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Jamie Thomatis named basketball coach at Mount Carmel

The 12-hour drives from North Carolina to her hometown of New Orleans are now a thing of the past for Jamie Thomatis. She is returning home. Thomatis, who spent the past five seasons as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Davidson College in North Carolina, was named basketball coach at Mount Carmel. The chance… Continue reading →

Family home of former Destrehan quarterback Donovan Isom destroyed in fire

Advocate staff photo by ANDREA MABRY -- Donovan Isom and Destrehan take on Acadiana in the Class 5A playoffs Friday.

As a standout quarterback at Destrehan High School, Donovan Isom accumulated a heap of outstanding player awards. His mom, Denise, had built quite a little shrine to her only son, who headed off to Utah last season, where he redshirted as a freshman. But all those glittering awards became a heap of melted metal last weekend… Continue reading →

Pajaree Anannarukarn, Jake Carter survive for AJGA tourney titles

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Zach Tracy frowns after just missing a birdie putt on the 3rd green on the final day of the AJGA golf tournament at The Bluffs golf course in St. Francisville.

ST. FRANCISVILLE — The two finishing holes at The Bluffs golf resort are as tough as any on the course, and Thursday they made the difference in both boys and girls competitions at the AJGA St. Francisville Area Foundation Junior tournament. Both divisions featured multiple challengers, but Jake Carter of Aiken, South Carolina, and Pajaree… Continue reading →

Jace Nini lifts Shaw-based Refuel past Rummel-based Deanie’s

Shaw-based Refuel relied on its late-game hitting and an impressive outing from pitcher Jace Nini to cruise to a 6-0 win over Rummel-based Deanie’s at Shaw on Thursday afternoon. With the win, Refuel automatically draws a bye and advances tot he American Legion state championship. Deanie’s will compete in the Southeast Regional for an opportunity to join… Continue reading →

LSU commitment Julia Johnson in second at junior tournament

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Golfer Julia Johnson chips close to the hole for a tap in par on the 18th green during the AJGA tournament at The Bluffs golf course.

ST. FRANCISVILLE — Julia Johnson has yet to find her game at the AJGA St. Francisville Area Foundation Junior tournament, but she still rallied for a second-round 75 Wednesday afternoon. The score gave her a two-day total of 7-over par 151 at The Bluffs golf resort, good enough for sole possession of second place in… Continue reading →

American Legion baseball: Jesuit-based Retif Oil wins City Series playoffs

Facing a four-run deficit and watching Peake BMW ace Blair Frederick pitch no-hit ball for six innings, Retif Oil relied on subtraction by addition to rally and win the American Legion City Series playoffs 5-4 at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium on Monday. By virtue of its win, Jesuit-based Retif (15-5-1) draws a bye into the Legion State Championship. Peake… Continue reading →

Siblings Nick and Abbey Daniel of Archbishop Hannan are The New Orleans Advocate’s all-metro golfers of the year

Hannan golfer Nick Daniel

When the Daniel family plays golf, any of its four members are capable of winning. There’s Kay, the matriarch of the crew, who in her youth played at Mississippi State and won the Louisiana Women’s Amateur and Women’s Mid-Amateur. Her husband, Chuck, played baseball for the Bulldogs and is a heck of a golfer himself, as well… Continue reading →

Walker: The wins — and honors — keep piling up for J.T. Curtis, who enters the National High School Hall of Fame this week

Advocate file photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- John Curtis coach J.T. Curtis talks with an official during a game against Evangel Christian in November.

J.T. Curtis’ résumé already is long enough: 26 state championships, 13 undefeated seasons and 540 career victories. National champions in 2012. National coach of the year in 2012. A list of all of his accomplishments would start on this page and have to be continued somewhere else. But somehow,… Continue reading →

Notebook: Newman finishes fifth in Orlando 7-on-7 tournament

Newman reached the quarterfinals and finished in fifth place at the 7-on-7 Tournament at the Drew Brees Academy on Saturday in Orlando, Florida. Miles Lapeyre threw a touchdown to Brian McGowan as time expired to lead the Greenies past Halifax (Florida) in Newman’s final game. “I will never forget this trip,” Newman coach Nelson Stewart said. “It… Continue reading →

Louisiana Softball Coaches Association all-state team

Class 5A Pitchers: Ali McCoy, Dutchtown, Jr.; Jessie Watts, East Ascension, Jr.; Amanda Holliday, Live Oak, Sr.; Tanner Wright, Sam Houston, Jr.; Gabby Sharp, St. Amant, Sr. Catchers: Ella Manzer, Alexandria, So.; Jaden Accardo, Denham Springs, So.; Bria White, Dutchtown, Sr.; Molly Simpson, Natchitoches Central, Sr.; Addison Roark, Ouachita, Jr. Infielders: Hope Vezinat, Dutchtown, Sr.; Claire Weinberger, East Ascension,… Continue reading →

Panos Bountovinas hired as Salmen girls basketball coach

Photo courtesy of Loupe Photography & Video -- Moutn Carmel basketball champs -- The Mount Carmel Academy varsity basketball team is the 2013 District 9-5A Champions, with a record of 9-1. The team ended its overall season with a record of 21-11. Pictured, front row from left, are Kayla Lehmann, Kristen Nuss, Jennifer Clark, Taylor Berry, Kayla Guillot, Natalie Legendre and Megan Donaldson. Back row, from left: head coach Panos Bountovinas, manager Victoria Duhon, Olivia Lewis, Tori Stanton, Emily Gerrets, Korrine Sauvage, Charvi Khurana, Paige Franckiewicz, Summer Schilling, statistician Sarah Uzee and assistant coach Nikki Bailey.

. Panos Bountovinas has been named the new girls basketball coach at Salmen. Salmen Athletic Director Jerry Leonard and assistant principal Saudah Blackman-Stokes confirmed the hiring Thursday morning. Bountovinas coached two seasons at Mount Carmel, leading the Cubs to the Class 5A state championship in 2014. He resigned, citing personal reasons,… Continue reading →

LHSAA: Officials likely to walk out in 2015-16 after negotiations reach impasse

Was it a sign of the times when LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine called a news conference Tuesday afternoon? Perhaps. As far as the Louisiana High School Officials Association is concerned, “sign” is the only operative word — as in principals signing contracts with the LHSOA for the upcoming season. Bonine announced at the news… Continue reading →

Dawn Whitmer named Academy of Our Lady softball coach

Dawn Whitmer, Academy of Our Lady softball coach

For Dawn Whitmer, it was an opportunity she couldn’t pass up. Whitmer was announced as the new softball coach at Academy of Our Lady on Tuesday. She will take over as coach of the school in Marrero, just a few miles from her home in Terrytown. “It’s sort of like coming home,” Whitmer said. “I… Continue reading →

LBCA All-State Baseball teams

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Brother Martin's Blair Frederick dives for a ball against Grace King on Wednesday at Bonnabel High School.

LBCA All-State Baseball teams Class 5A Pitchers: Jack Burke, Jesuit, Sr.; Bailey Holstein, Denham Springs, Sr.; Andrew Lowe, Airline, Sr.; Kyle Griffen, Sulphur, Jr.; Clay Rikard, West Monroe, Jr.; Kyle Backofen, Airline, Jr.; Shane Saizan, Chalmette, Sr. Catchers: Evan Pace, Zachary, Sr.; Dustin Duhon, Sam Houston, Sr. Infielders: Josh Smith, Catholic-BR, Jr.; Grant Schulz, Holy Cross, Jr.;… Continue reading →

Louisiana High School Soccer Coaches Association all-state team

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--St. Paul's Barrick Roberts   scores his goal against Jesuit in the LHSAA Division I State Soccer Championship at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans, La. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015.

LSSCA All-State teams Louisiana High School Soccer Coaches Association Division I FIRST TEAM Alex Caswell, Acadiana; Salvador Colin, Acadiana; Kade Kling, Acadiana; Chad Usry, Captain Shreve; Joshua Campbell, Catholic-BR; Zachary Boothe, Denham Springs; Camden Hilliard, Denham Springs; Jack Laforge, Jesuit; Chase Rushing, Jesuit; Michel Fleurant, Lafayette; Briggs Bourgeois, St. Amant; Eric Guin, St. Paul’s; Colin Hanley, St. Paul’s;… Continue reading →

Rummel ranked No. 22 nationally by MaxPreps

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  -- Rummel head coach Jay Roth talks with players during the schools intrasquad scrimmage at their Metairie, Louisiana campus on Friday, May 22, 2015.

Expectations will be sky high again for the Rummel football team this fall. The Raiders are ranked No. 22 nationally, according to the MaxPreps preseason rankings. Jay Roth’s Rummel team is going for its third state championship in four seasons after winning it all in 2012 and 2013. The Raiders reached the Division I semifinals last season,… Continue reading →

Rod Walker: Landry-Walker basketball program gets affirmation with another ring

Landry-Walker basketball players and coaches display their state championship rings.

It’s been three months, but it feels like yesterday to Brian Gibson. Perhaps that’s because the Landry-Walker coach often watches the Class 4A state championship game, his team’s thrilling 37-35 victory over Salmen. He watched it yet again on Wednesday, shortly before attending a ceremony where his Charging Buccaneers were presented championship… Continue reading →

Destrehan lineman Gerald Wilbon commits to Texas

Destrehan's Gerald Wilbon

Gerald Wilbon had other aspirations growing up. “I always thought I would be a professional basketball player,” Wilbon said. “That’s what I played mostly. But eventually, I just naturally started liking football and made the switch.” Wilbon is now a rising senior defensive lineman for Destrehan who plans to play collegiately at the University of Texas.… Continue reading →

Sam Houston star Tanner Wright named LSWA’s Miss Softball

Tanner Wright’s first year in the circle didn’t produce many good times. Five years later, a dominant year pitching for Class 5A state champion Sam Houston has earned Wright the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Miss Softball award. The annual award honors the Louisiana’s top high school softball player in all classifications. The junior started every game… Continue reading →

Miss Softball winners

Past winners 1996: Ashley Lewis, Central 1997: Ashleigh Ivey, Barbe 1998: Micah Barbato, Lafayette 1999: Mandy Mullins, Sacred Heart-VP 2000: Sarah Meadors, Denham Springs 2001, 2002: Beth Provost, Teurlings Catholic 2003: Britni Bowen, Sterlington 2004: Leah Heintze, St. Amant 2005: Kellie Eubanks, St. Amant 2006, 2007: Ashley Brignac, John Curtis 2008: Lauren Crane, Vandebilt Catholic 2009: Lauren Wilson, Belle… Continue reading →

Holy Cross cornerback Kyle Meyers commits to Florida State

There was a time a few short years ago when schools from all across the country wouldn’t have been too interested in Holy Cross cornerback Kyle Meyers. “He was probably about 5-foot-3 and 120 pounds as a freshman,” Holy Cross coach Eric Rebaudo said. “I’m not sure what he ate, but between his… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish Athletic Director Manny Barocco retiring

Manny Barocco has the next stage of his life planned out. He’ll play a little golf. He’ll travel. He’ll do chores around the house. And, most importantly, he’ll get to spend a little more time with his wife, Sydna, and his four children and five grandchildren. His immediate family’s gain will be… Continue reading →