin 7, Joshua Jackson 6, Andrew Jones 5 Brennan Edwards 2, De’Aarion Sims 2; BEAU CHENE: Julius Tibbs 17, Datravan Guilbeau 16, Denzel Austin 15, Christian Jolivette 11, Deotre Eaglin 4, Jakaven Servant 1. 3-Point Goals… Continue reading →

Soccer Schedule

Here is a schedule of soccer games to be played during the week of Jan. 26-31. Start times listed typically include at least one subvarsity game before varsity games. Boys Monday Belaire at McKinley, 6 p.m. Denham Springs at Zachary, 6 p.m. Dutchtown vs. Catholic at Burbank Field 18, 6… Continue reading →

Madison Prep boys, girls sweep Southern Lab

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Madison Prep's Brandon Sampson dunks against Southern Lab on Friday at Southern University's F.G. Clark Activity Center.

When Madison Prep led by only four points at the end of the first quarter, it looked like Southern Lab was destined to have a big night. The Kittens learned once again that St. John’s commitment Brandon Sampson has a habit of altering another team’s fate. Sampson scored a game-high 27, mixing 3-pointers, dunks and flashy… Continue reading →

Port Allen catches fire in second half for victory

PORT ALLEN — By the time his Glen Oaks team had contributed to Port Allen’s worst half of the season, veteran coach Harvey Adger saw some of the qualities that’s made the Pelicans one of the state’s top Class 3A teams. It took PAHS just five minutes during the third quarter to get that message… Continue reading →

Sterling’s free throws push Scotlandville past Broadmoor

Celica Sterling sank two free throws with less than 1 second remaining as Scotlandville High held off Broadmoor High 47-45 to notch a key District 4-5A victory Friday night at Scotlandville. The game produced 19 lead changes and six ties. No one held confortable edge until Sterling scored the last of her game-high 24 points.… Continue reading →

St. Jospeh’s Academy makes key run in final period to take win

St. Joseph’s Academy went on a 14-0 run in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and came away with an impressive 54-47 victory over Dutchtown Friday night at SJA. Four players scored during that decisive run and one play was indicative of how the Redstickers played in this game with their moving and cutting style.… Continue reading →

Marquee matchup: Madison Prep vs. U-High

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- U-High's Skylar Mays collides with Brusly defender Michael Bryant as he drives to the basket in a game earlier this month.

It sounds like a marquee matchup inspired by the overwhelming success of both teams. The Hall of Fame Classic game between two of Baton Rouge’s top boys basketball teams, Class 1A Madison Prep and 3A University High, has a different story. “You couldn’t script it much better than this,” MPA coach Jeff Jones said.… Continue reading →