Baton Rouge Area Weekly Notebook Presented By Trade Construction • June 28

by Jerit Roser // Capital Area High School Correspondent

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Robin Fambrough took her well-deserved seat in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame this weekend in Natchitoches.

The longtime Advocate sports writer has been among the state’s most prominent reporters of high school athletics for the past three decades, including a record six years as the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Prep Writer of the Year and a tenure as the association’s first female president.

She has covered all sports, boys and girls, from the ever-prominent football down to early-season cross-country meets and offseason tournament and everything in between and put a greater spotlight and perspective on the Louisiana High School Athletic Association from a big-picture, organizational standpoint.

The Louisville native and Western Kentucky alumna also worked at Nicholls State and The Daily Comet in Thibodaux and The Town Talk in Alexandria before 

She joined the hall Saturday evening with a class of 11 that also included Tim Brando, Ronnie Coleman, Joan Cronan, Lou Dunbar, Mackie Freeze, Kerry Kittles, Kent Lowe, Phil Robertson, Charles Tillman and Angela Turner-Johnson.

“It is very humbling that I would be in this position,” she said in the hall’s feature highlighting her accomplishments and induction. “I love the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, but when I think of hall of famers I think of athletes. I’m not Red Smith. I’m the high school writer from Baton Rouge who goes to work.”

Holstein commits to Texas A&M

The first domino of Louisiana’s rare — if not unique — 2023 class of quarterback talent fell into its place Friday.

Zachary quarterback Eli Holstein announced his commitment to Texas A&M over offers from hometown LSU, Alabama, Ohio State and others.

The strong-armed, explosive 6-foot-3, 215-pound athlete is considered by most outlets the state’s second-rated passer behind Newman star Arch Manning and one of the nation’s top prospects in the class overall.

The rising junior is the younger brother of Louisiana Tech quarterback Caleb Holstein, a state champion at St. Thomas More in Lafayette.

University Lab, West Feliciana stars commit

Roman Pitre will be chasing Aeneaus Lemay in District 7-3A action in just a few short months.

But, on Friday, the University Lab and West Feliciana standouts joined Holstein in making announcements regarding their college plans.

Pitre, the versatile 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker, committed to Purdue over Arizona State, Baylor, Virginia and most of Louisiana’s in-state programs.

The speedy 5-foot-10, 175-pound Lemay chose the fit and role McNeese State envisioned over more prominent FBS offers, including Louisiana Tech, Louisiana (Lafayette), Tulane, Southern Miss and Arkansas State.