The defending state outdoor champion Zachary girls track and field team ran away from the rest of the District 4-5A field at Walker High, earning their second straight district title.

The Lady Broncos were led by Janie O’Connor, who won the Outstanding Track Performer title, and Kristen Jackson, who overpowered the competition to tie for Outstanding Field Performer with Abagail O’Donaghue of Denham Springs.

O’Connor captured the 100-, 200- and 400-meter titles and anchored the winning 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams. Jackson won the shot put and discus events.

The ZHS girls’ team earned 235 points to outdistance Denham Springs, a distant second with 80, followed by Live Oak (77) and Walker (70). Besides O’Connor and Jackson, other winners for the Lady Broncos included Rhagan Rider in the 1,600 and 3,200; A’Neseya Dunn in the javelin; Lydia Johnson in the triple jump; Victoria Guidry in the pole vault; and Frankie Griffin in the 100-meter hurdles and 4x400 relay.

Meanwhile, the Zachary boys collected 122 points to finish behind winner Denham Springs (137), Scotlandville (127) and Walker (123). Setting the boys’ pace was distance specialist John Paul Hardin, who won the 1,600 and 3,200 runs; Evan Landry in the javelin; Deonte Bacon in the long jump; Kellton Hollins in the shot put; and L’Jean McKneely in the 110-meter hurdles.

Lady Broncos advance to softball quarterfinals

The Zachary Lady Broncos softball team defeated Ruston 3-2 Saturday to earn spot in the quarterfinals of the All-State Sugar Bowl/Fast Pitch 56 state softball tournament in Sulphur.

Second-seeded Zachary is scheduled to play seventh-seeded St. Amant in the quarterfinal matchup set for Friday at Frasch Park.

In the triumph over Ruston, pitcher Baylie Doiron picked up the victory, limiting the visitors to six hits. Abby Lewis hit the winning run and went 2-for-3 at the plate along with Alyssa Wittig. Zachary improves to 24-5 for the season.

Also advancing from District 4-5A to Sulphur are No. 5 Live Oak and No. 8 Central.

Northeast teams third in District 7-2A

The Northeast High boys’ and girls’ track and field squads each finished third in their respective divisions at the District 7-2A meet hosted by the school for the first time.

The Viking boys totaled 77 points to finish behind Madison Prep (119) and Friendship Capitol (94), while the girls tallied 53 points behind Madison Prep (169) and Mentorship Academy (74).

The field events proved to be Northeast’s strongest showing. Setting the pace for the Lady Vikings were LaTravia Fisher in the long jump and Brianna Haney in the shot put.

For the boys, it was Johnny Selders in the high jump and Grovonte Stewart in the javelin.

Bronco soccer players named All-Metro team

Zachary junior forward Kailey Tanner was named to The Advocate’s All-Metro Girls soccer team for large schools. Tanner led the Lady Broncos with 31 goals and seven assists this season.

On the boys soccer team, senior Benton Wesley, a two-time Division I, District 3 defensive MVP, was named to The Advocate’s All-Metro Boys soccer team.

He contributed 13 goals and nine assists for the Broncos this year.

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