MONROE — A morning of rain forced the Louisiana High School Athletic Association to extend the Division I and Division II portion of its state tennis tournament by one day.
Competitors in Division I boys were able to play just one round of singles and doubles Monday. Division I girls competitors, along with boys-girls in Division II, played two rounds of singles and one round of doubles.
Divisions I-II will play through the quarterfinals Tuesday and then will play semifinals and finals Wednesday, pushing back Division III and Division IV competition to Thursday and Friday.
Matches will resume at multiple Monroe sites, including at UL-Monroe, at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
“We had some delays, but it actually could have been worse,” said meet director Kathryn Waters of Neville High. “The forecast for the next few days looks a lot better. By extending it a day, there won’t be a rush to get finished.”
Division I singles player Mackenzie Noonan won both her singles matches Monday for St. Joseph’s Academy. The SJA doubles team of Allie Smith and Marissa Noonan won once Monday.
The St. Amant girls doubles team of Victoria Buquet and Kelly Young lost to Mount Carmel in three sets. Another SAHS team, Brook Broussard and Angelle Naquin, did advance in Division I.
Catholic High singles player Peyton Stuart won his only match in Division I boys action.
REGIONAL BOYS CROWNS AWARDED: C.E. Byrd in Division I, E.D. White Catholic in Division II and Opelousas Catholic in Division IV claimed regional boys golf titles at different sites Monday.
Byrd finished with 297 to place ahead of St. Thomas More (319), West Monroe (324) and Airline (329) among the state meet qualifiers in the Division I Regional for teams in Districts 1-2 played at Oakwing Golf Club in Alexandria.
Airline’s Matt Barker shot 75 to place ahead of Hahnville’s Collin Troxler and Natchitoches Central’s Cole Kendrick.
EDW won the Division II Regional for teams in Districts 3-4 with a score of 324 at Patterson’s Atchafalaya at Idlewild. Teurlings Catholic (337), West Feliciana (339) and South Lafourche (342) were the other qualifiers.
South Lafourche’s Nick Bruce recorded the day’s top score 73, while Davis Field of West Feliciana and Taylor Ford of EDW each carded a 77.
Opelousas Catholic finished at 347 to pace finishers at the Division IV Regional for Districts 3-4 held at the LSU Golf Course.
Westminster Christian (351), Episcopal School of Acadiana (353) and Runnels (359) also qualified.
Westminster’s Jack Tolson III was the top individual with a 72. OCHS’ Jamison Thomassee (73) was second.
ZACHARY TAKES TITLE: Zachary High won its fifth straight Olympic weightlifting title over the weekend at Spectrum Fitness Club. South Beauregard was second and East St. John third.
Catholic High’s Daniel Kline was voted outstanding boys lifter, and Salmen’s Leann Holappa was the top girls lifter.
Boys gold medal winners from the Baton Rouge area included University’s Jack Shelby (47-kilogram weight class), Live Oak’s Connor Taylor (51), Catholic’s Kline (69), Zachary’s Daniel Rihell (77), Chris Wright (94) and Leslee Perking (105).
Girls gold medal winners included Zachary’s Meagan Thierry (62 kg) and Cathy McLead (105).
On the dotted line
CLA’s MOSES TO SIGN WITH XAVIER: Christian Life Academy sprinter Joseph Moses III is scheduled to sign with Xavier University at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday at the school.
Moses won the 100- and 200-meters at the LHSAA outdoor state track meet last spring. His bests this season are 10.7 seconds in the 100 and 22.13 in the 200.