He was one of the the most well-rounded athlete in the greater New Orleans area this season.

Jordan Loving was the starting quarterback on the Riverside football team.

He was a part of the perennial powerhouse basketball team.

And a starting first baseman on the baseball team.

So perhaps it shouldn't come as a surprise that Loving was named to the Louisiana Sports Writer Association’s Class 2A all-state baseball team.

Jordan, who played first base, third base and pitcher, was named as a utility player on the team.

He batted. .439 and was co-Most Outstanding Player in District 11-2A after helping Riverside advance to the quarterfinals of the Division III playoffs. Loving hit six home runs and had 34 RBIs.

On the mound, he went 6-5 with a 2.62 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 71 innings. One of his best performances of came against Country Day when he hit three home runs and had seven RBIs in a 14-0 victory. He helped lead Riverside to a baseball state championship as a junior. 

It's the second all-state honor this school year for Loving, who was also quarterback on the LSWA's 2A all-state football team after throwing for 2,957 yards and 29 touchdowns as a senior. He will attend LSU as a preferred walk-on in football.

“The thing about Jordan is he is such a fanatic at working hard," Riverside baseball coach Frank Cazeaux said during the season. "He easily could have told us he wasn’t going to play baseball and get ready for football. But he’s been tremendous in how he’s helped us with his play, his leadership and his work ethic. With the way he’s worked, you would think he’s getting ready for LSU baseball."

Loving was the only area player to be named to the LSWA's all-state baseball team.

Notre Dame's Chase Habetz was named Most Valuable Player and Loreauville's Rob Segura was named Coach of the Year.

Habetz, a junior, was 8-2 with a 1.62 ERA in 60 ⅓ innings. Habetz also hit .356 with 21 RBIs for the Pioneers, who won the Division III championship.

Segura led Loreauville (18-11), a No. 5 seed, to the Class 2A title, the school's first state championship.

While Loving was the only area player to make the baseball team, another Riverside athlete was the only area player to be named to the softball team.

Riverside sophomore Lexi Johnson was named as an infielder after batting .500. Riverside reached the Division III quarterfinals.

Notre Dame's Marcella Gossen was named Most Valuable Player and Doyle's Amanda Decell was voted Coach of the Year.

Gossen, a Nicholls State signee, is a three-time LSWA selection who batted .549 with 35 RBIs and had a 2.90 ERA before an ankle injury sidelined her for much of the playoffs. She recorded the final three outs of the Pios’ 7-4 victory against Menard in the Division III championship game to give her school its first state title since 2010.

Decell led Doyle to its first state title in school history and its first championship game appearance in a decade.

Louisiana Sports Writers Association

Class 2A All-State Softball, Baseball teams


Pos Player School Class Stats

P Elijah Lavan Kinder Jr. 7-1

P Chase Habetz Notre Dame Jr. 8-2

P Broc Romero Catholic-New Iberia Sr. 7-2

P Alex Egan St. Thomas Aquinas Sr. 10-1

C Nick Harris Dunham Sr. .505

IF Thomas Stevens Notre Dame Sr. .444

IF Mike Latulas Loreauville So. .429

IF Seth Kerstetter Ascension Episcopal Jr. .463

IF Champ Artigues St. Thomas Aquinas Sr. .453

OF Kyle Evans Catholic-New Iberia Sr. .382

OF Zach Hayes Welsh Sr. .320

OF Josh Keeton Mangham Jr. .505

UTL Owen Tyler DeQuincy Sr. .391

UTL Shajuan Nora Loreauville Jr. .390

UTL Sean-Michael Brady Ascension Episcopal Jr. 8-1

UTL Beau Ross Many Jr. 10-3

UTL Jordan Loving Riverside Sr. .474

Most Valuable Player: Chase Habetz, Notre Dame

Coach of the Year: Rob Segura, Loreauville

Honorable mention: Jock Silvia, Newman; Raul Barrera, Kinder; Tanner Young, Vinton; Brock Booker, Many; Austyn Benoit, Welsh; Sam Smith, St. Thomas Aquinas; Jaron Whitman, Lake Arthur; Hayden Hutson, Mangham; Collin Kirsch Notre Dame; Hunter Dugas, Catholic-NI; Gage Laurence, Dunham; Xavier Guillory, DeQuincy; Tristan Doucet, Lake Arthur; Brandon Tallo, St. Thomas Aquinas; Nic Suire, Dunham; Addison Landry, Lake Arthur; Caleb Washington, Loreauville; Luke Sweeney, St. Thomas Aquinas; Michael Fontenot, Kinder; Garrett Leach, Many; Christian Hill, Many; Cade Hart, Calvary; Will Derrick, Calvary; Rafael Rosales, Lakeview; Gavin Jones, Lakeside; Dalton Crumpler, Lakeside; Zacharyn Kellogg, Red River; Brett Jurek, Winnfield; Bailey Crowe, Menard; Ethan Miller, Rosepine; Justin Lawson, Winnfield; Cade Moreau, Menard; Justin Flynn, Menard;


Pos Player School Class Stats

P Karlee Kraft St. Thomas Aquinas Sr. 21-7

P Sydnei Simon Notre Dame Jr. 9-1

P Leann Franks Mangham Sr. 21-10

P Olivia Johnson Menard So. 16-9

C Abbey Higginbotham Notre Dame Sr. .488

IF Lexi Johnson Riverside So. .500

IF Kassidy Grantadams Winnfield Sr. .526

IF Keely Dubois Many Jr. .618

IF Haylee Brinlee Rosepine Sr. .465

OF Brilee Broussard St. Thomas Aquinas Fr. .467

OF Sydney Taylor Doyle Jr. .449

OF Bree Newman Calvary Sr. .438

UTL Marcella Gossen Notre Dame Sr. .549

UTL Meghan Robicheaux Catholic-NI Sr. .413

UTL Marley Olivier Doyle So. 17-7

UTL Rachel Yocum Winnfield Sr. .488

UTL Sarah Gartman Kinder Sr. 19-4

Most Valuable Player: Marcella Gossen, Notre Dame

Coach of the Year:  Amanda Decell, Doyle

Honorable mention: Leslie Matherne, St. Thomas Aquinas; Chloe Bennett, Rosepine; Sydney Lewis, Rapides; Briana Hargrove, Oakdale; Marissa Reed, Calvary; Cam Neathery, Mangham; Ryen Lawrence, Pickering; Melise Gossen, Notre Dame; Payton Smith, Catholic-NI; Kara Wilcher, Mangham; Ashley Seeser, Menard; Karlee Lyles, Menard; Mallory Smith, Avoyelles Charter; Caitlinn Fruge, Doyle; Elise Jones, Doyle; Desiree Squires, Rosepine; Kate Trahan, Kinder; Bailey Layton, Calvary; Shelby Brown, Calvary; Shelby Hebert, Delcambre; Jourdan Cheek, St. Thomas Aquinas; Emily Rosamond, Catholic-NI; Macie Aydell, St. Thomas Aquinas; Tyra Triplett, Winnfield; Hannah Sattler, Many; Laney Taylor, Lakeside; Shelby Savell, Lakeview; Madison Castello, Red River; Madison Daville, Doyle.

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