Another weekend of LHSAA football championships includes more connections to a Class 1A Catholic-Pointe Coupee.
Last weekend two former CHSPC head coaches — St. Thomas More’s Jim Hightower and Catholic’s Dale Weiner — coached in the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Prep Classic. STM was the Division II runner-up to Parkview Baptist, while Catholic won the Division I title, beating Rummel.
This Saturday, former CHSPC assistant coach David Brewerton leads Zachary into the Class 5A title game, just two years after coaching Livonia to a runner-up finish in 3A. Zachary assistant Kenny Langlois, a former Livonia assistant, also was an assistant at Catholic-PC.
Like Chad Mahaffey, who led University High to a Division II title last fall, Brewerton and Langlois were part of the CHSPC staff of Weiner’s son, Neil, who is now head coach at Dunham.
There’s another title-game connection worth noting for the Broncos. Zachary assistant coach Chris Carrier, a former LSU player, won a state title as a player for Eunice in 1982.
Now he’ll coach his son, Cameron, in the title game when Zachary plays John Ehret in the Class 5A title game. Cameron Carrier plays linebacker and has a key role for the Broncos on special teams.
Dawson in athlete pool
Parkview Baptist shortstop Nicky Dawson, an LSU signee, is part of an Olympic athlete pool compiled by ASA and USA softball.
Dawson’s Louisiana Voodoo team was one of 28 that competed in the 2015 USA Softball Junior Olympic Cup tournament held in Chino Hills, California.
Dawson hit .602 with 76 runs scored, 59 stolen bases and 14 triples as a junior.
Madison Prep junior guard Josh Anderson is sidelined by a broken wrist and is expected to miss another three weeks.
MPA coach Jeff Jones said Anderson broke his left wrist in practice Nov. 30. Jones said Anderson was driving to the basket and fell to the court after being bumped by a defender.
Nuss nets honors
Mount Carmel’s Kristen Nuss was selected as the Gatorade Louisiana Volleyball Player of the Year. Nuss has signed to play beach volleyball at LSU.
Nuss led the Cubs to a 40-5 record that included a Division I state title. She had 571 kills, 625 digs, 55 aces, 49 blocks and a .509 hitting percentage. Nuss finished her career with 1,255 kills and 1,831 digs.
Winning a Gatorade honor is nothing new for MCA. Current LSU player Katie Kampen won the award as a Mount Carmel player the past two years.
NIAAA honors Simmons
Former Lafayette Parish Schools Athletic Director James Simmons is being inducted into the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association’s National Hall of Fame.
Simmons was an assistant football coach head track coach at Crowley and Acadiana. He served 23 years as the Lafayette schools A.D. before retiring in 2013.
In addition to his work with the LHSAA and LHSADA, Simmons has worked as a track official for many top meets, including the LHSAA state meet.
Former West Feliciana football standouts Jaylon Ferguson of Louisiana Tech and Wallace Scott of McNeese State have claimed some impressive postseason honors.
Scott, a senior safety, was voted the Defensive Player of the Year for the Southland Conference. Ferguson, a defensive end, made the Conference USA All-Freshman team.