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St. Mary's, LaSalle represented on LBCA 1A team; Many places pair on 2A squad

By LaMar Gafford

One thing was common of the Central Louisiana representatives on the Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association's Class 1A and 2A teams.

The players are all Tigers.

St. Mary's, LaSalle and Many were each represented on the LBCA's All-State teams after successful seasons and playoffs berths.

St. Mary's seniors Stephen Mayeaux and Brock Zeagler earned a pair of spots on the Class 1A team, and LaSalle senior pitcher Blake May joined them.

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St. Amant starting pitcher Alyssa Romano (18) pitches against Dutchtown in a Class 5A playoff game, Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at St. Amant High School in St. Amant, La.

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St. Amant pitcher Alyssa Romano proves success is a measure of intangibles, not just velocity

By Robin Fambrough

A sibling rivalry is one thing. But what Brooke Romano sees when she ponders facing her younger sister, St. Amant High pitcher Alyssa Romano, is something else entirely.

"My sister is the one pitcher I'm afraid to face," she said. "She moves all her pitches around so well and her changeup is a killer. It's a nightmare for a hitter. She's got that game face. The expression never changes. She's focused."

Plenty of other hitters understand exactly what Brooke Romano explained. As a junior, Alyssa Romano led St. Amant to its first LHSAA title since 2006. She struck out 191 batters, had a 1.34 earned run average and a 26-2 record. No longer the little sister or the young pitcher, Romano is all grown up and committed to Southeastern Louisiana University.

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Alexandria Senior High's Jadarius "Bud" Clark (21) tackles a ball carrier from Central of Baton Rouge during the playoffs last season

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Cenla's top 5 returning defensive backs to watch

By LaMar Gafford

Although defensive backs are considered the secondary, they do provide a primary role as the last line of defense to prevent the offense from scoring.

Whether if it is a shutdown cover cornerback, a ball-hawking free safety or a sure-tackling strong safety, all defensive backs play a vital role to a team's defense.

Last season, players such as Many's Tavier Williams, Tioga's Ty'Darian Quinney, Pineville's Mikinzi Nash, Jena's Shaun Todd and Avoyelles' Robert Scott provided great examples of secondary play and have laid out the blueprint for this year's top defensive backs.

In part seven of the top returning football players series, here is a look at some of the best returning defensive backs in the area.

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