CROWLEY – Notre Dame and Rayne High dominated their opponents in District 5-3A play this season, finishing up league play at No. One and No. Two, respectively.
With Notre Dame winning over 20 games and Rayne 17, it is no wonder each team earned one of the top two honors on the All-District team that was recently announced by the league’s coaches.
Notre Dame’s Lance Reed was a unanimous selection for the Coach of the Year honor while Rayne’s Lindsey Soileau edged out Notre Dame’s Kelsey Brown for the Most Valuable Player award.
Reed, in just his second season at Notre Dame, led the Lady Pios to a 21-9 record and an appearance in the Fast Pitch 56 tournament. It was the Lady Pios’ first appearance in the tournament since winning it in 2004.
Notre Dame finished 8-0 in league play before bouncing Clark and Catholic High of New Iberia in the first two rounds of the playoffs. The Lady Pios’ title run fell short in the third round when they dropped a 9-1 quarterfinal decision to Winnfield at Sulphur’s Frasch Park.
Reed was also selected as the Acadia Parish Coach of the Year for the second straight year. He led the Lady Pioneers to their second straight district title and their first back-to-back 20-win seasons in the school’s history.