Southern Lab linebacker Javahn Ferguson visits TCU _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND -- Southern Lab's Javahn Ferguson pursues St. Charles' Justin Loupe in a game last season.

Southern Lab linebacker Javahn Ferguson went on an official visit to TCU over the weekend, said longtime SLHS staff member Kevin Augustine.

The 6-foot-1 225-pound Ferguson helped the Kittens finish as the Division IV select runner-up to Ouachita Christian last fall. He compiled 138 tackles, including 41 tackles for loss and eight sacks in his only season at SLHS.

Southern Mississippi and Kansas State are reportedly among the other schools expressing interest in Ferguson, who played at Catholic High before coming to Southern Lab as a senior.

Ferguson’s visit comes just over a month after another prominent local player, Silliman Institute lineman Jozie Milton, changed his commitment from South Carolina to TCU.

  • St. Michael the Archangel running back Matthew Butler has committed to Texas Southern.

Butler, who led the Class 4A Warriors in rushing in rushing en route to a 9-1 regular season, also had offers from Southern, Ouachita Baptist and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Along the way, Butler also attracted the attention of nine other schools located in either Louisiana, Texas or Arkansas.

Honor for Boudreaux

The late Jerry Boudreaux will be honored during the Louisiana High School Sports Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony Jan. 28 at the Crowne Plaza. Boudreaux, the longtime Zachary principal and a two-time LHSAA executive committee member, championed fund-raising efforts that helped establish the Hall of Fame room now at the LHSAA office.

The LHSSHOF will receive a plaque honoring Boudreaux for display in the Hall of Fame room. Boudreaux’s children will each receive a replica of the plaque.

Gatorade honors Keith

John Curtis distance runner Devyn Keith received the Gatorade Louisiana Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year award last week.

Keith, who posted many of the state’s top three-mile times while leading the Patriots to a Class 3A state title, won an individual state title for the second straight year.

The junior received his Gatorade honor a week after Gabrielle Jennings of Slidell’s First Baptist Christian, garnered the girls honor.

U-High alumni game

University High will host a softball game for its baseball alumni at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 14. All former players, managers, coaches and statisticians are invited to attend this free event.

In addition to the softball game, there also will be a lunch served for alumni, their families and current players. Alumni interested in attending should email Burke Broussard at Alumni should include their T-shirt size and the number of family members who will be attending the event.

Doyle milestones

Doyle senior Kyle Lewis scored his 1,000th career point in a boys basketball game against French Settlement last week.

Also, a Tiger softball player Nicole Colclough signed with Texas-based Lamar State junior college.

Prep notables

St. Michael boys basketball player Jacob Evans is a nominee for the McDonald’s All-American games set for April 1. The 6-foot-5 Cincinnati signee, will find out if he made the McDonald’s team Jan. 28.

Southern Lab football coach Nick Mitchell reports 27 members of his team recorded grade- point averages of 3.0 or higher during the fall semester. The Kittens advanced to the Division IV select title game during the fall semester.

The Episcopal boys cross country program was honored in a special way last week. The Knights were featured during an hour-long segment by ESPN radio 104.5/104.9 that was held at a local restaurant.

Former Brusly basketball standout Dimario Jackson of Northeast Mississippi Community College had a 17.9 scoring average going into the weekend. Jackson ranked fifth in scoring among Mississippi JUCO players this season.