Volleyball tournaments hosted by Woodlawn and Northeast, the Battlefield Cross Country Festival and two Capital City Swim League meets will make this weekend a busy one.

Action begins Friday with the start of Woodlawn’s Rumble in the Jungle volleyball tournament. Pool play begins at 4 p.m. for the 32-team tournament. There’s a strong New Orleans flavor, with defending champion Newman helping to lead the way.

“I think it’s a strong field,” Woodlawn coach Nelson Malpica said. “Newman is back to defend the title. Fontainebleau was the runner-up. Ben Franklin looked really good in the tournament we have earlier this month. And Northlake (Christian) also is supposed to be good.”

Pool play resumes at 8 a.m. Saturday. Bracket play for the top teams is set for 4:30 p.m. The championship contest is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Northeast-Chaneyville Slammin’ Classic is begins at 9 a.m. Saturday with pool play. Six teams are scheduled to compete. Bracket play is scheduled for 1 p.m., with the championship to follow at 3 p.m.

Cross country

The fourth annual Battlefield Cross Country Festival begins at 8:20 a.m. at the Port Hudson State Historic Site located in Jackson. Thirty-two boys varsity teams and 30 girls varsity teams were entered as of Wednesday.

About 1,200 runners are expected to compete in varsity and junior high races. Catholic High, Episcopal, Runnels, West Feliciana and St. Michael the Archangel lead the list of boys teams entered, while Episcopal, Alexandria-based Menard and St. Michael are among the girls teams to watch.


The first CCSL meet starts at 8:15 a.m. at the Crawfish Aquatics pool with Dunham, Plaquemine, Lee, St. James, St. Thomas Aquinas, West Feliciana, Baton Rouge High, Dutchtown,East Ascension and Runnels set to compete.

Catholic High and St. Joseph’s Academy top the list of teams set to compete in the afternoon meet that has a noon start time. Central, Denham Springs, St. Michael and Walker round out the field.