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Contributing Writer

North Central High School basketball standouts Ya’Jaia Goudeau and Reginald Stoner highlighted a week of accolades last Tuesday with a nod towards the future as each senior signed college scholarships that are intended to continue their athletic careers.

Goudeau, named last Monday as the 2021-22 Class 1A girls’ Most Valuable Player by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, indicated she plans to attend Xavier University in New Orleans.

Stoner, chosen as a first team member of the boys’ LSWA 2021-22 Class 1A all-state first-team announced that he has chosen to play basketball at LSU-Eunice.

North Central’s Katlynn Harrison and D’Veion Lavergne were chosen as members of the boys’ and girls’ LSWA all-state second teams in balloting by LSWA members.

Ya’Jaia Goudeau

Goudeau has been the leading scorer on three North Central teams that have either won a state title or advanced to the semifinal round.

This year Goudeau again led the Hurricanes in scoring (27.6 points per game) as North Central reached the Class 1A championship contest.

Goudeau also averaged six rebounds, eight assists and seven steals this year.

Reginald Stoner

Stoner has been part of a North Central boys’ team that won three state championships during the past four seasons.

This year Stoner was the leading scorer (23.4 points) for the Hurricanes as North Central won the 2021-22 Class 1A state title.

Harrison and Lavergne

Harrison, also a senior, formed a scoring complement to Goudeau during the past two years. This season Harrison averaged 16.2 points.

Lavergne averaged 21.6 points a game.