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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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Sugar Bowl All-Tournament Teams (Girls and boys)


Here are the all-tournament teams for theAllstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic.


In the boys bracket, Riverside beat Karr 60-57 in the title game.

Jared Butler, MVP

Malik Crowfield, Riverside

Herb McGee, Riverside

Mitchell Robinson, Chalmette

Kalob Ledoux, Lafayette

Wayde Sims, U-High

Lamar Peters, Landry-Walker

Javonte Smart, Scotlandville

Tyree Thompson, Karr

Vincent Phillips, Karr



Mount Carmel beat Easton 46-37 in the title game.

Mount Carmel, Kristen Nuss (MVP)

Kristen Nuss, Mount Carmel (MVP)

Megan Donaldson, Mount Carmel

Paige Frankiewicz

Kechelle Figueroa, Easton

Keiara Williams, Easton

Cara Ursin, Destrehan

Kelsey Pinera, Cabrini

Rakell Spencer, Cabrini

Kierra Brimzy, Natchitoches Central

Eladriana Payton, Natchitiches Central



Jewel Sumner defeated Covington 54-40 in the title game and improved to 20-0.

Bre’Ashlee Jones, Sumner (MVP)

Gabby Sperber, Dominican

Mai Trench, West St. John

Indya Tutt, Chapelle

Kourtney Weber, Ursuline

Brooklyn Mitchell, Ursuline

Sydney Houlemard, Covington

Chastity Garrett, Covington

Diamond Brooks, Sumner

Kiara Williams, Sumner

Sugar Bowl Tourney (Wednesday results, Thursday schedule)

Click the scores to read game stories from the four games played on Wednesday in the Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic.

Below that is the schedule for Thursday, which includes the beginning of play in the girls bracket.

(Click score to read game story)

Karr 68, Chalmette 43

Lafayette Christian 74, St. Thomas More 61

U-High 69, Country Day 44

Landry-Walker 60, Westbury Texas 57

Riverside 64, West Jefferson 47




Winner’s bracket

Scotlandville vs. Richwood, 3

Tift County (Ga.) vs. Karr, 4

Riverside vs. Lafayette Christian, 7:30

Salmen vs. Richwood-Scotlandville winner, 8:30

U-High vs. Landry-Walker, 9

Consolation bracket

West Jefferson vs. St. Thomas More, 4:30

Country Day vs. Westbury Texas, 5:30

Chalmette vs. Scotlandville-Richwood loser, 8:30



St. Michael vs. Easton, 4:30

Fair Park vs. St. Thomas, 5:30

Cabrini vs. Richwood, 5:30

Karr vs. U-High, 6

Mount Carmel vs. Ouachita, 7

Curtis vs. Natchitoches Central, 7

Destrehan vs. Salmen, 7

Madison Prep vs. Pineville, 8:30




Ursuline vs. Terrebonne, 4

Slidell vs. Helen Cox, 4

Hannan vs. Chapelle, 5:30

Dominican vs. Hahnville, 5:30

Riverside vs. Sacred Heart, 7

Woodlawn vs. West St. John, 7

Covington vs. De La Salle, 8:30

Belle Chasse vs. Sumner, 8:30


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