An LHSAA news release stated that Executive Director Eddie Bonine is moving closer to formulating a task force designed to address the organization’s select/nonselect school issues.

The brief news release said that a number of head coaches, principals and various other LHSAA-affiliated individuals have been invited to join the group.

A meeting is tentatively planned for late May. Those meetings will be closed to the public and the media.

Antoine commits

University High junior defensive back-wide receiver Malik Antoine has committed to Stanford.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Antoine is projected as a cornerback for the Cardinal. He visited Stanford in February.

“I just couldn’t pass up a school that excels in academics and athletics the way Stanford does,” Antoine said. “When I went out there to visit I got to meet with the coaches. I believe they’ll help me take my game to a higher level. I look forward to being part of the program.”

Antoine garnered All-Metro honors as a junior with 43 tackles, seven pass breakups and three interceptions to help the Cubs win the Division II select state title.

Vanderbilt, California and Oklahoma State were the Antoine’s other finalists. He has met the NCAA’s academic qualifying standards and plans a college major in chemical engineering.

“Now I can concentrate on working to get better and helping my team be the best it can be next year,” Antoine said.

Nominations needed

The Advocate sports staff is accepting nominations for its Athlete of the Year awards. The 30th annual Star of Stars/Athlete of the Year banquet honors Baton Rouge’s top high school athletes in a wide range of sports.

The banquet is set for 6:30 p.m. May 20 at the LHSAA office.

Schools in the Baton Rouge metro area are encouraged to nominate their top athletes for the overall Athlete of the Year awards. The Advocate sports staff will select one boys winner and one girls winner from the nominees.

Athletes of the Year nominees must be in grades 10 to 12 and on track to meet the NCAA’s academic qualifying standards. Schools should submit a complete list of their athlete’s accomplishments in 2014-15, including statistics, postseason honors, etc.

Nominations can be faxed to Robin Fambrough at (225) 388-0318 or submitted by email to rfambrough@theadvocate.com. The deadline is May 4.

In addition to selecting a top overall athlete for boys and girls, The Advocate sports staff will also select the Star of Stars in 15 sports.

Nominations from relatives and others not affiliated with a school will not be accepted. Email Fambrough with any questions about the nomination process.

Upcoming signings

Four St. Michael the Archangel athletes and two from Broadmoor are scheduled to sign this week.

Girls basketball players Honchea Thornton (Philander C. Smith College) and MiKayla Crockett (Angelina Junior College) are set to sign at 11 a.m. Monday at the school.

Tennis player Jeremy Braud (Troy University), track athlete Alexis Pickney (Alabama State), girls basketball player Alex Wicker (Millsaps) and soccer player Mitchell Williams (Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy) are scheduled to sign at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the St. Michael gym.

Thornton and Crockett were All-District 4-5A choices and led the Bucs to the 5A playoffs.

Braud is a four-year tennis player who is 15-1 this season. Pickney competes in the pole vault and triple jump for the Warriors.

Wicker averaged nine points and 3.6 rebounds a game in District 6-4A for the SMHS girls. Williams scored 44 goals and added 16 assists as a senior in soccer.

Clinic, tourney

The Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches will host its annual clinic for high school coaches starting at 10 a.m. May 2 at the LSU Basketball Practice Facility located on North Stadium Drive.

Cost is $15 for the first coach from a school and $10 for each additional coach. Guest speakers include LSU coach Johnny Jones, Loyola coach Stacy Hollowell and Larry Cordaro of LSU-Alexandria.

Assistant coaches Charlie Leonard of LSU and Kevin Johnson of Louisiana-Lafayette also will be featured.

Those interested in attending should contact Coach Mike McConathy of Northwestern State University at (318) 357-4274 or (318) 792-1541 or by email at mikem@nsula.edu.

  • Belaire High is set to host a 7-on-7 football tournament for boys teams ages 11-14 on May 23-24.

Cost is $200 per team. Coaches and participants will receive T-shirts.

Contact Belaire coach Claude Coleman at (225) 202-0754 or (225) 272-1860 or send email to claudecoleman724@gmail.com.

Job openings

Lutcher seeks head coaches for boys soccer, girls soccer and softball for the 2015-16 school year.

Contact LHS Athletic Director Tim Detillier at (225) 869-3301 for details/requirements for the jobs.

Compiled by Robin Fambrough