Ex-state wrestlers in NCAA field

Former Louisiana standouts, Northern Iowa’s David Bonin and Cleveland State’s Ben Willeford, competed in the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships that concluded Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.

Bonin, a former Comeaux-Lafayette standout, placed fourth in the 157-pound weight class and compiled a season record of 30-9. Bonin lost to Oklahoma State’s Alex Dieringer in the consolation final, but defeated four other opponents in the tournament that began Thursday.

Willeford, who starred at Baton Rouge’s St. Michael the Archangel, competed in the 125-pound weight class, earning his first NCAA berth but did not place.

LHSBCA all-state

Madison Prep’s Jarell Martin and Southwood-Shreveport’s Jessy Ellis are the MVPs of the all-state teams selected by the Louisiana High School Basketball Coaches Association.

The boys squad also includes South Beauregard’s Chad Barmore, St. Thomas More’s Trey Touchet, Christian Life’s Johnathan Stove, Comeaux’s Hayward Register, East Ascension’s Ja’Cardo Hawkins, Natchitoches Central’s Colin Smith, Scotlandville’s Damian Jones and Brian Bridgewater, Byrd’s Chad Lott and Bossier’s Tevin Robertson.

Lacassine’s Madyson Brasseaux, Hackberry’s D.J. Simon, University’s Di’Mond Jackson, Walker’s Mi’ca Lowe, Natchitoches Central’s Victoria Rachal, Ville Platte’s Breonna O’Connor, Pickering’s Sami Thomas, Southwood’s Kourtney Pennywell, St. Thomas More’s Paije Hall and St. Michael’s Journee Beard are also part of the girls team.

Luke out at VCHS

The Houma Courier, citing unnamed sources, reported last week that Kathy Luke will not return as Vandebilt Catholic’s girls basketball coach.

School officials and Luke have declined comment. Luke coached 28 years at VCHS and won more than 600 games. Her Terriers were removed from the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s playoffs after a quarterfinal win because of an ineligible player.

The team Vandebilt defeated, Salmen High, went on to win the Class 4A state title earlier this month in Monroe after a series of court challenges marred the playoffs.

Luke was honored last weekend as the LHSBCA Hall of Fame recipient.

Bourgeois signs

St. Amant soccer standout Rantz Bourgeois signed with the University of Cincinnati in a school ceremony Friday.

Bourgeois was the Overall MVP in Division I, District 5 and led his team to the playoffs.

Open dates, etc.

Louisiana School for the Deaf and Dutchtown High seek teams for different track meets.

Dutchtown is hosting a junior varsity All-Comers meet on April 3. Field events are set for 4:30 p.m. and running events begin at 5:30 p.m. Email coach John Talley at john.talley@apsb.org for details and to enter.

LSD needs one or two more teams for its April 4 meet. There is no entry fee and large school junior varsity teams are welcome. Contact coach Darren Gremillion at 225-757-3412 or dgremillion@lsdvi.org.

  • Denham Springs High seeks a boys basketball opponent on Dec. 6. Call coach Wynn Wingate at (225) 963-4959.
  • Walker High needs girls basketball teams for its tournament set for Dec. 18-21.

Teams are guaranteed four games if they opt to play
four days and three games if they want to play two or three days.

Contact coach Korey Arnold at (985) 414-4917 or send email to korey.arnold@lpsb.org.

Prep notable

Mary Melissa Hoover became Episcopal’s all-time leading scorer in girls basketball.

The Appalachian State signee finished her career with 2,503 points, according to EHS coach Travis Bourgeois

Compiled by
Robin Fambrough