Three of the parish’s five postseason softball entrants will play in quarterfinal action Friday at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s state tournament.

In Class 1A, Ascension Catholic, seeded No. 3, will face No. 11 Hanson Memorial at 2 p.m. at Frasch Park in Sulphur. The winner will face the St. John-Central Catholic winner in a semifinal contest at 11 a.m. Saturday. The 1A title game is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday.

In Class 5A, No. 10 East Ascension draws No. 2 Ouachita Parish at 4 p.m. Friday. The winner advances to a semifinal game against the Live Oak-Alexandria victor at 1 p.m. Saturday.

On the other side of the 5A bracket, No. 1 St. Amant is scheduled to tangle with No. 9 Pineville at 6 p.m. Friday. The winner moves on to play either Denham Springs or Mount Carmel at 1 p.m. Saturday. The 5A championship game is slated for 7 p.m. Saturday.

Of course, all times are subject to change, especially if bad weather is involved. But congratulations to all three Ascension Parish teams for earning the right to travel to Sulphur.

Baseball playoffs under way

All three Class 5A Ascension Parish baseball teams qualified for postseason play in brackets released Sunday.

No. 5 St. Amant drew No. 28 Fontainebleau, No. 13 Dutchtown was paired against No. 20 Lafayette, and No. 26 East Ascension was slated to travel to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to face No. 7 Comeaux.

Bi-district action was scheduled to be completed by last Tuesday. First-round winners advanced to play in a best-of-three regional series that have to be finished by Saturday.

The quarterfinal round is also a best-of-three regional series that must be finished by May 10. The Class 5A state tournament begins May 16 with semifinal action at McMurry Park in Sulphur.

The pairings for Classes 4A through C were announced Tuesday.

Donaldsonville’s Carter wins district MVP

Congratulations to Donaldsonville’s Xenet Carter, who was named the 9-3A most valuable performer April 24 at the district meet.

Carter posted three first-place finishes and qualified for regionals in 100-meter hurdles, 400, and the 200 and 400 relays.

Freshman Shai’Honesty Mitchell also qualified for four regional events: 200 meters and 100, 200 and 400 relays.

Other DHS girls regional qualifiers included Allegra Asberry, long jump, 300 hurdles and 100 relay; Kelsey Daggs, 100 and 200 relay; Erica Johnson, 200 and 400 relay; Kaitlyn Williams, 800 and 400 hurdles; and Kaylynn Foster and Charletia Price, both in shot put.

On the boys side, Floyd Foster qualified for regionals in the shot put, discus and 100 relays. Teammates Percy Cargo, 200, 100 relays; Leondre James, 100 and 100 relays; and Jacquel Gant, 100 relays, also advanced.

Several ACHS athletes tops in 8-1A track

Ascension Catholic’s Zach Capello won Outstanding Track Performer after winning three events, the 800, 1,600 and 3,200; at the District 8-1A track and field meet last week.

ACHS’ Sam Mattingly joined Capello by winning the pole vault. Ascension Christian’s top boys performance was a fourth-place showing in the 200 relay.

In the girls competition, Ascension Catholic finished first in the team standings. Maerys Joseph took home victories in the 400 and 800 races. Teammate Stephanie Breaux also was a double-winner with victories in the 1,600 and 3,200.

Other Ascension Catholic girls winners were Jordynn Brown, 100 hurdles; Nyah Williams, 300 hurdles; Kenshell Davis, shot put; Brandy Landry, pole vault; Carson Hitzman, javelin; and the 400 relay team.

Portillo Victoria was Ascension Christian’s top performer with two third-place finishes in the 1,600 and 3,200.

Athletes shine in 5-5A meet

Ascension Parish teams were in the middle of the team pack, but the schools had several winners at the 5-5A track and field meet at Dutchtown last week.

Dutchtown’s Taylor Bennett, who took the long jump, was named Outstanding Field Performer. St. Amant’s Faith Bourgeois, discus; and Toni Rodriguez, javelin; also won field events, and EA’s Ariane Williams claimed the 400. DHS’ girls captured the 100 and 200 relays.

DHS’ boys also claimed the 200 relay, and Tyler Hughes of the Griffins won the 110 hurdles. St. Amant’s Marquise Hampton took home the long jump crown.

Rich Loup covers sports for The Ascension Advocate. He can be reached at richloup@gmail.com or at ascension@theadvocate.com