It was a double-double for the University High basketball programs.
The Cubs swept the Class 3A boys and girls state titles for the second straight season with a player who came close to averaging a double-double helping to lead the way.
U-High’s Wayde Sims, who averaged 17.6 points and 9.5 rebounds per game, was selected as the Outstanding Player on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 3A All-State team. The 6-foot-6 junior, who was again the MVP of the 3A title game after scoring 27 points and pulling down 14 rebounds, was part of a power trio from District 7-3A on the boys first team.
“I don’t think about individual honors,” Sims said. “My focus is on helping my team win and working to get better. I let those things (individual honors) take care of themselves.
“If they happen, they happen. This one is a really big one.”
UHS’ junior guard Skylar Mays (9.1 points, 8.1 assists) and Port High’s 6-8 post player Ishmael Lane (19 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocked shots) also are part of the boys first five.
Another player who nearly averaged a double-double, junior Destiny Ephrom represents U-High on the 3A first team.
Ephrom averaged 14.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game while leading the UHS girls to their second straight state title. She scored 10 fourth-quarter points in the Cubs’ title-game win over Mansfield.
One other player with local ties, Donaldsonville junior Braxton Bernard, made the boys second team. Bernard averaged 24.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game.
St. Louis head coach Rick LeBato who was named the 3A boys Coach of the Year after guiding the Saints to its first Top 28 appearance since 1998. Runner-up Mansfield swept the top awards on the girls squad with senior guard Ashlyn Jacobs being named Outstanding Player and coach Kendra Neal being named Coach of the Year. Jacobs averaged 20.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists.
Rayville senior Jamarion Johnson (18.3 ppg, 12.3 rpg) and John Curtis senior Kai Morgan (20.9 ppg) completed the boys first team. St. Louis senior Christian Fontenot (18.9 ppg), Evangel senior Calvin Daniels (18 ppg), John Curtis senior Richard Durant (15.7 ppg) and Carroll sophomore Larry Owens (18 ppg, 12 rpg) made up the boys second team.
Jewel Sumner junior Bre’Ashlee Jones (15 ppg, 10 rpg, 8 apg), Ville Platte senior Deja McKinney (24.3 ppg) also are part of the girls first team and South Beauregard sophomore Sissy Saucier (16.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg) rounded out the girls first team.
The second team includes John Curtis freshman Dynah Jones (14 ppg), E.D. White sophomore Michae Jones (13.6 ppg), Jewel Sumner sophomore Diamond Brooks (15 ppg, 10 rpg), Notre Dame senior Madelyn LeJeune (18.9 ppg) and Evangel senior Rachel Johnson (16 ppg).