Ascension Parish saw some amazing performances by their athletes in 2016. Many of those athletes excelled in multiple sports.
Here is a list of 12 of the best parish athletes of the year:
Briggs Bourgeois (St. Amant)
The Gator senior played three different sports in 2016. In soccer, he won the district MVP award for a third straight season. He was a starter on the St. Amant baseball team, and in football, Bourgeois was named the district's overall MVP as he made the first team as a receiver, kicker and returner. He is a Southern Miss football commit.
Rae’Shaun Malancon (Ascension Catholic)
Malancon played in two sports in 2016. She was a first-team all-district performer in basketball. In softball, she was named district MVP and All-State as she led her team to the state semifinals. She signed to play softball at LSU-Eunice.
Taylor Tidwell (St. Amant)
To finish her junior year, Tidwell was an All-State performer in softball as her team reached the quarterfinals. To begin her senior season, she led the Lady Gator volleyball team, where she was named the district MVP. She is an LSU commit in softball.
Peyton Bahlinger (Ascension Christian)
In 2016, Bahlinger was a first-team all-district selection in baseball. In football, he led Ascension Christian to eight victories--their most in school history. He passed for 2,369 yards and 30 touchdowns, while rushing for 763 yards and 13 scores--all single-season school records.
Blayne Enlow (St. Amant)
Enlow only played one sport in 2016, but he certainly made the most of it. In leading the Gator baseball team to the state quarterfinals, Enlow was named All-State, district MVP, Parish Pitcher of the Year and he was on the USA National Team that won a gold medal. Enlow also signed with LSU.
Kebori Hunter (Ascension Catholic)
Hunter was a three-sport athlete in 2016. He started on the basketball team and then transitioned to track. There, he won state titles in both the long jump (21-2) and triple jump (45-2.75) and was named the 1A state meet's male Outstanding Athlete. In football, he was a first-team all-district selection at receiver.
Jamilyn Robinson (Ascension Christian)
Robinson ended her sophomore year by being named first-team all-district in basketball. She also became the first female basketball player in parish history to compete for a spot on the USA under-17 girl’s team. She began her junior year by making all-district in volleyball.
Kourtney Gremillion (St. Amant)
Gremillion had a memorable senior softball campaign in 2016. In her team's run to the quarterfinals, she hit .602 with 13 home runs and 62 RBIs. As a result, she was named district and Parish MVP and All-State. She signed with UL-Lafayette.
Davon Wright (Donaldsonville)
Wright began his superb 2016 by finishing as runner-up in the shot put event at the Class 3A state meet with a measurement of 49 feet and nine inches. In football, Wright was named first-team all-district on the offensive line.
Ivan Prejean (St. Amant)
Prejean had a huge junior year from the diamond. In St. Amant's run to the quarterfinals, he earned first-team all-district and All-Parish honors. In the football team's run to the quarterfinals this past fall, Prejean was a second-team all-district selection at receiver. He signed with Nicholls baseball.
Jimel London (East Ascension)
To start 2016, London led East Ascension's basketball team to the state semifinals. He was first-team all-district and All-Parish selections at point guard. This past fall, he played football for the first time and ended up earning first-team all-district honors as a defensive back.
Leah Scott (Dutchtown)
Scott only participated in track in 2016, but she quickly established herself as one of the top track stars in the state. In her amazing 2016 run, she won state titles in both the long jump (18-3.75) and triple jump (37-8.25). In doing so, she made the All-State team and was named the All-Metro MVP.