Frank Alexander, a former two-sport standout at Southern Lab, garnered National Defensive Player of the Week honors for the University of Oklahoma last week.

Alexander, a senior defensive end, was honored by the Walter Camp Football Foundation after compiling six tackles, three sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the third-ranked Sooners’ 55-17 victory over Texas. Also, Alexander had one pass break up and one quarterback hurry.

“I’m playing through the first and the fourth quarter and being able to see things before they happen,” Alexander said in a news release from Southern Lab.

Alexander starred in football and basketball at SLHS.

Redstick nominations

Head football coaches in the metro Baton Rouge area are asked to nominate their top senior football players for the 10th Redstick Bowl all-star game at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at Zachary High.

Coaches should have already received an email notification about the nominations, which are due by Nov. 16. Forms for nominations can be found at and should be sent to Redstick organizer Barrett Murphy by email at Coaches can also call Murphy at (225) 266-4997 with any questions.

Three athletes commit

Denham Springs High’s Kyle Cedotal has committed to Southeastern Louisiana University as a pitcher-outfielder and plans to sign next month during the NCAA’s early signing period.

Cedotal, who has already passed for more than 1,000 yards as a quarterback for the DSHS football team, was an All-Metro selection as a junior at Redemptorist. He hit .449 with 13 doubles and 28 runs batted in.

- St. Michael the Archangel shortstop-pitcher Adam Cagnina committed to LSU-Eunice last weekend.

Cagnina was an All-Metro and Class 4A all-state selection while helping lead the Warriors to a Class 4A runner-up finish last spring, hitting .469 with four home runs and 41 runs batted in. He was 2-0 with a save.

- Episcopal junior guard Mary Melissa Hoover has committed to Appalachian State.

Geauxing pink

Hosanna Christian will host a Geaux Pink fundraiser for its boys basketball game on Oct. 21.

Proceeds will go the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center.

The Blazers will face Assembly Christian-New Iberia in the game designed to promote breast cancer awareness and also the battle waged locally against all forms of cancer. Funds raised will go directly to help boost cancer awareness education, along with early detection screening programs in the Baton Route area. MBP serves the Baton Rouge area and 18 parishes altogether in south Louisiana and accepts patients regardless of their ability to pay.

Contact MBP’s Danielle Mack at (225) 215-1248 for details about the Geaux Pink program.

Officials meetings

The Baton Rouge softball chapter of the Louisiana High School Officials Association will hold its first meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday at BREC’s Jefferson Highway Park located at 8133 Jefferson Highway.

The park is located between Cypress Lakes Drive and Wrenwood Blvd. All veteran umpires from the two associations who call high school softball games are invited to attend, along with newcomers interested in becoming an umpire this spring.

There will be a question and answer session, discussion of the move into the new LHSOA chapter and assignment coordinators will be among the topics covered.

Contact Paul Dufour at (225) 505-1287 or send email to Dufour at

- The Hammond Area Officials Association will begin registration and meetings on Nov. 6 for the 2012 high school baseball and softball seasons. The Hammond Association will be the only umpires group on the northshore. Veteran umpires and those wishing to become umpires should contact Boots Feltenberger via email at or call (985) 507-1943 during the day or (225) 567-5911 at night.

Teams needed

Dutchtown High is hosting an eighth-grade basketball tournament for boys and girls teams on Nov. 12. Teams are guaranteed three games.

The entry fee is $75 and must be paid by Nov. 8. Call coach Annette Lowery at (225) 315-4672 or Guy Lowery at (225) 337-7746 to enter or to obtain more information.