LHSAA meetings to brief schools about convention

Louisiana High School Athletic Association Executive Director Kenny Henderson will conduct area meetings in advance of the this month’s annual convention from Jan. 15-17.

Henderson will review and discuss agenda items to be considered during the LHSAA convention Jan. 23-25 at Baton Rouge’s Crowne Plaza.

The area meetings begin on Jan. 15 with an 8:30 a.m. session at Bossier City’s Parkway High School and at 1:30 p.m. at Monroe’s Neville High.

On Jan. 16, Henderson will meet with central Louisiana principals during an 8:30 a.m. meeting at Alexandria Senior High. A 1:30 p.m. session is set for Lafayette’s Clifton Chenier Center.

Henderson will conclude the meetings Jan. 17 with an 8:30 a.m. meeting for Baton Rouge area principals at the LSHAA office and a 1:30 p.m. meeting in New Orleans at the Kenner-based Airport Hilton.

Making their mark

Three Baton Rouge area football players made their mark in the Offense vs. Defense All-Star football game held last weekend at Houston’s Reliant Stadium.

Port Allen High linebacker Darian Claiborne, a Texas A&M commitment, compiled 10 tackles in the game. Defensive lineman Tevin Lawson of Denham Springs High, an LSU commitment, recorded a sack and three quarterback hurries. Meanwhile, Denham Springs’ Kaleb Blanchard ran for 30 yards on six carries and scored a touchdown.

Meanwhile, Parkview Baptist running back Hezekiah Randolph ran for 47 yards and a touchdown in the Max Emfinger All-America game held Friday night at Pensacola High in Pensacola, Fla. St. Amant defensive lineman Nic Bickham, a Louisiana Tech commitment, and Scotlandville defensive lineman Tanzel Smart also turned in a solid performance, said sportswriter Brady Aymond.

Other Baton Rouge players in the game included Parkview’s Austin Suits, Victor Gutierrez and Manny Mukes, Port Allen’s Caleb Johnson, Plaquemine’s Myron Jack, Jared Tackno and Alexandros Koulpasis, Amite’s Jevenski Johnson, Scotlandville’s Jeremy Wade and David Colligan, along with Dunham’s Grayson Domingue.

Recruiting, etc.

DSHS’ Blanchard has reopened his recruiting since decommitting from Arkansas last month following that school’s coaching change.

Blanchard has been contacted by a number of schools, including Tennessee, TCU, Western Kentucky and Louisiana Tech, said Denham Springs coach Dru Nettles.

Nettles said Blanchard is planning to visit TCU. Coaching shifts also factor in two of the other schools. The new Tennessee staff had previously offered Blanchard a scholarship to Cincinnati. WKU’s new coach Bobby Petrino is the former Arkansas coach.

Though he remains committed to Houston, Zachary High wide receiver Donald Gage has picked up new offers from Kentucky and Texas A&M, said ZHS coach Neil Weiner.

Weiner said Gage has visits to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on Jan. 18 and Southern Mississippi on Jan. 25 and is working to plan visits to Kentucky and Texas Tech.

Scotlandville’s Smart has already visited Texas-San Antonio and has a visit to Tulane on Jan. 18.

Reporting results

As we enter district play for the winter sports, it’s time to review The Advocate’s procedures for reporting results.

Schools should provide informtion for both teams, including first and last names for players. Results can be called in to (225) 383-1111 or (800) 960-6397 between 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on weekdays and from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays.

Results can also be emailed to sports@theadvocate.com or faxed to (225) 388-0318. Please call 383-1111 to confirm that faxed or emailed information has been received.

Job opening

Redemptorist is accepting applications for a football coach.

Applicants should forward a résumé and list of references to Maribeth Andereck at P.O. Box 78129 Baton Rouge, LA 70837.

FCA milestones

Family Christian Academy achieved three notable milestones over the holidays.

FCA coach James Holmes got his 100th win in five seasons by beating Terrebonne in Plaquemine’s Green Devil Holiday Classic.

Meanwhile, the Flames’ Jarion Holmes and Qwonkeious Williams each scored their 1,000th career point in Friday’s loss to White Castle. Holmes, the son of the FCA coach, is in his fourth year as an FCA player. Williams reached 1,000 points in two seasons.

Compiled by Robin Fambrough