Antony sisters to join mother in Louisiana High School Hall of Fame
BATON ROUGE – It has been nearly two decades since the Antony sisters led Anacoco to a number of state championships.
On Tuesday at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s office in Baton Rouge, Ashley Antony Robinson and Katie Antony Varnado will join their mother, former Pitkin coaching legend, Quita Sue Antony, as members of the Louisiana High School Hall of Fame.
This is the first set of sisters to join a parent in the hall, the enormity of which humbles both Katie and Ashley.
“Our mom set the stage for both of us, so it is really surreal and an honor knowing we are going in together right where our mom is,” Katie said. “She set us on the path to success.”
“This is such a great Hall of Fame class and it’s just a tremendous honor,” Ashley said. “This is the culmination of a lot of hard work. We spent so much time in the gym. There was so much blood, sweat and tears. And a lot of people helped us along the way.”
There is no doubt that both are worthy of this honor. In her four years at Anacoco High School, Ashley scored over 4,700 points, while also accounting for over 1,000 assists, steals and rebounds. She won several state championships while playing for legendary head coach Hub Jordan, who now serves as the athletic director for the Vernon Parish School Board.
“Coach Jordan took us to a lot of tournaments and we played against some of the biggest schools at the Shake and Bake in New Orleans,” Ashley said. “Coach Jordan really pushed us and wanted us to become the best we could be.”
In her final two years at Anacoco, Ashley was able to take the court with her sister, Katie. And in her senior season, Katie was on the court in Monroe helping her sister to one more state championship, a win over rival Pitkin at Fant-Ewing Coliseum.
“I remember Katie running up to me with tears in her eyes, screaming, ‘we did it. We did it,’” Ashley said. “That is such a great memory.”
The following year, Ashley, who captured Miss Basketball honors after her senior campaign, took her talents to perennial powerhouse, Louisiana Tech, while Katie moved into the role as leader at Anacoco.
Katie scored over 6,100 points over her six years at Anacoco, winning three more state championships. Though Katie’s career ended with a loss to Rapides in the state quarterfinals, she also took home Miss Basketball honors.
Katie later committed to Vanderbilt, spending two years in Nashville, Tenn., before finishing her career at LSU in Baton Rouge.
But all of the success started in the gym with mom, Quita Sue.
“Mom had us in the gym all the time, working on the fundamentals of our game,” Ashley said. “We had a great fundamental base, but Katie and I were different kind of players. I shot more jumpers, while Katie was more of a slasher and took it to the goal.”
When thinking back on their time at Anacoco, both have very fond memories of the school, their teammates and the community in general.
“I don’t remember many games, but what I remember is everyone of my teammates,” Katie said. “It was just so special at Anacoco and we wouldn’t have achieved all we have without our teammates, school and community. And I am most grateful for that.”
“Anacoco was just so good to our family and welcomed us with open arms when we moved from Pitkin,” Ashley recalled. “We made tons of great memories and we had such great community support. Anacoco was a great place to grow up.”
Now, both are following their children exploits (both Katie and Ashley have two sons) and are successful working mothers. Ashley is married to the head football coach at St. Frederick High School, while Katie is married to an oncologist in Baton Rouge.
Though they have very busy lives now, they will always remember their times at Anacoco and in Vernon Parish.
And for at least a few more moments, they will relive those memories as the Antony sisters take their rightful place alongside their mom in the Louisiana High School Hall of Fame.