Ruston Roundup: Volleyball and Cross Country


RUSTON, La. – Ruston has an early 1-0 district record in volleyball after a three-game sweep over Captain Shreve last week by finals scores of 25-13, 25-20 and 25-11.

Senior Sophie Mae Smith recorded eight aces and 24 assists, while seniors Riley Oakley and Kaylyn Brazzel finished with seven kills apiece.

“The beginning of season is always a grind and we are definitely in the middle of it,” Bearcat head coach Lucie Hunt said. “We have a busy week ahead of us with games on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. This team is determined and strong, and we are looking forward to a good week.”

The Lady Bearcats will continue district play Tuesday, Sept. 14, at home against Natchitoches Central with freshmen starting at 4 p.m., junior varsity at 5 p.m., and varsity play beginning at 6 p.m.

Ruston High also hosts the Bearcat Brawl on September 24-25.



Junior Lily Garrett took first place overall at the 3-mile race with a time of 18:40 at The Roundtable Run hosted by Episcopal High School this past weekend, while the Ruston Bearcat Boys’ team took first overall with a score of 52-100 four-time defending state champion Catholic High School by final score of 52-100. 

“We’re really happy with our first meet of the year for both the girls and the boys,” Ruston head coach Dustin Cochran said. “Both groups packed up very well and ran together. We’re going to keep working on running closer and closer to one another and dropping our 1-5 spread even more. If we can continue to grow as a team, we may have a shot to win in November. Time will tell.”

Leading the way for Ruston was Caleb Babineaux with a 15:44 time good enough for fourth overall. He was followed by sophomore Thomas Rogers, 15:51 (8th), junior Bryar Madden, 15:56 (9th), junior Cole Maestrini, 16:20 (18th), and sophomore Landon Byrd, 16:29 (21st).

The girls finished second to defending state champion St. Joseph’s Academy 23-37. Following Garrett was senior Anna Naff, 19:41 (13th), freshman Sydney Owens, 19:44 (14th), freshman Sara Naff 20:03 (17th), and freshman Parker Nations 20:10 (18th).


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