Although the state high school softball playoffs have just begun, the Louisiana Softball Coaches Association All-Star softball games are right around the corner.
Among the local players selected for the contests, which will be played May 23-24 in Pineville at Louisiana College, are Airline’s Miranda Young and Katie Smith, Northwood’s Jenna Rae Blythe and North Caddo’s Kassie Harris. Northwood coach Greg Swearengin will assist Florien coach Bruce Stewart with the East team coaching duties.
“The game is a great event for the kids, and I’ve been a part of the association since 1998,” Swearengin said. “It’s a big honor for me to get to coach in this.”
Natchitoches Central’s Savannah Settle and Many’s Laken Ebarb will also play in the games.
McFerren to coach Tuesday
North DeSoto coach Lori McFerren, who was hit in the face by an overthrown ball last week at Airline and underwent oral surgery on Wednesday, plans to help coach her No. 15 Lady Griffins when they host No. 18 Neville at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Class 4A state playoff opener.
“I won’t be able to coach on the field, but I plan to be there for my girls,” McFerren mumbled on Easter Eve. “Fortunately, I have two of the best assistants in the world and I’m proud that the girls have remained focused.”
McFerren was standing outside the field at Airline on Tuesday talking with Airline assistant coach David Duhon when she was hit in what she calls “a freak accident.” She was taken by ambulance to the hospital, then was driven to the South Highlands home of oral surgeon Dr. Ghali E. Ghali for a quick consultation.
McFerren said she has received well wishes from across the state and is thankful that her injury wasn’t more serious. The break was in the front mandible and virtually all of Ghali’s repairs were performed inside her mouth. She’s unable to chew so far, but the injury hasn’t slowed her ability to text. One text she sent to The Times on Friday contained 377 words.
“I just feel so blessed at this point. God was watching over me because this could have been so much worse,” McFerren said. “My husband has been my nursemaid, chauffeur, etc… because he knows I won’t stay away from my team. When Dr. Ghali asked if we had any questions, he told the doctor I had a playoff game coming up and I wouldn’t stay away. The doctor said ‘just don’t be where you can get hit.’ If we make it to Sulphur, I’ll be out there even if I have to wear a full suit of armor.”
Princess getting offers
Times All-City guard Princess Davis of Green Oaks, who was scheduled to sign with UL-Monroe on Wednesday before new coach Jeff Dow rescinded the scholarship offer, has been attracting offers from other schools, according to her mother, Daphne Davis.
“Evangel College in Springhill, Mo., and Xavier in New Orleans have contacted us with offers, along with LSUS, BPCC and Centenary,” Davis said. “We are going to take a visit to Southeastern Louisiana, and Arkansas-Little Rock has been talking with her.”
As a senior Davis averaged 17.1 points, 5.1 steals and 4 assists per contest. She has a 3.6 grade point average and has scored a 22 on the ACT.
Byrd’s Donahue nabs soccer honor
Senior Sarah Donahue, who led the Lady Jackets to the Division I state soccer quarterfinals, was recently named to the Louisiana High School Soccer Coaches Association All-State first team.
Already selected as the 2014 All-Region Girls’ Player of the Year, Donahue scored 33 goals with 12 assists in leading Byrd throughout the season before falling to 2-1 to Lafayette in the quarterfinals.