Metro area girls teams capture 23 state championships in school year

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While New Orleans metro area boys were only able to capture 12 team state championships in the 2017-18 school year, girls fared much better with 23 titles.

Academy of The Sacred Heart dominated track and field, winning three overall state team titles while Christ Episcopal won three overall state championships. John Curtis Christian, Newman and St. Scholastica claimed a pair of state titles in the school year.

In volleyball, Mount Carmel Academy, Pope John Paul II and Country Day claimed state titles in Kenner in November. It was the fourth straight title for Mount Carmel Academy and Pope John Paul II. Ellie Holzman was the Most Outstanding Player for the Cubs. Camille Dedeaux was the Most Outstanding Player for the Jaguars.

In cross country, Academy of the Sacred Heart, St. Martin’s Episcopal and Christ Episcopal won state championships in November at Natchitoches. It was the tenth state championship in 12 year for the Cardinals. Mary Nusloch was an individual champion. Freshman Isabella Bartholomew was second overall in the individual competition for the Saints. Eighth-trader Svenya Stoyanoff led the way for Christ Episcopal, winning the individual title.

In indoor track, Academy of the Sacred Heart was victorious in Baton Rouge in February as Nusloch won the 800 and 1,600 meter runs.

In outdoor track and field, Academy of the Sacred Heart, St. Katharine Drexel, Karr and Christ Episcopal claimed state titles in Baton Rouge in Baton Rouge in May. Nusloch once again starred for the Cardinals, winning the 800 and 1,600 meter runs. The Cougars were victorious in the 4×100 meter relay. Alia Armstrong led St. Katharine Drexel, winning the 100 and 300-meter hurdles. Stoyanoff and Alyssa Acosta shared Most Outstanding Performer honors for the Wildcats.

In swimming, St. Scholastica and Newman won state championships at Sulphur in November. For the dominant Doves, it was their seventh consecutive team state title. Gabriella Fouchi starred for SSA, winning the 50-yard freestyle and was second in the 100-yard backstroke. She swam the anchor leg on the team victory in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Newman piled up team points, finishing second in the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay.

In soccer, St. Scholastica and Newman were victorious in Lafayette in February. Sophomore Mary Ella White scored the winning goal for the Doves and was named the Most Outstanding Player in the state championship match against Mandeville while the Greenies won their third straight state title. A.K. Aluise scored a goal and was the Most Outstanding Player in the state title match victory over Episcopal of Acadiana.

In basketball, Warren Easton, Loranger, John Curtis Christian, Ursuline, St. Katharine Drexel and Christ Episcopal claimed titles at Alexandria in late February and early March.

Kiana Anderson earned Most Outstanding Player honors in the Eagles title game win over Neville while Lulu Hookfin helped the Wolves to an overtime win over Madison Prep and earned Most Outstanding Plaeyr honors.

It was the second straight state championship for John Curtis as sophomore Jerkaila Jordan was named Most Outstanding Player in the title game win over McKinley.

It was the second state championship in three seasons for Ursuline as Kourtney Weber, the Most Outstanding Player, pumped in 30 points in the championship game.

The Yellow Jackets edged rival St. Mary’s 43-42 in the title game as Tyra Vaughan was named Most Outstanding Player with 15 points and six steals.

Christ Episcopal claimed its first state championship, winning Division V as Gabby Leahy scored 33 points in the title game to win Most Outstanding Player honors.

In bowling, Academy of Our Lady won the state championship in April at Baton Rouge. Erin Burkart led AOL to the championship in a brilliant performance to complete an unbeaten season and won the individual state title as well.

In softball, John Curtis Christian was a state champion in May at Sulphur. Senior catcher Alyssa Dean was the Most Outstanding Player as the Patriots rallied past Dominican 7-5 in the state championship game.

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