The All-District basketball teams were chosen last week and Ascension Parish was well represented.

Making the boys District 5-5A first team were a trio of East Ascension High players: junior guard Le’Aaron, sophomore point guard Jimel London and junior guard Koye Ruffin. Joining them on the squad were freshman guard K.J. Franklin and junior forward Kameron Kelson, both from St. Amant.

In District 6-3A, selected on the first team was Braxton Bernard, Donaldsonville. Named to the District 6-1A second team was senior guard and all-time leading Ascension Catholic High School scorer Kaleb Winchester.

Chosen for the girls squad in District 5-5A on the first team were senior Ne’Kyla Williams from St. Amant, freshman Alynzia Morris from East Ascension, senior Kelsi Baker from Dutchtown, senior Vanessa Thomas from St. Amant and junior Kyra Harleaux from Dutchtown.

In District 6-3A, selected on the second team were junior Janira Collier from Donaldsonville and teammate junior Mya Chatman. In District 6-1A, sophomore Jamilyn Robinson from Ascension Christian was a first-team selection. Making the second team was senior Rae’Shaun Melancon from Ascension Catholic. Robinson, of the Ascension Christian Lions, was also selected as the Coaches Most Valuable Player.

Gators notch win over Denham

More than once this season, the St. Amant Gators have been leading in a game only to see victory slip through their fingers and end up losing. Last week, things turned around for the Gators when the team scored seven runs in the top of the seventh inning to post a comeback win over the Yellow Jackets 11-7. This road victory against a quality team like Denham Springs (12-6) should help the Gators as district play begins.

The Gators were aided by three costly Yellow Jacket errors in the seventh, but they managed to get hits when the DSHS bullpen came into play. Third baseman Ivan Prejean led off in the top of the seventh with a double. He then took third base on a passed ball and scored on error. Prejean came up again and reached on an error that brought the final run in to score.

Second baseman Hayden Mallory came through with an RBI double in the top of the seventh and his defense came through as he turned a double play in the bottom of the inning to help close out the win for St. Amant.

Mallory finished the night 2-for-4 as did two of his teammates. Right fielder Zane Zeppuhar and Reed Babin had hot sticks as well, going 2-4 with Babin delivering two RBIs. Reliever Griffin Edwards threw one inning and got the win while Zeppuhar came in from right field and picked up the save.

The Yellow Jackets took the lead for the first time with two runs in the fourth and took advantage of two St. Amant errors while adding two more in the fifth and took a 7-4 lead. Second baseman Braden Doughty finished up with two hits and scored three runs for the Yellow Jackets while teammate Cam DeBate delivered two hits and two RBIs.

Babin singled with one out after Prejean started the offensive outburst that saw 11 Gator batters make it to the plate. In the bottom of the seventh, Mallory fielded a grounder, tagged out the runner going to second and threw to first to complete a double play. Zeppuhar then got a strikeout to end the game.

Dutchtown boys win relays

The Dutchtown boys tracks team won the Saints Relays at West Feliciana High School while the Griffin girls placed third. The boys team from St. Amant finished third and the Gator girls took fourth place.

Team scores for the Boys: 1. Dutchtown, 130. 2. West Feliciana, 101. 3. St. Amant, 73. 4. Glen Oaks, 60. 5. Southern Lab, 57. 6. Baton Rouge High, 43. 7. Northeast, 31. 8. Amite, 29. 9. Jewel Sumner, 23. 10. East Feliciana, 11.

Donaldsonville boys finish 2nd

The Donaldsonville Tiger boys team posted a second-place finish at the Red and Gold Relays in Brusly last week.

Ronald Whitingont won the 100-meter and 300 hurdles and the long jump. Davon Wright won the shot put.

The Donaldsonville girls were sixth.

The perfect storm (for fishing)

The rain we’ve had the past couple of weeks caused lots of water problems for area residents but it was the “perfect storm” as far as catfishing is concerned. Catfish are preparing for the spawn and that means ravenous feeding to fatten up for the rigors of the yearly cycle.

The high water and current created by the rain multiplied the timing to eat at least 10 times. So if you’ve had the opportunity to fish for the whiskered creatures lately, your chance of success should have been pretty good. I caught well over 100 catfish in the past week on rod and reel using the tight line method.

So if you have the hankering to fish competitively for catfish, The Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail will hit the waters of Atchafalaya River Basin at Morgan City on April 9. This is the opportunity for local catfish anglers to compete for cash prizes and a chance to advance to the Cabela’s King Kat North and South Championship. This year’s North Championship will be held Sept. 23-24 on the Ohio River at Henderson, Kentucky.

The South Championship will be held Sept. 29 and Oct. 1 on the Cumberland River (Old Hickory Lake) at Gallatin, Tennessee. More information can be found at It is advised to register online beforehand.

Late registration will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 8, the day before competition, at Holiday Inn, 520 Roderick St., Morgan City. Captains meeting and seminar will follow at 7 p.m. Anglers must be a member of the King Kat Association to fish this event. A one-year membership is $25. There is a $200 entry fee and $20 to get in the big fish pot. To preregister, go online to or call (502) 384-5924. Legal waters for the event will be: Anglers may fish anywhere accessible by boat from the weigh-in site.

The tournament weigh-in will be held at Jesse Fontenot Memorial Boat Landing, 700 River Road, Berwick.

In conjunction with the tournament, the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail will hold the Cabela’s King Kat Kids event on April 9 at Lake End Park, 2300 La. 70, Morgan City. The event is free and open to all youth 12 and younger.

Bring your favorite rod, reel and bait and show your true fishing ability. All children must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Prizes for winners will be given in two age groups, 7 and younger, and 8-12. The event is free to all children 12 and under with all participants eligible for a chance to win one of six $1,000 scholarships to be awarded in October.

Lyle Johnson covers sports for The Ascension Advocate. He can be contacted at or