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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Times – Captain Shreve girls soccer is perfect after 16 games, nothing secret about it

Heading into the new year, when the northwest Louisiana soccer season begins heating up, the Captain Shreve girls are in an unfamiliar situation.

The Lady Gators (16-0) are undefeated, rated No. 1 in the state in the power ratings and have set themselves up as the team to beat over the next month. There aren’t a lot of secrets for the success.

“Our girls are best friends and they would run through a brick wall or throw themselves on a hand grenade for each other,” coach Erik Lane said. “There are zero egos.”

 

Among the key contributors is Emma Bradford, who leads the team with 20 goals in just 13 games. The forward has missed three games with a hamstring injury, but is expected back for the Jan. 5 contest against West Monroe

Emily Moffett has 16 goals and then there’s Brooklyn Lattier with a team-high 21 assists.

One of the most dangerous Lady Gators is junior Willow Snider, a technically skilled, two-footed athlete who can play anywhere on the pitch, according to Lane.

“Willow is also the best athlete on the field no matter who we play,” Lane said. “Her pace, physicality and ball skills make her very difficult to beat one-on-one. She works hard at training and is always one of our most fit players.”

Snider’s versatility was evident in Shreve’s blowout 6-0 victory over Natchitoches Central before the holidays when Lane’s two starting forwards were out. She scored three goals with an assist on another in just one half of play. And Snider has played every minute of the season.

Lane said his talented club is “a highly effective counterattacking oriented team.”

“We are able to play in a more relaxed, possession-oriented way when we need to because of Willow’s calming influence in the back,” he said. “She can clear with either foot, find a penetrating pass to start an attacking movement or can take players on successfully though she is rarely in a position to do so because of her position and our style of play.”

Snider’s skill as a center back allows Shreve to play with three center backs instead of a more traditional four-back set.

“Though we do play with four when it makes sense to do so,” Lane said.

Snider was one of just three Louisiana girls selected to the United Soccer Coaches All-Southwest USA High School Team as a sophomore.

“Willow absolutely has what is needed to be successful at a Division I, mid-major type program,” Lane said.

Meanwhile, the Lady Gators have had just four players miss games for quarantine issues and they’ve kept injuries to a minimum, except for Maddie Aubrey who is out for the year with a knee injury.

“Defensively, we have been rock solid. We have allowed seven goals in 16 games with 10 shutouts,” Lane said. “Emily Watts (goalkeepeer), Snider, Isabella Hamilton, Reagan Titus and Laney Fouts have done a great job in the back for us.”

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Times – Captain Shreve’s Kiley Rourke wins Times Athlete of the Week poll

Captain Shreve soccer standout Kiley Rourke staged a monumental battle with Doyline basketball’s Jamaria Clark 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 junior defensive midfielder for the Lady Gators, Rourke was instrumental in Shreve’s 6-0 road victory over Central Thursday night. Apparently, she and her teammates voted throughout their long bus ride home.

Rourke and her supporters were able to secure 35,618 votes, a solid 43 percent of the 82,634 votes cast in the weekly online recognition. That allowed the teenager to top a field of nine additional candidates, including Clark, who compiled a massive 33,858 votes (41 percent). Clark was angling to be the first winner from a Class B school in the voting.

Rourke will receive a backpack, a Raising Cane’s gift card for a boxed lunch combo, and some additional Raising Cane’s swag for her efforts.

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Times – Captain Shreve’s Brooke Fegley, Lillian Tichenor capture LHSAA state swim titles

Captain Shreve’s Brooke Fegley and Lillian Tichenor capped off a tremendous week of swimming by Shreveport high school competitors adding a trio of state titles to a growing resume of winners during Saturday’s final day of competition in the LHSAA State Swimming Championships.

Fegley won both the 50 and 100 freestyle  to earn the Texas A&M commitment the Most Outstanding Division I Swimmer accolade. Caddo Magnet’s Evelyn Zhang earned the same honor in Division II on Friday by also winning a pair of events. Thursday’s lineup saw Calvary’s Sarah Holt win two individual firsts and help the Calvary 200 medley relay team win.

“This feels wonderful. This is one of my first chances ever to be a state champion,” Fegley told The Times. “Winning twice … I never thought that would happen. That was the goal I wanted and I’m so glad I reached it.”

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