Catholic High won the high school wrestling championship for the 12th time in 13 years. The Bears won two individual crowns to rack up 245½ points, ahead of second-place St. Amant at 168. Live Oak edged last year’s champion Brusly for third place and Zachary rounded out the top five with 139 points.

Ascension Parish teams won multiple individual weight class championships, led by East Ascension with three wins.

East Ascension’s Landon Wheat topped No. 1 seed Dominic Dewey, of Catholic, 10-3 to come away with the first victory. Fellow Spartan Jacob Bernard followed suit with an 18-6 decision topping Joshua Matthews, of Catholic. Austin Guedry picked up the Spartans’ third win when he took down Kennan Tate, of Zachary, 3-2 at 197.

The rest of the top results for the parish teams:

140-pound class: Mitchell Vidrine, Catholic High, decision over Joshua Averett, St. Amant, 5-4

147: Brandon Cowell, Dutchtown, decision over Sam Johnson, Zachary, 2-0

154: Matthew Mire, Catholic High, major decision over Sage Nugent, St. Amant, 12-3

172: Luther Jones, Dutchtown, decision over Thomas Stremlau, Baton Rouge High, 9-5.

Third-place results included:

115: Austin Franklin, Brusly, pinned Justin Bowie, St. Amant

122: David Rollins, Episcopal, decision over Brier Babin, St. Amant, 8-2

134: Daniel Gunn, Catholic High, decision over Jesse Braud, St. Amant, 5-0

140: Brice Ortego, Zachary, pinned Tyler Joyeux, East Ascension

147: Clint Brownell, St. Amant, forfeit win over Nijahl Butler, Baton Rouge High

162: Kaleb Faul, Dutchtown, decision over Denver Denison, Catholic High, 9-4

184: Jordan Averett, St. Amant, pinned Connor Ortego, Catholic High

The Coaches voted Brandon Cowell, of Dutchtown, as one of the Outstanding Wrestlers. Cowell took advantage of his one scoring opportunity against an elusive Sam Johnson, of Zachary, with a late reversal for a 2-0 win.

Gators even up district race with comeback victory

The St. Amant Gators boys knotted up the 5-5A district basketball race with a scorching come-from-behind victory Friday at the Gold Dome, 53-50, handing the Catholic High Bears their first district loss.

With the Gators trailing the Bears (18-6, 5-1) 44-34 late in the third quarter, Courtney Julian made string music, hitting a three-pointer that started the Gators’ comeback. Julien led the way in a 10-0 run midway through the fourth quarter and along with Nick Griffin combined to make four straight free throws to lead the St. Amant rally and win. Julien hit two free throws with 14.7 seconds left that accounted for the final score, but St. Amant had to withstand one final attempt from Catholic.

Toliver Freeman, who was the Bears’ leading scorer with 17 points, got a screen at the top of the key from Grant Scerlor but his three-pointer with five seconds to go was off the mark. St. Amant’s Crandell Christoff snatched the rebound and held the ball until the buzzer sounded, sending St. Amant’s bench and home crowd into a frenzy.

Courtney Julien led the Gators with 20, Nick Griffin scored 12 and Christoff scored 11 points.

Gators bowl over opponents to win Coca-Cola Invitational

The St. Amant Gators’ boys bowling team won the Coca-Cola Invitational Tournament on Saturday in Baton Rouge at All Star Lanes. The squads bowled what are called Bakers’ games, wherein five bowlers bowl one frame each then repeat to finish the game. The team’s best five out of seven games score was 1088, and in the final game they bowled a 256 to defeat 17 other teams from around the state.

Tyler Teague, Teal Smith top team in Fishing for Tucker tournament

Tyler Teague and Teal Smith worked the Atchafalaya Basin to catch a limit of five bass weighing 16.86 pounds to win the $2,500 first-place award in the recent fifth annual Fishing for Tucker Team Bass Tournament. The top team also caught a bass weighing 6.09 pounds to take top honors for big bass and a $500 prize.

A mere 4/100ths of a pound separated second-place finishers Charles Major and Wayne Tucker from the winners. Their limit of five bass weighing 16.82 pounds that earned the team $1,100 was anchored by a 6-pound kicker, which was good for second-place big bass and $250.

There were many records set on this beautiful day. A record number of 126 teams participated in the tournament. Sixty-nine of those teams brought a limit of five bass to the scales, and a whopping $22,546 was raised to help offset the costs of Tucker’s mitochondrial disorder. It took 13.77 pounds to crack the top 18 and earn a check and over 15 pounds to get in the top 10.

The rest of the top 10 included:

Third place: Willie Couch and Warren Couch

Fourth: Tom Goins and Tim Templet

Fifth: Steve Gullato and Renee Gullato

Sixth: Terry Vicknair and Jared Martin

Seventh: Dustin Champagne and Keith Guidry Jr.

Eighth: David Cavell and Corey Wheat

Ninth: Kevin Blanchard and Steve Rockweiler

Tenth: Chris Cordell and Byron Keith

Tournament director Ryan Lavigne thanked a long list of donors who helped out with this event and all who donated to the cause.

“We couldn’t do this without all of our great sponsors, volunteers, and fishermen who show up every year,” he said. “Cabela’s has opened up their facility to us every year and is one of the main reasons we are able to do this year in and year out.

“Tucker has come such a long way since the inception of this event and we cannot thank everyone enough for their support and involvement,” he said.

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