Defending state champion Calvary Baptist Academy, led by junior Nathan Jeansonne’s medalist round of 70 at Links on the Bayou, won its sixth straight LHSAA regional title with a 310 score, and Iowa, led by Javon Perry’s 77, was second in the Division III event at 323. Notre Dame of Crowley was fourth at 335.
Jeansonne, an LSU commitment who finished second by one shot to teammate Sam Burns at last year’s state tournament, collected six birdies in a round that featured a feast-or-famine back nine with nary a par until the 17th hole. He birdied 10 and 11, bogeyed 12, birdied 13, bogeyed 14, birdied 15 and bogeyed 16.
He sank a 20-foot putt for a birdie at 13 and barely missed an 8-foot putt for eagle for a tap-in birdie at 15.
“The wind started blowing around hole 14, but it was calm before then,” said Jeansonne, who was runner-up at an American Junior Golf Association tournament at Texas A&M in April — around the time he said his game kicked in to a higher level after a “struggling start” to the season.
Other scorers in Calvary’s winning effort were: Burns (73), Ryan Alford (83) and Gunner Russell (84). Alford is the team’s only senior. Burns and Russell are juniors like Jeansonne, and Lee is a sophomore.
Calvary will be trying to win its fifth straight state title at East Ridge, which is the home course for three of the team’s golfers, said Calvary coach Sam Rogers.
Junior Thomas Wilmore and three eighth-graders from Holy Savior Menard are going to the state tournament.
Menard compiled a 331 score for a third-place finish. The top four teams qualify for the 36-hole state tournament scheduled Monday and Tuesday at East Ridge Country Club in Shreveport.
“We’ve got one player on our team who can drive a car, and the rest are eighth-graders,” said Menard volunteer coach John Flynn with a smile.
Wilmore, who had the top-seeded district score of 73 entering the tournament, led Menard with an 80, followed by Charlie Flynn at 81. Ben Vanderlick and Brooks Anderson each scored 85.
“Considering the wind, we did really well,” said coach Flynn. “Ben and Brooks have just been playing a couple of years, so they did extremely well for having played golf for such a short period of time. We’re really looking forward to next year and the next few years at Menard.”
The top four individual scorers from non-qualifying teams also qualified for state. Oakdale had two players tie for the final individual spot at 87, but Nick Adams won the berth by virtue of being the only one present for what would have been a playoff. Timothy Townley, the other Oakdale player at 87, had long since left the course to travel to a regional track and field meet, according to Oakdale coach Joe Brown.
The other three individual qualifiers were all from Red River — Stephen Jones (78), Nathan Moseley (80) and Tanner Lee (83).
State tennis action in Division III and Division IV got underway Thursday in Monroe, and several of the local favorites are still alive.
Loyola’s Charley Boyd and North DeSoto’s Kody Anderson didn’t drop a game in two boys Division III matches Thursday, advancing to the quarterfinals.
Anderson will play Parkview’s Chris Anders while Boyd will face St. Louis’ Stone Sikich on Friday. Anderson and Boyd could meet in the finals if both continue to win.
According to LHSAA tennis brackets, two boys doubles teams are still alive.
Evangel’s Andrew Deutsch and Devon Sikora advanced to the second round while North Webster’s Ben Burns and Reese McClain knocked out Evangel’s Seth Green and Reagan Dodge in the first round.
In girls singles, North Webster’s Tori Pesses advanced to the second round while Loyola’s Catherine Colvin and North Webster’s Megan Revelle fell.
Three girls doubles teams won first-round games (Loyola’s Ryan Barham/Colleen Barnett, Evangel’s Abigail Turnbow/Micah Green, and Evangel’s Tori Shouse and Rylee Powell).
The Loyola pair lost in the second round, but the LHSAA brackets didn’t have the Evangel second-round results.
Calvary’s boys doubles team of Zak Kosin and John David May won two matches to advance to the quarters, beating a St. Mary’s tema of Dhaliwal and Mayeaux in the second round.
Other doubles teams to reach the second round before losing include St. Mary’s Vienne/Vienne, Calvary’s Lindsey/Woodle and St. Mary’s Martin/Reeves.
In boys singles, St. Mary’s B.J. Bertus advanced to the second round before losing.
In girls singles, Calvary’a Anna Marie Kimball won two matches to the advance to quarters.
Cedar Creek’s Maggie Manning is also in the quarters, beating North Caddo’s Anna McLaurin in the second round.
Calvary’s tandem of May/May won their first-round matchup and are alive in the second round.