Good works and good behavior were elevated to new levels by two local schools recently.

Last Wednesday, 16 student-athletes from Baker High took on a task of planting trees for an orchard located in the Glen Oaks area. Athletic director Gary Mitchell and head footbAall coach Robert Raines were also among the workers on the project.

Student-athletes planted a total of 16 trees of various types, while also learning lesson on how growing fruits and other foods can benefit ecological efforts.

Meanwhile, the University High tennis team was honored with a commendations from the Louisiana High School Athletic Association and the Louisiana legislature for actions that took place during the LHSAA’s State Tennis Tournament.

In addition to winning its fifth straight Division IV-Class 2A state titles for boys and girls, the Cubs pitched in to spearhead cleanup efforts in and around the University of New Orleans after other teams had left.

The clean-up effort garnered coach Johnny Wahlborg and his team a letter of commendation for their sportsmanship act from LHSAA Executive Director Kenny Henderson.

A resolution from the House congratulated the Cubs and also lauded their sportsmanship in handling the clean-up.

McGee to sign

East Iberville track athlete Bentrell McGee is scheduled to sign with Jackson State on Monday at 11 a.m. at the school library.

McGee was one of Louisiana’s top hurdlers in 2011. He won the Division II 55-meter hurdles in 7.66 seconds at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Indoor Championships. He placed second in the 110 hurdles in 14.61 and won the 300 hurdles in 38.18 at the LHSAA’s Class 1A outdoor meet.

Officials meeting

The Baton Rouge Area Football Officials Association will hold its first 2011 meeting on June 27 in Room 103 of LSU’s Williams Hall at 7 p.m.

Newly approved requirements, including testing, along with field training will be discussed. A schedule for field training classes will also be provided.

Veteran officials and anyone wishing to join the local officials association should plan to attend. The first regular meeting for veteran officials is scheduled for July 11 also in Room 103 at LSU’s Williams Hall.

Stanford offers Harris

Episcopal defensive end-tight end Tylor Harris got a scholarship offer from Stanford last week.

The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Harris also has scholarship offers from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Western Kentucky University, Louisiana Tech, Southern Mississippi, North Texas, Minnesota and Memphis.

Football questionnaires

The Advocate would like to thank the coaches who took the time to submit football questionnaires during the past week.

In addition to sending out questionnaires by mail, coaches can also have a questionnaire faxed to their school or can fill out an online questionnaire located on the left side of high schools page on our website.

Coaches who filled out the online form last week should contact Robin Fambrough either phone at (225) 383-1111, extension 80412 or by email because of a possible glitch in the system.

Corbello nets honor

Barbe-Lake Charles pitcher Sara Corbello has been selected as the Gatorade Louisiana Softball Player of the Year.

Corbello led Barbe to the Class 5A semifinals with a 26-3 record and a 1.13 earned run average with 177 strikeouts. She also hit .395 with nine home runs and 34 runs batted in.

The honor makes Barbe a double Gatorade winner. The Bucs’ Gavin Cecchini was the Gatorade Louisiana Baseball Player of the year.

Prep notables

Shortstop Hunter Travis was a third Louisiana resident on the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools All-Class 2A team.

Travis, a Jackson resident, attends Mississippi-based Centreville Academy.