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Hahnville honors soccer squads at annual banquet

By Michael Kiral / L’Observateur / March 12, 1998

BOUTTE – The Hahnville boys’ and girls’ soccer teams were honoredThursday night at the school’s annual soccer awards ceremony and social.

Both teams are coming off successful seasons. The Tigers advanced to thestate quarterfinals before falling to eventual state champion Acadiana.

The girls, in just their second year of existence, also had a memorableseason, capturing the District 9 championship and going all the way to thesemifinals before falling to Slidell.

Sam Snow, a national staff coach for U.S. Soccer, was the guest speakerand advised the athletes of further opportunities in the sport.

Coaches Mendi Lebeouf and Rafael de Vega addressed the audience. Lebeoufsaid when she took the job, she was told that the youth today would notcommit but that this team proved them wrong.”If there was ever commitment, it was this year with this team,” Lebeoufsaid. “They worked hard and deserved everything they got this year.”

De Vega said it was another great year for the Tigers and that the thing hewill remember the most about the season was the improvement theplayers made.

“I am proud of the accomplishments each of you has achieved individuallyand as a team,” de Vega said.

Gifts were presented to both coaches as well as booster club presidentRose Parker.

Mark Griffin, Chris Claudet, Joe Griffen and Jarred Larousse were honoredfor making the All-District 7 first team. Griffen was also honored forbeing named the most valuable defensive player in the district.

For the girls, Guille de Vega, Virginia LeBlanc, Christy Becnel, ErinCrisham, Colleen Lockhart, Kyna Boyer and Tyna Wells were recognized fortheir selection to the All-District 9 first team. Lockhart was honored forbeing the district’s most valuable goalie, while Boyer was recognized forbeing selected as the most valuable offensive player in the district.

Allison Bordelon, Stacy Brignac and Tricia McCully were honored for theirselection to the all-district second team, while Tobi Fletcher wasrecognized for being selected to the honorable mention squad.

Tricia McCully and Gordon McDonald were presented with the scholarshipaward. The award is selected based upon academic achievement,leadership, character and play on the field.

Squad awards for the Tigers went to Brad Berthelot, Adam Bordelon, ChadBoudreaux, Stewart Candella, Mat Cummins, Jeremy Davey, Chris Fordham,Michael Fredrick, Nick Justice, Michael Madere, Rod Naquin, ChrisRichardson, Carmello Rodriguez, Tim Sirmon, Obi Ubasineke, Travis Webreand Blake Gervais.

Letterman awards were presented to Mark Griffen, John Keller, BrandonKelly, Chris Claudet, Jason Davis, Kerry Fonseca, Joe Griffen, JarradLarousse, Luke Ledet, Stevie Sirmon, Jonathan Tregre, Paul LeBlanc,Richard McClendon and Gordon McDonald.

For the Lady Tigers, squad awards were given to Danielle Gourgues, KaylaLandry, Emily Bourgeois, Jamie Ledet, Nicole McBride, Eryn Minor, KelliePeters, Melanie Wester and Laurie Knight. Letterman awards werepresented to Guille de Vega and Jennifer Hicks.

Varsity awards went to Virginia LeBlanc, Christy Becnel, AllisonBordelon, Stacy Brignac, Erin Crisham, Colleen Lockhart, Melissa Roy,Tiffany Boudreaux, Hollie Delk, Tobi Fletcher, Sara North, Tyna Wells, KynaBoyer, Katie Collins, Erinn Goforth, Tricia McCully and Karen Woods.

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