Winning is the norm at Hackberry for Jolie Trahan and this senior class. (Rick Hickman / American Press)
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 08, 2014 1:13 PMHACKBERRY — Winning isn’t a new thing for Hackberry’s senior class, led by D.J. Simon, Jolie Trahan, Mattie Stine and Skylar Jinks.
As a unit, the senior girls have combined for five state championships in their high school careers — three softball championships, one team track-and-field championship and a basketball championship.
However, overlooked through all the winning is the group’s work ethic. All of them but Jinks have played all three sports — softball, basketball and running track-and-field through the years. Jinks played basketball and runs track.
It’s a testament that things are done differently around Hackberry; it has four-day school weeks and many of its athletes do double-duty, practicing track and softball some days during spring sports. All that right after basketball season.
It’s a group that has played together since tee-ball.
“The chemistry we have amongst each other is great,” said Trahan, who is a McNeese State softball signee. “We’ve been playing together since elementary school; a lot of girls from other schools can’t experience what we have.”
The year-round commitment to Lady Mustangs athletics separates this group as it continues its quest of possibly ending their careers with two more state championships.
The foursome has been the face of the school since winning their first softball championship together in 2011. It’s a source of pride for them to proudly represent the Class C school — enrollment 60 — and give a town known for its outdoors tourism something else to be remembered for.
“It’s been a honor to be a part of all three teams and excel at all three sports,” Trahan said.
For Simon, Trahan, Stine and Jinks success breeds confidence. In speaking to them it’s clear they aren’t interested in moral victories; winning is the motivation. So, when the Lady Mustangs lifted their first Class C girls basketball championship in a decade last month in Burton Coliseum it marked a proud moment for all four.
“I love basketball,” Simon said. “To me it’s the greatest sport ever. It was the greatest feeling ever knowing we had the chance to take the title home this year. Going into the season with a goal set to take state and we did it. I’ll never forget it.”
For now softball head coach Angie Little has a special task on her hands, getting her team up every day.
“They’re carrying themselves pretty well,” she said. “But it’s that time of the year when they’re worn out and they want things to happen. They want practice to be fast and smooth. But, we always have to fine tune and (make) adjustments.”
Hackberry’s goal is clear; it wants to send this senior class out in style if it can. If its senior class has any say in the outcome, they won’t go out without a fight.
Posted By: Angie Little On: 4/8/2014
Title: Hackberry Seniors
You left off a senior who participated in 4 of those state championships.