Four Eagles are honored, three on first team
Central Catholic placed four players on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 1A All-State team, including three first-team selections.
Juniors, pitcher Bryson Barbier and infielder Barron Courtney, as well as senior outfielder Josh Singleton, all made the first team. Freshman Samuel Guarisco was an honorable mention selection.
All were key parts in the Eagles’ run to the Class 1A state title game for the second consecutive year. This year’s squad fell in the finals to Mangham, 4-2, earlier this month.
“I’m proud of all of those guys,” Central Catholic coach Tyler Jensen said of his players’ recognition. “It’s a big accomplishment. I think it says a lot about our program. To have four guys make all-state, that’s a lot. … I think it shows how far we’ve come in the past two or three years as a program when we’re getting recognized.”
Barbier finished his junior season with an 11-3 mark with a 1.92 ERA. In 76.2 innings, he surrendered 29 runs — 21 earned — on 61 hits. He walked 33 and struck out 90.
At the plate, he hit .376 with five doubles, a triple, 24 RBIs and scored 24 runs.
“Bryson obviously was our workhorse on the mound again this year,” Jensen said. “I know he made all-state as a pitcher but I felt like he made big-time improvements at the plate.”
Jensen said at the end of the year, Barbier was one of their top hitters.
Courtney finished the season with a .426 batting average as well as 16 doubles, five home runs, 48 RBIs and 40 runs.
“Throughout the whole season, he was probably our most consistent hitter. … People pitched around him a lot, especially late in the year,” Jensen said. “I was really happy for him. (It was) well deserved.”
Singleton batted .436 with eight doubles, two triples, 20 RBIs, 13 stolen bases and 32 runs.
Jensen said Singleton thrived this year in the leadoff position where he was moved to following a teammates’ injury.
“Once Josh moved back to the leadoff stop, he really took off,” Jensen said.
He noted the senior’s clutch hitting in the second round game against St. Martin’s as well as his leadership.
“He was one of our leaders, and he really had a good year for us,” he said.
Guarisco hit .367 with nine doubles, one home run, 33 RBIs and 26 runs. He stole nine bases.
He also pitched for the Eagles.
“Samuel had a big year, especially for a freshman,” Jensen said.
Jensen said that a change in approach at the plate helped Guarisco thrive this year, while his defense also improved as the year went on.
P: Ridge Heisler, Mangham; Braden Bristo, Ouachita Christian; Stewart Campbell, St. Martin’s; Bryson Barbier, Central Catholic
C: Jonathan Washam, Ouachita Christian
IF: Barron Courtney, Central Catholic; Mike Hess, Hannan; Trevor Curry, St. John; Jordan Washam, Ouachita Christian
OF: Michael Mann, Country Day; Josh Singleton, Central Catholic; Drake Battaglia, Houma Christian
UT: Mark Van, Cedar Creek; Dylan Ridgway, Mangham; Ben Harrison, Country Day; Jalen Williams, Westminster Christian; Morgan Booksh, St. John
Outstanding Player: Ridge Heisler, Mangham
Coach of the Year: Scott Wilcher, Mangham
Honorable mention: Izzy Arceri, Crescent City; Kent McGuire, Country Day; Mark Fontenot, Oberlin; Corey Cantrell, Merryville; Hayden Doyle, Hamilton Christian;
Aaron George, Ouachita Christian; Payton Kellebrew, Hanson Memorial; Hayden Marze, Westminster Christian; Rhett Hickman, Hannan; Grant Mathews, Country Day; Erik Parker, Hamilton Christian; Zac Langer, St. Martin’s; Perry Pitre, St. Edmund; Drake Businelle, Hanson Memorial; Jacob Brown, Cedar Creek; Nick Ardoin, Merryville; Samuel Guarisco, Central Catholic; Charles Firmin, Sacred Heart-Ville
Platte; Kade Tremie, Sacred Heart-Ville Platte; Tyler McCain, St. Mary’s; James Carney, St. Mary’s; Kane Fontenot, Ascension Episcopal; Jacob Harrison, Montgomery.
Courtesy of theadvocate.com