Six sports combine to make for jam-packed week for high schools _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS University High’s Trey Winstead hits off the tee on the ?par 4 16th hole en route to winning the Metro Boys Tournament at BREC’s Beaver Creek Golf Course in Zachary.

It isn’t exactly all championships all the time, but it will be close as schools in the Baton Rouge area take part of postseason play in six sports this week.

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association will crown state champions in gymnastics, softball and tennis during a busy week that includes the start of the LHSAA’s baseball playoffs along with regional competition for golf and track and field.

The LHSAA is scheduled to release its baseball playoff bracket for Class 5A on Sunday afternoon. Playoff brackets for teams in Class 4A through C follow Tuesday. Here is a sport-by-sport breakdown:

BASEBALL: Class 5A teams must complete their first-round game by Tuesday and then are scheduled to play a best-of-three games series in the regional round that must be completed by May 2-3.

Teams in 4A through C have until Saturday to play the bidistrict or first-round games and must complete regional play by May 7. Quarterfinal-round deadline is May 9-10 for 5A and May 12 for 4A-C.

The LHSAA’s first state baseball tourney for teams in all seven classes is May 15-17 in Sulphur.

TENNIS: Competition for the first three rounds in Division I and Division II, groups made up primarily of Class 5A and 4A schools, is set to begin at 8 a.m. Monday at Louisiana-Monroe. Divisions I-II will complete their competition with semifinals and finals in singles and doubles beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday at ULM.

The process repeats itself Wednesday at ULM when teams from schools in Class 3A and below begin their competition in Division III and Division IV with the first through third rounds starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Semifinals and finals follow Thursday.

GOLF: Boys regionals start Monday at sites across the state. Division IV regional action for Districts 3-4 begins at 8 a.m. Monday at the LSU Golf Course. Holden’s Trase Ainsworth and Runnels’ Grant Welch posted top five qualifying scores.

The Division II regional for teams in Districts 3-4 also begins at 8 a.m. Monday at Atchafalaya at Idlewild in Patterson. Live Oak’s Tyler Cain, rated 10th, had the top qualifying score.

Division I play for teams in Districts 3-4 is set for 8 a.m. Tuesday at Carter Plantation in Springfield. Catholic’s Matt Jakuback and Ponchatoula’s Blake Caldwell had the top two qualifying scores.

Also set for at 8 a.m. Tuesday at Carter Plantation is the Division III regional. University’s Trey Winstead had the top qualifying score, just ahead of Parkview Baptist’s Austin Cope.

Regional girls action is Wednesday at Thursday. Region II action for golfers in Divisions I-II is set for 8 a.m. Wednesday at LSU. East Iberville’s Julia Johnson, Dunham’s Sydney Cavin and University’s Anna Heine have the top three Division II qualifying scores.

Baton Rouge area Division I girls are part of the Region I tourney that begins at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Alexandria Golf & Country Club. St. Joseph’s Academy’s Jessica Varner posted the No. 2 qualifying score. Zachary’s Jackie Odom and St. Michael’s Camille Savoie also are rated in the top 10.

TRACK: A series of regional track meet for Class 5A to C begins Monday. The list includes:

Class C, Region 3 Monday at Louisiana School for the Deaf: field events 1 p.m.; running events 3 p.m.

Class 2A, Region 2 Tuesday at Episcopal: field 2 p.m.; running at 5 p.m.

Class 1A, Region 2 Tuesday at Basile: field 12:30 p.m.; running 5 p.m.

Class 1A, Region 3 Tuesday at Thibodaux High: field events 3 p.m.; running 5:30 p.m.

Class B, Region 3 Tuesday at Bell City: 1 p.m. field; running 3:30 p.m.

Class 3A, Region 2 Wednesday at Williams Middle School-Abbeville: field 1 p.m.; running 6 p.m.

Class 5A, Region 2 Thursday at Baton Rouge High: field, 2 p.m.; running 4:30 p.m.

Class 4A, Region 2 Thursday at Lafayette’s Northside High: field 1 p.m.; running 5:30 p.m.

SOFTBALL: The LHSAA State Softball Tournament begins at noon Friday at Sulphur’s Frasch Park.

Semifinals and finals are scheduled for Saturday for teams in all seven classifications.

GYMNASTICS: The LHSAA boys state meet is set for 1:30 p.m. Friday at Baton Rouge High.

Competition for Division III girls is set for 9:40 a.m. Saturday at BRHS. Division II competition at 12:30 p.m. and Division I action at 2:30 p.m. closes out the two-day event.

MAIS BASEBALL: Central Private and Silliman Institute will square off at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the first game of a best-of-three series to decide the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools South State champion. Game one it at Central Private. The second and, if necessary, third gamed are Friday at Clinton-based Silliman.