The Southeast Regional American Legion baseball tournament begins Wednesday and concludes Sunday, with games being played at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium and Mandeville High.
The top two teams in the eight-team field will qualify for the state tournament, which will be played July 18-22 also at Kirsch-Rooney.
The following teams (affiliations in parentheses) are competing in the regional tournament: Covington Post 16 (Hannan); Otto Candies (Hahnville); LLOG (Mandeville); Townsend Homes (St. Charles); Deanie’s Seafood (Rummel); Ponstein’s (Holy Cross); Mardi Gras Logistics (Thomas Jefferson); and Peake BMW (Brother Martin).
Six teams from throughout the state have already qualified for the state tournament, including three from the New Orleans area that won their respective district titles.
Retif Oil (Jesuit), Refuel (Shaw) and the River Ridge Patriots (John Curtis) all won district titles and will be joined at the state tournament by Gautier & Amedee (East Ascension), the Delhomme Drillers (Acadiana) and the Crowley Millers (Crowley).
St. James’ Narcisse ranked
St. James quarterback Lowell Narcisse is ranked No. 56 in the Class of 2017, according to the Rivals 100 released Monday.
Narcisse, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound rising junior, is one of three Louisiana players in the rankings.
University High athlete Dylan Moses is ranked second and Northside defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin is ranked No. 39.
Narcisse will miss his junior season after tearing his ACL during St. James’ spring game.
He was brilliant in his first two seasons with the Wildcats.
Last season Narcisse threw for 3,127 yards and 31 touchdowns and rushed for another 1,402 yards and 18 touchdowns.
In his career, he has thrown for 5,134 yards and 58 touchdowns and rushed for 2,039 yards and 30 touchdowns.
Narcisse announced on Twitter that he has narrowed his college choices to LSU, Auburn, Alabama and Clemson and is scheduled to announce his decision July 27.
Cabrera bidding for roster spot
Daniel Cabrera, a rising junior at John Curtis, is one of 28 players remaining on the roster for Team USA’s U18 baseball team.
Cabrera, who has verbally committed to LSU, will have to make one more roster cut to make the team’s final roster that will compete in the WBSC World Cup in Japan.
The 20-man roster will be decided in late August.
Cabrera, a pitcher and outfielder, was Player of the Year on The New Orleans Advocate’s All-Metro Team this past season after a dominant season for the Class 3A Patriots.
He went 6-1 on the mound with a 1.79 ERA and batted a team-best .566 with six home runs and 31 RBIs.
Ex-Karr coach takes new job
Nathaniel Jones, who spent the past two seasons as Edna Karr’s football coach, has been named associate head coach and defensive coordinator at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois.
Jones informed The Advocate of his new position via text message.
He resigned from Karr in February after going 20-6 at his alma mater. He led the Cougars to the Class 4A state championship game in his first season, where they lost to East Jefferson. This past season, he guided Karr to the Class 4A quarterfinals where it fell to eventual state champion Neville
“I have always encouraged our kids to dream big and follow those dreams, and I admit that I have dreams as well,” Jones said in a written statement in February. “While I have enjoyed my time at Karr, I still have aspirations of coaching at the collegiate level.
It will be his second stint at St. Francis, one of several college coaching jobs he held before taking over at Karr in 2013. Jones, a 1995 Karr grad, also coached at Texas-San Antonio, Midwestern State and Northwestern State.
LHSAA seeks applicants
The LHSAA has reopened the search process for an assistant executive director. The primary responsibilities for the job will be defined by the executive director.
For information, go to www.lhsaa.org.