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GMA Morning Sports: December 27, 2017

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Acadiana had much to be thankful for this year in the world of sports. KATC sports reporter Seth Lewis gives us a look at a few of those big moments

Lafayette Christian

The year began with a Lafayette Christian takeover on the court. First, it was the Lady Knights traveling to Hammond to bring home the school's first championship on any hardwood. But the boys wouldn't be outdone...as a week later...it was the Knights securing the bag on their own plaque, with a 53-43 win over Southern Lab.


Also in girls basketball, Gueydan was too legit to quit, as a defensive showcase against North Central led to the Lady Bears first title in 46 years.

St. Thomas More

In Boys soccer, it was St. Thomas More going *back to back* like Drake, as the Cougars won their 2nd straight Division II title and their 5th in program history.

North Vermilion

On the softball diamond, North Vermilion enjoyed a dominant run with a 28-3 record but had to rally from behind in their final 3 games, including an extra-innings state championship thriller over Brusly, to claim the 3A crown.

Ascension Episcopal

A few weeks later in Baseball, Ascension Episcopal pulling off a Cinderella run in Division Four. The Blue Gators as the 11th seed,  winning their 1st championship ever, over district rival and top seed Central Catholic.

Teurlings Catholic

In Division II, Teurlings rolled into their lucky number 7 state title and did it in fashion. The Rebels were able to grab the repeat as champions for the 1st time in program history

And sometimes the championship mood is infectious. The Rebels boys golf program found themselves atop the Division two leaderboard for the first time in a decade this year.

Then after Summer break, Teurlings volleyball proved to be the G.O.A.T. when it comes to area champions. The Lady Rebels dynasty, complete perfection. A spotless 42-0 record to win their 5th straight state crown and their 1st in Division II. 

Cecilia High

If you ask Cecilia, they will let you know that they beat everybody on their way to a 3A championship in Track and field. It was the 2nd straight title for the Bulldogs.

The Road to the Dome

And to close out 2017, the road to the dome finished with the Acadiana area going 3 for 3 in title games.

It began with Lafayette Christian, who battled through injuries and deficits in the playoffs, to secure the Division Four state title. This title is their first ever on the gridiron.

Then in Division III, a rematch between Catholic of New Iberia and Notre Dame, saw the Panthers flip the script. And CHS partied like it was 1962, bringing home the championship plaque.

In 2A, Welsh laid a beat down on St. Helena early on, jumping out to a 31-0 lead and eventually taking home their 1st title in school history.

The Final Hurrah of 2017

Now, this list is typically reserved for team titles, but it'd be hard to not recognize the year Lafayette's Mondo Duplantis had as a pole vaulter. He won the National Gatorade Track and Field athlete of the year, after he set the world junior under 20 record, clearing 19 feet, 4-point-2-5 inches at the Texas Relays...which shattered the high school record.

Every state championship wasn't pictured, but that doesn't mean they weren't some amazing moments. Our list also includes Teurlings in wrestling, Abbeville for powerlifting, the Lafayette girls in indoor track, and ascension episcopal in girls tennis.

Catholic High flipped their way into a gymnastics state title. 

Then Episcopal School of Acadiana outran just about everyone in their way, taking home plaques in girls track and then sweeping the cross country titles.

Overall, that makes 21 titles in 16 sports. These titles just show the unparalleled excellence, on the fields, courts, and diamonds, that resides in Acadiana.

Our next defining moment of 2017, the numerous coaching changes at UL and the gravity they held on the Cajuns program. 

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