The Donaldsonville Tigers (18-6, 4-0) kept their undefeated streak alive in district basketball play Friday as they topped Franklin 70-66. Braxton Bernard scorched the nets as he scored 39 points. Bernard also hit a pair of 3-pointers, as did Aaron Julien.

The Tigers will travel Friday to E.D. White in Thibodaux and host Patterson on Tuesday.

The St. Amant Gators (16-9, 3-1) kept their district hopes alive Friday with a 60-53 win over the East Ascension Spartans (10-14, 2-2) at the Gold Dome in St. Amant. The game was tied five times and there were three lead changes in this hard-fought game between the parish rival teams. Courtney Julien led the Gators’ effort with a game-high 24 points, while Kameron Kelson led the Spartans with 12 points.

The Gators will host the Catholic High Bears in a crucial district game at 5 p.m. Friday and then travel to McKinley to take on the Panthers at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

East Ascension will travel to face the McKinley Panthers in Baton Rouge in a district game at 5 p.m. Friday and travel to Woodlawn for a district contest at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The Lady Griffins topped the McKinley Panthers 45-43 on Friday. H. Lilly led the Griffins scorers with 14 points, including two 3-pointers.

The Dutchtown Lady Griffins will play St. Joseph’s Academy at 5:30 p.m. Monday at home.

Soccer updates

The East Ascension Spartans girls soccer team defeated the St. Amant Gators 3-0 Friday in a district contest. Leading the Spartans’ scoring effort was Stephanie Bernal with two goals; Caroline LeCoq scored the other. The goalkeeper for the Spartans, Maggie Britton, had three saves, and St. Amant’s Jillian Parks had 11 saves.

The Gators boys soccer team won its district match Saturday at Dutchtown 3-2. The Griffins dominated the first half, scoring 2 goals and keeping the Gators shut out. St. Amant stormed back, scoring 3 unanswered goals. Sophomore Anthony Naya kicked the winning score with 5 minutes left in the match, and Briggs Bourgeois was the player of the game.

Around the parish

The baseball season is starting up with St. Amant scheduled for a freshman scrimmage at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Destrehan.

The Gators’ varsity and junior varsity teams will take on Central on Saturday, beginning with the JV game at noon and the varsity playing at 1:30 p.m.

The Gators boys bowling team will be taking part in the Coke Invitational at Circle Bowl in Baton Rouge on Saturday.

Ascension Catholic’s premier defensive lineman Delmond Landry was set to sign Wednesday to play football with Southwest Mississippi Junior College. Landry originally committed to University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Mardi Gras boat parade set

The annual Mardi Gras boat parade on the Diversion Canal will be held Saturday. This parade raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The 21st annual Krewe of Diversion Mardi Gras Boat parade will start at noon at Canal Bank Club, under the La. 22 bridge at the Diversion Canal. The registered boats will head up the Diversion Canal, making their way to Manny’s on the Amite River.

“It isn’t a long route at all,” Vivian Stevens said. “But, wherever people are, the boats pull up to the dock and throw anything — beads, stuffed animals, even fruit,” Stevens said. As the trinkets are thrown, crew members hold out fish nets for paradegoers to donate cash for St. Jude hospital.

In the 2014 parade, the krewe raised $37,500 for the cause. This year, members are trying to break the organization’s record of $57,000, which was netted shortly after the parade originated, Stevens said. “We always want to raise more than the year before,” she said.

Stevens said her husband, David Stevens, and brother, Harry Stevens, started the parade after being involved with another local boat parade.

The second year after starting the Krewe of Diversion, the duo agreed to raise money for a charity. They picked St. Jude because “I know the money is spent where you’re donating it to,” Vivian Stevens said. T-shirts and food also will be sold to raise money.

An auction will be held following the parade, at Manny’s.

Registration for the Krewe of Diversion will start at 6 p.m. Friday at Manny’s, 19706 La. 22. The cost is $35 per boat.

For information, call David or Vivian Stevens at (225) 939-2135 or (225) 324-5695.

There are two places where the public can take part in the parade if you don’t know someone who has a place on the parade route. Hilltop Inn has a pretty large waterfront area where the boats can be accessed. A little farther down the canal, the Gonzales Boat Club invites the public to view the parade, as well.

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