By Kevin Shannahan
Natchitoches’ rich history of athletic prowess continues as the Natchitoches Leadership Through Athletics Committee honored student athletes from each high school in the parish at a ceremony Saturday, May 20 at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum.
The ceremony, the first of its kind and hopefully the start of a long tradition, featured awards in each sport named after an athlete from our parish who excelled at that sport and in life. It is a superb way to honor those who went before us and recognize the generation that is picking up the torch from them.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal wishes to commend the men and women who worked so hard to bring this wonderful idea to fruition. From the gracious hospitality of the ladies of Natchitoches’ Delta Sigma Theta Alumnae Chapter to the obvious respect and affection displayed by the award presenters, this inaugural program set the tone for the future. It was a joy to see young people from all over the parish being rewarded for their performance on – and off – the field. We look forward to next year!
We would also like to extend our congratulations to NCHS’ Brandon Rachal, Male Athlete of the Year and Nykeria Jones, Female Athlete of the Year as well as all of the parish’s high school athletes. Well done ladies and gentlemen!