Northside Christian's Rogers, Trahan earn 7-C All-District honors
CROWLEY – The Northside Christian Warriors’ basketball team has been a dominant force in Class C basketball since joining the Louisiana High School Athletic Association eight years ago.
Since leaving the Louisiana Christian School Athletic Association in 2005 and joining the LHSAA, the Warriors have made the playoffs each season. After advancing to the second round in 2011, the Warriors went a step further in 2012 by advancing to the quarterfinals for the first time in the school’s history.
The Warriors, who fell in the quarterfinals to Phoenix, 55-43, also won the District 7-C title in 2011-12 for the third straight season, finishing the year 23-8.
They were rewarded for their accomplishments recently when the league announced its All-District team.
Northside nabbed the top two honors in Coach of the Year Byron Starks and Most Valuable Player Ben Rogers. The Warriors also had Joseph Trahan named to the first team while Nick Gotte and Josh Wheeler were tabbed to the second unit.
“We had our most successful season ever this year,” said Starks, who has led the Warriors to four of their five district championships and won the Coach of the Year award each time since joining the LHSAA. “Academically, our team has been in tact for the last two seasons. As for the season itself, the guys bought into what we were doing and that just made our run that much more special.”
Rogers was a guiding force in the Warriors’ success. The 6-foot-3 senior guard, a three-time All-District selection, averaged 22 points, five rebounds and four assists during district play.
“Ben has been a committed, faithful player for us,” said Starks. “He does what you ask of him and he helped us out tremendously on the offensive end. And, with his length, he caused problems on the defensive end as well.”
Trahan, a 6-foot-0 sophomore forward, earned league honors for the first time in his basketball career after averaging 15 points and seven rebounds per game.
Rogers and Trahan are joined on the first team by Hackberry’s Eddie Bird and Dylan Morrison. Bird, a 6-foot-6 senior forward averaged 13.8 points and 12.5 rebounds while Morrison, a 5-foot-9 junior guard, added 10.1 points and 4.8 assists per game.
Johnson Bayou’s Blake Badon (6-foot-0, Jr.) nabbed the final spot on the first unit with 18.8 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists.
Wheeler, a 6-foot-3 forward, averaged 12 points, six rebounds and five assists while Gotte, a 6-foot-4 forward had six points and 11 rebounds.
Hackberry’s Thomas Ducote and Ryan Seay were also named to the second team as well as Starks’ Nathan Ingalls.
Honorable mentions include Northside Christian’s Kade Miller, Nicholas Zaunbrecher and B.J. Starks; Hackberry’s Austin Badon; Johnson Bayou’s Richard Kiffe and Colton Jinks and Starks’ Colton Fountain.
7-C Girls All-District
Northside Christian’s Madisyn Clement and Natalie Hayes were named to the honorable mention list on the 7-C All-District team recently released by the league’s coaches.
Hackberry won the league title and swept the team’s top honors in Coach of the Year Byron Gibbs and MVP D.J. Simon.
Simon, a sophomore center, averaged 16.7 points and 13 rebounds per game in league play.
Simon is joined on the first unit by teammates Sydney Broussard and Skylar Jinks. Starks’ Leigha Clark and Ciara Bussell round out the squad.
Second team members include Hackberry’s Samantha Little and Mattie Stine as well as Starks’ Hannah Ingalls and Ashlyn Gibson.
Hackberry’s Jolie Trahan and Johnson Bayou’s Keylee Young were also named to the honorable mention list.