Episcopal’s 36th annual Round Table Run and the conclusion of the 36th Brusly Invitational volleyball tournament highlight a busy weekend of high school sports.
The EHS meet set for 8 a.m. Saturday at Highland Road Park will feature 1,342 runners, including 47 boys varsity teams and 38 girls varsity teams. The Dutchtown Lady Griffins volleyball tournament also finishes Saturday. Two Capital City Swim League meets also are part of the Saturday schedule.
“On the boys side, we’ll have Brother Martin, Catholic High, St. Paul’s, St. Thomas Aquinas and Dutchtown for sure,” EHS boys coach Claney Duplechin said of the Round Table Run. “We know there’s a chance for rain both on Friday and again on Saturday, and you never know what the impact of that will be. So far it look likes there is more parity among the teams.”
Action begins at 8 a.m. with a one-mile fun run. The three-mile girls varsity race is at 8:20, followed by the three-mile boys varsity race at 9. Two junior high races and a junior varsity race close the action.
John Curtis won the Bayou Boogie Classic and isn’t set to compete this week, which takes last week’s individual boys winner, Devyn Keith, out of the mix. On the girls side, St. Joseph’s Academy’s Annie Hill is expected to lead the field after winning the Bayou Boogie title a week ago.
“St. Joseph’s, Menard and St. Thomas Aquinas are some of the top girls teams we have,” EHS girls coach Eddie Cole said. “This is an ACT testing weekend, so you’ll probably see some teams without a few folks, but that gives teams a chance to see how some of their other runners step in and compete.”
The 17-team Brusly Invitational began its pool play Thursday and will conclude its action with pool play starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. The final is set for 7:50 p.m.
Riverside Academy is the only team located outside the Baton Rouge area that is part of the tourney field.
Dutchtown staggered its pool play starting Wednesday. Saturday’s action begins at 9 a.m. for the 20-team tourney that includes teams from across south Louisiana. The final is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Defending champion University High is part of the field. UHS lost in the final of the South Louisiana Volleyball Invitational last weekend.
Teams set to compete in the first meet at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Crawfish Aquatics pool include University High, Parkview Baptist, Lutcher, Zachary and Baton Rouge High. U-High’s Maggie Ogea (50-yard freestyle, 100 breaststroke) and Parkview’s Jolee Liles (200 IM, 100 backstroke) help lead the list of competitors.
The second meet set for 11:45 a.m. includes Episcopal, Denham Springs, West Feliciana, St. Amant, The Dunham School and Plaquemine.
Episcopal’s Bailey Stevens (50 free, 500 free) and Dunham’s Olivia Huffman (200 free, 100 backstroke) have multiple top entry marks.