With the high school football season still more than a month away, two local teams are already garnering national attention.
Warren Easton and Rummel are both ranked nationally in the USA Today Super 25 rankings that were released Tuesday.
Warren Easton, fresh off winning a national 7-on-7 tournament last week in Hoover, Alabama, is ranked No. 14 nationally. The Eagles return most of the players from the 2013 team that finished 10-3 and reached the quarterfinals of the Class 4A playoffs.
Rummel, which won the Division I championship last season and the Class 5A title in 2012, is ranked No. 16.
John Curtis, coming off three straight state titles, didn’t quite crack the top 25 but received enough votes to be ranked No. 31 in the rankings.
Thirteen Louisiana players ranked
Thirteen Louisiana football players, including six from the Greater New Orleans area, are ranked in ESPN’s Top 300 rankings released Monday.
The 13 players put Louisiana fifth among state’s on the list. Florida had the most with 53.
Warren Easton wide receiver Tyron Johnson was the highest-ranked player in the list of the nation’s top recruits in the Class of 2015.
Johnson was ranked the No. 24 prospect and the No. 2 receiver in the country. Some recruiting websites list him as the top receiver in the country and he has been ranked as high as No. 6 overall in his class.
The other players from the New Orleans area who are listed, with their rankings in parenthesis, are: (134) Xavier Lewis, CB, East St. John (committed to LSU); (136) Kirk Merritt, WR, Destrehan; (147) Derrick Dillon, ATH, Pine; (217) Donte Jackson, ATH, Riverdale; (235) Stanley Morgan, WR, St. Augustine.
The other Louisiana players on the list were: (53) Patterson WR Daylon Charlot; (97) U-High RB Nick Brossette; (172) Baton Rouge Catholic RB Derrius Guice; (225) Woodlawn DT T.D. Moton; (245) Baton Rouge-Central WR Terrell Chatman; (258) Baton Rouge Central S Kevin Henry; and (264) Evangel Christian OL Jerry Tillery.
Local team wins World Series
The Jefferson Parish Recreation Department Eastbank 15-year old all-star team won the Grand Slam World Series championship on Saturday in Panama City, Fla.
The all-star team won three games on the final day to win the title, beating Chain Baseball of Warner Robbins, Georgia, 7-1 and beating the New Orleans Pelicans 11-2 and 6-0.
The team finished 8-1 in the tournament that featured 15 teams from across the country.
Coached by Danny Riehm, the team features players from the following schools: Rummel (Kyle Costanza, Luke Lacoste and Jake Fury); Jesuit (Austin North, Corey Dublin and Todd Crabtree); Brother Martin (Mason Bonnaffons, Kyle Delaney, Kevin Stretzinger, Austin Cantrelle, Will Fulham and Connor Culotta); Holy Cross (Frankie Timphony, Alex Wiltz); John Curtis (Tanner Edmonson, Austin Haensel and Troy Doane); East Jefferson (Rene Brupbacher); Country Day (Christian Kerut).
Retif Oil gears up for regional
Jesuit-based Retif Oil, which won the Louisiana American Legion Baseball championship, will play in the Mid-South Regional Tournament beginning on Aug. 7 in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
The double-elimination tournament ends on Aug. 11, with the winner advancing to the American Legion World Series in Shelby, North Carolina, later in August.
Retif Oil will play the Arkansas state champion in the third game of the opening day at 4:30 p.m.
Before heading to the tournament, Retif Oil will play four games in Louisiana to prepare for the regional tournament.
The team played Bill Hood on Tuesday and will play the New Orleans Boosters at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium. They will then play a doubleheader against the New Orleans Boosters at 2 p.m. Saturday at John Ryan Stadium and then will play the Louisiana Outlaws at 7:15 p.m. Monday at John Ryan Stadium.
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