Rummel clinches Catholic League title with win over St. Augustine _lowres

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- St. Augustine's D'Andre Christmas-Giles wraps up Rummel's Maurice Bailey, with help from Deitras Melancon on Nov. 7.

One of the state’s most sought-after defensive lineman has narrowed his college choices to 10.

St. Augustine defensive tackle D’Andre Christmas-Giles announced his finalists on Twitter on Tuesday night, about a month before national signing day.

His finalists listed were: South Carolina, LSU, Texas, TCU, Ole Miss, Florida, Arkansas, Miami, Texas A&M and Tulane.

Christmas-Giles (6-3, 290) has taken official visits to TCU and Texas.

“I have a few more official visits, then I will evaluate and decide what’s best for me,” Christmas-Giles said.

He is unsure what other schools he will visit.

Christmas-Giles was voted co-Defensive Player of the Year in the Catholic League after recording 49 tackles and five sacks.

It was his first season at St. Aug after sitting out after transferring from Salmen. He originally committed to Tennessee early in the season before re-opening his recruitment.

He said there are two major things he is looking for in a school.

“I want a great coaching staff that I have a good relationship with, and I want a place that is going to develop me as a player,” Christmas-Giles said.

Christmas-Giles had this to say about the two in-state schools (LSU and Tulane) on his list.

“They are going to do some big things at Tulane with the coach they have brought in from Georgia Southern,” he said. “Plus, they are in my city, and there will be big things going on there. And as far as LSU, I like the environment in Baton Rouge, and there is a lot going on there.”

Christmas-Giles said he will announce his decision on Feb. 3.

Volleyball All-American duo

Two local players were named to the MaxPreps All-American Underclassmen volleyball teams.

Camille Dedeaux of Pope John Paul II was named to the MaxPreps Sophomore All-America Team and Ellie Holman of Mount Carmel was named to the MaxPreps Freshman All-American Team.

Dedeaux, an outside hitter, recorded over 400 kills and led her team to a 36-2 record and a second straight Division IV state championship.

She was also named The New Orleans Advocate’s Most Outstanding Small Schools Volleyball Player.

Holman recorded 434 kills and had 198 blocks, which ranked fourth nationally for freshmen.

She helped Mount Carmel to a 40-5 record and the Division I state championship.

Sperber climbs scoring chart

Dominican senior Gabby Sperber became her school’s second all-time leading scorer in basketball on Tuesday night.

Sperber, a 5-foot-4 point guard, scored 19 points in a loss to Ursuline Academy to push her career total to 1,267. She passed Stephanie Hill, a 2001 Dominican graduate who finished with 1,251 points. Stephanie Helgeson (class of 2004) is the school’s all-time scoring leader with 2,051 points.

Gerber is a three-time all-district selection.