The Capital City Board of Volleyball Officials is set to honor five schools for their sportsmanship during the 2014 season, led by Woodlawn High.
“The (Louisiana High School Athletic Association) contacted us about nominating a team from our area for a statewide sportsmanship award,” CCBVO assignment secretary Nedda Taylor said. “We talked about it and decided we couldn’t honor just one.
“So we picked a team in each division and then voted on those five to decide who’ll be nominated for the state award. We picked Woodlawn to be that team.”
The criteria set by the LHSAA notes that a school nominated for the state honor cannot have coach or player ejections, must have administrators, coaches, players and fans who exhibit good sportsmanship, provide dressing accommodations and a safe environment for officials and perform acts of sportsmanship.
Woodlawn also is the Division I team to be honored. The other schools to be honored are St. Michael the Archangel in Division II, Brusly in Division III, Port Allen in Division IV and Ascension Catholic in Division V.
Taylor said the five schools will receive trophies from the CCBVO at their last regular-season home games later this month.
Assumption will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its 1964 state championship football team in conjunction with Friday’s game against District 7-4A rival Ellender. The Mustangs beat Central 7-2 in the Class 2A title game that year.
Players and their families, along with the families of deceased players are invited to attend and be included in the ceremony.
Contact Athletic Director Sandy Fussell with any questions at (985) 369-2956
During Week 5 University High celebrated the 40th anniversary of its football, cross country and tennis teams from 1974. Football coach Jimmy Gilbert was in attendance, along with cross country coach Eddie Cole, who is now the girls track-cross country coach at Episcopal.
Athletes from those teams who went on to play in college were Charles McDuff (football, LSU), Jim Downing (football, McNeese), Johnny Shoptaugh (football, Northwestern State), Andre Moreau (track, LSU), Mark Shoptaugh (tennis, LSU) and David Shoptaugh (tennis, Louisiana Tech).
The Dunham School’s Chase Day, a linebacker-running back, committed to Louisiana-Monroe last week. Day is one of the area’s rushing leaders
Catholic High offensive lineman Aaron Wiltz committed to Central Florida and helps lead the offensive line for the fifth-ranked Bears.
University High girls basketball player Marygrace Constantin has committed to Alabama-based Jacksonville State. The 6-foot-3 Constantin helped the Cubs win the Class 3A state title last spring.
Add junior defensive end Willie Baker to the list of Livonia football players with scholarship offers.
Catholic High is offering a free viewing of the documentary “Scout’s Honor: the Mel Didier Story,” which details the life of the longtime baseball scout and Catholic High graduate.
The viewing is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Catholic High Union and is being hosted by the school and Catholic High Alumni Association.
Didier is a 1944 Catholic graduate and a member of the school’s Gizzly Greats Athletic Hall of Fame. He spent over 60 yards as a major league scout, working for eight teams.
Pink games begin
Breast Cancer Awareness month kicks into high gear with three local volleyball schools hosting their annual “Pink Games.”
It starts Monday with St. Michael the Archangel hosting The Dunham School and Dutchtown High hosting rival St. Amant for benefit games. Each school plans its own festivities, including fundraisers for breast cancer research/treatment and pink uniforms.
Redemptorist hosts Southern Lab for its “Pink Game” on Tuesday. Varsity game time is 6 p.m. at most sites. Other schools will host their benefit games as the month continues.
University High has a girls basketball open date on Nov. 21.
Interested schools should contact UHS coach Bonita Johnson at (225) 772-1633.