John Curtis’ Dylan Duvio takes second at Drake meet

DES MOINES, Iowa — Former John Curtis pole vault specialist Dylan Duvio placed second at the at the USA Track & Field Junior National Championships.

Duvio was one of the few high school competitors in the field that included the top 17- 19-year-old competitors from across the nation. The Stanford signee cleared 16 feet, 8¾ in the competition Thursday at Drake University.

The second-place finish earned Duvio a spot on USA Track & Field’s Pan American Games team that will compete in South America later this summer.

Last week Duvio added one last high school honor, netting the Gatorade Louisiana Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year award.

Duvio set a Louisiana record by clearing 17-3½ and was the Class 2A state champion at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Outdoor Track Meet last month.

Signees, commitments

Two juniors-to-be have committed to LSU in different spring sports.

Brusly High outfielder Akiya Thymes committed to the Tiger softball team, while St. Michael the Archangel’s Christopher Reid committed to the Tiger baseball team as a second baseman.

Thymes hit .477 with 58 runs scored and 34 stolen bases to help Brusly win the Class 3A state title during the spring. Reid batted .380 with 32 runs scored for the Class 4A Warriors.

Also, former Dunham football player Harrison Domingue signed with New Mexico Military Institute. Domingue tallied 367 total yards and scored eight touchdowns in the Tigers’ 67-36 victory over Redemptorist last fall.

Ex-Ascension Christian basketball player Tyler Kuhn signed with Mississippi-based Millsaps College. Kuhn averaged 14 points and nine rebounds a game.

LHSCA job set

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association in conjunction with the Louisiana High School Coaches Association is taking applications for an LHSCA Director, who will work out of the LHSAA office.

Duties for the LHSCA Director will include overseeing the LHSCA’s all-star games for football, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball and boys/girls soccer and the annual LHSCA clinic along with supervising swimming, boys and girls soccer, tennis and golf for the LHSAA.

Applicants must have 10 years experience as a high school coach, five of which must be as a member of the LHSCA. An application packet can be obtained from the LHSAA office by calling (225) 296-5882.

More application details can be found at The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. July 8.

Alumni update

Former Ponchatoula High and Covington High softball player Kristi Basso has been named softball coach at Marion Military Institute, a junior college located in Marion, Ala.

Basso was an all-state player for from Covington and particpated in the LHSCA all-star softball games. She played at Mississippi-based Delta State for four years.

She was an assistant at MMI for the past two years and takes over a five-year-old program that has made three NJCAA Region 22 appearances.

Prep notables

Catholic High’s Ross Quinlan was inadvertently omitted from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s All-State track team.

Quinlan had a season best of 163-7 in the discus.

Port Allen High will host an organizational meeting for its The Big Blue Bunch football booster club at 6 p.m. July 2 in the school cafeteria.

Contact PAHS coach Guy Blanchard at (225) 335 -7252 for details.