New Orleans Newman outlasted Baton Rouge University High in four overtimes, 2-1, to win the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Division III-Classes 3A and below boys state soccer championship.
Newman forward Matt Savoie scored the winning goal into an empty net with just under a minute gone in the second of two sudden-death periods. Savoie, the game’s Most Valuable Player, drilled home a carom off U-High goalkeeper Bradley Downs, who had moved toward the edge of the box to play the ball.
The Greenies' victory in the state tournament at Shreveport’s Independence Stadium followed Lake Charles St. Louis Catholic’s 4-0 win over New Orleans Sacred Heat for the girls Division III title. New Orleans Jesuit defeated Captain Shreve, 3-1, for the Division I-Class A boys crown, while Covington St. Scholastica stopped Mandeville Fontainebleau for the Division I-Class A girls title, 4-0.
“I didn’t even see it go in,” Savoie said of his game-winning goal. “But I heard the crowd roar so I knew it was good. I was really scared I might miss."
Newman tied the game with just over four minutes remaining in one of the most unimaginable ways. Defender Guy Scoggin booted a 70-yard indirect kick over the head of Downs and slipping in just under the crossbar for the incredible goal.
The Cubs scored their only goal in the first half on Matt Copeskey’s header. It was only the second goal scored against Newman throughout the playoffs.
Boys Division I: Reuther rescues Jesuit
Most Valuable Player Mark Reuther scored twice in the second half to lead top-seeded New Orleans Jesuit past Captain Shreve, 3-1, for its eighth Division I-Class 5A state championship.
Reuther snapped a 1-1 halftime tie, as the Blue Jays scored three unanswered goals to finish undefeated for the second time in three years. The victory came without injured star forward Patrick Mullins in Jesuit’s lineup.
Captain Shreve scored first at the 10th minute when Will Monsour took a short pass from Brennan Randel and scored from inside the box. Jesuit tied the score on midfielder Michael Simmons’ header off Stephen Cabos’ corner kick at the 31st minute.
Girls Division I: Top seed wins in rout
No. 1 seeded St. Scholastica had no trouble with second-seeded Fontainebleau in winning the Division I girls crown, 4-0. Midfielder Michelle Duplantier scored just 30 seconds into the game with assists by midfielder Kelly Gautreaux and forward Danielle Beatty.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better start,” St. Scholastica coach Mike Ortner said. “I can’t say enough. This is a great feeling.”
Gautreaux later added a goal in earning MVP honors. Beatty finished with two goals and an assist. St. Scholastica senior goalkeeper Lindsay Schwarner recorded the shutout, including a point-blank save on Fontainebleau forward Lauren Ritch’s shot in the 41st minute.
Girls Basketball: Class 5A final set
Lafayette and Metairie Archbishop Chapelle took different paths, but both reached the Class 5A state championship game at the Ladies’ Top 28 in Monroe.
Lafayette rallied from a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat Ponchatoula, 50-49, while top-seeded Chapple’s workmanlike effort produced a 54-47 victory over Walker in the other semifinal game.
Sedreka Plummer led Lafayette with 19 points while hitting 7 of 14 field-goal attempts. Breanne Guy and Amber Ventroy added 12 points apiece. Hannah Fletcher topped Ponchatoula with 16 points. Teammate Antoinette Pea was perfect in scoring 13 points. She hit all five of her field-goal tries and all three of her free throws.
Ponchatoula coach Justin Adams was ejected for receiving two technical fouls late in the game.
Chapelle quickly grabbed a 10-point, first-quarter lead in taking any drama out of the game. Chapelle’s Olivia Grayson was the game’s offensive star with 30 points. Michelle Bordes was the Chipmunk’s only other double-figure scorer with 10 points. Mina Romito scored 19 points as Walker’s only double-figure scorer.
More Girls Basketball: Top seeds headed for showdown
The top two seeds reached the Class 2A final when River Ridge John Curtis stopped Oakdale in one semifinal, 56-35, and DeRidder South Beauregard defeated Hammond St. Thomas Aquinas in the other, 65-58.
Whitney Gathright scored a game-high 16 points for John Curtis. She helped the Patriots to a 26-12 halftime lead, which was plenty enough to avoid any second-half challenges from Oakdale.
Kristi Bellock followed Gathright with 15 points, while Derreval Youngblood produced 13. John Curtis shot 50 percent from 3-point range with Gathright having made 3 of 4 from byond the arc.
Oakdale’s Danisha Allison matched Gathright with 16 points, including 12 free throws. Oakdale 6-foot-3 junior post player Netanya Jones managed just four points, which was nearly 17 points below her average. She made 2 of 6 field-goal attempts.
Stephanie Barrow scored a game-high 32 points for South Beauregard, which snapped a 26-26 halftime tie. Barrow made 11 of 19 field goal tries for South Beauregard, which hit 57.5 percent (23 of 40) of its shots. Jenna Diakos added 21 points, while connecting on 7 of 10 shots from the field. Jenna Lee recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Christy Shelby was St. Thomas Aquinas’ top scorer with 18 points. Rebekah Greer added 17.
Boys Basketball: Reserve Christian roars
Reserve Christian showed just how intently it has its sights set on a fifth consecutive Class C state championship when it routed Starks, 110-54, in a regional playoff game.
Cedric Jenkins led the top-ranked and top-seeded Eagles (41-7) with 36 points, including eight of his team’s 13 3-pointers. Freshman center Ricardo Gathers added 21 points and 17 rebounds. It marked Gathers’ fourth game back after having broken a finger in January.
“I'm getting back into shape, “ he said. “I was out for about four weeks. It’s kind of tough, but I’m fighting my way through it.”
“We weren’t trying to make a statement or anything like that.” said Reserve Christian coach Timmy Byrd, who had 11 players score. “We played everybody. The problem is, my second five are really good.”
Jordan Ashworth topped Starks (21-16) with 19 points, including four 3-pointers.