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20 Louisiana players (9 from New Orleans area) make ESPN Top 300

Twenty players from Louisiana, including nine from the Greater New Orleans area, were listed in ESPN’s Top 300 football rankings for the Class of 2015.

John Curtis offensive lineman Willie Allen is the highest ranked Louisiana player, coming in at No. 5.

Here is the list of the Louisiana players who made the list.

Nine of the 20 players have already made verbal commitments to colleges (listed in parentheses).

5 Willie Allen, John Curtis, OT, 6-7, 300

8. Rashard Lawrence, Neville, DT, 6-3, 305

19. Edwin Alexander, St. Thomas Aquinas, DT, 6-3, 320 (LSU)

31. Kristian Fulton, Rummel, CB, 6-0. 172

33. Shyheim Carter, Kentwood, CB, 5-11, 177 (Alabama)

38. Shea Patterson, Calvary Baptist, QB, 6-2, 200(Ole Miss)

45. Michael Divinity, John Ehret, LB, 6-2, 213

65. Stephen Sullivan, Donaldsonville, WR, 6-5, 230 (LSU)

92. Devin White, North Webster, ATH, 6-1, 260

99. Isaiah Graham, Bastrop, WR, 6-1, 179

132. Briston Guidry, Rummel, DT, 6-2, 285 (Arkansas)

144. Donavaughn Campbell, Ponchatoula, OG, 6-4, 347 (LSU)

202. Jamal Pettigrew, St. Augustine, TE, 6-6, 229 (LSU)

205. Clyde Chriss, Warren Easton, WR, 6-0, 170

211. Stephon Taylor, McDonogh 35, DT, 6-5, 280

230. C.J. Morgan-Walker, Parkway, CB, 5-11, 187 (Mississippi State)

245. Cameron Lewis, Wossman, S, 6-1, 192 (LSU)

247. Mykel Jones, Patterson, WR, 6-0, 180

276. Andre Anthony, Karr, DE, 6-3, 214

292. Glen Logan, Destrehan, DT, 6-4, 285

Click here to see the complete ESPN rankings.

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33 Scholar Athletes Honored by Allstate Sugar Bowl


The Allstate Sugar Bowl National Football Foundation held its annual Scholar Athlete Luncheon on Tuesday at the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

Thirty-three local football players were honored for their success on the football field AND in the classroom.

Of the 33 honored, fiver were awarded $10,000 scholarships based on essays they wrote.

Here is a column on those winners.

Life Lessons Haven’t Deterred Sugar Bowl Scholars

And here is a list of the 33 honorees,


*Matt Adams, Fisher

William Arata, Pope John Paul II

Hunter Bastion, Fontainebleau

*Miguel Black, Northlake Christian

Pierce Bonck, Rummel

Michael Brands, St. Paul’s

Walker Bright, Country Day

*Isaiah Carter, Covington

Bradley Clawson, St. Paul’s

Greg Cook, Helen Cox

Will Dean, St. Martin’s

Drew Drouilhet, Newman

Jonathan Giardina, Jesuit

*Montana Giordano, Holy Cross

Daniel Hollander, Hannan

Zachary Kael, Brother Martin

Brennan Kent, Fontainbleau

*William Kenyon, St. Paul’s

Rovert Livaudais, Country Day

Robert Lobrano, Jesuit

Rory Luke, Brother Martin

Michael McMahon, Jesuit

Chase Mundle, Fontainbleau

Michael Niedermair, Mandeville

Ian John Readeau, Pope John Paul II

Ethan Robarts, St. Martin’s

Elijah Rogers, East Jefferson

Jacob Southerland, Bonnabel

Jay Tyler, Newman

Roderic Teamer, Brother Martin

Zachary Vicknair, Pearl River

Bradley Watts, Crescent City

Archie Whelan, Rummel

* Won the $10,000 scholarships

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Catholic League baseball makeup dates

Baseball coaches throughout the city are busy reshuffling their schedules and trying to find dates for make-up games due to the recent rain in the area.

Catholic League schools will be using Saturday and Sunday to make up recently postponed games.

Here is the schedule for Saturday and Sunday.


Holy Cross vs. Shaw, at John Ryan Stadium 2 p.m.

Rummel vs. Brother Martin, at RBI Stadium,  7:30 p.m.


Brother Martin vs. Shaw,  RBI Stadium, 1 p.m.

Holy Cross vs. St. Augustine, RBI Stadium , 4 p.m.

Jesuit vs. Rummel, John Ryan Stadium, 1 p.m.


Two of the Catholic games scheduled for Friday (Brother Martin vs. St. Augustine and Shaw vs. Rummel) will be played next week at a date and time to be determined.

Friday’s Holy Cross vs. Jesuit will be played at its originally scheduled time.


Please email other schedule changes to me at

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Sugar Bowl Track and Field Classic winners (boys)

Here are the boys’ winners from the Allstate Sugar Bowl Track and Field Classic that concluded on Saturday at Tad Gormely Stadium.

Sugar Bowl Track and Field Classic Winners (Boys)

100 meters – Edward Davis, Karr (10.59)

200 meters – Deunte Perdue, Blount, Ala. (21.87)

400 meters – Joshua Hall, Hoover, Ala. (48.71)

800 meters – Carlton Orange, Memphis University School (1:50.94)*

1600 meters- Jacob Daigle, Assumption (4:22.27)

3200 meters – Chace Edwards, Brother Martin. (9:45.16)

110 hurdles – Brandon Singleton, Hahnville (14.10)

300 hurdles – Christian Boyd, North DeSoto (37.90)*

Long jump – Kevin Smith, Edna Karr, (22-4.25)

Javelin – Thomas Peters, Brother Martin (185-0)

Shot put – Davin Savwoir, John Curtis, (53-5.5)

Discus – E.J. Pomykol, Mandeville (152-3)

High jump- Danvayon Pickett, Landry-Walker (6-2)

Pole vault – Sean Collins, McGill-Toolen, Ala. (17-2.25) *

Triple jump – Ryan Theyard, Lusher, 45-0.5

4 x 100 relay – McDonogh 35 (Ivan Brooks, Anferne Burthlong, Trayon Sanders, Jared Miles, 42.51


4 x 200 relay – Hoover, Ala. (1:28.21)


4 x 400 relay – Memphis University School (3:16.72)


4 x 800 relay – Memphis University School (7:45.21)

Track MVP- Carlton Orange, MemphisUniversitySchool

Field MVP- Sean Collins, McGill-Toolen

Team results (Top 10 only)


1) Hoover (Ala.) 73

2) Memphis (Tenn.) Univ. School 66

3) McGill-Toolen (Mobile, Ala 44

4) Blount (Eight Mile, Ala.) 26

4) North DeSoto 26

4) Brother Martin 26

7) Hattiesburg (Miss.) 24

8) Edna Karr 21

8) Lusher Charter 21

10) Chalmette 20

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Sugar Bowl Classic winners (Girls)

Here are the girls’ winners from the Allstate Sugar Bowl Track and Field Classic that concluded on Saturday at Tad Gormely Stadium.

Sugar Bowl Track and Field Classic Winners (Girls)

100 meters – Maia McCoy, Whitehaven, Tenn. (11.82)

200 meters – Maia McCoy, Whitehaven, Tenn. (24.14)

400 meters – Camiya Knight, Hoover, Ala. (58.43)

800 meters – Chelsey Jones, Mandeville (2:15.49)

1600 meters- Ally Barnett, Hoover (5:12.00)

3200 meters – Grace Jensen, McGill-Toolen, Ala. (11.25.63)

100 hurdles – Caitlyn Little, Hoover, Ala. (14.21)

300 hurdles – Brittley Humphrey, Hoover, Ala. (44.29)

Long jump – Rikkianne Patterson, Karr (17-8.5)

Javelin – Samantha Zelden, St. Scholastica (145-3)

Shot put – Morgan Walton, Whitehaven, Tenn. (38-8)

Discus – Stephanie Self, Lafayette (108-4)

High jump- Asia Poe, Madison Central (Miss.) (5-6);

Triple jump – Emily Burrowes, St. Paul’s Episcopal, Ala. ( 37-1.5)

Pole vault – Margaret Ollinger, McGill-Toolen, Ala. ( 12-0)

4 x 100 relay – Hoover, Ala. (48.26)


4 x 200 relay – Hoover, Ala. (1:41.23)


4 x 400 relay – Whitehaven, Tenn. (4:00.11)


4 x 800 relay – Hoover, Ala. (9:25.68)


Track MVP- Maia McCoy, Whitehaven, Tenn.

Field MVP- Samantha Zelden, St. Scholastica

Team Results (Top 10)

1) Hoover (Ala.) 106

2) Whitehaven , Tenn 69

3) McGill-Toolen (Mobile, Ala 59

4) Lafayette 51

5) Mandeville 31

6) Edna Karr 25

7) Dominican 21

8) Southwind (Memphis, Tenn. 20

9) St. Paul’s Episcopal 19

10) UMS-Wright 18

10) St. Scholastica 18


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18 former LHSAA players in NCAA Women’s Tournament

The 64 teams were announced tonight for the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.

Here is a list of the 18 former LHSAA players, listed alphabetically, who are in the field of 64.


Shlonte Allen, Arcadia, Texas A&M, 5-8, Jr., G

Ka’Neshia Cobbins, Dutchtown, Arkansas-Little Rock, 5-10, Sr., G

Jenna Deemer, Ursuline Academy, LSU, 5-7, Fr. G

Paige Hall, St. Thomas More, Tulane, 6-2, Fr., F

Di’Mond Jackson, U-High, Arkansas-Little Rock,

Brandi Jeffery, St. James, Nebraska, 5-7, Sr., G

Keisha Lee, Denham Springs, Northwestern State, 5-5, Jr. , G

Kolby Morgan, John Curtis, Tulane, 5-8, Fr., G

Kaitlyn Pratt, McDonogh 35, Ark-Little Rock, 6-1, So., F

Robin Richardson, Ponchatoula, Northwestern State, 5-9, So., G

Chelsea Rogers, Ruston, Northwestern State, 5-9, Sr., G

Morgan Rogers, Loyola Prep, Tulane, 6-3, So., C

Tina Roy, Kaplan, South Carolina, 5-11, Jr., G

Tori Scott, John Ehret, Texas A&M, 5-10, Sr., G

Tavarsha Scott-Williams, Ringgold, Texas A&M, 6-0, Sr., F

Samie Thomas, Pickering, Northwestern State, 5-5, Fr., G

Khadijah West, Huntington, Arkansas, 6-2, So., F

Tia Youngblood, DeRidder, Northwestern State, 5-10, Fr., F

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Former LHSAA players in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

The field of 68 was announced today for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Here is a list of former LHSAA players listed on rosters of teams that made the tournament.


Name, College, Ht, Class, Position, High School

Frank Bartley, BYU,6-3, Sophomore, G, Christian Life

Brian Bridgewater, LSU, 6-5, Sophomore, F, Scotlandville

Dwayne Benjamin, Oregon, 6-7, Junior, F, Northside

Brandon Eddlestone, LSU, 6-8, Sophomore, F, Northshore

Aaron Epps, LSU, 6-9, Freshman, F, Tioga

Javan Felix, Texas, 5-11, Junior, G, St. Augustine

Rico Gathers, Baylor, 6-8, Freshman, F, Riverside

Josh Gray, LSU, 6-1, Junior, G, Washington-Marion (sophomore year)

Tyree Griffin, Oklahoma State, 5-10, Freshman, G, Landry-Walker

Jarell Martin, LSU, 6-10, Sophomore, F, Madison Prep

Michael Qualls, Arkansas, 6-6, Junior, G, Huntington

Antonio Robinson, LSU, 6-1, Junior, G, Parkway

Henry Shortess, LSU, 5-9, Sophomore, G, University High


*Carlton Speight, LSU, 6-4, Freshman, G (New Orleans native)

*Kelly Oubre, Kansas, (New Orleans native)

Boys All Tournament Team (Top 28)

Here is the All-Tournament team from the Top 28 Tournament that concluded on Saturday night. The team was chosen by media members.


Jordan Andrews, Riverside

Tay Hardy, Lakeview

Von Julien, Riverside

Skylar Mays, University High

Herb McGee, Riverside

Kai Morgan, John Curtis

Javier Roper, New Living Word

Brandon Sampson, Madison Prep

Wayde Sims, University High

Ja’Vonte Smart, Scotlandville

Keytaon Thompson, Landry-Walker

P.J. Brown reflects on the late Anthony Mason

P.J. Brown


Former NBA player P.J. Brown watched his daughter Kalani Brown become the leading scorer in Salmen history on Saturday in the Class 4A quarterfinals.

But earlier in the day, Brown got the news that former NBA player Anthony Mason had passed away. Earlier this month, Mason suffered a heart attack and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Mason was 48.

For those who remember, Mason and Brown had plenty of tough battles in the paint during the New York Knicks – Miami Heat rivalry.

“We said some ugly words towards each other and threw a lot of elbows,” Brown recalled with a smile. “When we played each other, we knew it was going to be hard. Nothing was going to be easy. They let us play back in those days. They are soft now, with a lot of touch fouls. Back then, they let us bang. They don’t let you do that any more.”

But despite those tough battles, they had the utmost respect for each other.

“He was the ultimate warrior,” said Brown. “He was just a great competitor. I loved to compete against him. He always gave 100 percent. He was a big man with a huge heart. I was shocked when I heard the news. I’m still shocked.”

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Double the pleasure (16 local girls/boys make basketball playoffs)

Sixteen schools from the New Orleans area had both girls and boys basketball teams to make the LHSAA basketball playoffs.

Which school has the top basketball program?

Based on LHSAA power rankings, that would be Salmen.

The Salmen boys are the No. 1 seed in and the girls were a 2 seed, giving them an average rating of 1.5, the best among all schools in the state.

Here is a ranking, based on the LHSAA power rankings, of the 16 schools from New Orleans area.


School Girls Boys Average
1. Salmen 2 1 1.5
2. Karr 3 3 3
3. Helen Cox 10 2 6
3. Riverside 11 1 6
5. John Curtis 12 3 7.5
6. West St. John 3 15 9
7. Warren Easton 1 21 11
8. Country Day 24 4 14
8. Landry-Walker 22 6 14
10. Mandeville 17 15 16.5
11. Hannan 25 9 17
12. Destrehan 4 31 17.5
13. Bonnabel 25 13 19
14. East St. John 29 10 19.5
15. Haynes 22 30 26
16. St. James 31 21 26