by Jerit Roser // Capital Area High School Correspondent
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Episcopal’s dominant sweep of Class 2A helped lead an impressive state championship week for Baton Rouge area track teams and athletes at LSU’s Bernie Moore Stadium.
The Knights’ girls and boys teams won their respective crowns by margins of 42 and 37 points to claim two of the Capital City’s four team titles, along with St. Joseph’s girls in Class 5A and Madison Prep’s boys in Class 3A.
And a slew of individuals, including Parkview Baptist star Ariel Pedigo and LSU football signees Chris Hilton of Zachary and Matthew Langlois of Catholic (Pointe Coupee), capped their outdoor seasons with one more memorable performance.
Pedigo, who recently signed with Oklahoma, won the 100-meter hurdles (14.64), javelin (141-7), long jump (19-0) and high jump (5-10) in Class 3A.
Hilton took the high jump (6-7.50) and 400-meter run (47.50) in Class 5A, as the Broncos’ boys and girls each finished runners-up.
And Langlois blazed 10.79-second and 22.33-second times in the Class 1A 100-meter and 200-meter dashes.
St. Joseph’s distance runner Sophie Martin continued her dominant spring with victories in the 1,600 meter (5:08.30) and 3,200 meter (11:14.86) runs to help lead the Redstickers.
Madison Prep’s Zeon Chriss and Brian Chatman won the javelin (169-7.5) and long jump (23-1.25), respectively, to help the Chargers tie Lake Charles College Prep atop the Class 3A boys’ standings with 60 points.
Frances Oliver won the long jump (18-0.5), high jump (5-3.75) and triple jump (37-5) for Episcopal’s girls, and Daila Young added another first-place finish with her 15.38-second 100-meter hurdles.
Ethan Hook swept the 100-meter hurdles (15.01) and 300-meter hurdles (40.02) to help lead the Knights’ boys on the track.
And Austin Sybrant and Oliver Jack took the javelin (185-8) and shot put (56-5.75), respectively.
Other multi-event winners included Dunham’s Riley Ries in the Class 2A girls’ 1,600-meter (5:27.99) and 3,200-meter (11:36.51) runs and Ascension Catholic’s Chase Walker in the Class 1A boys’ 800-meter (2:04.12) and 1,600-meter (4:40.50) runs.
Catholic High mourns loss of state championship coach
Catholic High and the Baton Rouge community are mourning the loss of Kyle Jackson, who died last Monday in a single-car crash.
The 31-year-old coach, himself a former Bears student-athlete, had just led his alma mater to a fourth straight Division I championship less than two weeks earlier.
He was a 2007 graduate of the school and served as the president of the CHS Alumni Board of Directors.
Dunham’s Ryan Dupuy wins golf state title
Dunham senior Ryan Dupuy closed his high school career with an eight-under-par 64 final round last week to hold off a pair of Ascension Episcopal golfers for the Division III boys’ individual state championship.
The Southern Miss signee posted a 12-under-par 132 total in his two rounds at Farm d’Allie in Carencro in a narrow victory over Eli Ortego (133) and Kale Fontenot (136).
His two-day score was the lowest in any of the six boys’ and girls’ divisions since the event moved to the Lafayette area in 2015.
Baseball teams survive competitive series to advance to state tourney
Eight teams in the 225 area code won quarterfinals this past weekend to advance the state tournament in Sulphur.
Parkview Baptist suffered its first loss of the season Friday, 3-2, in a series opener against No. 8 E.D. White.
But the Eagles bounced back to sweep a Saturday doubleheader, 5-2 and 9-6, to punch their ticket to the Division II semifinals against No. 5 Teurlings Catholic.
Catholic (Baton Rouge) took Saturday’s rubber match with St. Paul’s, 8-4, to set up a date Thursday against top-seeded C.E. Byrd in Division I.
And Catholic (Pointe Coupee), the No. 5 seed in Division IV, won its first and third games against No. 4 St. Mary’s to advance to face No. 1 Ouachita Christian.
No. 6 Walker swept No. 19 New Iberia in Class 5A action to face No. 2 West Monroe on Thursday.
No. 3 Lutcher and No. 7 Brusly will play one another in Thursday’s Class 3A semifinals after topping No. 6 West Feliciana and No. 2 South Beauregard, respectively.
Top-seeded Doyle swept No. 8 Kinder in Class 2A and will face No. 5 Loreauville on Thursday in Class 2A.
And No. 12 Slaughter Community Charter upset No. 4 Delta Charter to advance to the Class 1A semifinals as one of the two lowest seeded participants in this weekend’s state tournament.