Although the Jackson Parish Sports Hall of Fame will not hold an induction ceremony of new members this year due to the Covid-19 situation they did announce the 2020 boys and girls high school Players of the Year for Jonesboro-Hodge, Quitman and Weston High Schools. Each winner was chosen not only for their athletic achievements but for the overall excellence in the classroom as well.
Jonesboro-Hodge High School
Xabrianna Jackson is now a two time selection in as many years in high school having won the award also as a freshman last year. Her credentials are impeccable as she was not only the district 1-2A MVP in basketball after averaging 23 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and a school record 8 assists per game she also competed in four events in track all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.
LaDamien Bradford is the boy’s selection after averaging 24.5 points and 13.3 rebounds per game and leading JHHS to the district 1-2A title in basketball. He was selected first team All-District 1-2A as well as being name 1st team All State by the LHSAA and the LHSBCA in Class 2A and was selected to the Max Preps All-Louisiana first team 1st team All-District. By signing a scholarship with Texas A&M University, Bradford became only the second basketball player ever to sign with an SEC school.
Quitman High School
Clara Womack was not only the top girls three point shooter in Jackson Parish and district 2B but one of the best in the state. The junior guard was named 1st team All-District after averaging 15.6 point per game, 5.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists to lead Quitman to a 20 win season and a share of the district 2B title. She also competed in the 4×200 relay and pole vault in track and had a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Joshua Smith is also a dual-sport athlete competing in basketball and baseball while maintaining a 3.5 G.P.A. After averaging 7.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists to garner 2nd team All District honors. Smith was also Quitman’s top pitcher but sadly saw his season cut short after only 10 games due to the season being cancelled due to the Coronavirus.
Weston High School
Grace Oliver maintained a 3.6 G.P.A. and was an outstanding track & field athlete competing in both the discus and the shot put event but didn’t get to compete in her senior season due to schools being shut down due to the epidemic. She will be attending college at LSU in Baton Rouge.
Hunter Strickland, who at 6’7” was the tallest player in Jackson Parish averaged 16.5 points, 12.2 rebounds, 6.8 blocks, 3.5 assists and 2.1 steal per game. The LSU-A signee earned 1st team All District in 2B and was selected to the Prep Hoops All-North Louisiana team and Louisiana High School Coaches Association East all-star team. Strickland also received the Louisiana Diploma of Excellence.