A little more than a year ago, Hicks and Hackberry fell just short in their championship quests.


A little more than a year ago, Hicks and Hackberry fell just short in their championship quests.
But in 2011, both found their way to the top of the Class C mountain.
Hicks placed four players on the Class C baseball squad, while Hackberry landed three of its players on the all-state softball team, as selected by a panel of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
Hicks, which defeated second-seeded Claiborne Christian in the semifinals and top-ranked Family Christian in the finals, not only had four players named to the all-state team, but also took Coach of the Year honors as Gary Williams led the Pirates to their 13th state championship in school history, second most in the state, trailing only Jesuit, of New Orleans.
Seniors Zakk Rogerson (.476, 51 runs scored) and Caleb LaCaze (.400), both Louisiana College signees, along with sophomore teammates Austin Wilson (10-2, .492) and Ty Helton (.407) were the leaders for Hicks in the run to the title.
Claiborne Christian also landed four players on the squad in Zach Osbon (8-4), Kennen Cobb (.402), William Fulton (.548) and Colby Spillers (.353), while state finalist Family Christian had three players selected, including Class C Outstanding Player Ricky Smith (.547), Michael Glasper (.473) and Tyler Randall (.417).
Rounding out the team were the Elizabeth trio of Zachary Earl (.539), Garrett Dauzat (.335) and Daniel Reed (.449), Grace Christian's David Slater (.512) and Georgetown's Zach Lasyone (.490).
Senior Erica Duhon (.440), along with Sami Little (.475) and Mattie Stine (.508), sparked the Lady Mustangs to the state softball title, while Claiborne Christian was led by the senior trio of Kara Anderson (.303), Jerrica Bennett (.391) and Bailey Burroughs (.358).
Claiborne Christian's Kristin Bennett brought home Coach of the Year honors.
Top-seeded Starks landed a pair of players on the all-state softball squad, including Outstanding Player Baleigh Bussell, who batted .500 on the season.
Bussell was joined by teammate and fellow senior Gabby Miller (.595) as the Starks representatives on the team.
The remaining members of the squad include the St. Joseph-Plaucheville duo of Baylee LaCombe (.405) and Heather Devillier (.372), the Calvin pair of Holly Rhymes (.444) and Dareesha Sims (.468), Grace Christian's Jessica Wilmore (22-5), Family Christian's Leanna Clabaugh (.607) and the Kilbourne duo of Drew Sanders (.360) and Lacey Hill (.413).
Hicks' eighth-grader Ty Williams was selected to the team as honorable mention. A first-team all-district performer, Williams batted .397 on the season and hit a three-run homer in the quarterfinals to lift the Pirates past Georgetown.