Unique events that showcase three fall high school sports help highlight a busy weekend of high school sports action in the Baton Rouge metro area.
Istrouma’s Slammin’ Classic volleyball tournament helps open the action with pool play set for Friday at the school. The two-day event ends Saturday.
Episcopal’s 33rd Round Table Run is set for Saturday at Highland Road Park and will attract 32 boys varsity teams and 27 girls varsity teams from across the state.
North Park-Denham Springs’ new Fitness and Aquatic Center will host its first high school swim meet, a four-team event Saturday.
SLAMMIN’ CLASSIC: The 20-team tournament begins with pool play set to begin at 4 p.m. Friday at the school.
The host Indians are part of a large contingent of local teams set to compete. Carencro and Northside are Lafayette area teams set to compete. Mandeville’s Lakeshore, Carver-New Orleans and Chalmette are teams from other areas.
Pool play continues Saturday at 8 a.m. at Istrouma and Capitol Middle School. The championship contest is scheduled for 6:45 p.m.
ROUND TABLE RUN: The Round Table Run schedule begins at 8 a.m. with a one-mile fun run. The three-mile girls varsity race is set for 9 a.m., followed by the three-mile boys varsity race at 9:40 a.m.
“The weather should be good, and because it’s dry, the course should be fast,” Episcopal boys coach Claney Duplechin said. “I’m expecting some fast times. With the teams that are coming you’ll see teams that could win state titles in multiple classes later this year.”
St. Paul’s edged Catholic High by two points to win last weekend’s Bayou Boogie Classic hosted by St. Michael. New Orleans 5A heavyweights Jesuit and Brother Martin, are also entered.
Host Episcopal and Hammond’s St. Thomas Aquinas are both 2A title contenders. St. Michael (4A) and Ascension Catholic (1A) are among the other top boys teams expected to compete.
St. Joseph’s Academy, winner of last week’s Bayou Boogie girls division, is again the favorite. Dominican-New Orleans (5A), St. Michael (4A), E.D. White Catholic-Thibodaux (3A), host Episcopal (2A), Menard-Alexandria (2A) and St. Thomas Aquinas (2A) are other girls teams to watch.
Last week’s individual champions, Catholic’s Cole Stafford and Anna Katherine Devitt, of Christian Life, are entered.
“St. Joseph’s has to be the favorite again,” Episcopal girls coach Eddie Cole said. “But you add Dominican and with some of the other teams it will be interesting.”
SWIMMING: The Livingston Parish Quad Meet will begin at 8:15 a.m. at the PARDS Fitness and Aquatics Center.
Teams entered are Denham Springs, Walker, St. Michael and Runnels. Live Oak also will have an individual competitor.
Girls individuals to watch include Denham Springs’ Sam Brashier (50, 100 freestyles) and Paige Latimer (200 freestyle), St. Michael’s Stevie Breaux (100 breaststroke), Walker’s Amanda Rickey (100 backstroke) and Runnels’ Callie Tucker (100 freestyle).
Brady Coleman, of Denham Springs, (200 individual medley), Walker’s Mikey Nash (50 freestyle, 500 freestyle), Runnels’ Alex Stansbury (50 freestyle, 100 breaststroke) and St. Michael’s Brandon Watts (50 freestyle, 100 breaststroke) are among the boys competitors to watch.