This is what I refer to as the ultimate crossover season.
Watching basketball players execute a crossover dribble is only one of the things that makes late November and early December perhaps the best time to follow high school sports. This week provides a crossover since it starts in one month and ends in another.
Holiday songs take on a new meaning. “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” can also describe what happens after Thanksgiving each year in high school sports.
Louisiana’s high school football teams play the quarterfinal round of the playoffs the day after Thanksgiving, bringing an added meaning to “Black Friday” for those who don’t come away with wins.
But as football season ends, basketball, soccer and wrestling teams are starting to hit their respective strides.
It’s a unique balancing act, but this week should be a lot of fun for fans interested in seeing a cross section of what high school sports in Louisiana have to offer.
Naturally, football is a great place to start. Class 3A Parkview Baptist is Baton Rouge’s only remaining team in the playoffs. The 11th-seeded Eagles travel to LaPlace to play No. 2 St. Charles Catholic in the semifinals.
There won’t be any high school football in Baton Rouge this Friday night, but several games are within reasonable driving distance, including the Parkview-St. Charles game.
Lutcher plays Edna Karr in New Orleans in a Class 4A semifinal. West St. John goes to Abbeville to take on Vermilion Catholic in 1A. Class 3A Amite heads north to Avoyelles Parish to take on Marksville.
Two Acadiana teams with powerful offenses, 5A Carencro and 4A Breaux Bridge, also play at home.
Basketball is an option for fans who don’t want to leave the confines of Baton Rouge.
Kudos to Brusly coach Harold Boudreaux for matching defending Class 1A state champion White Castle and last year’s runner-up, Southern Lab, for the first round of his boys tournament on Wednesday night.
St. Michael and Episcopal are teaming up to host a 16-team girls basketball tournament at their schools along with Denham Springs High.
The Ralph Sellers Gold Dome Classic at St. Amant features two coaches moving toward milestones. East Ascension’s Kenny Almond is closing in on win No. 800, while St. Amant’s Gary Duhe is just shy of 700.
Duhe also has a solution for fans who don’t want to miss SEC Championship game between LSU and Georgia. Saturday’s Gold Dome games start at 8 a.m. with the championship set for 12:30 p.m.
The Catholic High Invitational wrestling tournament is set for Saturday and will include most of the area’s top teams.
High school soccer also factors into the picture. Though a complete schedule of games is not available at this time, a check with local schools can provide the basics you need.
So as you pass around that leftover turkey and ham, take some time to plan your crossover. It will be worth it.