Four parish stars compete in soccer all-star games

Kyle Riviere
St. Amant's Rantz Bourgeois was an All-State performer and was selected to the east all-star squad. Photo by Dewey Keller.

Just recently, four athletes from Ascension had the tremendous honor of competing at the Louisiana High School Soccer Coaches Association all-star games for the east squads.

For the boys, East Ascension's Chris Kline and St. Amant's Rantz Bourgeois became teammates for the east.

Kline helped lead the Spartans to a tremendous 2013 season that saw them blowing away West Monroe in the opening round of the playoffs 4-1 to reach regionals. It was there that their run ended in a 4-1 loss to fourth-seeded Acadiana.

Fittingly, Kline had his name attached to many postseason teams. Most notably, he was named first-team All-State.

Bourgeois was also a first-team All-State selection as he helped his St. Amant Gators reach the second round of the playoffs. Unfortunately for the Gators, they fell short 3-1 to district rival Catholic once they got there.

On the strength of his play, Bourgeois signed a letter of intent to play at Cincinnati earlier this year.

He and Kiline's east squad eventually fell to the west 2-1 in the all-star game.

The girl's east team also came up short in their game--falling to the west 3-2.

Two parish standouts made the east squad, and they both came from East Ascension in Rebecca Austin and Kayla Bourgeois. Along with the girls, Lady Spartan head coach Chris Goodall was picked to lead the team.

The trio sent East Ascension to the second round of the playoffs this past season where they lost a tight 1-0 decision to third-seeded Fontainebleau.

Austin was the Lady Spartans' most potent weapon offensively as she scored 38 goals for the year en route to earning second-team All-Metro honors.

Bourgeois also made the All-Metro team with her 16 goals and 24 assists. She was also a first-team All-State selection for East Ascension.