Calvary’s Williams named Outstanding Player on 1A All-State team

OUTSTANDING PLAYER: Calvary senior forward La’Bree Williams Jr. was named the Most Outstanding Player on the Class 1A All-State team by the LSWA.

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La’Bree Williams Jr. of Calvary Baptist was named the Most Outstanding Player on the Class 1A All-State Boys Basketball Team selected by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association and Bossier’s Joseph Manning was selected to the first team of the Class 3A team.

Both players were instrumental in leading their teams to the Marsh Madness State Tournament held in March.

Williams, a 6-foot-6 senior, led the Cavaliers to their third straight Division IV state championship game by averaging 22.3 points, 12.4 rebounds, 4.5 blocks and 2.3 assists. He had 13 double-doubles and scored a season-high 44 points and grabbed 20 rebounds against Haynesville. His 41 points and 16 rebounds led Calvary to a 76-58 win over Ascension Catholic in the quarterfinals of the playoffs. The Cavs finished the 2021-22 season with a 24-11 record and the state runners-up in Division IV.

Harold Boudreaux, first-year coach of Southern Lab, was named the 1A Coach of the Year after leading the Kittens to a 29-4 record and the Division IV state championship.

Manning, a 6-2 senior guard, was named to the Class 3A first team after averaging 17.7 points per game, 6.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 3.1 steals for Bossier. The Bearkats finished 25-8 falling in the state semifinals to 3A state runners-up Wossman.

The Bearkats’ Marquis Harris was an honorable mention 3A All-State selection.

Omarion Miller of North Caddo was named to the second team in Class 2A. Miller, a 6-2 junior guard, averaged 26 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Titans.

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