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Kalani Brown ready for McDonald’s All-American Game

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Salmen's Kalani Brown heads down the floor against Rayne during the second quarter Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, of a Class 4A playoff game at Salmen.

CHICAGO — Kalani Brown may be early in her basketball career, but she’s already chalking up something her dad and mom didn’t accomplish: playing in the McDonald’s All-American Game. The senior at Salmen High School in Slidell will represent the West team in Wednesday night’s game, which will be televised on ESPNU at 5:30… Continue reading →

Albany upsets Lakeshore in non-district softball game

Off to one of the best starts in its brief school history, Lakeshore High School’s softball team suffered a setback against Albany on Monday afternoon. The second-ranked team in the latest Class 4A LHSAA power rankings, Lakeshore fell to Albany 6-0 in a nondistrict matchup. Albany’s Payge Pevey was the story of the game, throwing… Continue reading →

Holy Cross rallies to edge Chalmette 4-3

The Holy Cross Tigers picked up a big road win over the Chalmette Owls on Monday night, but it wasn’t easy. Holy Cross had to dig out of a 2-0 first-inning hole, but rallied for a 4-3 nondistrict victory. The Tigers improved to 15-8 while Chalmette fell to 17-6. “For a long time,… Continue reading →

In the spotlight ... Chace Edwards

Boys Spotlight Chace Edwards, Brother Martin Edwards, a senior, won the 3,200 meters at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Track and Field championship in a time of 9 minutes, 45.16 seconds. It was Edwards’ best time this season. He finished fourth at the LHSAA Class 5A state meet last season, but the four runner who… Continue reading →

Girls spotlight ... Samantha Zelden

St. Scholastica's Samantha Zelden finished first in the javelin at the AAU Junior Olympics in Des Moines, Iowa. She won with a throw of 148 feet, 7 inches.

Zelden, a junior, was named Most Outstanding Track Performer at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Track and Field Classic after winning the javelin. She won with a throw of 145-feet, 3-inches and was 10 inches shy of the meet record of 146-1, set in 2014 by Ruston’s Kristen Clark. “Overall, I’m pretty… Continue reading →

Behind Micky Toscano’s pitching and hitting, Holy Cross edges Karr in wild one

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Karr third baseman Tyler Reid can't make the tag as Holy Cross's Wesley Robinson steals third in the bottom of the first inning as they play at Holy Cross in New Orleans, La. Saturday, March 28, 2015.

Holy Cross’ Micky Toscano was smack in the middle of a baseball conundrum after the Tigers’ 14-13 nondistrict victory over Karr on Saturday. Should Toscano, the pitcher, thank Toscano, the hitter, or vice-versa? Toscano pitched three innings of shutout relief and then hit the game-winning home run to lead off the sixth inning. During an… Continue reading →

Shaw rebounds to blank struggling St. Aug

In their respective district openers, both Shaw and St. Augustine stumbled. On Saturday afternoon, the Eagles (11-6, 1-1) rebounded in a big way in blasting the Purple Knights 13-0. In its District 9-5A opener, Shaw was edged 4-3 by Holy Cross, while St. Aug fell to Jesuit 16-0. “Anytime you beat a district opponent… Continue reading →

Northshore tops St. Paul’s in battle of District 6-5A unbeatens

In a battle between the two remaining unbeaten teams in District 6-5A, a three-run third inning propelled Northshore to a 8-2 win over St. Paul’s on Saturday afternoon at Heap Field. Scoreless after two innings, Northshore (12-8, 4-0) pushed across three runs on three hits in the top of the third. Eli Dubuisson drew… Continue reading →

Sparq Combine draws some of area’s best

New Orleans hosted the Nike Sparq Combine on Saturday for the third consecutive year, and there was no shortage of star power. More than 400 young football players at Victory Field and showcased their talent. The event was headlined by top recruits Kentwood’s Shyheim Carter and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Edwin Alexander. Local top-tier recruits included four-star… Continue reading →

Prep report

Baseball Riverside 10, Ascension Catholic 2, Ascension Cath. 100 100 0 — 2 5 1 Riverside 111 016 x — 10 10 2 Leaders: ASCENSION CATHOLIC: G. Hales (1-2, R), R. Ponville (1-3), F. Mire (1-3, R, RBI); RIVERSIDE: T. St. Pierre (3-3, 3 Rs, 3… Continue reading →

Rummel edges Jesuit 6-5 in extra innings

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  Jesuit outfielder Stephen Sepcich beats the pickoff move as Rummel first baseman Collin Ward receives the ball during action at John Ryan Stadium in New Orleans, Friday, March 27, 2015.

Luke LaCoste’s perfect bunt scored the winning run from third base in the top of the 10th inning and Rummel defeated Jesuit 6-5 on Friday at John Ryan Stadium. The victory was Rummel’s seventh straight and gave the Raiders (12-9) a 2-0 record in District 9-5A play. After Jesuit had taken a 5-4 lead in the… Continue reading →

Brendan Taravella saves day again as Holy Cross tops Brother Martin

High school baseball teams don’t often give the burden of closing games to one pitcher on a game-to-game basis, but most teams don’t have a closer like Brendan Taravella. The right-handed side-winder pitched two innings to compile his sophomore school-record seventh save and helped guide Holy Cross (13-8, 2-0 in 9-5A) to a 5-3 victory over Brother… Continue reading →

Allstate Sugar Bowl Track and Field Classic results

Finals Girls Team scores: 1. McGill-Toolen, 18. 2. Hoover, 16. 3. Madison Central, 10. St. Aloysius, 8. 4. Mandeville, 8. 4. Lafayette, 8. 4. Dominican, 8. 8. North DeSoto, 6. 9. John Ehret, 4. 10. Lusher, 2. Whitehaven, 2. 12. Cabrini, 1. St. Paul’s Episcopal, 1. 12. Ocean Springs, 1. Running events 4x800: 1. Hoover, 9:25.68. 2. Mandeville, 9:29.44.… Continue reading →

Behind Austin Perrin’s complete game, Hahnville upsets rival Destrehan

In rivalry games like Destrehan-Hahnville, there is a cliché that is often used: “You can throw the records out the window.” That proved to be the case Friday afternoon in the District 7-5A baseball battle between the St. Charles Parish schools at Destrehan. Destrehan entered the game 15-4, on a six-game winning streak, and ranked seventh… Continue reading →

Carlo Graffeo and Blake LoCicero combine on no-hitter as St. Paul’s blanks Mandeville

Carlo Graffeo and Blake LoCicero combined to throw a no-hitter and led the St. Paul’s baseball team to a 3-0 victory in a District 6-5A game on Friday evening at Mandeville’s Walter B. Sirera Field. Graffeo labored a bit through the first two innings, throwing 48 total pitches. He struck out five batters in that stretch, but… Continue reading →

Prep report for Friday, March 27

Baseball John Curtis 10, St. Charles 4 St. Charles 400 000 0 — 4  9 1 John Curtis 322 003 x —10 10 1 W — A. Haensel. L — A. Weber. Leaders: ST. CHARLES: L. Nash (2-3, run), J. Loupe (2-4, RBI), B. Newman (1-4, RBI, run); JOHN CURTIS: M. Washington (2-4, 3 RBIs, run), A. Huff (2-4, 2 RBIs, 2 runs), M. Matherne… Continue reading →

Rummel wins sixth straight

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Brother Martin's Joel Bergeron gets the ball to late too tag out Rummel's Kyle Costanza on Wednesday.

When you’re as hot as Rummel, nothing can seemingly slow you down. Not a three-year hex against Brother Martin. And not an early three-run deficit. Chris Boudreaux entered in the second inning and shut Brother Martin down, then the Raiders rallied for four runs in the fourth for a 7-3 victory at Kirsch-Rooney… Continue reading →

Christian Clayton, Grant Schulz catalysts for Holy Cross in win over Shaw

Holy Cross pitcher Christian Clayton won’t win any hospitality awards for the way he treated his good friend and Shaw starting pitcher Jace Nini on Wednesday. But Clayton (4-1) did win the opening District 9-5A game for both teams, 4-3, thanks to a little help from his friends. Clayton’s booming triple in the first inning accounted… Continue reading →

Jesuit blanks St. Aug

Jesuit came into its Catholic League opener against St. Augustine as a favorite by some to win District 9-5A this season, and it did little to disprove those theories in District 9-5A opener. The Blue Jays (16-4) rode a hot offensive performance to a 16-0 win over the Purple Knights at RBI Field on Wednesday night. The… Continue reading →

Longtime Covington coach Allie Smith dies

Allie Smith, a coaching presence in St. Tammany Parish for nearly half a century and a member of Louisiana High School Sports Hall of Fame, died Wednesday of heart-related issues, according to friends. He was 73. Smith was the defensive coordinator for the Covington football team for several decades, and was the head coach at the… Continue reading →

Albany knocks off No. 1 seed Cabrini

One high-seeded team in Baton Rouge failed to advance and a major upset in the lone New Orleans match highlighted the final day of regional play in the two cities at All-Star Lanes sites in Kenner and Baton Rouge. The field is set for the BR-NOLA biregional Tuesday at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge. On the open… Continue reading →

Prep report for Wednesday, March 25

Baseball John Curtis 18, St. Charles 15 John Curtis 832 140 0 — 18 18 3 St. Charles 210 432 3 — 15 14 3 W — Jacob Bordelon (4-0). L — Nick Scioneaux (3-2). Leaders: JOHN CURTIS: Daniel Cabrera (3-4, 3 RBIs), Jacob Bordelon (3-5, 4 RBIs), Nick Wilson (3-5, 3 RBIs); ST. CHARLES: Justin Loupe (4-5, 5 RBIs), Justin Ory (3-3, 3 RBIs), Austin Weber (3-5, 2… Continue reading →