Ponchatoula High coach Hank Tierney is a step away from leading the third-ranked Green Wave of Class 5A to perfect regular season.
That’s a notable milestone in and off itself. However, the veteran coach achieved another benchmark when PHS (9-0) beat St. Paul’s 52-16 Friday night. That win gave Tierney his 250th career victory.
Tierney, who is best known for his stints at Archbishop Shaw and East Jefferson, has a career record of 250-89. Ponchatoula’s victories this season have moved Tierney up four notches on Louisiana’s all-time wins list.
It has been a year milestones for coaches around the state. Eunice’s Paul Trosclair won his 200th game the first week of the season, while Notre Dame-Crowley’s Lewis Cook notched his 300th career win the following week.
Two Baton Rouge coaches also are chasing milestones. Friday’s pivotal District 8-1A win over White Castle gives Ascension Catholic’s Doug Moreau a 195-105-2 record. The Bulldogs close their season at winless East Iberville on Friday. Catholic High coach Dale Weiner sits at 296-104. Weiner’s Bears host East Ascension to close their regular season.
Fantastic finish for LSD
A 61-30 victory over Arkansas School for the Deaf last Thursday, Louisiana School for the Deaf completed one of its best regular seasons.
The War Eagles finished 7-2, posting their most regular season wins in more than two decades.
Justin Flannery ran for a touchdown, returned a kickoff for a touchdown and also returned an interception for a score to help lead LSD in its win over Arkansas.
The Denham Springs boys and Walker High girls won Livingston Parish cross country titles last week at Hutchinson Park.
DSHS finished with 28 points, just ahead of Walker with 32 in the division. Thomas Kelton of Denham Springs was the individual champion with a three-mile time of 15 minutes, 56.98 seconds.
Walker had the low score of 21 in the girls division. Live Oak was second at 53. Denham Springs’ Amber Ferguson was the individual champion in 19:16.37.
Former Silliman golfer Haley Harrington of Samford University finished the fall season with a 77.8 average, including posting a low round of 73 at two tournaments.