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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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Gueydan fullback Lane Breaux runs with the ball during practice.

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Gueydan's two-way standout Lane Breaux small in size but big in heart

By Spencer Urquhart

GUEYDAN — He's never been the biggest kid on the football field, but Gueydan Bears senior Lane Breaux isn't intimidated by it.

After showing up as the smallest kid on the field when he first started playing football, Breaux has contributed all four years for the Bears and has led by example.

Breaux has grown into a starter at fullback on offense and made Second Team All-District last season and is also a four-year starter at strong safety on defense.

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Pitkin coach JC Holt (left) is overcome with emotions after the Tigers won the Class B championship game Monday. Holt was named as the Class B baseball Coach of the Year by the Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association.

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Pitkin's Holt, Edwards; Grace's Miller highlight LBCA Class B All-State teams

By LaMar Gafford

Over the past few seasons, Districts 4-B and 5-B have been two of the best districts in Class B baseball with numerous title contenders and impact players.

Recently, the Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association (LBCA) named its All-State teams and the Class B teams were highlighted by Pitkin coach J.C. Holt, Pitkin junior Garrett Edwards and Grace Christian junior Jimmy Miller winning top honors.

In Holt's first season, the Tigers capped off their first Class B title since 1999 by going 27-5 and defeating Converse, 7-0, in the Class B championship game in May.

Holt, who was awarded the Class B Coach of the Year by the LBCA, had an assortment of talent that was led by Edwards.

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