It took a lot of things for Denham Springs High to deliver the amazing about-face that the Yellow Jackets produced from one season to the next.
On this topic, there is no debate: The Walker basketball team was loaded with talent in 2017-18, from a seven-player senior class to arguably the state’s best players in the sophomore and freshman classes to key role players off the bench who found the right times and ways to chime in.
For the four teams playing in Friday’s regional playoff games, the goal is obvious – win and there’s a trip to the State Tournament waiting.
BATON ROUGE -- Runnels rallied for five runs in the bottom of the 7th inning to come away with an 8-7 win over Holden in District 7-B action Thursday.
LECOMPTE -- Springfield and Rapides didn't score many runs in the early stages of their Class 2A regional playoff game Thursday.
For the first time in three years, Denham Springs High is still alive after the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs.
WATSON -- Live Oak ended the regular season by snapping a three-game losing streak with a 7-2 victory over Central on Thursday.
SPRINGFIELD -- Springfield combined consistent pitching with extra-base hits to top French Settlement 6-0 in a District 10-2A game on Thursday.
MOUNT HERMON -- Mount Hermon scored the winning run on a hit batter with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 8th inning to notch a 5-4 win over Maurepas in District 7-B action Thursday.
LIVINGSTON – Alex Egan’s RBI single scored Bryce Jones in the top of the 7th inning to lift St. Thomas Aquinas to a 4-3 win over Doyle in District 10-2A action Wednesday.
ZACHARY -- Buried by a 7–run Zachary 1st inning, Live Oak never recovered Tuesday on the way to an 11-2 loss, the Eagles’ sixth in their last seven games.
DENHAM SPRINGS -- With the playoffs knocking on the door, Denham Springs High seems to have rediscovered some mojo.
WATSON -- Walker and Denham Springs High picked up a second- and third-place finishes at the District 4-5A Track & Field Meet on Wednesday.
WATSON – The Livingston Parish coaches knew their teams faced an uphill climb in an effort to unseat Zachary as the District 4-5A champion.
CENTRAL -- Walker had a few tantalizing early chances to get to Central ace Brant Husser on Tuesday night. And while there was some minimal damage inflicted and an early two-run advantage established, there was letting off the hook as well.
Livingston Parish’s District 4-5A track and field coaches know it will likely be an uphill climb in an effort to unseat Zachary as the boys’ and girls’ champion heading into Wednesday’s district meet, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to compete for though.
MAUREPAS -- Hunter Dupuy hurled a three-hitter with eight strikeouts, and Maurepas cruised to a 12-2 win over Mount Hermon in five innings Tuesday.
HAMMOND -- St. Thomas Aquinas' Luke Sweeney and Jacob Becerra combined on a two-hitter and the Falcons used a nine-run 4th inning to key a 14-0 win over Doyle in District 10-2A action Tuesday.
FRENCH SETTLEMENT -- Springfield's Matt Kreutzer and French Settlement's Byrant Johnson went toe-to-toe when their teams squared off Tuesday.
FRENCH SETTLEMENT -- It seemed like every time Payton Clouatre got on base against Delhi Charter on Tuesday, good things happened for French Settlement.
RUSTON -- Despite Ruston’s furious comeback attempt late, Denham Springs High staved off the Lady Bearcats for 7-5 Monday in a Class 5A bi-district playoff game.
BATON ROUGE -- Putting the ball in play was a major challenge for both Walker and Scotlandville on Monday. When the Wildcats did make contact, though, they made the most of those opportunities and the Hornets never did.
SPRINGFIELD -- Trevor Freeman knocked in four runs, including a two-run single as part of a five-run 6th inning, to helpi Springfield notch an 11-4 win over French Settlement in District 10-2A action Monday.
ALBANY -- Immediately after Rayanne Ridgel rounded second base, Albany coach David Knight was halfway up the third-base line, waving her home without so much as a doubt in his mind.
SPRINGFIELD -- With the tying run on third base and two outs in the top of the 7th inning, Springfield pitcher Morgan Sibley stuck with a formula that worked almost all evening for her against Port Allen.
LIVINGSTON -- Doyle wasted no time advancing to the second round of the Class 2A playoffs, coasting past visiting Rayville 15-0 in 3 innings on Monday.