Midland's Vondenstein, Arceneaux earn spots on 7-B All-District squad
MIDLAND – Winning is a way of life at Midland High School and it is something that the Rebels have grown quite accustomed to over the years.
Even in a competitive district with perennial powers Bell City, Hathaway and Lacassine, nothing less than a championship is acceptable for the Rebels and their following.
The 2011-12 season was no exception.
The Rebels stormed through league play with a 9-1 record, chalking up their fourth straight district title under head coach Todd Briley. In addition, they finished 30-4 overall and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs.
“We are in a tough little district,” said Briley. “All the teams in it have a lot of wins and have good programs. Every year, it’s always a challenge to win that thing. Bu, the kids are pretty determined to do it and we were successful this year.”
For their efforts, Briley was named the 7-B All-District Coach of the Year. The Rebels also landed two selections on the first team in junior forwards Alan Vondenstein and Darren Arceneaux.
Vondenstein, a 6-foot-2 junior, had a big season for the Rebels. He averaged 14.4 points in league play to go along with eight rebounds, 2.2 assists and 3.5 steals.
“Alan really came along during the second half of the season,” said Briley of Vondenstein. “He had some big games and really stepped up his play.”
Arceneaux, a 6-foot-2 sophomore, also played a big role in the Rebels’ title run in his first year as a starter. He averaged 10.6 points and was a force inside with 6.6 rebounds per game.
“Darren shot the ball well for us,” said Briley of Arceneaux. “He had some big games and he was a big reason we were so successful. When Alan wasn’t on or was drawing double teams, he stepped up and hit some big shots.”
Joining the Midland duo on the first team are Hathaway’s Dylan Augustin, Bell City’s Josh Jagneaux and ESA’s J.J. Jacquet.
Augustine was named the team’s Most Valuable Player after averaging 17.1 points and 7.2 rebounds.
Midland also grabbed two spots on the second team in senior guards Andrew Hains and Chase Vincent. Both players averaged 6.7 points.
Hains also logged 2.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.1 steals while Vincent had 2.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists and one steal.
“You know, it’s just really hard to single anyone out because all of our guys played a big role in our success,” said Briley. “We were just so balanced this year. Any one of our starters could have made the first team. We put them all up and that’s the way the voting ended up.”
Also on the second team are Bell City’s Lantz Monk and Ethan Poole and Hathaway’s Kane Kershaw.
Midland’s Michael Vincent, Jake Gautreaux and Cody Stutes were named to the honorable mention list.
7-B Girls’ All-District
The Lacassine Lady Cardinals cruised through league play with a perfect 10-0 record and advanced all the way to the Class B state championship game where they fell to Fairview last weekend.
The Lady Cardinals’ dominant performance in league play landed them the top two honors on the 7-B All-District team that was recently announced by the league coaches.
Laccassine’s Eddie Michalko was tabbed as the Coach of the Year while Lexi Doga earned Most Valuable Player honors.
Doga led the Lady Cardinals with 12.3 points, 3.4 assists and 3.1 steals in league play.
The senior guard is joined on the first unit by teammate Madison Brasseaux as well as Bell City’s Shelby Landry, Hathaway’s Hannah Miller and Academy of Sacred Heart’s Ashley Aune.
Second-team members include Lacassine’s Abbie Melancon, Marcie Michalko and Allyson Duplantis as well as Hathaway’s Kaylie Fontenot and Grand Lake’s Shelby Thomas.
Midland’s Haley Guidry, Katie Woods and Bethany LeJeune earned honorable mention status.