SPOTLIGHT: New football coach Scogin happy on Viking Drive

SETTING THE TONE: New Airline football coach Justin Scogin talks to the Vikings after spring practice ended this week with an intrasquad scrimmage.

By JERRY BYRD JR., Journal Sports

New Airline High School football coach Justin Scogin and LSU’s Brian Kelly have some things in common going into their first seasons. For starters, Scogin is taking a 1-0 record into year one on Viking Drive. The Vikings completed their spring practice on Tuesday night with an intrasquad scrimmage, like Kelly’s LSU team did.

For Scogin, it was nice to get on the turf and under the lights with his players and coaches for the first time. And it was a win, any way you measure it.

“It felt great,” Scogin said. “One, to be in the unbelievable stadium, one of the few places around with turf. Just to have the players and coaches out there playing football. It was good all the way around. Spring was a huge success for us.”

That is not where the comparisons between Kelly and Scogin end. Both will have some decisions to make during the fall when it’s time to decide on a starting quarterback.

Juniors Ladarius Epps and Preston Doerner, and sophomore Ben Taylor, have all impressed the head man when it comes to learning Scogin’s offense, especially considering there were only nine spring practices. 

“All three are really smart,” Scogin said. “All three are fun to be around. The quarterback position is wide open.”

But that is where the comparisons with LSU’s Kelly end, as far as Scogin is concerned. 

“Bo did a really good job establishing the culture here,” Scogin said of former Airline head coach Bo Meeks, who had been in the position for 11 years. “I’d hate to be a college coach and have to go in and establish the culture. You have to deal with the transfer portal and NIL. It’s a disaster.”

After Meeks stepped away, Scogin was hired on Friday, March 25 by Airline principal Justin James. And while he wanted the job that he calls “one of the best situations in the state,” he took a wait-and-see approach after his interview.

“In my experience, you never apply for a job and feel like without a shadow of doubt that you’re the guy,” Scogin said. “I thought with the situation Airline has here that Les Miles or Ed Orgeron may apply. I thought I had a 50/50 shot to get it. During the process, I didn’t hear any names of other candidates. After I was hired, I heard some names that applied and know they would have been good choices. I just feel lucky to be the guy who was selected.”

The skill of the athletes, the number of athletes in the school, and the facilities are the three reasons Scogin believes the Airline job is among the best in Louisiana.

“I was at Parkway for several years,” Scogin said. “I know the kind of athletes they have here. They also have 2,000 kids in the school. There aren’t many high schools in Louisiana that can say that. Finally, their commitment to improving athletic facilities here has been second to none.”

During Scogins’ time at Parkway, he met some Airline assistant coaches, who he held in high regard. He correctly believed taking the Vikings’ helm would be a tuneup, not a rebuild, and he would not have to clean house with an entirely new staff.

Scogin received the job offer from James at 3 on a Friday afternoon. In the next hour, his first as the Vikings’ head man, he reached out to the middle school coaches at Cope and Greenacres.

“It was that important to me,” Scogin said. “I have sat down with them (since). I want to be visible. I want those kids to come to our games on Friday nights. I want them to grow up wanting to wear the navy and columbia blue.” 

Scogin has brought in Zack Pourciau, who will serve as the defensive coordinator, and Logan Kreyenbuhl for his staff. Pourciau came from Pineville, where he served in the same position, and Kreyenbuhl came with Scogin from Leesville.

“(Pourciau) was good with taking lesser skilled guys at Pineville and making it tough for you to move the ball against them,” Scogin said. “He was a long shot for me to get. There were two that I wanted. Zack was 1A for me.

“(Kreyenbuhl) is a high energy guy and will assume the role that I had at Leesville,” Scogin said of Kreyenbuhl, who will coach wide receivers. “He brings a certain energy with him that will benefit our kids.” 

With his first spring finished, Scogin and the Vikings turn their attention to summer, when they will play as much 7-on-7 as they can.

“I think it’s important to build that team chemistry,” Scogin said. “We are going to compete every day. Of course, we’re going to lift and get on the track and run. We’re just going to continue to move in the direction we want on both sides of the ball.”

The only drawback in the first month and half?

“That’s easy,” Scogin said. “Being here with my family being in Leesville. That’s been brutal…on me.”

The Scogin family will soon be reunited for summer, while the Airline family has found their man to lead the football program.  

Photo by SETH STOWELL


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SPOTLIGHT: Haughton’s Anderson, Calvary’s Legg top SBJ All-Metro baseball team

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Haughton coach Glenn Maynor didn’t have to look far to find someone to fill the hole caused by graduation to his pitching staff. He had the perfect replacement ready to go in Austin Anderson.

“Last year he was strictly a reliever and he did a great job with that,” said Maynor. “This year, we needed him to start games and he accepted that challenge and did a great job.”

Anderson, a junior, was 9-2 with a 1.72 ERA for the Bucs with 77 strikeouts in 61 innings pitched. But he did more than that, which is why he is the Outstanding Player on The Journal’s 2022 All-Metro baseball team.

“Throughout district, he was our best hitter and best pitcher,” Maynor said. “Obviously, he meant a lot to our team. Especially in the second half of the year, he was crushing it.”

When he wasn’t pitching, Anderson played first base and batted .398 with 12 doubles, one home run and 30 RBI.

The Coach of the Year is Calvary’s Jason Legg, who led the Cavaliers to a Division IV state championship in his first year as head coach.

Legg put together a schedule for Calvary that had them prepared for the state championship run, playing 12 games against Class 5A teams (the Cavs were 6-6 in those games). In addition to tough competition, the Cavs overcame adversity: they lost two starters to injury during the season and had another starter knocked out of the state semifinal game.

“I thought when we started (the season) that we could do what we accomplished this year,” Legg said. “We signed up for rings in week one and that wasn’t just coachspeak. I really believed it.”

Also considered for Coach of the Year was Northwood’s Austin Alexander, who led the Falcons to their first quarterfinal appearance since 2005 with a team that featured three freshman pitchers.

Four Cavaliers join Legg on the All-Metro team – senior pitcher Blaine Rogers, senior designated hitter Cody VanNoppen, senior shortstop Caden Flowers and sophomore outfielder Aubrey Hermes.

Only half of the players on the 16-player team are seniors.

Eight Shreveport-Bossier coaches, along with two local baseball observers, were invited to nominate and participate in selecting the Journal All-Metro team. The team was limited to one player at each standard position, plus a pitching staff consisting of four starters and a relief pitcher. Two utility players were chosen, based on having split time as both a pitcher and a position player.

The “Best of the Rest” is for those who were given strong consideration for the first team. The 11 selections were not chosen by position.

2022 SBJ ALL-METRO BASEBALL TEAM

Catcher – Zach Schoenborn, Parkway (Jr.)

First Base – Patrick Snead, Byrd (Sr.)

Second Base – Blake Fant, Captain Shreve (Sr.)

Shortstop – Caden Flowers, Calvary (Sr.)

Third Base – Harrison Waxley, Airline (Sr.)

Outfield – Tucker McCabe, Northwood (So.)

Outfield – Aubrey Hermes, Calvary (So.)

Outfield – Colin Rains, Haughton (Jr.)

Designated Hitter – Cody VanNoppen, Calvary (Sr.)

Pitcher – Austin Anderson, Haughton (Jr.)

Pitcher – Sawyer Simmons, Benton (Jr.)

Pitcher – William Soignier, Loyola (Sr.)

Pitcher – Blaine Rogers, Calvary (Sr.)

Relief Pitcher – Cale Latimer, Benton (Jr.)

Utility – Cade Josting, Parkway (Sr.)

Utility – Jaxon Bentzler, Northwood (Fr.)

Outstanding Player – Austin Anderson, Haughton

Coach of the Year – Jason Legg, Calvary

BEST OF THE REST

Christian Blackmon, Northwood (Fr.)

Jack Carlisle, Northwood (Fr.)

Reagan Coyle, Loyola (Soph.)

David Favrot, Byrd (Sr.)

Peyton Fulghum, Evangel (So.)

Trenton Lape, Parkway (Jr.)

Kennon Lauterbach, Benton (Jr.)

Chan Lytle, Haughton (Sr.)

Mason Morgan, Airline (Jr.)

Davin Watkins, Southwood (Sr.)

Carter White, Airline (Soph.)


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Mangum, McCabe top All-District 1-4A baseball team

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District 1-4A coaches released their All-District team and North DeSoto pitcher Kam Mangum and Northwood outfielder Tucker McCabe were selected Most Valuable Players.

McCabe was a sophomore centerfielder that batted leadoff for a Northwood team that tied the school record for wins in a season in going 29-11. He hit .492 with 19 doubles, scored 50 runs, drove in 42 and stole 54 bases.

Mangum is a junior that helped the Griffins tie Northwood for the district title and finished the season 33-6 reaching the state semifinals. In the three district games he pitched he had 30 strikeouts in 21 innings, allowed 12 hits and had a 0.66 ERA.

Here is a complete list of the first team:

First team

Pitchers – Kam Mangum, North DeSoto, Jr.; Braden Richardson, North DeSoto, Jr.; Christian Blackmon, Northwood, Fr.; Jack Carlisle, Northwood, Fr.; Reid Wilson, Evangel, Jr.; Brody Bower, Minden, So.; Zach Chambers, Huntington, Jr.

Catchers – Robert Ashley, North DeSoto, Jr.; Brendan Burns, Northwood, Jr.; Andrew Cooper, Minden, Sr.

Infielders – Dalton Hill, North DeSoto, Sr.; Peyton Mathews, North DeSoto, Sr.; Luke Bloxom, Northwood, Jr.; Hutson Hearron, Northwood; Caleb Lennard, Evangel, Sr.; Peyton Fulghum, Evangel, So.

Outfielders – Sam Odom, North DeSoto, Jr.; Tucker McCabe, Northwood, So.; Kendall Flournoy, Northwood, Sr.; Brock Reedy, Evangel, Sr.; Kody Jackson, Minden, So.; Hayden Phipps, Northwood, So.

Utility – Landon Williams, North DeSoto, Sr.; Eli Morris, North DeSoto, Jr.; Landon LeBlanc, North DeSoto, Sr.; Jackson Bentzler, Northwood, Fr.; Ryan Gardner, Northwood, Sr.; Bryce Wilson, Evangel, Jr.; Brandon Winston, Minden, Jr.; Darien Spates, Huntington, Sr.

Designated Hitter – Cayne Little, Northwood, Jr.; Jace Gill, Evangel, Jr.

Co-MVPS – Kam Mangum, North DeSoto; Tucker McCabe, Northwood, So.


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SPOTLIGHT: Calvary’s state championship was hardly routine

POISED TO DELIVER: Junior catcher Cade Bedgood went 2-for-5 Saturday, driving in a run as Calvary Baptist captured another state baseball championship,

By JOHN JAMES MARSHALL, Journal Sports

Watch enough high school baseball and you’ll quickly come to the realization that there is no such thing as a routine ground ball. It doesn’t matter if it is the third inning of the pre-season jamboree or the bottom of the seventh inning of the championship game. Too many things can happen, either physically or mentally.

So when Ouachita Christian had the winning run on third base in Saturday’s Division IV state championship game against Calvary and a routine ball was hit to second base, the Cavaliers’ Logan Fontenot had to make the play.

Couldn’t let it go between his legs. Couldn’t fumble it. Couldn’t short-arm the throw to first base. And this is a teenager we are talking about. These aren’t automatic plays even in the major leagues: Google “Chuck Knoblauch” or “Steve Sax” to find out why.

Calvary coach Jason Legg had plenty of things to worry about at that point, but his infield defense wasn’t one of them. “I’m telling you there were four guys there (in the infield) who wanted the ball hit to them,” he said.

Even though things had started going sideways for the Cavaliers in the previous 10 minutes — the Cavs had been one out away from hoisting the trophy before Eagles scored three runs to tie it in the bottom of the seventh, and had the bases loaded — Fontenot didn’t even blink.

He made a routine play look just that – routine. And because of that, Calvary would go on to win their fifth state title an extra-inning later with a 12-4 margin Saturday in Hammond on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana.

Think of all the things that could have happened to the Cavs in that situation without the ball even being hit. A curveball grazes the jersey of a batter. A balk. A wild pitch or a passed ball. Ball Four.

The state championship was on the line. Somebody had to make a play. And Fontenot did.

If he didn’t, what transpired next would have never happened. After the groundout, the Cavs got back in the dugout and realized the most important thing – they were still playing.

“When I went out to coach third in the top of the eighth, I told their coaches, ‘This is how a state championship game should be,’” Legg said.

Not for long.

The Cavs rattled off twice as many runs in the top of the eighth as they had in the previous seven innings combined. And guess who knocked in the go-ahead run in the eight-run inning? Of course it was Fontenot.

Guess who was in the middle of a game-ending, championship-winning double play to make it official? Fontenot.

Commence dogpile.

“I stood back and watched the previous two dogpiles (in the quarterfinals and the semifinals),” Legg said. “I was fine with them (the players) doing it, but there’s only one that matters. So I made sure I got in this one. That’s probably the most air I’ve gotten since high school.”

There was another play that happened that, like Fontenot’s, may seem routine but is one of those little things that win games.

With the score tied at 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh and a runner on second, a single to left-center field would have scored a lot of runs in most high school games. But with the championship on the line, Calvary centerfielder Aubrey Hermes got to the ball quickly, forcing OCS to put the stop sign out for the runner heading into third with the difference-maker.

“He did a great job of getting to that ball and getting it back to the infield,” Legg said of Hermes’ play. “But if he doesn’t get to it that fast or it eats him up with a bad hop, who knows? I was a little surprised that they held him, but I think he would have been a dead duck.”

Maybe. But when runner, catcher and baseball all meet at home plate, nothing is for certain.

What is for certain is that those little plays – Hermes in the outfield and Fontenot in the infield – prove that sometimes, championship plays are the routine ones.

And the Calvary Cavaliers made them.

Photo by ERIC LYDDY


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Mangum Family sets gold standard for giving amid heartache

June 1, 2021 could have signaled the end of Lane Mangum’s legacy. It also could have been the date that induced the destruction of his family.

Nearly one year ago, weeks after completing his sophomore year at Calvary Baptist Academy, 15-year-old Lane Mangum died when his boat capsized near the Lake Bistineau Spillway. The former football and baseball star left behind a mountain of fans, including mother, Jackie, father, Chris, stepmother, Joanna and four siblings.

In the wake of Lane’s death, the Mangum family, robbed of so much, had a mission to keep their late son’s memory alive through giving when no one would blame them for taking.

If the past seven days – likely the most emotional since the immediate aftermath of his passing — are an indication, Lane’s legacy is thriving.

A week ago, a brave Joanna Mangum made an announcement that would change the lives of two aspiring college students.

Even after Lane’s death, the Mangums have been inundated with emails (meant for Lane) from what would be prospective colleges.

“We could allow this to make us angry because Lane never got his chance,” Joanna said.

Instead, they positively harnessed the energy and produce the Lane Mangum Memorial Scholarship, created to honor one male and one female Calvary senior athlete, who “displayed excellence in athletics, exemplary standards in scholarship and citizenship.”

Lane is going to get that chance after all.

“With this scholarship, Lane will go to college — year after year in the heart of each recipient,” Joanna said. “In that we can find peace.”

The inaugural recipients were Sawyer Fowler (baseball) and Raelee Johnson (soccer).

“Raelee Johnson is not going to be in the headlines for the game-winning goal,” Calvary superintendent Chad McDowell said. “Sawyer Fowler is a very good baseball player, but you’re just not going to see his name in the limelight. They may have been in the background, but they did what they were supposed to do. Those two names, it gave me extra chills.”

As if the honor of being able to help Lane “get to college” isn’t enough, consider the scholarships totaled $10,000.

In Chris Mangum’s mind, the family was simply paying generosity forward. When they looked for a place for Lane’s funeral, Calvary stepped up. When it came time to pay for funeral expenses, the Mangums couldn’t do it — because others had called ahead and taken care of them.

“We created a fund to help do a memorial by the new locker room at the football field,” Chris told the Journal. “When we realized how much we were raising, we decided to give half away.

“We feel honored to do it.”

Three days after the scholarship announcement, Chris threw out the first pitch at Calvary’s state semifinal baseball game last Thursday. The ball was delivered via a skydiver.

“That’s the mentality of the Calvary people,” Chris said. “They sent that ball down from Lane. They’ve been so good to us.”

Saturday, the Cavaliers capped an emotional season with a state championship. The title game went to extra innings. In the eighth inning, Calvary scored eight runs and 16 hits. A total of 16 runs were scored in the game the Cavaliers won by eight (12-4).

Lane Mangum’s football jersey number? 8

Lane Mangum’s baseball jersey number? 16.

Coincidence? Perhaps. But without question, the numerology is an incredibly fitting way to end a trying year labeled by a “Play 4 Lane” mantra on and off the diamond.

Mangum’s baseball jersey is set to be retired, but that’s probably going to have to wait another year. This season, the number was worn by Cade Bedgood – not just Lane’s best friend, but the only other person in the boat that harrowing day.

This season, Bedgood wore custom catcher’s gear and custom cleats.

Custom-made for Lane Mangum.

“Lane never put the gear on,” Chris said. “Cade came and got it from my house the day of the first game of this season. If you look under the throat, you can see the name ‘Mangum’ sewn on.”

The Mangums technically don’t have another child at Calvary, but their family has expanded thanks to an “all or nothing” teenager who will never be forgotten.

“If we can give away four scholarships next year, we will,” Chris said.

Said McDowell: “Their spirit of gratitude having lost so much, yet being so thankful, is inspiring.”


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Parkway, Byrd get positive vibes from spring game

By JERRY BYRD JR., Journal Sports

While it’s true that no team “wins” a spring game, Parkway head coach Coy Brotherton, who is entering year three as the head man in South Bossier, certainly likes where his football program is at after the Panthers met up with the Byrd Yellow Jackets at Preston Crownover Stadium on Friday evening. 

A big reason for his confidence is his quarterback, Ashton Martin, who transferred from Captain Shreve a year ago. 

Martin shook off some rust on the Panthers’ first 10-play series before throwing two touchdown passes on the second series. Trenton Lape was the first recipient on a 70-yard bomb. A few plays later, Martin found Jaylan White for a 39-yard touchdown. 

 “I think it just took him a few plays before he felt comfortable back there,” Brotherton said. “The adrenaline of real action probably got the best of him. He settled in and really did a good job for us in the second series. That was really the first time he has played in a year and a half.” 

 Martin broke his collarbone during last August’s Captain Shreve-Calvary scrimmage and had surgery the following day.  In January, he transferred to Parkway. 

Martin completed 13 of 25 passes for 232 yards. He also ran the ball twice for 24 yards. 

Byrd scored one touchdown, a pass from J.D. Gallman to Jackson Dufrene during the Jackets’ second 10-play series.

Neither team scored in the third 10-play series.

Defensively, Brotherton was impressed with Parkway linebackers S.J. Driggers and Amaray Brown.

“When we came into spring practice we had about seven or eight position battles,” Brotherton said. “We answered most of those questions.”

This leaves Parkway’s head man feeling better than he did a year ago going into summer.

“Honestly, last year we didn’t get it figured out until week three or four of the regular season,” Brotherton said. “We were still moving people around. We played about 40 different people with the first team on both sides during the spring game.”  

Parkway skill player Jaylan White is one player the Parkway offensive coaching staff has never had any questions about.

“We knew coming into spring that we wouldn’t get much time with him because of track, and that’s OK,” Brotherton said. “We know what he can do.”

White ran a 10.66 in the 100 meters and finished fifth in the LHSAA Class 5A State Outdoor Meet on May 7.

For Byrd, head coach Stacy Ballew and his staff have a couple of items on their summer “to do” list. On the offensive side, it involves finding a way to get Gallman, his backup quarterback, on the field when he is not under center.

“J.D. stood out all spring,” Ballew said. “In our offense you have to have two quarterbacks and two or three fullbacks. We have to find a way to get J.D. on the field.

“Spring football is the time to find out where you need to improve heading into the season,” Ballew said. “We know what we need to work on and areas we need to address. I really like the effort.”

 For the Panthers, the summer months will be broken down into three different segments. June will be a time Parkway will be competing in several 7-on-7 tournaments. After a week off in the first week in July, the Panthers will focus on special teams.


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Weekend Sports Scoreboard

Friday

Pro Basketball (The Basketball League)

Shreveport Mavericks 140, Sugar Land Imperials 118

College Baseball

Grambling State 5, Texas Southern 2
Louisiana Tech 16, Western Kentucky 4
Northwestern State 14, New Orleans 11
South Alabama 12, ULM 4
Ole Miss at LSU

College Softball

Region XIV Tournament at San Jacinto

BPCC 5, Coastal Bend 4

C-USA Tournament at Denton, Texas

North Texas 11, Louisiana Tech 1
Western Kentucky 5, Louisiana Tech 1

Saturday

Pro Basketball (The Basketball League)

Shreveport Mavericks 109, Beaumont Panthers 101

College Baseball

New Orleans 11, Northwestern State 4
Louisiana Tech 7, Western Kentucky 2
Ole Miss 11, LSU 1
Texas Southern 24, Grambling State 4
South Alabama 3, ULM 1

College Softball

Region XIV Tournament at San Jacinto

BPCC 5, Navarro 2

High School Baseball

LHSAA Division IV Playoffs

Calvary 12, Ouachita Christian 4, 8 innings

Sunday

College Baseball

Texas Southern 16, Grambling State 8
Louisiana Tech 11, Western Kentucky 2
South Alabama 4, ULM 2
Ole Miss 8, LSU 5

College Softball

Region XIV Tournament at San Jacinto

San Jacinto 3, BPCC 1


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Cavs headed to Hammond after wild, weird finish

DIFFERENCE MAKER: Kyzer Smith (hitting) singled and later scored the decisive run for Calvary, sending the Cavs into Saturday’s state championship game.

By JOHN JAMES MARSHALL, Journal Sports

Of all the ways there are to win a baseball game, this is certainly not one of them.

It was a muted celebration for the Calvary Cavaliers when they scored what proved to be the winning run in a 10-9 win over Covenant Christian Thursday night at Trademark Park in the Division IV semifinals.

For the first two hours, the Cavaliers played as well as they could play. For the next hour, they didn’t, which is why a 9-0 lead had turned into a 9-9 game entering the bottom of the sixth inning.

The Cavs’ Kyzer Smith singled on the first pitch and Cade Bedgood followed with his third hit to center field, setting up runners on first and third with nobody out. Everybody knew what was coming next – runners would be in motion. But what happened next is something no one saw coming.

When the runner took off for second base on the first pitch, Covenant catcher John Richard and pitcher Hayden Scott weren’t on the same page. Richard fired the ball to Scott, but Scott was expecting the ball to go through to second base. The throw hit him squarely in the head so hard that it landed near the backstop.

As Scott lay motionless on the field, Smith came home with the go-ahead run with absolutely no one celebrating.

“It’s tough to see,” said Calvary coach Jason Legg. “It just looked like a miscommunication. That’s unfortunate for them.”

After a long delay, Scott was able to walk off the field but did not return.

Lost in that is what had happened only a few minutes earlier in almost the exact spot on the field in the top of the sixth.

After a series of Lions base runners had reached without getting a hit (dropped third strike, hit by pitch, error, two walks), Zac Dupre’s double to deep left field scored three runs and tied the game. Half the crowd was stunned; half was ecstatic. This game had been all but over just a few minutes earlier.

With Dupre now on second representing the go-ahead run, Brennan Champagne hit a baseball so hard back through the middle that “line drive” doesn’t do it justice. Calvary relief pitcher Cody Van Noppen just happened to have his glove in the exact spot where Champagne’s ball was hit as it headed to center field. It was the final out of an inning that Calvary thought might never end.

“I thought, ‘Oh my Lord,’” Van Noppen said of his reaction to catching a mid-air bullet. “And it almost fell out of my glove.”

“That ball,” Legg said, “was touched, to say the least.”

Pitching in this game was the last thing on Van Noppen’s mind when it started. He figured his role was just to bat fourth as the designated hitter. But when things started going sideways for the Cavs, he had to hustle down to the bullpen to get ready.

“It was chaotic,” he said. “I wasn’t expecting to pitch at all.”

As you would figure to be the case, Covenant Christian didn’t go quietly in the seventh. A single opened the inning and after a popped-up bunt and a sacrifice bunt, the Lions got a walk to put the go-ahead run on base. Connor Matherne, who was the Lions’ starting pitcher and had been on base four times, hit a deep fly to right field that had the Cavalier crowd holding its breath.

But Kooper Savage, the third right fielder of the game for Calvary, backed up and settled under it to end the game and the dogpile ensued in the middle of the infield.

“I knew my boy Koop had it all the way,” Van Noppen said.

Now it’s time to get on a bus and get to Hammond for the state finals with no time to waste. Calvary will meet Ouachita Christian, a 10-0 winner over neighborhood rival St. Frederick, in the finals at 11 a.m. Saturday at Southeastern Louisiana University.

“I told my kids that when the bell rings you have to be ready to answer it,” Legg said. Little did he know it would ring in the sixth inning.

“That’s not how I would have liked for it to have ended,” Legg said. “But I’ll take it any way I can get it.”

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Thursday’s Sports Scoreboard

Thursday

College Baseball

New Orleans 6, Northwestern State 4

College Softball

SLC Tournament in Hammond

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 4, Northwestern St. 3

C-USA Tournament at Denton, Texas

La. Tech 16, Marshall 8

High School Baseball

LHSAA Division IV Playoffs

Calvary 10, Covenant Christian 9


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WEEKEND SCHEDULE: Tech hosts Western Kentucky in weekend series

Friday

College Baseball

Texas Southern at Gramling St., 6 p.m.
Western Kentucky at Louisiana Tech, 6 p.m.
New Orleans at Northwestern St., 6:30 p.m.
ULM at South Alabama, 6:30 p.m.
Ole Miss at LSU, 7:30 p.m.

College Softball

Region XIV Tournament at San Jacinto

BPCC vs. Coastal Bend, 5 p.m.

C-USA Tournament at Denton, Texas

Louisiana Tech vs. North Texas, noon

Saturday

College Baseball

New Orleans at Northwestern St., 1 p.m.
Western Kentucky at Louisiana Tech, 2 p.m.
Ole Miss at LSU, 2 p.m.
Texas Southern at Grambling St., 3 p.m.
ULM at South Alabama, 6:30 p.m.

College Softball

C-USA Tournament at Denton, Texas

Louisiana Tech vs. TBD, noon (if Tech advances to championship)

High School Baseball

LHSAA Division IV Playoffs

Calvary vs. Ouachita Christian, 11 a.m.

Sunday

College Baseball

Texas Southern at Gramling St., 1 p.m.
Western Kentucky at Louisiana Tech, 1 p.m.
ULM at South Alabama, 1 p.m.
Ole Miss at LSU, 1 p.m.

Note: The above schedule is subject to cancellations or reschedule


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SPOTLIGHT: Biggest home game ever? Calvary hosts state semis tonight

SET FOR SEMIS: The Calvary Baptist Cavaliers baseball team has a ‘super cool’ opportunity to play a state semifinal game at home this evening, and has weathered many challenges to reach this point.

By JOHN JAMES MARSHALL, Journal Sports

For a school that’s won four baseball state championships, it might seem a little strange to hear that tonight’s LHSAA Division IV semifinal game might be the biggest ever played at Calvary’s home field.

But there’s an easy explanation for that: The Cavaliers have never played a home semifinal game before.

“Super cool,” is how head coach Jason Legg describes it.

In something of a tournament scheduling quirk, semifinal games in three of the Select divisions (II, III and IV) are being played at home sites. However, those winners will have very little time to celebrate; they’ll have to be in Hammond for the state finals on Saturday.

In previous years, the semifinals and finals were played at a predetermined location. In winning championships in 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2019, Calvary has played semifinal games in Alexandria, Monroe, Ruston and Sulphur.

Now you know why tonight’s 7 o’clock matchup with Covenant Christian (Houma) at Trademark Field is as big as it can get.

“I really don’t love it from the perspective of the logistics involved,” Legg said. “Whenever we’ve been before, the semifinals and finals were always at the same place. But I do love that we are going to host the game. It’s going to be an unbelievable crowd and atmosphere.”

Last weekend, the Cavaliers found themselves in quite a battle in the quarterfinals. Calvary traveled to Catholic-Pointe Coupee and got a masterful performance on the mound from Blaine Rodgers in Game 1. But Catholic turned the tables in Game 2 and things got interesting both on and off the field.

“It was one of the most uncomfortable situations our team has been in,” Legg said. “But pressure is a privilege for us. We have trained the entire year on being comfortable in the uncomfortable. I think we rose to the occasion. It was great to see everything come to fruition of what we’ve strived for all year.”

Part of that comes from the schedule Calvary has played, which Legg calls “the toughest in school history.” Try this on for size: the Cavs have played Sulphur (twice) and Dutchtown. Both are in the Class 5A semifinals and all three were one-run games.

They have played three Division II semifinalists, Parkview Baptist (twice) and St. Louis (twice) and University. They played the top seed in Class 5A (Barbe) and the No. 2 seed in Class 4A (Neville). They have played 12 Class 5A teams and are 6-6 in those games.

But battling adversity has been a constant for the Cavs this year with the death of outfielder Lane Mangum in a boating accident a year ago and season-ending injuries to two players (Hutch Grace, Drew Bickham) during the ’22 season.

“Our team has learned a lot about itself this year,” Legg said. “The grind we have been through has prepared us for what we have learned over the last two months. I knew what we had and the depth that we had. The job was to figure out what we could put in front of them that would be enough to prepare them for this moment. And these last two games are what that’s all about.”

Calvary is 24-15 while Covenant Christian comes in with a 24-13 record. The Lions have had to win a Game 3 in both of the previous playoff series, including an 8-7 win over Central Catholic in the deciding game.

Connor Matherne is the top pitcher for the Lions. The 6-foot-1 righthander is a Delgado JC commitment.

Legg said Rodgers (5-4) will get the start on the mound. “I don’t think that’s any kind of secret,” he said. “He’s pitched unbelievably well the last three games. He’s had a super senior year. Behind him is anybody and everybody.”

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LCP’s Hulett, Soignier head up All-District 1-3A baseball team

MVP: Loyola’s William Soignier was named the All-District 1-3A  Most Valuable Player after posting a 7-3 record with a 1.45 ERA.

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Loyola College Prep’s William Soignier was named the Most Valuable Player and coach Jeff Hulett the Coach of the Year on the All-District 1-3A team by district coaches.

Soignier, a senior righthander, finished 2022 with a 7-3 record on the mound with a 1.45 ERA and struck out 72 in 52 innings. He had wins against Parkway (13 strikeouts), Captain Shreve and Calvary. At the plate he hit .321 with 20 RBI.

Hulett led the Flyers to the district championship and a 19-14 overall record.

Here is the list of the All-District 1-3A first team:

First team

P – Jarett Belanger, Loyola

P – Dakota Davison, North Webster

P – Josh Gamble, Mansfield

C – Noble Means, Loyola

1B – Gray Deason, Loyola

2B – Cooper Sanders, North Webster

3B – Konnor O’Neal, Loyola

SS – Reagan Coyle, Loyola

RF – Peyton Thomas, Loyola

CF – Colin LIrette, Loyola

LF – Parker Thomas, Loyola

OF – Kyle Dinkins, North Webster

Util – Chandler Carnahan, Loyola

Util – Colin McKenzie, North Webster

Util – Judd Wesson, North Webster

Util – Jeremy Youngblood, Mansfield

DH – Mason Haynes, North Webster

Most Valuable Player – William Soignier, Loyola

Coach of the Year – Jeff Hulett, Loyola

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Loyola names Leaven new girls basketball coach

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Loyola College Prep has named Jaila Leaven as its next head girls basketball coach.

Leaven will be the first female head basketball coach in the school’s history and mark the first time in 13 seasons Kyle Tanner will not be leading the girls program at Loyola. Tanner, who has led the program the past 12 years after spending the previous nine seasons as an assistant, is stepping down from his role as the Lady Flyers head basketball coach.

“It’s a great feeling to be the first female basketball coach at Loyola,” said Leaven. “We need more women to take the leadership roles to show young girls that they can do it too. There is a long history of great coaches here at Loyola, especially in basketball and I am grateful to be among them.”

Leaven joined Loyola as a physical education teacher and assistant basketball coach in 2020.

Prior to joining Loyola, Leaven was a student basketball coach at East Texas Baptist University and has coached basketball for Thrive 360, a nonprofit organization that helps at-risk teens. She also played college basketball at LeTourneau University.

With a record of 241-150 as head coach, Tanner is by far the winningest coach in school history for girls basketball. He led Loyola to the 2011-12 Class 2A state championship. Leaven said she is grateful for the opportunity to learn from Tanner during her time at Loyola.

Coach Tanner has definitely left some big shoes to fill, which I don’t have a problem doing the work to fill them,” she said. “He is such a selfless person that always puts the team’s needs first no matter what. I am blessed to have in my life on the court and off.”

While Tanners is retiring as a coach, he will continue teaching speech and media arts at Loyola.

“I am grateful for Kyle and the many years he has given to the girls basketball program at Loyola,” John LeBlanc, principal at Loyola, said. “I know Jaila will take what she has learned under Kyle’s leadership and continue to improve on it and make it her own. We are looking forward to a great season next year, and I am excited about what she and the girls are going to achieve.”


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TODAY’S SCHEDULE: Demons to host Privateers in baseball series

Thursday

College Baseball

New Orleans at Northwestern State, 6:30 p.m.

College Softball

SLC Tournament in Hammond

Northwestern St. vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 11 a.m. (If NSU wins they play again at 4 p.m.)

C-USA Tournament at Denton, Texas

La. Tech vs. Marshall-Fla. Atlantic winner, 2:30 p.m. (If Tech loses it plays again at 7:30 p.m.)

High School Baseball

LHSAA Division IV Playoffs

Covenant Christian at Calvary, 7 p.m.

Friday

College Baseball

Texas Southern at Gramling St., 6 p.m.
Western Kentucky at Louisiana Tech, 6 p.m.
New Orleans at Northwestern St., 6:30 p.m.
ULM at South Alabama, 6:30 p.m.
Ole Miss at LSU, 7:30 p.m.

College Softball

Region XIV Tournament at San Jacinto

BPCC vs. Coastal Bend, 5 p.m.

SLC Tournament in Hammond

Northwestern St. vs. TBD, (if NSU wins both games Thursday)

C-USA Tournament at Denton, Texas

La. Tech vs. TBD, 7:30 p.m.

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Second efforts are golden for Stevenson, Wells

WELLS DONE: Byrd High School senior Trent Wells (middle, purple and gold uniform) made his winning move after six laps of the eight-lap 3200 meters at the LHSAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Baton Rouge

By JERRY BYRD JR., Journal Sports

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

That worked for C.E. Byrd’s Trent Wells and Captain Shreve’s Marquez “Macho” Stevenson Saturday at the LHSAA State Outdoor Track & Field Meet on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge at fabled Bernie Moore Track Stadium.

After unsatisfying finishes in their opening events, Wells and Stevenson ran to state championships in their second races.

Wells took fourth in the Class 5A boys’ 1600 meters (4:23.19) to begin his final LHSAA State Meet.

Jesuit’s Michael Vocke, only a sophomore, successfully defended his title in the 1600 meters, winning with a 4:20.28.

“(Wells) kept saying ‘I ran slow,’ and I tried to reassure him that he did not run as poorly as he thought he did,” C.E. Byrd head coach Juan Plaza said. “He was a victim of a slow pace, and, typically, he doesn’t respond well in those types of races. But it hurt everyone in the field; most of the runners in the race were seven seconds off their PR (personal record). Trent was only five seconds off his PR.”

Wells returned in the 3200 meters, the second-to-last race of the state meet. He faced Jesuit’s Jack DesRoches, the defending champion in the event. DeRoches was only entered in one race and watched an online live stream of his teammate, Vocke, and Wells running the 1600 as he was riding to the meet.

After sitting on the back shoulders of DesRoches and DeRoches’ teammate Lucas Sampedro for six laps, Wells took the lead and never looked back.

“When I passed them, I was worried that they would run harder so it made me go faster,” Wells said. “With 300 meters to go, I heard footsteps and it helped me to run even faster.”

According to Plaza, of the top 50 3200 meter runners in the state in all classes, only three had personal records this weekend in the hot and humid conditions at the state meet. Wells, who won with a 9:17, had a personal record by 23 seconds.

“I felt accomplished,” Wells said about his reaction after the race.

Stevenson, who is a junior, had some problems coming out of the blocks in the Class 5A boys’ 100 meters and finished second (10.59) to Holy Cross sophomore Krosse Johnson (10.54).

Stevenson used his earlier mishap to push him to a season-best 400 time of 47.18, only 0.26 off Mansfield’s Jerry Wilson and his composite state meet record set 35 years ago when the Wolverines, then a state powerhouse, won their last championship.

While Stevenson will go after Wilson’s state meet record next season as a senior, he has already run the No. 1 all-time time in the 400 meters in northwest Louisiana, clocking a 46.85 at last year’s AAU Junior Olympics in Houston.

Stevenson met Wilson earlier this spring at the Wolverine Relays.

“It was good to meet him,” Stevenson said. “Maybe he thought the record was untouchable. I know he was happy to see someone put in the work that he did to break it.”

Not one to bask in glory, Stevenson was in action at Captain Shreve’s spring football practice on Monday.

“It tells you what kind of kid he is when is talking more about his runner-up in the 100 meters than his win in the 400 meters,” Shreve head football coach Bryant Sepulvado told KTBS’s Daniel Brown.

“I really just let it all out today,” Stevenson said of his 400 meters.

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District champion North DeSoto takes honors on 1-4A softball team

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North DeSoto coach Tim Whitman was named the Coach of the Year and player Mia Norwood was selected the MVP on the 2022 District 1-4A All-District team.

Whitman led the Lady Griffins to the district championship (7-0) and the Class 4A State Championship and a 34-5 overall record.

Norwood hit .517 on the season with 21 home runs, 62 RBI and only struck out five times in 143 plate appearances.

Here is a complete list of the 1-4A All-District team:

First team

Pitchers: Laney Johnson, North DeSoto, So.; Aly Delafield, North DeSoto, Jr.; Kylie Ryan, Minden, So.; Cameron Clark, Northwood, Jr.

Catchers: Jacey Adams, Minden, So.; Payton Miller, North DeSoto, Fr.

Infielders: Ella Floyd, Minden, Sr.; Jordan Miller, Evangel, Sr.; Gabbi Olague, Evangel, Jr.; Hailey McKnight, Northwood, Sr.; Danielle Robinson, Huntington, Sr.; Raegan Henderson, North DeSoto, Fr.; Ciara Orgeron, North DeSoto, So.; Landry Price, North DeSoto, Sr.

Outfielders: Hannah Ward, Northwood, Sr.; Alyssa Sims, Huntington, So.; Regan Davlin, North DeSoto, So.; Maddy Stringer, North DeSoto, Fr.; Cameron Curtis, North DeSoto, Jr.; Leigha Gilbert, Minden, Fr.; Rachel Turnbow, Evangel, Sr.

Designated players: Taylor McCabe, Northwood, Sr.; Sasha Falls, North DeSoto, So.

Utility: Haven Brooks, Evangel, So.

Most Valuable Player – Mia Norwood, North DeSoto, So.

Coach of the Year – Tim Whitman, North DeSoto

Second team

Pitchers: Gi Robinson, Northwood, So.; Ka’Niya Moore, Huntington, Sr.; Madison Hooten, Evangel, 8th; Kristine Brooks, Woodlawn, So.; Alivia McKenzie, Minden, Sr.

Catchers: Holly Hanks, Evangel, Fr.; Selena Nunnery, Northwood, So.; Jemecia McCullough, Huntington, So.

Infielders: Addyson Hemphill, Northwood, So.; Makayla Nunnery, Northwood, So.; Emily Balentine, Northwood, Fr.; Kayla Taylor, Huntington, Jr.; Serenity Palmer, Huntington, Jr.; Landry NaQuin, Evangel, Fr.; LaShay Milton, Woodlawn, So.; Hollyn Edge, Minden, Sr.

Outfielders: Millie Kapera, Northwood, Jr.; Paris Bazile, Huntington, Fr.; Joy Tillman, Evangel, Sr.; Christina Bradley, Evangel, Jr.; Lauren Cheatham, Minden, Sr. 

Designated player: Isabelle Wright, Northwood, Jr. 

Utility: Lilly Cooper, Northwood, Fr.; Peyton McCloskey, North DeSoto, Sr.; Jamylia Miles, Woodlawn, Sr.; Kaydree Kemp, Minden, So.; Ada Gilbert, Minden, Sr.


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Calvary’s Wood, Walker head All-District 1-1A softball team

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Calvary Baptist claimed a state championship so understandably, the Lady Cavaliers had plenty of representation on the All-District 1-1A softball squad chosen by the league’s coaches.

Ramsey Walker of Calvary was chosen the district’s Most Valuable Player. Her coach, Tiffany Wood, was the pick as the district Coach of the Year.

The all-district roster:

First team

Pitchers: Wesley Johnston, Haynesville; Kynzee Anderson, Calvary, 8th grade; Rebecca Mosley, Glenbrook

Catcher: Sarah Margaret Mosley, Glenbrook

Infielders: Tavia Leadon, Calvary, Jr.; Mary Grace Woodle, Calvary, So.; Emma Earnhardt, Glenbrook; Ramsey Walker, So.;

DJ Lynch, Calvary, So.

Outfielders: Elana Franks, Calvary, Fr.; Kelsey Coburn, Calvary, Sr.; Abby Sims, Calvary, 8th; Emma Pitman, Glenbrook

Utility: Zyariah Mosi, Haynesville; Faith Clifton, Ringgold; Hilary Bates, Ringgold; Lauren Still, Glenbrook; Mallory Carver, Calvary, 7th; Alayfia Brice, Arcadia

Most Valuable Player – Ramsey Walker, Calvary

Coach of the Year – Tiffany Wood, Calvary

Second team

Pitchers: Gabi Brown, Glenbrook; Katie Green, Plain Dealing; Addison Willis, Calvary

Catcher: Macie Brooks, Haynesville 

Infielder/pitcher: Keri Jackson, Arcadia

Infielders: Taylor Weathers, Ringgold; Reese Hanson, Glenbrook; Baylee Blackburn, Calvary; Carlie Guile, Calvary


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TODAY’S SCHEDULE: Calvary hosts semifinal playoff game Thursday

Wednesday

College Softball

SLC Tournament in Hammond

Northwestern St. vs. McNeese St., 11 a.m.

SEC Tournament in Gainesville, Fla.

LSU vs. Mississippi State, 11 a.m.

Thursday

College Baseball

New Orleans at Northwestern State, 6:30 p.m.

College Softball

SLC Tournament in Hammond

Northwestern St. vs. TBD (if NSU wins Wednesday)

SEC Tournament in Gainesville, Fla.

LSU vs. TBD

C-USA Tournament at Denton, Texas

La. Tech vs. TBD, 7:30 p.m.

High School Baseball

LHSAA Division IV Playoffs

Covenant Christian at Calvary, 7 p.m.

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Huntington’s Harris was last to know, but first (twice) to finish

HAVE A DAY: Huntington High School sophomore Demetria Harris took the state Class 4A girls track and field championships by storm Saturday, winning meet MVP honors after blowing away the 100 meter hurdles field.

By JERRY BYRD JR., Journal Sports

Huntington’s Demetria Harris isn’t always the last to know, but it seemed that way on Saturday at the LHSAA State Track & Field Championships in Baton Rouge.

When she found out that she was the girls’ 4A MVP, it was her coach, LeRonn Burris. who told her, back at the team hotel.

Her mom was trying to call her, but her phone was dead. Her dad went and picked up the trophy and was looking around Bernie Moore Stadium for his daughter before finding out that she wasn’t there.

Another thing Harris didn’t know was that she’d broken the school record in the 100 hurdles, running 14.49. She didn’t find out until after she’d won the 100-meter dash as well, because those events are back-to-back.

So when she was able to catch her breath and leave the track to speak to Burris?…

“I told her, ‘You broke the record; you’re the new GOAT,’ ” Burris said.

Burris believes Davenport is the first Lady Raider to win the MVP of the state meet since the legendary Teresa Foster was a senior in 1991 and won four events. She set the Class 4A and the state composite long jump record of 20-5.

Captain Shreve assistant principal Marita Hunt was a freshman during Foster’s senior year in 1991. After that, Hunt won state long jump titles for Huntington for three consecutive years (1992-94) for the Lady Raiders, with a best of 18-10 1/4 in her junior year. She was the last Huntington athlete to win the event – until Saturday night.

The long jump runway at Bernie Moore was where Harris’ day started. Even though it was not one of her best days in the event, she still came away with a third-place finish (16-7). Her personal record in the event is 18-7 set at the District 1-4A Meet at North DeSoto earlier this year, making her the No.3 long jumper in Huntington history.

One thing Harris did know was who held the old hurdles record. It was Sonja White, who didn’t beat McDonough’s Alicia Armstrong (14.05) at the 1989 state meet, but did make the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s All-State team with a best time of 14.56.

“I looked at the record book last year when I was a freshman,” Harris said. “I saw her name and wondered how long it would take to break the record. I didn’t expect it would be this soon. I knew I had the potential to do it, just not my sophomore year.”

Making it even more special for Harris was the fact that her teammate, Catina Davenport, was on the podium with her. Davenport finished third in the race.

But Harris didn’t have much time to celebrate with Davenport. She had to go check in for the 100 meters.

“I was just trying to catch my breath and think about my technique,” Harris said.

In particular, she was concentrating on getting a fast start out of the blocks, and once she was through with her drive phase, staying tall.

It worked. After winning her first state championship in the 100 hurdles, she won her second gold medal in the 100 (12.11) about 15 minutes later.

Once she was back on the top spot on the podium, she recognized another familiar face, a summer track teammate – Northside’s Quincy Simon, a Lafayette resident who finished second (12.32).

“It felt great to know that you had someone, who you know, to push you, and then talk it up and hug after the race,” Harris said.

Harris wasn’t done yet. She returned at the end of the meet to finish third in the 200 (25.08) with a personal record. Her pal Simon won with a 24.73.

Harris will begin preparing for the summer track and field campaign with her River Cities Track Club, along with Simon, and hope that Davenport will be able to join them as well.


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Local athletes bring home medals from state track meet

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Top local track and field athletes competed in the LHSAA State track meet last weekend with several bringing home medals for their efforts.

Huntington’s girls came away with the biggest haul with four athletes finishing in the top three of their events. Demetria Harris had the most with four medals while Catina Davenport, Serenity Palmer and Samantha Taylor had one.

Taylor was first in the long jump with a 17-feet-2 ¾ leap, Palmer second in the high jump with a 5-4 effort and Davenport ran a 15.54 in the 100-meter hurdles.

Huntington finished third in the team standings with 59 points. Vandebilt Catholic won the Class 4A girls with 89 ½ points, a point and a half better than Northside.

Captain Shreve’s Marquez Stevenson was first in the 400-meters with a 47.18 and second in the 100-meters at 10.59.

Byrd distance ace Trent Wells took first place in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:17.2.

On the girls side in Class 5A, Airline sprinter Brianna Taylor had a second place finish in the 400-meter dash with a 57.3.

Southwood’s Rondisia Williams had two third place finishes, running an 11.9 in the 100-meters and 24.15 in the 200.

Jenna Key of Byrd brought home a third place in the 3,200-meter run clocking in a 11:33.37.

Parkway’s 4×100 meter relay team of Kaiden Taylor, Kyla Williams, Jillian Walton and Maya Jackson placed third with a 48.12 effort.

Booker T. Washington’s Oshamar Hall had a second-place finish in the high jump at 6-2.

In Class 3A, Loyola girls high jumper Izzy Black went 5-2 for a second place finish.

The Flyers had a couple of boys with third place finishes. Franklin Roemer ran a 10:08.39 in the 3,200 run and Maximus Crofton threw the javelin 157-10. The 3,200-relay team of Tyler Hornsby, Warren Graves, Mark Henry and Roemer clocked in a second-place finishing time of 8:25.27.

Calvary’s Jackson Burney brought home the gold in the 800 run in 2:01.94.


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Haughton’s Anderson leads 1-5A All-District selections

TOP PLAYER: Haughton pitcher/first baseman Austin Anderson was named the Pitcher of the Year and Most Valuable Player in District 1-5A by the league coaches. 

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Haughton pitcher/first baseman Austin Anderson was selected the District 1-5A Most Valuable Player and Pitcher of the Year by the league’s baseball coaches.

Anderson hit .478 in district play with16 RBI. On the mound the junior was 4-1 with a 2.28 ERA in district games.

Haughton coach Glenn Maynor was named the Coach of the Year after leading the Bucs to a 10-4 district mark and a share of the 1-5A title with Parkway and Benton. Haughton finished the season with a 27-8 overall record.

Here is the complete list of the All-District team:

First team

P – Cade Josting, Parkway, Sr.
P – Carter White, Airline, So.
P – Sawyer Simmons, Benton, Jr.
P – Cale Latimer, Benton, Jr.
C – Zach Schoenborn, Parkway, Jr.
1B – Austin Anderson, Haughton, Jr.
2B – Blake Fant, Captain Shreve, Sr.
3B – Harrison Waxley, Airline, Sr.
SS – Alex Dupuy, Natchitoches Central, Sr.
OF – Colin Rains, Haughton, Jr.
OF – Devin Watkins, Southwood, Sr.
OF – Keegan Lehr, Airline, Sr.
OF – Tanner Kirkland, Parkway, Sr.
DH – Cole Weir, Benton, Jr.
Util – Chandler Lytle, Haughton, Sr.
Util – Clayton Brandon, Airline, Sr.
Util – Lake Lambert, Byrd, Jr.
Util – Daniel Wiggins, Natchitoches Central, Jr.

Most Valuable Player – Austin Anderson, Haughton

Pitcher of the Year – Austin Anderson, Haughton

Coach of the Year – Glenn Maynor, Haughton

Second team

P – Tyler Bouillion, Parkway, Sr.; Alex Dupuy, Natchitoches Central, Sr.; Patrick Snead, Byrd, Sr.; Bryce Lopez, Captain Shreve, Jr.; Preston Hill, Benton, Sr. C – Christian Weddleton, Byrd, Sr.; 1B – Patrick Snead, Byrd, Sr.; 2B – Trenton Lape, Parkway, Jr.; 3B – David Favrot, Byrd, Sr.; SS – Kenner Lauterbach, Benton, Jr.; OF – Cole Weir, Benton, Sr.; Cole Criswell, Captain Shreve, Sr.; Mason Morgan, Airline, Jr.; Brooks Brossette, Byrd, Jr. DH – Cameron Fink, Parkway, Sr. Util – Bryce Powell, Captain Shreve, Sr.; Brock Laird, Natchitoches Central, Jr.

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Robinson, Larry take top honors on 1-5A softball team

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Maddie Robinson of District 1-5A co-champion Natchitoches Central and Parkway’s Chloe Larry took the top honors on the all-district team selected by league coaches.

Robinson was selected the Most Valuable Player after helping the Lady Chiefs finish 6-1 and tied for first place in the district. She hit .524 in seven district games with four home runs and three doubles. She was also 4-1 on the mound with a 1.65 ERA. In 34 innings, she allowed 20 hits, walked eight and struck out 55.

Larry, a utility player for the Lady Panthers, was 15-for-19 at the plate (.789 average) with three home runs, three triples and a double in six district games.

Natchitoches Central coach Ronnie Abels and Airline coach Brittany Frazier Smith were selected the Coaches of the Year after their teams tied at the top of the league standings at 6-1.

Here is a complete list the All-District 1-5A team:

FIRST TEAM 

P — Maddie Robinson, Natchitoches Central, Jr.

P — Ava Defee, Benton, So.

C — Paris Endris, Airline, Sr.

C — Laney Dobrow, Haughton, Fr.

Inf — Jina Baffuto, Airline, Sr.

Inf — Sophia Livers, Benton, Jr.

Inf — Megan Risher, Benton, Sr.

Inf — Brooklynn Bockhaus, Haughton, Sr.

Inf — Desi Robinson, Natchitoches Central, Jr.

Inf — Catherine Stokes, Natchitoches Central, Sr.

Inf — Mikaylah Williams, Parkway, Jr.

OF — Elena Heng, Airline, So.

OF — Paige Marshall, Airline, So.

OF — Natalie Sutton, Airline, Jr.

OF — Averi Phillips, Haughton, Sr.

OF — Piper Stephens, Benton, Sr.

Util.— Chloe Larry, Parkway, So.

Util. — Marissa Schoth, Benton, Jr.

Util. — Riley Myers, Southwood, Sr.

Most Valuable Player — Maddie Robinson, Natchitoches Central

Most Outstanding Player — Chloe Larry, Parkway

Coach of the Year — Ronnie Abels, Natchitoches Central; Brittany Frazier Smith, Airline 

SECOND TEAM 

P — Mikel-Ann Ricardo, Captain Shreve, Sr.; Dixie Williams, Haughton, Fr.; Emily Rachal, Airline, Fr.

C — Aubrey Houghtby, Natchitoches Central, Jr.; Aubry Townsend, Captain Shreve, Fr.

Inf — Lindsey Marcinkus, Airline, Fr.; Alex Knowles, Airline, So.; Morgan Dawson, Natchitoches Central, Sr.; Christina Gegg,

Benton, So.; Tayler Gonzalez, Benton, Sr.; Alexa Beaudoin, Captain Shreve, So.; Sara White, Haughton, Jr.; Ariana Matthews, Haughton, Jr.

OF — Kylie Small, Haughton, Fr.; Kennedy LaPierre, Benton, Sr.; Meaux Carroll, Benton, Jr.; Allanah Bynog, Natchitoches Central, Sr.; Morgan Robinson, Natchitoches Central, Fr.

 Util — Aleena Duran, Airline, Fr.; Jayda Martin, Southwood, So.; Macey Schut, Haughton, Jr.

Note: All stats used in this report were compiled from boxscores on Gamechanger.com.


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