By Malcolm Butler
It was a Lincoln Parish whitewash.
Simsboro’s Earnest Chatman and Ikeia Brown were both named District 2B Most Valuable Players while Choudrant boys coach Ryan Smith and Simsboro girls coach Matt Herring were named Coach of the Year.
Just like the two teams did during the season, the Tigers and the Aggies dominated the postseason awards for District 2B.
Chatman earned the MVP award on the boys team after averaging 19.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game while leading the Tigers to the co-District title and the Non-Select School Division V playoffs. He was joined on the 5-member first team by teammate Kaelip Wright, Choudrant’s Parker Batterton and Mike Jones and Forest’s Seth Chisolm.
The boys second team consisted of Simsboro’s Jalen Outley and Trumarion Smith, Choudrant’s Lachlan Thompson and Lawson Stevens and Forest’s Steven Seamans. Choudrant’s Eli Callender was named honorable mention.
Smith was named the boys Coach of the Year after leading the Aggies to the co-district title, a 28-11 record and the quarterfinals of the Non-Select School Division V playoffs where they fell to eventual state champion Zwolle.
On the girls side, Brown (the Lincoln Parish Journal Offensive Player of the Year) led the Tigers to the District 2B title averaging almost 28 points per game. She was joined on the first team by teammate Amani Dean, Choudrant’s Mattie Johnson, Downsville’s Sunnee Miller and Forest’s A’Niya Tibbs.
The second team consisted of a trio of Aggies, including Vashanti Sproulls, Kayla Mitchell and Jahkeria Abney, as well as Choudrant’s Heather Murphy and Forest’s Kennedy Clark. Choudrant’s Kadence Nugent, Sadie Jones and Reese Brown as honorable mention selections.
Herring was named the girls Coach of the Year after leading the Tigers to the District 2B title, a 15-12 record and an appearance in the Non-Select School Division V playoffs
Boys First Team
Earnest Chatman (Simsboro)
Parker Batterton (Choudrant)
Michael Jones (Choudrant)
Kaelip Wright (Simsboro)
Seth Chisolm (Forest)
Boys Second Team
Jalen Outley (Simsboro)
Lachlan Thompson (Choudrant)
Lawson Stevens (Choudrant)
Steven Seamans (Forest)
Trumarion Smith (Simsboro)
MVP: Earnest Chatman (Simsboro)
Coach of the Year: Ryan Smith (Choudrant)
Boys Honorable Mention: Luke Hinton (Downsville), Eli Callender (Choudrant), John Robert White (Forest), Charles Vick (Downsville)
Girls First Team
Ikeia Brown (Simsboro)
Amani Dean (Simsboro)
Mattie Johnson (Choudrant)
Sunnee Miller (Downsville)
A’Niya Tibbs (Forest)
Girls Second Team
Heather Murphy (Choudrant)
Kennedy Clark (Forest)
Vashanti Sproulls (Simsboro)
Kayla Mitchell (Simsboro)
Jahkeria Abney (Simsboro)
MVP: Ikeia Brown (Simsboro)
Coach of the Year: Matt Herring (Simsboro)
Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Irby (Forest), Kadence Nugent (Choudrant), Sadie Jones (Choudrant), Reese Brown (Choudrant), Piper Bennett (Downsville), Latricia Randall (Forest)