Times – Louisiana high school football 4-stars Kendrick Law, Trey Holly shine in Shreve-Union Parish game

Long before they met on the field Friday night at Shreveport’s Lee Hedges Stadium, Captain Shreve’s Kendrick Law Jr. and Union Parish’s Trey Holly had moved into elite territory.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Law, the No. 3 rated athlete in the country for 2022,  and Holly, the No. 7 running back in the country for 2023, are both four-star recruits, according to the 247Sports Composite.

Both scored  in Shreve’s 22-21 win. Holly had 219 yards on 29 carries, and Law caught a season-high six passes for 63 yards while also playing a solid game in the Gators’ secondary.

“It was definitely exciting and we knew going against Trey Holly was going to be a challenge,” Law said. “We knew if we could stop the run, we could do it. And as you can see, we did it.”

The 5-8, 180-pound Holly passed one test earlier this year when his Farmers won at Many, the defending Class 2A state champion. Following the game, he met up with Many 2023 four-star Tackett Curtis for a few words and a photo op

“Me and Tackett really have a good bond. We’ve been communication with each other way before that game,” Holly said. “We try to encourage each other to be a better payer and be humble because we know how fast it can be taken away.”

Shreve’s Bryant Sepulvado has coached just one other 4-star (Jonathan Stewart), and that was 12 years ago when he was an assistant coach at Byrd.

“It’s definitely a challenge to try to come up with a scheme to try to stop a talent like Holly,” Sepulvado said. “But that’s why we get into coaching. It’s exciting because you don’t get to see two kids this talented on the same field.”

Law can choose just about any school in the country he’d like to attend, and he hasn’t yet committed with early signing in December. Holly said he’s “still open and still looking” at the moment, but he has another year to decide.

Right now, Holly is a nearly unstoppable force behind an  offensive line that includes Jayden Washington, Raylen Hunter and Brandon Rosson. He entered Friday’s game averaging 212 yards per game and 8.7 yards per carry.

The Gators’ first two opponents, North DeSoto and Leesville, negated Law as an offensive threat at wide receiver, but lost by lopsided scores when they devoted too much manpower to Law allowing other Gators, like Braylon Finney, to shine. And as a defensive back, the senior All-State speedster scares quarterbacks from throwing his way. Matt Hall scored twice for the Gators against Union Parish.

Following Friday’s game, Holly sought Law for the same face-to-face he had with Curtis a couple of weeks ago. They didn’t get in a photo, but they did shake hands and share a couple words.

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Times – Braylon Finney wins Shreveport Times Week 2 football Athlete of the Week

Captain Shreve’s Braylon Finney secured enough votes this week to win the Times online poll for Football Athlete of the Week, sponsored by Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers and the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission.

A standout senior wide receiver for the Gators, Finney becomes the second football winner of the 2021-22 school year.

Finney and his supporters totaled 698 votes, a solid 24% of the 2,883 votes cast in the weekly online recognition. Those numbers allowed Finney to top a field of 11 additional candidates, including second-place Jacob Lafitte of Loyola College Prep, who totaled 496 votes (17%).

Captain Shreve's Braylon Finney

Finney will receive a backpack, a boxed lunch combo and some additional swag courtesy of Raising Cane’s.

Finney leads the Gators in receiving with 9 catches for 284 yards and a 31.6-yard-per-catch average through two games.  He had 183 receiving yards and two touchdowns last week in a 54-0 win over Leesville.

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Times – Captain Shreve’s Destinee Darnell tops Times top athlete voting

Captain Shreve’s Destinee Darnell secured enough votes this week to win the Times online poll for Athlete of the Week, sponsored by Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers and the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission.

Darnell and her supporters racked up 28,604 votes, a solid 49% of the 58,228 votes cast in the weekly online recognition. Those numbers allowed Darnell to top a field of 11 additional candidates, including Northwood cheerleader Kadence Peal, who made a strong run for the recognition with 24,098 votes (41%).

A cheerleader since the third grade, the senior has cheered at Shreve for four years. She enjoys writing poems, and being a member of BSA and National Honor Society.

“Destinee was also a part of the photography club, BETA club, and Fellow Christian Athletes,” Shreve cheer sponsor Alicia Carroway said. “She was also an All-American Cheerleader. Throughout her four years of high school, Destinee has taken the leadership roles as captain of freshman cheer and co-captain of junior varsity cheer.”

Darnell maintained straight A’s her senior year and posted a 4.7 GPA. She plans to attend Southern-Baton Rouge to major in nursing.

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Times – Captain Shreve’s Mikel-Ann Ricardo tops Times top athlete voting

Captain Shreve’s Mikel-Ann Ricardo secured enough votes this week to win the Times online poll for Athlete of the Week, sponsored by Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers and the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission.

A standout softball player for the Lady Gators, Ricardo becomes the third Captain Shreve athlete to win the poll this school year, joining cheerleader Alexis Haley and soccer player Kiley Rourke.

Ricardo and her supporters racked up 31,335 votes, 32% of the 96,566 votes cast in the weekly online recognition. Those numbers allowed Welch to top a field of nine additional candidates, including Parkway baseball standout Brady Norcross, who had 25,604 votes (26%) and Evangel trickster Aaronyana Wilson, who finished with 17,309 (18%) votes.

Ricardo, who won for a second time in two years, will receive a backpack, a boxed lunch combo and some additional swag courtesy of Raising Cane’s.

“Mikel-Ann was one of my players who I knew was going to give 100% effort on the field,” Shreve coach Mitch Fant said. “She drove in the winning run against Northwood at the end of our season for a ‘walk off’ win that helped propel us toward a playoff appearance this season.”

Ricardo is hitting .366 with one home run, six doubles and 22 RBIs on the season. On the mound, she has 185 strikeouts in 161 innings with a 9-20 record.

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Times – Captain Shreve hires Sonny Kerbow as volleyball coach

New Captain Shreve volleyball coach Sonny Kerbow expects to bring something new to volleyball in the region when he takes over the Lady Gators.

“I plan to bring a different type of game than most people are accustomed to in Northwest Louisiana,” Kerbow said Monday. “We’ll have a more advanced power game – not the ‘let’s just get the ball back over the net’ type of play. We want to be able to compete with the teams in south Louisiana.”

Kerbow replaces Shio Bolkeim, who lost his battle with cancer at the start of last season. Shreve assistant principal Marita Hunt coached the team during most of the 2020-21 season.

A Texas native, Kerbow has an extensive coaching record at a number of levels that he brings to Gatorland. He currently works with the juniors’ program with the Twin Cities Elite club volleyball team.

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Times – Captain Shreve tops Benton in battle of NW La. teams

HAMMOND – In a classic battle of District 1-5A foes, Captain Shreve captured its second LHSAA Class 5A state championship in three years Saturday night in Southeastern Louisiana’s University as the last of 12 title tilts.

Captain Shreve (21-5) defeated Benton (17-7) won 50-39 in a game that probably should have been played in Bossier City’s Brookshire Grocery Arena.

The Lady Gators asserted themselves late in the third quarter behind Kyra Stokes and Kiayra Ellis, expanding to a 15-point lead to keep the Lady Tigers from repeating as state champs. Ellis, an Arkansas State signee, was selected the game’s MVP after posting a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Benton and Captain Shreve battled for the LHSAA Class 5A state title Saturday night in Hammond.

Shreve’s Jordan McLemore and Benton’s Anna Robins were selected the Horizon Award winners from their schools for their commitment to community and scholastics.

The Lady Gators used their superior length to hold Benton’s Jada Anderson to just 11 points on a 4-of-16 shooting night before she moves on to ULM.

Although players on both sides are familiar with each other and the school’s principals have long ties, the game was a battle of the fittest from the opening tip. Benton struggled to adjust to Shreve’s reach in the early going, but the Lady Tigers were ignited by super sub Riley Grace Stanford (14 points) after Ellis gave the Lady Gators an early lead.

By halftime, Shreve led 19-16 as nerves and defense kept the offensive scoring to a minimum.

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See also: Captain Shreve, Benton showcased power of District 1-5A in LHSAA girls basketball

Times – Captain Shreve’s Anthony Bryant shatters backboard with dunk

There wasn’t much time remaining in the third quarter of last week’s Captain Shreve-Byrd basketball game when Shreve’s Anthony Bryant created a memorable experience for the socially distanced fans in attendance.

Bryant came racing down the court in the Gator gym behind junior point guard Kyron Reed, who missed on a short pull-up jumper. The 6-foot-2 Bryant saw the opening for an easy bucket and went for it.

He slammed the ball through the hoop. Trouble was, the backboard, which was installed this summer, was shattered by Bryant’s follow through.

The cheer squad could be seen gasping in the stands behind the goal as glass scattered. No students were injured.

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Times – Captain Shreve’s Anthony Bryant shatters backboard with dunk

There wasn’t much time remaining in the third quarter of last week’s Captain Shreve-Byrd basketball game when Shreve’s Anthony Bryant created a memorable experience for the socially distanced fans in attendance.

The backboard at Captain Shreve was shattered recently on a dunk by Anthony Bryant.

The backboard at Captain Shreve was shattered recently on a dunk by Anthony Bryant.

Bryant came racing down the court in the Gator gym behind junior point guard Kyron Reed, who missed on a short pull-up jumper. The 6-foot-2 Bryant saw the opening for an easy bucket and went for it.

He slammed the ball through the hoop. Trouble was, the backboard, which was installed this summer, was shattered by Bryant’s follow through.

The cheer squad could be seen gasping in the stands behind the goal as glass scattered. No students were injured.

“I’ve been at Shreve 17 years and I don’t recall that ever happening,” said Shreve athletic director Todd Sharp.

The shattering happened with the Gators leading the Jackets by 20.  The coaches agreed to suspend the remainder of the game.

The next day, Caddo Parish Public Schools replaced the backboard. The good news – the backboard was under warranty so it will be replaced for free, according to Sharp.

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Times – Captain Shreve’s girls soccer captain Laney Fouts gets vindication after ACL tear

About this time last year, Laney Fouts received some devastating news. She hurt her knee near halftime of Captain Shreve’s matchup with Byrd.

Shreve led 1-0 at the time but eventually lost 2-1 to Byrd. Fouts tried to return to the game, but later find out she had a serious ACL tear forcing her to miss the remainder of the 2019-20 season including the Lady Gators’ two playoff games. Rehab was brutal for the now senior captain.

“I had a very long recovery going to rehab three days a week,” Fouts said Thursday night following her teams 6-0 first-round LHSAA playoff game against Comeaux. “I did my best to get back together to be able to play my senior season, and I did that. I came back strong and I credit my physical therapy and all my training with coach (Erik) Lane.

“And this year we won the Byrd game 1-0 and I’m so happy. It was the ultimate redemption. It was fantastic.”

Fouts is the no-nonsense quarterback of the Lady Gators team. During pregame activities Thursday night at Lee Hedges, several of her teammates were joking around anticipating and easy victory in the No. 3 versus No. 27 matchup. But Fouts brought them back together with a commanding voice that shut down the frivolity in short order.

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Times – Captain Shreve halts 17 years of soccer frustration versus Byrd

They picked perhaps the worst weather night of the first month of the year to do it, but the Captain Shreve girls soccer team did something Tuesday night at Lee Hedges Stadium that it hadn’t done in nearly two decades.

The Lady Gators beat perennial powerhouse Byrd 1-0 for the first time in 17 years.

The current group of Lady Gator seniors (Emily Watts, Laney Fouts, Niya Sims and Kyndol Dowdy) were just newborns the last time their team pulled off a win against perennial state powerhouse Byrd.

But thanks to a Lady Gator sophomore Emma Bradford, Shreve pulled off a rare win over the Lady Jackets in front of a large crowd that braved steady rain in a sub 50-degree night to watch their team win for what is believed to be the first time since 2003.

“This means a lot to us because we haven’t beaten Byrd in a while,” Bradford understated. “It’s good to see our hard work pay off that we worked for all last season. I love coach (Erik) Lane. I owe him my entire life for everything.”

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