5-5A baseball district title goes down to the wire

Three teams are very much still in the race for the 5-5A district baseball title. The Dutchtown Griffins and the St. Amant Gators are the two Ascension Parish teams still in the hunt while the Catholic High School Bears sit in the driver’s seat and are in control of their own destiny.

Catholic High is 23-7 on the season and 7-1 in district play. Dutchtown is 20-12 while holding a 6-2 district record, while the Gators are 15-12 overall and hold the same 6-2 district mark.

Dutchtown split their two games against the Bears last week, losing 8-6 in the first game and coming out on top 8-4 in the April 13 game. The Griffins and Gators face each other in the final two games which gives Catholic another advantage. The Bears face McKinley who are 7-19 overall and 2-6 in district.

All three teams will have played their first game this week by press time. Dutchtown will host St. Amant on Thursday at Griffin Field with the first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m.

Dutchtown boys, girls take first place in St. Amant Open Track Meet

Girls’ scores: Dutchtown takes first place with 11 points. St. Amant was close behind with 109 points for second place. Ascension Catholic High finished seventh with 25 points, while Donaldsonville High finished in eighth place with 16 and East Ascension finished ninth with 3 points.

Boys’ scores: Dutchtown made it a double with 101 points for first place. St. Amant finished in sixth place with 51 points, Donaldsonville took seventh place with 39 points, East Ascension eighth with 35 points and Ascension Catholic ninth with 16 points.

Girls Track

100 meter: 3. Quinntyrce Bell, Donaldsonville, 12.86.

200 meter: 3. Laiya Palmer, St. Amant, 27.08.

400 meter: 3. Phoebe Poche, Dutchtown, 1:02.80.

800 meter: 1. Tara Stuntz, Dutchtown, 2:27.46. 2. Stephanie Breaux, Ascension Catholic, 2:34.64. 3. Haley Dupre, Ascension Catholic, 2:38.57.

1,600 meter: 1. Sophie Daigle, Ascension Catholic, 5:26.68.

3,200 meter: 3. Madison Norcross, Dutchtown, 13:36.34.

100-meter hurdles: 1. Nyah Williams, Dutchtown, 16.05. 3. Regan West, St. Amant, 17.52.

300-meter hurdles: 2. Regan West, St. Amant, 49.37. 3. Hannah Laplace, St. Amant, 50.17.

4x100 relay: 2. St. Amant, 50.09.

4x200 relay: 3. St. Amant, 1:47.05.

4x400 relay: 3. Dutchtown, 4:17.48.

Girls Field Events

Pole Vault: 1. Carol Wells, Dutchtown, 9-00. 2. Jillian Parks, St. Amant, 8-00.

Long Jump: 1. Leah Scott, Dutchtown, 18-00.50. 2. Paige Garcia, St. Amant, 16-02.00.

Triple Jump: 1. Leah Scott, Dutchtown, 36-04.00. 2. McKenzie Brooks, St. Amant, 33-06.50.

Shot Put: 2. Victoria Irondi, Dutchtown, 35-03.50. 3. Mia Gaines, Dutchtown, 34-10.00.

Discus: 2. Mia Gaines, Dutchtown, 114-07. 3. Victoria Irondi, Dutchtown, 99-06.

Javelin: 1. Morgan Tidwell, St. Amant, 105-06. 2. Carley Fontenot, St. Amant, 95-08.

Boys Track

100 meter: 1. Christian Bell, Donaldsonville, 11.05. 3. Tajhe Jones, St. Amant, 11.20.

200 meter: 2. Christian Bell, Donaldsonville, 22.79. 3. Tajhe Jones, St. Amant, 22.80.

400 meter: 3. Fabien Jenkins, St. Amant, 52.30.

800 meter: 1. Parker McBride, Dutchtown, 1:55.02. 2. Zach Hatfield, Dutchtown, 2:02.77. 3. Thomas Daigle, Ascension Catholic, 2:07.84.

1,600 meter: 1. Alec Snell, Dutchtown, 4:43.72. 2. Kaleb Chanet, East Ascension, 4:44.50.

3,200 meter: 2. Thomas Daigle, Ascension Catholic, 10:32.99. 3. Keleb Chanet, East Ascension, 10:47.95.

110-meter hurdles: 1. Noah Gray, Dutchtown, 15.35.

300-meter hurdles: 1. VanShon Grayson, Dutchtown, 43.42.

4x100 relay: 2. Donaldsonville, 42.48. 3. Dutchtown, 42.78.

4x200 relay: 3. St. Amant, 1:30.67.

4x400 relay: 2. Dutchtown, 3:26.30.

Boys Field Events

High Jump: 3. Jerome Turner, St. Amant, 6-00.

Long Jump: 3. Carlon Cayette, East Ascension, 20-01.25.

Triple Jump: 3. J Kelvin Reddix, Dutchtown, 40-08.

Shot Put: 1. Davon Wright, Donaldsonville, 54-07. 3. Kyle Sarrazin, Dutchtown, 48-10.50.

Discus: 2. Jordan Zuppardo, Dutchtown, 141-11.

Two Spartans named honorable mention in Class 5A All-State basketball teams

Senior point guard Alynzia Morris, who helped lead the East Ascension Girls basketball team to a 26-2 season record and a 10-0 finish in district play, was named honorable mention in Class 5A All-State selections.

Senior point guard LeAaron Cain, who helped lead the Spartans to a 29-7 overall record and 11-0 district record, was named honorable mention as well.

Cade Fortenberry named to 2017 Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team

The Bassmaster tournament trail was founded in 1967 by Ray Scott, and the first Bassmaster Classic was held in 1971 on Lake Mead, Nevada. It became a force in bass fishing back then and still is today. Bassmaster launched a college division and eventually a high school division.

Three years ago, Bassmaster began to recognize 12 standout high school anglers that are selected as members of the exclusive Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods. This class is made up of exceptional young fishermen who not only are first-class bass anglers but also excel in academics, conservation initiatives and community service.

“We are proud to welcome an exceptional group of anglers to our 2017 class of High School All-Americans,” said Bruce Akin, B.A.S.S. CEO. “Each year, we see competitive applications from across the country, and every angler is so impressive.”

In 2017 Bassmaster received more than 380 applications from students in grades 10-12 that were sent in from 40 states across the nation. Of these, 69 were chosen as Bassmaster All-State anglers. That list included Cade Fortenberry.

After reviewing the young anglers’ tournament résumés along with community service activities and recommendations from coaches and school officials, a panel of judges further narrowed the field to the top 12 high school anglers in the country. 

Fortenberry was named to that team, as well. Fortenberry is a senior at St. Amant High School and will be competing in his third Bassmaster High School National Championship in June. In 2016, Fortenberry earned two wins in high school state tournament qualifiers — one where he bested 131 teams on the Red River.

Fortenberry is a member of the Ascension Anglers bass team that has earned his way to the top in competition fishing among the best anglers in the nation. In addition to that accomplishment, Fortenberry has taken part in multiple cleanup days, volunteered with the Angling Against Autism team bass tournament and helped provide relief aid for victims of the Louisiana floods.

During local child care facility field trips, Fortenberry served as a fishing guide. “He baited their poles, took their catches off the hooks and enjoyed sharing his knowledge of the sport,” according to his father, Gilbert.

The team has been invited to participate in a special Bassmaster High School All-American Bass Tournament being held in conjunction with the 2017 Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department event, a fan-favorite festival that will be held May 17-21 on Sam Rayburn Reservoir out of Lufkin, Texas. Each All-American angler will be paired with an Elite Series pro for the one-day derby to be held at a nearby fishery.

LDWF to host 13th annual Step Outside Day on May 13 at Sherburne Wildlife Management Area

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will host the 13th annual Step Outside Day on May 13 at Sherburne Wildlife Management Area. The WMA is located in Lottie on the northern end of the Atchafalaya Basin. This popular event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This outdoor education program, hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, will take place next to scenic Big Alabama Bayou near Sherburne WMA headquarters, and best of all, the event is free and open to the public.

Some of the events planned for Step Outside Day include pontoon boat rides, canoeing, target and trap shooting, fishing and archery. Children can take part in bluebird box building and turkey and duck calling. All equipment will be provided.

Exhibits on the Louisiana black bear, other wildlife and fish species and water safety will be available. Refreshments and lunch will be provided as well as drawings for door prizes. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted.

The Sherburne WMA headquarters is located at 1132 Sherburne Road in Lottie.

For more information, contact Tony Vidrine at (337) 948-0255 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov or Cody Haynes at (337) 948-0255 or jhaynes@wlf.la.gov.

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