Summerfield standout and Times All-Area first team member Jaquez Coleman has decided to continue his basketball career in Pineville at Louisiana College, according to coach AZ Johnson.
“They are committed to each other and Jaquez really liked the atmosphere there,” Johnson told The Times on Friday. “He was pleased with the decision and so was I.”
Coleman led Summerfield to the state playoffs for four consecutive seasons, culminating with a quarterfinal berth this past season where the Rebels lost by one point to Elizabeth. The team finished 22-13 overall.
“Jaquez wanted to stay close to home, so this works out well,” Johnson said. “He was also recruited by Southeastern, Arkansas-Monticello, Virginia Union University, ETBU and several JUCOs.”
The 6-foot guard averaged 19.1 points, 5.3 assists and 2.5 steals per contest, while maintaining a 3.6 GPA.
“That’s one of the things LC really liked about him,” Johnson said. “They made him a good offer and I think it’s a good environment for his future.”
The Times will publish the 2014 All-City softball team featuring some of the top players in the area, based on submissions by their coaches.
On Monday, The Times All-Area team will be released with players stretching from Ruston to Natchitoches to Florien. All-District teams from 1-5A, 1-4A, 1-3A, 1-2A, 1A, 2-5A, 3-1A, 1B and 3B are also planned for a Monday release.
Decision time nears
Airline officials have met with at least one area softball coach about accepting their open coaching position that came after Lynne Roberts stepped away earlier this week.
On Friday evening, that coach was still mulling over whether to make a move or stay put. The Lady Vikings advanced to the playoffs this past season but lost 10-9 to Northshore in the first round of the LHSAA Class 5A state playoffs.
The new coach will have to replace eight seniors including shortstop Katie Smith, a Louisiana Tech signee, and catcher Miranda Young, who hit eight homeruns last season. Also gone is infielder Lindsey Fronzaglio, one of the top graduates in the 2014 class.
Lady Eagles first baseman Kayla Calhoun has verbally committed to attend Lyons College following her senior season next spring. The first team District 1-3A member batted .367 with 30 RBIs for the state quarterfinalists.
“Kayla played every game this season at first base and helped lead our infield with her experience,” Evangel coach Meghan Fisher said. “She was in the top three of starters in batting average this year and is always looking to improve.”
Calhoun said she committed last summer and doesn’t plan on changing her mind about the NAIA school located in Batesville, Ark.
“I enjoyed the academic and Christian atmosphere at the school when I visited. It felt like home,” Calhoun said. “It’s a lot like Evangel — and I’ve been here my entire life.”