Calling Thursday a busy day on the Walker campus would be an understatement.
The Wildcats will host two key events — a nondistrict volleyball contest with Runnels that also will serve as a St. Jude fundraiser and a District 4-5A football game against Scotlandville.
And yes, the two events are closely related. The St. Jude fundraiser set for 4 p.m. is a benefit for WHS linebacker Monroe Lockhart, who is being treated for leukemia at the St. Jude Research Hospital located in Memphis. The football game against Scotlandville starts at 7 p.m.
Just more than two weeks ago, Lockhart, a sophomore, played a key defensive role in a road game at Pineville the Wildcats lost 7-0 in overtime. The following week he was diagnosed with leukemia and left for what is expected to be seven weeks of treatment at St. Jude.
“Needless to say, this whole thing has hit us hard,” Walker football coach Dwayne Severio said. “It’s been tough for our program, the school and our community. But the way people have rallied around Monroe and our school has been fantastic.
“Monroe is a very tough-minded kid, and I’m convinced he’ll come out of this fine. There’s already been some progress, and doctors have indicated to the family that they expect him to be able to play high school football again.”
Red Stick Sports is helping to sponsor the volleyball event by providing special uniforms for the players. Anyone interested in contributing to the benefit should contact the school at (225) 664-4825.
Red Stick nominations
Nominations for the U.S. Army Red Stick Bowl all-star football game are being accepted.
High school football coaches in the Baton Rouge area are asked to nominate their top seniors for the game that will be played Dec. 22. The nomination deadline is Oct. 23.
Nomination information on the Red Stick Bowl is posted at www.USArmyRedStickBowl.org. Contact organizer Barrett Murphy at email@example.com.
Parkview Baptist seeks junior varsity and ninth-grade girls basketball games.
PBS also seeks ninth-grade girls teams interested in playing in a Jan. 18 tournament.
Contact PBS coach Don Green at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pink game Monday
St. Michael the Archangel hosts St. Joseph’s Academy for the annual Geaux Pink benefit contest Monday. The freshman game starts at 4 p.m., followed by junior varsity and varsity contests.
In addition to being a breast cancer research fundraiser for the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, the schools also use the annual contest as a way to promote breast cancer awareness.
Denham Springs benefit
The Denham Springs High Athletic Association will host a fundraising golf tournament Oct. 13, at Greystone Golf and Country Club.
Registration begins at noon for the four-person scramble that begins with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. The cost is $125 per player or $500 per team that includes a lunch before tee time and an awards dinner at 6:30 p.m.
There also will be a $600 Purple and Gold sponsorship that incorporates a team entry, team mulligan package and a team par-3 card/club game. Businesses can sponsor a hole for $100. Contact Les O’Neal at (225) 235-6197 or via email to email@example.com.
St. Joseph’s Academy seeks a nonfaculty assistant basketball coach. Applicants must have three years of coaching experience.
Contact SJA coach deLynn Stelly at firstname.lastname@example.org or (225) 388-2238 or Athletic Director Dorinda Beaumont at email@example.com.
Kate Ripple Cramer was inducted into the Parkview Baptist Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 27.
Cramer was a multisport standout for the Eagles, competing in swimming, cross country, soccer and track. She went on to play soccer at LSU and now serves as the Eagles’ swimming coach.
In 2000 and 2001, Cramer was The Advocate’s Girls Athlete of the Year.