The best thing about my job is I get to meet and document the high school careers of so many great athletes.

One of those athletes, former Capitol High and LSU standout Seimone Augustus, led the Minnesota Lynx to the WNBA title Friday night.

Augustus was voted the Playoffs MVP after the Lynx took a 73-67 win over the Atlanta Dream to win the final series 3-0. She finished with 16 points in the title game, following up a 36-point effort in Game 2 of the series.

In the past two years, Augustus has fought through all kinds of adversity, including a torn ACL. She missed almost all of the 2009 WNBA season after the knee injury and missed about half of the 2010 season after having abdominal surgery.

It’s good to see good things happen for a good person like Augustus, who led Capitol to two Class 4A state titles and helped LSU to three Final Four appearances.

Those of us who follow Augustus were disappointed she didn’t get more serious consideration for the All-WNBA first team. There is also no doubt in my mind that Augustus got the one thing she wanted, a team championship.

He’s almost back

And speaking of good things happening for good people, I was happy to get an email from St. Amant High boys basketball coach Gary Duhe this week.

Duhe is back at school working half days after undergoing cancer treatment during the summer.

Duhe seeks one team for the Gators’ Gold Dome Classic tournament set for Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Contact Duhe at (225) 939-9986 for details.

Curtis nears milestone

John Curtis coach J.T. Curtis needs just two wins to become the first Louisiana high school football coach to win his 500th game.

The River Ridge-based Patriots (6-0) beat Carver-New Orleans, 60-20, on Friday night to give Curtis his 498th career victory.

Curtis, now in his 43rd year as head coach, is already Louisiana’s all-time wins leader and ranks second nationally and has a record of 498-54-6. The Patriots face Newman-New Orleans this week in District 9-2A action.

And they’re off

Although the fall season is still in full swing, practice for the winter sports is already beginning.

Boys and girls basketball practice for schools in Classes 1A to 5A starts Monday, meaning that players participating in drills with their high school teams can no longer practice with AAU or offseason teams.

Preseason practice for wrestling began last, while the first practice date for boys and girls soccer is Oct. 24.

Rudy awards

PARADE magazine will be doing more than selecting high school All-America football teams this fall.

The weekly publication that is part of the Sunday Advocate has partnered with Inspirem to present the High School Football Rudy Awards for 2011.

Go to


to find out more information about the award given to an inspiring high school football player who has beat the odds in order to compete.

Take town blindness event

Live Oak High will host its Take Down Blindness preseason take down tournament for wrestling on Oct. 29 at the school.

Cost is $3 per wrestler and admission for fans is $5. The event benefits the Baton Rouge Regional Eye Bank. Action starts at 9 a.m.

In addition to raising money, the event also prompted 50 people to sign up as tissue donors with BRREB officials, who will also be on site this season.

Hall of Fame games

Four local-area schools, Plaquemine, White Castle, Denham Springs and Walker, will be hosting preseason Hall of Fame basketball benefit games.

All four are scheduled for Nov. 10. Plaquemine will host Brusly, Denham Springs, Istrouma, Redemptorist and St. Amant for boys games. A list of boys games at White Castle includes WCHS, Donaldsonville, New Iberia and St. John.

Walker will host Albany, Springfield and East Ascension for boys games, while Denham Springs will host Albany, St. Michael and Walker for girls games.

Proceeds go to the Louisiana High School Sports Hall of Fame.

Thirteen schools from across the state will host the benefit games.