Covington hires Steve Lopinto as boys basketball coach _lowres

Steve Lopinto

Shocking news on the St. Tammany Parish basketball scene Thursday afternoon as Stephen Lopinto informed his team that he is no longer the boys basketball coach at Covington High School.

Lopinto, who was entering his third season at Covington, led the Lions to a 20-16 last season, falling to Lafayette in the first round of the state playoffs.

As of Thursday evening, there has been no comment from the St. Tammany Parish School System. Calls to the Covington High administration were also referred to the school system.

An interim coach has yet to be named at this point.

LB Starks transferring

Donte Starks, one of the nation's top linebackers, is headed back to Louisiana for his senior season.

The news was first reported by The Biloxi (Mississippi) Sun Herald.

The 6-foot-2, 225 pound Starks, who transferred from the Mississippi Gulf Coast to John Ehret last year but transferred back to Mississippi before ever playing in Louisiana, announced on Twitter he's returning.

"The love that I have for St. Martin High School and Biloxi HS will forever be in my heart, but I am once again leaving the Coast to finish my senior year at John Ehret High School," Starks said on Twitter.

Starks attended St. Martin in Mississippi as a sophomore, where he recorded 81 tackles, four sacks and forced four fumbles. He was slated to play for Ehret as a junior, but returned to Mississippi shortly after Ehret fired former coach Corey Lambert.

At the time, Starks tweeted that he was returning to Mississippi because of “unfortunate circumstances with the Jefferson Parish School Board.”

He played his junior season at Biloxi High School, where he recorded 82 tackles and rushed for 135 yards and four touchdowns on 24 carries.

Starks is rated a four-star recruit by 247 Sports and has 17 scholarship offers, including LSU, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida State and Auburn.

Newman's Jones signs

Newman senior volleyball player Cameryn Jones signed Thursday to play at James Madison in Virginia.

Jones played five seasons for the Greenies, helping the team reach the Division IV quarterfinals as a senior.

Compiled by David Folse and Rod Walker