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For the first time since 2001, St. Mary’s Academy is headed to the Final Four. The Cougars cinched a seat in the Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Girls Marsh Madness with a stunning victory over reigning Division III state championship Northlake Christian. Now they are just two wins away from hanging another state championship banner in the gym beside the coveted championship won in 1998.
St. Mary’s Academy plays Riverside in Wednesday’s semifinal in Alexandria. A win there and they would advance to the championship game to play either St. Thomas Aquinas or rival St. Katharine Drexel Prep in what would most certainly be an all-New Orleans showdown.
St. Mary’s Academy youth, between the ages of 6 and 15, had an opportunity to compete in the annual NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition on Saturday, August 27. The competition took place at SMA and was sponsored by the Metropolitan Youth Foundation under the direction of Kerry Williams.
Eligible boys and girls had the opportunity to compete by age. Age categories are: 6/7, 8/9, 10/11, 12/13 & 14/15. Local first place winners will advance to the Sectional Competition to be held later in October. Sectional winners will be then invited to compete in the Team Championships. The top four Team Championship scorers from all the first place finalists in each age group will advance to the National Finals. Those winners and their families will travel to the Finals at an NFL playoff game in January.
Millions of kids across the U.S. and Canada have participated in the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition since it first started in the 1960s. Any boy or girl 6 to 15 years old can compete for a chance at becoming a national champ. It’s all free!