John Curtis Christian coach J.T. Curtis gets a chance to make history this week when the top-ranked Patriots (7-0) face J.S. Clark in a District 9-2A game at Muss Bertolino Playground.
Curtis can become only the second high school football coach in the nation to garner his 500th career victory. Curtis enters the game with a 499-54-6 record in 42 seasons. The River Ridge-based Patriots had an open date in Week 8 and resume 9-2A play Thursday night.
In 30 trips to state title games, Curtis and Patriots have won 23 state crowns. A comparison of the 64-year-old Curtis’ accomplishments is notable.
John McKissack of Summerville, S.C., is still active and is the all-time high school wins leader at 592-141-3. McKissack, 85, is in his 60th season as a head coach.
By comparison, the winningest coach on the college level is John Gagliardi, of St. John’s University-Minnesota (480-133-11), who is in his 63rd season.
Other notables include Grambling legend Eddie Robinson (408-165-15), Penn State’s Joe Paterno (408-136-3) and Florida State’s Bobby Bowden (377-129-4).
Head football coaches in the metro Baton Rouge area are asked to nominate their top senior football players for the 10th Redstick Bowl all-star game at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at Zachary High.
Coaches should have already received an email notification about the nominations, which are due Nov. 16.
Forms for nominations can be found at www.redstickbowl.org and should be sent to Redstick organizer Barrett Murphy by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Coaches can also call Murphy at (225) 266-4997 with questions.
Catholic High will host a reunion for basketball players on its campus on Jan. 7.
Basketball alumni will be invited to participate in a variety of activities that day, starting at 9 a.m. and leading up to a freshman-junior varsity-varsity tripleheader against Comeaux-Lafayette set for 1:30 p.m. Included in the events will be tours of the school before and after the games.
A reception for former players will be held in the Catholic High Union after the varsity game. Contact the alumni office at (225) 383-0459 or send emails to Barbara Camp at email@example.com.
Hall of Fame basketball
A number of schools, including some local-area schools, will be hosting preseason Hall of Fame Basketball Classic games in the weeks ahead. In addition to those preseason games, LHSAA schools in any classification can also host Hall of Fame games on either Jan. 28 or Feb. 4.
Cost is $75 per team and proceeds go to the Louisiana High School Sports Hall of Fame.
This new version of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association-sanctioned games allows schools to keep gate proceeds.
Forms to host Hall of Fame games can be found on the LHSAA website at LHSAA.org.
West Feliciana multi-sport standout Britney Washington has won MVP and All-Metro honors before.
Friday night Washington added another title — homecoming queen. She was crowned during Friday’s football game with L.B. Landry.