Runnels distance runner Matthew Rice is expected to miss all of the high school cross country season after being diagnosed with mononucleosis earlier this month.

A senior, Rice was Louisiana’s Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year, the Advocate’s Star of Stars for boys cross country and MVP of the All-Metro boys cross country team last fall.

“I feel so bad for Matt,” Runnels coach Julie Fink said. “He was injured last spring and was working to get past that and now this happens.

“This is something you don’t want to mess around with. He needs to take care of himself and get ready for track in the spring. Right now I don’t expect him to compete this fall.”

Rice posted the best time among runners in all classifications when he won the Class 2A individual title for cross country in Natchitoches, posting a three-mile time of 15 minutes, 33.50 seconds. He also ran a 14:57.69 in a regular season meet at Walker.

Sumner forfeits game

Jewel Sumner will have to forfeit a football win over Kentwood on Sept. 9 because of an academically ineligible player.

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association released the ruling, noting that Sumner would be fined $100 because the student-athlete in question played in one varsity and one junior varsity game.

Sumner was also placed on administrative probation for one year. The student-athlete will remain ineligible until he meets the LHSAA’s academic requirements.

Geaux Pink

The Dunham School will host Episcopal on Monday for its annual Geaux Pink volleyball contest, promoting breast cancer awareness.

Proceeds will go to the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. Varsity game time is approximately 6 p.m. It marks the third year Dunham has hosted the cancer benefit.

Teams needed

Woodlawn High seeks teams to play in its boys basketball tournament set for Nov. 21-23.

Contact coach Elmo Fernandez at (225) 252-4030 or send email to

e_SBlt Parkview Baptist needs teams for a ninth-grade boys basketball tournament scheduled for Jan. 21.

Call coach Yancy Wilmot at (225) 505-5161. Send email to yancy.

Prep notables

Congratulations to Episcopal girls soccer coach Matt Shelton on his induction into the Nicholls State Athletic Hall of Fame.

Shelton, who played for the Colonels from 1985-88, is the first soccer player inducted.

e_SBlt Leigh Myers, a multi-sport standout at Dunham, is the co-captain of the Radford University volleyball team.

Myers has played setter and libero for the Virginia-based Highlanders of the Big South Conference.

She also is featured on the cover of the school’s volleyball media guide.

• Benton High girls basketball standout LuLu Perry recently committed to Louisiana Tech.

Perry, who averaged 21.9 points per game as a junior, plans to sign during the NCAA’s early signing period in November.