WALKER – It didn’t take long for both teams’ fortunes to turn on a dime when Walker hosted Albany in Metro League action Thursday.
To Livingston Parish, Baton Rouge & Louisiana: In a quick and easy pair of words, thank you.
Albany and Hannan shared the District 7-3A championship, so it’s only fitting players from those teams dominated when it came to selecting the top players in the league.
Regular practices don’t start for a few months, but a scrimmage last Friday with Brusly gave Albany something to build on before the 2018 season arrives.
As soon as the final seconds ticked off the clock to end last season, Albany coach Blane Westmoreland knew this day was coming. Now it’s here.
JENA – Albany coach Gabe Woods hoped the Hornets’ tough schedule would prepare his team for games like the Hornets' Class 3A playoff opener against Jena on Tuesday.
All things considered, Livingston Parish’s baseball coaches with Tuesday playoff games ended up about where they thought they’d be when their respective brackets were released Sunday.
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.
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.
ALBANY -- It took a triple play in the bottom of the 7th inning to end Albany’s dream of reaching the Class 3A State Tournament.
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.
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.
Mother Nature won the weekend, but District 4-5A baseball is back in the spotlight Monday with a pair of games that will again shuffle the middle of the bottlenecked standings.
It seems fitting that Holden’s Kaylee Hughes didn’t know she was the 2018 All-Parish MVP until it came time to take the photo as part of the honor.
The way Holden coach Pam Forbes sees it, it makes sense she and retiring Denham Springs High coach Shelly LaPrarie were selected the 2018 All-Parish Co-Coaches of the Year by their peers.
The number-crunching is done and when the LHSAA released its softball playoff brackets Thursday, all six of Livingston Parish’s schools in Classes 3A and below earned invitations to the postseason party.
COVINGTON -- Just two days earlier, Albany had the District 7-3A lead in its grasp, unbeaten after four league games with back-to-back games against second-place Archbishop Hannan.
ALBANY – It wasn’t so much the big hits that did Springfield in Tuesday against Albany. It was the smaller ones that made the difference for the Lady Hornets.
ALBANY – This was a scenario that Gabe Woods and his Albany crew had to like Monday in a District 7-3A showdown against Hannan.
Albany’s second straight run to the state tournament resulted in a pair of Lady Hornets earning Class 3A all-state recognition from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
LORANGER -- Brittney Turner and Annalea Giamalva combined on a three-hitter and Albany pounded out 14 hits in a 15-2 win over Loranger in District 7-3A play on Tuesday.