On the baseball side, there was the top individual performer on the best team in Alex Byo of state baseball champion Parkview Baptist, and the coach who took his team to unprecedented heights in its program history in Loranger's Jason Helmstetter.
On the softball side, Brusly's Bethany Pinkston only made it to the state quarterfinal round, but her numbers were too glittering to pass up, while coach Jeri Beck of Catholic-New Iberia took a team without a senior to nine innings in the state semifinals.
Those four unique achievements meet together as the most distinguished honorees on this year's 3A All-State teams.
Byo, a UNO signee, earned Most Valuable Player honors after hitting .389 with nine home runs and 39 RBIs, while also going 5-2 on the mound with 70 strikeouts in 44 innings.
Pinkston, the softball Most Valuable Player, was also the District 9-3A MVP in a league that included No. 1-seeded St. Charles and eventual state champion Lutcher. A quick look at her strikeout totals explains why.
The Copiah-Lincoln Community College signee finished 26-10 with nine no-hitters, a 0.63 ERA and 489 strikeouts in 236 innings.
Helmstetter's credentials for baseball Coach of the Year honors begin with leading Loranger to a 28-7 overall record and the programÃ‚Â¹s first trip to the 3A state baseball tournament. Loranger lost to Parkview
Baptist in the semifinals.
Beck led Catholic High to its first state tournament appearance since 2005, playing in the shadow of 3A softball powerhouses Teurlings Catholic and Kaplan since then. That only begins to tell the story.
Beck's Lady Panthers ended the program's five-game quarterfinal losing streak going back to 1998 by eliminating defending champion and No. 1 seed
St. Charles in the quarterfinals. Catholic High then took Parkview Baptist all the way to the ninth inning, before losing a 1-0 heartbreaker in the semifinal round.
All of that was achieved without any seniors on the team, only one hitter who batted over .310 and a pitcher who had 45 more innings pitched than strikeouts.
2009 LSWA Class 3A All-State Softball Team
Pos. Name School Cl Stats
P Maggie Bradshaw Westlake So. 22-6
P Lanie Hollier Kaplan Sr. 17-10
P Courtney Western St. Charles Catholic Jr. 14-7
P Bethany Pinkston Brusly Sr. 26-10
C Meagan Pearson North DeSoto Jr. .552
IF Brittany Carlin Westlake Sr. .459
IF Koutney Kober St. Louis Catholic Sr. .417
IF Jacee Blades Parkview Baptist Sr. .410
IF Tiffany Gaspard Bunkie Jr. .390
OF Morgan Brewton Winnfield Sr. .538
OF Brittany Menard Parkview Baptist Sr. .435
OF Katie Ocmand Lutcher Sr. .434
UT Carli Wheeler Parkview Baptist Sr. 22-9
UT Shelby Colkmire Albany Jr. .500
UT Paige Craig Buckeye Sr. .394
UT Sara Schexnayder Lutcher So. 17-7-1
UT Mariel Meche Rayne So. 17-6
OUTSTANDING PLAYER: Bethany Pinkston, Brusly
COACH OF THE YEAR: Jeri Beck, Catholic-NI
Kelly Wytcherly, Bolton; Tiffany Deville, Buckeye; Mackenzie Nolker, Jena; Lacey Willis, Winnfield; Jeanne Robichaux, E.D. White; Kasi Ducote, Bunkie; Abigail Henagan, Catholic-NI; Alexis Hutto, St. Louis; Allison Carline, Catholic-NI; Victoria Hugghins, Parkview Baptist; Chelsea Evans, Westlake; Savanna Stewart, Winnfield; Maddie Landry, St. Louis; Alyssa Query, Westlake; Lacey Nugent, Buckeye; Kelsey Hollier, Rayne, Hanna Gill, Albany.
2009 LSWA Class 3A All-State Baseball Team
Pos. Name School Cl Stats
P Taylor Abdalla Loranger Sr. 8-0
P Austin Robichaux Notre Dame So. 7-2
P Andrew Reeves Parkview Baptist Sr. 9-1
P Jared Keating St. Charles Catholic So. 8-2
C Jacob Frederick Kaplan Sr. .475
1B Alex Byo Parkview Baptist Sr. .389
2B Tyler Duplantis E.D. White Catholic Sr. .494
SS Tyler Gagnard Bunkie Sr. .420
3B Tyler Kendrick Loranger Sr. .400
OF Brady Hitt St. Charles Catholic So. .420
OF Alex Edward Parkview Baptist Sr. .441
OF Brant Legendre Parkview Baptust Sr. .396
UT Gavin Webster Lutcher Jr. .518
UT Ryan Leonards Notre Dame Jr. .471
UT Alex Marse St. Charles Catholic Sr. .441
UT Jason Mouton Catholic-NI Sr. 6-1
UT Mark Frederick North Vermilion Jr. .418
OUTSTANDING PLAYER: Alex Byo, Parkview Baptist
COACH OF THE YEAR: Jason Helmstetter, Loranger
B.J. Juneau, Marksville; Logan Chapman, Iowa; Tyler Chapman, Iowa; Tyler Domingue, Kaplan; Jordan Hymel, Lutcher; Zach McClain, North DeSoto; Michael Skelton, Berwick; Chris Voinche, Bolton; Kyle Wheeler, Loranger; Jake Hall, North DeSoto; Jerrod Moss, Jena; Chris Carter, North DeSoto; Bryant Gilbert, Notre Dame; Devin Broussard, Cecilia; Tiggerick Heckard, Bolton; D'Andre Wallace, Jena; Jay Gross, DeLaSalle; Spencer Jones, North DeSoto; Christian Extine, Bolton; Daniel Tullos, Jena, Curtis Carter, North DeSoto.
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