Two local boys teams that won state titles, Catholic High and Episcopal, were ranked atop the final cross country polls compiled by the Louisiana Track and Field Coaches Association.
Class 5A state champion Catholic garnered a No. 1 ranking in the large schools poll for schools in Classes 5A to 3A and in the overall poll. Class 2A champion Episcopal was ranked No. 1 in the small schools poll for Classes 2A and below was rated fifth in the overall poll.
Hammond’s St. Thomas Aquinas was rated second to Episcopal in the small schools poll, while 1A state champion Ascension Catholic was rated fourth in the small schools poll. St. Thomas Aquinas (ninth) and Walker (10th) were also included in the overall boys poll. Walker was seventh in the large schools poll. Runnels (ninth) and University (10th) were part of the small schools poll.
Meanwhile, St. Joseph’s Academy was ranked third in the final girls composite poll. The Redstickers were the only local team in the composite top 10. Class 5A state champion Dominican-New Orleans was the No. 1 team.
SJA was also third in the final large schools poll for 5A to 3A also led by Dominican. Episcopal ranked second behind Alexandria’s Menard in the small schools girls poll for 2A and below. Christian Life (sixth), University (eighth) and Catholic-Pointe Coupee (ninth) were also featured in the 2A and below girls poll.
Zachary High softball player Katie Browne signed with the University of Georgia last week, helping to lead a long list of players who signed with colleges during the second week of the NCAA’s early signing period.
Browne was not the only Zachary athlete to sign. Also signing during a Wednesday ceremony held at the school was girls basketball player Bria Reed, who is bound for Nicholls State.
The Dunham School boys basketball player Zach Padgett signed with Central Arkansas during a ceremony held at the school on Friday.
Meanwhile, Redemptorist boys basketball player Gervaughn McGhee signed with Tennessee-Chatanooga during a Tuesday ceremony. McGhee’s brother Ronald, who prepped at Istrouma, signed with Eastern Illinois a week earlier and is currently playing for Kansas-based Dodge City Community College.
Catholic High swimmer Grant Grenfell was also among last week’s signees. Grenfell signed with LSU.
There was one commitment. St. Michael the Archangel right-hander Cameron Cochran committed to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. MGCCC is located in Perkinston, Miss.
Red Stick meeting set
The meeting to select players for the U.S. Army Red Stick Bowl will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Parkview Baptist.
Coaches who have nominated players for the annual all-star football game for players in the Baton Rouge metro area are invited to participate. Eric Held of St. Michael the Archangel will serve as head coach for the Black Knights, while Zachary’s Neil Weiner will be head coach for the Rough Riders.
The game is scheduled for Dec. 17 at 2:30 p.m. at Zachary High. Contact organizer Barrett Murphy by email at
email@example.com with any questions.
Coaches from the Baton Rouge metro area are invited to participate in the selection of the All-Metro cross country teams. The meeting will be at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 30 in the Episcopal coaches office located in the school’s main gym.
Those who are unable to attend should send their team’s nominations to Episcopal coach Claney Duplechin at
• The All-Metro meeting for volleyball coaches will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at The Dunham School’s Domingue Center. Contact Dunham coach Donna Pixley at (225) 767-7097 and fax nominations to Pixley at (225) 767-7056.
Catholic High’s Brian Primeaux pulled off a rare double by placing 15th to help the Bears win the Class 5A boys cross country title with a three-mile time of 16 minutes, 34.90 seconds.
Primeaux then finished eighth in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:09.62, helping Catholic win its first Division I-Class 5A swimming title since 2005.
Catholic High started its own Sacred Heart Cup boys soccer tournament on a high note — the Bears tied defending Division I-Class 5A state champion St. Paul’s 1-1 Friday night.
St. Paul’s took a 1-0 lead on a first-half goal by Marc Robertson. Catholic tied in on a second-half goal by Richard Pellman in the 46th minute. Nathan Neames had five saves for the Bears.
• Former St. Joseph’s Academy volleyball player Maggie Tumminello recently completed her four-year career at Mississippi-based Millsaps College where she compiled 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs.
Tumminello was named to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Academic team four times. She made the All-SCAC volleyball team in 2010 and in 2011 finished fourth in the conference in aces and was named to the SCAC Volleyball All-Tournament team.
• Radford’s Leigh Myers, a multi-sport athlete at The Dunham School, was selected to the Big South Conference All-Academic volleyball team.
Compiled by Robin Fambrough