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Nicholls' Kennedy Hebert
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MCHS alum Hebert off to solid start in 2nd season at Nicholls

Morgan City High alum Kennedy Hebert has gotten off to a solid start to begin her sophomore season as a member of the Nicholls softball team.
The centerfielder has begun the season with a two-home run, three-RBI game in the Colonels’ season opener against San Diego Feb. 7 at the River City Leadoff Tournament in Jacksonville, Florida. In the 10-6 loss for Nicholls, Hebert finished 2-for-3 with two home runs, three RBIs and two runs.
In Saturday’s 9-3 loss to Jacksonville at the tournament, Hebert finished 2-for-3 with a stolen base and a run, while in Saturday’s 7-3 loss to San Diego State, Hebert was 1-for-2.
In the Colonels’ home opener against Alcorn State Tuesday in Thibodaux, Heber finished 1-for-2 with two runs in Nicholls’ 9-1 victory.
This season, Hebert is batting .375 with six hits — including two home runs — with three RBIs and has scored five runs. She leads the team in home runs, runs scored and slugging percentage (.750) and is tied for the team lead in RBIs.
In the field, Hebert has a perfect fielding percentage with 12 put outs.
Nicholls (1-5) will return to action at the Madeira Beach Tournament Friday through Sunday. It will meet Purdue and Butler Friday, Middle Tennessee Saturday and Southern Illinois and Mercer Sunday.
Below is a recap of activities by other Tri-City Area alumni during the past week:
Drake Angeron
Central Catholic High alum and Fort Hayes State sophomore centerfielder Drake Angeron had at least one hit in every game this past weekend in the series against Colorado School of Mines in Hays, Kansas.
In Saturday’s 11-9 win, Angeron finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs, three stolen bases and two runs.
Later Saturday in the squad’s 9-6 loss in 11 innings, Angeron finished 2-for-6 with an RBI, three stolen bases and a run.
In Sunday’s 20-11 loss, Angeron finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs, a stolen base and a run, while he concluded the weekend with a 1-for-4 performance with a stolen base and a run in the squad’s 6-5 loss.
For the season, Angeron is batting .273 with nine hits, five RBIs, five runs and is 10-for-10 in stolen bases. Angeron leads the team in stolen bases. Through games Tuesday nationally, Angeron is ranked No. 1 in Division II in stolen bases and No. 3 in stolen bases per game with 1.25.
He also has a 1.000 fielding percentage with 18 put outs.
Fort Hays State (5-3) will return to action Friday through Sunday when it hosts New Mexico Highlands. The teams will meet once Friday, hold a double header Saturday and conclude the series with a game Sunday.
Jordan Lipari
Berwick High alum and Millsaps College junior Jordan Lipari started the season off with hits in her first two contests as the Majors swept Louisiana College in Jackson, Mississippi, Saturday.
In Millsaps’ 9-8 victory, Lipari finished 1-for-3 with a double and two runs, while in Millsaps’ 5-1 victory, she finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run.
This season, Lipari is batting .500 with three hits — including one double — three RBIs and three runs. She is tied for the team lead in runs scored, doubles and RBIs.
Defensively, she has four putouts in four attempts for a 1.000 fielding percentage.
Millsaps (2-0) will return to action Saturday and Sunday when the squad plays two doubleheaders in San Antonio. Saturday, Millsaps will meet Texas-based Trinity University, while Sunday, Millsaps will meet Texas-based Our Lady of the Lake University.
Taylan Grogan
Patterson High alum Taylor Grogan continued his solid season as he finished with 25 or more points in the team’s last two games.
In Thursday’s 77-75 loss to Texas-based Paul Quinn in Red River Athletic Conference play, Grogan had a team-high 25 points. He also recorded one assist, two steals, one block and one rebound. He tied for the team lead in assists.
In Saturday’s 94-88 loss to LSU-Shreveport in Marshall, Texas, Grogan had a team-high 37 points.
He also tied for the team lead in assists with three. He recorded one steal and three rebounds, too.
This season, Grogan is ranked No. 2 in Division 1 NAIA in scoring with 26.5 points per game, is No. 6 in 3-point field goals made per game with 3.4, is No. 8 in total s coring with 503 points, is No. 22 in total three-point field goals made with 65, is No. 30 in steals per game with 1.8 and is No. 50 in free-throw percentage at 78.2%.
Wiley College (8-11 overall, 6-7 in Red River Athletic Conference play) will return to action Saturday when it travels to face the University of the Southwest at 5 p.m. in conference action in Hobbs, New Mexico.
Randi Brown
Central Catholic High alum Randi Brown scored 26 points in Iceland-based Haukar’s 75-69 loss to Valur Saturday.
In the loss, Brown also led the team with three steals. She contributed three assists and eight rebounds, too.
This season, Brown has per-game averages of 27 points, 0.6 blocks, 2.9 steals, 4.5 assists and 7.8 rebounds. She leads the team in points, steals and rebounds and is No. 2 in her league in scoring.
Haukar (13-7) will return to action Wednesday when it meets KR.
Shawn Long
Morgan City High alum Shawn Long nearly had two double-doubles this past week in Melbourne United’s two wins.
In the squad’s 99-83 victory against the Caims Taipans Thursday in Melbourne Arena in Australia, he recorded 11 points and 10 rebounds as well as one assist. He led the team in rebounds in the win.
On Saturday, he had 13 points, nine rebounds, one assist and one block in the team’s 95-72 victory against the Illawarra Hawks in Melbourne Arena. He tied for the team lead in blocks in the win.
This season, Long has per-game averages of 18 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists, one steal and 1.2 blocks. He leads the team in rebounds and blocks.
Melbourne United (14-13) will return to action Sunday when it meets South East Melbourne Phoenix at Melbourne Arena.
Taylor Picou
Central Catholic High alum and Delta State sophomore infielder Taylor Picou collected a combined three hits last weekend in Harding University’s Tournament in Searcy, Arkansas.
In Delta State’s 5-0 victory against Midwestern State Saturday, Picou finished 2-for-3 with a run, while in the squad’s 4-0 loss to Drury Sunday, Picou finished 1-for-3.
This season, Picou is batting .227 with five hits, including one double, and has scored three runs.
In the field, Picou has a .971 fielding percentage with 27 putouts and seven assists in 35 chances. She’s helped turn three double plays.
Delta State (3-5) will return to action Saturday and Sunday when it travels to Huntsville, Alabama, to meet the University of Alabama in Huntsville in Gulf South Conference action. The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday and a single game Sunday.
Makye Richard
Morgan City High alum and Xavier University of Louisiana junior Makye Richard scored eight points, had one steal, dished out three assists and recorded five rebounds in the squad’s 64-63 loss at Tougaloo Saturday. Richard’s three assists tied for the team lead.
This season, Richard has per-game averages of 10.6 points and 6.8 rebounds.
Xavier (19-5 overall, 7-1 in Gulf Coast Athletic Conference play) will return to action Saturday when it hosts Dillard in the Crosstown Classic in a Gulf Coast Athletic Conference matchup.
Garret LeBlanc
Central Catholic High alum and Nicholls redshirt senior football player Garret LeBlanc was named to the Southland Conference Fall Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
LeBlanc, a business administration major, made the team with a 3.25 GPA.
He is one of 80 Nicholls athletes participating in fall sports to make the squad.
Stefano Guarisco
Central Catholic High alum and Nicholls senior football player Stefano Guarisco was named to the Southland Conference Fall Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
Guarisco, a business administration major, made the team with a 3.0 GPA.
He is one of 80 Nicholls athletes participating in fall sports to make the squad.

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