Photos: LHSAA Prep Championships - Zachary, Lutcher, Neville take titles _lowres

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD – John Ehret's Juwan Leonard runs against Zachary's Justin Jackson in the first quarter Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, during the Class 5A championship of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Prep Classic at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

John Ehret senior running back Juwan Leonard will continue his football career at Louisiana-Lafayette.

Leonard will be a preferred walk-on for the Ragin’ Cajuns.

“It was just a place where I felt really comfortable, and I really like the coaches there,” Leonard said. “It’s pretty close to home, too, and I like the direction the program is going.”

Leonard rushed for 1,338 yards and 11 touchdowns this season to help lead Ehret to the Class 5A state championship game.

He rushed for 144 yards in the title game loss to Zachary.

The 5-foot-9, 205 pound Leonard played a key role in the Patriots going from 0-9 his freshman season to reaching the title game his senior year.

Leonard also had an offer from Louisiana College, and said he was drawing interest from Southern.

“The only knock schools had on Juwan was his height,” Ehret coach Corey Lambert said. “If I had kept feeding Juwan in the state championship game, I think the game would have been different. I got away from the run. Other than people looking for someone six feet, Juwan is the total package. They are getting a great kid, a hard worker who knows the offense.”

He is one of seven John Ehret players who will be playing in Division I in the fall.

All-Star hoops game set Sunday

Bragging rights will be on the line Sunday in the annual Orleans-Jefferson Parish All-Star Basketball Game at Xavier University.

The girls game is set to tip off at 5 p.m., with the boys game to follow.

Andrea Williams (Ursuline Academy) and Chuck Dorvin (East Jefferson) will serve as head coaches in the girls game.

Derrick Allen (Ben Franklin) and Brian Simmons (West Jefferson) will coach the boys teams.

Jefferson Parish won both games last season, including a 121-99 victory for the boys.

Lucky 8s

In the latest unofficial baseball power rankings, four of the highest ranked local teams are all No. 8 seeds.

Hahnville is the highest ranked local team in Class 5A as a No. 8 seed.

In Class 4A, Karr is the highest ranked local team. Also, De La Salle (3A) and St. Martin’s (1A) lead the way among New Orleans area teams in their respective classes.

Class 2A, however, has the highest seeded teams among local schools.

St. Charles is a No. 2 seed, followed by No. 5 Northlake Christian and No. 6 Hannan.

Bowling championships

The LHSAA bowling state championship will be held on April 8 at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge.

Brother Martin won last year’s team title.

Ex-Country Day player headed to Presbyterian

JC Younger, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard who transferred from Country Day to IMG Academy for his senior season, will play collegiately at Presbyterian Christian.

Younger finished his high school career with over 2,100 points.