From the start of volleyball season last August to the close of baseball season in May, let’s review some of the high points of the 2013-14 high school sports year in Ascension Parish.
Archrivals, Ascension Christian reach Kenner
St. Amant and East Ascension brought their rivalry to the state volleyball tournament in Kenner where they met in the Division I quarterfinals.
Led by the play of 2013-14 Advocate Athlete of the Year Kara Gremillion, the Gators swept EA before losing to eventual state champ St. Joseph in the Division I semifinals.
Ascension Christian suffered the same fate as East Ascension by losing in the Division V quarterfinals to Ascension Episcopal.
Ascension Catholic shines in cross-country, track
Thanks to a 1-2-3 finish by Zach Capello, Jesse Hood and Trey Capello, Ascension Catholic took home the boys cross-country state title in Natchitoches.
The school’s girls joined them in the winners circle, thanks to Stephanie Breaux’s second-place finish as one of four ACHS runners in the top 10.
In the spring, Breaux captured an individual outdoor state track title in the 1,600 meters. Her teammate Maerys Joseph won the 800 state crown as ACHS finished second in the girls track standings. And Zach Capello won three boys state track titles, 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters.
Football race goes to final week in 5-5A
All three Ascension members of District 5-5A had a shot at a share of the league crown heading into the final week.
Dutchtown claimed a piece of the title after a five-overtime, 53-50 win at St. Amant. The Griffins also picked up two playoff victories before their season ended with a loss to Destrehan.
EA, Donaldsonville and Ascension Catholic also won a playoff game before their seasons ended in the regionals of their respective classes.
Donaldsonville breaks through to semis
A wild five-team regular-season race in District 5-5A got a lot of the attention in the boys basketball race.
But Class 3A produced the Ascension team with the best postseason showing.
Donaldsonville seized an opportunity brought on by losses by two top-10 seeds and advanced to the final four. The Tigers’ memorable playoff run ended with a loss to Richwood in the semifinals in Lake Charles.
EA and Dutchtown were one step away from joining DHS, but the Spartans and Griffins were both turned back in the 5A quarterfinals.
On the girls side, St. Amant rolled through the 5-5A schedule unbeaten. But the Gators were stunned at home by Broadmoor in the first round. Ascension Catholic won a 1A playoff game before getting bounced by Vermilion Catholic in the regionals.
Brief postseason trips
In soccer, St. Amant’s boys, and the girls teams of East Ascension and Dutchtown each experienced early playoff success before losing in the second round.
The St. Amant and Dutchtown boys bowling teams qualified for bi-region play, but both squads were knocked out in the first round.
Ascension Catholic softball falls one game short
No. 3 seed Ascension Catholic reached the Class 1A state softball tournament and beat Hanson Memorial and second-seeded Central Catholic.
ACHS appeared to be in the driver’s seat after top-seeded Catholic-Pointe Coupee lost in the semifinals. But No. 12 Cedar Creek completed its Cinderella run by blanking Ascension Catholic, 6-0, in the final.
In Class 5A, No. 1 St. Amant and No. 10 EA both made it to Sulphur, but both left early with quarterfinal defeats.
In baseball, St. Amant returned to the 5A state tournament before losing in the semifinals to eventual champ Barbe. The Gators reached the semis by sweeping two games from Dutchtown. Ascension Catholic’s season ended with a quarterfinal defeat.
In addition to the previously mentioned individual state champs, several other parish athletes were the best in Louisiana:
- Conor Karwath, East Ascension: Captured 285-pound title in Division I wrestling
- Tyler Hughes, Dutchtown: Won state crowns in indoor (60 meters) and outdoor (110 hurdles) meets
- Matthew Magee, Javon Pierre and Corey McBride, Dutchtown: Joined Hughes on the winning outdoor 200-meter relay championship team
- Floyd Foster, Donaldsonville: Took outdoor state discus crown
- Kennon Johnson, Ascension Christian: Captured Division IV tennis singles title