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
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.
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.