Congratulations to the following softball players
for receiving special awards this season:
Selected as only one of 2 pitchers for the All Star Game.
ROBIN FAMBROUGH| RFAMBROUGH@THEADVOCATE.COM It’s fair to say supporters of Catholic High and Zachary High have been celebrating their state football titles since December. Before the football championships, the schools shared another bond that was renewed for the third straight year at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA outdoor track and field meet. The Bears and Broncos swept the Class 5A state track titles to close the meet Saturday night at Bernie Moore Stadium. “I think Janie O’Connor had a very good day. … Anytime you tie or break a state record, it’s a good day,” Zachary coach Chris Carrier said. “I’ve got to give a shout out to Dakota Williams. She’s our senior who really has meant a lot to us as won titles the last three years. They didn’t let anything bother them. We just did what we do.” The Broncos won their third consecutive girls title in 5A with 69 points. Lafayette High at 45 and Baton Rouge High with 42 were next.
Zachary coach Leslie Efferson-Yellott fought back tears as she watched her team shake hands with the Alexandria players. “At one point I thought we played a little tight and maybe lost a little intensity,” she said. “Oh my gosh, I am so proud of these kids. This senior group … they were 9-20 when they were freshmen, and look at where we are. That’s a very good team over there. We came in and played well from the time we got here yesterday. I couldn’t ask any more of them.”
Alexandria beats Zachary 7-0 in Class 5A state softball title game
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Zachary baseball team held its breath as it watched the season come down to a matter of feet. With two outs in the bottom of the seventh and the tying run on second, Zachary senior PJ Cannon hit a high fly ball that pushed Ruston left fielder Cade Gibson to the warning track. If it’s over the fence, the Broncos win 5-4. If not, the season is over and Ruston wins 4-3 to advance in the Class 5A playoffs. It’s short. Bearcats win.
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Janie O’Connor wasn’t satisfied and she made that point clear after the Class 5A, Region 2 track and field meet ended Thursday night. “I think all my events were OK,” O’Connor said. “I think I could have done better in all of them. My drive phase was pretty good in the 200, but in the 400 I could have pulled my knees up more on the straightway. I just want to be better.” Could those be words of a three-event winner who just help her team place first? Actually, they were. Though O’Connor wasn’t impressed, she made an impression on the large crowd at Catholic High. First, she won the 100-meter dash in 11.62 seconds. Next came a sizzling time of 55.27 in the 400 and a win in the 200 in 24.05. The junior also helped the Broncos score 99 points to place first by running a leg on the 4x200-meter relay. St. Joseph’s Academy had 87.20 and Mandeville 80 to also lead the girls field. O’Connor’s first-place finish in the 200 and a third-place finish by teammate Kiara Bethley helped Zachary put the meet away. O’Connor was the Outstanding Track Performer for the girls, while Dutchtown’s Leah Scott, who won the long jump in 18 feet, 4 inches and placed second in the triple jump was the Outstanding Field Performer.
photos by Hilary Scheinuk with the Advocate