Parish athletes make All-Metro basketball and wrestling
Recently, the Baton Rouge area All-Metro teams were named for both basketball and wrestling. As expected, many Ascension Parish athletes made the cut.
When it comes to the basketball teams, no parish boys made All-Metro, but there were two talented girls from Ascension that made the list.
The players weren’t the only ones honored. East Ascension head coach Dennis Chandler was named the All-Metro Coach of the Year.
This was the third such honor Chandler has received since his Lady Spartans brought home the program’s first-ever state title.
Chandler was also the Co-Coach of the Year for District 5-5A and the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Coach of the Year.
He led East Ascension to a 19-2 regular season record, a share of the district championship and a No. 8 seeding in the playoffs. From there, the Spartans reached the state tournament for the first time in 25 years and earned the 5A crown with a victory over Natchitcohes Central.
This was Chandler’s third state title. He won two others when he was the head coach at McCall High (now Madison Parish High).
His star guard Diniaa McZeal was a first-team All-Metro selection after averaging 16 points, three rebounds and three assists this season. McZeal was also named the District 5-5A MVP.
Joining her on the All-Metro first team was Ascension Christian senior guard Jamilyn Robinson.
Robinson scored 25 points and secured eight rebounds per game this season as she led the Lady Lions to a share of their first-ever district title. They went on to reach the state quarterfinals for a second straight season.
Robinson graduates as Ascension Christian’s all-time leading scorer, having piled up more than 2,000 career points.
When it comes to the wrestling All-Metro team, a plethora of Ascension performers were honored.
Most notably, East Ascension’s 132-pound sophomore Trent Mahoney made the first team.
Mahoney had an amazing 2017-18 season as he won both the city and state titles in his weight class. He also racked up 83 victories—which set a single-season state record.
His father Patrick Mahoney was named the All-Metro Coach of the Year as he led the Spartans to a runner-up finish at the city meet and a seventh-place finish at the state tournament.
Another East Ascension star to make the first team was senior Jordan Campbell. The 285-pounder went 51-4 during the season and claimed the city title. He was also state runner-up.
One St. Amant wrestler made the first team. That distinction went to Hunter Hawkins, the 160-pound junior.
Hawkins went 73-4 this season. Like Campbell, he won a city championship and finished the season as state runner-up.
Second-team selections for the Gators included Tyree Morris at 113 (56-13), Corey Brownell at 120 (43-19) and Nakie Brown at 145 (59-14).
They all helped St. Amant finish ninth at the state meet.
Two East Ascension wrestlers landed on the second team. These performers were Kyle Chapman at 170 (37-13) and Devon Clark at 220 (65-7).
St. Amant also had three honorable-mention standouts.
These third-team selections were Jaden Snyder at 126, Cody Comeaux at 132 and Joseph Cagayou at 138.
The final Ascension All-Metro pick was Dutchtown’s Zion Marable. Marable was honorable mention in the 152-pound division.