Deville, Johnson headed to All-Star Game

By: LANCE REED

Sports Editor

The Lady Panthers of Pine Prairie had a fantastic season. They made it to the Class 2A semi-finals and won District 6-2A with a perfect record. A big part of that was their tremendous senior leadership. Two of the four seniors had the distinct honor of being selected to play in the annual Louisiana Softball Coaches Association High School All-Star game.

Alex Deville and Kayla Johnson were both honored when they learned they will be playing among some of the best senior softball players in the state. Deville, a shortstop, has been playing softball at Pine Prairie since she was in the sixth grade. She almost immediately had a huge impact on the team. Both offensively and defensively, Deville is a force to be reckoned with. She will surely fit right in this weekend.

Kayla Johnson, also known as K.J by her teammates, has been playing at Pine Prairie for four years. In 2005, she was the third baseman on the Class 2A state champion team. She made the move to catcher during her sophomore year and stayed behind the dish for the remainder of her high school career. As a catcher, she developed into one of the best in Class 2A.

The PPHS duo has had the privilege of being on the All-State, All-District and All-Parish team. Now, the pair will permanently etch their names in the books of Louisiana High School history. Pine Prairie Head Coach Carolyn Deville loves to have players make the All-Star game. This will be only the second time in 22 years two players make the roster in the same year.

The event is a double header and it will be played Saturday. The contests will take place at the Louisiana College softball field in Pineville. The event normally takes place at LSU, but the Lady Tigers are hosting the South Eastern Conference softball tournament this weekend. The event will take place at 4 p.m. The girls will arrive in Pineville tomorrow to begin practice and attend a luncheon. They will practice again Saturday morning before playing the game.

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