Ascension Parish has a basketball champion: the Lady Spartans

Coach Dennis Chandler has led another team to a state title in girls basketball. This time, it’s the Lady Spartans from East Ascension.

The Lady Spartans, led by Most Outstanding Player Trina Washington (14 points), beat Natchitoches Central 37-32 in the 5A championship game at Rapides Coliseum in Alexandria.

“My priority is for us to defend and doing what we do; we have done that since I have been here,” Chandler said.

EA trailed 16-15 at the half, but outscored the Lady Chiefs 16-14 in the third quarter to move ahead and eventually hold off a talented team in Natchitoches Central.

“This group of girls have endured everything, just adversity and perseverance, “ Chandler said.

It is the first girls basketball title for the Lady Spartans and it certainly was worth the wait.

“When I first got here in 1997, everyone told me that they would like to see the day. That day is here and we are very proud of that,” Chandler said.

The Spartans finished 24-2, with losses to Division 1 runner-up McKinley and 3A runner-up Madison Prep.

Winning a championship always brings high expectations and you typically get everyone’s best game.

“Our expectations are high. At our school, it says EA: to most it means East Ascension, to me it also means excellence always,” Chandler said.

Ascension Catholic powerlifting team participates in regional meet

The Ascension Catholic boys and girls powerlifting teams participated Feb. 24 in the Bayou Regional Meet in Houma and had several lifters qualify for state.

Competing on the boys side were Robert Lemann III, Nick Hilliard, Hunter Soileau, John Boudreaux and Landon Falcon. Soileau was a second-place finisher in his weight class.

The defending state champion girls teams had the following lifters compete: Hannah Settoon, Camille Lemann, Ceily Grisaffe, Dakota Bonadona, Rodneika Mitchell, Lani Lemann, Maddie Tripode, Catherine Rome, Nydia Cooper and Layne Melancon. The girls had had four third-place finishes and one fourth-place finisher.

Overall, the girls had nine lifters qualify and the boys had four for the state tourney at Fant-Ewing Coliseum on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

The Bulldogs are coached by Robert “Bubba” Lemann II and Jaylynn Moll. Coach Lemann is a graduate and a former powerlifter for Ascension Catholic.

“Both boys and girls competed against upper-class teams and did very well. We definitely have a shot to win it with the girls if things turn out how we think,” Lemann said. “The boys will compete well but we don’t have the numbers needed to win a state title.”

Coach Moll is a graduate of Ascension Catholic and was a female lifter as well.

Troy LeBoeuf covers sports for the Ascension Advocate. He can be reached at or or on Twitter @Troyleboeuf.