All-District 2-3A Softball Team
Led by Most Valuable Player Rebekah Wood, all 15 players on the Sterlington Lady Panthers' roster received first or second-team All-District 2-3A accolades.
Wood, a senior catcher, closed out her career with a .411 batting average, a .491 on base percentage and a .568 slugging percentage. Batting from the cleanup spot, she generated 39 hits, including a home run and 12 doubles while driving in a team-high 45 runs (17 with two outs). A four-year starter, Wood was a fixture behind the plate for the past two years, helping the Lady Panthers advance to the Class 2A state finals in 2017 and the quarterfinals in 2018. Rebekah Wood becomes the second of Mandy Wood's daughters to win a District MVP award. Sara Wood, a former third baseman, was a District 2-2A MVP while playing for longtime Sterlington coach Boyd Cole.
Jennifer Hickman is Coach of the Year after directing Sterlington to its second straight Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Tournament appearance. In two years at the school, Hickman has guided the Lady Panthers to a 51-21record, highlighted by back-to-back State Tournament appearances and district titles.
Joining Wood among the Lady Panthers' 10 first-team selections are senior pitchers Tanner Wilson and Breanna Sylvestri, senior first baseman Amber Parnell, junior second baseman Carly Wilson, sophomore shortstop K.B. Briley, senior third baseman Catherine Trichell, senior left fielder Jada Smith and junior utility player Kaela Mullins.
Tanner Wilson, a left-hander, was 10-3 with a 2.00 ERA over 42.1 innings. She struck out 69 and walked 43. Flip-flopping with Sylvestri between center field and the circle, Tanner Wilson had a banner season at the plate. Her stats feature a team-high 50 hits, a .427/.456/.564 slash line, four triples, eight doubles, 66 total bases, 26 RBIs, 41 runs scored and 14 stolen bases in 15 attempts.
Sylvestri, a right-hander, was 16-5 with a 2.35 ERA. Over 92.1 innings, she recorded 41 punchouts against 45 walks. Making the transition to the left side of the plate for her senior season, the LSU Alexandria signee posted a .320 batting average with a .400 on base percentage, two triples, three doubles, 35 runs scored and a team-high nine sacrifice bunts while striking out only six times in 124 plate appearances.
Parnell compiled a .268/.318/.443 slash line to go with three home runs, eight doubles,18 RBIs and eight sacrifice hits while scoring 18 runs.
Appearing in 20 games, Carly Wilson hit .316 with a .409 on base percentage and 13 RBIs.
Striking out only one time in 128 plate appearances, Briley hit an astounding .528 with runners in scoring position, while slashing .485/.581/.802. Her 49 hits included four home runs, a triple and 18 doubles for 81 total bases. She collected 38 RBIs, scored 50 runs, drew 22 walks and was 9-of-10 in stolen bases.
Trichell put together a .384/.455/.636 slash line with 38 hits, a team-high six home runs, seven doubles, 63 total bases and 33 RBIs.
Smith finished with a .352 batting average and a .400 on base percentage. She scored 30 runs and swiped 13 bases in 14 tries.
Lyon, a ULM signee, slashed at a .371/.426/.619 clip. Logging 39 hits for 65 total bases, she hit five home runs, a triple and nine doubles to go with 34 RBIs and 31 runs scored. Out of 117 plate appearances, she fanned only five times.
Mullins produced a .300/.354/.417 slash line with a home run, four doubles and 10 RBIs.
Completing the first unit are pitcher Caitlin White, infielder Kaylia Wyrick, outfielder Trinity Wallace and utility player Aubrey Maxey of Union Parish, pitcher Mary Ann Laheprevaran, catcher Jamartavia Jackson, infielder Ronnesha Jones and utility player Joneicia Walker of Wossman, catcher Sapphire Harris and outfielder Emerald Harris of Richwood, and outfielder Myneisha Burrell and utility players Amber Harris and Christal Long of Carroll.
Sterlington's second-team honorees include freshman pitcher Emarie Adams, sophomore infielder Rachel Wisecarver, junior outfielder Jayla Stewart and utility players Hannah Jerkins (sophomore) and Chesnie Daigle (freshman).
Also listed on the second team are catcher Haylee Pate, infielders Anna Grace Lagrowne and Brianna Taunton of Union; infielder Zarria Young and outfielders Jouri Williams and ZaKiya Hodges of Wossman; pitcher Keanna Star, catcher Tanisha Braggs, outfielder Brianna Singleton and utility player Branterrica Johnson of Carroll, and infielder Aja Jones and utility player Kyera Williams of Richwood.