SPORTS

SJHS baseball has highest rating by Max Preps

Tryve Brackin

Prior to the release of earliest La. High School Athletic Assn. baseball power ratings, Max Preps website pointed to St. John High of Plaquemine as the most likely diamond team in Iberville this spring to succeed as a consistent winner.

Thursday of last week the national prep ranking website had St. John rated as the 98th overall all-classification baseball team in the state.

Previously, the Eagles were ranked 105th, but the Plaquemine Catholics were boosted up by a pair of District 6-1A victories over Southern Lab. Coach Chris Harrell’s SJHS club boosted its record to 7-4 overall entering the weekend activity. It was the top winning mark in the Parish.

Meanwhile, East Iberville High had a great 5-2 start in the early non-district portion of the season. The Tigers earned a ranking as high as 143rd in the state. Coach Moe Pointer led his club to one of the school’s best season-opening showings in its history. However, the Tigers dropped back-to-back District 6-1A games to foes and dropped to 212th in Max Preps. The East boys are expected to face some tough 6-1A district competition in upcoming days because the league has a trio of strong diamond programs at private schools like St. John, Ascension Catholic, and Ascension Christian.

Despite being 5-7 overall, the Plaquemine High Green Devils were second overall in the Parish with a Max Preps ratings 149th ranking. Early in the season Coach Robert Primus’ club split games with SJHS and played a strong non-district slate. When the Green Devils opened league play this week they were expected to face strong competition from District 6-4A rivals St. Michael and Livonia. However, Baton Rouge Public school district foes seem unlikely to challenge PHS and their top league rivals this spring. Woodlawn and Tara could have some capability to mix up the SMHS-LHS-PHS top tier.

Struggling mightily in the early diamond season has been White Castle High. Coach Josh Scott’s young club could get a boost next week with state championship basketball players join their squad. The Bulldogs were 0-6-2 as of last Thursday, including a pair of 6-1A losses and one tie. The Castlemen were ranked 273rd in the state by Max Prep.

…White Castle High’s Troy Green gets my vote as the Iberville basketball coach of the year after leading the Bulldogs to the school’s seventh title. He could very well get the Class 1-A Coach of the Year nod, if Div. IV champion Southern Lab’s head mentor Devan Clark does not nab the honor. Lab dominated WCHS and other 6-1A foes during district competition. I got to watch both Green and Clark play the round ball sport for their alma maters.  Both were outstanding game-changers in their prep careers. The two, now title-winning coaches, were deadeye shooters from the field and the foul line; and continued to impact on the college level…Green at Southeastern La. and Clark at Southern U.