CADE — It was called the Spooktacular tournament, and the results for the St. Amant High volleyball team were spectacular.
The Gators won their first tournament in at least three years, ousting previously unbeaten St. Thomas More 2-0 in the finals played Saturday afternoon at Episcopal School of Acadiana. SAHS won the final by scores of 27-25, 25-18.
“We couldn’t ask for a better way to end the regular season,” St. Amant coach Allison Leake said. “I think we’re really peaking at the right time.
“Everybody was in position on defense and the offense worked as well as its worked since we went to the lineup we’re using now.”
Maggie Duplechein and Kourtney Gremillion earned all-tournament honors for the Division I Gators and played key roles in the victory over Division II STM, the only remaining unbeaten team in Louisiana.
Duplechein finished with 10 kills, 17 assists and 6 digs, while Gremillion had 10 skills, 12 assists and 9 digs. Taylor Tidwell (8 kills, 2 digs) and Brianne Babin (15 digs) were other leaders for St. Amant.
Duplechein compiled 59 assists, 36 kills and 39 digs during the tournament. Gremillion tallied 63 assists, 35 kills and 30 digs. Babin (51 digs) and Tidwell (26 kills) also were pivotal contributors in five tourney matches.
Two St. Joseph’s Academy players, Alexis Toney and Elise Gasperecz, also made the all-tourmament team along with Amber Igiede of St. Michael the Archangel.
Central wins Episcopal tourney
Central High won the 40th Episcopal Invitational volleyball tournament completed Saturday at EHS. The Wildcats beat Zachary 2-0, winning by scores of 25-15, 25-22 in the final.
Jordan Stephens of Central was voted the MVP of the Episcopal tournament. Dutchtown High placed third in the team standings.
Zachary and Central were the individual pool winners. Host Episcopal and Dutchtown were the pool runners-up. The Wildcats’ Natalie Cox also made the all-tourney team.
Three Shreveport schools, C.E. Byrd, Huntington and Southwood, were cited for violation that could cost them the chance to compete for post-season honors in a variety of sports.
The LHSAA rulings involving the Caddo Parish trio and four other schools were released late Friday afternoon. All three Shreveport schools were cited for having student/athletes enrolled in more than one athletic physical education class. Under LHSAA rules, if students are found to participate in multiple athletic P.E. classes, their teams are automatically banned from the postseason.
The LHSAA ruling stated that a list of sports impacted at each school is still being compiled. Caddo officials said the problems came about because of a switch from a block class to a seven-class schedule this fall. An appeal is planned.
Sanctions against Teurlings Catholic (football), Tioga (cross country), Episcopal School of Acadiana (cross country) and Catholic-New Iberia (football) also were released.
The Advocate previously published stories about CHSNI being forced to forfeit four football games because of a reserve player who was scholastically ineligible because he was shy one course credit.
CHSNI was fined $400 for the violation. The sanctions ended the playoff hopes for the Panthers, who finished as the Division III select runner-up last season.
Teurlings Catholic was fined $100 because of a player who was scholastically ineligible but did not have to forfeit any games. Tioga was fined $100 in cross country for a scholastic violation. Failure to have medical exam forms led to a $300 fine for ESA in cross country.
Former Bethany Christian boys basketball coach Jay Jenkins has been hired as the men’s basketball coach at Kansas City College and Bible School starting in 2016-17.
The school based in Overland Park, Kansas, discontinued its basketball program in 2005, citing budget constraints. Jenkins led Bethany to the ACEL playoffs last season.
- Denham Springs High will host three Hall of Fame preseason girls basketball games on Thursday at its Hornsby Gym.
Live Oak plays St. Amant at 5 p.m. followed by host DSHS vs. Episcopal and Albany vs. St. Joseph’s Academy.
- Brusly needs one boys baskeball team for its tournament Dec 3-5. Contact Kirby Loupe at (225) 776-7444.