Jackson tops postseason accolades for Broncos

The Zachary track and field teams were well represented on the All-Metro and Class 5A All-State teams that were recently announced, including a couple of athletes grabbing top honors.

Kristian Jackson was named the Outstanding Field Performer by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association for the composite All-State team as well as The Advocate’s All-Metro squad. Both teams are a composite of the top efforts across all classifications in each track and field event.

Jackson, who will be a senior in the fall, was recognized for her best-in-state efforts in the shot put and the discus. Her top throw of the outdoor season in the shot put was 46 feet, 2.5 inches, two feet further than the second-place competitor. Her best effort in the discus was 136 feet, 8.25 inches, also slightly more than two feet further than her nearest competitor.

Janie O’Connor, who was named The Advocate’s female Athlete of the Year last month, wrapped up a remarkable career in May and will begin at the University of Kentucky in the fall. She was named the All-Metro track and field team’s Outstanding Female Athlete. She had the state’s second best time in the 100 meters (10.71 seconds) and the third best time in the 200 (24.14 seconds). She also ran legs on Zachary’s 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams, which were recognized with the top times in the state, 46.37 seconds and 1:38.86, respectively.

Other top performances on the All-State team include Indya Jackson, fourth best in the 400 meters (56.26 seconds) and for the boys, freshman Sean Burrell had the state’s best time in the 400 meters (46.29 seconds). Zachary boys’ 4x100 relay team was second best in the state with a time of 41.57 seconds.

Fidanza named All-State

The postseason honors and recognition continue to pour in for Anthony Fidanza, who graduated from Zachary High School last month. Fidanza has signed a baseball scholarship with Holmes Community College in Goodman, Mississippi, and was announced last week as a utility player on the 2017 Class 5A All-State baseball team.

Fidanza was also recently named the most valuable player of District 4-5A and is a first-team selection as a utility player and competed at a variety of positions for the Broncos. He batted .367 while guiding Zachary to a 29-11 record and a state championship tournament appearance in Sulphur.

BR Amateur at Beaver Creek

Golfers might want to circle the date of Aug. 19 on their calendars because that’s when the qualifying round and the round of 32 for the Baton Rouge Amateur will take place at Beaver Creek.

The tournament features an 18-hole stroke play qualifying round on Aug. 19. Afterward, the field will be cut to 32 golfers, who will then play a match-play format, similar to the U.S. Amateur. Those who win their first matches will play the 16-player and 8-player match-play rounds on Aug. 20 at Beaver Creek and the final four who survive will play the 18-hole match-play semifinals and finals on Aug. 26.

Entry fee for the Baton Rouge Amateur is $150 and includes carts. For information, contact the Beaver Creek clubhouse at (225) 658-6338 or visit golf.brec.org.

Send sports news, photos and stats to Howard Arceneaux at harceneaux@theadvocate.com.