As the countdown to the Super Bowl started winding down, four more local schools were able to be part of it through presentations and displays featuring golden footballs that commemorate the 50th anniversary of the NFL championship.

Northeast has three golden football, including one for former Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams. The others represent former NHS and Tulane linebacker Ruffin Hamilton (Green Bay Packers) and ex-Northeast and LSU standout Trindon Holliday (Denver Broncos).

Former LSU and Brusly standout Randall “Blue” Gay presented his golden football during a basketball game last week. Gay played for New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints teams that made the Super Bowl.

Friendship Capitol also held a ceremony for its golden football, which represents former Capitol running back Sidney Thornton (Pittsburgh Steelers). Belaire also got its golden football in honor of ex-Bengal and Tulane running back Mewelde Moore (Steelers).

Sims, Smart milestones

And speaking of the number 50 — Scotlandville sophomore guard Ja’Vonte Smart established a new career high by scoring 50 points in Friday’s 100-50 victory over Zachary High in District 4-5A action.

Meanwhile, LSU signee Wayde Sims became University High’s all-time leading scorer by scoring 24 points in the Cubs’ 82-69 victory over Parkview Baptist in District 6-3A action Friday.

Sims broke the record of 2,791 points set by former LSU star Glen Davis. Sims now has 2,810 points for the Cubs (21-3, 9-0).

Smart made seven of the 13 3-pointers Scotlandville (26-2, 6-0) connected on Friday night. He made 14 of 24 from the field, including 7-for-10 on 3-pointers. Smart also made 15 of 16 free throws to go along with 10 rebounds and six assists.

3-point contest

Denham Springs will host the Baton Rouge area’s Louisiana High School Basketball Coaches Association’s boys and girls 3-point shooting contest starting at 9 a.m. Saturday.

All participants must play for a coach who is an LHSBCA member and arrive by 9 a.m. to register and be wearing a team uniform. A parent/guardian also must be present to sign a participation form if the player is under the age of 18.

The top finishers advance to compete in the LHSBCA’s 3-point shooting finals next month.

Signing stuff

Silliman Institute quarterback Zach Kelly signed with Princeton on Thursday, while teammate Will Douglas, a linebacker, signed with Nicholls. The duo did not sign on Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA’s signing period, because of a school field trip.

Episcopal running back T.J. Wisham signed with Army on Friday. Defensive back Rashaad Jenkins of the Knights signed with Jackson State.

St. James wide receiver Arron McKinney also was part of the Nicholls State signing last week.

Central Private-BRCC

Central Private is set to host a softball doubleheader between Baton Rouge Community College and Mississippi-based East Central Community College.

CPS Athletic Director Joey Sanchez said the first game starts at 12:45 p.m. and admission is $6.

Alumni report

Former St. Michael the Archangel baseball standout Austin Edens of Samford made the National College Baseball Writers Association’s preseason first-team All-America list as a designated hitter.

Edens hit .357 and had 54 RBIs for Samford last spring as a freshman.

Former Parkview Baptist basketball standout James Thompson IV is averaging 15.5 points and 10.9 rebounds per game for Eastern Michigan. Thompson has a shooting percentage of .700 and ranks among the nation’s leaders in field goal percentage and rebounding.

Compiled by Robin Fambrough