Landon Schmitz is a dual-sport athlete for the Kinder Yellow Jackets as he plays both football, and baseball, and back in August of this year, he was preparing for the start of his senior football season when his world turned upside down.
Over the past two weeks nearly three dozen high school athletes around Southwest Louisiana made their college decisions official, and on Tuesday, four more athletes from St. Louis Catholic, and Sulphur signed their National Letters of Intent, making their decisions official.
National Signing Day is a big one in the world of college athletics as high school student athletes from all over the nation make their college decisions official by signing their National Letter of Intent, and in Southwest Louisiana, that is no different.
Reese Ashworth is a multi-sport athlete for Dequincy High School as he plays baseball, basketball, and football for the Tigers, but on Tuesday he signed his National Letter of Intent to focus on baseball in college, where he will play for the LSU Eunice Bengals.
Rusty Phelps is a coaching legend in Southwest Louisiana as he’s been the head coach at Jennings High School for nearly 30 years as he was an assistant coach in 1994, and the head coach beginning in 1995, but following the 2022 season, coach Phelps will try his hand at retirement.
Kane Broussard was born with Cerebral Palsy, a disorder that affects a person’s ability to move, and maintain balance, and posture. However, Kane hasn’t let that slow him down, as he’s been apart of the Grand Lake Hornets football team for several years now, but his role has expanded over the past few seasons.
How often did you see your university president? Maybe sometimes around campus, or potentially at a school sporting event? What about officiating a high school football game? The answer to that one is probably not, that is unless you went to McNeese State University, and had Dr. Daryl Burckel as your university president. Dr. Burckel has been the president at McNeese State University for the past six years, but has been officiating high school football games for the past 12 years.
Jake Brown is entering his senior season at Sulphur already committed to play baseball at LSU, but this summer, he’s gotten the chance to represent Sulphur on a bigger stage, with the Team USA 18U baseball team.
Richard Akers III is from Baltimore, Maryland, and began his college football career at Shepherd University, a division two program in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, but he found his way to Lake Charles, Louisiana.
This week, our Sports Person of the Week, is McNeese head football coach, Gary Goff. On Tuesday, Goff hosted the inaugural ‘Victory Day’ at Cowboy Stadium, a day to provide cognitively, and physically impaired children with the opportunity to play football with the Cowboys, cheer with the cheerleaders, go through drills, and much more.
The Spartan Swim team has overcome a lot, from being dispersed from Lafayette to Texas after Hurricane Laura, to now competing on the national stage, and that's why they're our sports persons of the week.
Spooner took off with Javelin throwing in seventh grade and since then the Lady K has won two class 3A state titles and is coming off a first-place finish at the Nike Outdoor Nationals championship where she threw a personal best 161 feet and 11 inches and achieved all-American status.
The Iowa native competes in breakaway roping, goat tying and ribbon roping. She’s the current Louisiana junior high state champion Goat Tyer and won big at the national junior high rodeo finals in Perry, Georgia where she was named the World Champion All-Around Cowgirl.
So it was no surprise to the Oertlings that Kirby wanted to compete in the Special Olympics. He’s been at it for 14 years and is coming off his first gold medal win in Orlando last week. He finished first in four of the five events in the Pentathlon.
The reigning Southland outdoor high jump champion leaped over six feet at the NCAA east prelims to punch her ticket to the championships next week. The mark was a school record, personal record and the record for her home country of Bermuda.
Jayla Mason isn’t one to let her mouth do the talking, rather, Mason makes her statements on the track. Her voice was loud and proud at the LHSAA track and field state tournament earlier this month, as she took home three gold medals— the most in Southwest Louisiana.
The Ole Miss signee and the Lady Saints have done nothing but win since coach Johnny’s arrival to the program. Freeman won her third discus state title and placed second in Javelin. She credits her success to the work she’s put in.
The St. Louis Catholic boy’s tennis team was on a mission this season— to repeat as state champions. It was the same goal individually for Kai Reinauer after he won the Division III title last season as a sophomore.
Dibbley played a vital part in No. 8 Sam Houston’s toppling of No. 1 seeded Pineville in the quarterfinals of the state softball playoffs - which punched their ticket to the state tournament for the first time in four seasons. She threw a complete game - striking out 6 batters while only giving up 3 runs.
The Grand Lake Hornets are on a five-game win streak and ranked as the No. 1 team in Class 5A. Senior pitcher Devin David is leading the swarm. That drive has shown in his numbers on the mound this season with 57 strikeouts in just 21 innings.
The Lady Yellow Jackets made it to the Class 3A state title game for the first time in program history last season, and Broussard has used that experience to fuel another championship run. She’s batting .515 this season with six home runs and 30 RBIs.
The Fairview Lady Panthers completed a three-peat after downing Oak Hill, 82-66, in the class B state title game. Freshman point guard Reesle Jinks showed up and showed out, scoring a double-double. For her efforts, she was named the game’s most outstanding player.
The McNeese indoor track team made history at the Southland Conference Indoor Championship, winning the school’s first-ever title. Senior Malaiya Jedkins was a big reason why the Pokes brought home a lot of hardware.
The Lady Saints, led by Touchet, racked up on plenty of hardware at Division II Indoor Track and Field State Tournament last weekend, winning six event titles while bringing home the school’s third straight Division II team title.
With over a 4.0 GPA and some skills on the hardwood, Lucy Bellon was able to make her dream of playing college basketball a reality. The Sam Houston Lady Bronco signed with Louisiana Christian University last week.
Fast forward a few years and the senior guard is averaging a double-double with 12 points per game and she’s helped the Lady Dogs to a 17-5 record making them a top-three team in class 3A. Head coach Eric Guidry says she’s a competitor no matter the task at hand.
McNeese transfer Cory McCoy has only been with the Marshall Thundering Herd for a season and yet his impact has been felt. This past season his contribution led to him capturing team defensive MVP honors along with a spot on the All-C-USA honorable mention list.
Fast forward to today and Conner has six division three state titles, two LHSAA records. Those records in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle were set at the division three state championships earlier this month.