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Advocate Staff Photo by April Buffington-- West Feliciana's Darius Davis finishes first in the Division II boys 400 meter dash at the LHSAA Indoor Championship held at LSU's Carl Maddox Field House on Saturday.

Though the weather outside has been cold, warm, cold, warm and always wet, athletes throughout the Felicanas have been gearing up for spring sports. With the end of the indoor season with last weekend’s Indoor State Championship, the track and field focus will move outdoors where the sprints are longer and the discus and javelin fill the air. Also filling the air for spring sports will be baseball, softball and golf. 

Spring sports starting to heat up in the Felicianas

The West Feliciana Saints and East Feliciana Tigers baseball team look to rebound in 2018, as both teams lost in the bi-district round of the 2017 playoffs. Coach Gannon Achord led the Saints to the 3A state championship the previous year.

The Saints baseball team will compete this weekend at the Ross Granger Prep Classic in Erath and will play Catholic-New Iberia, Notre Dame and Acadiana.

The Lady Saints softball team’s season also ended during the bi-district round of last year’s playoffs. Coach Shelley Genre’s junior varsity and varsity Saints softball teams are scheduled to play False River at home Thursday.

The Silliman baseball team won the MAIS state championship in 2015 and 2016 but fell in the semifinals in 2017. They are also looking to return to former greatness in 2018. The Wildcats varsity and junior varsity will take on St. Aloysius school on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Though Silliman softball completed their season in the fall, Ryleigh McManus and Kennedy Carruth signed college scholarships in December to play softball at Southwest Mississippi Community College and Coastal Alabama, respectively.

The West Feliciana golf team has already participated in a few early season tournaments and will be competing against Walker, St. Michaels and Denham Springs at Copper Mill on Wednesday, Feb. 28. The Silliman golf team begins play when they kick off the Silliman Golf Scramble at Oak Lake on March 4.

East Feliciana boys basketball team is playoff bound

The East Feliciana Tigers boys basketball team finished the regular season with a 57-44 win Friday over the Northeast Vikings and finished the regular season 16-9 with a 4-2 record in District 8-2A. The Tigers were ranked 12th in the Class 2A unofficial power rankings at the time of writing. The playoffs begin Friday, Feb. 23. East Feliciana’s opponent will be St. Helena College and Career Academy with the first-round game played at home.

State indoor track results

The Felicianas were well represented at the State Indoor Track Championship last Saturday at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium. The West Feliciana boys finished third and the Saints girls finished seventh overall in Division II.

Individual Indoor State Champions from West Feliciana included: Derius Davis in the 400 with a time of 48.22, which is a new Division II record; Kam Jackson in the 60 with a time of 6.86; and Jacob Fudge in the shot put with a throw of 52-8¾ feet. Kam Jackson also placed second in the 400 with a time of 49.84. Kennedy Johnson led the girls with a win in the 60 hurdles with a time of 8.79, a new Division II record, and placed third in the 60 hurdles with a time of 7.82. Kelly Goff finished second in the 3200 with a time of 12:20.06.

The East Feliciana boys finished fifth overall in the team scoring with strong individual performances by Charvares Wilson, who placed second in the shot put with a throw of 50-6¼ feet, and also participated in the third-place performance by the 4x400-meter relay team.

Warren Brady covers sports for The Watchman and Democrat. He can be contacted at extra@theadvocate.com.