The end of the 2015-16 school year means that summer is on the way.

Time to plan trips to the beach or schedule time to get work done around the house.

It is also the time to review.

With that in mind, here is a look back at the moments and stories from the year in Livingston sports that will surely remain with us as we conduct those summer chores.

LIVE OAK FOOTBALL ARRIVES: New coach Brett Beard didn’t need long to make the long-suffering Live Oak football program relevant on a local and state level.

The Eagles made a bold statement when Nathan Holiday’s 30-yard field goal with 1:10 left secured a thrilling 16-14 win over Denham Springs in the District 4-5A opener. But it turned out to be only the start of many statements Live Oak would make.

How about a Week 10 victory at Central to give the Eagles their second playoff berth since joining the 5A ranks in 2009?

What about a 33-28 stunner at Ouachita for Live Oak’s first playoff win in school history?

Live Oak eventually lost to John Ehret in the second round of the playoffs, finishing a debut season by Beard that included many firsts.

“Welcome,” Beard told his team the night it beat Denham Springs for the first time. “You belong here.”

LIVINGSTON GIRLS BASKETBALL SHINES AGAIN: The girls basketball team in Livingston Parish is traditionally stout, but this year was a smash hit even by those lofty standards.

Holden beat Florien in the Class B championship game after shocking nationally ranked and unbeaten Lacassine in the semifinals, while Denham Springs reached the 5A championship game for the first time under longtime coach Shelly Laprarie.

The two championship games featuring purple-clad Livingston teams were played back-to-back at the University Center in Hammond.

Holden’s victory gave the parish its 16th state champion in girls basketball, but its first since the Rockets last won the title in 2006.

Holden finished 26-6 and coach Pam Forbes was named the Class B coach of the year.

A year after missing the playoffs entirely, Denham won 24 of its final 26 games en route to a 30-4 finish and a share of the 4-5A championship. Its trip to the state championship game was the first for the Yellow Jackets since 1996.

O’DONOGHUE SOARS: Denham Springs junior Abigail O’Donoghue put herself in position to earn a career sweep of the state high jump next year after winning her third 5A outdoor championship in as many tries.

O’Donoghue jumped 5 feet 9 inches , setting a 5A state record in the event. She had won the high jump with marks of 5 feet 4 inches and 5 feet 6 inches as a freshman and sophomore.

Live Oak senior Ashley Davis fell short in her own pursuit of four straight state titles as she failed to win the outdoor shot put for the first time, finishing third in the event this year after winning it as a freshman, sophomore and junior.

Davis did win the indoor state championship in the shot put for the second time.

RODDY SIGNS WITH TIGERS: Denham Springs senior Caleb Roddy became part of LSU’s ballyhooed 2016 signing class in February when the 6-foot-5 defensive end made good on a long-standing commitment to the program.

By choosing to continue his career close to home, Roddy gives local fans a chance to closely follow a player who earned Co-Defensive MVP honors in 4-5A after registering 71 tackles, 25 tackles for loss and 11 sacks as a senior.

Roddy’s talents were on full display in the 2015 season opener when he lived in the East Ascension backfield — eight tackles, three sacks, five tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery — during a 23-0 shutout.

Looking ahead to next year, Albany star Cheyenne LaBruzza, a recent Tennessee commitment with a growing pile of college offers, should follow Roddy as the latest Livingston prospect to throw a major signing day party.

WALKER BOYS TAKE PARISH TOURNEY: It wasn’t expected that the Walker boys would win the Livingston Parish basketball tournament. Not even in the final minutes.

After trailing rival Denham Springs by 12 points after the first quarter and 9 at halftime, the Wildcats still faced a 6-point deficit with 45 seconds left in the parish championship game. A layup by Darius Hampton with two seconds to go ended the 46-45 thriller and sparked an emotional postgame celebration.

Walker’s win gave the Wildcats their first parish title since 2010 and snapped Denham’s string of four straight tournament championships

TWO MAKE DEEP RUN IN SOFTBALL: Holden and Live Oak led a group of four from Livingston Parish to qualify for the state softball tournament in Sulphur as both teams advanced to play on the final day.

Holden, which finished 31-4 after reaching the state tournament for the first time since 2011, lost to Florien in the Class B championship game while Live Oak lost to Alexandria in the 5A semifinals.

Live Oak went 25-7 and made it to state for the third time in four years. A memorable 10-0 rout of Zachary in the final game of the regular season gave the Eagles a share of the 4-5A championship.

LIVE OAK WRESTLING FINISHES SECOND: Live Oak finished second behind Teurlings Catholic in the Division II state wrestling meet, marking the second straight top-three finish for the Eagles following a third-place showing in 2015.

Ean Hill in the 126-pound weight class and Ethan Alphonso at 132 won individual state championships. Brennan Webb was the runner-up at 145.

With a senior-laden squad returning, the Eagles could be a top story again in 2017.

Scott Hotard covers sports for The Livingston-Tangipahoa Advocate. He can be contacted at or livingston@