Four athletes who left their marks on Zachary High School and Northwestern High School through team and individual achievements will be inducted into the 2017 Zachary High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 20. The ceremony will take place during halftime of the football game as the Broncos take on the Central Wildcats.
The 2017 honorees are:
Browne graduated from Zachary High School in 2012. She played softball for four years as a catcher. She was a 2009-12 academic and athletic letterman, 2009 District 5A Slugger of the Year, 2010-12 1st Team All-District and 1st Team All-Metro, 2010 District 4-5A Most Valuable Player and 2011 First Team All-State. In 2012, she received the Louisiana Young Heroes Award and on April 18, 2012, the state declared “Katie Browne Day.” Browne signed a full softball scholarship with the University of Georgia and graduated in 2016 in early childhood education. Coach Leslie Efferson was her high school coach. Browne lives in Denham Springs.
Felps graduated from Zachary High School in 2007 as a four-time state champion in wrestling. He was an outstanding wrestler, lettering all four years in high school. As a freshman, he was First Team Division II, City and State Champion as the Broncos were state runner-ups. As a sophomore, he was First Team Division II and City and State Champion. His junior year, he was the high school MVP, First Team Division II, City runner-up and State Champion. In Felps' senior year, he could not compete in the City Tournament because of a broken arm. He went on to win the State Championship in his weight class, most pins in the least amount of time, outstanding wrestler at the Ken Cole tournament and was team captain and co-MVP. Jesse Easley, Robbie Payne and Mark Moreau were his coaches. Felps works for DEMCO and lives in Zachary.
George graduated from Zachary High School in 2010. She competed in indoor and outdoor track. In indoor track, she was the 55-meter state champion. In outdoor track, she was the 5A 100-meter state champion, Region 2-5A champion and 4-5A district champion; 5A 200-meter state runner-up, Region 2-5A runner-up and 4-5A district champion; and 5A 4x100-meter relay state champion, Region 2-5A champion and 4-5A district champion. George received a scholarship to Tulane University and was voted Most Outstanding Freshman of the Year. She also ran track for Southern University and LSU for two years. She served five years in the Air National Guard and is an independent marketing director with Team National and a staff sergeant in the Air Guard. Chris Carrier was her coach. She has one daughter, Kennedi Moore.
Charles Edward Wells
Wells graduated from Northwestern High School in 1968 as salutatorian. Wells played football, basketball and baseball. He was All-State in football and the starting quarterback for the South All Star team his senior year. He lettered all four years in football and basketball and two years in baseball. In 1967, the football team was the 2AA regional champions. Robert Holden was his football coach, Quincy Williams his basketball coach and Robert Holden his baseball leader. Wells attended LSU for one year, playing football, before transferring to Southern University, where he graduated in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in architecture and a minor in transportation. Wells has been married for 40 years to Mary Louise Calvin Wells, and they have four children, Lame, Jawah, Lunda and Evelyn; one daughter-in-law, Tiffany; and three grandchildren, Adanya, Adia and Zalika. Charles is the retired owner of The Wells Group Inc.; Design, General Contracting and Construction Management & Development. He lives in Baker.