Plans to reopen Istrouma High School for 2017-18 have been in the news for a while. How athletics will factor into the move has not.

That piece to the Istrouma puzzle may begin falling into place in the weeks ahead, said Lynn Williamson, the East Baton Rouge Parish School System’s Supervisor of Health & Physical Education and Athletics.

“It is a process,” Williamson said. “When the (EBR school) Board meets in April some things will be decided, like what grades will be offered next year. Will it be just grades nine and 10, or will be nine-12? We don’t know that yet. There hasn’t been a principal hired yet, but that is coming too.”

Williamson said an open house for families/students living in the Istrouma area is set for noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Winbourne Elementary. Williamson said parents and students will get the chance to list which sports and activities they would like to see Istrouma offer at the open house.

Istrouma has been closed since the end of the 2013-14 school year and work to renovate the school has been ongoing for several months. Williamson said plans call for the gym to be ready for the fall. She said football stadium work won’t be complete until next spring.

Softball teams picked

Five local players are part of the LHSCA’s All-Star softball team announced earlier this week.

Catholic-Pointe Coupee’s Ryann Bizette, Live Oak's Gisselle Ash, St. Amant’s Abby McKey, Zachary's Abby Lewis and St. Joseph’s Academy’s Baylie Thornhill are part of the East squad.

Camryn Flanagan of St. Thomas Aquinas also made the East squad. The LHSCA games are May 12-13 at Louisiana College in Pineville.

Bears win Alabama tourney

The Catholic High tennis team won McGill-Toolen Invitational in Mobile, Alabama, last weekend. The Bears compiled a 35-1 record in the tournament that included prep teams from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

The Bears are led by defending Division I singles player Nick Watson. Other players who competed include William Aguillard, Andrew Bienvenu, Tripp Guglielmo, Stephen Bienvenu and Raymond Chassaignac.

Around the state

Jason Thompson resigned as Sterlington's football coach earlier this week. Sterlington beat Madison Prep in the Class 2A title game in December.

Dalton “Dee” Faircloth is returning as head football coach at Vidalia. Faircloth had a record of 249-187-6 in 42 seasons. He resigned following the 2009 season after undergoing chemotherapy for prostate cancer. The previous VHS coach, Jeff Hancock, resigned to become an assistant at McMurry University of Abilene, Texas.

Robbie Martin resigned as head football coach/athletic director at Pineville on Wednesday. Martin had a 29-58 record in eight seasons.

Former Southeastern Louisiana University defensive back Tommy Connors was hired as the head football coach at his alma mater, Shaw.

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