Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Lady Panthers rake in All-State awards

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  • Reaping the rewards of a 25-3 record and a state quarterfinal appearance, the Sterlington Lady Panthers
    racked up three first-team and one honorable mention selection on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association's Class 2A All-State softball team.
    Junior Sarah Gandy, a repeat first-teamer, is joined on the squad by sophomore third baseman Cassidy Brady and sophomore shortstop Taylor Wilson. Senior catcher Caitlin Dupree received honorable mention recognition.
    Gandy made the team as a pitcher after being listed as a utility player in 2011. She fashioned an 18-2 record with a 1.21 ERA in the circle. The Lady Panthers' leadoff batter, Gandy went on a tear in the playoffs, connecting for four home runs — two against Oakdale in the first round — in three games.
    Brady, Sterlington's cleanup batter, led the Lady Panthers with a .595 batting average and 45 runs batted in. Her six home runs were second on the squad.
    Gandy and Brady, who hit at an astounding .800 clip in conference play, were the District 2-2A co-Most Valuable Players.
    Wilson cranked a team-high eight home runs to go with a .545 batting average. She also produced a 7-1 record as Sterlington's No. 2 pitcher.
    Dupree hit .325 in her sixth year as a starter.
    State champion John Curtis captured both individual awards. Sophomore Katie Brignac is the Outstanding Player and Jerry Godfrey is Coach of the Year after leading the Lady Patriots to a spotless 31-0 record.
    Brignac finished the campaign with a 24-0 mark, a 0.37 earned run average and 15 shutouts, including a 2-0, five-hit victory over three-time defending state champion Evangel in the championship game.
    Brignac is joined on the first unit by teammates Casey Corcoran and Brooke Lee. Corcoran, a senior outfielder, hit at a team-high .608 clip. Lee, a sophomore shortstop, posted a .444 batting average and socked nine home runs.
    State semifinalist Riverside, John Curtis' District 10-2A rival, also landed three players on the first team. Junior pitcher Destin Vicknair is a repeat honoree after compiling a 22-9 record with a 0.74 ERA, along with a .400 batting average. Junior outfielder Taylor Terrio (.526) and utility player Toni Hebert (.438, 22 RBIs), the only eighth grader on the first team, round out the Lady Rebels' selections.
    Junior pitcher McKenzie Ashby (16-2, 0.72 ERA) and senior shortstop Lindsey Neyland (.433, 24 stolen bases) represent state runner-up Evangel on the squad.
    New Iberia Catholic and Kinder both claimed two spots on the team.
    Senior twins Sydney (.427, 25 RBIs) and Taylor Lahasky (.322) are listed as an outfielder and utility player, respectively, after helping Catholic advance to the state semifinals.
    Senior catcher Haley Stroup (.398, 33 RBIs) and senior shortstop Christina Arceneaux (.411, 21 RBIs) earned All-State recognition after helping Kinder reach the state quarterfinals.
    Also named to the team were senior first baseman Kayla Busby (.427, 4 HRs) of Menard and senior outfielder Dante Zacharie of Loreauville (.588, 37 Sbs).
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