To simply say there is no shortage of high school sports events this weekend would be an understatement.
Three volleyball tournaments, two swim meets and one cross country meet should make one of the first fall sports weekends also one of the busiest ones.
Set to begin Friday is the Episcopal Invitational volleyball tournament. That event will conclude Saturday.
Two other tourneys that began earlier in the week, the Brusly Invitational and the Dutchtown Lady Griffin Tournament, also conclude Saturday. The championship contests for all three tourneys are set for 6 p.m. Saturday.
A total of 46 varsity teams are scheduled to compete in St. Michael the Archangel’s Bayou Boogie Invitational cross country meet at Highland Road Park on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Capital City Swim League will kick off its season with two meets, one of which was postponed from last Saturday because of weather-related issues.
VOLLEYBALL: The 16-team Episcopal Invitational starts Friday with pool play.
Local teams entered include host Episcopal, Istrouma, St. Michael, Zachary, The Dunham School, St. Joseph’s Academy, McKinley and Parkview Baptist. Pool play resumes at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Brusly’s 33rd Lady Panther Invitational began Thursday and concludes Saturday.
Local teams entered include host Brusly, Woodlawn, Port Allen, Tara, Livonia, Broadmoor, Plaquemine, Southern Lab, Baker, Scotlandville, White Castle, Hosanna Christian and False River Academy.
The Dutchtown tourney, which began Wednesday, also has a large number of local-area teams, including host Dutchtown, Catholic-Pointe Coupee, Central, Denham Springs, Baton Rouge High, University, Walker, West Feliciana, Ascension Catholic, Glen Oaks, Live Oak, East Ascension, Redemptorist, Ascension Christian, Christian Life and St. Amant.
CROSS COUNTRY: The Bayou Boogie Invitational starts at 8:15 a.m. Saturday at Highland with a two-mile junior high race.
The three-mile varsity race for girls set for 9 a.m. and the three-mile boys varsity race at 9:45 a.m. follow.
“Because the weather is so much cooler than it has been, I really expect some fast times,” St. Michael coach Neil Borel said. “I’m anxious to see who my top seven ends up being and how some of our inexperienced runners handle being in a race like this for the first time.”
Borel rates St. Paul’s, Catholic High, Episcopal and St. Michael as favorites. The girls favorites include St. Joseph’s Academy, Episcopal and St. Michael.
SWIMMING: Capital City Swim League starts at 8:15 a.m. Saturday at the Crawfish Aquatics pool.
Teams set to compete in the regularly scheduled meet include Baton Rouge High, Brusly, Central, Dutchtown, Lutcher, Runnels, Redemptorist, St. Amant, St. James, Tara, University, West Feliciana, Zachary and Woodlawn.
Once that meet is complete, teams scheduled to compete last weekend will swim their make-up meet with action beginning at about 1 p.m.
Catholic High, Christian Life, Denham Springs, Episcopal, East Iberville, East Ascension, Parkview Baptist, St. Michael, St. Joseph’s Academy and Walker are all scheduled to compete.