All-Metro boys’ golf topped by Holtsclaw, Duncan

JOURNAL STAFF

James Holtsclaw’s performance at the Division I state tournament resulted in the Byrd freshman being named Outstanding Player on the 2022 SBJ All-Metro Boys’ Golf Team.

After taking the first-round lead with a 5-under 67, Holtsclaw shot a second-round 3-over 75 to finish in third place. He joined champion Joshua Achord of St. Paul’s and runner-up Walter Anderson of Catholic-Baton Rouge as the only players to shoot under par for the tournament.

“James is a very level-headed, steady player,” Byrd coach Meredith Duncan said of Holtsclaw. “He knows his strengths and plays to them really well.”

Coach of the Year honors on The Journal’s inaugural All-Metro team went to Byrd’s Duncan, who led the boys’ team to their fifth Division I title in the last seven years. The Yellow Jackets’ four counting players all shot 75 or better in the final round.

“I’m honored not only to be able to coach so many great players, but to be around this talent in the Shreveport-Bossier area,” said Duncan. “These kids listen and apply the things I tell them. They are a pleasure to be around!”

The All-Metro team, chosen with input from Shreveport-Bossier coaches, consists of the top players based on their performance in state competition. The “Best of the Rest” is for those who were given strong consideration for the first team. All players are listed in alphabetical order according to their school.

2022 ALL-METRO BOYS’ GOLF TEAM

Eli Hill (Sr.), Airline: Division I state T8th place

Noah McWilliams (Jr.), Benton: Division I state 4th place

James Holtsclaw (Fr.), Byrd: Division I state 3rd place

Duke Bowen (Jr.), Byrd: Division I state T6th place

Grant Reagan (So.), Byrd: Division I state T8th place

Peyton Johnson (Sr.), Byrd: Division I state T11th place

Xan Walker (So.), Caddo Magnet: Division II state T3rd place

Kannon Savage (Sr.), Calvary: Division IV state T8th place

Holden Webb (Sr.), Loyola: Division III state T4th place

Connor Cassano (So.), Loyola: Division III state 8th place

Charlie Bell (So.), Loyola: Division III state 9th place

Outstanding Player: James Holtsclaw, Byrd

Coach of the Year: Meredith Duncan, Byrd

BEST OF THE REST

Cason Toms (So.), Benton: Division I state T28th place

Miller Davis (So.), Benton: Division I state T28th place

Kade Bryant (Fr.), Benton: Division I state T30th place

Cade Robinson (Sr.), Benton: Division I state 35th place

Brown Snyder (Jr.), Byrd: Division I state 27th place

Ross Alford (Jr.), Loyola: Division III state T21st place

Charles Valiulis (Jr.), Loyola: Division III state 28th place