Few glittering efforts highlighted Sugar Bowl meet
Let’s hear it for the girls; in particular Sam Zelden of St. Scholastica Academy and Andrea McDonald of Dominican High School, who had excellent performances on the final day of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Track and Field meet.
Zelden, the reigning Class 4A girls’ javelin champion, solidified her chance to collect a second gold medal in May by winning the March 28 event with a toss of 145 feet, 3 inches. The spear landed nearly 18 feet farther than that of the second-place throw.
And all McDonald did was finish second in the long jump (17-2 1/3) and the high jump (5-6) and place fifth in the triple jump for a total of 18 individual points.
After those ladies stepped off the course, there was little to rave about as the track season approaches its peak two weeks before district meets get the gun.
In a meet dominated by out-of-state schools, the only other local Catholic school winners wore Brother Martin uniforms.
Chace Edwards ran a 9:45.16 to win the 3,200-meter run. Archbishop Rummel’s Conner Killian was a close second at 9:49.91.
And Thomas Peters gave the Crusaders another victory in the javelin throw with a distance of 185 feet. The win marked the only field event in which a local Catholic school scored a point.
What was more profound was that St. Paul’s, which (literally) ran roughshod over its competition in the recent Christian Brothers meet, was a no-show for the Allstate meet, opting to remain on the northshore.
Hoover (Alabama) swept both divisions in team scoring.
Eddie Bonine, the new executive director of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association, has penned a letter to member principals, athletic directors and coaches that states the LHSAA will have zero tolerance for acts of unsportsmanlike conduct against baseball umpires.
Shane Rigdon, the assignment secretary for the Crescent City Umpires Association, passed on Bonine’s letter of admonishment to coaches, players, fans or administrators who verbally (or otherwise) abuse umpires before, during or after all athletic contests.
Bonine pointed out that in the first month of the prep baseball season, there had been an alarmingly large number of incidents of unsportsmanlike behavior from coaches, players and fans. Some have resulted in ejections, while others have not.
Rigdon said his association supports Bonine’s strong position.
“Players should play the game with the respect that it deserves. Players, coaches and fans should also treat the opposition with the same respect. It is the responsibility of each school’s administration to control the behavior of anyone affiliated with their school,” Rigdon noted.
He cited some examples of stories he has heard from his umpires. They include:
➤ Coaches and/or fans following umpires through the gates, and in a couple instances to the umpires vehicles or locker room after a game to yell and curse at them.
➤ Fans being removed from a contest for cursing at game officials.
➤ Players in the dugout banging or drumming on dugouts, benches, water coolers, etc. This is an unacceptable act for any team to participate in.
Bonine said that cheering by a team should be directed to their own teammates and it should be positive in nature. He singles out a few protocols:
“By rule, while one team is on field taking infield (practice) the opposing team shall remain in the dugout. Opposing players cannot be outside the dugout watching them.
“When a home run is hit, teammates are to remain on the grass portion of the field. They should not enter onto the dirt portion to congratulate the hitter.”