Donaldsonville High took a 32-6 victory over Zachary High to win a seven-on-seven football tournament hosted by Denham Springs High on Saturday.

Host Denham Springs and Hammond High were semifinalists in the seven-team event that also featured a St. Michael, Live Oak and a second Zachary squad.

Zachary took a 16-13 win over Denham Springs in one semifinal; Donaldsonville beat Hammond in triple-overtime in its semifinal.

Donaldsonville was 5-0 on the day. Zachary finished 4-1.

The event was the first seven-on-seven hosted by DSHS since the school installed artificial turf on its football stadium during the spring.

“Everything went really well,” DSHS coach Dru Nettles said. “It was hot, especially in the afternoon before the rain, but we only had a couple go down with cramps. I thought all the teams enjoyed the competition. I know we did.”

Denham Springs is one of the host sites for a 16-team league that begins weekly seven-on-seven play on Wednesday.

Gatorade honors Cecchini

Barbe-Lake Charles shortstop Gavin Cecchini is the Gatorade Louisiana Baseball Player of the Year.

Cecchini, an LSU commitment, is the fourth Barbe player to win the Gatorade/ESPN Rise award. Cecchini hit .548 with 10 home runs and 41 runs batted in this spring as a junior.

Devall tops MAIS team

Another LSU commitment, junior pitcher Hunter Devall of Centreville Academy, is Co-Most Valuable Player on the Mississippi Association of Independent School All-Class 2A team with Jackson Academy pitcher Matt Denny.

Devall, a Clinton resident, pitched for Zachary High last season. Central Private outfileder Seth Stevens earned second-team MAIS 2A honors.

Scholarship winners

Five local athletes were among the scholarship winners announced during the LHSAA’s annual summer meeting.

Catholic High’s Adam White was one of two $2,500 Piccadilly scholarship winners. Holden’s Kaity Addison (Coca-Cola), Catholic’s Chris Sciambra (Coca-Cola), Livonia’s Rebekah Gueho (State Farm) and Lutcher’s Aimee Zeringue (Louisiana High School Coaches Association) were all $1,000 scholarship winners.

Other $2,500 scholarship winners were Leesville’s Jessika Marlow (Fodale Energy), Converse’s Terry Jones (Fodale Energy) and Erath’s Marisa Primeaux (Piccadilly).

The other $1,000 winners are from Coca-Cola are Cedar Creek’s Lauren Ingram, South Beauregard’s Mackenzie Greene, Basile’s Nicholas Bertrand and Christopher Sylvester of Sacred Heart-Ville Platte.

Additional State Farm $1,000 winners are Shanice Holmes of Oakdale, Byrd’s Emorie Nugent, Captain Shreve’s Lacie Williams, Lauren Jordan of North DeSoto, St. Thomas More’s Samuel Scofield, Fontainebleau’s Quinn Dotson, Jesuit’s Jarvis Harris, Samuel Eastman of Jennings and Northlake Christian’s Tyler Clark.

Dillon Dunbar of Marksville, LaGrange’s Frederick Galloway and Carlee Reeves of East Beauregard were the other LHSCA $1,000 scholarship winners.

Wendy’s applications

Wendy’s is accepting applications for its 2011 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. The annual award, given in conjunction with college football’s Heisman Trophy in December, honors student-athletes who excel in academics, athletics and community service.

Seniors can apply online through Oct. 2 at

Prep notables

St. Amant High javelin specialist Cody Nickel signed with Louisiana-Lafayette last week.

Nickel led all area competitors with a season best of 202 feet, 6 inches and won the Class 5A state champion with a 190-2 toss last month.

Edna Karr-New Orleans, last year’s Class 4A football runner-up, will play Texas-based Bowie High as part of the Kirk Herbstreit National Kickoff Classic on Sept. 5 at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The move brings a new opponent for one local team, Istrouma. The Indians will now play Hahnville on Sept. 9. Karr was originally scheduled to play Hahnville on Sept. 9.

Though Karr won’t play on Sept. 9, the Cougars plan to move their season-opener against St. Paul’s to Sept. 1.

  • Another New Orleans area team, O. Perry Walker, went unbeaten to claim top honors at the Red Bull Game Breakers Louisiana qualifier for seven-on-seven teams.

OPW beat Shreveport’s Evangel Christian in the final.

Donaldsonville High and Glen Oaks High also competed in the one-day event.