Former Sterlington Panther center fielder Cole Bagbey is a second-team selection on the All-American Southwest Conference East Division team as picked by the coaches.
A senior center fielder, Bagbey hit .348 with a .481 on base percentage, two home runs, three triples, eight doubles and 27 RBI, while helping the Louisiana College Wildcats reach the ASC Championship Tournament for the first time in school history.
LONGTIME TEAMMATES: Regardless of the sport, it's always a depressing occasion when a high school season comes to an end as it marks the seniors' final time to play together. Last week's season-ending loss to University High was particularly sad for the Sterlington Panthers. Kyle Dolecheck, Taylor Lockwood, Casey Sutton, Austin Haman, Austin Mills and Kyle Vandergracht began playing T-Ball in Swartz and were teammates on the 7-year-old all-star team.
On the bright side, Haman, Vandergracht and Mills will be back for the Panthers next season.
ESPN TOP 150: The senior Class of 2014 is shaping up as perhaps the best football class in Louisiana history.
A staggering 11 players from the Bayou State are ranked in the ESPN Top 150, including three in the top 10.
St. Augustine running back Leonard Fournette is the consensus No. 1 recruit in the nation. West Monroe offensive tackle Cameron Robinson is No. 7, followed by Edna Karr athlete Speedy Noil at No. 8. All three are rated as five-star recruits.
Four-star seniors-to-be to keep an eye on include Neville safety Laurence Jones, No. 21; John Curtis wide receiver Malachi Dupree, No. 29; Karr defensive tackle Gerald Willis III, No. 31; Barbe wide receiver Trey Quinn, No. 39; Ouachita wide receiver Cameron Sims, No. 64; University guard Garrett Brumfield, No. 98; Covington defensive tackle Gerald McDowell, No. 105; and Westlake tight end Jacory Washington, No. 119.
Brumfield and Washington, both of whom have pledged to LSU, are the only two of the aforementioned players to have made verbal commitments.