The Lady Bulldogs of Ascension Catholic captured the Class 1A state title in track on the legs (pun intended) of their runners to pass up Hamilton Christian for the team championship.

The Bulldogs edged ahead, taking first and second in the 3,200-meter run, and put it out of reach for Hamilton Christian when they won the 4x400 relay.

The ACHS girls tallied 75 points to hold off Hamilton Christian (60), Ouachita Christian (50), White Castle (39) and Oberlin (36).

Ascension Catholic’s girls took big wins in the 1,600-, 800- and 3,200-meter races. The team title was on the line and the ladies brought it home in style with a big win in the final event of the day, the 4x400 relay. The team of Catherine Eure, Daija Harvey, Victoria Eure and Whitney Eure teamed up to win with a 4:08.10 time.

Stephanie Breaux got things started for the Lady Bulldogs with a win in the 1,600 with a time of 5:29.76. Teammate Sophie Daigle crossed the finish line in second place.

The Bulldogs repeated the scenario as they went 1-2 in the 800 with Maerys Joseph setting a Class 1A record (2:16.57) and Whitney Eure crossing the finish line second.

Breaux also won the 3,200-meter run with Daigle finishing in third place.

Kenshell Davis, of Ascension Catholic, placed fourth in the shot put with 33-1¼.

The 4x200 and 4x100 relay teams both placed fifth.

Nyah Williams was sixth in the 100-meter hurdles and fifth in the 300-meter hurdles.

Joseph was fifth in the 400-meter run.

On the boys’ side, the Bulldogs finished in eighth place with 22 points.

In the triple jump, Kebori Hunter took fifth place with a jump of 41-10½.

Zach Capello won the 1,600-meter with a time of 4:25.53 and then turned around and won the 3,200-meter race with a time of 9:59.70. Capello won both races for the fourth consecutive year.

Catfish in the trees

I remember back in the day when the story of walking catfish hit the news. It was a little on the weird side as it just didn’t seem normal to see a fish crawling around on the ground. Like always, someone with good intentions brought some of them over from Southeast Asia (where they’re native) for the aquarium business and they escaped into the wild.

I’m not talking about a new species of catfish that lives and crawls in trees but I am talking about the time of year in South Louisiana when the catfish come up in the cypress trees in our lakes to spawn. They are not there just to lay eggs. The catfish come in with a voracious appetite that makes them an easy target for an angler who knows what to do.

Two of the area lakes that produce astronomical numbers of catfish in the spring are lakes Verret and Des Allemands.

Lake Verret is about 40 miles southwest of Gonzales as the crow flies. Just cross the Sunshine Bridge and stay on La. 70. There are plenty of boat launches available depending on which side of the lake one wants to fish on.

Lake Des Allemands is just about the same distance from here to the southeast. One of the best and closest launches is just across the Gramercy Bridge. Travel south to La. 3127 and turn left. Just past West St. John High School, there is a public launch that takes you out to the lake. Des Allemands is not a big lake, so you could access any part of the lake in a short time.

The methods are the same for both spots and just about anywhere else one could fish in a cypress-tree-studded lake. A rod and reel combination could be a spin cast reel, a spinning reel or casting reel with a cork and a hook with a small split shot sinker will do the trick.

The spin cast or spinning reel is usually the favored reel because of the ease of casting the light rig without any backlash issues. A No. 12 test line is easily cast, but you could go up to No. 15 test if you anticipate catching some big ones.

Tie up to a big cypress or use an anchor to hold the boat in one spot and fan cast the area until you get a bite or two. You probably won’t catch them just anywhere you stop, so you may have to move a time or two. If you have a troll motor, one way is to troll around until a catfish is caught. Then anchor or tie off and stay put until they stop biting.

Catfish are not usually picky eaters, so a variety of baits might work. Shad usually works pretty well, but night crawlers are usually the bait of choice. They are easily obtainable, and the catfish love them.

Using the night crawlers also allows for some bonus fish. Bream like to eat them, too, so some of them could be added to your ice chest.

This is an easy way to take some kids fishing. They don’t need a lot of technical skill to have a great time. The action is usually fast enough so they don’t get bored too fast, and if you bring enough of the right snacks, they can make it a little longer.

Enjoy the outdoors before it gets too hot.

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