Preparations for the 10th U.S. Army Red Stick Bowl all-star football game begin on Sunday at Zachary High.

The annual game that features top senior players from the metro Baton Rouge area is set for Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at ZHS.

Sunday’s activities begin at 2 p.m. at Zachary when players who have not yet made an NCAA qualifying score report for an ACT prep class. At 3:30 p.m., the Rough Riders and Black Knights are scheduled to hold their first team meetings.

St. Michael’s Eric Held is the head coach for the Black Knights, while Zachary’s Neil Weiner will serve as head coach for the Rough Riders. The teams will begin practice at 3:30 p.m. at Monday at Independence Park.

Three days of practices will be held at Independence Park. A pre-game walk through is set for Thursday at Zachary.

Dome stuff

John Curtis won its 24th state title in 31 appearances with its 33-3 victory over Winnfield in the Class 2A title game played Saturday afternoon.

With the win, Curtis coach J.T. Curtis garnered his 506th career win, the most all-time for any Louisiana coach. Curtis now has a record of 506-54-6 in 43 seasons.

Friday’s two-game session that attracted 14,252 fans to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans belonged to Monroe with Ouachita Christian in Class 1A and Neville in 4A claiming state titles.

It was the second 4A title in three years for Neville. Ouachita Christian won its first state title since claiming the Class 2A title in 2000.

Recruiting, etc.

A late-season knee injury combined with NCAA-imposed scholarship limits has prompted former Dutchtown High running back Kelvin York to rescind his commitment to Southern Cal.

York, who spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons at a California-based junior college, Fullerton College, suffered a meniscus injury that will require surgery. A USC-based web site reported York’s decommitment.

The site reported York saying that another Pac 12 school, Washington, has left its scholarship offer on the table, but said that USC coaches were being more cautious about the injury. The story also noted that it was the first instance of NCAA-imposed scholarship limits affecting the Trojans’ recruiting.

• East Ascension High volleyball player Astasia Williams signed a scholarship with New Orleans-based Dillard University in a ceremony held at the school last week.

PCC gains forfeit

Pointe Coupee Central’s football team garnered a forfeit win a month after its last game.

The Cougars were awarded a win over Avoyelles last week when the Louisiana High School Athletic Association announced that AHS would have to forfeit two games because of an academically ineligible player.

Avoyelles was fined $100 and ordered to forfeit wins over PCC and Oakdale. That victory gives Pointe Coupee Central a final record of 6-4.

The LHSAA also announced sanctions against Buckeye (football), Riverside Academy (boys and girls soccer), Newman (volleyball) and John McDonogh (volleyball).

The Buckeye, Riverside and McDonogh sanctions also involved scholastic violations. McDonogh was fined $400, while Buckeye was fined $100. The Riverside violations were found in the preseason and did not lead to fines. Newman was fined $500 for violating the LHSAA’s policy that prohibits videotaping schools other than the one your team is playing.

Umpires to meet

The Baton Rouge Softball Chapter of the Louisiana High School Officials Association will hold its latest membership meeting on Sunday at 6 p.m. The Runnels School located on South Harrell’s Ferry.

All veteran umpires and anyone wishing to become a high school softball umpire should plan to attend. Contact Paul Dufour at (225) 505-1287 or send email to