Eric Held, of St. Michael the Archangel, and Zachary High’s Neil Weiner have been selected as the head coaches for the U.S. Army Red Stick Bowl at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at Zachary High.

Held will be head coach for the Black Knights, while Weiner will coach the Rough Riders. Metro area coaches have until Nov. 16 to nominate their top seniors.

Send nominations to organizer Barrett Murphy by fax to (225) 766-6924 or send email to Coaches can go to for nomination forms.

Coaches are encouraged to participate in the selection meeting at 9 a.m. Nov. 23 at Parkview Baptist.

Metro area schools are divided up for the game. The Rough Riders will include players from Central, Denham Springs, Live Oak, Walker, Zachary, Scotlandville, Broadmoor, Lutcher, Tara, Istrouma, Baker, Livonia, Donaldsonville, Port Allen, The Dunham School, St. Helena Central, Northeast, Episcopal, Pointe Coupee Central, False River Academy, Southern Lab, White Castle and Ascension Catholic.

Schools included in the pool for the Black Knights are Catholic, Dutchtown, East Ascension, McKinley, St. Amant, Woodlawn, Belaire, St. Michael, Plaquemine, Brusly, Glen Oaks, Parkview Baptist, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, University, Springfield, Redemptorist, Capitol, Catholic-Pointe Coupee, Christian Life, St. John, East Iberville and Ascension Christian.

Prolific performance

Donaldsonville High quarterback Devon Breaux had the metro area’s biggest offensive night of the season in Thursday’s 54-40 win over St. James.

Breaux, a Tulane commitment, passed for 270 yards and ran for 307, giving him 577 yards total offense. He rushed for three touchdowns and passed for three TDs.

Wendy’s winners

Sarah White of New Iberia’s Highland Baptist Christian School and Logan Hilton of Alexandria’s Holy Savior Menard are the Louisiana winners of the 2011 Wendy’s High School Heisman.

Zack Hill, of Dutchtown High, and Episcopal’s Vincent Dellocono were among the 20 finalists considered for the annual award.

Two umpires inducted

Local softball umpires Larry Moss and Chuck Soileau were inducted into the Louisiana American Softball Association Hall of Fame during a banquet last weekend in Hammond.

Soileau and Moss are long- time high school umpires in addition to calling games for the ASA and other recreation-competition leagues.

Soccer rankings

Fourth-ranked University High, of Division III-Classes 3A and below, helps lead the list of local teams ranked in the Louisiana High School Soccer Association’s preseason polls soccer polls.

Dutchtown (fifth in Division I-Class 5A) and Episcopal (fifth in Division III) also hold down top five spots. Catholic High (seventh) and St. Amant (eighth) are also ranked in the Division I poll.

St. Michael, rated 10th, is the lone local team in the Division II-4A poll. Hammond’s St. Thomas Aquinas is sixth in the Division III poll.

Prep notables

White Castle High running back Tyre Bracken committed to Southern Mississippi last week.

Bracken, the Advocate’s All-Metro Offensive MVP for Classes 3A and below last season, currently leads area 1A rushers with more than 1,500 yards.