On Friday night, The Pit in St. Amant was the scene of the third meeting this season between the Denham Springs Yellow Jackets and the Lady Gators in the Division I first-round playoff match. Their first meeting was a scoreless tie, then the Yellow Jackets stormed The Pit and came away with a 2-1 win in the second meeting.
The third time must have been the charm as the Lady Gators dominated Denham Springs behind the foot of freshman forward Adelaide Gaffney’s four goals and lit the scoreboard up with a 6-0 win.
Ninth-seeded St. Amant (11-3-5) hit pay dirt early in the match as Gaffney scored her first of four goals. The scoreboard stayed dormant as the two teams played scoreless for the next 36 minutes. That all changed when Gaffney punched in a ball that teammate freshman Mya Guillory played to the front of the goal to take a 2-0 lead and the Lady Gators never looked back after that.
After the Yellow Jackets (7-13-2) gave up the early goal, their defense stiffened and the offense came to life. Anndee Barr, Erica Wilson and Payton Trepagner had scoring opportunities on balls in the box, but St. Amant goalkeeper Mary Taylor Gautreaux beat them to the ball each time.
The Gators’ offense really went to work in the second-half, led by Gaffney, who hit two more goals, and was joined by Guillory and her two goals to cap off the 6-0 win. The victory earned the ninth-seeded Gators a date with Fontainebleau, the No. 8 seed, in the second round of the playoffs.
Both goalies had a pretty busy night as St. Amant’s Mary Taylor Gautreaux finished the match with nine saves. Yellow Jackets goalkeeper Aubree Coates made 10 saves for the night. Gaffney had opportunities to add to her four goals but had three more clean shots saved by Coates.
St. Amant’s two freshman stars are really lighting it up this season — Gaffney now has 28 goals for the season and Guillory’s two goals brought her total to 18 for the season. The Lady Gators have a lot to look forward to in the next three years in these two players.
Eighteenth-seeded Comeaux ended the 15th-seeded Dutchtown Griffins’ playoff run with a 1-0 victory. The sixth-seeded Lady Spartans had a bye in the first round of the playoffs and will face St. Mary’s Dominican in second-round action.
The play of Griffins midfielder Hays Greer was the deciding factor in the 3-0 win Dutchtown had over 17th seeded Barbe in the first round of the LHSAA Division I boys soccer playoffs.
You might think that his feet would be where Greer would have excelled in a game that is dominated by footwork, but you would be wrong. His hands-on, long throw-ins were the difference maker in this match. Greer’s first assist came on a throw-in that culminated in what eventually was the game-winner.
Greer had a few close tries early on from the sidelines, but it was in the 15th minute that he connected with Landon Gauthreaux on the back post for a volley into the net. Of the 14 shots on goal that the 16th-seeded Griffins took, six of them came from the hands of Greer.
Greer did get an opportunity later on in the match as he tipped one off of Barbe goalkeeper Kaleb Miller from 30 yards out on a free kick in the 49th minute. He also leads the team in goals scored as this was his 19th goal of the season.
Actually, the only score of the day that Greer wasn’t involved in came in the 32nd minute as sophomore forward Sethan Ward raced the ball up the left sideline before cutting it in toward the goal and firing a shot at the near post from virtually point-blank range.
Dutchtown set the tone early in the game, one that would turn out to be pretty physical. As the game went on, the play became more and more testy. The Griffins committed 12 fouls and the Buccaneers didn’t spare the physicality with 11 fouls of their own. The referees were busy as well, drawing yellow cards five different times and giving out a few verbal warnings as well.
The physical aspect of the game gave Barbe’s offense a difficult time.
The Griffins came away with a well-deserved win but the victory pits them against the No. 1 seed, St. Paul’s, the two-time defending state champion, in the second round of the LHSAA Division I boys’ soccer playoffs.
The No. 14 seed Brother Martin handed the No. 19-seeded East Ascension Spartans a 2-0 defeat to end their playoff run. No. 5 seed St. Amant Gators had a bye in the first round and will face the Catholic High Bears (No. 12) in round two.
Bass tournament a success
One hundred and four teams of anglers registered and fished in the sixth annual Fishing for Tucker Bass Tournament on Saturday headquartered out of Cabela’s. Fishing could have been tough for these seasoned anglers as a cold front moved through two days before the big day, but their experience shone through as plenty of big bass were brought to the scales.
Tyler Teague and Teal Smith made it a repeat performance as they captured the title for the second consecutive year. The young teamed worked the waters in the Lake Verret area with plastic baits to bring an 18.47-pound stringer that earned them a check for $2,000 (that is an average of nearly 3.7 pounds per fish).
Most of the teams fished the Verret area as the Atchafalaya Basin was still too high and muddy. The rest headed south to the Bayou Black and marsh area. Pitching and flipping soft plastics was the preferred method, with spinner baits the second choice.
Deon Landry and Victor Guidry used the same tactics in the same area to catch five bass for 16.48 pounds and a $1,500 check. Wayne Major and Shannon Fairchild brought 16.22 pounds to the scales for third place. Shane Edwards and David Dabade brought in five bass for 16.02 pounds and a fourth-place finish. Rounding out the top five were the team of Jamie Laiche and Paul Carmouche with five bass for 15.59 pounds.
Finishing in the top spot for big bass was the team of Neal Normand and Bubba Rossi with a hawg that tipped the scales for 6.10 pounds and earned them a check for $500. Catching the second-place bass was the third-place finishers, Wayne Major and Shannon Fairchild, with a bass that registered 6.02 pounds on the scale and a $250 check.
The fishing was great but this event centers on a young man named Tucker Townsend. The proceeds go to meet his astronomical medical bills, and the anglers along with folks that bought jambalaya and made donations raked in a whopping $13,714.
His folks, Christopher and Leigh Townsend, would like to thank all the anglers, sponsors and all the folks that made donations for their outpouring of support to their family.
ASCENSION CATHOLIC VS. ST. JOHN: The Ascension Catholic Bulldogs beat St. John 83-49. St. John kept within striking distance until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs blew it open with a 32-point burst behind the shooting of Kaleb Winchester and Kebori Hunter. Winchester is still on track to become the all-time leading scorer for the Bulldogs.
D ONALDSONVILLE VS. WEST FELICIANA: Donaldsonville won a hard-fought battle with West Feliciana, 64-62. West Feliciana held a two-point lead after the third 45-43, but the Tigers pulled it out by outscoring their opponents 21-15 in the fourth quarter.
E AST ASCENSION VS. CATHOLIC HIGH: East Ascension handed Catholic High a sound defeat by the score of 67-59. The score was close after three quarters, 47-44, but the Spartans pulled away in the fourth quarter with an 18-15 scoring run for the win. The Spartans move to 24-5 overall and 6-1 in district play that puts them in second place in 5-A. In the junior varsity game, the Catholic High Bears won 45-42 over the Spartans.
S T. AMANT VS. MCKINLEY: The McKinley Panthers (19-7, 6-0) handed the St. Amant Gators (17-12, 3-3) their third district loss this season by the score of 83-62. In the junior varsity game, McKinley came out on top 49-37.
DONALDSONVILLE VS. WEST FELICIANA: The Lady Tigers of Donaldsonville took it to West Feliciana 57-48 on Friday night in a district contest. The Tigers moved to 9-3 in 3A District 6 play after the win.
E AST ASCENSION VS. ST. JOSEPH’S: The Lady Spartans defeated St. Joseph’s 54- 50 in a 5A District 5 contest on Friday night in Baton Rouge.