Lots going on as sports seasons change

Tryve Brackin Contributing Write
Green Devil Nelson Jenkins was offered a 2018 scholarship by LSU Coach Ed Orgeron last week.

A lot of action in prep sports went on last week as new spring season sports are gradually over lapping the end of winter competition.

Here are a few notes on recent activity:

PLAQUEMINE HIGH continued to be a source of football talent for LSU as a third Green Devil has committed to the Tigers last week. Nelson Jenkins was offered a 2018 scholarship by Coach Ed Orgeron after an impressive showing at the recent LSU Junior High School Day.

Jenkins, a 6-4, 290-lb. defensive tackle, hopes to follow former Green Devil standout Davon Godchaux as a d-lineman for the Tigers. Jenkins was a 6-4A All-District pick and an honorable mention All-State player as a PHS junior in December. He will join recent 4-Star Green Devil defensive back Todd Harris on the Tiger roster in 2018. Godchaux is seeking a draft spot in the upcoming NFL Draft after three seasons as a starting Tiger defensive tackle.

Jenkins is likely to become the third PHS football talent to move on to LSU over a five-year period, which is a first in Iberville Parish prep history. The three Green Devils follow White Castle High product and starting LSU safety and NFL New York Jet Ronald Martin as Iberville Parish LSU Tiger football signees in a half-decade. Standout PHS junior all around skill position talent Wayne Toussant also is being watched closely by LSU and other southern schools as a potential college gridiron talent.

GIRLS HOOP PLAYOFFS: Parish girls’ basketball teams at White Castle High and St. John advanced in the first round of the postseason last week with victories.

WCHS beat South Cameron 69-52 in Class 1-A Public bi-district playoffs, while St. John opened the Div. IV private playoffs with a 52-25 victory over St. Martin.

While the two lower classification parish clubs advanced to the second round, Plaquemine High and East Iberville lost their playoff openers to end their postseasons. PHS fell 62-52 to Warren Easton in 4-A public play, while EIHS dropped a 64-21 game to hosting Tensas in 1A public playoffs. White Castle moves on to tangle with seventh-seeded Tensas earlier this week in the regionals. Meanwhile, St. John traveled Monday (after article deadline) to three-seeded Lafayette Christian in the private school playoffs.

BRUSLY HIGH continued a string of successful prep wrestling seasons, dating back to the late 1970s, as the neighboring West Baton Rouge Parish program registered state runner-up honors in the annual State Wrestling Meet’s Division III competition in recent days. The Panthers notched yet another high finish to add to numerous state titles in the mat sport over the years. De La Salle High of New Orleans won the Div. III crown.

Leading the way for our next-door neighbors up Hwy. 1 were Austin Franklin and Owen Mabile.  Franklin captured the 145-lb. weight class title, while Mabile took home the 170-lb, class crown. Teammates Brandon Young (220-lb. class) and Calep Balcums (126-lb. class) were state runner-ups.

SPRING SPORTS: Baseball and softball teams in the parish opened competition with jamborees and games this weekend and next week.  Track and field gets going in a matter of days.

St. John, long a consistent power in the two diamond sports, had the top-seeded programs last spring in the parish. The Lady Eagle girls were a 10th seed at the end of the regular season last spring, while the boy baseball club was 11th seed.

Meanwhile, Plaquemine High’s girls have led the way in track and field competition in the most recent springs.