Senior male and female athletes from Lakeview, Natchitoches Central and St. Mary’s High Schools, will be recognized and honored for their outstanding athletic contributions thru their respective Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) sanctioned sports.
Labeled the “Best of the Best,” the third annual awards ceremony is slated for Saturday, May 18 at 10 am at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum in downtown Natchitoches. Eight awards that are named in honor of former noted Natchitoches athletes, will be given during the celebrated event. They include: The Pat Listach Baseball Award, Becca Allen Softball Award, Charlie Tolar, J D. Garrett and Petey Perot Football Awards, the Stephanie Sowell Track and Field Award and the Joe Dumars and Shantel Hardison Basketball Awards. An all-academic, leadership and male and female athletes-of-the-year awards will also be given. “This celebration is a great experience for our students and for the Natchitoches community at-large,” said Ralph Wilson, one of the ceremony organizers.
Doug Ireland, assistant director of athletics for media relations and director of sports information at Northwestern State University, will be the featured speaker at the event. A native of Jonesboro and 1986 journalism graduate of Northwestern, Ireland has been promoting NSU sports for more than 30 years (combined) as a former student and media professional. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his writing contributions including “Best in the Nation” FCS Division Media Football Guide in 1992 from College Sports Information Directors in America. The director of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, Ireland recently announced his retirement from NSU at the conclusion of the 2019 spring semester.
Hosted by Natchitoches Leadership Through Athletics Committee (NLTAC), the awards ceremony is open to the public without a cost.