Another winning year ends for local teams

Jesuit’s baseball team fell a day short of challenging for its 21st LHSAA baseball championship when the Blue Jays lost to Live Oak, 6-5, in the Class 5A semifinals on May 16, but it was still another banner year in sports for high schools in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

The final tally for the 2013-14 school year was 10 state championships and 11 more runner-up trophies.

St. Paul’s had the most successful program overall, winning state championships in cross country and gymnastics and taking home runner-up trophies in indoor track, soccer, boys’ golf, power lifting and lacrosse.

Its sister school, St. Scholastica, won soccer and track and field team championships and was runner-up in Division II cross country.

The season began with Archbishop Rummel defeating Byrd High, 23-22, for the first ever Division I football championship in December.

No stranger to state championships, Mount Carmel added the Class 5A girls’ basketball title for the first time since joining the LHSAA by defeating Destrehan, 69-60.

Jesuit added two more championship trophies to its endless number of showcases in the sports of boys’ tennis and lacrosse. The 11-4 win over St. Paul’s marked the Blue Jays’ third straight in that yet-to-be sanctioned sport.

Mount Carmel was also runner-up to St. Joseph’s Academy in Division I volleyball. The Cubs lost in an exciting five-game match, 3-2.

Dominican won the team tennis title and finished second to Parkway for the Diivision I girls’ cross country championship.

Pope John Paul II continued to dominate in its most successful sport of powerlifting. The Lady Jaguars captured their sixth straight and ninth total division title, while the boys’ team, winner of eight state championships, took home its third runner-up trophy.

Jesuit won the Division I tennis title and defeated St. Paul’s, 11-4, to win its third consecutive boys’ lacrosse championship. The Blue Jays were runners-up to Catholic High in Division I swimming.

Two titles that eluded the local Catholic schools came in the sports of boys’ basketball and baseball.

Division 9-5A champion St. Augustine’s aspirations of playing for a championship ended in the semifinal round when the Purple Knights lost a 47-46 heart-breaker to Scotlandville.

Catholic League baseball champion Brother Martin and Jesuit had their hopes for a baseball title dashed by Live Oak of Denham Springs in back-to-back weeks.

In a rain soaked best-of-three series, Brother Martin defeated Live Oak, 2-0, in the opener, then lost the next two games, 2-0, and 10-6. Had they won, the Crusaders would have met district rival Jesuit, in the semifinals at Sulphur’s McMurray Park.

Jesuit earned its spot in the semis by shutting out Rummel for the fourth time this season, then eliminating Alexandria in two games.

After the Blue Jays’ shaky start produced four Live Oak runs over the first two innings, the No. 10 seed was able to stave off every Jesuit threat. The Jays tied the score, but left 11 runners stranded on the bases (five in the final three innings), and went down swinging, 6-5.

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