Destrehan senior Noah Simon and Hahnville senior Sara Roussel capped off their prep careers by earning respective roles on the LSWA Class 5A All-State baseball and softball teams.
Simon, who committed in April to play baseball at the collegiate level at Northwest Florida State University, starred in several phases for the Wildcats. He earned District 7-5A MVP honors, batting in the middle of the Wildcats’ order while also putting forth stellar work in centerfield defensively and on the mound as a pitcher.
He went 4-0 on the mound, striking out 84 batters in 71.1 innings, while only walking 15. He recorded three complete game shutouts, and eight complete games in all to help fuel a 4-0 district record as starter and an 8-4 record overall. His ERA was 2.06 on the season.Simon helped Destrehan secure the District 7-5A crown in 2022 and helped propel the team to an opening round playoff victory.
At the plate, he batted .348 with three home runs, and set the team’s single season steals record with 26 – beating out a high mark previously set by his brother, Dane. Simon had a.489 on-base percentage as well and drove in 31 runs this season.
But his play was just as loud in centerfield. After a critical early game put out against Hahnville in the first meeting between the teams this season that cut off a HHS scoring threat, his team seemed to feed off the play to finish what would be a DHS victory.
“He’s amazing,” John Carmichael, the day’s pitcher for DHS, said of Simon. “A ball gets hit to him with two outs and you just know you can start walking to the dugout, because he’s going to make the play. He has a cannon.”
Roussel, who will play college softball after signing with LSU-Eunice, is a versatile standout who helped lockdown the middle of the field for the Tigers, a shortstop with the ability to slide to second base. She virtually lived on base for Hahnville, batting .550 on the season with a .609 on-base percentage. She helped the Tigers earn the District 7-5A championship and a trip to the Class 5A state quarterfinals.
Roussel scored 48 runs, drove in 25 runs and wreaked havoc when running, stealing 18 bases. She hit 10 doubles and three triples.
After a late-season game against Mount Carmel in which Roussel went 4-for-4, HHS head coach Todd Schulz noted his leadoff hitter’s great value to the Lady Tigers.
“She’s a game-changer,” said Schulz. “She knows the game and can read the defenses really well. She just goes up there and you know she’ll have good, competitive at-bats every time.”
Hahnville’s Laney Waguespack was named honorable mention to the 5A softball squad, while Destrehan’s John Carmichael earned honorable mention for baseball.
Full squads are listed below:
Pos Player School Cl stats
P Brennan Eager West Monroe Jr. 9-1
P Gavin Guidry Barbe Sr. 8-0
P Jake Brown Sulphur Jr. 8-3
P DJ Primeaux Central Sr. 10-4
C Clayton Pourciau Catholic Jr. .330
IF Trey Hawsey West Monroe So. .407
IF Tanner Vadnais Dutchtown Sr. .350
IF Brody Hebert H.L. Bourgeois Jr. .435
IF Lee Amedee St. Amant Sr. .330
OF John Pearson West Monroe So. .370
OF Noah Simon Destrehan Sr. .348OF Walker Bazile Brother Martin Sr. .424
UT Andrew Glass Sam Houston Sr. .370
UT Nathan Monceaux Dutchtown Sr. 10-1
UT Lakin Polk Ponchatoula Sr. 7-3
UT Logan O’Neill John Curtis Sr. .389
UT Hayden Federico West Monroe So. .333
OUTSTANDING PLAYER: GAVIN GUIDRY, BARBE
COACH OF THE YEAR: WADE SIMONEAUX, WEST MONROE
Gage Trahan, Sulphur, Bryce Fontenot, Sulphur; JR Tollett, Ruston; Reid Williams, Ruston; Ean Rodrigue, Thibodaux; Branson Arceneaux, Thibodaux; Ethan Lovell, Terrebonne; Landon Clampit, West Ouachita; Austin Anderson, Haughton; Jermaine Minor, Alexandria; Landon Victorian, Barbe; Harris Waghalter, Catholic; Nick Gisclair, Dutchtown; Cale Latimer, Benton; Cade Josting, Parkway; Alex Laiche, Brother Martin; Holden Hess, Jesuit; Ryan Porche, Jesuit; Aaron Lanerie, Acadiana; Chris Kelly, Pineville; Zach Schoenborn, Parkway; Josh Eames; Caleb Little, West Monroe; Lane Felder, Zachary; Blake Fant, Captain Shreve; Harrison Waxley, Airline; Crawford Courville, Barbe; Cole Poirrier, St. Amant; Brady Neyland, Zachary; Colin Rains, Haughton; CJ Sturiale, Catholic; Cardell Thibodeaux, Acadiana; Michael O’Brien, John Curtis; Prescott Marsh, Catholic; Gavin Vordick, H.L. Bourgeois; John Carmichael, Destrehan; Brenden Zahn, Chalmette; Cade Anderson, St. Paul’s.
Pos Player School Cl stats
P Halie Pappion Barbe Sr. .20-3
P Maddie Nichols,West Monroe Sr. 14-4
P Lainee Bailey Walker Sr. 29-5
P Addison Jackson St. Amant Jr. 30-2
C Kirsten Thiels Pineville Sr. .432
IF Brylie Fontenot Sam Houston Jr. .534
IF Bailey Henderson Pineville Jr. .608
IF Sara Roussel Hahnville Sr. .551
IF Chloe Larry Parkway So. .643
OF Nyjah Fontenot Barbe Sr. .486
OF Dayzja Williams Alexandria Jr. .456
OF Karli Sellers West Monroe Jr. .413
UT Lexie Dibley Sam Houston Jr. .398
UT Emily Collins Pineville Sr. 30-3
UT Maddie Robinson Natchitoches Central Jr. 14-6
UT Kira Manganello John Curtis So. .388
UT Kai Goodman John Curtis So. 18-1
OUTSTANDING PLAYER: ADDISON JACKSON, ST. AMANT
COACH OF THE YEAR: AMY PITRE, ST. AMANT
Kailey Dwyer, Acadiana; Bevan Hartnett, Pineville; Lauren Cooper, Pineville; Catherine Stokes, Natchitoches Central; Carla Wilson, Ruston; Ana Grace Garcia, St. Joseph’s Academy; Jenna Samuel, Northshore; Madison Laiche, John Curtis; Laney Waguespack, Hahnville; Lauren Sekenger, Dominican; Riley Myers, Southwood; Ava Defee, Benton; Brynne Songy, Dutchtown; Parish Endris, Airline; Madison Jolie Lenderman, Acadiana; Rheagan Montgomery, Ouachita; Erin Stallings, Alexandria; Desi Robinson, Natchitoches Central; Caitlyn Riche, Walker; Shaun Leiva, Live Oak; Alix Franklin, St. Amant; Ashlyn Shirah, Northshore; Rikki Adams, Chalmette; MyKail Lusco, Dominican; Jina Baffuto, Airline; Brooklyn Brockhaus, Haughton; Landrie Crockett, West Ouachita; Carmen Dixon, St. Amant; Elena Heng, Airline; Madelyn England, Sam Houston; Bailey Neathery, West Ouachita; Heather Triche, H.L. Bourgeois; Sophie Livers, Benton;