The Live Oak wrestling team had an impressive showing over the weekend as the Eagles placed third in the 47th annual Greater Baton Rouge City Championships on Friday and Saturday at Catholic High.
Ean Hill, in the 128-pound weight class, and Brennan Webb, in the 147-pound weight class, each won individual titles for Live Oak, which finished with 172 points in the team competition.
Catholic won the team title for the second year in a row and the 29th time overall with 263 points. St. Amant was second with 228 points.
More than 20 schools competed.
Webb won his weight class after winning overtime matches in the semifinals and finals. He defeated Cameron Hyde, of St. Amant, 5-3 in the semifinals, then beat Catholic’s Brent Torres 8-6 in the finals.
The championship by Hill in the 128-pound division was capped by one of the tournament’s more dramatic finishes. Down 4-2 to Catholic’s Daniel Gunn in the finals, Hill reversed and pinned him 48 seconds into the second round.
Denham soccer ends strong
The Denham Springs boys soccer team may be picking up the pace at just the right time.
After struggling through the first part of their district schedule, the Yellow Jackets knocked off Catholic High and Walker last week to finish the regular season on a three-game district winning streak and potentially enter the upcoming Division I playoffs.
Denham (17-7-5 overall, 3-2-0 in district) cruised to a 7-0 win against Walker in the finale after pulling out a 2-1 victory over Catholic.
In the Catholic game, Taylor Trepagnier provided the winning margin with a goal in the final minute on a 19-yard free kick.
With the pairings for this year’s soccer playoffs to be announced this week, the Yellow Jackets were expected to earn their third straight trip to the postseason and would likely receive a top 10 seed for the second straight year.
Seniors Cade Murry and Cam Hilliard have combined for 47 goals and 13 assists.
Denham basketball starts 4-0
In what looks to be a wide-open battle behind Scotlandville for second place in District 4-5A, the Denham Springs boys basketball team gave itself the upper hand by going 4-0 against Live Oak, Central, Zachary and Walker in the first half of the district schedule.
The Yellow Jackets (13-11) were scheduled to play at Scotlandville on Tuesday to complete the first half of their district slate.
The five teams behind Scotlandville have played highly contested games against each other during the 4-5A season with the margin of victory in those games usually in single digits.
Scotlandville (24-2), the defending 5A state champion, entered the matchup with Denham having won its four district games by an average of 61 points.
Walker and Zachary were both 2-2 in the district entering Tuesday.
Around the parish
Walker High senior Kelsey Cifreo has signed a scholarship to play softball for LSU-Eunice.
The Denham Springs girls basketball team completed a season sweep of Walker with a 47-32 win Friday night and improved to 6-0 in district play.
Albany defeated Holden 47-42 in a matchup of Livingston Parish girls basketball heavyweights Friday. Holden, one of the state’s top Class B teams, had beaten 3A Albany early in the season.