The third time was the charm for the Baton Rouge High volleyball team.
After losing in the regional round the past two seasons, the Bulldogs notched a 3-2 victory over Fontainebleau on Saturday to earn a berth in the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Volleyball tournament that begins Thursday at Kenner’s Pontchartrain Center. It is the Bulldogs' first LHSAA tourney berth since 1990.
“I think it was the desire this team had,” BRHS coach Dayna Kohn said. “We’ve got great senior leadership and those girls knew what it was like to lose in the second round. They were determined to take that next step, which is huge for this program.”
The ninth-seeded Bulldogs (28-12) meet top-seeded Mount Carmel (32-6) in a Division I quarterfinal set for 8 p.m. Thursday. Shelby Carlin, Raegan Rozas, Zaria Sims and Tayler Strickland are three-year senior starters for Baton Rouge High. Amanda Hilliard, Emma Mukuri Maka and Morgan Franklin are two-year senior starters.
“They wanted this so bad, and now they are getting ready for the next step,” Kohn said.
Baton Rouge High is one of three local Division I teams that are LHSAA tourney bound. Nine local teams altogether advanced to the tourney. Second-seeded St. Joseph’s Academy (28-13) plays Acadiana (24-8) also at 8 p.m. St. Amant (22-18), the 14th-seed, meets No. 11 Archbishop Chapelle (24-18) at 6:10 p.m.
Second-seeded St. Michael the Archangel (29-4) leads the three Division III teams and faces No. 10 De La Salle (22-19) at 9 a.m. to help tip off Thursday’s action. No. 3 Parkview Baptist (34-7) meets No. 11 Brusly (27-12) at 10:50 a.m. in the only all-local quarterfinal.
Third-seeded University (34-6) of Division IV plays No. 6 Riverside Academy (30-11). In Division V, No. 5 St. John (21-9) plays fourth-seeded Central Catholic (31-11) at 12:40 p.m., while seventh-seeded Catholic-Pointe Coupee (23-17) meets No. 2 Louise McGehee (41-3) at 2:30 p.m.
A number of local athletes are set to sign with colleges Wednesday, the day the NCAA’s early signing period for basketball and baseball begins.
Madison Prep boys basketball player Kobe Julien is set to sign with the Louisiana-Lafayette at 9 a.m. at the school. At 10 a.m., Zachary girls basketball player Rayah Haynes is set to sign with McNeese.
University High baseball player Grant Upton (Southeastern Louisiana University) and volleyball player Bailey Grimes (Southern Nazarene) are scheduled to sign at 12:30 p.m. at UHS’ Pennington McKernan Gym.
At 12:45 p.m. in the Parkview Baptist Church Café three PBS athletes, baseball player Connor Joffrion (UL-Lafayette), softball player Anne Marie Peavy (Mississippi College) and softball player Hailey Weems (Jones County Community College), are scheduled to sign.
Another Madison Prep basketball player, Josh LeBlanc, is scheduled to sign with Georgetown on Nov. 12 at a local church.