Newman reached the quarterfinals and finished in fifth place at the 7-on-7 Tournament at the Drew Brees Academy on Saturday in Orlando, Florida.
Miles Lapeyre threw a touchdown to Brian McGowan as time expired to lead the Greenies past Halifax (Florida) in Newman’s final game.
“I will never forget this trip,” Newman coach Nelson Stewart said. “It was simply an unbelievable experience for the kids.”
Newman’s football team finished 11-2 last season and reached the semifinals of the Division III playoffs.
They go into the 2015 season without running back Kendall Bussey (Texas A&M) and the versatile Jay Tyler (Stanford) but will rely heavily Lapeyre’s arm.
Rummel wins 7 on 7
Rummel won the Southeast 7-on-7 Tournament last week played at Lakeshore High School.
The Raiders, led by rising senior quarterback Chase Fourcade, defeated Fontainebleau in the championship game.
Rummel qualified for the national 7-on-7 tournament that will be played in Hoover, Alabama, on July 16-18.
Jay Roth’s Rummel team will look to become the second straight New Orleans team to win the national title.
Warren Easton won the national championship last season.
Rummel, which won state championships in 2012 and 2013, will enter the season ranked No. 22 nationally by MaxPreps.
Jennings makes list
Gabrielle Jennings, a rising senior at First Baptist Christian School, was listed this week in USA Today’s 60 for ’16, a list of the nation’s top athletes to keep an eye on from the Class of 2016.
The list was compiled by the publication’s high school sports staff.
Jennings, a standout distance runner, has already won a mind-boggling 37 career state championships in outdoor track, indoor track and cross country.
She swept the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters at the LHSAA Outdoor State Track and Field Meet in May. She also ran a leg on the winning 4x400 relay team.
La. Fire teams nationals bound
The Louisiana Fire Juniors 99 Girls Under 18 team won the Region III championship and will advance to the national championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on July 21-26.
These Region III Champions will join the 40 National League qualifying teams and the champions from Region I (East), Region II (Midwest) and Region IV (West) tournaments in Oklahoma.
Region III consists of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Texas and Tennessee.
The Louisiana Fire Juniors 99 Girls Navy Under 16 team won the Region III Presidents Cup Championship by defeating the Arkansas Comets in a finals match on June 14 in Lafayette.
The New Orleans-based team will head to Kansas City to compete for the national championship at the U.S. Youth Soccer Presidents Cup from July 9-12.
The under-16 girls final needed shots from the mark to decide a champion after the two teams played to a scoreless draw in regulation. The back lines controlled the match, as neither side was able to penetrate the opposing defense and find the back of the net. After the game ended tied at 0-0, the Louisiana Fire outscored the Comets 4-2 in the shootout to claim the Region III title.
“These girls have been playing soccer for many years and have achieved what few in the nation and none in Louisiana have,” coach Blaine Walsh said.
Douglas signs scholarship
East Jefferson volleyball player Alexandria Douglas signed a scholarship to play at Tougaloo (Mississippi) College.
Douglas was an all-district selection in District 5-II.
She also played basketball for the Warriors.