The Ascension Christian Lions, led by player of the match Bodhi Linton, fought to a 2-2 tie with Catholic of Pointe Coupee after losing by a 5-0 score to Central in the ACH Lions Cup soccer tournament.

The Lions will travel to face Houma Christian at 6 p.m. Friday. They will play Archbishop Hannan at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The Dutchtown Griffins scored a 3-0 victory over Mandeville on Nov. 22 and will travel to face the East Ascension Spartans in a district match at 1 p.m. Saturday. They hit the road again on Monday to face Denham Springs in a district match at 6 p.m., then host E.D. White at 5 p.m. Dec. 10.

The Lady Griffins topped Walker in a 6-0 contest on Nov. 29. They will travel to play Pope John Paul II at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Dominican Tournament in Slidell. The Baton Rouge High girls will come to play the Lady Griffins at 5 p.m. Tuesday, and then the Lady Griffins travel to St. Joseph’s Academy for a match at 6 p.m. Dec. 12.

The East Ascension Spartan soccer team, led by Carter Marchand’s five-goal performance, shut out Ponchatoula 7-0. The Spartans will host the Dutchtown Griffins on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. in their district opener and Catholic High at 6 p.m. Dec. 10 in another district contest.

The Lady Spartans will travel to face the McKinley Panthers at 6 p.m. Tuesday and then host St. Michael at 6 p.m. Dec. 12 on their home field in a nondistrict match.

The St. Amant Gators topped Holy Cross in a hard-fought battle by a score of 5-3 to post their third win of the season. Landon Carter scored three of the team’s five goals and took player of the match honors. The Gators will host the Catholic High Bears on Saturday and Zachary High on Monday in a nondistrict contest.

The Lady Gators will travel to take on St. Joseph’s Academy in a district contest that begins at 6 p.m. Thursday. They will then host the Woodlawn Panthers in another district match at 6 p.m. Dec. 12.

Into the outdoors for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving week is one of the greatest times in the outdoors for many reasons. First of all, our nation celebrates a day of thanks to God for all the things we have to be grateful for. Then we get to harvest the bounty provided us unlike any other place on the planet.

The hunting seasons are in full swing, and this year seems to be extra bountiful in comparison with many years past.

This time of year is the best as well for fishing, no matter if you like fresh or saltwater opportunities. It’s so good, in fact, here in south Louisiana that there are many places where you can catch both varieties of fish in the same place.

Leavitt and Ernie Hamilton, of Prairieville, made a trip down to Dularge on a beautiful day for a little fishing. It doesn’t happen all the time, but the pair was able to put things together and finish the day with a trifecta of limits: 50 speckled trout, 20 bass and 10 redfish.

There’s no place like Louisiana for enjoyment of the outdoors. They don’t call us the Sportsman’s Paradise for nothing.

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