Best of the best

Kyle Riviere
Weekly Citizen Sports Editor Kyle Riviere.

Over the past couple of weeks, I've had to do a little research for a possible publication that will be release at the end of the month that details the great sports history of the parish.

It includes the greatest high-school teams and the greatest coaches to ever lead programs in the area.

However, what I have found most interesting is the ample array of phenomenal athletes Ascension has seen over the years. And as time goes on, it just seems like more and more of the parish's products are making big splashes in the collegiate and professional ranks.

Ascension Catholic's Allison Falcon went on to have an accomplished softball career at LSU.

Donaldsonville had a two-time Super Bowl champion walking down their halls in Jarvis Green.

Green was the 3A Defensive MVP back in high school and was a second-team All-SEC performer at LSU before being drafted in the fourth round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Patriots.

Green was a starter in two of the Patriots' Super Bowl victories.

East Ascension's most famous sports star is Glenn Dorsey. When he graduated in 2003, he was the top defensive lineman prospect in the country.

He also went to LSU, where he led the Tigers to the 2007-08 BCS National Championship.

Dorsey was a two-time first-team All-American and All-SEC player and won SEC Defensive Player of the Year, the Lombardi Award and the Outland, Nagurski and Lott Trophies.

In the 2008 NFL Draft, he was drafted fifth overall by the Chiefs. He currently plays for the 49ers.

Former Spartan Mike Mohler was a pitcher in Major League Baseball for nine seasons.

And just recently, Bailey Landry has emerged as a big-time player on the LSU softball team. She was second-team All-SEC this season and now owns the new school record for most consecutive games with a hit with 21.

St. Amant has had quite their share of college and professional athletes.

Pitcher Ben Sheets was drafted 10th overall by the Brewers in the 1999 MLB Draft.

In his 10 seasons, he was a four-time All-Star and ended his career with 94 total victories with a 3.78 career ERA.

Reid Brignac is currently playing for the Marlins. He has played for five teams throughout his career with his best season coming in 2010, when he hit .256 with 45 RBIs and eight home runs.

Kim Batiste was an infielder for the Phillies when they won the World Series back in 1993. He actually had a game-winning RBI single in their game-one National League Championship Series.

In basketball, John "Hot Rod" Williams was Metro Conference Player of the Year at Tulane before being drafted 21st overall by the Cavaliers in the 1985 NBA Draft.

He made the All-Rookie team in 1986 and by the time he retired, he owned the Cavalier franchise record for most blocked shots with 1,200.

In his best season, he averaged 17 points, eight rebounds and two blocks per game.

Butch Pierre was a prep All-American point guard at St. Amant and went on to start at Mississippi State.

After his playing career, he became an assistant coach--making stops at places like Kentucky, LSU and currently, Oklahoma State.

In softball, Leah Heintze and Kellie Eubanks were dominant players for the Lady Gators. Each player was named Gatorade Louisiana Softball Player of the Year.

And just recently, three-sport star Toni Rodriguez has gone on to play volleyball at LSU.

And when talking about Dutchtown, they have three well-known football products.

Eddie Lacy went on to help lead Alabama to two national titles and was drafted in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Packers.

After a 1,178-yard and 11-touchdown performance, he was named the league's Offensive Rookie of the Year. In 2014, he joined John Brockington as the only other Packer back to rush for over 1,000 yards in his first two seasons.

Eric Reid followed in his father's footsteps and attended LSU, where he was named first-team All-SEC and consensus All-American his junior year.

He was drafted 18th overall by the 49ers in the 2013 NFL Draft and fueled by four interceptions, he made the 2014 Pro Bowl during his rookie year.

And most recently, Landon Collins went to Alabama and during his junior season, he was first-team All-SEC and All-American. He was also a finalist for the Lott Trophy and Nagurski and Thorpe Awards.

Back in April, he was drafted No. 33 overall by the Giants.

In softball, Aleah Craighton had a huge sophomore season at UL-Lafayette. She hit .371 with 12 home runs and 45 RBIs as the Cajuns came up just short of making the Women's College World Series.