Sports Wrap 4-24-17
What a week it was, with the baseball team successfully defending its’ Catholic League Championship while the boys track team virtually ran away with the district championship.
The Patriots played with the proverbial target on their backs all season after springing a surprise by winning the Catholic League title in 2016, the school’s first year in the district. Coach Jeff Curtis’s young 2017 team responded in grand style, rolling to a 10-2 district record and clinching sole possession of the championship by winning the finale over Rummel.
The Raiders, needing a sweep to share the championship, eked out a 3-2 win in the Tuesday game, extending the drama into the final game of district competition. The Patriots came back with a 7-6 win in a thriller that went all the way down to the bottom of the seventh.
Rummel won the Tuesday game by scoring the go-ahead run in the sixth inning despite a strong pitching performance by Austin Haensel. A double by Logan Stevens produced the two Curtis runs in the second.
Austin Haensel had two of his team’s 11 hits and a crucial RBI as the teams traded the lead. Speedy Brandon Davis charged home with winning run on a wild pitch in the seventh. Cade Beloso had a two-run home run and a two-run double in his first two trips to the plate. Stevens doubled in two more runs, and Ian Landreneau took care of business on the mound.
The Patriots wrapped up a 24-6 regular-season record with a 4-1 win over Covenant Christian Thursday night. Davis, Landreneau, Dax Ford and Hunter Bufkin all had RBI hits to account for the Curtis total. It was senior night and the Patriots honored Haensel, the only senior on the team,.
The Patriots will host a best-two-of-three quarterfinal round at Mike Miley May 5-6 vs. the winner of the Evangel-C. E. Byrd regional.
The district track meet on Thursday was all Curtis, with the boys winning the crown while the girls finished a respectable second.
The winning margin for the boys was a whopping 27 points, as Curtis tallied 158 points, followed by second-place Jesuit with 131. Senior Poni Tu’uta and freshman Zachariah Blake gave Curtis a 1-2 finish in both the shot put and discus. Curtis finished first in both relay events.
In the girls competition, sophomore Ariel Myers and eighth-grader Zoe Curtis finished 1-2 in the shot put and Myers also won the discus
The track team, competing in Class 5A, will be in action in the regional meet Thursday in Thibodaux. The State Championships will be May 6 in Baton Rouge.
TENNIS & GOLF
John Curtis will be well represented in tennis and golf this week: K. J. Hurst, Holden Brignac, Lexi Dufour, Sonny Fairchild, Hunter Brignac and Lauren Hurst are in Mionroe for the tennis competition Monday and Tuesday. Z’Mia Price is wearing the Curtis colors in the girls’ golf regionals Monday in Zachary and Brock Wunstall will play in the boys golf regionals Tuesday in Denham Springs.
April 24 LHSAA Girls Golf Regionals, Zachary
April 24-25 LHSAA Tennis Championships, Monroe
April 25 LHSAA Boys Golf Regionals, Denham Springs
April 28-29 LHSAA Girls Class 5A Softball Championships, Frasch Park, Sulphur, LA; Curtis vs. Chapelle in quarterfinals Friday at 5 p.m.
May 5-6 Baseball Select Division I quarterfinals, best-two-of-three series, Mike Miley Stadium.
May 6 LHSAA Class 5A State Championships, Bernie Moore Stadium, Baton Rouge.