Soccer season is well underway, and teams are getting ready for the Christmas break. I got a chance to talk with the St. Amant Gators boys coach, Adrian Garcia, about this years’ team. Garcia made his way here via Houma in an effort to move his family to the Ascension Parish area and took a job as assistant coach for the soccer team at St. Amant.

Due to the head coach leaving, Garcia got the opportunity to take the reins and has made good use of his time so far.

“We have a very young team but a very talented team. My thoughts at the beginning of the season were, if we can harness all this ability in the right direction, we could compete for district and even state.”

Last year’s freshman phenom Briggs Bourgeois is leading the team this year as a sophomore. Oh, by the way, in his spare time, Bourgeois is an outstanding kicker on the football team and plays baseball.

There’s another freshman, Hector Rodriguez, who will help the team for three more years, and junior Trey Cutrer plays the role of leader.

“I am very pleased about the way the squad has gelled together; we’re playing at a highly competitive rate,” Garcia said. “I’m looking forward to the finish line of this season.”

Soccer schedules

Ascension Christian boys (1-7-1, 0-0) will travel to face the Lutcher Bulldogs in a match that starts at 6 p.m. Friday.

The Dutchtown Griffins boys team (5-3, 2-0) will host Catholic High at 6 p.m. Friday, and the Lady Griffins (5-3-1, 1-1) will travel to Woodlawn to face the Lady Panthers in a match that starts at 6 p.m. Friday.

The East Ascension boys (1-4, 0-3) will play once more in 2014 at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Destrehan. The Lady Spartans (7-1-1, 2-0) will play twice before the break as they travel to St. Joseph’s Academy for a 6 p.m. game on Friday and host St. Amant at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The St. Amant boys (6-2-1, 2-1) will travel to Central Lafourche in Raceland for a match that begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and host St. Michael’s on Monday. The Lady Gators (3-3, 0-1) will host the Lady Panthers of Woodlawn at 6 p.m. Friday.

Hunters give back

The Christmas season is well underway. This time of year is about giving back and showing goodwill toward others.

The hunters from Ascension parish have an opportunity to give to the less fortunate in a unique way. Deer hunting is in full swing, and hunters can heed the call to give by donating part and sometimes all of their harvest to families in need this holiday season.

In 1994, a group of local hunters gathered to discuss sharing the game and fish they harvested each year with the needy in the Greater Baton Rouge area. The hunters contacted the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and the donations that first year were given to its dining hall.

The response from hunters was so great that the dining room’s storage was soon pushed to the limits, and help was enlisted from the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

For families struggling with food access, protein can be the most expensive and hard-to-come-by food source. That’s where hunters come in.

This holiday season, Hunters for the Hungry is calling on the hunting community once again to help bring vital nutrients to those who need it most during the harsh, colder months of the year.

Hunters interested in donating part or all of their harvest after a day in the field can bring their field-dressed deer to any processor in the Hunters for the Hungry network. To view the network of processors, visit hunters4hungry louisiana.org.

Donated deer are processed at no cost to the hunter, and all donations are tax-deductible. Hunters can keep the more desirable cuts of meat, such as the tenderloin and back strap, and then donate the rest of the deer to be ground and used in recipes like spaghetti, casseroles and sausage.

The donated protein is routed to area food banks and local charities that directly serve those in need.

Around the holidays, food is never merely a matter of nutrition. Food is about family and belonging. The mission of Hunters for the Hungry is not only to help feed the hungry, but also to welcome those less fortunate into the extended family of the hunting community during the holidays.

To learn more about its work, visit the website or call (225) 765-2860.

Crabbing in Delacroix

I got an opportunity to slip away last Friday and made a quick trip to Delacroix for a little fishing on the side of the road. No boat this time. I caught almost two dozen crabs that made for a great boil, five really nice bass as an added bonus along with watching a bald eagle for an hour or so.

There’s no place quite like Louisiana for escapades in the outdoors. Get out and enjoy some.

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