In the overall scheme of things, cynics can argue about the significance of high school sports.

They cannot cure cancer or offer an immediate resolution to some of the major issues of our society.

Being ever the optimist, my belief is that high school sports may just develop the people who can solve these issues and do so much more.

So I guess it is no surprise that I count high school sports as one thing I am very thankful for again this year. To me, high school sports is not just the way I make a living. They make my life better, nearly every day.

The reason I say “nearly every day” is because high school sports and the events they encompass are true to life. They mirror our society and echo thoughts and dreams. The day does not always end in a win and the actions of those involved are not flawless.

Athletes and coaches make bad choices. They make some great ones, too. For every temper tantrum/unsportsmanlike conduct, there are acts of kindness that are not always seen.

There are days when I struggle with the negatives. Athletics can morph into an illustration of selfishness very easily. There is no I in team. The phrase should be we need to be better, not they need to get better.

Understand that I am not foolish enough to believe high school athletics can turn around the lives of every youngster involved. But I sure do like the odds of it happening with high school sports in the mix.

And for that I am thankful.

Ross memoriam

A birthday memoriam for University High volleyball player Brionna Ross is set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Alexander Park in Brusly.

Ross, an honor student who died suddenly from viral pneumonia Sept. 26, would have turned 16 on Sunday. The ceremony is being hosted by Ross’ families.

Alexander honored

Northwestern State presented LHSAA assistant executive director Keith Alexander with a plaque for his work with the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Cross Country meet during meet held recently in Natchitoches.

President Chris Maggio and Athletic Director Greg Burke made the presentation to Alexander, who is set to retire from the LHSAA in July 2018. Alexander coordinates officials for all sports and also works with a variety of championship events, including the cross country meet, held each year at Northwestern.

All-state nominations

Nominations for the Louisiana Sports Writer’s Association’s all-state football teams must be submitted by local-area coaches by Thursday.

Players nominated must be first-team all-district selections this fall. Coaches should submit full-season statistics, along with a short note explain the players’ strengths, etc. Nominations should be emailed to Robin Fambrough at Nominations must come from the school/coach the athlete played for.

Prep notables

West Feliciana distance runner Chandler Sullivan has signed with UNO. Sullivan helped the Saints win the Class 3A LHSAA title by placing second overall earlier this month in Natchitoches.

• All-Metro meetings for volleyball and cross country are on the immediate horizon. The metro cross country meeting is set for 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Episcopal coaches office.

The Parkview Baptist cafeteria is the site of the volleyball metro meeting at 6 p.m.  Dec. 5.

• Football and volleyball coaches are reminded to submit all-district teams as soon as possible to The Advocate. All-district teams should be emailed to Robin Fambrough at

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