It’s the volleyball tournament that includes a one-day break.

The 37th annual Lady Panther Invitational begins Thursday with pool play at Brusly and concludes Saturday with the title-game set for 9:45 p.m.

Host Brusly, the two-time defending champion, and 14 other local teams are part of the 18-team field. All but three of the teams — East St. John, Patterson and Terrebonne — are from the Baton Rouge area.

“Terrebonne, I think, is going to be good,” first-year Brusly coach Kayla Sarradet said. “And then you have Woodlawn, us, Baton Rouge High and Southern Lab in there.

“We’re looking for some quality wins.”

Pool play begins at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Brusly gym. Action resumes Saturday at 8:30 a.m. with more pool play. Quarterfinals are scheduled for 6:45 p.m.

Sarradet said her team and others will likely be tinkering with their lineups during the tourney that concludes Week 2 of the season.

“I know we’re still looking for the right combinations, and I’m sure other teams are too,” Sarradet said. “We’ve had some tough luck, and we’re looking for some quality wins.”

Adelaja returns to BR

Former Parkview Baptist volleyball standout Fay Adelaja helps lead Purdue into this weekend’s LSU Classic.

Adelaja, a redshirt junior, is a middle blocker who leads the Boilermakers with a .528 hitting percentage. She averages 2.39 kills per set and 0.89 per set.

Purdue is set to play LSU and Miami during the weekend tournament. Adelaja ranks ninth on Purdue’s single season list for blocks (127 in 2013) and 10th in hitting percentage (.344 in 2014).

Beckman gets offer

Episcopal multi-sport standout Chris Beckman Jr. got his first Division I baseball scholarship offer from Southern University over the weekend.

Beckman earned All-Metro honors in basketball and baseball as a junior. An infielder, Beckman hit .407 in with three home runs, eight doubles and 20 RBIs.

He played just 19 games because he helped Episcopal advance to the Class 2A semifinals in basketball.

Borders bound

Seven local players are scheduled to compete for the Louisiana team in the Amateur American Baseball Congress’ Battle of the Borders tournament Friday through Sunday in Grand Prairie Texas.

Catcher Connor Manola (2017), pitcher Tyler Theriot (2018) and infielder/pitcher Evan Daigle (2016) will represent Brusly.

Pitcher-catcher Brady Jones (2017), pitcher Brant Husser (2018) and pitcher Makhail Hilliard (2017) are Central players on the Louisiana squad that also features St. Amant pitcher Zanr Zeppuhar (2018).

The Louisiana squad plays New Mexico at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Teams from Oklahoma and Arkansas also are among the participants.

By the numbers

False River Academy set a school-record for points in its 61-8 victory over East Iberville last week. It also was the first career win for FRA coach Devyn Baker Sr., a former Southern University player.

Walker quarterback Terry Bozeman completed 14 of 18 passes for 231 yards and four touchdowns in the Wildcats’ win over Northeast last week. WHS had 644 total yards, including 388 rushing yards led by Tristan Taylor, who ran for 131 yards and three TDs.

Compiled by Robin Fambrough