Salmen won its second consecutive Class 4A state championship last season, beating Warren Easton in an all-New Orleans-area final.
The two teams could be on a collision course to meet again in Lake Charles.
As expected, Easton and Salmen earned the top two seeds in 4A on Monday when the LHSAA playoff brackets were announced
Easton is the top seed and Salmen is second.
“We would like to three-peat,” Salmen coach Kevin Anderson said.
For the Spartans, that quest begins against No. 31 Belaire, which will travel to Slidell on Thursday for a 6:30 p.m. tip off.
Salmen, led by McDonald’s All-American and Baylor signee Kalani Brown, enters the playoffs with a 23-4 record.
Not bad for a team that started the season 6-3.
“We started off a little slow, but then this team started jelling,” Anderson said. “We stumbled a little bit at the end (a loss to Easton late in the season) and refocused.”
Two of Salmen’s four losses this season have come against top-seed Easton. The two teams played three times, with Salmen’s win coming in the Sugar Bowl Classic championship game.
But most expect the two teams to meet in a more important championship game in Lake Charles in March.
Don’t count Anderson among those just yet. He is taking a more coach-like approach.
“We are not looking ahead,” Anderson said. “Nobody is looking ahead. Whatever team is on hand, we are going to focus on that.”
For now, that team is Belaire, which enters the playoffs 13-13.
“We haven’t seen them and don’t know a lot about them so we are working on that now,” Anderson said Monday night.
Easton (29-1), meanwhile, opens the playoffs against a .500 record as well when it plays Teurlings Catholic (14-14).
Salmen and Easton head up a Class 4A field that is loaded with New Orleans area teams. Edna Karr is the third seed.
Other local teams earning top four seeds were No. 4 Destrehan in 5A and No. 3 West St. John in 1A.
The Cougars, whose only losses have come against Salmen and Easton, will host Shreveport Woodlawn in the bi-district round.
Other local teams in the Class 4A field are: No. 5 Cabrini, No. 22 Landry-Walker, No. 29 Ben Franklin, and No. 26 Ursuline Academy.
In Class 5A, Destrehan is a No. 4 seed.
Destrehan, which lost to Mount Carmel in the Class 5A title game last season, will host district rival East St. John in the opening round.
Destrehan and East St. John will play one of three bi-district games that pit two New Orleans area teams against each other.
No. 20 Fontainebleau will travel to No. 13 Covington and No. 28 Chapelle will play No. 5 Mount Carmel, the defending Class 5A state champions.
Other local 5A teams in the field are: No. 17 Mandeville, No. 24 Chalmette, No. 24 Bonnabel, No. 30 Dominican and No. 10 Helen Cox.
Helen Cox reached the semifinals last season.
John Curtis, a No. 12 seed, is the highest ranked local team in 3A. Four other local teams are in the 3A field: (No. 11 Riverside, No. 22 Haynes Academy, No. 25 Hannan, and No. 31 St. James).
Haynes travels to Riverside in the opening round.
In Class 1A, West St. John is the No. 3 seed and will host Ascension Christian in the opening round.
Country Day, a No. 24 seed, also made the field.
The championships are set for March 6 and 7 at McNeese State’s Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles. .