Parish student athletes recognized at Best of the Best ceremony

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In spite of the unusual way of living in America these days-due to the novel coronavirus, senior-year students from Lakeview High School, Natchitoches Central High School and St. Mary’s High School still found excitement in the annual junior-senior prom, a debutante celebration, graduation and the fifth annual “Best of the Best” top athletes awards ceremony Saturday, May 15 at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest History Museum.

The students were honored during the ceremony for their outstanding athletic and co-curricula/community involvement. The event is hosted by the Natchitoches Leadership Through Athletics Committee.

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The 2021 image sponsor was the Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival, Inc.

Lakeview Honorees:

Kain Custis, Pat Listach Baseball Award C.J. Washington, Joe Dumars Basketball Award Tevin Hickman, Charlie Tolar Football Award Zenobia Poydras, Shantel Hardison Basketball Award, presented by Hardison Derek Kirts, Powerlifting Award Destinee Britt, Powerlifting Award Averianna Slaughter, “Becca” Allen Softball Award, presented by Allen Udonis Jones, Stephanie Sowell Track and Field Award and Shakayla Browder, receiving the Stephanie Sowell Track and Field Award, both presented by Sowell.

Natchitoches Central Honorees:

Matthew Dunn, Pat Listach Baseball Award, presented by “Becca” Allen Darrius Young, Joe Dumars Basketball Award Nia Hardison, Shantel Basketball Award, presented by Hardison Jaiden Hare, J.D. Garrett Football Award, presented by Garrette’s daughter, Yvette G. Williams. Kara Pullig, Powerlifting Award Lindsey Hargis, “Becca” Allen Softball Award, presented by Allen Devin Sowell, Stephanie Sowell Track and Field Award, presented by Sowell. Nia Hardison, Stephanie Sowell Track and Field Award, presented by Sowell. Anna Kate Arthur, Volleyball Award


Patrick Vienne, Pat Listach Baseball Award, presented by “Becca” Allen Dane Files, Joe Dumars Basketball Award Jensen Parker, Shantel Hardison Basketball Award, presented by Hardison Noah Heard, “Petey” Perot Football Award Ben Smiley, Golf Award Jace Miley, Powerlifting Award Luke Zeagler, Tennis Award Andrew Godfrey, Stephanie Sowell Track and Field Award, presented by Sowell. Maggie Gilmore, Stephanie Sowell Track and Field Award, presented by Sowell. Those on the hospitality team were Braylin and Caylin Demars, and Demarion Sowell. The Scholar Athlete was awarded to Felicity Faust and a 2021 special award, the W.D. Braxton Extra Mile Award, was presented to Anna Kate Arthur. Mayor Ronnie Williams was the challenge speaker. The recipients of the Mayor’s Leadership Athletic Award were Andrew Godfrey, Maggie Gilmore, Nia Hardison and Jaiden Hare. The overall Athletes of the Year were Andrew Godfrey and Maggie Gilmore.