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East Jefferson Coach Ryan Dicherrey believes winning is contagious so you won’t find him fretting over the fact that a couple of his key players will be in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this upcoming weekend as the Warriors football team takes on Karr in the 4A Championship.
“We’ll get those guys back eventually, but I much rather (they) come back winners because that’ll give our guys motivation to try and do the same...”
New Orleans No. 1-ranked team looked plenty motivated as they took on NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Super 16 top ranked player in Jordan Cornish and defeated Brother Martin, 55-45, in finals of the Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Tournament Classic.
The Jefferson Parish Council will hold two public meetings before scheduling a vote on which of three companies will take over operation of the parish's two public hospitals.
The meetings will be at 6 p.m. on Dec. 9 at the General Government Building in Gretna and Dec. 17 in the Joseph S. Yenni Building in Elmwood. Residents will have an opportunity to comment on proposals for the future of West Jefferson Medical Center and East Jefferson General Hospital, The New Orleans Advocate (http://bit.ly/18a5bod) reports.
East Jefferson currently sits atop NOLA.com | The Times Picayune’s Starting Five, and the Warriors showed why they will be a team to be reckoned with come playoff time Friday night with a 80-68 victory over previously undefeated East St. John – who comes in just behind the Warriors at No. 2.
Football stars Eugene Wells and Ronald Green will only make the Warriors that much more formidable when their playoff run ends, but Curtiss Anderson and Blake Paul were enough against the Wildcats as they controlled the paint propelling the Warriors into the All-State Sugar Bowl CYO Basketball Classic championship against Brother Martin at the Crusaders’ gym Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
East Jefferson’s historic season will have one more chapter.
Junior kicker Isaac Espinoza nailed a 17-yard field goal as time expired to give the Warriors an 18-15 victory over Neville in Class 4A state semifinal at Joe Yenni Stadium on Friday.
Senior quarterback Eugene Wells rushed for 119 yards on 18 carries and threw for an 8-yard touchdown to Ronald Green as well. Green finished with 130 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries as the Warriors scored 11 points in the final 5:26 to earn its first final to the state championship.
MORE TO COME…..
Jefferson Parish citizens are being invited to participatein the lease process for the parish's two public hospitals for the first time with apair of public meetings on either side of the Mississippi River. The first will be on Monday (Dec. 9) at the General Government Building in Gretna; asecond is planned Dec. 17 at the Yenni Building in Elmwood. Both meetingsare scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. with identical formats.
Officials with Hospital Corp. of America, Louisiana Children's MedicalCenter and Ochsner Health System will each make 10-minute presentations to the ParishCouncil, which will then receive comments from the public, limited to threeminutes per person.
The Jefferson Parish Council continues to ignore ParishPresident John Young's nomination to fill the position of compliance and ethics officer, which has been vacant for four months. For the third consecutivemeeting, the council -- as of Friday -- has refused to place the nomination of Assistant ParishAttorney Andrew Maestri on its Dec. 11 agenda. Instead, the council will considertightening the job qualifications to effectively disqualify Maestri.
The Parish Council created the ethics officerposition in March 2010 after the corruption scandals in former Parish PresidentAaron Broussard's administration.
East Jefferson was the top squad in the preseason large school rankings, and it has done nothing to show that that ranking was undeserved.
It's a similar story with the small schools, where Riverside, Country Day and Curtis remain 1, 2 and 3, respectively.
St. Augustine and Newman made their debuts this week, however. And with teams still finding their footing and making their case, expect the rankings to remain fluid (especially in the early going).
LARGE SCHOOLS STARTING FIVE
(Classes 5A and 4A)
This information reflects initial calls for service reported by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office for the west bank of Jefferson Parish. Locations are approximate due to automated location methods and address inconsistencies, the Sheriff's Office says. Burglar alarm calls are excluded.
13th Street and Avenue A - Dec. 5, 12:15 a.m., suspicious person.
4100 block of 7th Street - Dec. 5, 8:55 a.m., theft.
2400 block of Alex Kornman Boulevard - Dec. 5, 9:26 p.m., suspicious person.
Alex Kornman Boulevard and Sandy Lane - Dec.
Stephen Tassin, 59, Monroe, La., was arrested at West Metairie Avenue and Causeway Boulevard in Metairie and booked with DWI.
Jonathan Fernandez, 18, 2522 Lemon St., Metairie, was arrested at Central Avenue and Jefferson Highway in Jefferson and booked with underage DWI, hit and run and improper control of a vehicle.
Armando Salas Jr., 25, Texas City, Texas, was arrested at Hickory Avenue and Dock Street in Harahan and booked with DWI
Justin Boudreaux, 25, 1026 Spruce St.