First-year Midland basketball coach William Stanley was tabbed Coach of the Year by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association after leading the Rebels to their second straight appearance in the Class B finals.
Elsewhere, Lacassine and Anacoco made quite the splash during the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Top 28 basketball tournaments.
Anacoco knocked out both Fairview and Midland en route to winning the first boys state title in school history, while Lacassine defeated nemesis Fairview on their way to a boys championship, their first since 1981.
And as a result, both teams were honored by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, taking three of the top four awards on the Class B all-state team.
Juniors Will Reese of Anacoco and Madyson Brasseaux of Lacassine not only won Outstanding Player honors in their respective Class B title games, but they also secured the Outstanding Player awards on the all-state team.
Reese, who was named the Most Outstanding Player in the Top 28, averaged 21 points and 11 rebounds per game on the season, but pushed his game to the next level during the playoffs, averaging 23 points and 13 rebounds per game as he guided Anacoco to the state title.
Brasseaux, a McNeese State commit, averaged 18.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game during Lacassine’s path to the championship.
Second-year Lacassine coach Jeremy Hollier was selected as the girls Coach of the Year, leading the Lady Cardinals to their first state title since 1981. Hollier also took the Lady Cardinals to the championship game in his first season.
Reese was joined on the first team by Fairview junior and last year’s Class B Player of the Year Brennan Maddox (26 ppg, 17 rpg), Florien senior Keaton Booker (15.6 ppg, 7 spg), Weston junior Lane Hartley (17.7 ppg) and Midland senior Devin Gautreaux (16 ppg).
Fairview sophomore Callie Maddox (28.8 ppg), Florien freshman Aja Law (18.7 ppg), Stanley senior Sara Housley (12 ppg, 16 rpg, 5 bpg) and Holden junior Sydney Hayden (14 ppg) joined Brasseaux on the girls first team.
Anacoco senior Samuel Turnipseed (10 ppg, 5 apg), Simpson junior Roman Redfearn (20 ppg), Dodson senior Tanner Lee (18.5 ppg), Florien senior Bailey Walker (17.2 ppg) and Bell City senior Zac Miller (22.6 ppg) comprised the boys’ second-team selections, while Fairview freshman Maddisen Martin (19 ppg), Lacassine sophomore Haley Cooley (13.5 ppg), Stanley senior Michee Alexander (16 ppg), Anacoco senior Shelby McElveen (13 ppg) and Hornbeck junior Alyssa Driskill (11.5 ppg, 8 rpg) were the members of the girls second team.