Zachary Sports for March 26, 2015 _lowres

Zachary Plainsman file photo -- Janie O'Conner

The Zachary High girls track and field team continued to dominate opponents by winning the Hornet Relays at Scotlandville High on March 20.

Not only did the Lady Broncos win the meet with 159 points, but how they did it was equally impressive.

The Lady Broncos were well ahead of second-place Parkview Baptist (98), East St. John (73), Scotlandville (65), Woodlawn (46) and Northeast (26).

Continuing their torrid pace since winning the state indoor 5A championship last month, the depth of the Lady Broncos’ speed has been impressive early in the outdoor season.

The ZHS girls opened the running events by setting a school record of 1 minute, 39.97 seconds in the 4x200 meter relay.

Janie O’Connor, a winner in the 200 and 400 meters, teamed with Dakota Williams and Kiara Bethley, who finished 1-2 in the 100-meter, and Jennifer Brown, second in the 200, on the record-setting team.

O’Connor was named the meet’s outstanding girls track performer.

Also winning were Sierra Johnson in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles with teammate Lydia Johnson, who was second in the 100-meter and third in the 300-meter hurdles.

The Lady Broncos also swept the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

There was plenty of depth in the field events, as well, with Jenet Campbell winning the high jump and Erika Collins winning the javelin.

Fresh off a dominating performance at the Bronco Relays the week before, coach Chris Carrier’s squad has built solid momentum as one of the teams to beat at the state outdoor meet May 7-9 at LSU.

Not to be outdone, the Zachary boys also won the team title, scoring 133.75 points to finish ahead of East St. John (107), Scotlandville (74), Woodlawn (58) and Northeast (48.75). Davis Hughes was a double winner for the Zachary boys, winning both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles.

“Any time they run like that early in the year, I get excited right along with them,” Carrier said.

“We’ve got (personal records) all over the place, boys and girls.”

Zachary senior Bunch earns academic honor

ZHS senior McKinna Bunch was honored recently for her 3.92 grade-point average by being named to the 2015 All-Academic Scholar Composite Girls Golf Team. The team is composed of those senior student-athletes with the highest grade-point averages from all classes and divisions in a particular sport — girls golf in Bunch’s case.

Bunch, along with 14 other female student-athletes, will receive a plaque from the Louisiana High School Athletic Association in honor of her achievement.

DSHS softball players lauded by ZHS coach

What happened at the Zachary-Denham Springs softball game on March 19 was more memorable than any play or any score, and what happened between the Lady Broncos and the Lady Yellow Jackets was something far more important: sportsmanship.

During the fourth inning of the District 4-5A contest, rain began to fall and the Zachary girls scrambled to get tarps to cover the field at Zachary Youth Park.

During the subsequent rain delay, the two teams had a sing-off from their respective dugouts. Later, when the rain eased, the Zachary players began removing the tarps, but then a downpour started.

This time, the Lady Yellow Jackets helped their district rivals cover the field again.

After the game was called, players from both teams hugged and posed for rain-soaked group pictures together.

The wonderful show of sportsmanship was so remarkable to Zachary coach Leslie Efferson-Yellott, she wrote a letter to Denham Springs High administrators praising coach David Bourque’s team.

All of the players and coaches are to be commended and congratulated for proving that sometimes, both teams can be winners. The two teams are scheduled to play again April 7 in Denham.

ZAF golf fundraiser

The Zachary Athletic Foundation will host a four-person golf scramble April 6. Depending on the number of teams, a shotgun start at 8 a.m. or 1 p.m. will kick off the golf tourney at Copper Mill Golf Club in Zachary.

Cost to enter is $100 per person or $400 for teams of four. All mulligans are included in registration fees.

All proceeds benefit sports in Zachary schools through the Zachary Athletic Foundation.

Food and refreshments will be provided, but teams and/or players must enter soon by emailing names of players, tee time preferred, sponsor information if applicable and contact name/number to Chrissy Ashford at

Hole sponsorships are available for $100 and $50, and businesses can donate a door prize, sponsor a team or make a donation to ZAF by contacting Ashford by March 27.

Entry fees can be paid the day of the tournament or dropped off in advance at Zachary High’s Academic Athletic building.

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