A three-peat in girls basketball led to Lafayette Christian Academy dominating girls honors, while two boys champions, George Washington Carver and Bossier, claimed top boys honors on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 4A all-state teams.
Lafayette Christian’s Jada Richard and Errol Rogers collected girls Outstanding Player and Coach of the Year honors, respectively. Bossier star Tahj Roots earned the earned the Outstanding Player nod and Carver’s Nathaniel Roche notched coach of the year accolades.
Richard, a recent LSU commitment, averaged 28.2 points per game, five assists, four steals and five rebounds as a junior.
After scoring 831 points this season, the 2024 prospect now has 2,021 total points in three years of varsity action.
Rogers has led the Knights to three consecutive state championships across three divisions, including a 28-2 record and a Division II select title in 2022-23.
En route to capturing a nonselect Division II title, Roots averaged 19.7 points per game as a sharpshooter for the Bearkats. He helped power Bossier to victories over No. 1 Wossman and No. 3 Carroll at the LHSAA tournament.
On the select side, Roche led his No. 6 seed Rams to a Division II select title with wins against the No. 1 seed Madison Prep, No. 2 seed Peabody and No. 3 seed Archbishop Hannan. This came after graduating multiple players for his team that won a Class 4A title in 2022 as the No. 1 seed.
Like LCA’s Richard, for the second year in a row Vandebilt Catholic’s Makayla Charles, Ellender’s Jamia Singleton, St. Thomas More’s AC Froehlich and Brusly’s Tia Anderson netted LSWA girls honors.
Lafayette Christian’s Kameron Williams and Hannan’s Drew Timmons garnered LSWA boys recognition for the second straight year.
LSWA CLASS 4A ALL-STATE BASKETBALL TEAMS
Kialen Phillips, Breaux Bridge
Kameron Johnson, Shaw
Jaylon Hicks, Carver
Drew Timmons, Hannan
Tahj Roots, Bossier
Jordan Matthews, Peabody
Michael Mouton, St. Thomas More
Kameron Johnson, Lafayette Christian
Daijon Leatherman, Carver
DeCedric Webb, Huntington
OUTSTANDING PLAYER: TAHJ ROOTS, BOSSIER
COACH OF THE YEAR: NATHANIEL ROCHE, CARVER
HONORABLE MENTION: Omarion Randolph, LaGrange; Kevin Jones, Peabody; Drew Cooper, Franklin Parish; Jordan Matthews, Vandebilt Catholic; Jaden Carter, Ellender; Zion McCoy, Northside; Shea Plowden, David Thibodaux; Derrick Morris, St. Michael; Javon Johnson, Bossier; CJ Shiflett, Evangel; Chris Carpenter, Huntington; CJ Mason-Jones, B.T Washington-Shreveport; Jay Easter, Booker T. Washington-Shreveport; Daylan Robinson, Neville; Javion White, Franklin Parish; Semont Fairley, DeRidder; Marcus Mollere, Assumption; Richard Hampton, Ellender; Josiah Johnson, Vandebilt Catholic; Jamarian Johnnie, Northside; Noah Jones, Broadmoor; Kameron Ranel, Plaquemine; Vo Nicholas, L.B. Landry; Anthony Johnson, L.B. Landry; Donte Briggs, McMain; Rob Johns, Salmen; Laurence Nathan, Carver.
Makayla Charles, Vandebilt Catholic
Jamia Singleton, Ellender
Jada Richard, Lafayette Christian
AC Froehlich, St. Thomas More
Tia Anderson, Brusly
Kylei Leblanc, LaGrange
Katreal Earthly, Peabody
Kyndal Graham, Huntington
Carlisa Mitchell, Northwood
Danai Lewis, De La Salle
OUTSTANDING PLAYER: JADA RICHARD, LAFAYETTE CHRISTIAN
COACH OF THE YEAR: ERROL ROGERS, LAFAYETTE CHRISTIAN
HONORABLE MENTION: Latraneice “Moonie” McNeill, Peabody; Jade LeDay, Leesville; Petra Trumbach, Ben Franklin; Kameryn Washington, Warren Easton; Eve Alexander, Lafayette Christian; Zarriah Goldman, Franklin Parish; Joy Fisher, Neville; Abbi Troquille, Tioga; Shyann McCummings, Leesville; K’Mayia Taylor, Assumption; Ellie Lorraine, South Lafourche; Laijah Rockward, Ellender; Makensie Charles, Vandebilt Catholic; Asia Foster, B.T. Washington-Shreveport; Laila Clark, Brusly.
Written for the LSWA by Jake Martin