Jolie Trahan of Hackberry High School is the American Press Female Athlete of the Year. (Kirk Meche / Special to the American Press)
Last Modified: Monday, June 09, 2014 12:48 PMFew high school athletes, if any, can say they won three state championships in their senior year of high school.
For Jolie Trahan of Hackberry, those three titles — added to the four she already had — give her a grand total of seven.
Adding to her trophy case this year were all-state nods in basketball and softball, the state MVP in softball and now the title of American Press Female Athlete of the Year.
“This feels awesome; I never expected to win this, and I am so honored,” Trahan said.
“She has done an outstanding job, not just this year, but every year,” Hackberry softball coach Angie Little said. “I know it has to be hard to win this award coming from a Class C school where they only have 17 kids in their graduating class. This is something she can look back on and be very proud of.”
In her senior season, she and fellow seniors D.J. Simon and Mattie Stine completed what Little refers to as the triple crown — winning state titles in basketball, softball and outdoor track. The trio finished their high school careers with four titles in softball, two in track and one in basketball.
“Our whole class wanted to go down in history, we wanted everyone to remember us and we decided to do that was to win three state titles,” Trahan said. “I wouldn’t have wanted to do this with anyone else. We are all so close and our chemistry is unreal.”
“It is a very rare thing to be able to win one state championship,” Little added. “But to win seven is something that I don’t know if very many other people can top.”
Little said it is Trahan’s self-belief and strive to be the best that has gotten her to this point.
“She is confident in everything that she does and she is a good vocal leader,” Little said. “She is hard on herself and she isn’t afraid to tell her teammates that when she is unhappy with a result and that she and everyone else needs to work harder.”
While Trahan excelled in every sport, it was on the softball field that she made the biggest impact. In her time on the diamond she won four consecutive state championships, was a four-time all-state selection, a three-time state tournament MVP, a four-time American Press All-Southwest Louisiana selection, a five-time first-team all-district selection, a two-time district MVP, a one time state MVP and American Press All-SW La. small schools softball player of the year.
Those accolades have allowed her to continue her softball career where she will join McNeese State as a pitcher.
“It feels awesome. All my hard work has paid off because ever since I was a little kid it has been my dream to play Division I softball,” Trahan said. “My dream has come true and I am so excited.”
In basketball, Trahan was a two-time first-team all-district selection, a one-time all-state selection and a one time American Press All-SW La. small schools basketball first-team selection.
In track, she competed in the 1,600-meter run, the triple jump and the 1,600-meter relay. She competed in all three events at the Class C state meet.
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