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Patterson High School's Jordan Butler
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Berwick's Clark, Patterson's Butler earn LSWA Class 3A All-State honors
Berwick and Patterson High schools each had one player earn Honorable Mention status on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 3A All-State boys basketball team.
Berwick senior Larenz Clark and Patterson senior Jordan Butler were selected to the squad.
Clark had per-game averages of 13.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.8 steals.
“Larenz guided us throughout the year with his aggressive defensive play to help us have a successful season,” Berwick High School Coach Sean Comeaux said. “He took over on offense and became a dominant force day in and day out. He never took a game off and always pushed until he could not go anymore. We relied on him to help spark our team and lead us to victory. Over the past three years, he has transformed into a great basketball player and even better person. I am truly proud of his accomplishments, and I hope that he will stay successful throughout his college career and life.
Berwick made the playoffs this season for the first time since the 1997 season when Clark’s father was a senior. The squad fell in the first round this year to Brusly High, 62-60, in double overtime.
Butler totaled per-game averages of 14.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2.4 steals.
“Jordan had a great senior season,” Patterson High Coach Ryan Taylor said. “He led us in points, rebounds and steals. He was a leader on the floor.”
While Taylor said for his first three seasons, Butler played with some “very good players,” when he was asked to be “the guy” this year, he accepted the challenge.
“When he went, we went,” Taylor said. “I could not be more (proud) of him. He deserved this recognition.”
Patterson won the District 8-3A title and advanced to the Class 3A postseason where it fell in the first round to Richwood, 68-53.
Other District 8-3A representatives on the all-state teams included E.D. White’s Kevin Johnson, who is a second-team selection, and honorable mention selection Malik Criner of North Vermilion.
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