The Louisiana Track and Field Coaches Association presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to four coaches: Episcopal’s Claney Duplechin, Dominican’s Paul Garvey, Menard’s Wally Smith and Jewel Sumner’s Jay Stuckey.

All four presentations were made during last week’s LTFCA Clinic in Lafayette. The coaches were recognized for their accomplishments and their influence on student-athletes.

West Feliciana’s Nick Smith was elected as the LTFCA president, while Catholic-Pointe Coupee’s Jason Chauvin was selected the vice president.

Basketball milestones

Episcopal’s Mary Melissa Hoover scored her 2,000th career point in November and now has 2,375 points for the Knights. Hoover is an Appalachian State signee.

  • The Dunham School’s Brea Manuel scored her 1,000th career point in a recent District 7-2A game.

Manuel is a junior guard for the Tigers.

  • Belaire High’s X’zalyn McGarner scored her 1,000th career point in Tuesday’s District 6-4A victory over Plaquemine High.

Soto honored

Lakeside High’s Enrique Soto was honored as the Gatorade Louisiana Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year last week.

Soto, who was the Class 2A runner-up, placed 24th at the Nike Cross Nationals South Regional and finished 38th at the Footlocker South Regional Championships.

It marked the first time a runner from a school outside Baton Rouge has won the award. Baton Rouge High’s Philipp Goettert, Catholic High’s Philip Primeaux, Runnels’ Matthew Rice and Catholic’s Cole Stafford were the previous Gatorade winners.

Soto is now eligible to win Gatorade’s national cross country award that will be announced in the weeks ahead.


Central High softball players Brittney Johnson and Katie Flowers signed with LSU-Eunice on Friday. Johnson is a center fielder and Flowers is a catcher.

Job openings

Donaldsonville High seeks applicants for its head football coach/athletic director job. Applications should include a cover letter, résumé, references and a phone number and should be mailed to the attention of Ascension Parish School Board Superintendent Patrice Pujol to P.O. Box 189, Donaldsonville, LA. 70346.

Application information can also be emailed to the APSB’s Robbin Boudreaux at or faxed to (225) 473-7820.

  • Episcopal seeks a part-time assistant girls track coach. Those interested should send a résumé to Episcopal Athletic Director Myra Mansur at

LSD to host wrestlers

Louisiana School for the Deaf is scheduled to host deaf schools from Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi and Georgia for a wrestling tournament Saturday.

Action will begin at 8:45 a.m. Saturday in the LSD gymnasium. Finals are set for 2:30 p.m.

Softball umpires meeting

The Baton Rouge Softball Chapter of the Louisiana High School Officials Association will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at Christian Life Academy.

Required mechanics clinics and a review of the 2013 study guide for the umpires certification test will be among the topics covered.

Veteran umpires and newcomers are encouraged to attend. Members are reminded they are required to attend a certain percentage of meetings to maintain certification.

Contact assignment secretary Paul Dufour for information or directions to the meeting by calling (225) 933-9376 or send email at

A tribute

Longtime basketball coach Terry Reed died at age 63 on Jan. 13 in his hometown of Hot Springs, Ark.

Reed coached high school basketball for 17 years in Arkansas, Louisiana, Illinois and Indiana.

He worked as an college assistant at Southern Mississippi, the University of New Orleans, Iowa State, Eastern Oklahoma College and Henderson State. Reed also was an offensive consultant to Tim Floyd at Southern California and worked numerous camps at LSU.

Reed was an NAIA All-American at Arkansas’ Ouachita Baptist. His son, Neil Reed, a former East Jefferson, Indiana University and Mississippi player, died several months ago.