The Zachary Broncos are seeded third in the 32-team LHSAA Class 5A playoff bracket and will host 30th-ranked Airline on Friday in the first round.
Airline, located in Bossier City, completed the regular season 4-6 overall and 2-3 in District 1-5A. If the Broncos win, they will face the winner of 14th-seeded Woodlawn of Baton Rouge, from District 5-5A, and 19th-seeded Denham Springs, which is in the Broncos’ District 4-5A.
The Broncos claimed a thrilling 28-24 victory over the Yellow Jackets in Week 9.
The Broncos finished the season with their ninth-straight victory, a 56-22 thumping of Broadmoor, giving them the District 4-5A title with a perfect 6-0 record in coach David Brewerton’s first season.
The win improved the Broncos to 9-1 for the season and marked the sixth time they scored more than 40 points in a game.
Northeast is the No. 5 seed in Class 2A and will host 28th-seeded Capitol in the first round of the playoffs. Northeast and Capitol are both in District 6-2A, and the Vikings defeated the Lions earlier this season, 28-13. Capitol finished the season 2-9 overall and 1-4 in 6-2A and limps into the playoffs having lost its last six games.
A first-round win would send the Vikings to a second-round matchup with either 12th-seeded Pickering or 21st-seeded DeQuincy. If the Vikings win the first two playoff games, they could potentially face fourth-seeded East Feliciana, another 6-2A rival, who the Vikings defeated 16-14 earlier this season.
Northeast finished the season with a disappointing 19-14 loss to District 6-2A rival Redemptorist. A win over the Wolves would have tied the Vikings with East Feliciana for first place in the district.
Instead, they settled for second with Episcopal at 3-2 in the league and 7-2 for the season.
ZHS volleyball season ends
The Zachary volleyball team was defeated by top-seeded St. Joseph’s Academy in Division I’s regional round playoff action, ending the Lady Broncos’ season.
The Lady Broncos fell to the Redstickers 25-4, 25-13, 25-7, finishing the season with a 17-14 record. It was the third time SJA has defeated coach Madeline Blanchard Gugich’s squad this season. Zachary, the 17th seed, notched a victory in the first round over 16th-seeded Terrebonne 25-17, 25-17, 21-25, 25-23 in Houma to advance to meet SJA.
ZHS runners excel at Metro event
The Zachary boys’ cross country team finished fifth while the girls were eighth at the Baton Rouge Metro meet at Highland Road Park on Monday.
The boys were paced by John Paul Hardin, who finished in fifth place overall with a time of 16:00 over the three-mile course. Next up for the boys and girls teams is the 2014 Class 5A State Cross Country meet scheduled for Tuesday at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.
Swimmers prepare for state meet
Zachary High swimmers continue to prepare for the LHSAA State Championships which will be held at the SPAR Aquatic Center in Sulphur.
The Division I preliminaries will be Nov. 21 and the finals are Nov. 22.
Most recently, the Zachary boys finished second out of 20 teams in the city championships, and the girls tied for ninth out of 22 teams.
“I was very happy with our results at the city championships,” Zachary swim coach Lisa McGehee said. “All swimmers who swam in the finals posted season-best times. The kids did an amazing job, and I am so proud of them and how they represented Zachary High School.”
Zachary has 11 swimmers entered into individual events and six relay teams. The individual swimmers are Clay Franklin, 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle; Luke Troth, 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle; Collin Dupuy, 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle; Garrett Rushing, 50-yard freestyle; Schyler Mire, 200-yard individual medley; Stephen Samuel, 100-yard butterfly; Austin Wittig, 100-yard breast stroke; and Ellen Manuel, 100-yard butterfly.
“Our kids have worked very hard this year and their hard work is paying off,” McGehee said.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: The outcome of the Northeast Vikings vs. East Feliciana Tigers game was changed Nov. 13, 2014, to reflect the Vikings as the winner of the game played on Nov. 1.)