Goals change over the course of a season. Sometimes they become a little loftier – to the point where you wind up holding your breath a little.
SPRINGFIELD -- Ascension Christian's Nic Montalbano and Mason Braud combined on a two-hitter and totaled 14 strikeouts to key a 6-2 win over Springfield in the season opener Monday.
FRENCH SETTLEMENT -- It took French Settlement a little time to find a groove from behind the 3-point line on Monday, but once the Lady Lions did, everything worked out fine, even if the final score may have been a little too close for comfort.
ALBANY -- All season, coach Stacy Darouse has told her team to keep running, and eventually, the other team will wear out.
COUSHATTA -- Doyle coach Sam White and her team knew what was coming from Red River, and for the most part, the Lady Tigers handled it well.
LIVINGSTON -- Doyle opened the season strongly Monday, with Colten Newsome and Ty Mixon combining to no-hit Sumner in a 6-0 triumph.
WALKER -- A new-look Walker team began the season with an 11-7 victory over St. James on Monday, with veterans Tristan Taylor and Lane Thomas igniting an opportunistic offense.
For Doyle coach Daniel Kennedy and Springfield coach Blake Zito, part of the challenge this season was finding consistency from their teams. They might not be there quite yet, but their teams may be playing their best when it matters most.
The pressure of the playoffs might get to some people, but for Albany coach Stacy Darouse it's just part of the territory that comes with coaching at her alma mater.
HOLDEN -- Mount Hermon started quickly on its way to a 66-48 win over Holden on Friday in a non-district contest with both teams preparing for the Class B playoffs.
WATSON -- Live Oak and Springfield will both be starting the playoffs next week, but in the meantime, they took Friday night to start getting ready.
WALKER -- Plenty of reasons for sputtering and coughing Friday night when Walker and Central clashed to close out the 2017-18 regular season. In particular, there lots of built-in distractions for the home Wildcats. So an early deficit wasn’t totally unexpected.
SCOTLANDVILLE -- Keeping Ja’Vonte Smart in check has been a challenge for Scotlandville opponents for four years, especially the last few weeks when he has played at the highest level in his high school career.
BATON ROUGE -- Given the turbulence down the stretch of its regular season, Doyle appeared clear for a smooth landing in Friday’s finale against Family Christian Academy.
One finish line arrives for boys basketball teams around the state on Friday, with many poised to re-start things next week when the playoffs begin.
DENHAM SPRINGS -- A rough beginning didn’t do Denham Springs High in. Neither did several glitches in the closing minutes.
ALBANY -- Albany coach Stacey Darouse knew what she wanted her team to do against Green Oaks, and the players themselves discussed their approach at practice.
FERRIDAY -- It won't show up on the Class 2A playoff bracket as a win for Springfield, but it a way, just getting to the postseason was a victory for Lady Bulldogs coach Byron Garner.
QUITMAN -- Quitman held Maurepas to single digits in all but the third quarter to pick up a 49-27 win in the opening round of the Class B playoffs Thursday.
BATON ROUGE -- Don't look now, but Springfield might be hitting its stride in time for the postseason -- and the Bulldogs are doing it with a flair for the dramatic.
Coaches speak a lot about phases during the course of a basketball season. When the last one arrives, there tends to be a little more intense focus.
For those who think basketball coaches aren't doing a bit of scoreboard watching throughout the season, think again.
WATSON -- Live Oak did everything it could for nearly 20 minutes Tuesday to frustrate, slow down and derail Walker to get the final week of the regular season started.