MARKSVILLE — Tamahka Trails Golf Club’s 7,000-yard course took its toll on a number of players Tuesday during the 12th annual Louisiana Champions Invitational.
But C.E. Byrd’s Jeffrey Berry and Dunham’s Sydney Cavin weren’t among them.
Berry, a junior, birdied the final hole and posted a 2-over-par 73 to win the boys’ division, while Cavin ran away from the field with a 3-over-par 74 to claim the title in the girls division of the state’s premier high school golf tournament, which serves as the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s annual All-Star event for the sport.
Berry, who finished tied for fifth in 2013, was 1-over on the front nine and his birdie at the 18th hole allowed him to slip past Collin Troxler of Hahnville and win the event by one stroke.
Jameson Thomasee of Opelousas Catholic finished third in the boys’ division with a round of 76 while Westminster’s Jack Tolson III and West Ouachita’s Triston Powell finished tied for fourth after both carded 77s.
Cavin’s victory was a little less dramatic.
The LSU commitment fired a 38 on the front side and finished the back with a 36, winning the tournament by 14 strokes over runnerup Aoife O’Donovan of Neville. O’Donovan finished with a score of 88.
McGehee’s Angelica Harris, last year’s girls champion, finished third in this year’s event with a round of 90 while St. Louis’ Olivia Hansen, the Division I state champion, was fourth with a 94.
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Sydney Cavin, Dunham, 38-36 — 74. Aoife O’Donovan, Neville, 43-45 — 88. Angelica Harris, McGehee, 45-45 — 90. Olivia Hanson, St. Louis, 41-53 — 94.
Jeffrey Berry, C.E. Byrd, 37-36 — 73. Collin Troxler, Hahnville, 39-35 — 74. Jameson Thomasee, Opelousas Catholic, 38-38 — 76. Jack Tolson III, Westminster, 40-37 — 77. Triston Powell, West Ouachita, 40-37 — 77. Micah Goulas, Catholic-NI, 38-40 — 78. Triston Elston, Catholic-BR, 38-40 — 78. Matt Ramsal, North DeSoto, 39-40 — 79. Logan Kuchn, St. Lewis, 38-44 — 82. Jacobo Santacoloma, St. Louis, 41-42 — 83. Jacob Wyatt, Benton, 43-40 — 83. Drew Gonzales, St. Thomas More, 44-39 — 83. Kristian Fontenot, Opelousas Catholic, 45-42 — 87. David Cole, Benton, 42-48 — 90. Nick Daniel, Hannan, 43-WD
BR Home School Eagles FB workouts set
The Baton Rouge Home School Eagles football team seeks players for its fall high-school age team and will be conducting spring practices from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. this week and the week of May 26 at the BREC’s Plank Road Park in Zachary.
Strength and conditioning workouts will continue at the Pennington YMCA on Old Hammond Hwy. from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays.
Spring practices will be used to teach players fundamental skills and basic offensive and defensive schemes.
Contact Eagles coach Jerald Hardy for details at (225) 247-2407.
Louisiana Tech fires Simoneaux
RUSTON — Louisiana Tech Athletic Director Tommy McClelland fired Bulldogs baseball coach Wade Simoneaux after 12 seasons.
The decision, announced Monday, comes after Louisiana Tech finished 15-35, including 5-25 in Conference USA in what was the Bulldogs’ maiden season in the league.
McClelland says a national search for Simoneaux’s replacement starts immediately, but he’s not giving a timetable for a hiring.
Simoneaux’s overall record at Louisiana Tech was 297-370-1.