The Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 5A All-State baseball and softball teams have a little bit of Denham Springs High flavor this year.
WATSON – For a high school golfer with collegiate aspirations, the uncertainty was more than alarming.
WATSON – During consecutive defensive series Live Oak’s Aiden Saunders tried lighting a fire under his team.
CENTRAL - Walker’s volleyball team displayed a marked improvement in their competitive edge in Monday’s summer volleyball meet, something sorely missing from their 2018 campaign.
WATSON - It’s been less than a month since Live Oak’s spring game since the Eagles turned to Rhett Rosevear as their new starting quarterback.
BATON ROUGE – Walker basketball coach Anthony Schiro didn’t have to wait until the fall to see how his team would react to having its back squarely against a wall.
WATSON – Live Oak coach Brett Beard believed senior defensive lineman Jalen Lee checked all of the boxes when it came to college recruiting.
BATON ROUGE – Live Oak’s new-look basketball team provided a glimpse of what the future may hold, something third-year coach John Capps could used to seeing.
Since her playing days at McNeese State, coupled with a three-year stint as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Katie Roux believed she would always have blue and gold blood pumping through her veins.
WATSON – Live Oak hasn’t had a lot of time to allow quarterback Rhett Rosevear to adapt to the starting role, but after Saturday’s spring game against East Ascension there is reason to be optimistic.
WATSON – The start of the season began with a historic statewide ranking for the program and quick 3-0 start and ended with an unceremonious first-round state playoff exit.
BATON ROUGE – Before the start of Saturday’s LHSAA Track and Field state championships Clayton Simms of Live Oak couldn’t stop remarking about how deep the Class 5A pole vault competition was going to be.
SCOTT – It was apparent early that runs would be at a premium Saturday with Live Oak battling Acadiana High to advance in the Class 5A state baseball playoffs.
ZACHARY - For the third consecutive year Walker High’s Kaitlyn Hayes will return to the Class 5A state track and field meet at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium.
WATSON – If this was indeed Sal Palermo’s final act at Live Oak’s Ballpark, the senior right-hander certainly deserved to take one final bow.
CENTRAL - Despite losing a chance to move into a tie for first place in District 4-5A one day earlier, Live Oak displayed showed some resiliency in its regular-season finale at Central on Wednesday night.
ST. AMANT – The easy inclination after Live Oak’s 2019 season ended Friday evening with an 8-1 loss at fourth-seeded St. Amant in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs was one of disappointment.
When Live Oak recently defeated Scotlandville in its District 4-5A baseball opener, coach Jesse Cassard recorded the 300th victory of his career.
DENHAM SPRINGS – Denham Springs overcame a case of senior day jitters and shaky early defense to rally for a 9-4 victory Thursday over Live Oak at North Park, keeping its hopes alive for a share of the District 4-5A championship.
ZACHARY – Live Oak coach Jesse Cassard wasn’t looking for any sentimental returns in his first trip back to Zachary’s Herty Field.
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WATSON – With the prospect of having to face a tough opponent a day earlier than scheduled Live Oak coach Jesse Cassard liked the direction his team was headed Tuesday against arch-rival Denham Springs.
WALKER – Everyone associated with the Walker baseball program is starting to forget about the results of the pre-district schedule.
CENTRAL – Given the complexion of the game the last time Central and Live Oak met, it was easy to understand why the Lady Eagles’ three-run lead through 2 ½ innings wasn’t going to hold up.
WATSON – There may have been a time earlier in the season when a four-run deficit, especially before her team stepped to the plate, may have worried Live Oak softball coach Michelle Morris.
WATSON – The weapon of choice when Live Oak finds itself it with no room for error stands 5-foot-5 and by his own coach’s admission barely throws over 70 miles per hour.
WATSON – If there was a constant during Live Oak’s four-game win streak it’s that it revealed a team comfortable playing in tight quarters, one able to compete for an entire seven-inning game.
WATSON – Denham Springs defeated District 4-5A opponent Live Oak 9-1 on Tuesday behind a dominant performance from Natalie Parker.
WALKER – What began under a dark, threatening sky featuring a first-inning rain, seemingly cleared up for Walker High with one mighty swing of the bat.
WATSON – For 6 ½ innings, it felt like Live Oak’s game against Central District 4-5A contest was emblematic of their uneven start to the season. The Lady Eagles fought hard, but tough luck and mistakes proved to be their undoing.
WATSON – Pitcher Sal Palermo gave Live Oak the start it needed and then Lane Hutchinson landed the hit that lifted the Eagles to a 7-3 victory Tuesday over St. Amant.
Speed is a crucial physical element in pole vault. The faster the vaulter moves; the more energy is transferred into the pole to get them over the bar.
Live Oak coach John Capps liked the direction of Friday’s Class 5A state bi-district playoff game at Slidell.
WATSON – Live Oak overcame a plethora of miscues to rally back and win 7-6 on Monday over East Ascension in the season opener for both teams.