Lady Bearcats earn district honors

RUSTON, La. — A host of Lady Bearcats were awarded district honors after a 30-win season in 2021.

Sophie Mae Smith was named Division 1, District 1 MVP and LHSAA All-Academic Composite Team.

Mariah Hintze, Kaylyn Brazzel, and Lorelei Freling all were named 1st Team All-District. Riley Oakley was named 2nd Team All-District and LHSAA All-Academic Composite Team. McKenzie McFadden and Hannah Johnson were both named Division 1 District 1 Honorable Mention.

Ruston head coach Lucie Hunt reflected on a tremendous season for her squad.

“30-12 is definitely a record to be proud of, and I am so incredibly proud of the way our team carried themselves throughout this season and the memories they made,” Hunt said of the season as a whole. “We have such a great support system in our Ruston community from parents, to students, teachers, and administrators. Every team that comes through the Ruston program is special and unique in their own way, but this group has such a love and respect for each other and that’s what it’s all about.”

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