Wrestling

On Sunday, the Louisiana Classic wrestling tournament was held at Baton Rouge Community College. Brother Martin took top honors, scoring 340.2 points. Three local teams competed: the St. Amant Gators scored 57.15 points, the Dutchtown Griffins scored 43 points and the East Ascension Spartans scored 37.5.

The only wrestler to make it to the finals was Kaleb Faul, of Dutchtown. Faul competes in the 162-pound class but lost his match to Koby Mancuso, of Brusly High, 3-2.

In the consolation matches in the 128-pound class, Jacob Bernard won his match against Tyler Ramirez, of Madill, 6-0 (decision) and St. Amant’s Joshua Averett, competing in the 140-pound class, won 12-8 in a decision against Antonio Lococo, of Airline.

Basketball

The Ascension Catholic Bulldogs handed the Ascension Christian Lions a 67-37 loss in a Friday game in Gonzales. The Bulldogs’ scoring was led by Caleb Winchester with 27 points, and the Lions were led by Ian Carter with 15 points.

St. James handed the Dutchtown Griffins a loss Friday, 59-53. Leading the way in scoring was Cameron Burke with 16 points that included a trio of 3-pointers.

In another Friday game, the St. Amant Gators defeated Christian Life at the Gold Dome, 74-37. Courtney Julien led the Gator scorers with 25 points. The Gators hit eight 3-pointers with Nicholas Fehn hitting three of them.

The East Ascension Spartans girls lost Friday to St. Joseph’s Academy, 65-40. The Spartans were led by J. Nicholas with 13 points.

The Lady Gators fought a hard battle but fell short to the Dutchtown Griffins 47-45 during a Jan. 15 game at Dutchtown High.

The game remembered former manager Claire Carline, who died in a December car crash.

Tyler Smith led the Griffins’ effort with 14 points, while Kara Gremillion scored a game-high 21 points for the Gators.

Soccer

The soccer season is winding down with only district games left on the schedules.

The Dutchtown Griffins boys will travel to Catholic High to take the Bears on in a district contest at 1 p.m. Saturday, then travel Wednesday to Woodlawn to take on the Panthers at 6 p.m.

The East Ascension Spartans boys will host Baton Rouge High in a district contest at 6 p.m. Wednesday then travel Jan. 31 for another district contest with Woodlawn. That game starts at 1 p.m.

The St. Amant Gators boys will host Baton Rouge High in a district match at 1 p.m. Saturday. St. Amant will travel to McKinley to play the Panthers in a district match at 6 p.m. Jan. 28.

Fly fishing classes set

I grew up fly fishing with both of my grandfathers and still do it a little these days. There’s nothing quite like a bream blowing up on a popping bug to get your adrenaline flowing.

Fly fishing has made a resurgence in the past 10 years and has become quite popular. Once known for catching pan fish, the sport has made its way to the salt water and even in the blue water in the Gulf of Mexico. The sport of catching a half-pound bream now includes catching marlin that weigh hundreds of pounds.

That means fly baits have changed a lot over the years, as well. We have a group of folks right here in Ascension Parish, led by Darrel Crawford, who have taken to the art of fly-tying and meet in the late winter and early spring to display and teach the art of tying a fly to fish with.

These classes take place at the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales on Feb. 14, March 14, April 11 and May 9 from 9 am to noon. One could learn how to tie basic flies to catch bream and bass and saltwater flies. Even if you might not be interested in learning to tie a fly, just watching these experts creating their art is worth a visit.

Fishing memories

We got to take a short trip to Florida to visit my family for grandson Canaan Watts’ birthday. He wanted Paw Paw to take him fishing, so I had to grant his wish.

There is a golf course right behind their house and we all know what’s on golf courses, right: ponds. So, off we went to spend a couple of hours doing what we love.

Canaan caught one bass and I caught two, but the memory I’ll keep for a long time is what he said and did. He gave me a big hug and said, “Thank you, Paw Paw, for taking me fishing. I love you.”

That’s way better than the 6-pound bass I caught.

Lyle Johnson covers sports for The Ascension Advocate. He can be contacted at reelman@eatel.net or ascension@theadvocate.com.