Class 5A/4A

1, Scotlandville (16-4): The Hornets dusted themselves off after a semifinal loss to McKinley at EBR tourney and are 1-0 in District 4-5A.

2, McKinley (12-7): A much-improved 5A team that beat Scotlandville for the first time since 2008 at EBR tourney, but lost big to Landry-Walker on Monday.

3, Plaquemine (14-3): The 4A Green Devils have been playing well with their lone recent loss coming to Madison Prep, a top- five team in any classification.

4, St. Michael (18-3): The 4A Warriors have done plenty of good things and should battle Plaquemine in District 6-4A.

5, Denham Springs (15-4): The top challenger for Scotlandville in 4-5A has some quality wins.

6, Catholic (11-3): The Bears of District 5-5A have been steady all year.

7, Broadmoor (11-6): The surprise team of 4-5A warrants a spot in the this group.

8, Central (7-4): The 4-5A Wildcats usually come on strong at this time of the year.

9, (tie) Belaire (12-8) and Zachary (10-8): Belaire of 6-4A and Zachary of 4-5A enter district play with something to prove.

Class 3A and below

1, (tie) Madison Prep (17-1) and University (14-2): It’s hard to pick between 1A MPA and 3A U-High. To date, the teams haven’t played each other, but they will in a Hall of Fame game later this month.

3, Port Allen (13-3): The 3A Pelicans have size and skill and snapped a three-game skid with a Tuesday win in District 7-3A.

4, Donaldsonville (12-6): The District 9-3A Tigers are tall and athletic and will be a force to note.

5, Brusly (12-5): The Panthers of 7-3A lost big to U-High, but don’t hold that against them. They have plenty of company in that department.

6, Episcopal (14-2): The Class 2A Knights are again solid and may well be the best in 6-2A.

7, Dunham (10-8): The 6-2A Tigers overcame early-season injuries and are now rounding into shape.

8, White Castle (12-6): The District 8-1A Bulldogs have played a tough schedule packed with 3A to 5A teams.

9, Glen Oaks (10-6): The Panthers have won five of their past six.

10, Albany (12-5): A District 8-3A team that is playing well that few people know about.


Class 5A/4A

1, Walker (18-4): WHS lost to Broadmoor on Monday in District 4-5A but played without two starters. This is a very deep, balanced team.

2, (tie) Broadmoor (16-5) and Scotlandville (11-5): Broadmoor is making the most of its eight-player roster and its chances against other top teams. Scotlandville may be the area’s most surprising team. Wins over Broadmoor and Zachary in 4-5A prove this isn’t a fluke.

4, St. Michael (12-9): The 4A Warriors have been the area’s most consistent team over the last decade, something that hasn’t changed.

5, Zachary (13-9): The Broncos have been up-and-down with injuries and illness but have their share of talent.

6, Dutchtown (11-10): The Griffins of 5-5A have had their up-and-downs too but are worth watching as district play begins.

7, Belaire (8-8): It will be interesting to see how the Bengals do once District 6-4A play begins.

8, St. Amant (10-10): Another team that has experienced the good and the bad, but is capable of good things in a balanced 5-5A.

9, Plaquemine (10-11): The Green Devils have been a steady presence in 6-4A for a few years now and that shouldn’t change.

10, Denham Springs (9-11): The 4-5A Yellow Jackets are not used to being sub .500. That should change in the weeks ahead.

Class 3A and below

1, University (16-2): Yes, the defending 3A state champions had their 14-game win streak snapped by Brusly but still lead this pack.

2. (tie) Albany (15-5) and Brusly (13-6): The Hornets of 8-3A were a 3A semifinalist last season, and Brusly is enjoying a breakout season in 7-3A.

4, Redemptorist (15-5): The Wolves are still excelling and are unbeaten in District 6-2A despite playing without two injured starters.

6, Parkview Baptist (14-5): Could this be the year Eagles break through in a big way in 7-3A? So far, so good.

7, Doyle (10-7): The Class 2A runner-up from 2014 has retooled and should benefit from a tough schedule, including a win over Redemptorist.

7, East Feliciana (9-5): This has been the best season ever for the Tigers of District 6-2A.

8, Southern Lab (9-7): The 6-1A Kittens are a traditional power and appear primed for district play.

9, Episcopal (13-5): The Knights lone loss in 6-2A was to Redemptorist.

10, (tie), Madison Prep (17-5) and Ascension Catholic (9-7): MPA is a surprise newcomer in the 6-1A mix; ACHS of 8-1A has a top player in versatile Rae’Shaun Melancon.