A.H.S. Hall of Fame

 

 

2015 Inductee
Michael Shane Parker 
AHS 1991-1995
 

 

Michael Shane Parker (Mike) is the son of Verna Parker and the late Ray Boudreaux.  Mike was born in Erath, Louisiana, on February 25, 1977; fortunately, for us, he took his athletic prowess six (6) miles to the West, to Abbeville High School where he starred in athletics and graduated in 1995.
 

Mikes athletic career began at a young age as he played AAU basketball for the Abbeville AAU LA Stars where he first teamed up with future AHS teammates, James Broussard and Broc Harrison, on a team that made it to the National Tournament three consecutive years.  Mike also starred on the diamond as he participated in PONY baseball as a member of the Abbeville Bronco All-Star team in the 11 12 year old Bronco State Tournament where he played for one of the Hall of Fames Founding Fathers, Harris LeMaire.

As Mike got to high school, his athletic prowess shifted into high gear, as he played both football and basketball, as well as participating in track (running relays and hurdles); but he was only just getting started, as he earned 12 varsity letters.
 

In football, Mike played on the varsity team as a freshman, where he contributed as a receiver and defensive back.
  As a sophomore, Mike became a starter, on both offense and defense and even garnered a TV-3 Player of the Week honor.  Mike
s junior year is where the accolades started to accumulate.  Although Mike was one of the areas leading receivers on the offensive side of the ball, his production on defense earned him a spot on the First Team All-District Squad as a Defensive Back; he was also named to the Second Team as a Wide Receiver.  In addition, Mike was selected to the Vermilion All-Parish First Team as a Defensive Back, as well as Wide Receiver.  Mikes junior season ended with a loss in the Quarter-final Round of the State Playoffs losing at home 14-7 in overtime, to the Wossman Wildcats.  Mike scored the only AHS Wildcat points when he intercepted a pass late in the game and ran it back 45 yards for the score.

Mike
s senior season saw a change in position as he was asked to play quarterback for the Wildcats.  Mike made the transition and excelled at quarterback, but the defensive side of the ball was where he belonged as he was again named to the First Team All-District Squad as a Defensive Back; Mike was also named to the Vermilion All-Parish First Team, as a Defensive Back, again.

In basketball, Mike also played on the varsity team, as a freshman, playing both center and forward.
  As a sophomore, Mike saw his playing time increase and was awarded the team
s Defensive Player of the Year and 6th Man Award.  Mike was also named to the All-District Honorable Mention squad.  Mikes on court presence earned him the nick-name, Michael Jordans Sidekick.  Mikes senior year was a memorable one as he made First Team All-District while averaging 21.7 points per game; Mike was also named to the Vermilion All-Parish First Team. 

In track, Mike started out as a freshman and sophomore running the 4X400 relay, the 4X200 relay, the 400 meter run and the hurdles.
  As a junior, Mike added the field events of javelin and shot put, to go along with the 400 meter run and the 4X200 relay.  As a senior, Mike added District Championships as well as a Regional Championship in the javelin, as well as placing 2nd in the discus and 3rd in the shot put; Mike participated in the State Track and Field Meet in the javelin, discus and shot put; placing in the javelin at the State Meet, both his junior and senior years.
 

Mike was twice named as the Abbeville High School Outstanding Male Athlete.  He received recruiting questionnaires from such schools as LSU, University of Tennessee, University of Alabama, Auburn University, Texas A&M, University of Miami, University of Oklahoma, Baylor University, Penn State University, Stanford University, Boston College University, University of Notre Dame and the United States Military Academy (Army).  Upon graduation, Mike chose to stay close to home signing a football scholarship with Southern University in Baton Rouge.  Mike participated in football for the Jaguar Nation for two years before enlisting in the U. S. Army.  During his 8 years of service, Mike was stationed in South Carolina, Alabama, Fort Hood, Texas, Germany and Japan, as well as a 2-year tour in Korea. 

Mike is employed as a mechanic for Schneider National Trucking Company in Mandeville and is the proud father of two children, Myra Sher
Rae Parker and Javon Guidry. 

Mike would like to thank the many coaches who contributed to his athletic career, namely, Gerald Laughlin (football), Mack Guillory (basketball) and Brent Indest (track and field), also James Gaspard, Nick Saltaformaggio and Clifton Sampson.


And Mike would like to close with this statement,
I am a strong believer in being a positive role model for future generations and so thankful to those who encouraged me to follow their lead.

  

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