Three Baton Rouge teams and one from the River Parishes lead the group of returning champions set to compete in the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Boys Top 28 starting at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles.
Action begins with two Class C semifinals. Ruston-based New Living Word (25-18), a fifth seed, also is a returning champion. NLW plays No. 1 Elizabeth (26-5) at 4:15 p.m.
One of the Baton Rouge teams, second-seeded Scotlandville (33-2), plays No. 11 Ouachita (23-11) at 7:45 p.m. in 5A Scotlandville has won three of the last four 5A titles.
Meanwhile, Class 3A University High seeks its third straight title. The second-seeded Cubs (29-4) play No. 3 St. Louis Catholic (25-4) at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday in what is a semifinal rematch.
Madison Prep won’t be defending a title. But the top-seeded Chargers, last year’s 1A champion, moved up to 2A and play No. 4 North Caddo (29-5) in a semifinal set for 6:15 p.m. Thursday.
Riverside Academy (27-5) has won five of the past six Class 2A titles, including three in a row.
The No. 2 Rebels play third-seeded Country Day (25-8) at 8 p.m. Thursday.
Class B Anacoco (27-11) is the other defending champions. The third-seeded Indians play No. 7 Grace Christian (31-6) at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Return of the Warhorses
Peabody High’s return to the tournament is notable. The Alexandria-based Warhorses are seeded first in Class 3A. Peabody, a long time 4A power dropped down to Class 3A. It will be the 23rd tourney appearance for top-seeded Peabody, which lost in the semifinals in its last tourney appearance in 2013 in Monroe.
Peabody last won a 4A state title in 2012 and has seven state titles already to its credit. It is Peabody’s first appearance in Lake Charles.
This is the third straight season that Burton and Lake Charles have hosted the LHSAA’s boys tournament. All seven No. 1 seeds advanced to the tourney.
The previous two years Burton hosted the LHSAA’s girls and boys tourneys on back-to-back weeks. Class 4A Washington-Marion and 3A St. Louis are the only Lake Charles teams in the field.
Think you’ve heard about a matchup with Madison Prep and North Caddo before? If you followed last week’s Girls Top 28 in Hammond, you certainly have.
North Caddo beat Madison Prep 56-48 to win the Class 2A girls title last Saturday. It was the third 2A title in a row for the NCHS girls.
The North Caddo boys are making their fifth tourney appearance. Last year the Rebels lost to Riverside in the semifinals.
It is also the fifth tourney berth for Madison Prep, which won the Class B title in addition to last year’s 1A title.
Girls tourney team
Merryville’s Andrea Cournoyer was voted the tourney MVP for the Girls Top 28 after setting a two-game record with 69 points, breaking the previous record that stood for 49 years. She scored 35 points in MHS’ 1A title-game loss to Arcadia.
Skyler Goodwin of 3A runner-up Parkview Baptist was the only local player to make the all-tournament team. Mount Carmel’s Kristen Nuss, Summerfield’s Nicole Bursey, North Caddo’s Jasmine Thomas, Arcadia’s Khelsea Foster and Letricia Baker, Ursuline’s Kourtney Weber and the Jewel Sumner duo of Diamond Brooks and Bre’Ashlee Jones complete the all-tourney team.
A double play
Summerfield coach Randy Carlisle missed out on sweeping boys and girls state titles in Class C a year ago. But the former Hosanna Christian boys coach has another chance this season.
The Summerfield girls won their second straight Class C title last Saturday. A day later, Carlisle coached the Summerfield boys to a 69-62 win over Jehovah-Jireh in the quarterfinals.
A year ago, the Summerfield boys lost to New Living Word in the quarterfinals. The third-seeded Rebels (20-7) play No. 2 Atlanta (36-4) in the tourney’s first game at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.