Hawks’ rally cry: ‘Wait ‘til next year’
Considering the reality that Archbishop Hannan’s softball team has just one senior, the Hawks’ performance in the state softball playoffs was an effort that should make all of Goodbee proud.
Head coach Becky Lambert said she knew her No. 6 seed would be hard pressed to win the school’s third Class 2A state championship in six years because the Hawks were basically a young team.
Leftfielder and clean-up hitter Jensen Volz is the only senior on the 14-player roster, which lists four juniors, six sophomores and three freshmen.
That group won 22 of 30 games and a six-win sweep of District 12-2A. The Hawks rode an eight-game win streak into the playoffs, which they extended to 11 with post-season victories over Bunkie, 12-0; Ouachita Christian, 8-3, and Rosepine, 12-0, before losing in the semifinal round to the No. 2 seed, Holy Savior Menard, 10-4, on April 30.
Since relocating to the West Covington area following Hurricane Katrina, Hannan’s appearance in the state tournament is its ninth straight since 2007.
Under Lambert’s tutelage, Hannan won Class 2A championships in 2011 and 2012 and was a finalist in 2013.
In its first year back after two years of limbo (2006 and 2007), Hannan, a No. 16 seed, was eliminated in the 2008 regionals by Ascension Catholic, 9-0.
While located in Meraux prior to 2006, Hannan athletics were part of a Class 4A program. The school will be reclassified to 3A beginning in 2017-18.