This year Eunice High selected Ona’Tia Winbush and Kourt Deshotel, while St. Edmund announced Brooke Fontenot and David Scott LaFleur as their top senior athletes.
The Eunice News Sports Department is proud to proclaim these four graduates as the Top Eunice Athletes for 2011-12.
“I like both scoring and defense,” Winbush said of her time on the basketball court. “I like the one-on-one contact and driving to the basket.”
Winbush averaged nine points, eight rebounds and seven assists a game as a senior for the Lady Cats.
“I wish we would have gone further in the playoffs,” she said of the softball season. “But I had fun playing with my team.”
Winbush finished with an 11-4 overall, 8-2 district record with 47 strikeouts and 17 walks her senior season.
Winbush was named as Second Team All-District 3-5A pitcher and Second Team All-St. Landry Parish.
“I love being a pitcher as I have done that since I was nine or 10 in rec ball,” she said. “I just focus on what I have to do and don’t let things around me bother me. I just think about me, the catcher and the batter.”
Winbush plans to attend LSUE in rad tech with an interest in ultrasound.
“I am happy with how my senior year went,” Fontenot said. “I pretty much met all my goals this year.”
Fontenot finished as the state runners-up in the triple jump and finished third in the long jump.
At regionals, Fontenot finished second in both the long jump and triple jump and sixth place in the high jump.
She won the long jump at the district meet and finished second in the triple jump.
“I did better than I thought I would,” she said of the state track meet. “It was definitely the highlight of my senior year.”
She earned First team All-District honors in softball with a .406 BA.
“I am going to miss track the most,” she said. “I love track because of the competition and the meet environment.”
She also made Academic All-State in all three sports including softball, cross country and track.
“Academics was always important to me,” she said. “That was my number one priority, but it was hard to do both sports and study.”
Brooke is the daughter of Kathy and Kent Fontenot and she plans to pursue a degree in pharmacy.
“I loved being a tight end,” Deshotel said. “I enjoyed the contact and hitting somebody
“My favorite senior memory was beating Rayville in the first round of the football playoffs,” he said.
He completed 3-for-4 passes for 43 yards and a touchdown, but spent the majority of the season at tight end where he caught six receptions for 68 yards and a touchdown.
“I enjoyed my senior year very much,” he said. “But I wish we would have gone farther in the playoffs in both sports.”
He was an ACE letterman and an honor student who maintained a 3.5 GPA and was named to the Academic All-State football team.
“I had great coaches and great teachers,” Deshotel said. “They had a great influence on me as great role models.”
Deshotel said he started playing T-ball at age 3 and began football in fifth grade, with sports playing an important part of his life.
“I was second-team All-District pitcher and I hit near. 300 on the season,” Deshotel said. “I played a lot at first base because my arm was hurt and I didn’t get to pitch that often.”
Deshotel finished with a 4-3 overall record and 3-1 in district with 22 strikeouts and 17 walks in limited action.
Deshotel was also named First Team Pitcher by the coaches on the All-St. Landry Parish baseball team.
Kourt is the son of Paula and Kyle Deshotel and he plans to attend LSUE and then move on to McNeese to earn a wildlife biology degree.
“I had a good senior year,” Lafleur said of his football, baseball and track seasons. “I couldn’t be more happy of how it all went.”
LaFleur was the starting quarterback for the Blue Jays and led them to a 9-3 record and advanced to the second round of the Class 1-A playoffs.
LaFleur gained 1,857 yards on 190 carries and scored 31 touchdowns. He completed 97-of-188 pass for 1,521 yards and 19 touchdowns with only seven interceptions. He is the first Blue Jay quarterback to both throw and run for more than 1,000 yards in a single season.
On defense, LaFleur had snared five interceptions and returned one for a touchdown. He also averaged 32 yards per punt.
LaFleur earned All-Disrtict and LSWA All-State honors as an Athlete
He also was pitcher/ shortstop of the Blue Jays who captured the District 6-1A championship.
He finished with a .606 BA and a .714 on base percentage. He recorded 19 RBI, two home runs and 10 steals during his senior season.
He was named First Team All-District as the MVP and made All-St. Landry Parish and was named First team All-State Utility Player and Honorable Mention All-State by the LBCA.
LaFleur finished his senior year at the LHSAA state track meet where he was state runners-up in both the 100- and 200-yard dash.
He also finished second at regionals in the 100 and 200, while grabbing third in the javelin.
LaFleur finished second in district in the javelin, 100-yard dash, 200-yard dash and fifth in the triple jump.
“I am going to miss playing with guys I have been together with since we were little,” LaFleur said.
“I had great leaders and mentors,” LaFleur said of his time at St. Edmund. “I have been pushed hard all four years by all my coaches.”
The son of Denel and Scotty LaFleur, David Scott is heading to LSU Eunice to play baseball.