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Funeral services set for John Curtis assistant Mike Robertson


Funeral services for John Curtis assistant football coach Mike Robertson have been set.

Visitation will be on Sunday from 4 – 9 p.m. at Riverside Baptist Church in River Ridge.

The funeral service is Monday, also at Riverside Baptist Church, beginning at 10 a.m., with visitation starting at 9 a.m.

The burial will follow at Garden of Memories in Metairie.

Robertson, known as “Coach Rob” to the Curtis family, died Thursday morning after a 3-year battle with cancer. He was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in the spring of 2013.

Here is a link to story on Coach Rob written last fall.


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98 former LHSAA players in NCAA Baseball Tournament

The LHSAA will be well represented in the NCAA Baseball Tournament that begins on Friday at 16 different sites. A total of 98 LHSAA alums, representing 12 different schools, are listed on rosters of teams that made the 64-team field.

Louisiana-Lafayette leads the way with 27 former LHSAA players, followed by Southeastern Louisiana (22), LSU (17), Louisiana Tech (10) and Tulane (8). Seven other schools also have at least one former LHSAA player. Here is the entire list.

As far as high schools, Barbe leads the way with five players in the field.

Brother Martin, Denham Springs, Jesuit, Parkview Baptist, and St. Thomas More have four.


ULL (27)

Will Bacon, Parkview Baptist, ULL, RHP, Sr.

Jack Burk, Jesuit, ULL, RHP, Fr.

Chris Charpentier, Berwick, ULL, RHP, Jr.

Kyle Clement, Catholic-N.I., ULL, OF, Sr.

Donald Comeaux, North Vermillion, ULL, RHP, Fr.

Brenn Conrad, Lafayette, ULL, 2B, Jr.

Trent Cormier, Teurlings Catholic, ULL, RHP, Jr.

Kennon Fontenot, Barbe, ULL, SS, So.

Evan Guillory, Jennings, ULL, RHP, So.

Hogan Harris, St. Thomas More, ULL, LHP, Fr.

Derek Herrington, Minden, ULL, OF, Sr.

Cameron Horton, Benton, ULL, IF. Fr.

Jevin Huval, Teurlings Catholic, ULL, RHP, Jr.

Nick Lee, South Beauregard, ULL, RHP, Fr.

Gunner Leger, Barbe, ULL, 1B/LHP, So.

Wyatt Marks, St. Thomas More, ULL, RHP, So.

Jacob Norman, Carencro, ULL, RHP, Fr.

Dylon Poncho, Kinder, ULL, IF, Fr.

Ryne Ray, Evangel, ULL, C, Fr.

Joe Robbins, Tioga, ULL, SS, Jr.

Steven Sensley, U-High, ULL, 1B/OF, So.

Blake Talbot, Vandebilt Catholic, ULL, C, So.

Nick Thurman, Belle Chasse, ULL, C, Sr.

Stefan Trosclair, Sulphur, ULL, 2B, Sr.

Jake Wharton, U-High, ULL, IF, Fr.

Jam Williams, Union Parish, ULL, OF, So.

Nick Zaunbrecher, Barbe, ULL, RHP, Sr.


Southeastern Louisiana (22)

Dreagen Bethel, Walker, Southeastern Louisiana, P, So.

Brennan Breaud, Destrehan, Southeastern Louisiana, IF, Fr.

Ryan Byers, Ponchatoula, Southeastern Louisiana, OF, Jr.

Kyle Cedotal, Denham Springs, Southeastern Louisiana, OF/P, Sr.

Nico Cuccia, Northshore, Southeastern Louisiana, C, So.

Chris Eades, Northshore, Southeastern Louisiana, C, Sr.

Jameson Fisher, Zachary, Southeastern Louisiana, C, Jr.

Corey Gaconi, Brother Martin, Southeastern Louisiana, P, Fr.

Carlo Graffeo, St. Paul’s, Southeastern Louisiana, P, Fr.

Kade Granier, Destrehan, Southeastern Louisiana, P, So.

Josh Green, Parkview Baptist, Southeastern Louisiana, P, So.

Ray Hutchinson, Holden, Southeastern Louisiana, IF/P, Fr.

Kennon Menard, Teurlings Catholic, Southeastern Louisiana, IF. Jr.

Daniel Midyett, Captain Shreve, Southeastern Louisiana, OF, Sr.

Evan Pace, Zacahry, Southeastern Louisiana, C, Fr.

Gage Pickett, Denham Springs, Southeastern Louisiana, P, Jr.

Scottie Sanders, E.D. White, Southeastern Louisiana, IF, So.

Mac Sceroler, Denham Springs, Southeastern Louisiana, P, So.

Taylor Schwaner, Holy Cross, Southeastern Louisiana, IF, So.

Jacob Seward, Brother Martin, Southeastern Louisiana, OF, Jr.

Bryce Tassin, Walker, Southeastern Louisiana, P, Fr.

Gabe Von Rosenberg, Zachary, Southeastern Louisiana, P, Jr.



LSU (17)

Bryce Adams, Dunham, LSU, IF, Jr.

Cody Ducote, Brother Martin, LSU, OF, Jr.

Brennan Breaux, St. Thomas More, LSU, OF/LHP, Fresh.

Greg Deichmann, Brother Martin, LSU, IF, So.

O’Neal Lochridge, St. Thomas More, LSU, IF, Fresh.

Jared Poche, Lutcher, LSU, LHP, Jr.

Chris Reid, St. Michael, LSU, C/IF, Fresh.

Austin Bain, Dutchtown, LSU, RHP. So.

Antoine Duplantis, Lafayette, LSU, OF, Fresh.

Cole Freeman, Lakeshore, LSU, IF, Jr.

Beau Jordan, Barbe, LSU, OF, So.

Bryce Jordan, Barbe, LSU, C/IF, So.

Jordan Romero, Catholic, LSU, C, Jr.

Alden Cartwright, Runnels, LSU, RHP. Jr.

Jessie Stallings, Grant, LSU, RHP, So.

Trent Forshag, Jesuit, LSU, C, Fresh.

Russell Reynolds, Parkview Baptist, RHP, Jr.



Louisiana Tech (10)

Kelby Blalock, BR Central, La, Tech, LHP, Sr.

Braden Bristo, Ouachita Christian, La. Tech, RHP, Jr.

Cody Daigle, Parkview Baptist, La. Tech, 1B/IF, Jr.

Adam Derouen, Lafayette, La. Tech, RHP, Sr.

Brennan Grant, St. Amant, La. Tech, IF, Fr.

Brandon Horne, Pineville, La. Tech, RHP, Sr.

Taylor Lover, Byrd, La. Tech, OF/INF, Sr.

Casey Sutton, Sterlington, La. Tech, RHP, Jr.

Jonathan Washam, Ouachita Christian, La. Tech, C, Jr.

Jordan Washam, Ouachita Christian, La. Tech, IF, Jr.



Tulane (8)

Matt Braud, Jesuit, UTI, Tulane, Sr.

Richard Carthon, Byrd, Tulane, OF, Sr.

J.P. France, Shaw, Tulane, RHP. So.

Emerson Gibbs, Jesuit, Tulane, RHP, Sr.

Alex Massey, Catholic, Tulane, RHP, Sr.

Ross Massey, Catholic, LHP, Tulane, Fr.

Corey Merrill, Lutcher, Tulane, RHP, Jr.

Hunter Williams, West Monroe, Tulane, IF, Jr.


Southern Miss (5)

Bryant Bowen, Captain Shreve, USM, C, Fr.

Dylan Burdeaux, West Monroe, USM, IF/OF, Jr.

Cord Cockrell, Acadiana, USM, RHP, Sr.

Austin Millet, East Ascension, USM, RHP., Fr.

Clay Tageant, Franklinton, USM, RHP, Sr.


South Alabama (3)

Travis Swaggerty, Denham Springs, South Alabama, OF/LHP, Fr.

Matt Sharp, Byrd, South Alabama, RHP,  Jr.

Harrison Spruiell, Byrd, RHP, Jr.


Ole Miss (2)

Andrew Lowe, Airline, Ole Miss, RHP, Fresh.

Micah McHugh, Zachary, Ole Miss, IF, Fresh.


Arizona (1)

Kaleb Roper, Rummel, Arizona, RHP, Fr.


Houston (1)

Gino Marucci, U-High, Houston, OF, Soph.


Mississippi State (1)  

Kale Breaux, Sulphur, Mississippi State, LHP, Fresh.


Washington (1)

Peyton Lacoste, St. Paul’s, Washington, IF, Fr.

8 local players nominated for Army All-American Game


Nineteen players from Louisiana, including eight local players, have been nominated to play in the U.S. Army All-American football game.

Six of those players come from three schools (two each from Brother Martin, Lutcher and Landry-Walker).

The players make up a list that is comprised of 400 of the nation’s top seniors, nominated by the Bowl Selection Committee to be considered for the 2017 Bowl.  From the nomination list, 100 are selected to participate in the 2017 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, with the final 2017 All-American Bowl roster announced early in the fall.

The game is set for Jan. 7 at the AlamoDome in San Antonio.

The local players nominated for the game are:

WR Al’Dontre Davis, Lutcher

LB Bruce Jordan-Swliing, Brother Martin

ATH Jontre Kirklin, Lutcher

DB Michael Lee, Landry-Walker

QB Lowell Narcoisse, St. James

DB Brad Stewart, 35

DB Tre Swilling, BM

QB Keytaon Thompson, Landry-Walker


The other Louisiana players nominated are:

LB Christopher Allen, Southern Lab

ATH Keldrick Carper, Plain Dealing

DL Dennis Collins, West Monroe

OL Adrian Ealy, U-High

RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Catholic

DB Todd Harris, Plaquemine

WR John Lister, Haugton

ATH Patrick Queen, Livonia

DL Tyler Shelvin, Northside

WR Devonta Smith, Amite


For complete list of nominees from across the country, click here.


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Best of the Best: LHSAA Boys Track and Field


So who had the best times/distances, regardless of classification,, at the LHSAA state track and field championships that concluded on Saturday in Baton Rouge? Well here’s a look at the best of the best this year at the boys’ championships for each event.


Listed by event, name, school, time/distance (classification)

100 meters – Raymond Calais, Cecilia, 10.59 (4A)

200 meters – Raymond Calais, Cecilia, 21.21 (4A)

400 meters – Jandon Briscoe, Jesuit, 47.63 (5A)

800 meters – Austin Brown, Curtis, 1:55.63 (5A)

1600 meters – Eric Coston, St. Paul’s, 4:16.66 (5A)

3200 meters – Eric Coston, St. Paul’s, 9:25.74 (5A)

110 hurdles – Antonio Woodfork, Haughton, 14.05 (5A)

300 hurdles – Kristian Fulton, Rummel, 38.29 (5A)

Long jump – Jace Attuso, Catholic, 24-6.75 (5A)

High jump – Christian Edwards, Washington-Marion, 6-10 (4A)

Triple jump – Christian Miller, Northside, 51-0 (4A)

Shotput – Taylor Fondal, Westgate, 55-5.5 (4A)

Discus – Taylor Fondal, Westgate, 171-10 (4A)

Pole Vault – Armand Duplantis, Lafayette (5A)

Javelin – Garrett Williams, Barbe, 189-7 (5A)


4 x 100 – Haughton, 41.44 (5A)


4 x 200 – Scotlandville, 1:26.16 (5A)


4 x 400 – Catholic, 3:16.62


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Best of the best: LHSAA Girls Track and Field



So who had the best times/distances, regardless of classification,, at the LHSAA state track and field championships that concluded on Saturday in Baton Rouge? Well here’s a look at the best of the best this year at the girls’ championships for each event.


Listed by event, name, school, time/distance (classification)

100 meters – Janie O’Connor, Zachary, 11.69 (5A)

200 meters– Janie O’Connor, Zachary, 23.82 (5A)

400 meters – Janie O’Connor, Zachary, 53.73 (5A)

800 meters – Chelsey Jones, Mandeville, 2:15.21 (5A)

1600 meters – Claire Crosby, Mandeville, 5:03.29 (5A)

3200 meters – Claire Crosby, Mandeville, 11:20.66 (5A)

100 hurdles – Kyah Loyd, Byrd, 14.16 (5A)

300 hurdles – Ebony Hills, John Ehret, 44.58 (5A)

Long jump – Rikianne Patterson, Karr, 18-4.75 (4A)

High jump – Abigail O’Donoghue, Denham Springs, 5-9 (5A)

Triple jump – Teunna Perry, Plain Dealing, 38-4.5 (1A)

Shotput – Loren James, Baton Rouge Magnet, 45-7 (5A)

Discus – Rhea Thompson, St. Louis, 136-5 (3A)

Pole Vault – Reagan LeLeaux (Catholic-N.I.), Parish Kitto (Episcopal), 12-6 (2A)

Javelin – Alexis Rigmaiden, St. Louis, 146-8 (3A)


4 x 100 – Zachary, 47.61 (5A)


4 x 200 – Zachary, 1:38.84 (5A)


4 x 400 – Ruston, 3:52.95


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All-District basketball teams (BOYS)

Here are the all-district boys basketball teams for schools in the Greater New Orleans area.

All-district teams can be emailed to


District 9-4A


Jonathan Green, Ben Franklin, Sr. (MVP)           

Jacob Yager         , Ben Franklin, Sr.

Payton Malloy, Ben Franklin, Sr.

Jack Heyl, Ben Franklin, Sr.

Herbert Bean, Ben Franklin, Sr.

Mandral Ratcliff, Lake Area, Sr.

Nolan Porter        , Lake Area, Sr.

Cyron Sutton, Lake Area, Sr.

Chris Beard, Carver, Sr.

Kristen Journee, Carver, Sr.

Coach of the Year: Scott McGee (Ben Franklin)


District 10-3A

Stephen Kelly, De La Salle, Sr. (MVP)

Troy Nisby, De La Salle, Jr.

David Williams, De La Salle, Jr.

Dashawn Wright, De La Salle , Jr.

C. J. Holmes, Lusher, Jr.

Darius Lee, Lusher, Sr.

Brendon Taylor, Lutcher, Sr.

Jaylon Wingate, Lutcher, Sr.

Keithon Burham, St. James, Fr. Jamison Lumar, St. James, Sr.

Honorable Mention:

Ahmad Taylor, De La Salle, Jr.

Darien Minor, Lusher, Sr.

Tariq Belvin, Lutcher, Jr.

  1. Javers, McMain, xx

Glen Brown, St. James, Sr.


Coach of the Year: Paul Kelly


District 12-2A

Malik Crowfield, Riverside (Co-MVP), Sr.

Michael Corchiani, Country Day (Co‐MVP), Sr.

Jared Butler, Riverside, So.

Romin Williams, Country Day, Jr.

Herb McGee, Riverside, Senior,

Riley Demps, Newman, So.

Kadero Thomas, Sophie B. Wright, Sr.

Cass Lapeyre, Newman, Sr.

Trevon Borne, West St. John, Sr.

Jobe Kelly, St. Charles, Sr.


All-District basketball teams (GIRLS)

Here are the all-district basketball teams we have received so far.

Coaches can email all-district teams to me at


District 8-5A

First team

Jomyra Mathis, Landry-Walker, Jr. (MVP)

Brittany Hall, Helen Cox, Sr.

Tyrionne Martin, Helen Cox, Jr.

Deja Bunch, Chalmette, Sr.

Bre Williams, Landry-Walker, Jr.


Second team

Hailey Marshall, Chalmette, Jr.

Jazmine Augilard, Helen Cox, Jr.

Jazzmyne Laurent, John Ehret, Sr.

Khadijah Robinson, West Jefferson, Sr.

Dajuana Griffin, Landry-Walker, Sr.

Coach of the Year: Jack Washington (Landry-Walker)


District 9-4A

Kourtney Weber, Ursuline, So. (MVP)

Brooklyn Mitchell, Ursuline, So.

Giordin Johnson, Ursuline, So.

Kennedi Jackson, Ursuline, Fr.

Rakell Spencer, Cabrini, Sr.

Kelsey Pinera, Cabrini, Jr.

Rayven Patin, Cabrini, So.

Dia Fortenberry, Ben Franklin, Jr.

Jaynae Bradford, Riverdale, Sr.

Derrone Celuis, Carver, Fr.

Coach of the Year: Andrea Williams (Ursuline)


District 12-2A

First team

Ja’Kaeyra Gautreaux, Riverside, So.

Lela Hill, St. Charles, Sr.

Jaquana Hunter, West St. John, Jr.             .

Maddie Legar, Country Day, Sr.

Dannecia Nora, Riverside, So.

Second team

Kia Batiste, St. Mary, So.

Kaci Charles, Country Day, 8th

Jenna Ibieta, Country Day, Jr.

Caroline Julien, St. Charles, So.

Haili Duncan, St. Mary, So.


MVP Maya Trench, West St. John, Sr.

Coach of the Year: Lester Smith, West St. John


District 10-2A

1st Team

Breyanna Brown Junior 5’10 MVP Pine

Kyren Whittington 8th 5’8 Northlake Christian

Nyxavion Robertson Senior 5’10 Pine

Kennedy Martin Sophomore 5’7 Hannan

Miranda Kramer Junior 5’7 Hannan

Jessica Feraci Sophomore 5’7 Pope John Paul II

Tournament MVP: Mallory Kramer Archbishop Hannan

2nd Team

Kaitlynn Walker Freshman 5’10 Northlake Christian

KeraGrace Watts Freshman 5’6 Northlake Christian

Julia Fecke Junior 5’8 Hannan

Mallory Kramer Freshman 5’8 Hannan

Laken Breedove Senior 5’7 Pine

Honorable Mention

Aimee` Guillott Senior 5’2 Hannan

McCabe Shifflett Sophomore 5’5 Pope John Paul II

Claudia Clavier Junior 5’6 Pope John Paul II

Hannah Watts Senior 5’8 Northlake Christian

Ally Reynolds Junior 5’3 Northlake Christian


Coach of the Year: Karen Davis Archbishop Hannan

Country Day guard Romin Williams makes All-Top 28 tourney team


Country Day junior guard Romin Williams  was the lone player from the New Orleans area to make the All-Tournament team for the Top 28 Tournament.

Williams scored a career-high 36 points in the Cajuns’ semifinal loss to Riverside.

The 36 points was the most scored in this year’s tournament.


Jalen Johnson of U-High and Brandon Rachal of Natchitoches Central were named co-Most Valuable Players of the Tournament after leading their schools to 3A and 5A titles, respectively.


Here is a list of the all-tournament team, selected by the media.



Jalen Johnson (U High)

Brandon Rachal (Natchitoches Central)

Will Reese (Anacoco)

Ja’ Vonte Smart (Scotlandville)

Casey Jones Jr. (Wossman)

Robert Williams, North Caddo

Josh Anderson (Madison Prep)

Travious Fielding (Arcadia)

Romin Williams (Country Day)

Wayde Sims (U High)

18 former LHSAA players in NCAA Tournament

Eighteen former LHSAA players are on rosters of teams that will be playing in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The field for the tournament was announced on Sunday.

Scotlandville leads the way with three players.


Here is the list of former LHSAA players, listed alphabetically, whose teams made the field of 68 teams.


Trelun Banks, Scotlandville, Southern Univeristy, Junior

Dwayne Benjamin, Northside, Oregon, Senior

Kajon Brown, Helen Cox, Tulsa, Freshman

LaQuentin Collins, Wossman, Southern University, Sophomore

Lionel Ellison, Shaw, Fresno State, Junior

Chuck Ester, Dutchtown (transferred to Biloxi High senior year), Chattanooga, Junior

Jacob Evans, St. Michael, Cincinnati, Freshman

Javan Felix, St. Augustine, Texas, Senior

Rico Gathers, Riverside Academy, Baylor, Senior

Josh Hagins, Airline, Arkansas-Little Rock, Senior

Chad Holtz, Ruston (junior year, but moved to Florida), Notre Dame, Freshman

Casey Jones, Higgins, Chattanooga, Senior

Damian Jones, Scotlandville, Vanderbilt, Junior

Rashad Ray, O.P. Walker, Tulsa, Senior

Jared Sam, Scotlandville, Southern University, Sophomore

Patrick Smith, Farmerville, Southern University, Junior

Elijah Stewart, Westchester, Southern Cal, Sophomore

Chris Thomas, Glen Oaks, Southern University, Sophomore


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11 Louisiana players in updated 247 Top 247 list for Class of 2017

Brad Stewart at tThe Opening Atlanta in Atlanta, GA.


Eleven players from Louisiana, including former U-High linebacker Dylan Moses, are among the players listed in the latest rankings by 247Sports of top football prospects in the Class of 2017.


Brad Stewart, a cornerback at McDonogh 35, is the highest rated New Orleans area player at No. 123. Brother Martin running back Bruce Jordan-Swilling (144) and St. James quarterback Lowell Narcisse also made the list.


Here is a list of the Louisiana players.

1. (2)  Dylan Moses, OLB, IMG Academy, 6-2, 220

2. (13) Devonta Smith, WR, Amite, 6-1, 155

3. (35) Tyler Shelvin, DT, Northside, 6-2, 330

4. (76) Chris Allen, OLB Southern Lab, 6-4,222

5. (77) Todd Harris, S, Plaqumine, 6-0, 180

6. (123) Brad Stewart, CB, McDonogh 35, 6-0, 193

7. (145) Bruce Jordan-Swilling, RB, Brother Martin, 6-0, 215

8. (225) Adrian Ealy, OT, U-High, 6-7, 280

9. (227) Bryan Jones, DE, Madison Prep, 6-5, 240

10. (239) Keldrick Carper, ATH, Plain Dealing, 6-2, 175

11. (242) Lowell Narcisse, QB, St. James, 6-3, 200

Complete list

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