The Ascension Catholic High School girls’ powerlifiting team finished the LHSAA’s Division V-Class 1A and below state powerlifting meet Saturday as runners up. The competition was held at Pope John Paul II in Slidell.

The Lady Bulldogs’ expectations were high for this meet, and those expectations came as close to being met as can be without taking the top prize as they scored the exact same 45 points as north Louisiana’s powerhouse Delhi, who took the first-place trophy because of their four first-place winners.

ACHS coach Joe Ryan had nothing but kudos for his girls’ squad.

“I’m proud of these girls. As far as I’m concerned, we took Delhi down even though we didn’t get the big trophy. We far exceeded our expectations.”

Eighth-grader Claire Albarado was ranked fourth going into the meet but she claimed the second-place trophy in the 114-pound division. Kedra Madison won the 114-pound weight class and added a state championship title to the regional title she’d already earned. Madison had a total lift of 500 pounds.

For the Bulldogs, Kenshell Davis won the 165-pound class with a total lift of 710 pounds, and her teammate Osharqua Lewis placed second in the 165-pound class.

Lady Spartans take close one over Griffins in softball

The Lady Griffins (11-2, 1-1) kept the lead in an early season district softball game but East Ascension’s (11-3, 2-0) girls came up with a big win to stay undefeated in district with a 3-2 win. Spartans junior Jessie Watts gave up a couple of early runs, and then got better as the game went on.

Besides holding the Griffins scoreless after the first inning, her own fielding helped her work out of a jam in the third, and a double play in the sixth kept things rolling. Watts also added two doubles and an RBI to round things out.

The three 5-5A teams, Dutchtown, East Ascension and St. Amant, expect to be top contenders in district play and are off to very fast starts this season. Great pitching is the common denominator for all three squads.

East Ascension is led by junior Jesse Watts. She demonstrated her prowess against Dutchtown. The Griffins’ junior Ali McCoy pitched her heart out while striking out 12 batters in six innings. St. Amant’s Gabrielle Sharp is the top lady on the mound for the lady Gators.

Upcoming games

The Lady Gators will face the Lady Griffins in a district contest at 5 p.m. Thursday at Dutchtown, then host St. Joseph’s Academy in a double header pair of district games that begin at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. The team will travel to take on the McKinley Panthers in another district contest at 4 p.m. on April 2.

The Lady Griffins will face Vandebilt Catholic at 7 p.m. Friday, and Mount Carmel comes to Griffin Park in a nondistrict game at 5 p.m. on Monday. The Woodlawn Panthers are next in a district game at 5 p.m. Tuesday at home, and they host Live Oak at 5 p.m. on April 1. The ladies then travel to face St. Joseph’s in a district contest at 4 p.m. on April 2.

The Lady Spartans have a busy schedule as they travel to St. Joseph’s for a district game at 5 p.m. Thursday. They face Acadiana at 5 p.m. Friday in a nondistrict matchup, Parkview Baptist at 4:30 p.m. Monday, and then the Woodlawn Panthers in a district game at 4 p.m. on April 2.

The Ascension Christian Lady Lions have three district games on tap. They play host to the Ascension Catholic Bulldogs at 5 p.m. Thursday then travel Monday to Plaquemine to take on St. John at 5 p.m. They wind up with West St. John at home at 5 p.m on April 1.

The Ascension Catholic High School Lady Bulldogs are in the middle of district play as they first travel to Ascension Christian for a 5 p.m. Thursday game, then play host to West St. John at 5 p.m. on Monday and White Castle at 5 p.m. on April 7.

The Donaldsonville Lady Tigers wrap up their season with a nondistrict game against White Castle at home that begins at 5 p.m. on April 3.

Area high schoolers compete in bass tournaments

Some area bass anglers are participating in what is becoming a very popular and fast-growing sport: high school bass fishing tournaments. These competitions are sanctioned by the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society and give young anglers who may be aspiring to become a professionals a platform to develop their skills at catching bass while competing in a tournament atmosphere.

The high school format is quite different as a pair of anglers fish in a boat while being driven around by an adult, mostly for safety reasons. The adult cannot offer advice or give assistance in any way during the fishing day.

Four groups of area anglers traveled to Toledo Bend and fished on March 15 in a regional qualifier that could earn them a spot in the state championship. The teams included Matthew Romano and Nathaniel Pierce, Cameron Gautreau and Brandon Vaughn, along with Samuel Bergeron, who attend St. Amant High. Braden Blanchard and Cade Fortenberry, of Dutchtown High, also made the trip.

None of the teams at the competition in Toledo Bend finished high enough in the standings to move on to the state tournament, although Blanchard and Fortenberry had qualified in an earlier tournament.

One of the highlights of the tournament for the group was Bergeron’s landing of a 5-pound lunker on a spinner bait. Actually, Sam is looking for a fishing partner from St. Amant High to join him on the fishing circuit. If there are any interested aspiring bass anglers looking to team up with Sam, give him a call at (225) 226-8573.

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