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Life without ‘Pooka’ looms larger after sanctions against Hahnville

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  • Coaches
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  • Hahnville
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  • 8/24/18 4:14pm

To many outside observers, the overriding theme for the 2018 Hahnville team is what will life be like for the Tigers after a 12-3 season, a trip to the Class 5A finals, and the departure of all-everything running back Anthony “Pooka” Williams. “I think what people fail to realize is how far this program has progressed over the last four years,” fifth-year coach Nick Saltaformaggio said. “When ‘Pooka’ graduated,... Keep Reading

Going for two: can West St. John Rams repeat as state champions?

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  • Team:
  • West St. John
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  • 8/24/18 3:19pm

By now, everyone knows the West St. John Rams won the Class 1A state championship in 2017. Many observers continue the sing the praises of West St. John program, going so far as to say the 2018 Rams may be even better than the state champs of a year ago. That’s fine and dandy for Brandon Walters, but the Rams’ coach counters that it’s time to move on. “I’m... Keep Reading

SCC’s Monica likely to lean on Comets’ defense early in season

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  • St. Charles
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  • 8/24/18 3:11pm

Inexperience at several key positions on offense likely will cause the St. Charles Catholic Comets to rely on the defense in 2018. “If I find that our offense is really inept I will just play the game to our defense,” said St. Charles coach Frank Monica, whose team was 9-3 a year ago. “I am not going to try and put a round peg in a square hole is we are not capable... Keep Reading

Talent-laden Destrehan Wildcats capable of deep playoff run in 2018

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  • Destrehan
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  • 8/24/18 3:03pm

When folks around the River Parishes talk about the 2018 Destrehan Wildcats, the word “loaded” is often mentioned. With the likes of John Emery, Quinton Tarbor, J.R. Blood, Alex Huszar, Quincy Brown, and a host of others, it’s easy to see why. Emery has verbally committed to Georgia. Tarbor has committed to Mississippi State, Blood to Stephen F. Austin and Huzar to Southeastern Louisiana. Brown, entering his junior year, already has... Keep Reading

Valdez: youthful Wildcats ‘have tremendous opportunity, potential’

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  • Team:
  • St. James
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  • 8/24/18 2:51pm

Dealing with the youngest team he has ever coached, Robert Valdez considers his squad analogous to the new St. James High campus. After literal years in the making, students are now attending school at the Vacherie location. “I’m real excited. It’s like this new school. It gives us a chance to grow. We have a tremendous opportunity and tremendous potential,” the third-year Wildcat coach said. Coming off a 9-4... Keep Reading

‘Next year’ finally arrives for Bulldogs after sub-par 2017

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  • Team:
  • Lutcher
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  • 8/24/18 2:32pm

If ever there was team that was looking forward to “next season,” it must be the 2018 Lutcher Bulldogs. Lutcher was coming off back-to-back state championships going into 2017. Playing with a young and rebuild team while making the move from Class 3A to Class 4A, the Bulldogs had a not-so-Lutcher like 4-7 season. “When you look back at it, 2009 was the first year we played in 4A and that was a team that... Keep Reading

First-year coach Dizer, Riverside Rebels face challenges in 2018

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  • Team:
  • Riverside
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  • 8/24/18 2:25pm

Things have certainly changed at Riverside Academy. “I’ve said several times if you had asked me this time last year, ‘are you going to be a head coach anywhere?’ The answer would have been ‘absolutely not.’ It’s not something I was expecting or looking forward to, but you never know when God’s going to call your number. That’s where we’re... Keep Reading

ESJ alumnus Brown on mission with return as new Wildcats coach

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  • Team:
  • East St. John
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  • 8/24/18 2:05pm

For alumnus Brandon Brown, his return to East St. John is more of a mission than a coaching opportunity. “To be football coach and athletic director is a dream job for me,” Brown said. “To be blessed to be back home and to be a leader, not just of this football program, I look at it as a different avenue. I look at it as God put me here for a reason,... Keep Reading

LHSAA sanctions Saltaformaggio, Hahnville football program

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  • Coaches
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  • Hahnville
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  • 8/23/18 1:16pm

Hahnville head football coach Nick Saltaformaggio has been suspended for four games, the school has been fined $2,500 and a Tiger player has been ruled ineligible for a year as part of sanctions delivered by the Louisiana High School Athletic association on Thursday. The St. Charles Parish Schools system released a statement late Thursday morning. “We have received notification from LHSAA outlining sanctions that are being imposed following its investigation of alleged recruiting by the... Keep Reading

Former St. James Wildcat coach Gaille dead after battle with cancer

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  • Coaches
  • Team:
  • St. James
  • Posted:
  • 7/1/18 2:26pm

Rick Gaille, who won 169 games as head coach of St. James from 1992-2010 and led the Wildcats to three appearances in the state championship game, died Sunday of pancreatic cancer, his wife, Elaine, announced via his Facebook account. “As you all know my husband has always been a competitor in everything he has ever done,” she wrote. “And yes, he fought until the very last breath he took today. “Our family... Keep Reading