The Panther Play by Play – February 5 – February 18

The Panther Play by Play – February 5 – February 18

Each week the Panther Play by Play will review the athletic contests from the previous week and look forward to the coming week’s action.

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Bowling

Our Panther Bowling team had matches against both Zachary and Liberty this week. Our bowlers had two impressive victories, defeating Zachary by the score of 27-0 and Liberty by the score of  24-3.

The Panthers moved to 4-1.

Next up for Bowling: Our bowling team’s next match is against East Ascension on the 22nd at All Star Lanes beginning at 3:15 pm.


Girls’ Basketball

The Lady Panther varsity team played a nail-biting district game against Liberty on the 7th. In a close battle, the team lost 52-49.

However, on the 9th, the girls rallied for a win against  St. Joseph’s Academy on their senior night. The final varsity score was 53-32, and seniors Tralyn Riley, Ranya Smith, Faith Thomas, and Kailee Washington were celebrated.

Next up for Girls’ Basketball: Our Lady Panthers earned a first round bye in the Select Division I playoff bracket by being named the 5th seed. Woodlawn will host Northwood-Shreveport in the regional round of playoffs on the 19th.


Boys’ Basketball

The Panthers fell to Liberty on Tuesday, with a varsity score of 60-53 and a JV score of 58-22. The team fought against Catholic High on the 9th, ending in a 62-54 varsity loss and a 60-40 loss for JV.

On the 14th, the varsity team faced another loss in overtime to Central, with a score of 64-56. The JV team lost 56-22.

On Friday, the boys rallied to a great win over Scotlandville. The varsity final score was 68-55. The boys finished their season at #22 in Division I Select. 

Next up for Boys’ Basketball: Our Panthers earned the #22 seed in the Select Division I playoffs. Woodlawn will travel to Brother Martin on Friday, February 23rd for a 7 pm Bi-District game.


Tennis

On Tuesday the 6th, our tennis team displayed exceptional prowess on the court, securing victories against Walker across both the boys’ and girls’ divisions.

In the boys’ division, Woodlawn asserted its dominance by clinching three out of four matches against Walker. Levi Lindsay and Jacob Hoang showcased their individual skill and determination, triumphing in their respective singles matches. The duo of Jacob Aime & Sam Marino displayed remarkable teamwork and coordination to secure a victory in the doubles match.

The girls’ division witnessed an equally impressive performance from Woodlawn’s tennis team. Miriam Lindsay and Kate Russell demonstrated their prowess by emerging victorious in their singles matches. The doubles pairs of Krystel Amo & Amelie LeMaire and Bella Winter & Caitlyn Gruse secured victories in their respective matches.

Following this impressive performance, both the boys’ and girls’ teams maintain a flawless record of 1-0, setting a strong foundation for future matches and competitions.

On Wednesday the 7th, the teams lost to Dutchtown. Our boys’ team fell 2-1, while our girls fell 3-2. 

Our Woodlawn Invitational took place on February 9th and 10th. On the 9th, Lily Ingalls and Levi Lindsay won their singles matches. The doubles teams of Krystel Amo & Amelie LeMaire, Jacob Aime & Sam Marino, and Ryan Russel & Devin Sutor-Benfield defeated their various opponents as well. 

On the 10th, several Woodlawn players made it all the way to the end of the tournament. Ryan Russell & Devin Sutor-Benfield finished as boys’ doubles quarterfinalists. The team of Jacob Aime & Same Marino finished as boys’ doubles semifinalists. 

Levi Lindsay and Lily Ingalls were named boys’ and girls’ singles finalists, respectively. The team of Krystel Amo & Amelie LeMaire finished as girls’ doubles finalists

Next up for Tennis: The Panther tennis teams will play St. Amant on the 19th and Central on the 21st. Both matches will be played at Highland Road Tennis Center starting at 3 pm.


Track

On Saturday the 17th, several Woodlawn athletes competed at the Indoor State Track Meet held at LSU. 

Woodlawn was represented by Caleb Cooper in the 60m, Alex Collins in the shot put, and both 4×200 and 4×400 relay teams. 

Junior Caleb Cooper ran a 7.17, earning him 13th place.  

Senior Alex Collins threw 42’9”, landing him in 13th place.

The 4×200 relay consisted of Caleb Cooper, junior Keylen Sonnier, senior Couren Norman, and junior Jay’Cob Jolla. The team ran a 1:33.79, earning them 5th place. 

The 4×400 team consisted of Couren Norman, Jay’Cob Jolla, Keylen Sonnier, and junior Kydell Miner. They placed 9th with a time of 3:38.73.

Next up for Track: Outdoor track season will begin with meets at Brusly on the 28th and Denham Springs High School on the 29th.


Baseball

Preparation for the baseball season has ended, and games will begin this week. First year Head Coach Royce Holloway is excited to see his Panthers on the field for the first time this upcoming week.

Next up for Baseball: Woodlawn’s baseball season will begin on Monday, February 19th with a game at 6 pm at Walker High School. Their home opener will be the next day at 3:30 pm versus East Iberville. The Panthers will also host Slaughter Community Charter at 3:30 pm on Thursday, February 22nd. The Panthers’ busy week concludes on Saturday, when they host Independence High School at 1 pm.  


Softball

On the 15th, the Lady Panthers absolutely dominated Northeast. The team started their season off with a run rule in only 3 innings. The final score was 17-0. 

Next up for Softball: Our softball team will host Scotlandville on the 20th and then Northeast again on the 22nd. Both games will be at 4 pm.


Powerlifting

Our Boys’ Powerlifting team competed in the LHSPLA Boys East Regional Powerlifting Meet on the 17th.

Junior Rashad Batiste (198 lbs), junior Dwayne Beverly (275 lbs), and senior CJ May (super heavyweight) all placed 2nd in their respective weight classes. 

Next up for Powerlifting: The LHSPLA Girls East Regional Powerlifting Meet will be hosted at Woodlawn High School on the 24th.

Woodlawn Baseball Welcomes Alumni with Victory over FCA

Woodlawn Baseball Welcomes Alumni with Victory over FCA

New Head Coach Jonathan Kohn knew the history of the Woodlawn High Baseball Program. Kohn grew up in Baker, and was always aware of the Woodlawn baseball teams. When he was named Head Coach, he knew that he needed to lean on that history in order to build for the future.

One of Kohn’s first attempts to build the program was to invite former players to Alumni Day. The Panthers faced Family Christian Academy on Saturday, February 27th in front of family, friends, and alumni. The Panthers did not disappoint their fans, as they came away with a 21-11 victory.

Woodlawn High was led by junior right hander Khalil Lee, who recorded the win on the mound. Lee threw four complete innings, allowing only one run, and striking out three FCA batters. The Panthers were led at the plate by senior outfielder Troy Washington and junior utility player Braeden Hodges. Washington went 2 for 3, including a three RBI inside-the-park homerun in the 1st inning. Hodges reached base all three at bats, with two hits and a walk.

Several Woodlawn Baseball Alumni were present at the game. Former Panther Dutchie Blanton, Class of 2001, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Justin Reynolds (Class of 2000), Chad Risher (Class of 2004), Chris Morals (Class of 1991), and Frank Ritter (Class of 2020) were also in attendance. Also present were former Woodlawn Baseball coaches Ron Turpin, Norman Browning, and Donny Walton.

Coach Browning took time to speak to the current team after the victory.

“Woodlawn has a long history of success in baseball. This program means a lot to many people, and they want to see this program successful. We will do our best, as alumni, to bring more members of the Woodlawn Baseball Family back to Woodlawn,” said Browning. “You, as current members of the program, are the key to the future success of this program.”

Coach Kohn would like to thank all members of the Woodlawn Baseball Alumni for attending Saturday’s game. A special thank you to Dustin Felton, Woodlawn Alumni member and owner of Rice and Roux, for providing post-game jambalaya for both teams.

The Panthers will be back in action three times this week. Woodlawn will travel to Pete Goldsby Field to face Madison Prep on Monday, March 1st, before hosting Scotlandville on Wednesday, March 3rd. The Panthers will also host Port Allen on Thursday, March 4th.

Tickets to all Panther home games can be purchased at the Panther online tickets store by clicking here. Tickets will become available each Monday for that week’s games.

Panthers Looking to Past for Inspiration on Diamond

Panthers Looking to Past for Inspiration on Diamond

When first year Head Baseball Coach Jonathan Kohn accepted the position at Woodlawn High, he knew that there was a rich baseball history at the school.

“This program has a long history of successful baseball, and I hope to continue that winning tradition throughout the years to come,” said Kohn.

The Panthers were off to a promising start in 2020, starting the season with a 4-2 record before being shut down. Coach Kohn is looking for a core group of returning players to continue that start into the 2021 season.

Seniors Jude Serio and Terrell Landry are both returning starters that Coach Kohn will lean on for early leadership. Serio will play shortstop and will be a steady arm on the mound. Landry looks to continue to be solid as he returns to his role as first baseman. Junior catcher Khalil Lee, junior outfielder Braeden Hodges, and junior infielder Mekhi Thomas are also all returning to help the Panthers.

The Panthers look to be led by three main arms on the mound this year. Sophomores Rickie Collins and Kenny James will be joined by senior transfer Troy Washington, who will add a left-handed arm to the rotation.

Along with Washington, Kohn expects newcomers Derek Johnson, Hannan McCant, Jaden Sylvester, and Willie Nunnery to all fight for starting positions and add depth to the Panthers lineup this season.

Coach Kohn is excited about the beginning of the season and the challenges that his team will face.

“I am looking forward to competing in every game on the schedule. Every game is going to be a challenge for us. I believe we have a great group of young men that are willing to take on those challenges. That first game against St. John of Plaquemine will tell us a lot about ourselves and where we are at as a team.”

With these challenges, Kohn says that he as realistic expectations.

“My expectations are that all members of the Woodlawn Baseball program, players and coaches included, give their best effort day-in and day-out. We have a group of young men that have showed their commitment throughout the fall and winter to the Woodlawn Baseball program. Our players have to continue to be committed to getting better every day, as individuals and as a team. One of main goals for every season is to play our best baseball at the end of the season. I hope to compete for a district championship against our extremely competitive 5A district opponents.”

Because of the long baseball history at Woodlawn High, Coach Kohn is extremely excited about welcoming alumni back into the program. His first step is to host a Woodlawn Baseball Alumni Day, on February 27th.

“I am extremely excited about our Alumni Day. I am looking forward to seeing all the past members of the Woodlawn Baseball family come out to support us against Family Christian. We are looking forward to a great season, and go Panthers!”

For any questions about the baseball program, please reach out to Coach Kohn via email at [email protected].