ABITA SPRINGS — Score one for Mandeville High School in the battle of south Louisiana-based Class 5A girls cross country powers.

The Skippers placed five runners in the top 12 to win the team title at the Christian Brothers Invitational Saturday at Money Hill Golf and Country Club.

Mandeville finished with 29 points and finished ahead of a field that included defending state champion St. Joseph’s Academy (42) and Dominican (110).

Claire Crosby won the three-mile girls race in 18 minutes, 9 seconds. MHS’ Olivia Murphy was second at 18:31. Annie Hill was fifth in 18:58 to pace SJA, while the Redstickers’ Gabbi Chauvin was eighth.

Eric Coston of St. Paul’s was the other big story. The junior won the three-mile boys race in a sizzling 14:48, leading the Wolves to the team title.

St. Paul’s scored 45 points to place ahead of Brother Martin (67) and Mandeville (126).

Hess golf tournament

The eighth annual Brian Hess golf tournament is set for Oct. 5 at Greystone Country Club in Denham Springs.

Proceeds from the tournament help defray the living expenses for the family of Hess, who was the boys basketball coach at Woodlawn High School when he was seriously injured in a 2005 auto accident while the team was playing in a Lake Charles-based tournament.

Go to brianhess.org to obtain entry fees and details.

Weekly leaders sought

The Advocate and other publications across the state is seeking statewide football leaders each week.

Baton Rouge area schools are asked to submit their leaders by clicking on the following link http://weeklystatistics.theadvocate.com/. Include two-game totals and top individual performers from the first two weeks of the season.

Officials to meet

The Baton Rouge Area Basketball Officials Association began its series of weekly meetings last week. The group will continue to meet at 6 p.m. each Wednesday in the Family Christian Academy gym.

Contact BRABOA President Robert Combs at (225) 936-0419 or assignment secretary Virgil Pratt at (225) 485-0800 with any questions.

Prep notables

Junior golfer DJ Johnson of Catholic High qualified to compete Nature Valley First Tee Open on Sept. 25-27 at Pebble Beach, Calif.

Johnson was selected by a national panel who evaluated playing ability, comprehension of the life skills and character education learned through the The First Tee program conducted locally by BREC.

  • Brusly seeks one boys basketball team for its tournament scheduled for Dec. 3-5.

Contact Brusly coach Kirby Loupe at (225) 776-7444 or send email to Kirby.loupe@wbrschools.net