It’s Mardi Gras season, so consider this column the Krewe of Rod, where we’ll throw out an opinion or two on some of the latest happening in high school sports around the New Orleans area.
We’ll throw a little bit of everything at you:
Some football, some basketball and even a little soccer.
And of course, you can always expect the unexpected during parade season.
For example, who saw that basketball upset coming Friday night when Holy Cross stunned Jesuit in Catholic League play?
I sure didn’t.
But Xavian McKay of Holy Cross obviously had other ideas, erupting for 16 points in the second half and finishing with a game-high 21 points. It was just the third Catholic League win of the season for the Tigers. This one had to be especially sweet, considering it came against its biggest rival and avenged a 21-point loss earlier in the season. Couple that with a 56-14 loss in football, there had to be plenty to celebrate on Paris Avenue after this one.
I’ll make this next throw with my left hand, from way in the back of the float. That’s how Landry-Walker guard Lamar Peters was dropping 3-pointers Tuesday night in the Charging Buccaneers much-easier-than-expected 75-57 victory over rival Karr. Landry-Walker appears to be peaking at the right time as it prepares to defend its Class 4A state championship.
The team doesn’t seem to have skipped at beat, even with the graduation of Tyree Griffin, who was named The New Orleans Advocate’s Player of the Year last season and is now a freshman playing at Oklahoma State.
Don’t be surprised if the Charging Buccaneers are back in Lake Charles hoisting a trophy again next month.
Now let’s move on to soccer, which seems to really be making a splash right slap dab in the middle of Mardi Gras season.
With an abundance of New Orleans-area teams doing so well in soccer, coaches have been busy shuffling and reshuffling their schedules trying to accommodate visitors who are trying to maneuver around the city’s Mardi Gras traffic.
The Ben Franklin girls team played their match Saturday at earlier than normal 11 a.m. trying to help Teurlings Catholic dodge some of the Endymion chaos.
There are some early games Monday as well.
And two local boys teams (Mandeville and Ben Franklin boys) are playing their quarterfinals match Sunday.
And one of the biggest quarterfinals matches will be played on Fat Tuesday.
Jesuit and Brother Martin play at 2:30 p.m. in a highly anticipated game that will put one of the Catholic League schools just two wins away from a state title.
Now on to football, where the LHSAA held its first classification meeting earlier in the week, revealing what should be some interesting scenarios.
A possible Landry-Walker vs. John Ehret game this season (both teams should be loaded) could be an epic battle on the West Bank for the District 8-5A crown.
And like most parades, we’ll save the best for last.
The news that John Curtis decided to play up to Class 5A was perhaps the best news of the week.
The Catholic League was already really good.
Now that Curtis will be in the Catholic League (yes, we’re still going to call it that), the district just got even better.
Who thought that was even possible?
But it’s Mardi Gras time.