Wolves, Ladies claim top 5-3A All-District honors
By Lisa Soileaux
The successful seasons enjoyed by both the Wolves and Lady Wolves have produced post-season honors with the release of 5-3A All-District selections.
Senior Rayne High guard Michael Henry was named 5-3A’s Most Valuable Player. Henry turned in 18.3 points per game average for the Wolves for the 2012-2013 season, which ended in the regional round of the 3-A state playoffs to Carroll High, eventual state champions
Henry also turned in a 27% 3-point percentage for the Wolves, in addition to a 65 percentage rate at the free throw line.
Heading the playcalling for the Wolves, Coach Louis Handy was named the district’s Coach of the Year. The long-time play caller led the Wolves to a perfect 10-0 district championship and a 19-8 overall record. The Wolves entered the playoffs ranked at No. 16.
“I’m really proud of all our guys,” stated Handy on his team. “They had a good season and came up a little short.”
Handy continued, “It’s great of Michael to receive the MVP Award. He really did turn in a good season.”
“But, I’m kinda disappointed we didn;t have additional guys named with us finishing undefeated district champs and all.”
Completing First Team selections were Ben Allison and Derek Denton of Eunice, Keneth Hicks of Northwest and Tony Lamb of Port Barre.
Wolves Peyton Larry and Dannie Harmon were named during Second Team selections.
Larry, Rayne’s junior center, averaged 7.3 points per game but excelled on defense with 49 blocks on the season.
Senior forward Harmon averaged 10.3 points per game for the Wolves while shooting over 50% at the free throw line.
Other schools were represented by the following on Second Team picks: Joseph Garrick of Church Point, Donte Lewis of Northwest and Brennan Romar of Port Barre.
Rayne’s Charles Jones was named during All-Defensive Team picks recording 27 steals during the season while dumping in an average of four points per game for the Wolves.
Other defensive picks were Trennon Trosclair of Eunice, Donte Lewis of Northwest, Tyler LeDoux of Port Barre, Tyrus Georgetown of Livonia and Charles Richard of Church Point.
Named during Honorable Mention picks from Rayne High were Michael Papillion, Robert Butler, Frank Leopaul and Drakkar Broussard.
Senior leader Naosha Leopaul was named the Most Valuable Player of 5-3A, helping to lead the Lady Wolves to the quaterfinal round of the 2013 state playoffs before falling to Abbeville during a 45-41 thriller.
Leopaul led the Lady Wolves by averaging 10.3 points per game on offense, while recording 21 blocks on the defensive side. The inside player also averaged six rebounds and a steal per outting.
Co-MVP in the district was senior Breanna Levine of Northwest.
“Naosha is tough inside,” stated Rayne High Coach Chester Randall of his senior center. “She produces on offense and is an asset on defense, especially on the boards.”
In an impressive season led by Randall, he was named the district’s Coach of the Year. He led the Lady Wolves to a co-championship, the first for the school’s Lady Wolves basketball program since 1995.
Leopaul is joined in First Team selections by teammate Tori Carriere. The outside shooting junior tallied 8.4 shooting average for the Lady Wolves, puching 30% in the 3-point range.
They are joined on first team by Breanna Levine of Northwest, Mary Citizen of Church Point, and Por Barre’s Kwanza Andrus.
Freshman Charlesha Dugas was the lone Lady Wolf noted among Second Team picks. She tallied 7.5 points and per game for the Lady Wolves, 35% from the 3-pointers.
Joining Dugas on Second Team were Crystal Leday of Northwest, Porsha Blackmore of Livonia, Church Point’s Shondrika Boast, and Taylor Freeman of Eunice.
Whitley Larry was the lone Lady Wolf named to the All-Defensive Team. The freshman center averaged six points per game, but excelled on defense with over 80 blocks on the season.
Sophomore duo Tristan Mouton and Tanner Wilson represented Rayne HIgh among Honoable Mention picks.
Mouton averaged 8.3 points per game for the Lady Wolves while handing off 30 assists on the season.
Wilson led the Lady Wolves with 101 steals, while recording almost 100 points on the season.