October Fall Sports Update
In the third edition of our Athletic blog, I want to focus on a few separate accomplishments by the Parkview family.
Our Head Softball Coach, Ashlee Ducote, was recently inducted into the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame. Ashlee had a wonderful career at LSU and earned the recognition of a being selected a two-time All-American collegiate player. She held or still holds several LSU softball records and you can view our social media platforms for her accomplishments if you fancy. Ashlee has been at the helm of our Lady Eagles Softball program for 12 years now, and I am personally grateful for the energy and time she pours into our girls on the softball field. We are blessed to have someone of her caliber coaching our young ladies.
Secondly, I want to highlight a new “sport” at PBS. This year, the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA), voted to have a probationary season for all schools in Louisiana to have a bass fishing team. I have heard of other schools having a fishing “club”, but now it is being recognized as a sport under the umbrella of the LHSAA. I’m excited about this endeavor as it gives more students an opportunity to participate in an extracurricular activity while attending a high school. Our PBS Bass Fishing team is under the guidance of our Elementary Division Head, Daniel McCulloch, who I hear is quite the fisherman himself. In the first tournament of the season, a two-man team of Hunter and Luke made their mark finishing 25th out of 171 boats! That is a great accomplishment and I’m looking forward to more great reports from them and our other team members.
In 2011, a girls varsity three mile school record was set by Morgan Schuetz. Morgan went on to set records in Track and Field at LSU, however, just this past weekend, our very own Josie Whipp rewrote the PBS record books breaking the previous record with a time of 18:44.69. Her brother, Wyatt Whipp, is two seconds off of breaking the school record. But it doesn’t stop there, a total of eighteen middle school and varsity team members turned in career personal bests at the race at Highland Park over the weekend.
All other Parkview Fall Sports are excelling as well. Football is 4-2 going into a tough Homecoming game vs Baker tonight. Volleyball is ranked 2nd for small schools in the Greater Baton Rouge Areas with a record of 20-9. Last week they beat a very good University High team and just this Wednesday, beat Dunham, the top ranked Baton Rouge area small school, to take sole possession of first place in our District. Our swim team is doing very well finishing 2nd in their latest meet. They are under the leadership of Coach Nan Fontenot and faculty sponsors Emily Babin and Rachel Loupe. Just like track and field, our swim team has a brother/sister duo that is continuing to raise the bar. Ryleee Moore, a multiple-time All-American, is consistently winning multiple events, while Brooks Moore finished 1st and 2nd in two of his events this past weekend. Swim has two big meets left, the City Championships where they compete against all schools in the Baton Rouge area and then the State Meet in November.
I believe all of these accomplishments are keeping stride with our mission statement and continue to put Parkview Athletics on the map. Keep supporting our coaches and players, as your positive support goes a long way in the heartbeat of the team. I appreciate each of our families and their investment into Parkview Athletics.