By Casey Gisclair
In some respects, 2015 could be considered “The Year of the Championships” when it comes to Baton Rouge sports history, because several local teams took home some gold.
The LSU men’s golf team won the 2015 National Championship in June – the first title for the program since 1955.
And it almost didn’t happen.
After winning the SEC Championship in mid-April, LSU qualified for the NCAA Championships in dramatic fashion. The Tigers were the fifth and last team to reach the NCAA Championships out of the New Haven Regional, outlasting Iowa by one stroke to move on.
Once in the NCAAs, LSU outlasted conference rivals Vanderbilt and Georgia in the quarterfinals and semifinals before beating Southern California in the championship to take home the title.
The LSU baseball and softball teams both reached the College World Series, and LSU gymnastics advanced to the Super Six.
But it wasn’t just LSU generating storylines in the Baton Rouge-area sports scene, as several high school football team did their part to bring titles back to the 225.
The prep football season was extremely generous to the Baton Rouge area with four state titles being crowned from the area.
In Class 5A, Zachary crushed John Ehret to polish a title-winning year. The same can be said for Catholic High of Baton Rouge, Parkview Baptist and Southern Lab, which won the Division I, Division II and Division IV titles, respectively.