Woodlawn Athletics Weekly Wrap: September 26 – October 2, 2022

Woodlawn Athletics Weekly Wrap: September 26 – October 2, 2022

While the final week of September did not have as many home events as the previous week, it still seemed busier than ever. Homecoming brought it’s normal festivities, along with packed stands Friday night at the football game. Volleyball, cross country, and swim were all in action as well. Tickets for all home events can be purchased online.

Cross Country

The Woodlawn cross country team made the short trip to Highland Road Park to compete in the St. Joseph’s Invitational. The meet was the largest meet that the Panthers have competed in this season, as over 590 boys ran Saturday morning.

Sophomore David Ferguson led the Panthers with a time of 20:02.03, which was a personal record. Freshman Liam Dowdy and seniors Jaden Sylvester and Dylan Aucoin all finished within six seconds of each other, at just over 23 minutes for the race. Dowdy’s finish (23:01.23) was also a personal record.

For our Lady Panthers, seniors Andrea Rodriguez and Kaitlyn Arceneaux each finished with personal records.

Coach Tim Spruill seemed pleased with the team’s performance Saturday.

“Liam and David each came out and set personal records today. So did Andrea and Kailyn,” said Spruill. “All I can do is ask our athletes to come out and push themselves to improve each week, while having fun and developing a lifetime love for running.”

Next up for Cross Country: Saturday, October 15 – Zachary Bronco Stampede at Port Hudson State Historic Site


Football

A busy Homecoming week began with the Woodlawn freshman and JV teams traveling to Walker High School on Monday, September 26. Both sub-varsity teams had strong showings, with neither team taking a loss. The freshmen were able to score twice, but also gave up two touchdowns, and finished with a 14-14 tie. Woodlawn’s JV team was too much for the Wildcats, as they came away with a 30-8 victory over Walker.

The varsity team looked to continue the momentum from the sub-varsity games when they took the field Friday night. In front of a packed stadium, the home team took a 14-6 lead into halftime on a pair of touchdown passes from quarterback Rickie Collins to fellow seniors Clayton Adams and Tramon Douglas II.

Woodlawn (2-3) extended it’s lead to 21-6 when Adams had a 13-yard touchdown run, breaking several tackles on the way to the end zone, early in the fourth quarter.

Following two quick touchdowns and successful two-point conversions by the Wildcats, Woodlawn found themselves down 22-21 with 8:03 left on the clock.

The Panthers were not yet done scoring. Collins, Adams, senior running back Jay’veon Haynes and company pieced together an answer with a long drive and goal-line Collins run to pull back ahead, 27-22, with 3:05 to play.

However, the storybook ending would not be written in Woodlawn’s favor. With just 16 seconds remaining on the clock. St. James was able to take the lead, 28-22. The successful two-point conversion accounted for the final score, 30-27.

Woodlawn will host reigning Class 5A champion Zachary next Thursday in a District 4-5A opener that ESPN will broadcast to a national audience.

Next up for Football: Tuesday, October 4 – Freshman and JV at Zachary; Thursday, October 6 – Varsity versus Zachary


Swim

Woodlawn High School’s swim team had their best showing of the season, finishing third in the team ranking this past Saturday.

The boys’ team was led by James Skiles, Peyton Rodgers, and Trey Holiday, who each scored over 20 points in their races.

Skiles competed in both the 100 and 200 yard freestyle races. He finished fourth in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 2:25.44 and collected 15 points for his team. Skiles finished with a time of 1:00.27 in the 100 yard freestyle, narrowly finishing sixth and netting 13 points for Woodlawn.

Rodgers competed against Holiday in the 200 yard individual medley, edging out his teammate for a fifth place finish with a time of 2:42.94. In the 100 yard butterfly, Rodgers also finished in fifth place. Rodgers totaled 28 points for the Panthers.

Holiday finished sixth in the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:26.19 and seventh in the 200 yard individual medley with a time of 2:50.87. Holiday scored a total of 25 points in his individual races.

The boys 200 yard medley team consisting of John Cador, Holiday, Rodgers, and Zack Lemoine finished third with a final time of 2:07.75.

Kelis Kent led the Lady Panthers, winning a heat in the 50 yard freestyle and finishing fourth in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 1:37.31.

The swim team will now prepare for the CCSL Championship Meet on October 28 and 29.

Next up for Swim: Friday and Saturday, October 28 and 29 – Capital City Swim League Championship Meet at Crawfish Aquatics


Volleyball

In a slower week for the Lady Panther volleyball team (17-8), Woodlawn only competed in three matches this week.

The Lady Panthers began the week at Woodlawn Middle School due to a conflict with the rescheduled date of Open House. Woodlawn faced Port Allen in a three game set on Monday night, with the Lady Panthers varsity team coming away with a straight set victory, 25-15, 25-12, 25-17.

The next two matches for Woodlawn found the team traveling, first to Central Private for a match on Wednesday night. The Lady Panthers were pushed to four sets before earning the victory 25-11, 25-16, 24-26, and 25-13.

The final match of the week was held on Thursday night, with Woodlawn dropping the match in straight sets.

Woodlawn will be on the road for two of three matches this week. District 4-5A play will begin on Wednesday, when the Lady Panthers travel to Central.

Next up for Volleyball: Monday, October 3 – JV/Varsity versus Capitol; Wednesday, October 5 – Freshmen/JV/Varsity at Central; Saturday, October 8 – Freshmen/JV/Varsity at St. John of Plaquemine


Baseball Practices Begin

Now that October has come, baseball practices are set to begin. Those interested in playing baseball who are not participating in a Fall Sport should see Coach Kohn. A valid physical is necessary to participate.

Woodlawn Athletics Weekly Wrap: September 19 – September 25, 2022

Woodlawn Athletics Weekly Wrap: September 19 – September 25, 2022

The week of September 19th through September 25th proved to be one of the busiest weeks on campus this fall. The Rumble in the Jungle Volleyball Tournament hosted over a dozen teams on Friday and Saturday, and our Panther football team hosted the #1 ranked team in Class 3A on Friday night. Tickets for all home events can be purchased online.

Cross Country

For the second week in a row, our Panther cross country team competed in Brusly. Woodlawn had student-athletes run in the Brusly Cinclaire Run on the Levee.

Woodlawn was led by David Ferguson, Jaden Sylvester, and Liam Dowdy. All three boys turned in solid times. Ferguson led the Panthers with a time of 23:08.64, which was good enough for a top-25 finish.

“We were not able to score as a team today,” said Coach Tim Spruill. “But the runners we had here today showed up and did work! Given the conditions, our runners did very well.”

Senior Andrea Rodriguez was the only runner for our Lady Panthers.

Next up for Cross Country: Saturday, October 1 – St. Joseph’s Invitational at Highland Road Park


Football

The Panther football team had a full week, with the freshman and JV teams hosting Denham Springs on Tuesday, September 20th. While the freshmen dropped their first game of the season, the JV team remained undefeated, moving to 2-0 with the 26-14 win over the Yellow Jackets.

On Friday, the varsity team hosted the #1 ranked team in Class 3A, ED White. The Cardinals (3-1) came into the contest with an unblemished record and quickly jumped up on the Panthers (2-2), taking a 20-0 lead midway through the second quarter.

However, Rickie Collins and the Panther offense came alive before the break, scoring on a pass to Tramon Douglas to make the score 21-7 at the half.

In the third quarter, University of Louisiana-Lafayette commit Jay’veon Haynes reached the end zone to pull the Panthers to one score.

With just over nine minutes to play in the game, Woodlawn High finally broke through and took the lead following a Collins touchdown on a designed run.

After a touchdown by ED White put the Cardinals up by the score of 26-21, sophomore receiver Ryan Brown caught the go-ahead touchdown on a smash concept. Collins rolled to his right and found Brown, who made the leaping catch and reached for the front pylon for the score. The two-point conversion was successful, when Collins found Clayton Adams in the back of the end zone.

The Panther defense once again had a strong second half, holding the potent Cardinal offense to one score. Woodlawn also forced a 42-yard field goal attempt as time expired. The kick, which would have sent the game to overtime, fell short.

Homecoming Week and all the festivities that go along with it are now upon the Panthers. Woodlawn will host St. James, a perennial state-championship contender, Friday at 7 pm.

Next up for Football: Monday, September 26 – Freshman and JV at Walker; Friday, September 30 – Varsity versus St. James


Swim

Our Panther swim team placed 7th in the Capitol City Swim League Meet on Saturday, September 24. Woodlawn missed out on a sixth place finish by only one point.

Notable finishes include John Cador, who finished 5th in the 200 meter backstroke, James Skiles, who finished 6th in 100 freestyle, and Peyton Rodgers, who placed 9th in the 200 individual medeley.

In addition to the strong performances by these Panthers in individual races, the 200 freestyle relay team placed 5th, setting a school record! The new record holding team consists of Cador, Skiles, Trey Holiday, and Zach Lemoine.

The Panthers are back in action Saturday morning at Crawfish Aquatics.

Next up for Swim: Saturday, October 1 – Capital City Swim League at Crawfish Aquatics


Volleyball

For the second week in a row, Woodlawn’s volleyball team crammed as many games into a week as possible. The Lady Panthers (15-7) finished the week with seven wins to only one loss and a runner-up finish in the Rumble in the Jungle Tournament, falling to Chalmette in straight sets.

“Our varsity girls played a lot of games Saturday,” said coach Maria Gonzalez. “I know they were tired, but they sucked it up and played well, all the way to the finals. I’m proud of them.”

Two wins on Friday, followed by three wins on Saturday brought the Lady Panthers to the final matchup.

Woodlawn began the week with two wins on the road. The Lady Panthers traveled to West Feliciana on Tuesday, September 20 for a straight set victory. The next night, Woodlawn hit the road again, this time defeating Liberty in four sets.

Due to Open House being held on Woodlawn’s campus, the Lady Panthers will host Port Allen at Woodlawn Middle School, located at 14939 Tiger Bend Road.

Next up for Volleyball: Monday, September 26 – Freshmen/JV/Varsity versus Port Allen at Woodlawn Middle; Wednesday, September 28 – JV/Varsity at Central Private; Thursday, September 29 – Freshmen/JV/Varsity at Episcopal


Off-Season Tryouts/Practices Continue

The Panther Tennis Team will delay the start of their practice by two days. Practice, which was originally scheduled to begin on Monday, September 26th, will now begin on Wednesday, September 28th. Practice will be held at Southern Oaks Athletic Club for the fourth year in a row. Practices will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00 – 4:00 pm.

Baseball practices will begin in October. Those interested in playing baseball who are not participating in a Fall Sport should see Coach Kohn. A valid physical is necessary to participate.

Woodlawn Athletics Weekly Wrap: September 12 – September 18, 2022

Woodlawn Athletics Weekly Wrap: September 12 – September 18, 2022

Panther athletics continued their busy fall seasons this week. While our swim team had a bye week, our Lady Panther volleyball team had a busy week, with six games, and our Panther football team hosted the first true home game of the season. Tickets for all home events can be purchased online.

Cross Country

Our Panther cross country team competed in their second meet of the season Saturday. Woodlawn traveled across the Mississippi River to compete in the Brusly Invitational Cross Country Meet on Saturday, September 17th.

Senior Hunter Kullman paced the Panthers, finishing 15th overall with a time of 14:30.21 in the two-mile run. Kullman was followed by Jaden Sylvester (25th, 15:07.48), David Ferguson (36th, 16:33.13), and Liam Dowdy (37th, 16:35.19). All four Panthers set personal record times.

“Only our boys raced today,” said Coach Tim Spruill. “We felt like we had a good meet. We set four PR’s, which is solid considering it is only our second race of the season. We are seeing our off-season conditioning pay off.”

Next up for Cross Country: Saturday, September 24 – Brusly Cinclaire Run on the Levee


Football

The freshman and JV football teams started the week on the correct foot, with each team taking the win at Dutchtown High on Wednesday, September 14th. The 9th grade Panthers moved to 2-0 on the year with their 14-0 win, pitching their second shutout of the season. The JV team played their first game of the season, defeating the Griffins 20-14.

Following the two wins by the sub-varsity teams, our Panther varsity program came away with a victory over Carver. Woodlawn (1-2) led the Rams by the score of 21-14 at the half, before scoring 19 unanswered points in the second half for the final tally of 40-14.

Woodlawn was led by LSU commit Rickie Collins. Collins threw four touchdowns passes and rushed for another.

With the score tied at 14, Collins found senior receiver Clayton Adams for a 21 yard touchdown reception to give the Panthers a 21-14 lead going into the half. The score gave Woodlawn the lead that they would not relinquish.

The Panther defense was stellar as well, holding Carver to 15 rushing yards on 28 carries. University of Tennessee commit Jordan Matthews and Adams each had an interception.

Next up for Football: Tuesday, September 20 – Freshman and JV versus Denham Springs; Friday, September 23 – Varsity versus ED White


Swim

The Woodlawn Swim Team had a bye week.

Next up for Swim: Saturday, September 24 – Capital City Swim League at Crawfish Aquatics


Volleyball

Our Lady Panther volleyball team had a busy week, fitting six games into six days this week. Coming into the week riding a four-game win streak, the Lady Panthers traveled to Capitol on Monday, September 12th. Woodlawn (8-6) continued their hot play, defeating the Lions in straight sets, 25-6, 25-10, 25-2.

Next up for the Lady Panther was McKinley on Wednesday, September 14th. The Lady Panthers dominated again in straight sets, 25-1, 25-4, 25-6, for their sixth win in a row.

Woodlawn finished their busy week by participating in the Brusly Lady Panther Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Friday night proved tough on our Lady Panthers, as they fell to Terrebonne and host Brusly, before bouncing back with wins over Port Allen and Livonia on Saturday morning.

Woodlawn will host thirteen teams for the second tournament at home this season in next weekend’s Rumble in the Jungle Tournament, which will be held Friday, September 23rd and Saturday, September 24th.

Next up for Volleyball: Tuesday, September 20 – Freshmen/JV/Varsity at West Feliciana; Wednesday, September 21 – Freshmen/JV/Varsity at Liberty; Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24 – Rumble in the Jungle Tournament


Off-Season Tryouts/Practices Continue

The Lady Panthers Softball Team will hold tryouts for the 2023 season on September 20th and 22nd. Any interested student must have a valid physical and proof of insurance in order to tryout. Coach Bryant can be reached by email at [email protected] for additional information.

The Lady Panther Soccer Team has begun practicing once per week. Thursday practices are being held from 2:45 – 4:45 pm.

The Panther Tennis Team will begin practice on Monday, September 26th. Practice will be held at Southern Oaks Athletic Club for the fourth year in a row. Practices will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00 – 4:00 pm.

Woodlawn Athletics Weekly Wrap: September 5 – September 11, 2022

Woodlawn Athletics Weekly Wrap: September 5 – September 11, 2022

Athletics at Woodlawn High School are in full swing, as the fall sports have all begun their 2022 seasons. Each week, there will be a review of what happened in the world of Woodlawn athletics.

Cross Country

Varsity Cross Country Runners pose with Coach Spruill at the Episcopal Round Table Run on September 10, 2022.

Our Panther cross country team opened their season at the Episcopal Round Table Run held at Highland Road Park on Saturday, September 10th. The competition, which featured schools from around the state, had 55 boys teams. Four runners competed in the varsity race for our boys team, with first-time runner AJ Warner completing the fastest time for the Panther squad. Veteran runners Jaden Sylvester, Hunter Kullman, and Dylan Aucoin also turned in solid times.

“The veterans went for a morning jog and still only missed their personal records by a small amount of time,” said Head Coach Tim Spruill. “This really opened their eyes to how much fitter and faster they were than last year, and gave them their confidence back. Conditioning all summer had made a difference. Now that the first meet jitters have all been worked out, the entire team is looking forward to pushing their limits at the meet in Brusly next week.”

Next up for Cross Country: Saturday, September 17 – Brusly Invitational Cross Country Meet


Football

Our Panther football team could not overcome a slow start at Lafayette Christian Friday night. The Knights scored on their first three possessions, and the 20-0 lead that they built was too much for the Panthers. Woodlawn showed improvements on both sides of the ball as the game progressed, playing Lafayette Christian to a 12-12 tie after the first quarter.

Offensively, Louisiana commit Jay’veon Haynes was the first Panther to reach the end zone this season. Rickie Collins, who is committed to LSU, found senior wide receiver Clayton Adams for the second Woodlawn score of the night. Defensively, junior Chris Cooper forced a fumble that was recovered by Dezaray Delmore, who has pledged to play college football at Southeast Missouri.

“We came out slow. They came out, and they were hitting the gas early on us,” Head Coach Marcus Randall noted. “It looked like it took our guys a quarter and a half to get going, and by that time it was 20-0.”

Next up for Football: Wednesday, September 14 – Freshman and JV at Dutchtown; Friday, September 16 – Varsity versus Carver


Swim

The Woodlawn Swim Team opened the season at the Capital City Swim League Meet held Saturday, September 10th at Crawfish Aquatics. The day was highlighted by a tenth place finish by the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay team of Zack Lemoine, John Cador, Trey Holiday, and AJ Collins. Senior Peyton Rodgers led the Panthers in the individual races, with a 13th place finish in the 200 Yard Freestyle. His time shaved seven seconds from his previous PR.

“We had a mixture of veterans and newcomers who  did an amazing job for us today,” said Head Coach Ashley Heyer. “Peyton (Rodgers) and Kelis (Kent) each had PRs, dropping 7 and 8 seconds off of their previous best times. We are excited about our next meet!”

Next up for Swim: Saturday, September 24 – Capital City Swim League at Crawfish Aquatics


Volleyball

Woodlawn High’s Volleyball Team continued their hot play this week. After finishing the South Louisiana Invitational with two wins last Saturday, our Lady Panthers were 2-0 this week.

Our Lady Panthers picked up where they left off with a victory over Springfield Tuesday. Woodlawn won the first set by the score of 25-15 and the second set by the score of 25-9 before dropping the third set. Our Lady Panthers bounced back strong during the fourth set, coming away with the 25-13 win to secure the match three sets to one. Seniors Reagan McDowell and Marie Sierra led Woodlawn to the victory.

On Thursday, September 8th, Woodlawn hosted St. John of Plaquemine. The Lady Panthers came away with a 3-0 victory over the Eagles. The Lady Panthers started the match quickly, winning the first set by the score of 25-6. While the second (25-11) and third (25-14) sets were not as dominating, our Lady Panthers kept focused and completed the straight-set victory. Woodlawn was led by senior Karma Kasubaski and junior Kelis Conley.

Next up for Volleyball: Monday, September 12 – JV/Varsity at Capitol; Wednesday, September 14 – Freshman versus Parkview Baptist, JV/Varsity versus McKinley; Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17 – Varsity at Brusly Tournament


Off-Season Tryouts/Practices Continue

With new LHSAA rules allowing year-round practice, several sports are taking advantage of the additional time. Coach Alicia Dedeaux and her Lady Panther basketball team are currently practicing multiple times a week in preparation for the upcoming season.

Newly-named Head Coach Stefson Arnold held tryouts for the boys’ basketball team this past week, as he looks to begin preparing for the 2022-2023 season as well. Coach Arnold was pleased with the number of student-athletes who participated in tryouts.

The Lady Panthers Softball Team will hold tryouts for the 2023 season on September 20th and 22nd. Any interested student must have a valid physical and proof of insurance in order to tryout. Coach Bryant can be reached by email at [email protected] for additional information.

Woodlawn opens cross country season eager to grow individuals, program

Woodlawn opens cross country season eager to grow individuals, program

Woodlawn High opens cross country season eager to take next steps both on the tracks and as a program.

The Panthers open their 2022 schedule at 8 a.m. Saturday at Highland Road Park for the Episcopal Round Table Run with improvement on personal times and expansion of the roster both top of mind.

“I’m just looking forward to running,” senior Jaden Sylvester said. “As a team we’re just looking forward to pushing forward and, just, finishing. Like the new incoming freshmen that we’re getting, we’re looking for them to finish. And the veterans, we’re looking for better placement out of them from last year, better times and those things.”

Sylvester, who joined the team last year from football, is among a core senior group that also includes Dylan Aucoin and Hunter Kullman on the boys side and Andrea Rodriguez on the girls side.

Sophomore Kennedi Kullman is another key returner on the varsity squad.

And new athletes with high expectations include A.J. Warner, whom coach Tim Spruill said has the drive and leadership of a veteran, and Winston Dunn, who will join the team when possible around his football duties.

“Our No. 1 goal is always to have fun and turn these kids into life-long runners,” Spruill said. “But, beyond that, we really want more top-10 individual finishes and at least one top-three finish as a team for both boys and girls.”

The Panthers accomplished that goal last season with a deep roster on the girls side and just a few boys on the team.

Those numbers have flipped this fall with more boys on the roster to enter the season, but more athletes are welcomed to join the program at any time.

“We are always looking for new athletes,” Spruill said. “We train all year, and you can join at any time. It is difficult for seniors to join midseason, but ninth, 10th and 11th graders can join any time during the season or offseason.

“It takes a lot of work and a long time to get fit to compete in this sport. When you join as a freshman, you are really training for your sophomore year. If you stick with it long enough, you can break school records by your junior or senior year.”

Any students interested in joining should email [email protected], visit coach Spruill in room 559 or join the remind @woodlawncc and send a message.

Following this Saturday’s event, Woodlawn will attend meets at Brusly High each of the remaining two Saturdays in September.