The LHSAA kicks off its winter championships season with its indoor track and wrestling state championships this week.
Action at the LHSAA State Wrestling tournament begins Friday and ends Saturday for teams in three divisions at Kenner’s Pontchartrain Center.
The one-day LHSAA State Indoor Track Meet is scheduled for Saturday at LSU’s Carl Maddox Field House. Teams compete in small schools and large schools divisions.
Playoffs continue in boys and girls soccer with quarterfinals scheduled Sunday and Monday for all remaining Baton Rouge teams.
Two boys contests are set for Sunday. St. Michael the Archangel hosts Ben Franklin at 2 p.m. on Field 19 at the Burbank Soccer Complex in Division II. In Division I, Denham Springs travels to Acadiana for a Division I quarterfinal.
Monday’s schedule includes two girls quarterfinals and one boys quarterfinal. At 11 a.m., University High travels to Riverside Academy in Division III boys action.
Also set for 11 a.m. is St. Joseph’s Academy at Mandeville, a Division I girls matchup. At 1 p.m., the U-High girls play at Newman also in Division III.
The LHSAA issued penalty rulings concerning four schools: Delcambre, Riverdale, St. James and Winnfield. All the violations were self-reported by the schools.
There was no financial penalty for Riverdale, which reported that three boys basketball players violated the sports season rule by participating with independent teams. All three are ineligible for the rest of the season.
Delcambre was cited for violating the LHSAA’s sports season rule in softball. The school was fined $250 and will be limited to one preseason scrimmage and have two fewer practice weeks in 2016.
St. James was cited for a violation of the LHSAA’s transfer rules in girls junior varsity basketball and was fined $200. The school also was told to forfeit any games it won with the in question player.
The student is ineligible until she has attended St. James for one calendar year in all sports and must also sit out the number of games she played in this season.
Winnfield was cited for the transfer rules violation in girls basketball, fined $200 and ordered to forfeit varsity games with Ferriday, Oak Grove and General Trass. The student is ineligible in all sports until she has attended Winnfield for one calendar year. She must sit out six games when she is eligible.
Two former prep basketball players, Morris Wright and Dimario Jackson, received conference/state honors.
Xavier University’s Wright, a former Zachary High standout, was voted the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Week of Feb. 2-8. He leads the Gold Rush in scoring with a 13.8 average and also averages 3.8 assists per contest.
Jackson netted Mississippi Association of Community Junior Colleges State Player of the Week honors for Northeast Mississippi Community College to close out January. The former Brusly High player has averages of 15.2 points and 3.2 assists.
- Former St. Joseph’s Academy swimmer Mary Katherine Miller broke the Case Western Reserve University school record in the 200-yard individual medley.
Miller swam the record time of 2 minutes, 7.31 seconds during the University Athletic Association Championship in Atlanta.
Episcopal’s Spencer Kleinpeter scored his 1,000th career point during the first game of the season and now has 1,408 points for the Class 2A Knights, who are 25-2.
- Two Walker High girls soccer players are set to compete on the college level.
Goalkeeper Eva Lockhart has signed with the University of Mobile, an NAIA school, after leading the state in saves this season.
Forward Alyssa Shirley has committed to Division II Delta State of Cleveland, Mississippi.
Bethany in semis
The Bethany Christian girls basketball team is set to play in the Association of Christian Educators League state tournament in Monroe this week.
Coach Pat Doise’s team faces Leesville-based Faith Training in a semifinal set for 4:30 p.m. Friday at Louisiana-Monroe. The championship and consolation games are Saturday.
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- St. Amant High seeks three to four teams for its EATEL/St. Amant Invitational track meet scheduled for April 10.
Interested schools should contact SAHS coach Benny Babin at (225) 391-6368 for details.