A caravan of players, coaches and supporters from Jackson Parish will descend upon St. Julien Park in Broussard, LA this weekend to take part in the Little League 8U and 12U Girls Softball State Tournament. Games will begin on Friday, July 9th and go throughout the weekend at the state of the art wagon wheel complex.
Naturally the girls will be going to bring home the Little League State Championship trophy but a tremendous experience is in store thanks to all the amenities the park has to offer such as an amphitheater, playgrounds, splash pad, beautiful walking and fitness trail and even a stocked fishing pond. Concessions will even be a treat as they are handled through Bon Temps Grill that offers a wonderful menu of Cajun and Creole specialties.
“We are excited that our teams are going to playing at such a fine facility,” said Jackson Parish Recreation Department Director Tommy Smith. “They earned the right to be there and deserve this opportunity.”
Hopefully the two teams will have as easy a road through their respective tournaments is it looks to get there. According to Google Maps the directions to the park show that you take Hwy 167 to Alexandria and get on I-49 south. You stay on I-49 upon arriving in Lafayette and exit onto the NW Evangeline Throughway. This ties into US-90 East and takes you directly to the Broussard Sports Complex at St. Julien Park, located at 701 St. Nazarene Road in Broussard.
Representing Jackson Parish in the 8U state tourney are: Faith Burns, Ella Simonelli, Raleigh Guilliams, Amelia Staggs, Molly Henderson, Sky Watkins, Hannah Peoples, Ryan Kate Wyatt, Charleigh Newton, Hannah Aldy, Kinleigh Leach and Kate Keiffner. The head coach is Patrick Staggs who is assisted by April Simonelli Tamala Keiffer and Corey Aldy.
Hoping to bring the 12U state championship trophy home will be: Zoee Williams, Lanee Cheatwood, Jones, Molly Beaubouef, Avery Watson, Adysen Breeland, Allie Robertson, Morgan Cheatwood , Emma Walker, Maria Anderson, Peyton Cotton, Breanna Lamkin, Lily Jones and Carlyn Waters. The team is coached by Brandon Lamkin and assistants Craig Waters and Denise Robertson.