Although Southern Lab handed Ascension Catholic a 64-47 loss Friday night in Baton Rouge, that didn’t stop a Bulldog celebration. With 2:45 left in the second quarter, Kaleb Winchester hit a floater in the lane, making him Ascension Catholic High School’s leading scorer. He eclipsed Lane Frey’s 2,054 points scored in his career that spanned from 1996 to 1999.
The game was stopped and the ball was given to Winchester.
“I’m really still surprised about it,” Winchester said. “I knew there was a chance but I didn’t know I could do it. It meant a lot to me. Plenty of people supported me throughout the year and they were here tonight. I thank them a lot.”
As the team struggles in the win column for the season, Winchester’s record has added value.
“I think it meant a lot to the whole team. We are extremely thrilled to be a part of something that was special and I am very proud of him,” coach Kylon Green said.
Winchester went on to score a game-high 22 points in Friday’s District 6-1A game that has him at 2,062 career points. Winchester is a four-year starter for the Bulldogs and has earned all-district honors three times.
In the junior varsity game, Southern Lab won 43-18.
In other boys basketball action:
DONALDSONVILLE HIGH: University High defeated the Donaldsonville Tigers 101-68 in a district contest. The Tigers just couldn’t keep up with the speed and hot shooting of the Cubs. Braxton Bernard led the scoring for the Tigers with 24. Jacoby Simon, Aaron Julien and Jermaine Collier each scored 8 and Ronald Wittington added 7.
University also won the junior varsity game 64-58.
EAST ASCENSION: The Spartans scored 72 points and put on a defensive show as they handed the Dutchtown Griffins (9-19, 0-8) a stinging 72-34 loss in Gonzales on Friday night. The Griffins could only muster 3 points against the Spartans (26-5, 7-1) in the first quarter and that sort of set the stage for the rest of the game. The win keeps East Ascension in second place in District 5-5A and hopes for a district championship still in their sights.
ST. AMANT: The Gators traveled to Bears country on Friday night and chomped their way to a 73-68 overtime win over Catholic High. The game was knotted up 58-58 at the end of regulation, but the Gators outscored Catholic 15-10 in the overtime period to come away with the victory.
Kameron Kelson was the top Gator scorer with 18. Carter Templet had 17, K.J. Franklin added 16 and Terique Daley, 13 points.
In the junior varsity game, Catholic edged out St. Amant 38-33.
Boys soccer playoffs
The St. Amant Gators took their undefeated home record at The Pit this season into the Feb. 10 second-round matchup with Catholic High in the Division I boys soccer playoffs. Bears coach Josh McReynolds was rightfully concerned to be playing at The Pit.
But McReynolds could have left those concerns at home as the Bears ended St. Amant’s season with a 2-1 victory over the Gators (16-3-1) at their home field. With the game tied at 1-1 in the 76th minute, Catholic freshman Cole Cazenave, the Bears’ leading scorer this season, drilled a shot from 30 yards out to carry the 12th-seeded Bears to an upset win over No. 5 seed St. Amant.
Catholic High drew first blood as team captain Matthew Morales struck a highlight reel shot in the 24th minute. While sprinting down the field, Morales pulled up and took an opposite foot shot from over 30 yards out into the far upper corner to give the Bears a 1-0 lead.
The Gators came back and tied the game in the 38th minute as Hector Rodriguez took a rebound from a corner kick by Seth Benoit and put it in the goal. St. Amant actually outshot Catholic 13-10 and had several more opportunities than the Bears but couldn’t capitalize and gave the Bears the upset win.
St. Paul’s, the No. 1 seed in 5-5A, handily shut out the No. 16 seed Dutchtown Griffins 7-0 in Covington to end the Griffins’ playoff run in round 2.
Girls soccer playoffs
The East Ascension girls made two big plays in the second round of the LHSAA girls Division I soccer playoffs at Spartan Stadium. The first one came on offense in the first half by Blaire Laiche as she drilled a kick from 20 yards outside the left post in the 16th minute for the only goal the Lady Spartans would need.
The second one came on defense in the last half as Dominican was trailing 1-0 in need of making a play. In the 57th minute, St. Mary’s (10-13-5) came as close as you could without making that play. They caught Spartan goalkeeper Maggie Britton out of position as they worked the ball across to Alex Sequeira for a wide-open shot. Defender Elizabeth Austin motored back to kick the ball away just before it crossed the line at the near post. Dominican managed another shot on the rebound, but it sailed over the goal.
The result was a hard-fought 1-0 win for EAHS and the Spartans advanced to the quarterfinals to play Mount Carmel, which won 1-0 over Northshore in overtime.
The EA defense played well as defender Carolyn LeCoq and goalkeeper Maggie Britton were at the top of their game. It was a physical contest as the referees let them play. The second half was especially rough — Dominican’s Katie Sidora left the game with an injury during a collision in the 24th minute, and the Spartans’ Valeria Gonzalez was out for several minutes in the second half.
The Lady Gators traveled to Mandeville to face the Fontainebleau Bulldogs at the “Dawg Pit” on Feb. 10. Their soccer season ended there with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Fontainebleau in a dominating effort on both sides of the field in the second round of the Division I girls state soccer playoffs.
The Bulldogs (19-2-2) stormed the St. Amant goal with six shots in the first 15 minutes of the match as junior Maddi Cerise broke through for Fontainebleau in the 17th minute. After launching a shot on goal that drew out goalkeeper Mary Taylor Gautreau, Cerise knocked it into the back of the net to make it 1-0 Bulldogs. The Bulldogs outshot St. Amant 9-2 while controlling the ball for most of the first 40 minutes.
Junior Bailey Tadlock made the score 2-0 for the Bulldogs in the 54th minute. Tadlock took a deep pass and scorched a left-footed shot from 30 yards that found the back of the net.
The Lady Gators weren’t at 100 percent for the night as the team had some key players out due to injuries. They couldn’t really get things going in the game against a Fontainebleau team that seemed to be the best team of the night.
Boat parade a big success
St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital is the beneficiary which in turn benefits the kids that need cancer treatments. The Krewe of Diversion Boat Parade has provided money collected along the parade route to send it to the hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
This year’s parade featured 30 boats decorated in Mardi Gras fashion that motored down the Diversion Canal and up the Amite River throwing beads and extending long-handled nets to collect the money from generous donors.
The parade brought in more than $50,000 to help kids and their families through tough times. Event organizers David and Vivian Stevens would like to extend their thanks to all the boats and paradegoers alike for their generosity.