Officials from the Under Armour All-American Bowl are scheduled to come to Dutchtown High on Wednesday to present Griffins football standout Landon Collins with his invitation to play in the annual All-Star game Jan. 5 in Orlando, Fla.
Collins, who led the Griffins to a 10-1 record, the District 5-5A title and a No. 4 playoff seeding, will also receive his jersey for the game in a ceremony at 11 a.m. in the school cafeteria.
It is the second time in three years that a Dutchtown player has been selected for a national all-star game. Current LSU player Eric Reid played in the U.S. All-American Bowl during his senior season.
Three local athletes have committed to colleges in different sports and two are set to sign this week.
Catholic High swimmer Grant Grenfell is scheduled to sign with LSU on Monday.
Redemptorist basketball player Gervaughn McGhee is scheduled to sign with Tennessee-Chattanooga in a ceremony at the school at 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Also, Runnels distance runner Matthew Rice has committed to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
1,000 times two
By rushing for 92 yards in Friday’s first-round playoff win over Independence, Port Allen High quarterback Darian Claiborne became the first player in school history to compile 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 passing yards in a season.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Claiborne leads the Pelicans into a Class 3A regional playoff game at Loranger this week.
Catholic High is not in the football playoffs this year, but three former Bears are coaching teams headed to the regional round.
Livonia’s David Brewerton, Port Allen’s Guy Blanchard and University High’s Chad Mahaffey are all former Catholic High players.
A striking donation total
Louisiana High School Athletic Association volleyball schools combined to raise more than $27,000 this fall for breast cancer research and treatment through a series of designated pink games held across the state.
LHSAA assistant executive director Rhonda Dreibelbis, said Louisiana schools have combined to raise more than $150,000 for various breast cancer-related causes in just a couple of years.
Former Episcopal High athlete Shelby Moore of Birmingham Southern was named to the All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference volleyball first team.
Moore averaged 2.93 kills per set and a .318 attack percentage. She broke the school’s single-match percentage record against Oglethorpe, hitting .800 (16 kills, no errors) earlier this year.