Rummel's Ryan Hanley

Rummel offensive lineman Ryan Hanley verbally committed to Nicholls State on Thursday.

The 6-foot-1, 260-pound Hanley was a three-year starter at Rummel, earning all-state honors the past two seasons.

“I talked to several people, and they said it was a great school to go,” Hanley said.

Hanley played guard in high school, but will likely play center in college.

He helped Rummel win back-to-back state championships as a sophomore and junior and paved the way for a team that averaged 5.7 yards per carry and 217.6 yards rushing per game this past season.

“He is an athlete playing guard, an intense athlete,” Rummel coach Jay Roth said. “He played on special teams as well. He is a great leader.”

Hanley is the second Catholic League player to commit to Nicholls this week. Shaw receiver Bryson Simmons committed to Nicholls on Wednesday.

Simmons caught 27 passes for 575 yards and seven touchdowns this season.

Power rankings

If the most recent Louisiana High School Athletic Association power rankings for basketball are any indication, there could be a strong presence of New Orleans teams playing in Lake Charles in early March.

Especially in the girls Class 4A tournament.

The top four teams in the 4A girls power rankings are from the New Orleans area.

Two-time defending champion Salmen is No. 1 in the latest power rankings, followed by Karr, Warren Easton and Cabrini.

Other local girls teams in the top five in their classification are: Destrehan (No. 4 in Class 5A) and West St. John (No. 3 in Class 1A).

On the boys side, two local teams (Karr in 4A and Riverside in 2A) are No. 1 in their class.

Other teams ranked in the top five are: Helen Cox (No. 2 in 5A), Salmen (No. 5 in 4A), John Curtis (No. 5 in 3A), and Country Day (No. 4 in 1A).


Thursday’s soccer game between De La Salle and Ben Franklin was postponed and will be played at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at Ben Franklin.

Track group to honor three

The Louisiana Track and Field Coaches Association recently announced its Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients for 2015.

This year’s recipients are Donald Dunbar, Robin Fambrough and Butch Helveston.

Dunbar was a longtime track and cross country coach in the Acadiana area with stints at St. Martinville, Port Barre, Lafayette High and Delcambre where his teams won numerous championships. He also served a stint as an administrator with the LHSAA. After completing his coaching career, he continued to serve in many capacities as a meet official in area, regional, state high school meets and as an LSU track official, including several NCAA Meets.

Fambrough is a longtime prep sportswriter, first with the (Thibodaux) Daily Comet, and currently with The Advocate, where she continues to provide comprehensive coverage of prep sports in southeast Louisiana.

Helveston had an outstanding career coaching track and cross country at Baton Rouge High and later at Episcopal High School. At Baton Rouge High, his teams claimed 20 state championship and runner-up finishes. At Episcopal, his teams won 10 state championships and runner-up finishes in track and cross country.

The recipients will be recognized at a banquet at the LTFCA Clinic on January 29.

For banquet ticket information, contact Jay Stuckey at Jewell Sumner High at