With VPHS dominating the league, there was no doubt there would be several members of each team represented on the All-District 6-2A girls’ and boys’ squads.
Mamou and Pine Prairie also worked hard this season. The Pine Prairie boys made a trip to the post season, but came up short in the first round against Mansfield.
VPHS earned several top honors, including the MVP duo and the Coach of the Year duo. First-year Head Coach Tommy Jones earned the Coach of the Year after doing a great job for the boys. VPHS Lady Bulldogs Head Coach Dot Doulet picked up another COY. Doulet continues to show the characteristics of a good coach who knows what it takes to have a good program.
The senior duo of Michael Thomas and Breonna O’Conner earned the Most Valuable Player crowns because of their hard work this season. Thomas, 6’10” center, put up nearly 17 points a game for his team and averaged nearly as many rebounds with 14. He also was notorious for big blocks under the basket. He averaged six blocks per game. He earned the boy’s MVP with flying colors.
O’Conner has been making headlines since she was in elementary. She recently signed with Northwestern State University and accepted an invitation to play in the Louisiana High School All-Star game. O’Conner averaged 24 points a game along with six assists and four rebounds. She was an easy choice for the MVP of the girls squad.
Joining Thomas on the first team is fellow senior Shannon Semien. The flashy forward put up an average of 14 points per game, along with 11 rebounds. He also bashed five blocks per game.
From Mamou, junior Dillon Holland was named to the first team. The young man put out 11 points a game, coupled with four assists. Pine Prairie senior Gijuan Anderson had a good year for the Panthers. He banged out 13 points a game, along with five rebounds.
Joining O’Conner on the first team is fellow Lady Bulldogs Deja McKinney. The speedy sophomore hit 15 points a game and added in four assists per contest. Darelzray Bellard represented the Lady Demons on the AD first team. She put up an amazing 18.5 points per game as just an eighth grader.
Pine Prairie’s Byron Jackson represented the Panthers on the 6-2A second squad with his 14 points a game. Look for the junior to have a big year for PPHS next year. VP’s Kendall Ardoin, a junior, pulled down 13 boards per game and four blocks. He earned his way to the second team as well.
On the girls’ second team, junior Shalinda Thomas got the tab. The Lady Bulldog was a superstar on defense in the playoffs. Mamou’s Arki Thomas, a freshman, had a strong season. She hit 15 points per game, along with five rebounds.
The boy’s All-Defensive team featured Justin Charles and Darrien Anderson of VPHS. The girls were very well represented. From VPHS, Alexia Lafleur, Jennifer Brown, and Emanee Fontenot. From Pine Prairie, Cassie Welch, Olivia Chappelle and Kaitlin Bradley. Mamou was represented by Kamaneis Wilson.
The following players from Evangeline Parish received Honorable Mentions: VPHS - Maegan Moore, Tyreonna Doucet, Brianna Pete, Jacoby Thomas, Perez Thomas, Brandon Dommick, Ernest Ardoin and Jordan Doucet. Mamou - Caitlin Thomas and Ukeia O’Neal. Pine Prairie - Taylor Fontenot, Alyssa Jackson and Sydney Ortego.
Congratulations go out to all players from Evangeline Parish who received recognition on the All-District 6-2A basketball rosters.