Merryville’s Verette named first team all-state

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Written for the LSWA

After great runs through the 2013 playoffs, the Mangham High baseball team and Catholic-Pointe Coupee softball teams claimed the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s 1A state titles. The two teams were also well represented among the 2013 Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class  1A All-State squads.

In baseball, Mangham sophomore Ridge Heisler took Outstanding Player honors after going 15-1 on the mound with a 1.97 ERA and 92 strikeouts. Heisler also batted .491 on offense with six homers and 31 RBI.

His sophomore teammate, designated hitter Dylan Ridgeway (15 HR, .375 avg.) also was selected to the team, while Mangham head coach Scott Wilcher was named the baseball Coach of the Year after leading the Dragons to their first baseball state title in school history.

Pitcher Ryann Bizette, an eighth grader (15-1, 1.02 ERA, 124 strikeouts), freshman Katelynn Bellelo (.443, 26 RBI) and her teammate Jordyn David (.383, 20 RBI, 12 2B) represent the state champions on LSWA softball team.

Archbishop Hannan senior Kimberly Nilsson (.494 avg., 38 RBI) was voted the Outstanding Player, while Westminster Christian’s Jay Artall was selected as the softball Coach of the Year.

Other pitchers on the softball squad were Cedar Creek junior Caley Pyles (132 strikeouts, 1.77 ERA), Hannan senior Maddi Shelton (21-9, 184 strikeouts) and Central Catholic sophomore Megan Landry (1.59 ERA, 191 strikeouts). Oberlin senior Haley Reeves (.539 avg., 8 home runs), freshman Laryn Graves of Montgomery (1.82 ERA, 165 strikeouts), Central Catholic junior Kimberly Russso (.444 avg., .496 on base percentage), Merryville senior Morgan Verette (.491 avg.), senior Sydney Finch of Hannan (.366 avg.), Cedar Creek senior Maggie Davidson (.461 avg.), Mangham junior Meagan Duchesne (15 HR, .516 avg.), Houma Christian senior Lindsay Crowdus (.554 avg.), Ascension Catholic senior Nancy Guillot (.602 avg.), and St. Martin’s senior Mychal Truxillo (.550 avg.) complete the softball squad.

Also on the baseball all-state team were Ouachita Christian seniors Braden Bristo (10-2, .432 avg) and Jonathan Washam (.517 avg.), Central Catholic junior Bryson Barbier (6-3 record), St. Martin’s senior Stewart Campbell (11-2 record), Central Catholic junior Barron Courtney (.426 avg.), Hannan senior Mike Hess (.489 avg.), St. John senior Trevor Curry (.489 avg.), Ouachita Christian senior Jordan Washam (.457 avg.), Country Day junior Michael Mann (.400 avg.), Central Catholic senior Josh Singleton (.438 avg.), Houma Christian sophomore Drake Battaglia (.400 avg.), Cedar Creek junior Mark Van (.404 avg.), Country Day senior Ben Harrison (8-0 record), Westminster Christian senior Jalen Williams (.390 avg.), and St. John senior Morgan Booksh (.303 avg.).

LSWA 1A ALL-STATE TEAMS

SOFTBALL

Pos     Player          School          Cl      Stats

P       Maddi Shelton           Hannan  Sr.     21-9

P       Megan Landry            Central Catholic        So.     25-7

P       Ryann Bizette           Catholic-PC     8th     15-1

P       Caley Pyles     Cedar Creek     Jr.     22-2

C       Morgan Verette  Merryville      Sr.     .491

1B      Sydney Finch            Hannan  Sr.     .366

2B      Katelynn Bellelo        Catholic-PC     Fr.     .443

SS      Maggie Davidson Cedar Creek     Sr.     .461

3B      Meagan Duchesne Mangham Jr.     .516

OF      Lindsay Crowdus Houma Christian Sr.     .554

OF      Nancy Guillot           Ascension Catholic      Sr.     .602

OF      Jordyn David            Catholic-PC     Sr.     .383

UT      Laryn Graves            Montgomery      Fr.     .470

UT      Kimberly Nilsson        Hannan  Sr.     .494

UT      Haley Reeves            Oberlin Sr.     .539

UT      Kimberly Russo  Central Catholic        Jr.     .444

UT      Mychal Truxillo St. Martin’s    Sr.     .550

OUTSTANDING PLAYER: Kimberly Nilsson, Archbishop Hannan

COACH OF THE YEAR: Jay Artall, Westminster Christian

Honorable mention: Nikkie Harbor, Block; Maura Cooper, Block; McCahla  Hughes, Block; Makayla Vercher, Montgomery; Skylar Barnet, South Cameron;  Summer Babin, Merryville; Abby Cook, Oak Grove; Taylor Leger, Westminster Christian; Molly Fontenot, Opelousas Catholic; Taylor Trahan, Delcambre; Kameryn Fairchild, False River Academy; Jade Fontenot, Westminster Christian; Amelia Pitre, Opelousas Catholic; Mary Terral, Cedar Creek; Taylor Sons, Houma Christian; Morgan Hardie, South Cameron; Ashley Vosburg, False River Academy; Kameryn Theriot, St. John; Taylor Lege, Westminster Christian; Caeli Comb, Westminster Christian; Jessie Brown, St. John.

BASEBALL

Pos     Player          School          Cl      Stats

P       Ridge Heisler   Mangham So.     15-1

P       Braden Bristo   Ouachita Christian      Sr.     10-2

P       Stewart Campbell        St. Martin’s    Sr.     6-3

P       Bryson Barbier  Central Catholic        Jr.     11-2

C       Jonathan Washam Ouachita Christian      Sr.     .517

IF      Barron Courtney Central Catholic        Jr.     .426

IF      Mike Hess               Hannan  Sr.     .489

IF      Trevor Curry            St. John        Sr.     .489

IF      Jordan Washam   Ouachita Christian      Sr.     .457

OF      Michael Mann            Country Day     Jr.     .400

OF      Josh Singleton          Central Catholic        Sr.     .438

OF      Drake Battaglia Houma Christian So.     .400

UT      Mark Van        Cedar Creek     Jr.     .404

UT      Dylan Ridgway   Mangham So.     .375

UT      Ben Harrison            Country Day     Sr.     8-0

UT      Jalen Williams          Westminster Christian           Sr.     .390

UT      Morgan Booksh   St. John        Sr.     .303

OUTSTANDING PLAYER: Ridge Heisler, Mangham

COACH OF THE YEAR: Scott Wilcher, Mangham

Honorable mention: Izzy Arceri, Crescent City; Kent McGuire, Country Day; Mark Fontenot, Oberlin; Corey Cantrell, Merryville; Hayden Doyle, Hamilton Christian; Aaron George, Ouachita Christian; Payton Kellebrew, Hanson Memorial; Hayden Marze, Westminster Christian; Rhett Hickman, Hannan; Grant Mathews, Country Day; Erik Parker, Hamilton Christian; Zac Langer, St. Martin’s; Perry Pitre, St. Edmund; Drake Businelle, Hanson Memorial; Jacob Brown, Cedar Creek; Nick Ardoin, Merryville; Samuel Guarisco, Central Catholic; Charles Firmin, Sacred Heart-Ville Platte; Kade Tremie, Sacred Heart-Ville Platte; Tyler McCain, St. Mary’s; James Carney, St. Mary’s; Kane Fontenot, Ascension Episcopal; Jacob Harrison, Montgomery.