Immeasurable serve: Newman tennis player Princeton Carter possesses a fast serve, but he serves just as well in the community

Photo submitted by Carter familyNewman tennis player Princeton Carter won thre LHSAA Division IV state tennis titles from his freshman year to his junior year.

Princeton Carter’s serve on the tennis court has been clocked at 114 mph. But the way the LaPlace native serves off the court is immeasurable. It started four years ago during the summer as Carter was about to start his freshman year at Isidore Newman School. He, along with his younger sister Kennedi,… Continue reading →

Darryl Tassin promoted from assistant to head coach of Fontainebleau softball program

Darryl Tassin, Fontainebleau softball coach

After 13 seasons with Chris Nelson at the helm of the softball program, Fontainebleau didn’t have to look too far to find a replacement for the top spot in its softball program. Assistant coach Darryl Tassin replaces Nelson on the FHS campus. Tassin served as an assistant coach on Nelson’s staff for the past four seasons. Tassin… Continue reading →

Rod Walker: One last honor for Kristian Fulton and Kristen Nuss — they’re The New Orleans Advocate’s high school athletes of the year

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Rummel's Kristian Fulton

Even their first names are almost similar. But the similarities don’t stop there for Mount Carmel’s Kristen Nuss and Rummel’s Kristian Fulton. Both won their first state title as freshmen. Both are LSU-bound. And both could have just chosen to play one sport, but neither did. So it’s easy… Continue reading →

East takes one game in all-star doubleheader after tie

LAFAYETTE — As Louisiana’s best high school baseball players gathered on Sunday, a messy, exciting doubleheader ensued, and winning was an afterthought for both teams. Franklinton’s Craig Estave, who was the East’s catcher for 14 straight innings through cramping in his quadriceps, was named Sunday’s overall Most Valuable Player after Game 1 ended in… Continue reading →

Northlake Christian hires Eli Lewellyn as baseball coach

Eli Lewellyn

For the second consecutive offseason, Northlake Christian Athletic Director Anthony Agresta named a new head baseball coach. The plan is to not have it happen again for quite a while. Eli Lewellyn was formally introduced as the new coach the Wolverines’ baseball program Sunday night at the Mellow Mushroom in Covington. An assistant coach… Continue reading →

Power surge: The offenses heat up at the LHSCA all-star softball game after a slow start. East wins Game 2 slugfest 10-8

PINEVILLE — For 41/2 innings, Game 2 of the LHSCA/LSCA All-Star softball doubleheader was mostly about pitching and defense. Then the offensive avalanche came. The teams scored 18 runs during the final 21/2 innings as the East defeated the West 10-8 on Saturday at Louisiana College. East MVP Kourtney Gremillion of St. Amant and West… Continue reading →

West tops East 4-1 in prep softball all-star game

PINEVILLE — On Friday at Louisiana College’s Wildcat Field, the West was the best. The West prevailed over the East 4-1 Friday in Game 1 of the LHSCA/LSCA all-star softball doubleheader. The teams will meet again at noon Saturday. The West was led by Airline’s Jamie Roberts, who broke the game open… Continue reading →

Newman displays some big plays in intrasquad spring game

Newman coach Nelson Stewart liked what he saw in the Greenies’ annual Green and White spring game Friday at Michael Lupin Field. “Overall I thought it was a really good spring,” said Newman coach Nelson Stewart. “And it was good to come out of here healthy.” The Newman offense made several big plays throughout the… Continue reading →

Fontainebleau, Mandeville softball coaches resign

After 13 seasons as the Fontainebleau softball coach, Chris Nelson announced he was stepping down Friday morning. Meanwhile, Mandeville softball coach Scott Dennis resigned Friday afternoon, said the school’s athletic director Guy LeCompte. In a letter to FHS supporters, Nelson said “words cannot express the joy I have had over the past 13 seasons as your… Continue reading →

West tops East 4-1 in prep softball all-star game

PINEVILLE — On Friday at Louisiana College’s Wildcat Field, the West was the best. The West prevailed over the East 4-1 Friday in Game 1 of the LHSCA/LSCA all-star softball doubleheader. The teams will meet again at noon Saturday. The West was led by Airline’s Jamie Roberts, who broke the game open… Continue reading →

Zephyr Field to host eight Catholic League football games next season

Advocate file photo by KYLE ENCAR -- Rummel wide receiver David Hensley avoids Jesuit defensive lineman Zack Robert in a Division I select semifinal game in 2014.

The Friday night lights will be shining on Airline Drive this fall. Eight Catholic League football games will be played at Zephyr Field, home of the New Orleans Zephyrs. The schedule was announced Thursday at the Metairie stadium that serves as home to the Miami Marlins’ Triple-A affiliate. “It’s neat to… Continue reading →

Covington, Destrehan football coaches like their teams’ efforts in spring scrimmage

Concluding spring football practice with a controlled scrimmage, the Destrehan and Covington coaching staffs said they liked what they saw from their teams Thursday night in Destrehan. With the first- team offenses and defenses battling for multiple series, as well as the second team units, the scrimmage concluded with a simulated quarter in which the Wildcats… Continue reading →

Check out the Louisiana High School Coaches Association all-star softball rosters

EAST Shelrika Bryant, Bastrop; Karli Perque, Cabrini; Katelynn Bellelo, Catholic-Pointe Coupee; Ali McCoy, Dutchtown; Claire Weinberger, East Ascension; Jessie Watts, East Ascension; Dakota Helmer, Forest; Kelsey Bradford, Jena; Lauren Brown, Live Oak; Lacy Loupe, Maurepas; Samantha Dares, Mount Carmel; Shay Smith, North Webster; Addison Roark, Ouachita; Allie Williams, Pineville; Rebecca Martin, Pineville; Cheyanne Guillory, Rapides; Kourtney Gremillion,… Continue reading →

St. Augustine receiver Takulve Williams commits to Kansas

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- St. Augustine wide receiver Takulve Williams is tackled by Shaw's Sean-Michael Dumas in a game last Saturday. St. Aug takes on John Curtis at 7 p.m. Saturday at Joe Yenni Stadium.

St. Augustine receiver Takulve Williams has committed to play at Kansas. “I chose Kansas because my relationship with the coaches are very strong and they made me feel like family as soon as they offered me,” Williams said. The 5-foot-11, 185 pound Williams said he was also considering Ball State and the University of Texas-San Antonio.… Continue reading →

Staying in the Ben Franklin family: Cadie Higginson makes it three straight state Gatorade girls soccer awards for Falcons

File photo by JOSEPH HALM  Ben Franklin's Cadie Higginson, right, tries to fend off Lakeshore's Meghan Paulson in a Division II playoff game last season.

For four straight years, the Ben Franklin girls soccer team has brought a state championship trophy back to Leon C. Simon Drive. Louisiana’s Gatorade Player of the Year Award is finding a home at the school as well. Cadie Higginson was named Gatorade Player of the Year on Tuesday, marking the third straight year… Continue reading →

Fambrough: Next pitch for LHSAA comes at special-called meeting June 8

The LHSAA wrapped up another championship season when the final baseball pitch was thrown in Sulphur on Sunday. Those who follow the LHSAA know the games are anything but over. Looming on the horizon is a June 8 special-called meeting that will give member principals another chance to alter the LHSAA’s playoff structure. There… Continue reading →

Rod Walker: No ‘big three’ state titles, but there’s still plenty to celebrate for New Orleans’ teams this school year

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Ursuline celebrates on the court after the Lions defeated the Rayne Wolves 61-48 in the LHSAA Class 4A state championship, Saturday, March 5, 2016, at Southeastern in Hammond, La.

The LHSAA athletic year officially came to a close Sunday in Sulphur with the crowning of baseball state champions in Class 3A (West Feliciana) and Class 5A (Barbe). It was the fourth time in five years that the greater New Orleans area didn’t produce a state champion in baseball. Only John Curtis’ Class… Continue reading →

Daring move pays off for Teurlings in Class 4A win over West Ouachita

Teurlings Catholic head baseball coach Mike Thibodeaux hoist the trophy after the final of the LHSAA Class 2A Championship Game at McMurray Park in Sulphur, La., Saturday, May 14, 2016. Teurlings Catholic defeated West Ouachita 3-2. (AP Photo/Lake Charles American Press, )

SULPHUR — Standing 180 feet away from home and a potential state championship, Teurlings Catholic’s Hayden Cantrelle didn’t see any risk — only opportunity. Cantrelle, who had tied Saturday’s Class 4A state championship game with a double down the right-field line in the bottom of the fifth, broke on Brett Weber’s bunt and didn’t stop until he crossed home… Continue reading →

Zach Roussel’s efficient pitching sparks St. Charles 3-0 victory over Riverside in Class 2A semifinal

Associated Press photo by (Lake Charles) American PressSt. Charles' Lloyd Nash slides safely into home as Riverside's Patrick Boudreaux awaits the throw in a Class 2A semifinal at the LHSAA state baseball tournament in Sulphur.

SULPHUR — Starting pitcher Zach Roussel wasted little time helping the St. Charles baseball team defeat District 12-2A rival Riverside Academy 3-0 in the Class 2A semifinals at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/Louisiana High School Athletic Association state baseball tournament on Friday at McMurry Park. Roussel needed just 70 pitches to put the Rebels away… Continue reading →

Spring football game: St. Augustine displays explosive offense in win over Plaquemine

In his first season as St. Augustine’s football coach, Al Jones made it clear that he wants his team to be explosive on offense, and it appears that will be the case again going into his second season. The Purple Knights bring back many key contributors — including starting quarterback Justice McCoy — from an offense that… Continue reading →

Slidell football coach Larry Favre likes team’s effort in spring game against Holy Crosss

Slidell coach Larry Favre came away pleased with his team’s effort against Holy Cross in a spring football game Friday night. “We’ve been building for this,” Favre said. “This is year four of the five-year plan. We have 25 seniors who have been in our program, so we’re excited for what’s coming.” The two teams… Continue reading →

St. John the Baptist Parish battle: Class 2A title game on the line when rivals Riverside, St. Charles meet Friday

Advocate photo by JOSEPH HALM -- St. Charles pitcher Brennan Gilberti tries to pick off a Holy Savior Menard base runner in Game 2 of a Class 2A quarterfinals playoff series game Saturday at Russell Gaudet Jr. Stadium.

Ideally, they could settle this in an open field somewhere along either La. 44 or U.S. 61, right smack in the middle of LaPlace and Reserve. Instead, they’ll decide this one at McMurry Park in Sulphur, site of the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA state baseball tournament. Bragging rights and a trip to the title… Continue reading →

Spring football game: Jesuit edges De La Salle 17-14 on Jake Chanove’s late field goal

With four of the team’s seven losses in 2015 coming by eight points or less, executing late in games has been a major priority for Jesuit’s football team during spring practices. That increased focus helped the Blue Jays put together a drive late, which put Jake Chanove in a position to kick the game-winning field goal and… Continue reading →

Spring football game: Hahnville, John Ehret coaches liked what they saw

Both head coaches came away impressed with their teams’ effort when the Hahnville Tigers visited the John Ehret Patriots for their spring football game Thursday at Hoss Memtas Stadium. “I really feel good about how we played,” said Nick Saltaformaggio, who is entering his third season as Hahnville’s coach. “I thought we played really, really good.… Continue reading →

Blind athlete Gianni Toce of Mandeville, fresh off two first places in the para-ambulatory division of the LHSAA state meet, set for international meet in Arizona next

Photo by ANDREW CANULETTE-- Gianni Toce of Mandeville, who attends the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired, posted division record times in the 200 (28.45 seconds) and the 400 (1:02.09) in the para-ambulatory division of the LHSAA state track meet last week.

The pink plastic band that signified Gianni Toce as a participant in the LHSAA Track and Field Championships still is wrapped around his right wrist nearly a week after the meet ended. After you set a pair of state records, there’s no harm in keeping a few mementos, right? Toce, a 16-year-old Mandeville resident, won the… Continue reading →