Here’s a wrap-up of Ascension Parish athletes recently named to The Advocate All-Metro teams.
In football for large schools, Class 5A-4A, 6-foot, 200-pound St. Amant senior Alex Dorouselle took honors as a defensive back. He led the defensive backfield with 23 tackles, 40 assists, two interceptions and a sack.
Another defensive standout was Justin Reed, of Dutchtown. The 6-2, 200-pound senior captured honors as a linebacker. The leader of the Griffins’ defense finished the year with 25 tackles, 21 assists, seven tackles for a loss, a sack and an interception.
The return specialist from the East Ascension Spartans team, Joshua Walker, was honored for his feats on special teams. He returned 15 kickoffs for 466 yards and two touchdowns while averaging 23 yards on punt returns.
For smaller schools, Class 3A and below, Ascension Catholic Bulldogs senior Delmond Landry was honored as their outstanding defensive player. He finished with 84 tackles, 16 sacks, 14 tackles for a loss and an interception that was returned for a touchdown.
The top punter in this division was Ascension Catholic senior James Martin. Martin punted 18 times and averaged 42 yards per punt.
Stephanie Breaux, a freshman at Ascension Catholic High School, won the Class 1A individual title and finished second at Metro with a best time of 18:30.20. Another Bulldog, sophomore Sophie Daigle, placed third in the Class 1A race at the state meet in 20:14, which helped Ascension Catholic place second.
Rounding out this category was Tara Stuntz, a sophomore for the Dutchtown Griffins. She finished in 11th place at Metro in 20:01.90 and was 16th in Class 1A.
ACHS seventh-grader Haley Dupre was named to the honorable mention team.
It was no surprise that Ascension Catholic senior Zach Capello took the honor as Outstanding Runner. Capello finished his high school cross-country career by winning his fourth straight Class 1A individual state title. His feats helped the Bulldogs win their fourth straight Class 1A team title with 38 points. A four-time All-Metro selection, Capello won the Class 1A 3-mile race in 16:49.90.
Rocky Capello, of Ascension Catholic, took Coach of the Year honors.
Junior Ben Vasterling, of Dutchtown, secured a spot on the Metro honor team with an impressive 10th-place finish at Metro in 16:30.20.
Senior Jordan Zeringue, of Ascension Catholic, played a key role in the Bulldogs’ title effort by placing third in Class 1A and was 11th in Metro in 16:32.90.
Freshman Thomas Daigle, of ACHS, along with sophomore Parker McBride, of Dutchtown, grabbed honorable mention honors.
St. Amant Gators senior Kara Gremillion made the large schools team (Divisions I and II) with her defensive prowess. She finished her senior year with 644 digs and 73 aces and was the Division I, District 3 most valuable player.
Senior Gator teammate Alli Duplechein played a key role in the Gators’ run to the Division I semifinals with 281 kills, 126 blocks and 58 digs.
Maggie Duplechein, a St. Amant sophomore who is considered to be an up-and-coming star, tallied 547 assists, 369 kills, 247 digs and 62 aces.
Sophomore Kristen Thompson, of Dutchtown, led the Griffins on offense with 553 kills, a .323 hitting percentage and 81 blocks.
Emily Venable, of East Ascension, displayed her versatility with 443 assists, 217 kills, 171 digs and 45 aces for the Division I Spartans.
Kourtney Gremillion, of St. Amant, along with Claire Weinberger, of East Ascension, made the honorable mention team for large schools, and Rae’Shaun Malancon, of Ascension Catholic, was named to the honorable mention team for the smaller schools in Divisions III and below.
Youth hunt pays off
My co-host on the Ascension Outdoors TV show, Goosie Guice, took his granddaughter on a youth deer hunt up in the Tensas Wildlife Management Area. They do two draw hunts for youth a year, and Mikaylah Bordelon was fortunate enough to get picked during the Christmas holidays.
His family traveled up north to enjoy her fortune, spending one day fishing for catfish, one day squirrel hunting and the other day with Mikaylah trying her fortune in killing her first buck.
The weather was pretty bad, but in between all the rain, the deer hunt was pulled off. On the morning hunt, she saw a button buck that she could take but their guide advised against shooting. They took his advice and waited for the evening hunt to give it another try.
Another couple of opportunities came on the afternoon hunt. Two does came within 20 yards but walked into the brush. Some more came out but were too far to take a good shot.
Then it happened; a five-point buck walked out at 105 yards. Mikaylah put the .243 rifle to her shoulder and fired a near-perfect shot behind the shoulder and killed her first deer. Shouting and excitement erupted from the stand as they climbed out to retrieve the 157-pound buck.