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Recruiting landscape subject to change

Advocate file photo by KYLE ENCAR -- Rummel cornerback Kristian Fulton, tackling Shaw running back Trey Ragas last season, is one of the top recruits in the state going into this season. He is currently uncommitted

National Signing Day is now six months away. If you are a high school recruit still deciding, you have six months to make up your mind. And if you are a high school recruit who has already committed, you have six months to CHANGE your mind. Chances are, we’ll see plenty of… Continue reading →

New Orleans area football commitments

Dontrell Allen, DB, East St. John, Mississippi State Andre Anthony, DE, Karr, LSU Kazmi Antoine, DB, Belle Chasse, Tulane Tyrin Arceneaux, OL, St. Charles, Nicholls State Peyton Aucoin, TE, Brother Martin, Texas Caron Baham, ATH, John Ehret,, Missouri Jacques Boudreaux, LB, Holy Cross, Louisiana Lafayette Donavaughn Campbell, OL, Ponchatoula, LSU Clifford Chattman, ATH, McDonogh 35, LSU Da’Monte Coxie, WR,… Continue reading →

Landry-Walker sophomore wide receiver Devonta Jason makes 247 list

Landry-Walker sophomore wide receiver Devonta Jason is one of four Louisiana players ranked in 247Sports’ Top 100 players in the Class of 2018, released Wednesday. Jason, a 6-foot-3, 180-pounder, is ranked the nation’s No. 71 prospect in the sophomore class. “He’s long, very disciplined and runs outstanding routes,” Landry-Walker coach Emanuel Powell said. “His speed can fool you. And… Continue reading →

Warren Easton’s Myles Vigne commits to Central Florida

Myles Vigne, Warren Easton defensive tackle

Myles Vigne’s family members started calling him the “Steamroller” last season after a game against Edna Karr. The Warren Easton defensive tackle recorded three sacks in that game and finished the season with 15. The 6-foot-2, 300-pound steamroller looks to add to that total this season, then plans to take his pass rushing skills from Canal… Continue reading →

Holy Cross quarterback Kyle Schexnayder commits to Louisiana College

Advocate file photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Holy Cross quarterback Kyle Schexnayder slips away from Jesuit's Zack Robert while Jesuit's Hunter Robert closes in a game last season.

Kyle Schexnayder didn’t waste any time. Schexnayder, gearing up for his senior season at Holy Cross, committed to play at Louisiana College on Thursday shortly after Wildcats coach Dennis Dunn offered him a spot. “I just wanted to go ahead and get it over with, so I could focus on everything I needed to do… Continue reading →

New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame announces more honors

Among the honors to be presented at the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Banquet on Aug. 8 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will be seven awards tied to high schools and amateur athletics. Those awards include: Outstanding Boys Prep Team, New Orleans: Jesuit football; Outstanding Girls Prep Team, New Orleans: Warren Easton basketball; Outstanding Girls Prep Coach,… Continue reading →

McDonogh 35 defensive end Sci Martin decides to wait before making a verbal commitment

McDonogh 35 defensive lineman Sci Martin

For what it’s worth, Sci Martin was wearing a TCU t-shirt on Wednesday. But don’t read too much into that just yet. Martin, McDonogh 35’s standout defensive end, decided earlier in the day to postpone his announcement Wednesday to think things through. “I wanted to go ahead and do it, but I talked to my coaches and my dad,” said Martin. “They want… Continue reading →

Greg Battistella takes job as assistant baseball coach at Lakeshore

Advocate file photo by RUSTY COSTANZAHoly Cross baseball coach Greg Battistella tosses a ball on the field during a game against Jesuit in 2014. Battistella will be an assistant baseball coach at Lakeshore High School this year.

Greg Battistella is no stranger to St. Tammany Parish, having coached baseball on the north shore and being a Slidell resident since 2005 Now, he’s returning to the parish’s coaching scene. Battistella, 45, will become an assistant baseball and football coach at Lakeshore High near Mandeville and also will teach world geography,… Continue reading →

Jesuit catcher Trent Forshag to walk on at LSU

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--  Shaw's Kyle Flettrich beats the throw to Jesuit's catcher Trent Forshag last season.

Trent Forshag’s days of playing organized baseball were perhaps coming to a close. The upcoming American Legion Regional Tournament in Arkansas maybe would have been the last games for the catcher and recent Jesuit graduate. But a phone call from LSU baseball coach Paul Manieri to Forshag’s father Brett on Monday changed all that.… Continue reading →

St. James QB Lowell Narcisse commits to Auburn

Advocate staff photo by ROD WALKER -- St. James quarterback Lowell Narcisse is interviewed after announcing his commitment to Auburn on July 27, 2015, in Vacherie. At left is his mother, Stacy Narcisse. At right is his girlfriend, Niya Ross.

VACHERIE — The birthday party was for Lowell Narcisse. But the gift went to Auburn. More than 300 people crammed into the multi-purpose building in Vacherie to celebrate one of the nation’s top quarterback’s 17th birthday, but more importantly, to see where the St. James junior would play his college ball.… Continue reading →

Covington hires Steve Lopinto as boys basketball coach

Steve Lopinto

COVINGTON — The tour of the north shore continues for basketball coach Stephen Lopinto. Lopinto was named the head coach of the Covington boys basketball program — his third different team in the past three seasons. “Some people associated with the school asked me if I would be interested in the job,”… Continue reading →

Rummel quarterback Chase Fourcade commits to Nicholls State

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Archbishop Rummel quarterback Chase Fourcade scrambles against Catholic High, Friday, Sept. 26 in Baton Rouge's Olympia Stadium.

As a sophomore, Chase Fourcade helped lead Rummel to a state championship. After coming up short as a junior, the quarterback is hoping to help the Raiders hoist another trophy in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in December. He got the recruiting part out of the way on Monday, committing to Nicholls State. “I… Continue reading →

St. James QB Lowell Narcisse to announce his college commitment Monday: LSU, Alabama, Auburn or Clemson

Lowell Narcisse won’t sign his National Letter of Intent until February 2017. But that isn’t stopping the St. James rising junior quarterback from making his commitment. Narcisse, ranked by many as the top dual-threat quarterback in the country for the Class of 2017, is slated to announce his commitment at 6 p.m. Monday. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder tweeted that… Continue reading →

Eddie Bonine has gotten his baptism of fire in a little less than five months as the LHSAA chief

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Incoming LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine speaks to the members.

LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine is still relatively new on the job. But the former head of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association has seen and been involved in a lot since taking over Louisiana’s top high school sports job in March. Here is a look at Bonine’s views on what he’s seen so far, what issues loom on the… Continue reading →

Fambrough: Metro/rural plan sounds right chord

Advocate photo by BRAD KEMP -- Notre Dame coach Lewis Cook Jr.'s plan using a metro/rural break down for the football playoffs as opposed to the current system of nonselect/select has received some favorable reviews.

The LHSAA used much the same system to classify teams and crown state champions for decades. So what happens when there’s a fresh idea like the metro/rural schools concept pitched by Notre Dame-Crowley Athletic Director-football coach Lewis Cook? We’ll have to wait and see, but so far, it’s sounds pretty darned good. The words… Continue reading →

LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine gets positive response from coaches

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Acadiana  coach Ted Davidson

LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine has been on the job for less than five months. He’s getting high marks from some who acknowledge there are still key issues to approach. The Advocate asked the coaches to rate Bonine’s performance and the direction the LHSAA is headed. They were also asked what key issues must be addressed next. Continue reading →

LSU gets commitment from Da'Monte Coxie of East St. John

Advocate file photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Tara wide receiver Da'Monte Coxie is tackled by Northeast defenders Jonathan Chatman (40) and Quinshaw kelly (7) after catching a pass on Aug. 29 at Olympia Stadium. Coxie, who has since transferred to East St. John, committed to LSU on Saturday.

Da’Monte Coxie fell in love with LSU in fifth grade after watching a game. He then started watching highlights. “And when they played Alabama in the (BCS) championship game, my feelings just got stronger and stronger,” Coxie recalled. So when the chance came for the East St. John senior wide receiver to play for the Tigers,… Continue reading →

LHSAA task force discusses three possible plans on how to classify schools

LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine formed a task force to study the organization’s select/nonselect school issues with the idea that a plan or solution could be found. Three potential solutions were discussed at the second task force meeting Thursday afternoon at the LHSAA office. Like the first meeting held in late May, the second meeting was closed to… Continue reading →

Brandon Walters named interim football coach at West St. John

Brandon Walters, West St. John football coach

The coach may be changing, but things will pretty much stay the same at West St. John. The school turned to a familiar face, naming Brandon Walters as interim head football coach and athletic director. West St. John will search for a permanent replacement at the end of the 2015 season. Walters spent the past nine… Continue reading →

Retif Oil blanks Delhomme 1-0 to win American Legion state tournament

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Retiff Oil's Nick Ray prepares to make the throw to first after forcing out Delhomme's Devin Boutin at second base in the American Legion state championship game Wednesday at Kirsch-Rooney Staduium.

Jesuit-based Retif Oil scored 17 runs in its win over the River Ridge Patriots on Tuesday, which placed them in the American Legion state championship game but managed only one run on Wednesday against the Delhomme Drillers. It was the only run they needed. Outfielder Scott Crabtree’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning… Continue reading →

Notre Dame football coach Lewis Cook makes metro/rural proposal

Most people see the LHSAA biggest issue as a select vs. nonselect schools thing or a private vs. public schools conflict. Could dividing schools up into groups of metro schools and rural schools be a solution? That’s an option Notre Dame-Crowley football coach Lewis Cook and one of his assistants, Daniel McCready, presented during Wednesday’s football coaches forum at… Continue reading →

Former LSU, Giants star Leonard Marshall tells coaches eradicating concussions is imperative

Staff photo by Robin Fambrough--Leonard Marshall talks to Dunham coach and former LSU assisttant Tim Jorgensen.

Leonard Marshall glanced at the video screen as the highlight that helped define his NFL career played. Once the clip of his bone-crushing hit on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana in the 1991 NFC Championship ended, Marshall wryly noted, “That play would cost me $250,000 if I was still playing today.” Marshall is still an… Continue reading →

Retif Oil takes slugfest with River Ridge 17-14 at American Legion state tournament

In a videogame-esque, seesaw affair, Retif Oil outlasted John Curtis-based River Ridge 17-14 after the two combined for 31 runs and 23 hits in an American Legion state tournament game Tuesday night at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium. It clocked 3 hours, 37 minutes. Undefeated Retif Oil hosts the Lafayette-based Delhomme Drillers in the championship game at 4:30… Continue reading →

Delhomme Drillers pitcher Derek Boutin strikes out 17 in 1-0 win over Gauthier & Amedee at American Legion state tournament

Delhomme Drillers left-hander Derek Boutin put on a show. The 6-foot-3 left-hander threw a complete-game nine-inning shutout, striking out 17 and walking only one in a 1-0 victory over Gauthier & Amedee in an elimination game of the American Legion State Tournament at Kirsch-Rooney Park. With the win, the Drillers advance to take… Continue reading →

Coaches receive National Federation of State High School Association awards

Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Jimmy Bible, Brusly wrestling coach

Six coaches from the Acadiana, Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas were part of a group that received statewide coaching honors in their respective sports from the National Federation of State High School Associations. The awards were presented during the Louisiana High School Coaches Association’s general business meeting Tuesday at the Crowne Plaza. The business meeting helped open the… Continue reading →

After building big lead, River Ridge Patriots hold off Refuel

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH--  John Curtis' 3rd baseman John Curtis IV throws the ball to get runner out at first as Shaw's Keith Meier Jr. runs to third base during a baseball game between Shaw based Refeul and John Curtis based River Ridge Patriots at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium in New Orleans, La. Monday, July 20, 2015.

A funny thing happened on the way to the River Ridge Patriots’ rout of Refuel on Monday afternoon in the American Legion state tournament at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium. Refuel managed to turn it into a nail-biter. River Ridge rolled to a 10-0 lead and needed only two outs in the seventh inning to end the game… Continue reading →

American Legion state tournament: Retif Oil rallies past Gauthier & Amedee in the ninth inning to prevail 6-4

Jesuit-based Retif Oil put itself in the driver’s seat Monday night, rallying from a two-run, ninth-inning deficit to surprise Ascension Parish-based Gauthier & Amedee 6-4 in the American Legion double-elimination state tournament at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium in New Orleans. Ben Hess’ two-run triple with one out in the top of the ninth reversed Retif Oil’s fortune. Trent… Continue reading →

Delhomme pitcher Derek Boutin closes out Peake BMW

Facing elimination, the Delhomme Drillers came up big. In the third day of action at the at the American Legion Louisiana state tournament Monday afternoon at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium, Delhomme defeated Brother Martin-based Peake BMW 5-3. Delhomme, which is made up mainly of Acadiana High School players, will play again Tuesday facing Gauthier & Amedee at… Continue reading →

Blair Frederick’s double in ninth inning lifts Peake BMW past Townsend Homes

In spite of several miscues, Brother Martin-based Peake BMW survived. Peake BMW staved off elimination in the American Legion state tournament on Blair Frederick’s game-winning double in the bottom of the ninth inning to oust Townsend Homes 6-5 on Sunday at Kirsch Rooney Stadium. “I knew (Nick Scioneaux) was going to come with a… Continue reading →