With his team’s three-set victory over Covington in Division I, District 5 action Tuesday afternoon, Mandeville coach Jody Walker captured his 400th career victory on the sidelines.
His 18th year as a head coach and his 10th at Mandeville, Walker previously had stints at Notre Dame and Carencro before coming to Mandeville.
“It’s a cool number to hit,” Walker said. “What it also says is I’m getting old as well. I don’t really care about milestones like this. I don’t really even know what made me look at it at the beginning of the season. I was going through my computer, and I happened to come across a document with my records each year. That’s the only reason I knew I was getting close to 400 wins.
“I feel very fortunate that I have been able to do this for so many years and be successful at it. It kind of validates that you are doing some things right and the things you believe in are actually working.”
Now 22-5 on the season and 6-0 in district, Walker has the Skippers ranked No. 1 in the most recent LHSAA Division I power rankings.”
Karr football team gives back
Two days after Karr picked up its first win of the football season, the team went right back to work — at 3332 Huntlee Drive, doing community service.
The Cougars spent Saturday morning alongside District C Council member Nadine M. Ramsey helping to clean up the neighborhood between Behrman Highway and Tullis Drive.
The pride associated with being a student-athlete at Karr is an intricate responsibility, one that goes beyond the football field, coach Brice Brown said.
“You can’t talk the talk without walking the walk,” Brown said. “The opportunity to show the kids how to make their community better has really motivated us, and it allows the community to see they are not just athletes but young men working and being seen in the community to make it look better.”
“We’re building leaders for tomorrow,” added Karr Principal Harold Clay, “by providing community service for today.”
After the first 0-3 start in school’s history, Karr won its first game of the season Thursday night at Behrman Stadium — a 48-0 win over Riverdale in the team’s District 9-4A opener.
That victory on the football field and the team’s community outreach efforts are equally important, according to Brown, who credited Ramsey for giving his players an opportunity to give back and allow his players to develop an appreciation for the same folks who cheer them on each and every week they otherwise may not have had.
After all, that’s a part of having Cougars pride.
“The kids really noticed members of the community,” Brown said. “Cars were passing by and the kids were talking to a lot of the drivers and they were telling (the kids) how much they appreciated them. I think the kids were in awe to see how much the community really appreciated their efforts and the time they gave up on Saturday morning to do that.
“It’s more of a life lesson — we’re not just football players; we’re preparing them for life.”
Brother Martin running back Bruce Jordan-Swilling has been selected as the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month for September.
The monthly award-winners are chosen in voting by the Greater New Orleans Sports Award Selection Committee sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
During the first four games, all victories, Jordan-Swilling rushed for 993 yards on 110 carries and scored 20 touchdowns. That included a game against St. Stanislaus in which the 215-pound junior rushed for 333 yards on 17 carries and scored seven touchdowns in a 68-21 win on the road. He followed that with a 271-yard performance in a 44-41 win over Karr. In that game, Jordan-Swilling scored five touchdowns and had two others nullified by penalties. He also had three scores in a district win over John Curtis and four in a victory over Plaquemine.
3 inducted into Rummel Hall
Three former athletes were inducted into the Archbishop Rummel Athletic Hall of Fame during homecoming activities. The three honored alumni were Kevin Dessauer (Class of 2003), a four-sport letterman in basketball, tennis, baseball, and golf; Tim Richard (’75) a two-sport letterman in basketball and baseball; and Billy Beron (’93), a two- sport letterman in football and track.
Five local football teams are still undefeated heading into Week 6. The remaining undefeated teams are Destrehan, McDonogh 35, De La Salle, Country Day and Newman.