Notre Dame's Reed, Brown earn top All-Parish honors
CROWLEY – Notre Dame coach Lance Reed knew heading into the 2008 prep softball season that the sky was the limit for his youthful Lady Pios squad.
Boasting just four seniors and a wealth of young talent, the Lady Pios survived a rocky start before winning 15 of their last 18 games to finish the season at 21-9.
The Lady Pios went undefeated in District 5-AAA play to earn the league title for the first time in recent history and they advanced to the Class AAA Fast Pitch 56 tournament for the first time since 2004.
For those accomplishments, Notre Dame earned the top two honors on the 2008 Crowley Post-Signal All-Acadia Parish team with Reed earning the Coach of the Year award and senior Kelsey Brown garnering the Most Valuable Player award.
Reed, in just his second season at the helm of the Lady Pios, guided his squad to playoff victories over Clark and perennial power Catholic High of New Iberia before falling to Winnfield in the quarterfinals.
Brown, a Hinds Community College signee, played a huge part in Notre Dame’s success throughout her four-year career, earning All-District and All-Parish honors for three straight seasons. She was also named to the Class AAA All-State team in 2008 for the second straight year.
Brown turned in a stellar senior campaign for the Lady Pios, hitting .513 with 42 runs driven in. She also had five doubles, three triples and six home runs to go along with six stolen bases.
Lady Pios joining Brown on the All-Parish squad are teammates Hannah Godeaux, Amelia Lavergne, Katelyn Smith and Alex Boulet.
Godeaux and Lavergne combined to handle most of the pitching duties for Notre Dame.
Godeaux went 3-0 in league play and 8-2 overall while sporting a 3.78 ERA. She struck out 46 in 50 innings.
Lavergne was 4-0 in district play and 7-4 overall, posting an earned run average of 2.06. She struck out 37 batters in 68 innings.
Smith made the team at first base, hitting .302 for the Lady Pios with one double and nine RBI while Boulet made the team in the outfield after hitting .444 with nine RBI and 20 stolen bases.
Crowley High nabbed four spots on the team in pitcher Tiffany Trahan, second baseman Shelbee Hoffpauir, outfielder Loralyn Huval and designated hitter Celes Weekley.
Trahan was 13-12 on the year, striking out an amazing 189 batters. She threw one no-hitter and posted an ERA of 2.41 in 159 innings.
Hoffpauir earned a spot at second base, hitting .315 with one double, one home run and nine RBI.
Huval, an Alabama Southern signee, hit .425 on the year with three doubles, two triples and 14 RBI while roaming center field for the Ladies. The speedster also swiped 11 bases.
Weekley spent some time in the outfield, but she played the role of designated hitter for most of the season. She led the Ladies with a .462 batting average, collecting five doubles and 11 RBI.
Northside Christian’s Sarah Ancelet is the catcher for the third straight year while NCS teammate Mandy Johnston earned honors as a utility player.
Ancelet led the Lady Warriors in every offensive category. The Northwestern State University signee hit .607 with 10 doubles, three triples and six home runs. She also drove in 22 runs en route to being named to the Class C All-State team for the second straight year.
Johnston, the District 7-C MVP, recorded 106 strikeouts on the mound in leading the Lady Warriors back to the Fast Pitch 56 Tournament. She also got it done at the plate, hitting .350 with six RBI.
Iota’s lone selection is Kirsten Meche. The senior catcher made the team at utility after hitting .356 for the Lady Dogs with seven doubles, two triples and 24 RBI.
Rayne landed four on the team in District 5-AAA MVP Lindsey Soileaux, Mariel Meche, Kylie Terro and Reagan Daigle.
Soileaux enjoyed a spectacular senior year, helping lead the Lady Wolves to a runnersup showing in league play and a second-round playoff appearance. She hit .408 on the year with 14 doubles, four triples and one home run while driving in 30 runs. Soileaux was also 2-1 while seeing limited time on the mound.
Meche handled most of the pitching duties, compiling a record of 14-9 with an earned run average of .242. She struck out 96 batters in 140 innings.
Terro hit .315 with 12 doubles, two triples and a team leading 32 RBI while Daigle, a Class AAA All-State selection, hit .470 with eight doubles, four triples, two home runs and 20 RBI.
Church Point’s Kellie Lewis rounds out the squad as a utility player after hitting .214 with four triples and three RBI for the Lady Bears.
Making the team as honorable mentions are Notre Dame’s Brittany Larivierre, Crowley’s Amy Abshire, Iota’s Laura LeJeune, Northside’s Lynsey Reed, Rayne’s Hailei Simon and Church Point’s Amy Lyons.