Zachary High School’s Tamia Veal was selected as the District 4-5A Defensive Most Valuable Player by the district’s coaches March 29 when the all-district basketball teams for boys and girls were announced. Named to the Girls All-District 4-5A second team for the Lady Broncos were Rayah Hanes and Bryana Langford. Meanwhile, sophomore guard Shyron White was the only Bronco named to the boys’ All-District 4-5A team.

Northeast High School senior standout Pearl Jones was named District 6-2A’s Defensive MVP and was one of five girls on the all-district first team. Jones’ teammate, Lauri Kight, also earned first-team recognition. Justin Ennis was named to the first team for the boys’ squad.

Broncos earn soccer honors

The Zachary soccer squads were well-represented on the Division 1, District 4 All-District teams. Girls coach Keavin Tanner was named District Coach of the Year; Zachary’s Kailey Tanner was named Co-offensive MVP with Denham Springs’ Alexis Larimore; and Megan Thierry, of Zachary, was named Co-defensive MVP with Denham’s Leigh Ann Judge.

Besides Tanner and Thierry, earning first-team honors for ZHS were Grace Gantz, Leanne Sorrel and Amber Randall. Named to the second team were Carly Miller, Kylie Noland and Emily Claeboe.

Zachary’s Benton Wesley was named Defensive MVP for the Division 1, District 4 boys All-District soccer squad. Joining Wesley on the first team were Evan Delhom and Jude Brian. Connor Gibbon and Kyle Durbin were named to the second team.

Broncos football stays in District 4-5A for coming years

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association has finalized basic competition districts for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years, and Zachary will again compete in District 4-5A, which will look pretty much the same as it does now.

There are 63 football-playing high schools in the state that qualify for the top classification, which includes schools with enrollment of 1,159 and above. The Broncos will be in the same district as Central, Denham Springs, Live Oak, Scotlandville and Walker. The league will feature six schools as Broadmoor moves over to District 5-5A.

The district will feature competition in girls and boys basketball, baseball, softball, track and field, and cross country.

The alignments are different for boys and girls soccer, boys and girls golf, swimming, tennis, volleyball, wrestling and powerlifting. The Broncos’ volleyball team, boys and girls soccer teams and golf teams will compete in Division I, District 3, while the swim team and wrestling team will compete in Division I. The Zachary High School tennis team is part of Division I, Region 2.

Northeast moving to 7-2A

Northeast will move from District 6-2A to District 7-2A and will join Capitol, East Feliciana, Madison Prep and Mentorship Academy. Class 2A includes schools with enrollments of 239 to 430, and there are 58 football-playing schools in the classification. For football only, that district will be combined with District 8-2A and will add Christian Life, Dunham and Episcopal to the Vikings’ schedule.

Lee Magnet and Runnels also are in District 8-2A but are designated nonfootball schools.

Dropping out of the league are Redemptorist, which is closing after this school year, and Istrouma, which closed before the 2014-15 school year.


The Zachary Broncos baseball team is ranked third in Class 5A in the Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association poll behind No. 1 Sulphur and second-ranked Catholic-Baton Rouge.

The Broncos are also third in the LHSAA’s Class 5A power rankings.

The Zachary softball team is ranked 14 in the Class 5A power rankings.

Zachary High girls are invited to try out for the Lady Broncos basketball team from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 14 and April 15 in the school’s main gym. For questions, email Coach April Barnes at

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