Zachary High coach Kenny Almond launched his first summer basketball league in Zachary this summer, giving incoming freshmen through seniors a chance to compete over the summer break.

The league includes two Zachary teams, two from Denham Springs and one each from Central, East Feliciana, Parkview and Mentorship Academy, a Baton Rouge school.

Each team is guaranteed to play once on game days and teams rotate playing one another throughout the league schedule.

Initially, Almond said a Baker team was part of the rotation but had to drop out at the last minute.

“I’m hoping teams from Baker, Northeast and West Feliciana will play next summer. We’d love to have them join us,” said Almond. “It’s not a bad start this year, but we’d like to have more teams compete and grow this thing.”

Almond added that the league gives players an opportunity to hone their skills over the summer and offers teens something healthy and constructive to do with their time.

Game days are Tuesdays and Thursdays with teams tipping off every hour beginning at 4:30 p.m. The final game ends about 8:30 p.m., and all games are played at ZHS in the main gym.

On June 11, Zachary’s A team defeated an East Feliciana Parish squad, Feliciana Dream, 49-30. Zachary’s B squad defeated Mentorship Academy, 50-20. One of the teams also defeated Denham Springs, 40-29.

At 4:30 p.m. June 16, Zachary’s A team will take on Parkview, while the B team will face Mentorship again beginning at 5:30 p.m.

On June 23, both Zachary teams will face both Denham Springs teams.