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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Times – Countdown to kickoff: Captain Shreve seeks replacement of 11 defenders

Fans of the Captain Shreve defense may need an updated roster to figure out who’s who in the 2020 version of the defending District 1-5A co-champions.

That’s because the Gators graduated all 11 starters on that side of the ball after a sterling campaign in 2019 that saw coach Bryant Sepulvado’s squad go 9-3 and advance to the second round of the LHSAA Class 5A playoffs. But the team had a strong showing Friday in a scrimmage against Minden.

“We had a good effort and the kids played hard even though it’s been almost a year since they’ve played,” Sepulvado said. “With so many new faces, we were sloppy at times and made some mistakes as you would expect.”

The Gators have to get things fixed quickly with Scotlandville, an 8-4 team in 2019, coming to Lee Hedges Friday for the season opener.

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Times – Captain Shreve’s Fegley wins three events at YMCA meet

Texas A&M swimming commit Brooke Fegley of Captain Shreve captured three events Saturday at the YMCA of Northwest Louisiana High School Invitational to lead the contingent of swimmers from 14 area schools.

Captain Shreve’s Lillian Tichenor, Loyola’s Jonathan English, along with Calvary’s Christian Booth and Ben Ponder won two events apiece.

“I dropped off my best time five seconds tapered in the 500 Free, so I was pretty excited about that,” Fegley said. “That’s good leading up to the bigger meets.”

The meet was held at the YMCA with COVID-19 protocols in place including temperature checks, mandatory masks and waiting outside for races by the student-athletes. The meet was live streamed although some parents watched through windows.

Fegley was tops in the 50, 100 and 500 Free events, narrowly defeating future Aggie teammate Sarah Holt (Calvary) in the 100, while Holt won the 200 IM.

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Times – Captain Shreve’s Alexis Haley wins Times Athlete of the Week 2

Captain Shreve cheerleader Alexis Haley is involved in a number of organizations in Gatorland and those contacts helped her defeat a field of nine additional student-athletes in the second Times online poll for Athlete of the Week, sponsored by Raising Canes Chicken Fingers and the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission.

Haley and her supporters worked tirelessly by accumulating 18,638 votes (48 percent) of the 38,795 votes cast in the weekly poll for the win. Also making a solid run at the title was Airline volleyball player Lexi Danard, who garnered 7,597 votes (20 percent) to finish as runner-up.

Haley will receive a backpack, coupon for a boxed lunch combo, sunglasses and some chapstick courtesy of Raising Canes.

“Besides being a talented cheerleader, Alexis is an exceptional student, class leader and compassionate volunteer,” said Shreve teacher Barbara Doughty. “Last year she competed in the ‘Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge’ as an up and coming young entrepreneur. Alexis is a very special young woman. Captain Shreve is proud that she’s a Gator.”

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Times – Shreve’s Fegley, Calvary’s Booth among triple winners in swim meet

Captain Shreve’s Brooke Fegley, a Texas A&M swim commitment, and Calvary’s Christian Booth captured a trifecta of events this past weekend in the Bulldog Aquatic Club’s Invitational swim meet in Ruston.

Calvary’s Ben Ponder, Shreve’s Lilly Tichenor, Calvary’s Sarah Holt and West Monroe’s Adam Wiedemeier won two events apiece at the first major swim meet of the season in north Louisiana.

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Times – Caddo Magnet, Captain Shreve combine for 20 National Merit semifinalists

Caddo Parish Public Schools is raising the bar on academic excellence. The district this year set an all-time high on National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists with 20 students named Wednesday as part of the program’s nationwide announcement.

Comprising the 20 students selected for this distinguished recognition are 18 seniors from Caddo Parish Magnet High School and two seniors from Captain Shreve High School.

To qualify as a semifinalist, Caddo’s students were among approximately 1.5 million 11th graders from across the United States who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test with the hope of making it to the next round of the scholarship competition.

From the 1.5 million students, approximately 16,000 were designated as semifinalists.

Caddo’s 2020-2021 school year semifinalists are:

·       Mark Raines, Captain Shreve High School

·       Patrick Simon, Captain Shreve High School

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Times – Captain Shreve’s Fegley chooses Texas A&M

One of the elite swimmers in Northwest Louisiana, Captain Shreve’s Brooke Fegley has opted to verbally commit to Texas A&M.

The Lady Gator senior is a regular on the medal stand at swim meets.

“First and foremost, the impressive coaching staff made A&M a good fit for me,” Fegley told The Times. “A&M provides their swimmers with amazing opportunities to grow and improve as athletes and people. And due to this, I feel that the head coach will challenge me and make me a better swimmer and teammate.”

Primarily a sprint freestyler, Fegley was in discussions with multiple Division I and Division II schools about a swimming scholarship before choosing the Aggies.

She finished second in the 50 free and third in the 100 free at last year’s LHSAA state swim meet in Sulphur. She also swam a leg on the Lady Gators’ second-place 400 free relay team.

Fegley was looking for a school that offered her choice of majors in a big way.

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