A cynical person might write off what happened to Baton Rouge’s contingent at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Baseball tournament as a total loss.

Two teams in the state finals and four others in the semifinals and not a single state title.

Well, here’s a news flash — not winning a game or a state title is not the end of the world. Sure everyone loves nice trophies and happy endings. But unless you’re that one team left standing when it’s all said and done, there’s no storybook finish.

I certainly don’t believe every playoff loss is one of those “is that all there is” empty moments. For every storybook ending, there are plenty of teams and players who learn important lessons to apply to their continuing book of life.

Was it tough for the fans to see Class 5A Catholic High’s record-setting season with 37 wins end with a 6-1 loss to another traditional power, Barbe, on Saturday night at McMurry Park? Of course it was. Ditto that for Parkview Baptist in its 4-2 loss to John Curtis in Class 3A.

The reality is we all have to face adversity at some time. We’ve all heard people complain about the spoiled, pampered athletes who can’t handle it because they didn’t get what they wanted.

Making the LHSAA tourney is an accomplishment to take pride in regardless of the outcome. Plenty of other teams would give just about anything to be in the shoes of the 28 semifinalists.

Here’s the bottom line — 14 teams came to Sulphur and didn’t get everything they wanted. Perhaps something that happened here this weekend will give the players and coaches what they need to succeed in the future.

Sportswriters love writing about wins and top teams. But without the proper life lessons, where would any of us be?

All-Metro meetings

Coaches meetings to select All-Metro baseball teams are set for this week.

The meeting for coaches in Class 5A-4A is set for 6 p.m. Monday at the Denham Springs High School library. A meeting for Class 3A and below is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at The Dunham School’s athletic complex.

Coaches should send nominations, complete with statistics, to Robin Fambrough at rfambrough@theadvocate.com by 1 p.m. Sunday.

Job openings

Central Private seeks applications for boys basketball, girls basketball and baseball coaching positions. Teaching responsibilities include elementary and high school physical education.

CPS will accept résumés through May 21. Send résumés to CPS Athletic Director Joey Sanchez at jsanchez@centralprivate.org.

Brusly High School seeks an assistant football coach who will also coach a second sport that is yet to be determined. Applicants must be certified in social studies, math, or science. Contact football coach Erik Willis at (225) 776-1477, Athletic Director Tait Dupont at (225) 776-6829 or Principal Walt Lemoine at (225) 749-2815

Academy of Our Lady needs a head softball coach for the 2015-16 school year. Contact Athletic Director Teri Verret at 504-341-6217 or email at tverret@theacademyofourlady.org.

Open dates

The Dunham School boys and girls basketball teams have a few open dates to fill.

Call girls coach Chad Myers at (225) 938-0808 or email him at chad.myers@dunhamschool.org. Contact boys coach Jonathan Pixley at jonathan.pixley@dunhamschool.org.

Signees, etc.

Four Runnels athletes will sign during a ceremony set for 12:10 p.m. Monday in the school’s gym.

Golfer Grant Welch is signing with the Louisiana-Lafayette, while Josh Sparks was sign papers to be a preferred baseball walk-on at Southern University. Baseball player Hunter Amedee is set to sign with Division III Centenary.

Girls soccer goalkeeper Shannon French is signing with another Division III school, Louisiana College.

Parkview Baptist basketball player Colby Harrison signed with LSU-Alexandria during a ceremony held Friday at the school. Harrison was a first-team All-District 7-3A selection.