LHSAA releases 2013 All-Academic honorees for spring sports

Based on the philosophy that high school classrooms were built before the playing fields and arenas, the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) instituted its scholar-athlete program in 1986 featuring the sport of football and expanded the program to include girls’ and boys’ basketball and girls’ volleyball in 1987. Softball was added in 1995 and baseball in 1997.

This year, 379 female athletes will receive recognition in the sport of girls’ softball; 339 female athletes will receive recognition in the sport of girls’ track; 256 male athletes will receive recognition in the sport of boys’ track; 28 female athletes will receive recognition in the sport of girls’ bowling; 20 male athletes will receive recognition in the sport of boys’ bowling; 6 female athletes will receive recognition in the sport of girls’ gymnastics; 3 male athletes will receive recognition in the sport of boys’ gymnastics; 14 female athletes will receive recognition in the sport of girls’ golf; 10 male athletes will receive recognition in the sport of boys’ golf; 44 female athletes will receive recognition in the sport of girls’ tennis; 49 male athletes will receive recognition in the sport of boys’ tennis. 359 male athletes will receive recognition in the sport of baseball. All of the other boys’ and girls’ composite all-academic teams will be recognized and honored during the state championships for their respective sports, and other students who cannot attend this event will be sent to the school.

Local students recognized for their academic success while participating in spring sports are:

Wrestling: Rayne High - Joshua Peltier, Cody Manuel, Billy Marcantel, Brennan McKnight, Austin Bohne and Landyn Thibodeaux.

Baseball: Notre Dame - Hogan Guidry, Chase Holston.

Softball: Rayne High - Amanda Bourque, Ariel Meche, Alexandra Peltier; Notre Dame - Katherine Kirsch, Alexa Thibodeaux, Taylor Boulet.

Track & Field: Rayne High - Joshua Peltier; Notre Dame - Nicholas Benoit, Annie Sarver, Elizabeth Dartez, Christina Hensgens.

Tennis: Notre Dame - Cecile Benoit, Margaret Beslin, Thomas McNeely, Zachary Trahan.

Not only are the student-athletes honored in their respective class or divisions, but composite squads have also been selected from the players who scored the highest grade point averages from all classes/divisions in a sport.

This year’s composite All-Academic, All-State squads will honor the following: Softball will feature 73 student-athletes, girls’ track will feature 64, boys’ track will feature 38, girls’ bowling will feature 12, and boys’ bowling will feature 12, girls’ gymnastics will feature 6, boys’ gymnastics will feature 3, girls’ golf will feature 9, and boys’ golf will feature 10, girls’ tennis will feature 44, and boys’ tennis will feature 29 while 59 have been chosen to represent baseball.

Members of each composite squad received special recognition at the 2013-2014 LHSAA state championship events.

Local students recognized in this year’s composite squads are:

Wrestling: Rayne High - Joshua Peltier and Cody Manuel.

Baseball: Notre Dame - Hogan Guidry.

Softball: Rayne High - Amanda Bourque; Notre Dame - Katherine Kirsch.

Track & Field: Rayne High - Joshua Peltier.

Tennis: Notre Dame - Cecile Benoit, Thomas McNeely.

To qualify for an All-Academic, All-State team, a student-athlete must have achieved a three-year cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better and must have been a member of his or her schools’ team for two years.

In reviewing this year’s scholar-athlete program, LHSAA Executive Director Kenny Henderson stated, “We want all of the student-athletes in Louisiana to realize and understand that the educational foundation and values that they receive in our member high schools will be life-lasting and will serve them long after their high school playing days are over.”

Henderson continued, “We are convinced that participation in high school sports can serve as an extension of the high school classroom and as after-school laboratory classrooms for students in their present and later lives.”

“The LHSAA’s scholar-athlete program is designed to stress success in the classroom for those who have been successful in either the playing arena or on the playing field. This program serves notice to younger students, athletes and non-athletes alike, that this association stresses the qualities that are important for successful living; in fact, we want the entire state to realize the LHSAA’s commitment to all-around excellence in our schools,” he added.

For the second straight year, ExxonMobil will underwrite the LHSAA’s Scholar-Athlete Program and serve as title sponsor in recognizing the Louisiana’s student-athletes for their achievements in the classroom.

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