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St. Paul’s finishes undeafeated season with state title win over Jesuit

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

Top-seeded St. Paul’s capped a perfect season Saturday night with a 3-0 win over Jesuit to capture its second consecutive Division I state soccer championship at Tad Gormley Stadium. Senior Barrick Roberts got the Wolves on the scoreboard in the 14th minute when his shot found the back of the right side of the net, past Jesuit… Continue reading →

St. Paul’s finishes perfect season with state title win over Jesuit

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

Top-seeded St. Paul’s capped a perfect season Saturday night with a 3-0 win over Jesuit to capture its second consecutive Division I state soccer championship at Tad Gormley Stadium. Senior Barrick Roberts got the Wolves on the scoreboard in the 14th minute when his shot found the back of the right side of the net, past… Continue reading →

St. Scholastica defeats Mount Carmel for Division I soccer championship

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--St. Scholastica Academy and Mt. Carmel players, react as SSA wins 3-1 the the LHSAA Division I State Soccer Championship at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans, La. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015.

Though they were the No. 2 seed in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Division I girls’ soccer championship, St. Scholastica played like the top seed. That wasn’t totally surprising, as the Doves were the defending state champion and had handily defeated No. 1 Mt. Carmel earlier this season. History repeated itself Saturday when SSA whipped… Continue reading →

Walker: Kalani Brown steps up again for Salmen

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Salmen's Kalani Brown shoots over Rayne's Charlesha Dugas during the second quarter Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, of a Class 4A playoff game at Salmen.

Kalani Brown probably didn’t need the ladder Saturday afternoon. At 6-foot-6, Brown probably could have easily just took the scissors, reached up and just started snipping away at the nets. But she climbed a few steps of the ladder anyway, towering over everyone else in the gym like she has so often done in… Continue reading →

Karr moving on to Top 28 after 52-41 win over Breaux Bridge

No. 11-seeded Breaux Bridge made third-seeded Karr sweat for the second time in the past in a Class 4A quarterfinal Saturday night in New Orleans. But the opportunistic Cougars managed to finish off the Tigers 52-41 and advance to the semifinals, where they meet the No. 2 Salmen, which defeated Rayne 51-48. The… Continue reading →

No. 1 Warren Easton surges past Ellender late

Top-seeded Warren Easton and No. 8 Ellender battled for the lead for most of their girls Class 4A quarterfinal game Saturday at Mount Carmel. However, Easton finished on a 7-0 run to prevail 55-47. The Eagles play the winner between Cabrini-Bastrop on in a semifinal at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Top 28 in Lake… Continue reading →

Photos: Champions! St. Scholastica, St. Paul’s celebrate state soccer titles

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--St. Scholastica Academy and Mt. Carmel players, react as SSA wins 3-1 the the LHSAA Division I State Soccer Championship at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans, La. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015.

Soccer Division I state championship games between Mount Carmel and St. Scholastica girls and St. Paul’s and Jesuit boys.… Continue reading →

Riverside Academy scores early and often in beating St. Paul’s

St. Paul’s came into Saturday’s baseball game against Riverside Academy with hopes winning their third game of the season. To do that, coach Mick Nunez said his team would have to be focused. “We faced a really good team out there today,” Nunez said of Riverside. “I gave them a heads up about (Riverside) starting fast, but… Continue reading →

Prep report

Basketball LHSAA boys playoff pairings Class 5A Bidistrict results (1) Natchitoches Central 58, (32) Rummel 36 (16) St. Paul’s 71, McKinley 65 (9) Brother Martin 60, Comeaux 40 (8) West Jefferson 71, Broadmoor 58 (5) Ouachita Parish 79, (28) Broadmoor 68 (21) Ruston 42, (12) Catholic-BR 41 (20) Higgins 44, (13) Bonnabel 26 (29) Carencro 56, (4) St.… Continue reading →

Ben Franklin falls to Vandebilt Catholic on penalty kicks in Division II boys soccer state title game

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Ben Franklin High School's Donte Oliver heads away a Vandebilt Catholic corner kick intended for Clinton Enry in the LHSAA Division II State Soccer Championship at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans, La. Friday, Feb. 27, 2015.

Ben Franklin’s soccer season of goals, saves and sacrifices ended Friday night on penalty kicks. Edward Wax’s shot fell short of the goal post against Vandebilt Catholic goalkeeper Charles Doskey, igniting an on-field celebration at Tad Gormley Stadium, the final moment of a 6-5 shootout loss in the Division II state soccer championship. The teams played through… Continue reading →

Ben Franklin girls soccer team win third straight state title

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Ben Franklin girls soccer players teammates celebrate their 3-2 victory over Loyola Prep in the Division II state championship game Friday  at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans.

The Ben Franklin girls soccer team entered the 2015 Division II championship match on a 62-game winning streak. Two state title wins in the past two seasons accentuated the Falcons’ dominance during that stretch. After Friday’s championship match, it’s time to up the ante to 63 consecutive wins for Franklin. And don’t forget the state championship “three-peat.” Ben… Continue reading →

Mandeville comes up big in OT to win 5A playoff game

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Jesuit's Foster Moreau goes up for a shot against Mandeville's Jessie Johnson Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, during the first quarter of a first round, Class 5A basketball game at Mandeville.

After a thrilling 32 minutes of action, Mandeville took over in overtime. The No. 15-seeded Skippers defeated No. 18 Jesuit 61-46 in a Class 5A bidistrict game Friday night at Mandeville High School. The game was tied 39-39 after 32 minutes of regulation, the Skippers outscored the Blue Jays 22-7 in the extra period. Mandeville… Continue reading →

Brother Martin rolls over Comeaux

After a disappointing 2013-14 season ended with Brother Martin getting bounced in the first round of the playoffs, Chris Biehl knew his team needed a change. The Crusaders lost four seniors from last year’s squad, and the Brother Martin coach decided the team needed to play at a faster pace and force opponents into mistakes with their… Continue reading →

Soccer powers St. Paul’s and Jesuit collide for Division I state championship

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --Brother Martin's Marc Alvendia (5) challenges Jesuit's Dillon Fuchs (24) or the ball in the first half of a conference match on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 at John Ryan Stadium in New Orleans.

Over the past five years, there haven’t been two better prep soccer programs than Jesuit and St. Paul’s. Saturday night in the Division I game, the two storied programs will square off in the rubber match. Top-seeded St. Paul’s takes on No. 3 Jesuit in the Division I title game at Tad Gormley… Continue reading →

No. 1 vs. No. 2: Mount Carmel and St. Scholastica to meet for girls soccer title

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- St. Scholastica's Courtney Robicheaux can't get the ball past Lafayette's Larae Breaux in the Division I of the LHSAA state championship at Tad Gormley Stadium  in New Orleans, La. Friday, Feb. 28, 2014.

For the most part, the Mt. Carmel soccer team breezed through the 2014-15 season en route to a 21-2-2 record and the top seed in the Division I playoffs. But if the Cubs are to cap their season with a state title, they’ll have to do so against the defending state champion and winner of four of… Continue reading →

Saturday’s Division I soccer capsules

Advocate staff photo by RUSTY COSTANZA --  Mount Carmel Academy's goal keeper, Sam Bourgeois, block a goal attempt by Mandeville High School's Mackenzie Manuel during a Division I semifinal game at Tad Gromley Stadium in New Orleans on Friday, February 20, 2015.

Girls championship No. 1 Mount Carmel vs. No. 2 St. Scholastica Time: 5 p.m. Place: Tad Gormley Stadium, Records: Mount Carmel 21-2-2; St. Scholastica 20-1-3. Coaches: Mount Carmel: Pavlos Petrou; St. Scholastica: Mike Ortner, How they got here: Mount Carmel: Beat No. 32 West Jefferson 12-0 in the bidistrict round, beat No. 17 Terrebonne 9-0 in… Continue reading →

De La Salle bounces South Beauregard

The 2-3 zone relegated De La Salle to a perimeter team. Devoid of an inside presence, the No. 10 Cavaliers hoisted 15 3-pointers through the first 14 minutes of the Class 3A bidistrict boys basketball playoff round against No. 23 South Beauregard alone, converting only four from beyond the arc. The Golden Knights fared worse.… Continue reading →

Higgins defense sparks win over Bonnabel

L.W. Higgins coach Marshall Jackson was adamant about his team focusing against Bonnabel. Friday night’s game between 20th-seeded Higgins and 13th-seeded Bonnabel was more than just another game for Higgins coach Marshall Jackson. It could have possibly been his last time on the sideline after a 33-year stint at Higgins. Jackson will get to… Continue reading →

Prep report

Baseball Belle Chasse 12, Brother Martin 4 John Ehret 4, St. Augustine 3 John Ehret 2, Jewel Sumner 1 WGNO Baseball Classic At Zephyr Field Late Thursday Franklinton 8, Rummel 3 St. Thomas More 9, Rummel 6 Basketball pairings, results Class 5A Friday’s bidistrict round (32) Archbishop Rummel at (1) Natchitoches Central (17) McKinley vs. (16) St. Paul’s at… Continue reading →

Soccer playoff report

Boys finals All finals at Tad Gormley Stadium Division I Saturday (3) Jesuit vs. (1) St. Paul’s, 7:30 p.m. Division II Friday (5) Vandebilt Catholic 0, (7) Ben Franklin 0 (Vandebilt wins on penalty kicks) Division III St. Louis 1, Northlake Christian 1 (St. Louis wins on penalty kicks) Girls finals All finals at Tad Gormley Stadium… Continue reading →

Al Jones named St. Aug football coach

Even when Al Jones isn’t conducting practices or pacing the sidelines, he considers himself a coach. That includes his time as a teacher and an administrator. So Jones, currently the assistant principal at St. Augustine, anticipates his return to coaching this fall. Jones was named the football coach at St. Aug on Thursday.… Continue reading →

John Curtis coach J.T. Curtis selected to the 2015 class of the National High School Hall of Fame

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACHJohn Curtis coach J.T. Curtis talks with the referee during a Nov. 21 game against Evangel Christian at  the Hoss Memtsas Stadium in Harvey.

Louisiana’s most successful high school football coach is headed to the Hall of Fame. J.T. Curtis, head coach at John Curtis, is one of 12 individuals selected for the 2015 class of the National High School Hall of Fame. Curtis has compiled a remarkable 542-58-6 record in 46 years as coach of the Patriots.… Continue reading →

Walker: Coach Jose Ferrand, Ben Franklin going for second double-double

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Jose Ferrand, Benjamin Franklin High School, Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

It still hasn’t quite hit Jose Ferrand just yet. He expects it to sink in sometimes Friday at Tad Gormley Stadium during pre-game warmups. That’s when Ferrand, who coaches the girls and boys soccer teams at Ben Franklin, will prepare to go after not one, but two, Division II state championships. His… Continue reading →

St. Louis edges Northlake Christian on penalty kicks for Division III boys soccer title

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--St. Louis Catholic's Mac Thompson, 11, battles Northlake Christian goalkeeper Dom Vega in a goal that went wide of the goal in the LHSAA Division III State Soccer Championship at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.

Northlake Christian got the chance to experience the thrill in a semifinal win. Unfortunately for the Wolverines, it would be heartbreak in the state championship game. St. Louis goaltender Conner Cutrera stopped three Wolverines penalty kicks to secure a win for the top-seeded Saints in the LHSAA Division III title game Thursday night at… Continue reading →

U-High defense sets tone vs. Pope John Paul II to win girls Division III title

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Pope John Paul II's Claire Cross goes airborne after colliding with Elizabeth Bankhead in the Division III state championship game Thursday at Tad Gormley Stadium.

Pope John Paul II had the experience. University High, meanwhile, had the defense. On Thursday in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Division III girls’ soccer championship, defense prevailed. U-High of Baton Rouge dominated the Jaguars, scored two late goals and won the Division III state title with a 3-1 victory over Pope John Paul… Continue reading →

LHSAA soccer playoff finals report

Division II Girls Time: 5 p.m. Friday, Place: Tad Gormley Stadium Matchup: No. 3 Ben Franklin (22-0-2) vs. No. 1 Loyola Prep (28-0-2) Coaches: Ben Franklin: Jose Ferrand; Loyola Prep: Mark Matlock How they got here: Ben Franklin: Beat No. 30 Belle Chasse 6-1 in the bi-district round; beat No. 14 North DeSoto 8-1… Continue reading →

Destrehan beats Mount Carmel in ‘epic’ overtime showdown

There may have been no jewelry on the line for Thursday night’s Class 5A quarterfinal playoff game between Mount Carmel and Destrehan, and no trophy made of silver or gold. But you never would have known that by the way these two teams played each other. Defending state champion Mount Carmel and Destrehan, the team the Cubs… Continue reading →

Landry-Walker cruises to win

Reigning Class 4A state boys basketball champion Landry-Walker entered its bidistrict playoff matchup cloaked in question marks. How severe is Keytaon Thompson’s ankle sprain? Is it significant enough to sideline the sophomore forward, or is his game-time decision designation merely a ploy? If Thompson does suit up, just how effective could he/would he… Continue reading →