Saints golf team hitting the links, dropping scores

“No matter how good you get you can always get better, and that’s the exciting part.” — Tiger Woods.

The West Feliciana Saints golf season is in full swing with the team playing 9-hole matches twice weekly since February. The pace picked up Monday as the Saints will play 18-hole matches throughout March culminating in the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Golf Tournament on March 30 and April 1 in Lafayette.

The three-man Saints golf team of Daniel Field, James Daniel and Jesse Landry is coached by Rob Odom. Field leads the group and shot a 43 at a match held at Beaver Creek Golf Course on March 5. On March 7, Field shot a 43 for first place and Daniel shot a 51 for third place in action at Copper Mill against Walker, Parkview and Baton Rouge High.

On the early season thus far, Odom was pleased that “we are getting better each week, which is expected this time of year.” Odom’s emphasis is more on the mental aspects of golf, “unlike most sports, the mental is just as important as the physical.”

Future matches in March will take place at Copper Mill (March 20) and LSU (March 27). The Saints are in District 3 of Division II that includes Bogalusa, Breaux Bridge, Brusly, Franklinton, Lakeshore, Lee Magnet, Loranger, North Vermillion, Plaquemine, St. Michaels and Teurlings Catholic.

Odom also invited golf enthusiasts and Saints sports supporters to participate in the West Feliciana Royal Blue Club Spring Swing golf tournament on April 28 at The Bluffs. The tournament is critical Odom noted because “the money raised is used to pay officials for all sports, pays green fees for golf, and raises other funds for the athletic department.” If you would like to play or sponsor contact Rob Lemoine at (225) 572-0490 or email Shelley Genre at genres@wfpsb.org. Additional information on the tournament can be found on the West Feliciana Athletics website and will be discussed in future columns.

Saints boys, girls track finish strong at Bronco Relays

With a slight chill in the air, the sun shining bright and the wind carrying the discus and javelin far, the West Feliciana boys and girls track team competed in its second outdoor track meet of the year at the Louisiana Farm Bureau Insurance Bronco Relays on Friday. The Saints boys finished second in the team standings behind the Zachary High Bronco boys for the championship. The Saints girls finished third overall to the champion Zachary girls.

The Saints boys had high placers in several events including the 100 meters (first, Kam Jackson; fourth, Derek Turner), 200 meters (second, Jackson), 400 meters (second, Derius Davis), 1,600 meters (fifth, Emery Godke), 4x100 relay (second, Clayton Howard, Jackson, Davon Harris and Turner), 4x200 relay (first, Davis, Jackson, Harris and Turner), shot put (first, Jakob Fudge), discus (first, Fudge), pole vault (first, Everett Williamson; second Aiden Holland).

High placers for the Saints girls included Shakira Whitaker (fourth in 100 meters and third in 200 meters), Mathilde Fox-Smith (second in 800 meters), Kelly Goff (first in 3200 meters), Kennedy London (first in 100-meter hurdles), and Destinee Morris (third in triple jump). The Lady Saints also finished second in the 4x100 relay (Whitaker, Keyana Cummings, Adriana Hodges and London), second in the 4x200 relay (Whitaker, Cummings, Destiny Mitchell and London), third in the 4x400 relay (Destiny Mitchell, La’Jerica Coates, Honesty Mitchell and London).

An outstanding performance was also provided by sixth-grader Lauren Cazabat in the junior varsity pole vault. Cazabat cleared 7 feet, which would have made her a top 4 finisher in the varsity classification. The future looks bright for Cazabat and the West Feliciana Saints.

Eagles boys finish third at Baton Rouge High Bulldog Relays

The East Feliciana Tigers track team finished third in an 11-team meet held at Baton Rouge High on March 9. The Eagles placed higher than several 5A, 4A, and 3A track teams from the Baton Rouge area including East Ascension, Madison Prep, Lee Magnet, Baton Rouge High and Belaire. MacArthur Brown was second in the 1100-meter run and third in the 200-meter race. Jhavontel Perry finished second in the 200 meters. Kirtland Hills set a personal record in the 400-meter race (52.48), which earned him first place. Charvares Wilson won the shot put with a throw of 48-9, and Teverick Sims was second in the high jump.

The 4x100 meter relay team of Brown, Hills, Perry and Keshawn Brooks were also winners as was the 4x200 relay team of Richard Davis, Perry,  Brown and Hills.

Warren Brady covers sports for The Watchman and Democrat. He can be contacted at extra@theadvocate.com.