Livonia High baseball standout Mason Klotz has committed to Southeastern Louisiana and plans to sign with the Lions during the NCAA’s early signing period in November.
“I’m going to be a Lion and I’m excited about it,” Klotz said. “I love the way coach (Jay) Artigues is bringing along the program.
“People may say it’s no LSU, but the Lions have been doing some great things. I want to be part of that as it continues.”
The 6-foot-2, 160-pound Klotz was voted the Class 3A Most Valuable Player after leading Livonia to the Class 3A state title last spring as a junior. He was 7-3 as a pitcher and hit .414 with 35 runs batted in. He also was an All-Metro selection.
Klotz, an honor student who plans to major in sports medicine, has met the NCAA’s academic qualifying standards. He also considered offers from Nicholls State and the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
The fact that several relatives from New Orleans relocated to the Hammond area after Hurricane Katrina provides an advantage, Klotz said.
“I guess you could say I have my own fan base right there in Loranger,” Klotz said.
Denham Springs High running back Kaleb Blanchard is not a sure bet to play in Friday’s District 4-5A opener against Scotlandville, according to DSHS coach Dru Nettles.
Blanchard had run for 50 yards in the first quarter of last week’s 42-33 loss to East Ascension when he suffered a back-hip muscle strain.
A year ago, Blanchard ran for more than 1,600 yards as a sophomore. A shoulder injury and now the muscle strain has limited his playing time.
“He’s basically day to day,” Nettles said. “And he’s either going to be well enough to play or we’re going to hold him out so he can get well. Kaleb has already played through some things, and we need to give him a chance to get healthy.”
Knights, SJA top polls
The Episcopal boys and St. Joseph’s Academy girls are the local teams ranked No. 1 in the latest statewide cross country polls from the Louisiana Track & Field Coaches Association.
St. Joseph’s is No. 1 in the girls poll for teams in Class 5A to 3A, while Episcopal is rated first in the boys poll for teams in Class 2A and below.
Catholic High (third), Walker (fifth) and St. Michael (10th) are the boys teams included in the 5A to 3A poll, led by No. 1 St. Paul’s-Covington.
Ascension Catholic (fourth) and Runnels (seventh) join Episcopal in the boys 2A and below poll.
Walker (fourth) and St. Michael (seventh) are part of the girls 5A to 3A poll along with SJA. Episcopal (fifth) and University (seventh) are part of the 2A and below girls poll led by Menard-Alexandria.
CHSPC game time
Catholic-Pointe Coupee (1-4, 1-1) travels to Eunice to take on St. Edmund for a District 6-1A football game that will feature a slightly different game time.
The teams will meet at 7:30 p.m. instead of the standard 7 p.m., according to CHSPC head coach Rob Funderburk.