Ascension Athletics for Jan. 29, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by Adam Michelle -- Cory Brignac of Gonzales is pictured with one of the swamp bucks he killed this year in Maurepas Wildlife Management Area.

This weekend, qualifying for the LSU Indoor High School Meet took place at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Indoor Qualifying Meet at LSU’s Carl Maddox Fieldhouse.

In the Boys Field Division, long jumper Joshua Walker, of East Ascension, qualified with a third-place jump of 20-8¼. Zach Capello, of the Ascension Catholic Bulldogs, qualified in the boys running events with a third-place finish in the 1600-meter race with a time of 4:29.85.

The girls had two qualifiers as well. In the girls field events, Leah Scott, of the Dutchtown Griffins, scored a second-place finish with a long jump of 16-10¼. The second qualifier for the girls was Ariane Williams, of the East Ascension Spartans. She finished in second place in the 400-meter with a qualifying time of 59:55.

Weekend court action

The Dutchtown Griffins (1-1) lost to the (2-0) Catholic High Bears 54-41 in a district contest on Friday. Ross Hill led the Griffins’ scoring with 14 and Cameron Burke had 13. Dutchtown connected on five three-pointers with Hill hitting three of them.

The Griffins junior varsity team took a victory from the Bears 43-35. St. Joseph’s (4-0) beat the (3-1) Lady Griffins 54-47. Kyra Harleaux led the Dutchtown effort with 16 points that included three three-pointers.

The Donaldsonville Tigers (16-6, 2-0) handed Patterson (10-6, 0-1) a district loss 75-58. The Tigers were led in scoring by Braxton Bernard with 33 points and had four three-pointers, all scored by Tyler Brown. Patterson won the junior varsity game 38-31.

Ascension Christian lost to East Iberville in a district contest, 88-43. K. Carter led the effort with 13 points with one three-point basket. The Lions lost the junior varsity game by a score of 39-28. The Lady Lions lost to East Iberville 69-46 with A. Cambre leading the way with a 28-point effort.

The St. Amant Gators made it 2-0 in district by winning a hard-fought game against the McKinley Panthers 57-54 at the Gold Dome. Courtney Julien led the effort with 26 points and Nick Griffin scored an even 20, which included four three-point baskets. The junior varsity game went to the Panthers 40-23.

East Ascension evened their district record to 1-1 with a victory at Woodlawn 48-37. The Lady Spartans took a victory over the Woodlawn Panthers in a tight contest, 40-39. J. Nichalos led the Spartans with 16 points.

Soccer action

Last week, the East Ascension Spartans (2-12, 1-7) soccer team lost two district matches; Catholic shut out the Spartans 1-0 and McKinley handed them a 3-0 loss. The Spartans will travel to Woodlawn to face the Panthers at 1 p.m. Saturday. They will host Baton Rouge High at 1 p.m. on Feb. 2 in the final match of the season.

The St. Amant Gators (12-5-3, 5-3-1) fought the Woodlawn Panthers to a 1-1 tie, and then defeated Baton Rouge 3-2 in action last week. The Gators will go to face the Dutchtown Griffins on Saturday in a match that begins at 1 p.m. and travel to McKinley on Monday to face the Panthers in the final match of the season.

The Dutchtown Griffins will wind up their soccer season with a match against the St. Amant Gators planned for 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Amant.

Deer hunting season closing

The deer hunting season is winding down to a close but the hunting action is picking up quite a bit. The “rut” is usually late in south Louisiana so it’s in full swing.

One of the unique types of deer hunting in our area that used to be the norm for deer hunting is those hunters that take to the swamp. We have a couple of hunting clubs that still enjoy the swamp hunting tradition. It takes a hardy soul to tromp our swamps to kill deer in a way that’s unlike any other.

Maurepas Wildlife Management Area is a public tract of land that’s available for hunting for those who don’t choose to hunt in a club on leased land. The physical challenges for those that take this task on make the reward all that much more enjoyable.

That also lends itself to a different breed of deer as well. They are a little hardier due to the physical demands. Water travel is not an issue for them, so they can slip by a hunter a little easier. It’s just different than the way most deer are hunted. Those who like it wouldn’t do it any other way and those who don’t, you couldn’t pay them enough to do it.

One of the swamp hunters I know is pretty successful. Cory Brignac has been tromping the swamps since he was a kid and is accustomed to the rigors of hunting deer in that environment. He had to walk in the swamp 500 yards to shoot one of his deer but also had to drag it out 500 yards. No four-wheelers here. He’s killed two bucks this year, so I’d say it’s a good year for him. Anybody for some swamp hunting?

Lyle Johnson covers sports for The Ascension Advocate. He can be contacted at or