It didn’t take Livonia High long to hire a new head boys basketball coach.

Plaquemine native Lionel Gilbert, who most recently coached in Little Rock, Ark., has returned for his second stint at the school and held a team meeting on Friday.

“Arkansas basketball is great,” Gilbert said. “But I love Louisiana and Louisiana basketball. That’s where my passion is.

“It looks like we’ll have seven seniors and a nice young nucleus to build on. I’m excited about being here.”

Gilbert spent the past five years coaching Episcopal College Preparatory School in Little Rock. His team was 16-10 last season.

In 2004-05, Gilbert spent one season as an assistant at Christian Life Academy. Gilbert was Livonia’s head coach in 2005-06.

• Veteran coach McKinney Evans, is preparing to return to Scotlandville as an assistant coach. Evans helped Scotlandville re-start its program as a head coach more than a decade ago.

Most recently, Evans was head coach at Istrouma. He’ll serve as a defensive assistant.

Andry wins Claycourt title

Cameron Andry, a freshman-to-be at St. Michael the Archangel, won the boys 18-and-under title at the Louisiana Claycourt Junior Open held in New Orleans last week.

The 14-year-old Andry defeated top-seeded Sean Laughlin, of New Orleans, 6-3, 6-0, in the final round. Andry is Louisiana’s No. 1-ranked 14-year-old and is rated No. 32 nationally.

Jamboree schedules

The Advocate sports staff is seeking football and volleyball jamboree schedules.

Please fax schedules to (225) 388-0318 or send email to Robin Fambrough at

Officials to meet

The Baton Rouge Area Basketball Officials Association will begin a series of weekly meetings and will open its registration period, starting Aug. 31.

BRABOA officials will meet each Wednesday for 12 weeks, starting with the Aug. 31 meeting. All meetings will be held at 7 p.m. in the Family Christian Academy gymnasium. Rules instruction and on-and-court training will be key elements of nine meetings.

All veteran officials and those interested in becoming a high school basketball official are encouraged to attend.

Call BRABOA President Harry Jenkins (225) 892-7042 or assignment secretary Virgil Pratt at (225) 485-0800 for details.

Open dates

East Iberville High needs a football scrimmage opponent for Aug. 19. Contact EIHS coach Kelcy Dotson at (225) 301-3924.

• Tara High seeks junior varsity and ninth-grade football games for the upcoming season. Ninth-grade games are needed for Weeks 2, 3, 4 and 8. Junior varsity games are sought for Weeks 4, 6 and 7.

Call coach Ron LeJeune at (225) 235-0955 or (225) 927-6100. Send a fax to (225) 928-0122.

• Central Middle School needs eighth-grade football opponents on Aug. 30 and Sept. 20. Contact coach John Kennedy at (225) 261-2237.

• White Castle High seeks girls basketball opponents on Dec. 6 and Dec. 22. The Bulldogs are also looking to add one team for their tournament

set for Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 3.

Call coach Tammy Washington Pierce at (225) 545-3621 or send email to

LOHS players honored

Live Oak High softball players Tori Bankston and Brooke Ort were named to the 2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA high school All-Region second team.

Bankston is a catcher; Ort plays in the outfield.

Zachary Hall of Fame

Zachary High is accepting nominations for its Athletic Hall of Fame.

For details and/or a nomination form contact Athletic Director Joey Sanchez at (225) 287-3037, (225) 654-2776, extension 529 or email to joey.

The induction ceremony is set for Oct. 28 at halftime of the Broncos District 4-5A football game against Live Oak High.

Prep notables

Former Dutchtown High girls basketball player LaToya Evans signed with LSU-Eunice on Saturday.

Evans helped lead the Griffins to a share of the District 6-5A title and the playoffs last spring. Evans averaged 14 points a game for the Griffins.

• Ex-East Ascension boys basketball player Tyler Wright is scheduled to play at Division III Centenary in 2011-12.

Wright averaged 14 points per game during his junior/senior seasons and made 35 percent of his 3-pointers.