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Louisiana High School Coaches Association All-Star games baseball rosters

East 2 Dillon Abbess, Dutchtown, P; 3 Brennan Breaud, Destrehan, SS; 4 Connor Cominita, Destrehan, OF; 5 Justin Duhon, St. Amant, OF; 6 Joseph Gennaro, Mandeville, P; 7 Lenni Kunert, Live Oak, 3B; 8 James Schopp, Central, OF; 9 Travis Swaggerty, Denham Springs, OF; 10 Willie Ward, Neville, 2B; 11 Donovan Thibodeaux, Maurepas, OF; 12 Austin Weber, St.… Continue reading →

Sulphur’s Kale Breaux receives Gatorade state baseball honor

CHICAGO — Gatorade announced Thursday that Sulphur High’s Kale Breaux is its Louisiana Baseball Player of the Year. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Breaux is now a finalist for Gatorade’s national baseball Player of the Year. The 6-foot, 180-pound… Continue reading →

Positive vibes at LHSAA task force meeting; some discussion about reuniting split football playoffs

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine

No one was ready to belt out a verse of the 1970s hit song, “Reunited and It Feels So Good.” The first meeting of the LHSAA task force charged with finding solutions to the organization’s select/nonselect school issues left many thinking it may be possible for member schools to reunite more than two years after a vote to… Continue reading →

Florien baseball, softball take bulk of Class B major honors

Florien swept the Class B state titles in baseball and softball and nearby took home all the top honors on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class B All-State teams. The Blackcats landed a combined eight players on the teams selected by a panel of sportswriters from across the state. Junior left-hander Abbey McMillian won her third… Continue reading →

Hackberry, Elizabeth players dominate Class C All-State teams

Hackberry won the Class C state softball title for the fourth straight year. And for the first time since 2001, Elizabeth reigned supreme on the baseball diamond. Those two reigns now have led to two others. Hackberry and Elizabeth highlight the Class C All-State baseball and softball teams selected by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. Rolling to a… Continue reading →

New faces emerge as John Curtis begins transition year in football

Advocate photo by J.T. BLATTY-- John Curtis quarterback Collin Guggenheim runs the offense in an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday at Jefferson Playground.

2015 will be a year of transition in many ways for the John Curtis football team. Along with the school’s move up to Class 5A and into the Catholic League, the Patriots are in the process of replacing their starting quarterback (Myles Washington), one of their starting running backs (Dontae Jones) and three of their leaders… Continue reading →

Rummel’s defense asserts itself in intrasquad scrimmage

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  -- Rummel defensive back Shaheed Reece returns an interception as receiver Jamar Chase pursues during the Raiders spring intrasquad scrimmage Friday in Metairie.

Rummel utilized a dominant defense last year, which allowed 11.8 points per game during the regular season, to march through the Catholic League with an undefeated record before being upset in the playoffs by eventual state champion Jesuit. The team may have lost a few key cogs from last year’s team because of graduation, but nothing about… Continue reading →

Glenn Rivero takes over as Northshore baseball coach

Glenn Rivero is coming home. The pitching coach on the Northshore High School baseball team that captured the Class 5A state championship in 2009, Rivero was named the school’s head coach Friday. Rivero replaces Rick Mauldin, who retired after the Panthers lost in the first round of the state playoffs this year. Rivero previously had was… Continue reading →

New Fontainebleau football coach Chris Blocker likes scrimmage effort

Fontainebleau football coach Chris Blocker is quite familiar with the program, having served for several years as the Bulldogs defensive coordinator, and before that, as a position coach. But Thursday evening at the Dawg Pound at the Mandeville-based school, Blocker got his first taste of action as the Fontainebleau head coach. His team played an intrasquad spring… Continue reading →

Former Salmen assistant Rick Spring named Hahnville boys basketball coach

Rick Spring may have been born in Illinois, but he’s spent the past 32 years in eastern St. Tammany Parish. That’s about to change as Spring recently was selected to be the boys basketball coach at Hahnville. The move became official Wednesday evening after new hires were made public by the St. Charles Parish… Continue reading →

Tim Rogers named Northlake Christian baseball coach

Tim Rogers, Northlake Christian baseball coach

Northlake Christian Athletic Director Anthony Agresta used the word before he could be asked the question. Stability was what he was looking for in a new baseball coach, and that is what he got. Tim Rogers was officially named baseball coach at Northlake Christian on Thursday afternoon. Rogers replaces Chad Catalano. He… Continue reading →

2015 New Orleans Advocate Athletes of the Year and Star of Stars

Warren Easton's Deshawn Capers-Smith

BOYS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR Von Julien, Riverside Academy Julien was the floor general for his basketball team, averaging 11.5 points and 9.3 assists in helping lead the team to a third straight 2A title. The Tulane signee won a state title on the team as an eighth-grader. In football, he caught 37 passes for 821 yards (22.2 yards… Continue reading →

Riverside’s Von Julien and Salmen’s Kalani Brown named New Orleans Advocate’s Athletes of the Year

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH-- The Star of Stars Von Julien played football, basketball and ran track for Riverside Academy in Reserve, La. Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Von received a full ride to Tulane University on a basketball scholarship.

Kalani Brown and Von Julien could have chosen to just concentrate on basketball throughout their stellar careers at Salmen High School and Riverside Academy. Their accolades and accomplishments on the hardwood would have been enough to probably satisfy them both. Collectively, they won six basketball state championships (two for Brown and four for Julien).… Continue reading →

Lot of uncertainty surrounding Warren Easton football as it holds spring scrimmage

Pick a word. Rebuilding. Reloading. Revamping. Replenishing. Overhauling. Given the context, each term applies to Warren Easton, the Eagles (12-4) mere months removed from their first state championship appearance since 1958 — a 28-27 Class 4A heartbreaking to Neville. Why? Graduation. Departures include Deshawn Capers-Smith (Texas A&M), Tyron Johnson (LSU),… Continue reading →

Brother Martin impressive in spring game against Slidell

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Slidell's defensive line, left, works agains Brother Martin's offensive line as they scrimmage in Pan American Stadium in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

After a 10-3 season and the school’s first state semifinals berth since 1989 last season, Brother Martin football coach Mark Bonis has one word swirling around his program now more than ever in his first six years leading the Crusaders. Expectations. With many of their playmakers coming back from a team that started last year… Continue reading →

Karr looks strong against West Jefferson in scrimmage

West Jefferson remains a team “under construction.” “We need to improve on everything,” said Buccaneers coach Cyril Crutchfield following a spring game scrimmage against Edna Karr on Tuesday at Hoss Memtsas Stadium. “We’ve come a long way, but we still have a very long way to go. Defensively, we have to learn how to get… Continue reading →

Andrew Knock takes over as athletic director at Lakeshore

Andrew Knock is the new athletic director at Lakeshore High School, Principal Jeanne Wagner confirmed Tuesday. Knock, who was the team’s boys soccer coach, takes over for the departing Glenn Rivero. “I’ve been coaching at Lakeshore for a while,” Knock said. “When we found out coach Rivero would no longer be here, I spoke with Dr.… Continue reading →

Walker: 2014-15 was special year in New Orleans preps

When the John Curtis baseball team dog-piled near the pitcher’s mound at McMurry Park in Sulphur on Saturday night, there was plenty to celebrate. It ended a 13-year title baseball drought for John Curtis. It also ended a four-year baseball drought for the New Orleans area, which hadn’t won a baseball title since Jesuit’s 5A title… Continue reading →

Barbe reigns again in Class 5A baseball

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye-- Pitcher Brant McNease MVP for the class 5A state championship game play in Sulfur May 16, 2015.

SULPHUR — It was another banner year for Barbe High school after all. After placing fourth in District 3-5A, the fifth-seeded Bucs completed their run to a second straight Class 5A state title with a 6-1 victory over No. 2 Catholic High on Saturday night at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Baseball tournament. Title-game MVP Brant… Continue reading →

Even with new coach, Karr’s high expectations haven’t changed

Despite the departures of coach Nathaniel Jones and a bevy of NCAA Division I talent, the lofty expectations for perennial Class 4A powerhouse Edna Karr haven’t changed. At Karr, it’s district championship, a deep playoff run or bust. Newly appointed coach Brice Brown, an alum who accepted the offensive linemen coaching position in 2007 with the… Continue reading →

With two backfield stars gone, Newman looks to new identity

Newman football coach Nelson Stewart said he isn’t concerned with looking for replacements to fill the giant shoes of departed running back Kendall Bussey and wide receiver/quarterback Jay Tyler. He knows he won’t find any. Instead, Stewart is more concerned with finding ways to mold his team so they can still be productive without two… Continue reading →

Ehret linebacker Michael Divinity narrows colleges

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Ehret linebacker Michael Divinity (35) watches St. Augustine at Hoss Memtsas Stadium in Harvey, La. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.

One of the nation’s top linebackers is starting to trim down a list that was steadily growing. John Ehret linebacker Michael Divinity, ranked the fifth-best linebacker in the country by ESPN, announced on Twitter the 15 schools that he is most seriously considering. The schools Divinity listed were: LSU, Texas A&M, Florida, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi State,… Continue reading →