BASKETBALL

Ascension basketball stars well-represented in all-district teams

Kyle Riviere @kyleR_sports
East Ascension's Jacardo Hawkins was named District 5-5A MVP. Photo by Dewey Keller.

It was a great year for Ascension boy's basketball as five schools made the postseason, but their levels of excellence were no more evident than in the all-district teams released last week.

When it came to District 5-5A, parish products were everywhere. Out of the 10 first-team selections, seven of them were from Ascension's big three.

Like much of the year, East Ascension was the headliner. On the strength of a 27-3 regular season, second straight district title and trip to the state semifinals, the Spartans placed three players onto the first team.

To no one's surprise, Jacardo Hawkins was named District 5-5A MVP, and his teammate Shiervan Ursin snagged Defensive MVP honors.

Along with Hawkins, both Javaughn Williams and Jeremy McInnis earned first-team honors,

The Dutchtown Griffins finished second in District 5-5A. Behind their 22-7 regular season record and berth in the postseason, they placed two starters on the district's first team in juniors Patrick Thompson and Leonard Scott

Finally, the St. Amant Gators made their presence felt on the team. Senior point guard Donald LeBlanc and Mason Clouatre earned first-team honors on their way to leading St. Amant to a 19-12 regular season record and trip to the first round of the playoffs.

From the 3A division, Donalsonville had a surprise year as they re-grouped from a tough start of the season to finish 14-12 and earn a trip to the playoffs.

Making their way onto the first-team All-District 7-3A roster were freshman Braxton Bernard and junior Jamaal Jones--only showing why the future certainly looks bright for the young Tiger squad.

Ascension Catholic was able to put together a late charge and earn themselves a spot in the 1A playoffs.

' Their lone occupant on the All-District 9-1A team was the freshman Kaleb Winchester--who earned a spot on the first team.

And even though Ascension Christian struggled immensely during the season, they were able to place one of their players on the All-District 9-1A team. Senior Tyler Kuhn represented the Lions on the second team.