Much like the athletes we cover, sportswriters have a thing about symmetry and closure.
That’s what made watching Tenoa Alex run one last race for Redemptorist at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Outdoor State Track & Field meet on Friday night both uplifting and a little heartbreaking.
Alex’s mother, Daphne Hughes-Alex, was part of the first girls track team at Redemptorist. She was a state 100-meter hurdles champion in 1980-81 and 400 champion in 1979-81. Her sister and older son are RHS graduates.
A victory in that last race — the Class 2A 300-meter hurdles — would have provided symmetry and closure. Alex was in the lead when he fell over the final hurdle, symbolically and literally ending Redemptorist’s athletic run. The junior crawled to the finish line and placed fourth, just off the awards stand.
It was a gutsy finish that did Redemptorist proud. So to hell with symmetry and closure.
“I’m very proud of him,” Hughes-Alex said. “Oh my God he ran great, especially for someone who started hurdling this year. Redemptorist is a part of who we are. I was proud to compete for Redemptorist. I was looking forward to having my daughter go there next year. Regardless, we’ll always be part of the Wolfpack.”
Hughes-Alex is also looking toward the future. Tenoa Alex said he likely will attend Southern Lab next year. His younger sister, Thai, is set to attend Baton Rouge High.
Going out on top
The Dunham School boys golf coach and Metro league coordinator Philip Zimmerman has announced his retirement from coaching.
Zimmerman got quite a send-off — the Tigers won the Division III title last week in Lafayette. Mitch McIlwain is set to handle Dunham’s boys and girls teams. Catholic High coach Patrick Dulaney takes over as Metro coordinator.
A coaching change at Tennessee-Chattanooga has put Scotlandville guard LaMarcus Lee on the market. Lee has been released from his national letter of intent he signed with UTC.
Southern University and Southeastern Louisiana University are among the schools interested, said SHS coach Carlos Sample who said garnering a slightly higher ACT score next month is the next goal for Lee, who helped the Hornets win the Class 5A state title in March.
- Episcopal sprinter Rachel Misher is one of several track and field athletes who have closed out their seasons with the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Track & Field meet and a scholarship signing.
Misher is scheduled to sign Thursday with LSU at the school. Denham Springs distance runner Amber Ferguson signed with Southeastern Louisiana last week, while Port Allen High jumps specialist Telson Allen signed with Hinds (Miss.) Community College.
- Central athletes, football player Tyler Sansone and baseball player James Daniel Schopp, also signed last week. Sansone signed with SLU, while Schopp signed with LSU-Eunice.
- Southern Lab offensive lineman/center Trevis Samuels has signed with New Mexico Military Institute. Samuels was an All-Metro and Class 1A all-state selection for the Kittens.
Softball metro meeting
The meeting to select All-Metro softball teams is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday at Brusly High. Coaches from all classifications are invited to attend.
Teams for Class 5A-4A and Class 3A and below will be selected.
Coaches should send nominations to Brusly coach Beau Bouvier at Beau.Bouvier@wbrschools.net
Central Middle School seeks a head football coach. Areas of teaching certification are flexible.
Applicants should sent resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org, according to Frank Fresina, Central High’s assistant head coach.