RA’s Vicknair leads 2A local All-State selections

Published 12:02 am Saturday, June 18, 2016

RESERVE — St. John the Baptist Parish was well represented in the Class 2A baseball and softball brackets with Riverside Academy and St. Charles Catholic sending both teams to do battle.

Although the softball teams fell short of their goal of reaching the State Tournament in Sulpur, the Comets and Rebels baseball teams advanced  — only to fight each other for a spot in the final.

It should come as no surprise, then, that the parish is well represented on the Louisiana Sports Writers Class 2A All-State teams with five young men and women selected.

Riverside Academy placed only one player on the baseball team, but pitcher Mason Vicknair’s performance was enough to earn him All-State Outstanding Player honors.

The rising senior pitcher was 8-3 with a 1.34 earned run average and 84 strikeouts. He also hit .360 with five home runs and 27 RBIs. He was L’OBSERVATEUR’s All-St. John Player of the Year as well.

“It’s a great feeling,” Vicknair said. “It’s not just an award for me. It all comes back to our coaching staff. They pushed us every day at practice. It’s just a great feeling that hard work pays off.”

Said Riverside Academy head coach Frank Cazeaux: “It’s a surprise for where we finished, in the semifinals, but it’s certainly well-deserved. I feel he’s the best player in the state in Class 2A. I’m very proud of him and I’m looking forward to big things from him next year.”

St. Charles Catholic, which finished as the state runner-up for the sixth time in school history after losing the championship game to St. Thomas Aquinas, placed two players on the team: infielder Justin Ory and outfielder Lloyd Nash.

Ory, who graduated in May, hit .325 with 36 RBIs and had a .980 fielding percentage on the season. He has signed to play for Delgado.

Nash, a rising junior, hit .350 as the Comets’ leadoff man and had 38 stolen bases.

St. Charles pitcher Zach Roussel and catcher Brady Newman received honorable mentions, as did Riverside catcher Brandon Morris and outfielder Tyler Gauthier.

Riverside outfielders Tony Perrin and Lexi Johnson were named to the All-State Softball team. Johnson, who was the co-District 12-2 MVP with St. Charles Catholic’s Morgan Nobile, hit .475 and was selected L’OBSERVATEUR’s Player of the Year.

Perrin, who led the team in home runs with 11, hit .528.

The Comets’ Nobile, Jade Brady, Destiny Wesley, Lela Hill and Caroline Julian received honorable mentions. Riverside’s Rayne Weber, Janie Milioto and Cheyenne Triche also received honorable mentions.

Class 2A All-State Teams

P     Cameron Christian, Menard, Jr., 11-3
P     Allen Dennis, Newman, Sr., 10-2
P     Alex Egan, St. Thomas Aquinas, So., 11-1
P     Mason Vicknair, Riverside Academy, Jr., 8-3
C     Ryan Amerson, St. Thomas Aquinas, Sr., .389
IF    Spencer Gardner, Opelousas Catholic, Jr., .404
IF    Welles Cooley, Kinder, Sr., .376
IF    Johnny Johnson, Runnels, Sr., .427
IF    Justin Ory, St. Charles, Sr., .325
OF    Quinn Heinold, Hannan, Sr., .402
OF    Lloyd Nash, St. Charles Catholic, So., .350
OF    Reed Bolton, St. Thomas Aquinas, Sr., .421
UT    Chris Thibodaux, Episcopal, Sr., 10-2
UT    Hunter Stanley, St. Thomas Aquinas, Sr., .402
UT    Joe Faulk, Notre Dame, Sr., 8-3
UT    Jared Rider, Kinder, Sr., Sr., .376
UT    Cole Meadows, Rosepine, Sr., 8-3

Outstanding Player: Mason Vicknair, Riverside Academy
Coach of the Year: Barrett Morgan, St. Thomas Aquinas

Honorable mention (locals): Zach Roussel, St. Charles Catholic; Brandon Morris, Riverside; Brady Newman, St. Charles Catholic; Tyler Gauthier, Riverside

P     Jensen Howell, Menard, Jr., 21-3
P     Sarah Chamberlain, Calvary Baptist, Jr., 20-5
P     Morgan LaTour, Rosepine, Jr., 20-5
P     Marcella Gossen, Notre Dame, So., 19-6
C     Lauryn McMahon, Rosepine, Jr., .481
IF    Summer Atkins, Pickering, Jr., .500
IF    Morgan Woodard, Menard, Jr., .404
IF    Cheyanne Guillory, Rapides, Sr., .529
IF    Karlee Kraft, St. Thomas Aquinas, So., .589
OF  Jordan Fielder, Calvary Baptist, Sr., .394
OF   Toni Perrin, Riverside Academy, Jr., .528
OF   Abby Gwinn, Menard, Jr., .432
UT   Lexi Johnson, Riverside, 8th, .475
UT   Kenzie Glover, Calvary Baptist, Sr., .383
UT   Codi Vernace, Haynes Academy, Jr., .622
UT   Kennedy Heisler, Mangham, Sr., .380
UT   wMima Doucet, Notre Dame, Sr., .443

Outstanding Player: Jensen Howell, Menard
Coach of the Year: Tiffany Frazier, Calvary Baptist

Honorable mention (locals): Rayne Weber, Riverside Academy; Janie Milioto, Riverside; Cheyenne Triche, Riverside; Jade Brady, St. Charles Catholic; Morgan Nobile, St. Charles; Destiny Wesley, St. Charles; Lela Hill, St. Charles Catholic; Caroline Julian, St. Charles Catholic