Northside Christian headlines LSWA Class C All-State teams
Northside Christian’s Joseph Trahan was selected as the Louisiana Sports Writer’s Association’s outstanding player on the Class C All-State baseball team that was released today.
They may come from small schools, but when it came to putting up big numbers, there were not many better than Northside Christian’s Joseph Trahan and Hackberry’s Jolie Trahan in 2014.
Joseph, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound senior from the tiny private school in Crowley, proved to be a giant on the diamond in 2014, when he led the Warriors to their first-ever state championship.
Jolie proved to be equally impressive in leading her team to its fourth-straight state title, which is why the Louisiana Sports Writers Association selected the two as the outstanding players on its 2014 Class C All-State baseball and softball teams.
What did they do?
Let’s start with Joseph.
The Louisiana-Lafayette signee batted .667 on the season, had 22 doubles, eight triples, eight home runs and 35 RBI.
And those were statistics accumulated when opponents dared to pitch him.
Opponents walked him 27 times, a whopping 13 intentionally.
Add to that the fact that he was 5-2 on the mound with a 3.07 ERA and had 52 strikeouts in 48 innings.
“Joseph really had a spectacular season for us,” said Northside Christian coach Lane Marceaux, who was named Class C Coach of the Year after leading the Warriors to a 24-5 season. “He is a special athlete who can really play anywhere on the field. Just a few years ago, he was catching for us.”
And what about Jolie?
She only put together a mind boggling 24-2 record.
The McNeese State signee fired a four-hit shutout against Northside Christian in the title game and from March 26 through May 3, did not give up a single earned run.
In the state tournament, she threw a perfect game against Ebarb in the quarterfinals while striking out 13 of the 15 batters she faced. In three games at the tournament, she faced 36 hitters, striking out 28.
She posted an ERA of 0.34 on the season and logged 137 strikeouts in 11 regular season games. She also hit for an average of .418 with 22 RBI.
And while those two were certainly two of the best in any class, the two All-State teams include a number of other standouts.
In addition to Joseph Trahan, the state champion Warriors landed three other players on the baseball team: senior second baseman Jordan Monte, junior shortstop Bradley Ancelet and senior catcher Nicholas Zaunbrecher.
Monte followed Trahan with a .544 batting average that included 16 doubles, three triples and one home run. He drove in 29 runs on the season, including the winning run in the ninth inning of the championship game.
Monte was also 8-1 as a pitcher with a 3.43 ERA and he had 50 strikeouts in 55 innings.
Ancelet, in his first year starting for Northside after transferring from Crowley High following his freshman season, hit .536 with 16 doubles, three triples and 29 RBI. He also posted a 9-2 record on the mound with a 2.87 ERA and had 42 strikeouts in 61 innings.
Zaunbrecher, District 6-C MVP as selected by the league’s coaches, hit for a .527 clip with 16 doubles, two triples and 28 RBI.
State runnerup Claiborne Christian nabbed three spots on this year’s team: pitcher Wesley Drake, shortstop Dannion King and first baseman Dylan Ogle.
Drake, who logged three straight playoff victories for the Crusaders in leading them to their third straight championship appearance, finished the season with a 10-2 record and an ERA of 3.21. He struck out 104 in 76 innings.
Drake was also a force at the plate where he hit .476 with 32 RBI. He struck out just once all season long.
King hit for an average of .407 with nine doubles, one triple and one home run and also stole 22 bases. Ogle hit .365 with six doubles and 18 RBI.
State semifinalist Downsville locked down two spots in the persons of catcher Corey Antley (.565) and pitcher Seth Harvill (8-2) while Georgetown, the other semifinalist, grabbed a pair of slots in Jace Sauce (.397) and Caleb Lasyone (.504).
Also on the team are Family Christian’s Mason Diaz (.500, 36 RBI) and Alcorn State signee Titus Rogers (.392, 33 RBI), Reeves’ Michael Schultz (10-2, 0.88 ERA, 102 strikeouts), Elizabeth’s Colby LaFauci (.454) and St. Joseph’s Ryan Armand (.584).
On the girls’ side, Jolie Trahan is joined on this year’s All-State squad by fellow teammates Sydney Broussard, Destiny Simon, Mattie Stine and Brianne Beard.
Broussard, the 2013 Class C outstanding player, hit .476 and drove in 24 runs with 12 doubles, nine triples and two home runs while Simon, a McNeese State signee, hit .538 with four home runs and 28 RBI. Stine, a Louisiana College signee, hit .462 with 14 doubles, four triples, two home runs and 28 RBI and Beard posted a .396 average with 20 RBI.
State runnerup Northside Christian was awarded two spots on the team in catcher Katelyn Jones and first baseman Zoie Hanagiff. Jones drove in 26 runs and had five home runs to go along with a .390 average while Hanagriff hit .390 with one home run and 19 RBI. The sophomore also stole 20 bases and had a fielding percentage of .980.
Northside Christian also claimed Coach of the Year honors in Ryan Hanagriff, who led the Lady Warriors to the state title game for the first time in the school’s history. His squad entered the playoffs as the No. 11 seed and they pulled off upset victories over No. 6 Plainview, No. 3 Calvin and No. 7 Starks before falling to Hackberry in the finals.
Downsville Charter was awarded three spots on the team in District 2-C MVP Kaitlyn Oliver (.425), April Leonard (.325, 15 RBI) and Kaitelynn Middleton (.300, 22 RBI).
Also making the team are Elizabeth’s Taylor Brown (.399), Claiborne Christian’s Kaylon Cory (.521, 15 RBI), Ebarb’s Paige Diener (15-8), Starks’ Wendy Gillet (.482, 32 RBI), St. Joseph’s Ashley Knight (.380) and Plainview’s Maddison Pippen (10-10).
CLASS C SOFTBALL CHARTS
Player School Cl. Avg.
Brianne Beard Hackberry So. .396
Sydney Broussard Hackberry Jr. .476
Taylor Brown Elizabeth Sr. .399
Kaylon Cory Claiborne Chr. 7th .521
Paige Diener Ebarb Sr. 15-8
Wendy Gillet Starks Jr. .482
Katelyn Jones Northside Chr. Sr. .381
Zoie Hanagriff Northside Chr. So. .390
Ashley Knight St. Joseph’s Sr. .380
April Leonard Downsville Charter Jr. .325
Kaitelynn Middleton Downsville Charter So. .300
Kaitlyn Oliver Downsville Charter Sr. .425
Maddison Pippen Plainview 8th 10-10
Destiny Simon Hackberry Sr. .538
Mattie Stine Hackberry Sr. .462
Jolie Trahan Hackberry Sr. .418
Jolie Trahan, Hackberry
COACH OF THE YEAR
Ryan Hanagriff, Northaide Christian
Honorable mention: Tanner Maxwell, Georgetown; Averi Rivers, Ebarb; Emmalee Lewing, Ebarb; Kelli Crager, Plainview; Sydney LaFauci, Elizabeth.
CLASS C BASEBALL CHARTS
Player School Cl. Avg
Bradley Ancelet Northside Chr. Jr. .536
Corey Antley Downsville Charter Sr. .565
Ryan Armand St. Joseph’s Sr. .584
Mason Diaz Family Christian Jr. .500
Wesley Drake Claiborne Chr. Jr. 10-2
Seth Harvill Downsville Charter Sr. 8-2
Dannion King Claibrone Chr. Sr. .407
Colby LaFauci Elizabeth Jr. .454
Caleb Lasyone Georgetown Jr. .508
Jordan Monte Northside Chr. Sr. .544
Dylan Ogle Claiborne Chr. Sr. .365
Titus Rogers Family Christian Sr. .392
Jace Sauce Georgetown Sr. .397
Michael Schultz Reeves Sr. 10-2
Joseph Trahan Northside Chr. Sr. .667
Nicholas Zaunbecher Northside Chr. Sr. .527
Joseph Trahan, Northside Christian
COACH OF THE YEAR
Lane Marceaux, Northside Christian
Honorable mention: Seth Powell, Downsville; Travis Schultz, Reeves; Mark Reed, Elizabeth; Andre Bedel, Elizabeth; Zach Lasyone, Georgetown; Michael Hopkins, Family Christian; Bryce Cobb, Summerfield; Taylor Grafton, Summerfield; Christian Perkins, Elizabeth.