Central Louisiana will be home to 36 of the top softball seniors Friday and Saturday.
The Cenla region will once again host the Louisiana High School Coaches Association (LHSCA) Softball All-Star Game as a talented group of seniors will play two final games as high schoolers before they head the separate ways for college.
“This is big for our area,” Tioga coach Brad Woodard said. “We have some of the kids from this area playing in this game and it gives them a great opportunity to face some of the best players from across the state.”
Woodard, who is the coordinator for the East squad, will have one of his players in the game in catcher Taylor Pippen.
Pippen successfully recovered from a torn ACL last season and batted .380 with five home runs and 26 RBI to help lead the Lady Indians to the LHSAA Class 4A playoffs.
She will join Menard’s Kayla Busby, Jena’s Kendi Malcomb and St. Joesph’s Sarah Brown as the Cenla players playing for the East team, while Natchitoches Central catcher Molly Simpson is the lone Cenla player on the West squad.
“It is awesome for this program and it helps put us on the map,” Woodard said of Pippen’s selection. “This is a kid that has overcome injury to get here and to see her get rewarded is deserving. This is not only on honor for her, but for me, too.”
Focus will also be on the two coaches on the respective teams as former Louisiana College coach Tim Whitman faces his former assistant Andria Waguespack in a teacher-vs.-student matchup. Whitman will serve as the head coach for the East squad, while Waguespack is the head coach for the West.
Currently at Ouachita, Whitman won 543 games in 20 seasons at Pineville and LC, as well as Ouachita’s first title in 2014, while Waguespack was an assistant for the Wildcats in 2010 and 2011. She returned to St. Thomas More, where she won state titles in 2007 and 2009, after her stint at LC, and Waguespack led STM to back-to-back 4A titles in 2013-14.
The first game is slated for 6 p.m. Friday at the Ward 10 Recreational Complex and the second game will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday at Louisiana College.