East Feliciana Tigers track and field competitors are going places.
Coach Alonzo Jones attributes it to Tre’Darius Carr, a senior on last year’s East Feliciana Tigers track team who set the standard with a breakout year when given a scholarship to run sprints for the Northwestern State Demons. As a college freshman, Carr was a member of the Demons’ 4x100-meter relay team that broke a 36-year-old school record.
The Tigers had a breakout 2018 track and field season of their own and finished second to traditional power Episcopal at the State 2A Championships last month.
Four senior Tigers will follow Carr’s lead and continue their track and field careers in college. MacArthur Brown and Kirtland Hills will be running next spring on scholarship for the Southern Jaguars. Jhavonte Perry received a track scholarship to run next year for the University of Louisiana at Monroe Warhawks.
Field stalwart Charvares Wilson, who won the state championship in the shot put with a throw of 52 feet and 7.5 inches, will also be throwing for Southern University next year. Jones was especially proud of Wilson because he had multiple other opportunities for college but chose to accept a scholarship from Southern because of its engineering program.
The coach had high praise for his four seniors and the other members of the 2018 Tigers track team. “They were a great group of kids and a joy to work with,” he said.
He also issued a challenge to the four scholarship earners. “Hopefully they will be able to set the standard that Tre’Darius Carr did during his freshman year at their respective colleges," he said.
The Feliciana Speed is coach Alonzo Jones' summer youth track team for kids ages 9 through 17. It allows kids to participate in track and field during the summer and is a critical building block for the future success of the Tigers. His goal is to beat an Episcopal team that traditionally scores points in all track and field events.
“We need to get kids in at a young age to teach them how to run the hurdles, high jump, triple jump, long jump, and all those things. It took years to get to where we were this year, and we will have to continue to build to catch Episcopal,” he said.
The Feliciana Speed participates in meets on most weekends. In two weeks, it will run in a district meet to qualify for regionals in Tennessee with hopes to qualify for nationals. For more information on the team, call Jones at (225) 255-0551.
Feliciana flavor to All-District softball, baseball teams
The West Feliciana High Saints had three baseball players — catcher Hunter Giroir, infielder Terry Curtis and utility player Hayden Charlet — named first team all-district 6-3A in baseball. Saints making second team all-district 6-3A included Peyton Lamartmiere, Chandler Wunsel, Braden Corkern, Bennett Clement and Nick Kent.
“This is a testament to the hard work these players put in and their selfless attitude throughout the season,” coach Gannon Achord said.
In district 8-2A baseball, Marvell Jackson Jr. was named first team as a utility player, with Kennan Moore and Jon’trelis Goudeau earning second-team honors for the East Feliciana Tigers.
In softball, Lady Saints Anna Falgout, outfield; Leslie Williams, utility; and Katy LeBlanc, utility, were named first team all-district 6-3A. Lady Saints earning second team all-district included Taylor McKey, Bransley Butler and Shyann Miller.