Veteran prep writer Al Tircuit dies

Longtime high school sportswriter Al Tircuit died on Tuesday. He was 69.

Tircuit worked for approximately 50 years as a sportswriter covering primarily high school sports in and around Baton Rouge for the Baker Observer, Morning Advocate/The Advocate and most recently the Denham Springs-Livingston Parish News. He worked as either a part-time or freelance writer for more than 30 years for the Morning Advocate/The Advocate.

In addition, Tircuit served as a marshal on the support staff for LSU, Tulane and high school athletic events. He was a press box worker for the Sugar Bowl and several Louisiana High School Athletic Association events.

“Al was a great friend,” former Advocate Executive Sports Editor Butch Muir said. “He never met a stranger. He always was concerned about you and your life and family. He did the things that he did with sports because he loved it. He wanted to be there. He will be missed.”

Visitation is set for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Resthaven Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Highway. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Resthaven.

High school coaches recalled Tircuit’s personality and love of athletics.

“Al was a special person ... one of the good guys,” Broadmoor football coach Rusty Price said. “I told his son today that back in 1992 when we were on a roll, Al covered several games, and I told him he must be our good luck charm. Even when he didn’t cover us after that, he always made it a point to stop by school and wish us well, because he didn’t want to jinx our streak.

“He would always stop by and talk with me, and he’d acknowledge my wife in the stands. After he started working in Denham, he’d always make a point to seek me out and say hi.”

Glen Oaks boys basketball coach Harvey Adger said he went to the school’s trophy case and gazed at team championship photos that include Tircuit.

“Al’s son, Kyle, was one of my managers, so there was a bond,” Adger said. “Al always wore a Tulane hat, and in one of the pictures from 1995, he’s wearing it. He loved Glen Oaks High School and really, he just loved high school sports.”