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Hilliard named Steelers' WR coach
Former Patterson High standout and NFL wide receiver Ike Hilliard recently was hired as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ wide receivers coach.
Hilliard, a former wide receiver for the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has had previous NFL assistant coaching stints with the Washington Redskins on two separate occasions as well as the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins.
The ex-Lumberjack went on to play for the University of Florida before being drafted in the first round by the Giants in 1997.
Below is a recap of the activities of the area's other alumni during the past week:
Nicholls softball standout Kennedy Hebert was named Southland Conference Softball Hitter of the Week Tuesday for her performances in recent games.
The sophomore outfielder and Morgan City High alum hit .471 the previous week with two home runs and three RBIs in six games with five runs scored to earn the honor.
This past week, Hebert had an RBI in Nicholls’ 8-0 victory against Southern in Thibodaux Tuesday before recording at least one hit in every game this weekend of Southeastern Louisiana University’s Mardi Gras Mambo in Youngsville.
In Friday’s 6-2 loss to Jacksonville at the tournament, Hebert finished 2-for-3 with a triple, an RBI and a run.
On defense, she had one putout.
In Saturday’s 5-1 victory against Alcorn State, Hebert finished 2-for-3 with an RBI, while on defense she had three putouts.
Later Saturday in a 9-4 loss to Middle Tennessee State, Hebert finished 1-for-3 while recording one putout and one assist on defense.
Hebert finished 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and a run, while recording two putouts on defense in Sunday’s 5-2 victory against Detroit Mercy.
In Nicholls’ tournament finale, a 6-1 loss to the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Hebert finished 1-for-2.
This season, Hebert is batting.447. She has scored 10 runs, collected 21 hits — including two doubles, one triple and four home runs — has 11 RBIs, a .787 slugging percentage, a .536 on-base percentage and has stolen one base.
She leads Nicholls in batting average, runs scored, hits, triples, home runs, RBIs, slugging percentage and on-base percentage.
Defensively, she has a perfect fielding percentage with 26 putouts and one assist.
Nicholls (6-11) will return to action Tuesday when it hosts South Alabama at 6 p.m. in Thibodaux.
Central Catholic High alum and Delta State sophomore Taylor Picou collected a hit in every game of Delta State’s series with Christian Brothers this weekend, including a two-home run game in the series finale.
In game one Saturday, a 3-0 Gulf South Conference loss to Christian Brothers in Cleveland, Mississippi, Picou finished 1-for-3 on offense, while on defense, she recorded three putouts.
In the second game Saturday, a 7-6 Delta State win in eight innings, Picou finished 1-for-3 on offense, while on defense, she recorded two putouts and two assists.
In Sunday’s 4-1 victory, Picou finished 3-for-3 with two home runs, two RBIs and two runs.
On defense, she had two putouts and three assists.
This season, Picou has a .395 batting average. She has 15 hits — including three doubles and three home runs — nine runs scored and five RBIs.
Picou leads the team in batting average, runs scored, hits, home runs and is tied for the team lead in RBIs.
Defensively, she has a .982 fielding percentage with 40 putouts and 15 assists. She also has helped turn three double plays.
Delta State (5-9 overall, 2-1 in conference play) will return to action Saturday and Sunday when it travels to meet the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida. The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday and a single game Sunday.
Berwick High alum Jordan Lipari recorded two hits apiece in two games for Millsaps College this past weekend.
While she had one assist on defense in Millsaps’ 4-3 loss to the University of Dallas at Millsaps Invitational in Jackson, Mississippi, Friday, she finished 2-for-4 Saturday with a double, a stolen base and two runs in the squad’s 5-4 win in eight innings against LaGrange College.
On defense, she recorded one putout.
Later Saturday in Millsaps’ 8-5 victory against the University of Dallas, Lipari finished 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs.
On defense, she recorded one putout.
This season, Lipari is batting .258 with seven runs, eight hits — including three doubles — four RBIs and one stolen base.
She is tied for the team lead in doubles.
In the field, Lipari has a .909 fielding percentage with nine putouts and one assist.
Millsaps (6-4) will return to action Tuesday when it travels to face Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi.
Alcorn State University junior and Patterson High alum Jamey Fabre finished 1-for-5 with two RBIs in the team’s 9-8 loss to Ole Miss in 10 innings Wednesday in Oxford, Mississippi.
On defense, he had seven putouts and one assist.
This season, Fabre is batting .158 with three hits — including two doubles — five RBIs and one run scored. He leads the team in doubles.
In the field, Fabre has a perfect fielding percentage with 29 putouts and two assists. He has helped turn a team-leading three double plays.
Alcorn State (2-2) will return to action Wednesday when it travels to face Mississippi State in nondistrict action in Starkville.
Patterson High alum Taylan Grogan had a team-high 22 points as well as two assists, one steal and two rebounds in Wiley College’s 73-71 loss to Our Lady of the Lake University in Red River Athletic Conference action in Marshall, Texas, Saturday.
This season, Grogan leads Wiley College with an average of 24.7 points per game. He also has per-game averages of 3.2 rebounds, three assists, 1.7 steals and 0.3 blocks.
Wiley College (10-12 overall, 8-8 in conference play) will continue conference play Thursday when it hosts Texas College in conference play.
Former Central Catholic standout Randi Brown scored 18 points in Haukar’s 75-72 loss to KR Wednesday.
Brown also had two steals, two assists and four rebounds. She led the team in points and tied for the team lead in steals.
This season, Brown has per-game averages of 26.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.8 steals and 0.5 blocks. Brown leads her squad in points, steals and rebounds.
Haukar (13-8) returns to action Wednesday when it meets Keflavik.
Former Central Catholic High School baseball player and Fort Hays State sophomore centerfielder Drake Angeron was in action this weekend for the Tigers in their series against Colorado State-Pueblo in Hays, Kansas.
In Fort Hays State’s 1-0 victory Friday, Angeron scored the game-winning run.
On defense, he had five putouts.
In Saturday’s 4-0 loss, Angeron had five putouts on defense.
In the Tigers’ 6-2 loss in game two, Angeron had four putouts.
Sunday, Angeron finished 1-for-4 with a run, while he had one putout on defense in the team’s 11-4 loss.
This season, Angeron is batting .210 with 13 hits, including one home run. He has seven RBIs, 13 runs scored and is 12-of-13 in stolen bases.
Defensively, he has 37 putouts and a .974 fielding percentage.
Angeron leads Fort Hays State in stolen bases.
The Tigers (10-6) will return to action Friday-Sunday when they travel to Pittsburg, Kansas, to face Pittsburg State. The teams will play one game apiece Friday-Sunday.
Morgan City High alum and Xavier University of Louisiana junior Makye Richard had 12 points, one steal, three assists and three rebounds in the squad’s 91-78 victory against Talladega in Talladega, Alabama, Saturday in Gulf Coast Athletic Conference action.
This season, Richard has per-game averages of 11 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.4 blocks.
Xavier (22-5, 10-1) will return to action Monday when it travels to face Edward Waters in Jacksonville, Florida.
Berwick High alum and Louisiana Ragin Cajun freshman Zeph Hoffpauir got the first start of his collegiate career Sunday in left field in Louisiana’s 3-0 loss to Virginia Tech in Lafayette.
Hoffpauir recorded two putouts on defense.
Louisiana (2-6) will return to action Wednesday when it hosts Northwestern State.
Berwick High alum and LSU freshman Mitchell Sanford received his first collegiate start Saturday in LSU’s 6-3 win against Eastern Kentucky in Baton Rouge.
Sanford started for the Tigers in left field.
In Friday’s 2-0 loss to Eastern Kentucky, Sanford served as a pinch runner for designated hitter Saul Garza.
LSU (5-3) will return to action Wednesday when it hosts Louisiana Tech.
Central Catholic alum and Southeastern Louisiana University freshman Bryce Grizzaffi received the first playing time of his collegiate career in Sunday’s 8-0 loss to Jacksonville in Hammond as he pinch hit for teammate Evan Keller.
Southeastern (3-3) will return to action Tuesday when it travels to face the University of Louisiana at Monroe.