LHSAA honors parish athletes for academic achievement

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Russell Hedges

rhedges@bossierpress.com

 

The fall sports season was a successful one for Bossier Parish schools.

The Parkway girls won the Class 5A state cross country championship, and the Benton boys captured the Class 4A title.

Parkway also finished as the state runner-up in Class 5A football.

Parish student-athletes in fall sports achieved in the classroom as well. Their excellence has been recognized in the LHSAA/Exxon Mobil All-Academic Award Program presented by ISC.

The program recognizes senior student-athletes who achieved a 3.5 grade point average or higher over six semesters.

Nine parish student-athletes made All-Academic composite (all divisions, classes) teams in football, girls swimming and boys and girls cross country with perfect 4.0 averages.

Two members of the Benton boys cross country championship teams — Garrett Gibson and Drake Heinz — were composite selections.

Heinz was also the Class 4A individual state champion.

Two members of Parkway’s Class 5A championship team also made the girls composite cross country team — Alison Ringle and Kaleigh Newman.

Ian Naron, a member of Parkway’s Class 5A runner-up team, and Benton quarterback Jordan Shaffer were the only parish football players on the composite team.

Other parish student-athletes that made composite teams with 4.0 averages were Parkway’s Helen Sumner (girls swimming), Airline’s Jase Thaxton (boys cross country) and Parkway’s Tracey Stephens (boys cross country).

Here is a list of parish student-athletes who made class teams.

Airline (Class 5A football) — Chase Rivers, 3.80; Brynden Vance, 3.80; John Fleckenstein, 3.76; Ja’Willis McClinton, 3.60; Roderick Spurlock, 3.55; Ryan Jameson, 3.54; Aaron Ingersoll, 3.51. (Class 5A boys cross country) Jack Wilkes, 3.55.

Benton — (Division II girls swimming) Carol Taylor Thompson, 3.750. (Class 4A football) Bailey Grimes, 3.88; Shane Kim, 3.79; Austin Simmons, 3.57. (Class 4A boys cross country) Hunter Hendricks, 3.88.

Bossier — (Class 3A football) Chris Hall, 3.52.

Haughton — (Class 5A football) Matthew Sewell, 3.93; Travis White, 3.92; Garrett Towery, 3.63; Benny Broadway, 3.61; Quintin Knuckles, 3.59; Kyle Staton, 3.58; Kevin Patterson, 3.51. (Class 4A girls cross country) Brittany Robinett, 3.88;

Parkway (Class 5A football) — Zachary Scroggins, 3.76; Matthew Scotten, 3.75; Hunter Knowles, 3.69; Jon Koestner, 3.63; Colton Turner, 3.59. (Class 5A girls cross country) Jayni Wilcher, 3.96; Rebekah Hensley, 3.64; Treasure Winters, 3.64.

Composite selections automatically make class teams.