| Gonzales weekly citizen
It was another successful season for Ascension Parish high school girls’ football when both St. Amant and Dutchtown advanced to the second round of the playoffs.
Because of the progress made by these teams, many of their players have been named to the District 4-5A roster.
There were a total of 24 parishioners who formed the first and second units. Dutchtown had the most selections with 11, followed by St. Amant with nine. In addition, four players were recognized by East Ascension.
Of the three parish schools in the district, Dutchtown had the most advertised season. The Lady Griffins went 16-4-1 during the regular season. This included an undefeated run in district competition that earned them a direct district championship.
Dutchtown took the number 8 in the Division I playoffs and hosted a first-round game against West Jefferson No. 25. The Lady Griffins dominated 8-0.
They advanced to the next round, where they hosted another game – this time against St. Scholastica No. 9. Unfortunately for the Lady Griffins their season ended here. They were defeated 2-1.
Long-time Dutchtown head coach Anant Vyas has been named the district’s Coach of the Year.
Another honor for the Lady Griffins was the District Offensive MVP title. That went to Dutchtown’s great newcomer Riley Hicock.
There were three other noncommissioned officers from Lady Griffin who joined Hicock on the first team for the entire district. They were Carrigan Hookfin, Tristan Gulczynski and Maya Tilley.
The first team was also one of Dutchtown’s two seniors, goalkeeper Alexi Odland.
Six Lady Griffins made up the second team for the entire district. They were: the sophomores Riley Cangelosi and Lilian Moss, the juniors Colette Smith, Londyn Naden and Rylie Gueho and the senior Elizabeth Kennison.
St. Amant had another impressive season. The Lady Gators finished the regular season with a 13-5-1 record. This included a second place in the district.
The Lady Gators entered the playoffs number 10. They hosted Barbe in the first round and scored a 5-0 win.
St. Amant then advanced to the second round where he traveled to play Northshore with the seventh seed. The Lady Gators season ended there with a 1: 2 defeat.
Senior Rachel Cretini received the highest honors in the district when she was named the league’s overall MVP. In addition, Senior Camille Sheets has been named a Co-Defensive MVP.
Sheets and Cretini on the first team included explosive scorers Nya Bridgewater (sophomore) and Sadie Bourgeois (junior).
Five Lady Gators made up the second team. They were: second goalkeeper Caylee Sheets, junior Sarah Arceneaux and seniors Kelsey Bourgeois, Amber Merchant and Kayla Murillo.
The East Ascension Lady Spartans had their share of fighting in 2021. They finished with an overall record of 3-11 and missed the playoffs for the second straight season.
Despite the poor win-loss record, there were some Lady Spartan players who performed impressively throughout the season. Four of them made up the all district team.
Second goalkeeper Hannah May was named co-defensive MVP along with Sheets. Her first team included Abbie Delaune, a senior at East Ascension.
The second team for the Lady Spartans were newcomers Ava Lambert and sophomore Paige Pranskey.