For Northside, it was a record-breaking year for a team that finished the regular season with a record of 21-6 and won the District 7-C title for the second time in as many years.
The Warriors, who won 15 of their last 17 games, entered the playoffs as the No. 5 seed in Class C and picked up the school’s very first postseason victory with an 83-40 victory over Bishop McManus before being ousted from the Class C playoffs by Claiborne Christian in the second round.
In Midland’s case, it was supposed to be a rebuilding year after graduating four starters from the 2009-2010 state runnersup squad.
The Rebels didn’t see it that way.
Midland cruised to yet another District 7-B title with a 7-1 record and finished the regular season with a mark of 22-9 en route to the No. 4 seed in the Class B playoffs. The Rebels won their first two playoff games before falling short to Castor in the quarterfinals.
Not surprisingly, both teams were rewarded for their efforts when their respective All-District teams were recently announced by their league’s coaches.
Northside’s Byron Starks, in his first season back at the helm of the Warriors after a three-year absence, earned Coach of the Year honors in District 7-C while Pierce Rivera was named the league’s Most Valuable Player.
Rivera, a 6-foot-4 forward, averaged a double-double for the Warriors, scoring 16.7 points while pulling down 10 rebounds per game during his senior campaign. He also averaged one blocked shot per contest.
Rivera was also named to the Class C All-State team that was recently released by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
Rivera is joined on the All-District first team by NCS’ Ben Rogers and Grant Williams. Rogers followed Rivera with 13.5 points per outing and 3.5 rebounds while Williams averaged 4.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists.
Assembly Christian’s Dakota Billiot and Johnathan Cochran round out the first-team selections.
Northside’s Josh Wheeler was named the Defensive Player of they Year while BJ Starks earned the Sixth Man honor.
Honorable mention’s include Northside’s Kaleb Clement, Kade Miller and Nick Gott as well as ACS’ Tyler Hall and Aaron Alexander.
Midland also swept the top honors on the 7-B All-District team with Todd Briley earning Coach of the Year honors while Allen Fontenot was tabbed the league’s MVP.
Fontenot, a senior guard, averaged 15.7 points per game for the Rebels as well as 7.5 rebounds and 2.9 steals. He was also named to the Class B All-State team as an honorable mention.
Joining Fontenot on the first-team is junior guard Andrew Hains (8.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2 steals).
Hathaway landed two spots on the first unit in senior forward Ethan Fruge and sophomore guard Dylan Augustine while Bell City junior guard Josh Jagneaux rounds out the group.
Chase Vincent was named to the second-team along with Lacassine’s Josh Dubroc and Desmond Alfred as well as Bell City’s Hunter Wilson and Lantz Monk.
Allen Vondenstein, Darren Arceneaux, Jake Gautreaux and Michael Primeaux were listed as honorable mentions.
On the girls’ side, Morgan Clement was the lone Lady Rebel to earn first-team honors. Clement, a senior forward, averaged 9.5 points per game.
Lacassine’s Allie Melanson headlined the first-team by earning MVP honor while Hathaway’s James Welch was named the Coach of the Year.
Joining Melason and Clement on the first-team are Lacassine’s Lexi Doga and Hathaway’s duo of Lindsey Fontenot and Kelsey Fontenot.
Midland’s Hannah Fremeaux was named to the second unit along with Bell City’s Kimberly Breaux, Grand Lake’s Cloie Broussard, Lacassine’s Courtney Vital and Hathaway’s Beverly Cormier.