Spring is in the air for the ladies.
The reigning Class 1A softball champion, Archbishop Hannan, is heading back to Sulphur this week to defend its title in the “Fast Pitch 56 State Tournament.”
And the Lady Hawks will be joined by St. Charles Catholic and the Academy of Our Lady from the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
District track and field championships went to Dominican, Cabrini and Xavier Prep.
Dominican gained its first district title since 2005 behind a solid effort in field events by Nicole Delesdernier and her sister Julia.
The two combined to score 36 points, with Nicole winning the javelin competition, finishing third in the discus throw and fourth in the shotput. Julia scored second-place points in the javelin and discus.
Brother Martin won the 9-5A boys championship by winning six of the 19 events and scoring runner-up points in seven more.
Fast Pitch 56
Hannan, which defeated Ascension Catholic, 10-4, for the 1A crown last year, returns to the Frasch Recreation Complex on April 27 with several key players seeking a repeat.
The No. 3 seed Lady Hawks (21-7), who defeated Ridgewood, 15-0, and LaSalle, 8-2, will face No. 22 Westminster, which ended Ascension Catholic’s aspirations for revenge against Hannan by upsetting the No. 11 seed, 5-1. Westminster then eliminated No. 6 Block, 3-2.
Hannan was a Cinderella story last year. It was the only member of its district to field a softball team and had to play a full non-district schedule. This season the Lady Hawks faced district competition from Christian Life, Mount Hermon and Varnado and swept the trio in both rounds of play.
The Academy of Our Lady, which was eliminated by St. Joseph’s in the Class 5A regional round last year, gained a berth in the Class 4A quarterfinals as a No. 18 seed by defeating No. 15 St. Louis, 8-7, and the No. 2 seed, Alexandria, 5-3.
The Penguins (19-11) shared the District 9-4A championship with Belle Chasse (23-9), with whom they split their two-game series. Both are 9-1 and are on different sides of the bracket. A potential “rubber match” would be for the state championship. St. Charles Catholic (23-5, 9-1) is no stranger to the state tournament. The Lady Comets won the 3A crown in 2008 and twice made it to the quarterfinal round before falling out.
Their noon game on April 27 against Brusly will be the third between the two District 7-3A teams. St. Charles won the first, 11-6, then lost at home, 2-1, and shared the district title. Brusly is the No. 2 seed; SCC is the No. 7.
Dominican showed its strength in the field and distance races where it finished 1-2 in the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs.
Mia Meydrich edged Dominican teammate Meghan Charbonnet to win the 800 and 1,600, and Lisa Sakamoto finished ahead of Sarah Carr in the eight-lap 3,200.
Victoria Young of Archbishop Chapelle set a school and meet record by running a 58.94 to win the 400-meter dash.
Cabrini outscored second place Ursuline, 113-80, and the four remaining schools to win the 10-4A title.
The Crescents won six events, including two by Dominique Clegget, who was first in the triple jump and 200-meter dash.
Clegget also ran the first leg of Cabrini’s winning 400-meter relay and finished second in the long jump.
Xavier Prep overwhelmed its District 10-3A competition. The Yellow Jackets’ 208 points dwarfed Lusher’s 100 second-place points.
Amalachi Eweni led the way with a 36-point performance, which included victories in the long and triple jumps and in the 100-meter hurdles.
Xavier’s India Davison was a double winner in the shotput and discus throw. Other Xavier winners were Kayle Quincy in the 400-meter dash, Maya Evans in the javelin throw, Shannon Ray in the 300-meter hurdles and all three relay teams.
St. Mary’s Kittera Harris won the 800-meter run.
The Academy of the Sacred Heart placed second in the District 9-2A meet. Caroline Bloemer was first in the 1,600-meter run and Mikaela Campbell won the 300-meter hurdles.
Archbishop Rummel’s Cyril Grayson put on a show in the boys District 9-5A meet. The senior won the 100- and 400-meter dashes and the 800-meter run. He was also part of the second-place 800-meter relay team.
Brother Martin’s Morgan Cormier won both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles events.
Spring is in the air for the ladies.