Brusly High School honored its best athletes of the 2013-14 year at its recent Athletic Awards Night at the BHS Gymnasium.
Anatole Vincent was the 2014 inductee into the Panther Hall of Fame.
Vincent, now director of West Baton Rouge Parish Parks & Recreation, made his mark as a standout on the football and baseball teams at BHS before he graduated in 1999.
“My heart is still in Brusly, so I try to help any way I can - sports, fundraisers, all of it,” he said. “I had some great times in college, but there’s a reason I’m back in Brusly. It’s my home and I love it here.”
He played football under then-head coach Brady Perry on a squad that reached the playoffs his last two years as a Panther.
Vincent also figured prominently on the baseball team under longtime mentor Charles “Boo” Marionneaux.
“It was a great night,” Vincent said. “I saw a lot of people I coached over the years.”
He later attended Pratt Community College in Pratt, Kan., and then moved on to Northwestern State University on a baseball scholarship.
Shelby Willis and Kwanstan Adkins both won the 2014 Panther Pride Awards.
Willis, who excelled in volleyball and softball, made a triumphant comeback her senior year. A leg injury sidelined her nearly all of the previous season.
She figured as one of the top players of the 2014 team and was featured as one of the top softball players in Class 3A state softball her freshman and sophomore year.
Adkins was a dominant force in two sports – football and baseball. He earned All-District honors in both sports his junior and senior years.
He finished the 2014 baseball season with a .385 batting average.
Scholar athletes went to three BHS standouts successful in their efforts in sports and in the classroom – 2014 7-3A and All-Metro softball MVP Carlie Comeaux, volleyball ace Kylie Tolar and hoop leader Donkita Williams.
Alyssa Regira, another consistently successful Lady Panther, earned the Scholar Spirit Award for 2014.
A special award also went to Panther wrestler Trevor Schermer, who followed in his brother Austin’s footsteps with a clean sweep all four years at the state championship tournament in Kenner.
His fourth state title made him and brother Austin the only brother combination in the history of Louisiana high school wrestling to achieve the “clean sweep” in mat action and finish with eight state championships.