My memories of what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, are similar to those of most people in south Louisiana.

Even today, the images of planes crashing into the two towers at the World Trade Center are horrifying. What unfolded as the day went on was a lesson in terrorism none of us will ever forget.

As the week went on, the debate about whether or not sports events should be played raged. Some thought it was wrong to play high school football games that weekend.

But I thought it was the right call. And I still feel that way today.

Sporting events, like high school football games, seem so small when compared to the scale of things that happened on 9/11.

Playing those games provided a kind of solace that was invaluable.

In America, being from the land of the free is part of a heritage we sing about. While it was the right call to delay playing major college and professional events that would attract larger groups of people to an arena, our right to go to see smaller events, like high school football games, gave us a chance to gather.

The games provided an escape — albeit a brief one from the trying times. For the coaches, players, fans, and yes even sportswriters, the “Star-Spangled Banner” took on an even deeper meaning.

I couldn’t help feeling some of those same feelings Friday night when the national anthem played.

So much has happened since 9/11. Many lives have been lost defending our country. But our freedom remains part of the fabric that makes us who we are. And so does high school sports.

Statistics needed

The Advocate will begin compiling its weekly football statistical leaders this week. Please send your team’s two-game totals in by either fax, email or internet form by 11 a.m. each Wednesday.

Totals can be faxed in using the weekly statistics forms mailed out to schools last week. Send faxes to (225) 388-0318.

Those wishing to email totals can send them to

Schools can also complete the internet form located on the high schools page of our website,

Fisher commits

Zachary baseball player Jameson Fisher has committed to Southeastern Louisiana University.

Fisher, a catcher, batted .476 in the spring with 20 doubles and also hit .615 to help the Broncos advance to the Class 5A state tournament. He has thrown out 78 percent of runners trying to steal the past two years.

Basketball clinic

The Louisiana High School Basketball Coaches Association will sponsor an on-court coaching clinic from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday at Hammond’s St. Thomas Aquinas High School.

The clinic is free and lunch will be provided. Guest speakers include Xavier coach Danton Jackson, Tulane coach Ed Conroy, Southeastern coach Jim Yarbrough and University of New Orleans coach Jim Slessinger.

Prep notables

Members of the Livonia High baseball team received their state championship rings in a ceremony last month.

The Wildcats of coach Jason Lemoine beat Parkview Baptist to win the Class 3A state title last spring.

• Scotlandville High football standout Kajandre Domino scored on a 95-yard kickoff return to help the Hornets oust Parkview Baptist Friday.

Scoring from long range is a family tradition. Domino’s cousin is former Southern Lab, Tulane and Louisville women’s basketball player Courtney Simmons.

• Former Episcopal runner Abby Ter Haar finished fifth for TCU in her first two collegiate cross country meets. Ter Haar is a former Metro MVP for cross country.