A trio of Livingston Parish football players — Live Oak’s Brock Williamson, Caleb Roddy of Denham Springs and Walker’s Kyle Nevels — were named to The Advocate’s All-Metro team for Classes 4A-5A.
Williamson, a 6-foot, 200-pound senior, made the team at linebacker after registering 96 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries for a Live Oak team that won seven games and reached the second round of the 5A playoffs.
Nevels, a 6-3, 235-pound senior who also played linebacker, was on the team as a punter after averaging 39.8 yards per punt with a long of 65 yards.
Roddy, 6-5, 250, was a defensive lineman on the All-Metro team after earlier being selected the Co-Defensive MVP of District 4-5A. The LSU commitment had 66 tackles, 20 assists, 27 tackles for loss, 14 sacks and nine pass breakups during his senior season.
Roddy also was selected first-team Class 5A all-state in addition to All-Metro.
Williamson and Live Oak teammate Michael Crowson were honorable mention all-state.
All-Metro cross-country, swimming
Swimmers Dylan Goodrich, of Denham Springs High, and Shane Pendarvis, of Walker, and cross-country runner Thomas Kelton, of Denham Springs, were honored as All-Metro selections by The Advocate in their respective sports.
Goodrich, a sophomore, placed third in the 200-yard individual medley and the 50 freestyle at the Capital City Swim League championships. Pendarvis, a senior, was third in the 100 backstroke in the CCSL championships.
In cross country, Kelton, a senior, finished his decorated Denham Springs career by finishing seventh in the 5A state meet with a time of 16 minutes, 43.57 seconds. He also was sixth in the Metro meet in 16:09.44.
Denham Springs sophomore Christian Mallet joined Kelton on the All-Metro Cross-Country team as an honorable mention selection.
Live Oak basketball gaining steam
In its first season under veteran coach Gary Duhe, the Live Oak boys basketball team had already matched its win total from last year heading into the holidays and was in position by New Year’s to match its win total from the past two seasons combined.
Live Oak went into the Christmas break with a record of 9-5 thanks to four straight wins.
The Eagles won only six games last year after winning four in the 2013-14 season.
“The kids are getting used to winning and are expecting to win,” Duhe said. “That’s a big change. We’ve got some momentum going. They hadn’t won in so long, it was getting to be a mental thing.”
Josh Reams, a junior, leads Live Oak with an average of 14 points per game. Joe Bergeron is second on the team, averaging 12 points.
Duhe coached Redemptorist to two state championships and Trafton Academy (now The Dunham School) to one during the 1980s. Other stops for the coach included Central, Plaquemine and St. Amant.
Despite the early success at Live Oak, Duhe said he knows the Eagles must take baby steps before posing a threat to defending state champion Scotlandville and other heavyweights in the district.
“I don’t think Scotlandville is losing sleep over Live Oak yet,” he said.
Matchups against Doyle, Ascension Catholic, St. Amant and Catholic-Pointe Coupee were on the docket for the Eagles in the Episcopal tournament earlier this week.