The Denham Springs High tennis teams will enter the meat of their schedule with postseason play unfolding in the next couple of weeks.
Regional action for the Yellow Jackets is slated for Monday and Tuesday at Highland Road Park in Baton Rouge, and players who qualify for the state tournament will conclude their season at the University of Louisiana at Monroe tennis courts April 25-29.
Last year, Denham Springs had two doubles teams join singles player Matthew Whitehead in qualifying for state.
Whitehead, who was a senior last year, won his first-round match before losing in the second round.
Yellow Jackets tennis coach Bob McMurray listed Connor Crenshaw and Jessica Hoover as top contenders for a state tournament bid this season. The doubles team of Olivia Reed and Olivia Williams should be in the mix as well, he said.
Crenshaw and Hoover were both 10-2 to start the season.
“Getting out of regionals and into state is the tough part,” McMurray said.
Despite losing No. 1 singles player Hannah LaBauve for the season with an ankle injury, the Denham Springs girls were off to a 10-3 start after beating Dutchtown earlier this month.
“We’re still in the building stage here,” McMurray said. “One thing that makes it hard for us is that this has always been a football and baseball town.”
McMurray said the five-player contingent last year was the largest Denham Springs has sent to a state tournament.
Many of the players he coaches today grew up attending McMurray’s annual summer tennis camps.
Walker baseball on top
The Walker High baseball team defeated Zachary 4-1 on Saturday to finish the first half of play in District 4-5A with a perfect 5-0 mark and enter the second half as the district front-runner.
The Wildcats (16-9) had a one-game lead over Zachary (16-11) in the league standings, followed by Denham Springs (15-9) at 3-2 and Central (14-11) at 2-3. Live Oak (11-14) finished the first round at 1-4.
Walker had won 12 of its last 14 overall entering Tuesday’s game at Central to start the second round of district play.
In the victory over Zachary, Walker scored three runs in the fifth inning to break a 1-1 tie, and relief pitcher Dane Dixon retired seven of the eight batters he faced to secure the win.