All of us here at West Central’s Best Radio and West Central Sports feel for the graduating Class of 2020. We would like to honor all of the seniors who have lost their senior season due to COVID-19.We would like to include a senior you know in our article Honoring our 2020 senior athletes.
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Include:A Picture of your senior athlete,name,how many years they have played that sport,a short paragraph about their high school career. Include any accolades/awards/achievements in this. We would also like to know what the athlete will be doing after High School!
Jonathon Paul McMahon
#10 - Rosepine Baseball 4 years.Plays 1st, 3rd, Pitcher & Catcher.Voted MR RHS for Class of 2020.Vice President of Student Council. 2nd team All District Pitcher 2019 season
He plans to attend McNeese State University, obtain a degree in Athletic Training and hopefully in future be the ATC for Rosepine High School Athletics
Ariel Breyanna Thomas
Leesville High School, Leesville, Louisiana
A/B Honor roll student,2019 LHS Homecoming Queen,2 year All American Cheerleader,Softball Best Defensive Award 2019,2nd team All District Outfield 2018,2nd team All District 3rd base 2019,Holiday Belle Freshman Princess 2016,Holiday Belle Sophomore Princess 2017,Junior Year, Holiday Belle Duchess 2018,Senior Year, Holiday Belle Princess 2019,4 year Varsity Cheerleader,2 year cheer captain,4 year Varsity Softball,Active member of 4-H, Jag, and Black Heritage Club Volunteer for the Special Education Buddy ball program Volunteer with various sports programs during the summer Helps coach/train the mini future cheerleaders in the local area Yearly donations to the local food bank
Her future goals right now are to go to a training school for Phlebotomy and Cosmetology.
DeRidder High school
1st baseman #12
"I’ve been playing softball for 14 years since the age of 3. In my highschool career I have been to the state tournament 2 times & my sophomore year we won the 2018 softball state championship. I've been a varsity player for the past 4 years & have received first team all district awards, all state awards, parish honors, & a championship ring. It’s been a great 4 years, & I will forever be proud to be a dragon. It’s been a blessing to be apart of a team that made history at DHS. In the fall I will be pursing my nursing degree, so that one day I can come back and help the ones who need it most."
Landon “Lando” Meyers
Simpson High School
6 years baseball, 3 years All State, 4 semifinal appearances, one State Championship and two State Runner-up...semifinals versus the defending state champs Harrisonburg last year- one hit shutout and 13 Ks. 5 years basketball, three semifinal appearances, one State Championship and a runner-up. Plans on attending college to major in radio logic science.
Stephanie Shaylene Ferris
Pickering High School, #3 shortstop
Stephanie began playing softball for Pickering High School in the 7th grade. From then until 11th grade she played centerfield, however during her senior season she transitioned to playing shortstop. In 2018 Stephanie was named to the All Vernon Parish team, was honorable mention All-Cenla, as well as being named first team All-District. In 2019 she was again earned first team All-District honors. Along with her accomplishments in softball Stephanie was active in many of the clubs offered at Pickering; SGA for 2 years, 4H for 4 years, Science Club for 2 years, Healthy Living Club for 4 years and was a member of the Lady Devil basketball team for 1 year.
After graduation, Stephanie plans to attend college but remains undecided as to what major she wishes to pursue.
Anacoco High School
Has thrown discus and shot put since 7th grade (6 years)
Taylor has been to State in discus every year since her 9th grade season. She was awarded the 2019 most outstanding field athlete of Vernon Parish. Taylor has grown over the years and her greatest accomplishment is throwing the discus 97.7 feet her junior year. Unfortunately, due to COVID, she is unable to compete at the LHSAA State Championship and prove she can beat the Anacoco High School girls’ discus record.
Taylor is also a member of many clubs and holds numerous officer positions. She is the President of the LEO club, Historian of the NHS chamber, Secretary of 4-H, a leader of the S2S program, and an SGA representative for her class. She is also the Anacoco High School Student of the Year.
After graduation, Taylor will pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at Northwestern State University then will further her education to become a Nurse Practitioner.
Simpson High School Senior 2020
Shortstop for Simpson Broncos Baseball Team
Zach has played 5 years for the Simpson High School Baseball Team. He started playing when he was an 8th grader. But he has loved and played baseball since he was big enough to hold a ball. Zach played shortstop his Junior and Senior year.He won 2nd Team All District – Infield in 2018, 1st Team All District-Infield in 2019, the Leesville Daily Leader 2019 Shortstop of the Year and 2019 Class C All State Shortstop. Zach and the Broncos won their District each year from 2016 through 2019 and were the Class C State Runner Ups in 2017 & 2018.His Junior Year, Zach and his team brought home the Class C State Championship. Zach and the rest of our Broncos were well on their way to a great season for 2019-2020 year, winning all the games they had played so far this year. They were seeded 2 nd in Class C when their season was cut short by COVID-19 mandates.They had hopes of bringing home the State Championship again in 2020.
Zach plans to attend CLTCC in Winnfield in the fall and major in Forestry.
Leesville High School
Cheerleader: 3 years Basketball: 4 years Cross Country: 3 yearsMadison has been a member of the LHS Lady Cat Basketball team and LHS cheerleader for three years. Prior to being a Lady Cat, she was a member of the Anacoco Lady Indian basketball team and AHS Cross Country team. She helped her team clinch the State Runner Up title in cross country her freshman year.
After high school she plans to attend LSU and major in Diagnostic Sonography. She hopes to one day become a pediatric cardiac sonographer.
#1 - Varsity volleyball captain and has been playing for 3 years. Positions are Left and Right front. Varsity track for 3 years as a sprinter Softball for 1 year as an outfielder.A/B honor roll student , Made 2019/2020 principals list , 2019/2020 Senior Homecoming Maid , First volleyball player to ever receive athlete of the week from BWS sports, 2018/2019 2x District Track Champs.“ I love leesville and i’ve enjoyed all the sports i got to play there! Sad to see it go. Once a Wampus Cat always a Wampus Cat!🖤💛”
Will be attending the University Of Louisiana At Lafayette to major in Kinesiology Sports Management to peruse a career as a Physical Therapist.
Simpson High School
Colton began his High School career, in 2015, as a 7th grader. He broke his wrist in the first district game getting hit by a pitch and sadly his season was cut short.
In 2016 he started as an 8th grader and received an Allstate Honorable Mention.
As a Freshman, in 2017 he was the starting catcher, which is the position he has worked for years. His accolades include: 1st Team All District, 1st Team LSWA & Coaches Allstate, and was named to the All Tournament Team. His batting average for they year was .413.
Colton was a sophomore in 2018. Talk about a year to remember. The Class C Championship game made LHSAA history. All in all, 27 runs combined, was the highest
combined run total for an LHSAA baseball championship game in more than 20 years. It took 3 hours to play that game. He dominated his sophomore year. His accolades
included: District 3c MVP, 1st Team All District Catcher, All Vernon Parish Catcher, Vernon Parish MVP, 2nd Team All Cenla Catcher, LSWA 1st Team All State, and
Vernon Elite 21. His batting average was .473 with 37 runs, 23 rbi's, and 3 homeruns.
Moving on to his junior year, 2019, Colton was named District MVP for the second year. His biggest accomplishment was when he and his team won the 2019 LSHAA Class C State Championship. This was a mission they were on since the 2018 championship historical game. The motto was "Finish the Mission". He was named 1st Team All District and 1st Team All State pitcher, yes pitcher. Colton's two positions most of his career was pitcher and catcher. Although catching was his primary position, this year they needed him more than
ever to pitch. He pitched throughout the season, then the State Final game. I do not have his complete stats, but his batting average was .535
After Colton's Junior year season, he played a showcase tournament with Sheets baseball, a couple of weeks after the State Championship game. Colton didn't
seem to have it together, but we made it through the weekend. On June 3rd, he played in the first summer game for the High School league. I talked to Coach Cox the
next day, something just wasn't right with Colton. Come to find out his arm had been hurting him since the State Championship game. Colton thought he simply needed
to rest it. We took him to the Dr the next day, an MRI was completed, then a week later we find out he had a torn labrum. Surgery was then scheduled for July 1st.
Moving on to his senior year, after surgery, Colton endured 6 months of intense physical therapy to get his arm healed and back in shape. He finally received the release on January 1, 2020, just in time for his Sr year of High School Baseball. Little did we know in January that by March his season would be cut short. All this work he has put in for years and years and
this is how his 2020 Senior year ends? A record of 5-0, batting average .675 (hit and walked 10 times in 5 games). We expected big things this year. That's it.. no district, no state playoffs, no state semi or finals...No accolades. The only thing you can say from here is that they are the reigning 2019 Class C State Champions...
Colton was scheduled to catch a bull pen with NSU, along with a Scout Day at LSUE to try to further his baseball career, but all of that has been cancelled too. Where will he go from here, we do not know. His ultimate goal is to still play college baseball, major in criminal justice and get accepted into the academy to become a Game Warden.
Conner Ryan Thomas
Conner has played baseball for DeRidder High School for the past 4 years. During that time, he played 2nd base, pitcher and right field. Conner received academic honors all four years. He also played varsity soccer all four years of high school and was named to 1st team all district this year. He was a member of student council, Beta, and National Honor Society and will graduate with a 3.8 GPA. After high school, Conner plans to attend Sowela Community/Technical College and major in Aviation Maintenance.
DeRidder High School
Player Position: RHP/OF/1B.Accomplishments in all sports and academic:.Varsity Soccer 2 years.Soccer Academic Honors Sophomore yearVarsity Baseball 4 years.Baseball Academic Honors Junior/Senior year.Member of the 2018 4A Baseball State Runner Up Team.Only DHS Pitcher to pitch a score less inning in the 2018 4A State Championship Game.Team Louisiana one year.Member of Student Council 4 years.Student Council Executive Assistant Senior Year.Ambassadors in Blue Marching Band 4 years.Band Academic Honors Sophomore/Junior/Senior year.Drum Line 4 years.Beta Club Senior Year.
Plans after HS
Bryce plans to continue playing baseball on the collegiate level while obtaining a degree in Electrical Engineering
Pitkin High School
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.-Isaiah 43.2
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me.
I have been playing T-Ball and Softball for 14 years. I was able to play in many state tournaments for travel ball and dixie youth and one appearance in the LHSAA State Tournament. My Softball honors in high school were in 7th grade-best base runner, 9th grade-Best Defensive Players Second Team All-District, 10th grade- Team MVP, 1st Team All District Pitcher, 1st team All-Vernon Parish, 11th grade-Best offensive Player,District Batting Average-.652. Season Batting Average .444, 1st team All Vernon Parish, 1st Team All District, All-State LHSAA Coaches Team. I was proud to wear #7 and play with all of my heart in a Royal Blue and white uniform. My plans are to go to Northwestern State University to become a nurse.
Wyatt Warner Woodell
Hornbeck High School
#14- Plays First and Pitches. Has been playing for 13 years. He was selected by Hornbeck as the Student of the Year for 12 grade. Wyatt started baseball when he was 4 in Hornbeck, but moved due to his Dad’s active duty role in the military. He has played for multiple teams including school teams and travel ball teams. The travel ball teams he has played on during his high school career are Wiregrass Cardinals, Dothon Post 12, and Next Level. He played school baseball at New Brockton, Alabama and is ending his high school career at Hornbeck.
Wyatt plans to attend LSUA and major in Pre-Physical Therapy.
Hicks High School Class of 2020.
Varsity Baseball 5 years.2nd team all districts 2017 and 20181st team all district class 4B 2019 Positions: Catcher, Pitcher, Third Base Batted 450 for season his junior year.So far in 2020 Had thrown a no Hit shutout and a one hitter with only one walk, 14 strike outs and only 1 earned run allowed.Season batting average for this season was 550 with no strikeouts so far this season.Had hoped to lead Hicks in its Quest for a 14th State Title this Year.Class President 2 years, Vice President 2 years. Member of National Honor Society,Fellowship of Christian Athletes.Will graduate this year with High School Diploma and an Associates Degree in General Studies from Northwestern State University with a 3.75 GPA.
He will attend Louisiana Tech University in the fall and major in Forestry with an Emphasis in Wildlife Biology Management.
Leesville High School.
Sam was the team captain and a 4-year LHS Soccer Club member; 3 year LHS football player; 1 year LHS baseball player; 1 year Wampus Cat band member; 4yr A-B honor roll; perfect attendance; and voted Freshman Best All Around. Sam was the 2016-17 LHS Soccer Freshman of the Year; 2017-18 All-State and All-Region ODP Goalkeeper; 2018-19 Cajun Soccer Club Goalkeeper; 2018-19 First Team All-District Goalkeeper; 2018-19 Second Team All-CENLA and Second Team All- State Goalkeeper; 2018-19 LHS MVP; 2019-20 Semi-Professional Goalkeeper with Poolboys FC; 2019-20 Cajun Fury Academy Goalkeeper; 2019-2020 First Team All-District and Defensive MVP; 2019-2020 First Team All-CENLA and All-CENLA Defensive MVP. Sam volunteered for Fort Polk Youth Sports as a soccer coach during his youth, and for Start Smart soccer and baseball. Sam credits his coaches, friends, and teammates for his growth and development as a player and leader.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conclusion of Poolboys FC and Cajun Fury Academy club seasons are suspended indefinitely at this point, LHS is most likely not hosting a traditional graduation ceremony, and the annual soccer awards banquet is suspended. While these are disappointments during an exciting time for a senior, Sam remains resilient by focusing on his new journey to Washington State to play soccer for Peninsula College Pirates!
Alexis Barton attends Anacoco High school class of 2020, Lexi has played softball since she was 3 years old!! Lexi lives for softball and was extremely excited about her senior year making her last memories on the field!!!! Lexi will be attending McNeese state university in the fall 2020. Lexi was awarded 1st team all district softball 🥎, Lexi was elected for homecoming court freshman, sophomore, junior and senior year and was crowned homecoming queen her senior year. Prom princess junior and senior year. Placed 2nd at state in woodsmen skills 4-H. Placed 3rd at demonstration day in 4 H. Qualified for state sophomore year. Placed 5 th at state in marketing in FBLA. Mastery for FBLA senior year.
Kyleigh Marie Hoskey
DHS LADY DRAGONS #8 Pitcher
This is my daughter Kyleigh Marie Hoskey, she is a senior at DeRidder High school. She has a 3.8 GPA, she’s been a member of BETA since her junior year and was inducted into the National Honor Society her senior year, she has played for DeRidder Lady Dragons Varsity all 4 years as a pitcher, she has also played in RF & 3rd baseman (this short season). She hit her 1st Bomber in our Dequincy tournament against Kinder on February 29, 2020 and she threw 160 pitches against them!! The season may of came to an abrupt ending but she is still a State Champion and she is my favorite pitcher!! She plans to attend McNeese in the Fall for nursing. She has a love for God and to help others in any way that she can. She is kind, hardworking, beautiful and all around a great kid! We love her and we are so very proud of her!!!
#15 Rivers Day, Short Stop/First Base, Softball (Spring Sports) Faith Training Christian Academy and Hicks High School. 2 time State Champion, 1 State Runner-Up, 3 All State Selections, 3 All District Selections and maintained a career .600 batting average throughout her high school career. Rivers will complete her Associates Degree for NSU in May and will attend LSUA on a basketball scholarship to study to be a Veterinarian.