Zachary inducts five into Bronco Hall of Fame _lowres

Photo provided by Rip Rittell -- The newest ZHS Athletic Hall of Fame members, from left, Brandon Efferson, Randy Partin, Jamar McKnight, Keith Persick and Zach Von Rosenberg are recognized during halftime of Zachary’s win over Walker.

After Zachary jumped out to a 63-14 halftime lead over Walker, the crowd in Bronco Stadium enjoyed watching as five athletes were inducted into the ZHS Athletic Hall of Fame: Brandon Efferson, Jamar Mcknight, Randy Partin, Kevin Persick and Zack Von Rosenberg.

Efferson, a 2007 graduate, led the Broncos to their first baseball state championship with a 9-2 pitching record with a 0.89 ERA while hitting .425 with 5 home runs. He was first team all-state and MVP of District 6-4A his senior year. He later became a Collegiate Baseball All American and was drafted by the New York Mets in the 17th round. He played four years at Southeastern Louisiana University, breaking numerous pitching records and was drafted again by the Anaheim Angels.

Mcknight graduated in 1998 and was an all-state basketball player. He helped lead the Broncos to the best record in ZHS history with a 30-5 record and No. 1 ranking in 4A. He was all-metro in 1998 and was MVP of the East Baton Rouge tournament. He played at Northwest Mississippi Community College where he was all-region honorable mention. He later played two years at Clemson, where he was named most improved player of the ACC and helped his team beat No. 1 North Carolina for the first time in school history. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers minor league team and played professionally in Europe.

He later coached at Baton Rouge Community College for three season and is a basketball and football coach at ZHS.

Persick was a two-sport athlete at ZHS from 2003-2007 excelling at football and baseball. He was first team all-district and second team all-state as a senior in football. In baseball, he was first team all-district and first-team all-state. He was voted captain of the football and baseball teams as a senior and played in all-star games in both sports. He later played football and baseball at Nicholls State University and is working on his master’s degree.

Partin was a three-sport athlete at ZHS and graduate in 2000. He was all-district in baseball, football and soccer in 2000. He was honorable mention all-state in soccer as a senior and was three-time district MVP. He was academic all-state in football in 2000. He played soccer at Itawamba Community College where he was Region 23 first-team goalkeeper. He was the first ZHS graduate to receive an athletic soccer scholarship. Partin works for the city of Zachary.

Von Rosenberg excelled at baseball and football during his tenure at ZHS. He was a first team all-state punter averaging over 40 yards a punt. In baseball, he compiled a 42-6 record with a 0.79 ERA for his career. He hit .474 with 10 HRs in 2009 and was named ESPN Gatorade Player of the Year. He pitched complete games in four state championship games, giving up one earned run in 28 innings. He was first team all-state for four years in high school, all-metro MVP for 2008 and 2009, and was district MVP for two years. He was named Mr. Baseball for Louisiana in both 2008 and 2009. He was named collegiate baseball All-American in 2007, 2008 and 2009. He signed a scholarship to play football and baseball at LSU his senior year. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fourth round and still pitches for their minor league system.

The Zachary High basketball team will play a Hall of Fame game on Nov. 4 at ZHS against St. Michael. All members of the ZHS Hall of Fame are invited to attend and will be recognized at halftime.

Broncos go for district title

Coach David Brewerton’s ninth-ranked Zachary squad (7-1, 4-0) travels to Denham Springs (5-3, 4-0) for a game that will help decide the District 4-5A title. The Broncos dominated outmanned Walker, 70-20, Friday in a District 4-5A contest.

After Zachary honored its senior players before the game, the Broncos jumped out to a 42-6 first-quarter lead and stretched it to 63-14 by halftime.

Senior receiver Keidrick Haynes scored on a 7-yard sweep on the Broncos’ first possession, then junior quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. ran for touchdowns of 9, 22 and 23 yards and passed for one to junior receiver Douglas Coleman for 42 yards.

Senior defensive back Quinton Townsel scored two defensive touchdowns, one on a 32-yard interception return and another on a 32-yard return of a fumbled kickoff. Scott and most of the starters didn’t play in the second half, but Zachary added a 62-yard TD run by sophomore Braylon Jones.

Vikings focus on E. Feliciana

Northeast didn’t have long to recover from its first loss of the season, a 31-0 shutout at Episcopal. The defeat dropped the Vikings to 6-1 overall and 2-1 in District 6-2A.

But Coach David Masterson’s squad can still be a determining factor in the district race heading into Friday night’s game with rival East Feliciana. Meanwhile, Coach Cedric Anderson’s East Feliciana Tigers enter the game at 4-0 in 6-2A and 5-2 overall and fresh off a 36-0 win over Capitol Charter.

Northeast struggled for much of the game offensively, accumulating just 120 yards against Episcopal. Northeast quarterback Marqueon Minor rushed for a team-high 36 yards and completed just 4 of 16 passes as his team sputtered on both sides of the ball.

ZHS teams face busy slate

The Bronco sports teams are heading into a busy schedule over the next couple of weeks. While the football team travels to Denham Springs for a key district game Friday, then gets ready for the state playoffs, several other teams are beginning the key stretch runs of their seasons.

The the volleyball team will play in the Tri-Scrimmage matches at Dutchtown High on Nov. 1 followed by the bi-district round of the state playoffs running from Nov. 3-6. The second round is the following week, with the State Tournament on Nov. 13-15 at the Ponchartrain Center in Kenner.

ZHS’ swim teams will compete this weekend in the City Championships at Tiger Aquatics pool. The girls’ preliminary events will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the boys to follow at 11 a.m. The finals will be Sunday beginning at 7:30 a.m.

The Lady Broncos basketball team will begin its season on Nov. 5 with a home game at 5:30 p.m. against Madison Prep.

Fight Night slated for DCI

Dixon Correctional Institute, at 5568 La. 68 near Jackson, will host a Fight Night on Nov. 6. The event promises “prison boxing at its best” with prisoners battling in different weight classes. The gates open at 5 p.m. with the first bouts starting at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under. There will be an open concession stand and hobby crafts for sale.

Howard Arceneaux covers sports for The Advocate Extra and can be reached at harceneaux@theadvocate.com.