Times – Captain Shreve’s Ricardo tops best athlete of week voting

Captain Shreve softball standout Mikel-Ann Ricardo has a passion for softball and for being a people-person and that personality helped her defeat a field of 12 additional student-athletes in the 37th Times online poll for Athlete of the Week, sponsored by the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission.

Ricardo and her supporters wore out their fingers by accumulating 21,618 votes (39.9 percent) of the 54,183 votes cast in the weekly poll for the win. Also making a solid run at the title was Airline softball standout and LSU commit Raelin Chaffin, who garnered 15,632 votes (28.9 percent).

Ricardo is a member of the National Honor Society, Z Club, Student Council, FCA and BETA club at Shreve. The junior-to-be was the starting pitcher for the Lady Gators the past two seasons.

“She is the type of player who wants the ball in high intensity situations, and she has excelled in those situations the past two seasons for us,” Lady Gators coach Mitch Fant said. “I am very excited to see what is to come next season. I hate that our season was cut short because we were playing so well going into our district schedule.”

Ricardo was 6-2 on the mound with 49 strikeouts in 47 innings with a 2.08 ERA in the virus-shortened season.

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Times – Captain Shreve boasts four 2020 baseball signees

Louisiana baseball teams may have endured a shortened season, but the Captain Shreve baseball team still managed to land at least four, possibly seven, seniors with spots to play at the next level.

Mark Mitchell, Jake Tyndall, Steven Cassidy and Kaidyn Harrell have all found landing sports with Alden Moore expected to sign by the end of the month. Two additional seniors are expected to be college walk-ons.

“This is a testament to the hard work these players have put in,” Gator coach Todd Sharp said. “Especially during a shortened season, we are fortunate to have players with opportunities to play after high school. We have five baseball coaches who all played college baseball and we all teach at Shreve. Three of us went the JUCO route, then to a 4-year school. We understand how difficult it is to find a place to play.”

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Times – Captain Shreve’s Bagley wins week 34 AOW vote

Captain Shreve senior Caden Bagley recently finished four years as a Gators toiling in fun with coach Todd Sharp’s baseball team. Along the way, he was dominate against a field of nine additional student-athletes in the 34th Times online poll for Athlete of the Week, sponsored by the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission.

Bagley and his supporters gathered 20,137 votes, 41.4 percent of the 48,593 votes cast. Also faring well in the voting was Plain Dealing softball senior Jenny Rae Langston, who compiled 11,793 votes (24.3 percent).

Another senior athlete who had his final season in green and gold cut short, Bagley reached base safely 23 times in 36 plated appearances for a .639 on-base percentage through 10 games, according Sharp.

Bagley was batting .368 and was hit-by-pitch in eight consecutive games. He has maintained a 3.7 GPA and is a member of the national distinguished scholars. He is planning on attending UL Monroe where he will major in Kinesiology/Physical Therapy.

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Times – Captain Shreve’s Moore wins week 30 Athlete of the Week vote

Captain Shreve softball player Callie Moore and Airline baseball player Bryson Connell quickly distanced themselves this past week from seven additional candidates in the 30th Times online poll for Athlete of the Week, sponsored by the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission.

A heated battle ensued between fans and family of the two Class 5A standouts with Moore’s support cast compiling 28,485 votes, 43.7 percent of the 65,240 votes cast, to nose out the talented Connell, who managed 25,342 votes (38.8 percent).

A 2020 Academic All-State selection and 3-time Times All-City selection, Moore was the 2019 District 1-5A Offensive Player of the Year. She hit .461 last season with 15 homers, 89 RBI, 129 runs scored and was successful in 72 of 74 stolen base attempts. She has also been stellar on defense at shortstop, second base or on the mound.

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Times – Capt. Shreve girls, Benton boys open soccer playoffs with wins

It’s evident it’s time for the LHSAA soccer playoffs when the temperature drops from the 70s to the 30s. But that extreme did little to deter the Captain Shreve soccer team which dispatched visiting Acadiana 3-0 Thursday night at Lee Hedges Stadium in Division I action.

Goals from fabulous freshman Emma Bradford, super sophomore Kiley Rourke and senior Olivia “Doodle” Hilburn were too much for the Lady Rams to offset and the victory moved the Lady Gators into the second round of the LHSAA Division I state playoffs.

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KTBS – Lady Gators bond over basketball in wake of Gianna Bryant’s death

“I don’t think I could play basketball again after something like that.”

14-year-old Erin Jackson put herself in Gigi Bryant’s teammate’s shoes. Not one, but three girls on the team, including Gigi, lost their lives in a helicopter crash Sunday. They were on their way to a game with Gigi’s father, retired basketball star Kobe Bryant.

Jackson said the girls on Captain Shreve’s basketball team are her best friends.

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Times – William Bradford’s back is back for Captain Shreve

Anyone who thinks playing soccer at the high school level isn’t back-breaking work, should consider a one-on-one with Captain Shreve’s William Bradford.

The senior standout is just a few months removed from a nine-month forced hiatus from the sport he loves due to overplaying kicking a small white ball around on turf and grass fields.

Bradford suffered a stress fracture in his lower back last January that required surgery in June.

“It started hurting after a practice, but went away, and I didn’t think anything of it,” Bradford said. “We had a tournament in Lafayette the following weekend, and after the first game, the pain just never went away. I had to miss the last game of the tournament.”

Bradford realized he was playing too much soccer without enough rest between outings, causing him to slip a disc. He was constantly in pain before the surgery.

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Times – Captain Shreve’s Coleman attracts rave reviews

During the recruiting process of Captain Shreve’s Kendal Coleman, one college coach described the big man’s upside as in the vicinity of Louisiana Tech/NBA great Karl Malone.

An exaggeration? Maybe. Maybe not.

But what we do know is that Coleman is ultra-talented, smart, physical and will make Northwestern State fans happy in the near future. Right now, the 6-foot-8, 220-pounder is putting smiles on the faces of the Gator faithful.

“What is most impressive about Kendal is his work ethic and willingness to be coached,” first year Captain Shreve coach Corey Deans said. “When your best player is your hardest worker and the most coachable, it makes the coach’s job easy. Not only does Kendal hold himself to my expectations and standards, but he demands his teammates meet them also.”

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KSLA – Tori Reich – Landers Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Athlete of the Week

Volleyball season has come and gone. We had a few teams finish strong. Captain Shreve senior Tori Reich made the most of her opportunity on the court and now she can continue playing on the next level.

That’s why she’s this week’s Landers Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Athlete of the Week.

Times – Captain Shreve tops Parkway in BFCU finale

Captain Shreve sauntered into the Parkway gym Saturday afternoon and sauntered away with their first tournament championship and perhaps their most significant victory under new coach Corey Deans.

While the celebration of the 50-39 victory over the host Panthers in the championship game of the 2019 Barksdale Federal Credit Union basketball tournament was somewhat muted, it may have set the Gators up for a strong run when the District 1-5A race gets under way.

“It doesn’t mean a whole lot, except it is nice to get a win against a district opponent,” Deans said. “I’m ready for district play to get underway.”

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