Ruston Roundup: Cross Country and Volleyball

Ruston’s cross country squad is hopring for positive news early this week as they prepare for The Roundtable Run hosted by Episcopal High School on Saturday, Sept. 11, in Baton Rouge, La. 

“This is actually the high school where my assistant coach Brandon Leggio graduated from so it will be great for him to be able to go back to coach against his old school,” Ruston head cross country coach Dustin Cochran said. “We are actually still waiting to make sure this meet with go as planned due to the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. We will hopefully know by Tuesday. I’m happy for the kids to be able to get out and run this year. 

Two runners to keep an eye on this year: 

Boys runner: Senior Caleb Babineax. Babineaux is the top returner for the Bearcats after finishing fifth in the state cross country championship. Babineaux also holds the state record in the 4×800 in track. 

Girl’s runner: Junior Lily Garrett. Garrett finished sixteenth in the state championship meet and was on the girls’ 4×800 that finished third in the state indoor track and field championship. 


Ruston volleyball has started the season strong, sweeping through Neville on Thursday and then having a strong showing at the Hurricane Ida Relief Tournament in Lafayette, La., over the weekend. 

“I like what I’m seeing so far, especially this early in the season,” Ruston volleyball head coach Lucie Hunt said. “Playing teams like who we played this past weekend are only going to make us better. We have some things we need to work on and get better at, but I know this group is ready to work.” 

The Lady Bearcats beat Beau Chene, Madison Prep and Iowa and dropped two against Episcopal School of Acadiana and Notre Dame. Senior Mariah Hintze finished the weekend with 26 kills total, while senior Sophie Mae Smith finished with 81 assists and 14 kills. Junior Lorelei Freling added 58 digs for the Lady Bearcats. 

This past Thursday, Ruston beat Neville 3-0 by final scores of 25-16, 25-13 and 25-20. Smith led the team with eight kills and 30 assists. Hintze, Oakley, and senior Kaylyn Brazzel added seven kills apiece against the Tigers. 

Photo Credit: Dr. Amy Vessell

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