Last weekend Davis Tolar packed up and headed to Conway, AR where he will continue his baseball career at Central Baptist College. Excited as he was to get to the campus it was even more important that before he left he visited with the love of his life.
It wasn’t a girlfriend he had to say goodbye to but his “self appointed” little sister, Lillie Frasier, the daughter of Krisitie and his former baseball coach Chase. This is a love affair that was born out of tragedy. In October of 2020, Chase was killed in a tragic auto accident that shook the Weston High family to the core. Especially devasted was Tolar, who had formed that rare kind of bond with his baseball coach and the family, that goes beyond the sport and lasts a lifetime.
His love for Lillie was maybe best exhibited the following spring after Weston had beaten rival Quitman in the contest that the Wolves team had dubbed “Chase the Win” in honor of the beloved coach. As soon as the game was over Tolar rushed over, grabbed up Lillie and carried her on to the field where she could take part in the celebration and be showered with love.
Another example of how much of an impact that Coach Frasier had on Tolar came after the Class B Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association, first team, All-Stater signed his baseball scholarship. Tolar stated that the thing he was most proud of was that he had fulfilled the pledge he had made to himself to work hard and get a scholarship to honor the belief that Frasier had in him.
It wasn’t just on the baseball field that the son of Nick and Jennifer Tolar displayed his tremendous heart and dedication. The multi talented Tolar was expected to be a major contributor for the Wolves basketball team also. Early on in the season, as he was just rounding into form, Tolar suffered a severe ankle injury. It looked to be another devastating setback that would prematurely end his basketball career. Not a chance! Determined to be on the court again, Tolar gutted through the pain and was instrumental in helping Weston beat Quitman in the final district game of the year.
Heart and dedication alone doesn’t get you selected as the male Athlete of the Year and be honored at the 2022 Jackson Parish Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet. You need to have the stats as well. TThis is an area where there is only success to report.
Tolar led Jackson Parish with 9 doubles and 18 hits for extra bases this past baseball season that included four triples and five home runs. With 39 RBI and 30 runs scored he was one of the few in the parish to be a member of the 30/30 club. He also compiled the third highest batting average in the parish, ending the year with an even .500 average at the plate helping Weston to the Class B state quarterfinals and be ranked the #1 team in the state for the majority of the season. In basketball he averaged 11 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists per game.
Tolar’s decorated high school career is now done. His college career is just beginning. Like his love for Lillie, his being named 2022 Weston High School male Athlete of the Year will be a part of his future forever.
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Kristie is grandmother of Lillie ❤️