There are a lot of emotions and a few topics to cover. There’s not nearly enough space to do it in.

But here goes.

I know everyone is locked in on the LHSAA’s public and private school issues. There’s a good reason for that.

I’m not offering any new insight on that topic at this point. I do want to know how things are going since the LHSAA sent out its edict prohibiting vulgar language by players, coaches or anyone associated with a high school team.

The logic is sound. If it’s not appropriate to say it in a classroom, it shouldn’t be said on the sideline, the playing field or the bench.

Of course, we all know that may be easier said than done. Days after the mandate was sent to schools, LHSAA assistant executive director Keith Alexander said offensive language led to nine penalties being called in a junior varsity football game.

The coaches said they weren’t aware of new mandate. As much as I like the idea behind this rule, I know the stereotype of a cursing coach isn’t something made up.

Many years ago a photographer I worked with was approached by a fan who was concerned about the language the coach from a parochial school was using during a football game.

The photographer proudly told me his response, “This isn’t about being Catholic. … this is about football.”

And there you have item one.

The second item is tough for me. The death of longtime Ascension Parish broadcaster and high school sports enthusiast supreme Kevin Shillings last Sunday is a big loss for high school sports in Louisiana.

Shillings’ passion for high school sports made him a favorite for many of us in the media. I looked forward to hearing from him via twitter or seeing him in person. Shillings and his wife, Becky, were longtime supporters of St. Amant High.

“They’re part of the fabric of our community,” SAHS athletic trainer Scott Arceneaux said.

But Shillings, a former East Ascension quarterback, loved all the Ascension schools and high school sports in general. He always had questions about other schools/players. His love of the Houston Astros was legendary. He will be missed by many, including me.

Watching former Capitol High and LSU star Seimone Augustus win a third WNBA title with the Minnesota Lynx was a highlight for me last week.

The kid who burst onto the high school scene with pigtails has been grown for years. Watching her sink mid-range jumpers and shaking off defenders with that cross-over dribble never gets old.

Top honor to Runnels

Runnels claimed the Capital City Board of Volleyball Officials’ overall and Division V sportsmanship awards, according to a news release.

“The LHSAA contacted us about nominating a team from our area for a statewide team sportsmanship award,” CCBVO assignment secretary Nedda Taylor said. “We talked about it and decided we couldn’t honor just one.”

“So we choose a team in each division and then voted on those five to decide who’ll be nominated for the state award. We picked Runnels to be that team.”

Other teams honored by CCBVO division were Walker in Division I, Live Oak in Division II, West Feliciana in Division III and Episcopal in Division IV. Each of the five schools will receive a plaque from the CCBVO at their last home game.

Red Stick Bowl XIV

Football coaches from the Baton Rouge area are asked to nominate their top senior players for the 14th annual Red Stick Bowl all-star football game set for Dec. 20 at Olympia Stadium.

Plaquemine head coach Paul Distefano and Central High assistant Ken Hilton have been selected as the head coaches for the game that features 90 seniors from area schools. Coaches should submit nominations by Nov. 1. Nomination forms can be found at

Contact Barrett Murphy at (225) 266-4997 or Dennis Lorio at (225) 936-4921 for more information.

By the numbers

Dutchtown’s 35-6 victory over McKinley Friday night amounted to more than just a District 5-5A win for the Griffins.

It was the 100th win for the Dutchtown program of coach Benny Saia. The victory gives Saia, the only head coach the schools has ever had, a record of 100-46 at the school.

  • St. Amant quarterback Hayden Mallory set a single-season school record for touchdown passes in a season with 22.

Brian Babin and Josh Jordan previously held the record.

The Gators’ Briggs Bourgeois has set a single-season record for scoring and now has 91 points. Seth Babin previously held the St. Amant scoring record.