It took a little longer than usual, but the LHSAA boys basketball playoff field is finally set.
Spring sports seasons get rolling around the state this week, and Livingston Parish will be one of the many hotbeds as all 18 teams hit the diamonds.
WALKER -- There are some pluses and minuses to a playoff system based on power ratings where teams know well ahead of time they will have a postseason.
WALKER -- Pineville saved its best shooting for the last quarter to take a 52-48 victory over Walker in the first round of the Class 5A girls basketball playoffs on Thursday.
Who could it be from Livingston Parish this season? Who might shock the state and get on a postseason run? The answers to both those questions, as well as the normal playoff drama all gets started Thursday night, as the parish’s girls basketball tradition storms into the postseason.
DENHAM SPRINGS -- There are always some uncertainties for a team when it makes the transition from an emotional game that didn’t turn out as hoped to the next challenge.
WALKER -- For the first time in a long time, it’s safe to say the Walker football program is in strong enough shape to comfortable say that there aren’t a whole lot of major problems to fix.
WALKER -- Sometimes the ones that get away are the hardest to choke down, as well as the hardest to get over.
WALKER -- Progress from the week before had Walker eager to hit the stretch run of the 2016-17 regular season.
WALKER -- It’s challenging enough for Walker opponents to figure how to slow down one or two offensive threats. When the Wildcats are clicking like they did Friday against Central, it becomes all impossible to find a way to win.
BATON ROUGE -- Walker’s girls will be a different team a year from now, but there will be a lot of familiar faces.
BATON ROUGE -- Walker coach Todd Wall believes the disappointment will be temporary, but the team’s pride in the 2016-17 will endure.
ZACHARY -- There were two emphatic moments during the second half of Walker’s key 62-56 District 4-5A road win over Zachary on Tuesday that signified the Wildcats were on the verge of taking control.
The stakes were high when Division II, District 4 rivals Live Oak and Belaire met Jan. 25.
Walker Parks & Recreation will hold registration for its upcoming spring baseball, softball and T-ball seasons starting Wednesday.
WALKER -- Down by a pair of goals with nearly 10 minutes remaining in the season, Haley Marshall did something that no one had done for the Walker girls’ soccer team in five games: She scored.
WALKER -- After losing three straight games, the Walker boys badly needed a win in their regular-season finale to stay in the playoff hunt.
BATON ROUGE -- With the start of the Division I state playoffs next week, Denham Springs High goalkeeper Tyler Medina vowed one thing.
WALKER -- Every basketball is like a photo album. Full of snippets and snap shots to remind you how things unfolded over the course of 32 minutes.
ZACHARY -- Defense and energy can help a team overcome a lot of things in a basketball game. Even those can’t totally erase a drought that covers an entire quarter, though.
BATON ROUGE -- Denham Springs High followed one of the its best performances of the season with one of its worst.
BATON ROUGE -- Walker did everything in its power to take a three-point lead into halftime of Tuesday’s District 4-5A encounter at defending district champion Scotlandville.
DENHAM SPRINGS -- There had been glimpses of this from the Denham Springs High boys in the first few months of the season. Tantalizing snippets of how good the Yellow Jackets could be – might be – when a cast of inexperienced players starts to mature on the vine.
WALKER -- The Denham Springs High boys took another step toward a district championship on Tuesday. Walker may have taken a step toward the offseason.
WALKER -- Things seem to be going from bad to worse for the Walker Lady Cats, and it looks like there nothing coach Korey Arnold or anybody else can do to stop it.
WALKER -- For a team as talented and successful as Walker, basketball is bound to be fun most of the time regardless of the style or tempo.
WATSON -- It took all 32 minutes of Friday’s game for the Live Oak Lady Eagles to cap off a 48-45 win against rival Walker.
DENHAM SPRINGS -- Andrew Finley of Denham Springs High didn’t want narrow decision against Livingston Parish rival Live Oak this time around. Finley wanted more and on Senior Night, his teammates delivered.
WALKER -- Resiliency isn’t always something young players grasp as they travel the learning curve.
BATON ROUGE -- District play has started, which means a Walker team that has been through a series of tough tests is ready to see how it stacks up.