Episcopal’s magical run to the Class 2A semifinals was a feel good story for a number of reasons.
The Knights had no starter taller than 6-foot-4. Their coach, Chris Beckman Sr., notched his 500th career win in the playoffs and compiled a 31-3 with a team that includes his son.
There wasn’t a state title for Episcopal, but there are some notable postseason honors. Chris Beckman Sr. was selected as the Coach of the Year on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 2A All-State squad.
Two Episcopal players, first-team selection Spencer Kleinpeter and second-team pick Chris Beckman Jr., are part of the team selected by a panel of sportswriters from across the state.
“It’s a huge honor,” Chris Beckman Sr. said. “This is something I share with my assistant coaches, the players and my wife, Kelli. We had a great season. It was special, and something I’ll always remember.”
Two players who led their teams to Class 2A state titles, Riverside Academy’s Herb McGee and North Caddo’s Jasmine Thomas, claimed the Outstanding Player honors on the LSWA teams.
Vickie Sketoe was voted the 2A girls Coach of the Year after leading Pickering to its first berth in the 2A title game and a 29-5 record.
McGee, a 6-2 junior, was named the Class 2A Boys MVP after averaging 18.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 3.8 steals and more than a block per game as Riverside won its third straight title.
Thomas, a 5-7 junior, was named the 2A Girls MVP after averaging 19.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, five assists and five steals as North Caddo won its second consecutive title.
Kleinpeter averaged 17.9 points and 5.4 assists per game, while Beckman Jr. had averages of 16.3 points and 6.2 assists.
Redemptorist’s Chelsea Singleton, who averaged 17 points per game, made the girls first team, while Capitol’s Darneisha McCallister (22 ppg) was part of the girls second team.
Riverside’s Malik Crowfield, a 6-4 junior, joined McGee on the first team by averaging 17.5 points and 11.7 rebounds this season.
Rebels guard Von Julien, a 6-1 senior, made the second team with averages of 11.4 points and 9.8 assists.
Rounding out the first team are senior Tivonte “Tay” Hardy (22.7 ppg) of state runner-up Lakeview and North Caddo senior Ka’Davion Evans (26 ppg).
Lakeview junior Adrio Bailey (14.8 ppg) made the second team and is joined by French Settlement senior Cody Cambre (32.4 ppg) and Rapides senior Ashton Washington (17 ppg).
Joining Thomas on the girls first team are North Caddo junior Sumer Williams (19.5 ppg), senior Ashley McKellar (15.3 ppg) from runner-up Pickering and St. Thomas Aquinas junior Courtney Dawsey (14 ppg).
The girls second team also includes Rapides eighth-grader Jaeden Vaifanua (21.3 ppg), Riverside freshman Ja’Keyra Gautreaux (12.6 ppg), Lake Arthur senior Anna Shaw (13.9 ppg) and Lakeview sophomore Ny’Keria Jones (9.5 ppg).