Riding five-game win streak, Livonia moves up in LSWA rankings

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Livonia quarterback Cee Jay Powell (6) carries the ball against Amite, Thursday, October 1, 2015, at Amite High School in Amite, La.

Livonia High School coach Guy Mistretta spent the majority of the summer sounding the warning bell. With the Wildcats coming off a 14-0 run to the Class 3A state championship, Mistretta was well aware of what awaited his team which moved to Class 4A this season. It took Mistretta exactly one game into the season… Continue reading →

Longtime rivals Lutcher, St. James to meet for first time since 2004

The last time Lutcher and St. James high schools played each other in a varsity football game, Facebook was a craze for college students and the Atkins Diet was popular. Some things never go out of style. Fourth-ranked Lutcher (5-1, 3-0) and No. 6 St. James (5-1, 3-0) look to prove that point. “We haven’t played… Continue reading →

Football, volleyball athletes in the spotlight

Football Brock Williamson, Live Oak Williamson, a linebacker, was a catalyst in the Eagles’ 16-14 milestone victory over Denham Springs in a District 4-5A opener last week. In addition to making all the defensive calls, Williamson also recorded a team-high 12 tackles and recovered a crucial onside kick. “Stopping that Denham Springs running… Continue reading →

The Advocate’s Top 5 Volleyball Rankings

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --   Lutcher 's head volleyball coach Ricky LeBlanc throws the ball to the team during warmups before the match up against Dutchtown on Thursday, September 17 at Dutchtown High.

Volleyball Top 5s Divisions I-II 1, St. Joseph’s Academy (16-8): The Division I Redstickers are unbeaten in District 3 and have five straight wins. 2, Central (20-5): A six-game winning streak keeps the Division II Wildcats near the top. 3, St. Amant (13-8) and Zachary (17-9): St. Amant is unbeaten in… Continue reading →

Prep report

Ascension Catholic 3, White Castle 0 Ascension Catholic, 25, 25, 25, White Castle, 10, 10, 9 Team leaders: ASCENSION CATHOLIC: Michayla Spano (25 assists, 1 dig), Grace Villa (8 kills, 1 block, 3 digs, 1 ace), Julia Beck (6 kills, 1 ace, 6 digs) Team records: Ascension Catholic 19-8, 5-0 District Episcopal 3, Friendship Capitol 0 Episcopal, 25,… Continue reading →

Silliman wins MAIS softball title

Silliman Institute shut out Leake Academy 6-0 to win the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools overall Class 3A softball title on Saturday in Clinton. The Wildcats (37-5) were led by Kennedy Carruth, who tossed a six-hit shutout and finished 2-for-3 at the plate. Mary Morris also was 2-for-3, while Allie Delee contributed a two-run home run for… Continue reading →

The Advocate’s Baton Rouge area Top 10 prep football polls

Class 5A/4A 1, Zachary (5-1): Three-point win over Scotlandville gives Broncos slim bragging rights. 2, Scotlandville (5-1): Tough loss to 5A No. 7 Zachary is not a negative. The Hornets are very good. 3, St. Amant (6-0): Strength of schedule is the only thing that puts the steady Gators slightly below the top two. 4, Catholic (4-2): Win… Continue reading →

Week 7 prep football schedule

Games scheduled for 7 p.m. unless otherwise listed. Thursday Baton Rouge/area Tara (6-4A) at Woodlawn (6-4A) Northeast (6-2A) at Episcopal (6-2A) Acadiana Church Point (5-3A) at Pine Prairie (5-3A) West St. Mary (5-2A) at Notre Dame (5-2A) Vermilion Cath. (7-1A) at Cent. Cath. (7-1A) Crowley (3-4A) at LaGrange (3-4A) Friday Classes 5A/4A Central (4-5A) at Scotlandville (4-5A)… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish broadcasting fixture Kevin Shillings dies; coaches and colleagues recall his dedication to the parish’s high school sports

Coaches and colleagues paid tribute to Ascension Parish broadcasting fixture Kevin Shillings. Shillings, known for his broadcasts of St. Amant High School sports and a weekly cable television show highlighting Ascension schools, died early Sunday. “It really hasn’t hit me yet,” Ascension broadcaster Lyall Boudreaux said. “We bonded over our love of the Houston Astros… Continue reading →

Fambrough: St. Joseph’s coach Billy Stears continues rehab after heart transplant

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- St. Joseph's Academy softball coach Billy Stears

Billy Stears knows a thing or two about pitching, thanks to decades as a softball coach. These days, the St. Joseph’s Academy softball coach is thankful to doctors and friends who are making their best pitches for him. Stears got a long-awaited heart transplant Aug. 29 at Houston’s Memorial Hermann hospital and continues his rehab/recovery near… Continue reading →

Jeffrey Kelley leads Catholic to second-place finish at Catholic Invitational cross country meet; St. Joseph’s wins girls race

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --   Catholic's Jeffrey Kelley finish strong in firtst place in the Catholic High Invitational cross country at the Highland Road Park on Saturday morning.

When opportunity knocked, Catholic High’s Jeffrey Kelley had just the right way to answer. Kelley won the individual title and led the host Bears to a runner-up finish at Catholic High Invitational on Saturday. It was a signature moment for the senior, who won the three-mile boys race 15 minutes, 2.66 seconds on Saturday at Highland… Continue reading →

Catholic High Invitational cross country meet results

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --   St. Joseph Academy's Annie Hill, left finish third with Lafayette's Angelle Primeaux in fourth place in the Catholic High Invitational cross country at the Highland Road Park on Saturday morning.

Catholic High Invitational At Highland Road Park Girls Varsity Top teams: 1, St. Joseph’s Academy 52. 2, Mandeville 96. 3, Parkway 102. 4, Mount Carmel Academy 158. 5, Menard 190. 6, St. Michael the Archangel 199. 7, Sacred Heart-NO 226. 8, Episcopal 238. 9, Vandebilt Catholic 278. 10,… Continue reading →

Week 6 prep football scores

Thursday Airline 44, Mansfield 0 Basile 34, North Central 0 Benton 41, Minden 34 Calvary Baptist 49, North Caddo 7 Carencro 69, Opelousas 8 Catholic-New Iberia 41, Loreauville 14 Christian Life Academy 27, Capitol 26 East Beauregard 45, Grand Lake 14 Warren Easton 70, Riverdale 6 Elton 40, Lake Charles College Prep 14 Grambling 22, Plain Dealing 16 H.L.… Continue reading →

Volleyball Week 7 schedule

Monday Catholic High Pointe Coupee at St. Michael, 4 p.m. Hannan at Runnels, 4:30 p.m. White Castle at Ascension Catholic, 5 p.m. Madison Prep at Dunham, 5 p.m. Episcopal at Friendship at Capitol, 5 p.m. False River Academy at St. John, 5 p.m. Tuesday McKinley at Baton Rouge High, 4 p.m. St. Amant at East Ascension, 4 p.m.… Continue reading →

How the LSWA’s ranked football teams fared in Week 6

Week 6 LSWA polls fared Class 5A 1, Rummel (4-1) beat Holy Cross 21-14 2, West Monroe (5-0) beat Ruston 28-14 3, John Curtis (3-1) beat Jesuit 24-16 4, Destrehan (5-0) beat East St. John 62-27 5, Airline (6-0) beat Mansfield 44-0 6, Brother Martin (5-1) beat Sulphur 41-21 7,… Continue reading →

How teams in the LSWA football polls fared in Week 6

Class 5A 1, Rummel (4-1) beat Holy Cross 21-14 2, West Monroe (5-0) beat Ruston 28-14 3, John Curtis (3-1) beat Jesuit 24-16 4, Destrehan (5-0) beat East St. John 62-27 5, Airline (6-0) beat Mansfield 44-0 6, Brother Martin (5-1) beat Sulphur 41-21 7, Zachary (5-1) beat Scotlandville 49-46 8, Parkway (5-1) beat Captain Shreve 47-10 9, Evangel… Continue reading →

Brother Martin cross country team pulls off win in Catholic High Invitational

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --   Brother Martin's Hayden Courrege finish in fourth place in the Catholic High Invitational cross country at the Highland Road Park on Saturday morning.

Brother Martin’s cross country team didn’t expect to win. But what happened at the Catholic High Invitational proved that good things can come when you least expect them. “I’m actually shocked that we won,” Brother Martin coach Ryan Gallagher said. “I thought we came in second or third. It was so close, it looked like it could… Continue reading →

Keenan Tate’s fumble recovery in end zone in final seconds gives Zachary 49-46 win over Scotlandville in thriller

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Zachary's Lindsey Scott  scrambles while under pressure from Scotlandville's Deandre Williams on Friday night at Zachary.

ZACHARY — When two teams combine for 987 yards and 95 points, it’s usually safe to say the game was all about offense. Ultimately, two defensive stops, including a fumble recovery in the end zone by Keenan Tate with 23 seconds left, lifted seventh-ranked Zachary High to a pulsating 49-46 victory over Scotlandville High on Friday… Continue reading →

Catholic dominates in all phases, topples East Ascension 34-6 as Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushes for 222 yards

A week after coach Dale Weiner earned his 300th career win, Catholic High is still soaring. Junior running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire amassed 318 total yards with three touchdowns, the defense forced four turnovers and the Bears cruised to a 34-6 win against East Ascension on Friday night at Olympia Stadium in the District 5-5A opener for both… Continue reading →

University High routs Baker

BAKER — During his film study of University High this week, Baker coach Richard Oliver didn’t believe there was a possibility the Cubs could rival last year’s Division II state championship team. “After playing them tonight, I think this team is just as good,” Oliver said. Top-ranked University scored on its first four possessions,… Continue reading →

Central ends Walker’s hot start with a 55-25 road win

WALKER — Coming off a winless 2014 season, Walker made headlines throughout nondistrict play by starting 5-0. Central High sent a message Friday night that District 4-5A’s other Wildcats may be a contender themselves. Thanks to a flurry of long-distance pass plays in the third quarter, Central turned an evenly matched first half into… Continue reading →

St. Amant defense leads the way in 37-8 win over McKinley

Advocate staff photo by CHARLES CHAMPAGNE -- The St. Amant High School Gators enter the field Friday, Oct. 9, for their football game against the McKinley High School Panthers.

ST. AMANT — There were too many penalties and too many turnovers, but St. Amant’s pit crew came to the rescue Friday night. The St. Amant defense kept McKinley from putting together a sustained drive all game long, and the Gators squeezed out enough offense to throttle the Panthers 37-8 at The Pit. “They… Continue reading →

IMG Academy too strong in first half, rolls past Southern Lab 42-0 in Florida showdown

BRADENTON, Fla. — With postseason baseball underway, it’s almost fitting IMG Academy football pitched its first shutout of the season. The Ascenders (6-0) dismantled visiting Southern Lab 42-0 Friday night, reassuring everyone why they are ranked No. 10 in the nation by USA Today. “The shutout wasn’t as important to me as… Continue reading →

Behind dominant first half, Plaquemine cruises past St. Michael 41-14

PLAQUEMINE — Every time Plaquemine finds its way to the end zone, the boom from a small cannon can be heard throughout its home field. That cannon fired early and often Friday night in the Green Devils’ District 6-4A opener, a 41-14 win over St. Michael. Plaquemine accumulated 232 yards on the ground… Continue reading →

'My phone hasn’t stopped all day': Live Oak High football at all-time high after historic win vs. Denham Springs

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Live Oak head coach Brett Beard speaks with Hunter Kelley during a timeout against Denham Springs Oct. 8.

. Brett Beard’s phone hasn’t stopped ringing. And when it’s not ringing, the tone that announces the arrival of yet another text message goes off. Such is life for the Live Oak High football coach after his team pulled off the upset no one expected. Live Oak edged Livingston Parish rival Denham Springs High 16-14 in a District 4-5A opener… Continue reading →

West Feliciana uses big first quarter to cruise past Brusly

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --   West Feliciana's Ronald Sims gets away from Brusly's Dylan Claiborne during Friday's night game at Brusly High.

BRUSLY — Just about everything went right for West Feliciana in the first quarter of Friday’s game against Brusly. The Saints put together three quick scoring drives that lasted two, three and four plays, respectively and scored 24 points in the first quarter on the way to a 32-6 District 6-3A victory over host… Continue reading →

Dunham blanks East Feliciana

CLINTON — East Feliciana was celebrating homecoming Friday night, but visiting quarterback Mike Williams made Dunham feel right at home Friday night. Williams passed for three touchdowns and ran for two as Dunham rolled over East Feliciana 34-0 in a District 6-2A clash. “I have to give credit to our offensive line,” said… Continue reading →

Javin Myers rushes for 162 yards, 3 TDs in Woodlawn’s win

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- Belaire High's Da'Quan Hicks (6) is brought down by Woodlawn High's Troy Domino (9) during Belaire's home game against Woodlawn on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015.

Two of the area’s top running backs took the field at Belaire High School on Friday night when the homestanding Bengals met Woodlawn in a District 6-4A opener. Daquan Hicks of Belaire and Javin Myers of Woodlawn figured heavily in both teams’ game plans and both had sterling nights as the Panthers took home a 41-12 win.… Continue reading →

Blocked FG boosts Catholic-PC 28-23

NEW ROADS — Catholic-Pointe Coupee took head coach David Simoneaux’s urge for resiliency to a new level. Eleven seconds remained on the clock when Reed Smith scored the game-winning touchdown off a blocked field goal attempt to give the Hornets a 28-23 win over Westminster Academy at NRG Field Friday night. Smith pulled the Hornets past… Continue reading →

Albany rolls over Grace King

ALBANY — The Albany Hornets have spent the first part of the season trying to build a head of steam for district play, and on Friday night against Grace King, the Hornets looked as ready as could be for the start of District 7-3A play next week. The Hornets offense didn’t have the ball much… Continue reading →

Zachary replaces girls hoops coach Barnes with Stephens

Advocate staff file photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Zachary coach April Brown Barnes directs players during the game between Destrehan and Zachary in February 2014 at Zachary High School in Zachary.

April Brown Barnes has been replaced as head girls basketball coach and assistant Mike Stephens has been named the head coach, Zachary Principal Joe LeBlanc said. “This is a decision I made before this morning, and I just told the team,” LeBlanc said. “April remains at our school as a teacher. For personnel reasons, I really can’t… Continue reading →

State roundup: Rummel’s Jay Roth gets 200th win

Jay Roth has had his share of Gatorade baths in his 21 seasons at Rummel. Many of them, he admitted, he tried to avoid. “I wasn’t going to run from this one,” a drenched Roth said Friday night. “I enjoyed it.” This one, which came after a hard-fought 21-14 victory over Holy Cross at Tad… Continue reading →

Local roundup: Hannan, Thibodaux pick up wins

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLERJust a little old-fashioned footballMcDonough's Eric Smith (54) brings down Belle Chasse's Trey Green during the first quarter of Thursday's game at Pan-Am Stadium.

FRANKLINTON — Ryan Hensurling’s 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter helped seal a 27-13 win for Archbishop Hannan on against Pine in a District 9-2A showdown Friday night. The Hawks (4-2, 2-1) took an early seven point lead on a 31-yard pass from Payton Hudson to Kem McDonald. Pine answered immediately with Adarvious Berry returning… Continue reading →

Live Oak ends drought against Denham Springs with 16-14 victory

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Live Oak's Will Higginbotham (14) is stopped by, from left, Denham Springs' Nick Berthelot (46), Kaleb Pipes (52), John Ross (33), and Jordan Collier (8) on Thursday at Denham Springs.

DENHAM SPRINGS — In the deciding moments of this emotional District 4-5A opener, the memory of Live Oak High kicker Nathan Holliday was the only thing that was short. Holliday put aside the extra point he had hooked minutes earlier to beat Denham Springs 16-14 on a 30-yard field goal with 1:10 remaining… Continue reading →

District 4-5A showdown: Scotlandville, Zachary open league play Friday

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Scotlandville quarterback Levi Lewis hands the ball off to running back Trenton Charles against East Ascension last month.

Robert Valdez said the significance of Scotlandville’s Week 6 football game soared to new heights when he answered his phone Tuesday night. “I’m watching film and I get this call from my mother-in-law in Douglasville, Georgia,” Valdez said. “She wanted to know about the game and the game plan. So, I took some time to… Continue reading →

Madison Prep holds off Northeast for 21-20 win in District 7-2A

PRIDE — Northeast quarterback Marqueon Minor had helped his team wipe out most of a two-touchdown deficit in the second half against Madison Prep Academy when he stepped on the field for one final series. The Chargers had to hold their breath one final time. Minor moved Northeast into Madison Prep… Continue reading →

Catholic-Pointe Coupee displays resiliency as it gets ready to start district

The past two weeks for Catholic-Pointe Coupee have been a prime example of a team responding to first-year coach David Simoneaux Jr.’s early-season mantra. “Our battle cry was just for these kids to show some resiliency,” he said. “Earlier in the year, we struggled overcoming that emotionally.” Since then Catholic-PC (2-3) has displayed… Continue reading →