Spring sports blooming at Saint Mary’s

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Trent Friedel | Exclusive to the Times
Spring has brought a plethora of sports action at Saint Mary’s. Baseball opened district action Wednesday at home against Northwood-Lena and emerged on top with a resounding 19-3 victory. The win extends the Tiger record to 12-4 overall and has the team sitting in the number nine spot in rankings as of March 21. After the run heavy district game, the Tigers dropped a game to DeRidder by a score of 3-8. Coach Brooks McMinn has really challenged the program with contests against some of the toughest competition in the state and arguably the nation. Notably Barbe of Lake Charles that competes almost annually for a state championship and is ranked nationally. The Tigers will returned to action Monday, March 28 against Red River and then travel to Block the following evening for continued district action. In advance of the district opener, St. Mary’s hosted the Rick McMinn memorial tournament.

This article published in the March 31, 2022, print edition

Softball has been doing well and the trio of Tyonnah Burton, Kennedy Griffin and Haylee Pearl Tousek recently went yard against Zwolle in a decisive win 14-6 victory. The bombs came in the second inning when Burton smashed another one over the wall in the fourth inning. The Lady Tigers are holding the number 13 seed in Division IV with a 14-6 record. They returned to district action March 29 against Logansport on the road.
On front row from left are SMS powerlifting team members Logan Watson, Camden Litton and Jace Carpenter. On middle row are Gunnar Nash and Cole Fisher. On back row are Will deVargas, Mason Mathis, CJ Smith, Kolton Norsworthy and Gavin LaGrange.
Powerlifting competed in state action last week and Anna Kate Jackson took top honors as the state champion in her weight class with a Divisional record for her squat, deadlift and total weight. Chloe Nash placed fourth in her weight class with a personal record in all three lifts. On the boy’s side, Kolton Norsworthy emerged on the medal platform as the state runner-up his weight class.
From left are SMS golf team members Gracie Chasteen, Trent Middendorf, John Henry Ingrish, Aiden Evans, Reaves Hogg, Peter Kautz, Emma Grace Haecker, Abigail Ramian and Hunter Willis.

Tennis held the seventh annual St. Mary’s invitational a little over a week ago and garnered first place among participating schools. Caddo Magnet, Providence Classical Academy and NCHS competed. Emma Broadway defeated Madison McQuiddy 8-2 and the doubles pair of Zeina and Yara Younes defeated Baylea Johnson and Sheridan Pesnell 8-0. In the boys’ singles, Andrew Kautz defeated Mason McCart 8-3. Junior Varsity girls doubles division was won by Anna Peluso and Caroline Godfrey. Emma Broadway was also named to the LHSAA All-Academic composite team with her 4.0 GPA.
Golf recently competed in the Red River Invitational at Coushatta Country Club and both the boys and girls came out on top winning first place. The Tigers were led by John Henry Ingrish shooting a 42 and a stroke separated him from teammate Hunter Willis posting a 43 for second place. The Lady Tigers golf team was led to victory by Abigail Ramien with a 48 for first and Emma Haecker scoring a 54 for second. Ramien was named to the LHSAA All-Academic team for her 4.0 GPA.