Boys Basketball Playoff Preview: Sophie B. Wright, St. Aug, Country Day, Crescent City grab highest seeds among local teams
Just one area team has earned a top-seed among the 12 brackets in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association boys state playoffs.
In Class 5A, Thibodaux earned the top seed and the Tigers will host a familiar foe in District 6-5A rival and No. 32 Terrebonne. Thibodaux (28-2) won both regular season matchups, including a 75-62 victory at home and a 69-62 victory on the road.
Ouachita Parish is the No. 2 seed and the Lions host No. 31 Airline.
Walker is the defending state champion and No. 3 seed and will host No. 30 H.L. Bourgeois Friday at 7 pm.
Bonnabel is the top area team, seeded No. 4. The Bruins (25-5) will entertain No. 29 Hammond.
Ponchatoula is a dangerous fifth seed and the Green Wave will play host to No. 28 Alexandria.
Speaking of dangerous, Landry-Walker is seeded No. 6 and the Chargin’ Bucs play host to No. 27 Pineville. Landry-Walker was the state runner-up a year ago after winning state championships in 2014, 2015 and 2017.
Slidell gets the 14th seed and the Tigers get a home game against No. 19 Live Oak Friday at 6:30 pm. District 6-5A rival Covington gets a home game as the 15th seed against No. 18 West Monroe.
Hahnville just missed a home game as the 17th seed. The Tigers travel to No. 16 Lafayette.
No. 20 West Jefferson heads to Gonzales to face #13 St. Amant while No. 21 Destrehan makes the trip to No. 12 LaGrange.
In Class 4A, Bossier (28-3) is the top seed and will host No. 32 New Orleans Military & Maritime Academy Thursday at 6:30 pm. Bossier has won 16 straight games.
No. 5 Carencro is the defending state champion and the Bears host No. 28 Pearl River.
No. 8 Lakeshore will host No. 25 Woodlawn of Baton Rouge Friday at 7 pm.
In a matchup of local teams, No. 10 Salmen entertains No. 23 Karr
No. 17 Warren Easton just missed a home game and the Eagles travel to No. 16 Morgan City Friday at 7 pm.
No. 21 Franklinton heads north to No. 12 Huntington while No. 24 McMain also makes a long trip north to face No. 9 Franklin Parish.
In Class 3A, Sophie B. Wright (29-3) is the lone top-seed from the New Orleans area. The Spartans have won 10 straight games and will entertain No. 32 Mamou Thursday at 6 pm.
District 10-3A rivals will meet for the fourth time this season as No. 7 Donaldsonville plays host to No. 26 St. James. The Tigers won two of the three regular season matchups.
No. 24 Albany plays at No. 9 Washington-Marion while No. 30 Loranger is at No. 3 Wossman.
In Class 2A, Rayville (28-6) is the defending state champion and top-seed and will host No. 32 Mangham.
No. 2 Red River plays host to No. 31 St. Helena while No. 3 Avoyelles Charter plays host to No. 30 Livingston Collegiate. No. 4 Ville Platte plays host to No. 29 Springfield.
No. 13 M.L. King Charter entertains No. 20 Rapides.
No. 17 South Plaquemines just missed a home game and the Hurricanes hit the road to No. 16 Doyle Thursday at 6:30 pm at Doyle Elementary School.
No. 23 Independence is at No. 10 Many.
In Class 1A, two-time defending state champion White Castle (23-6) earned the top seed and will entertain No. 32 Basile.
No. 2 North Central plays host to No. 31 South Cameron.
KIPP-B.T. Washington is the eighth seed and the Lions play host to No. 25 Kentwood.
No. 19 Varnado heads to No. 14 Plain Dealing Friday at 7 pm.
No. 22 West St. John goes to No. 11 East Iberville and No. 26 Clark is at No. 7 Logansport.
In Class B, Zwolle (32-4) is the top seed and has won seven straight games. Zwolle won the state title in 2017 and has been in the last three state championship games in Class B. The Hawks have a bye before facing the winner of No. 17 Choudrant at No. 16 Stanley.
No. 2 Simsboro is the defending state champion and will host No. 31 Magnolia School of Excellence Friday night at 6
Kenner Discovery is in at No. 26 and will travel to Pitkin.
In Class C, Summerfield (28-4) is the top seed and two-time defending state champion. The Rebels have a bye before facing the winner of No. 17 Starks at No. 16 Grand Isle.
Phoenix is seeded No. 5 and has a bye before meeting the winner of No. 21 Evans at No. 12 Calvin.
In Division I, defending state champion Scotlandville (31-2) is the No. 1 seed. The Hornets get a double bye into the quarterfinals before taking on the winner of No. 9 Byrd at No. 8 John Curtis Christian.
St. Augustine is the No. 2 seed and the Purple Knights have a double bye before meeting the winner of No. 10 Archbishop Shaw and No. 7 St. Paul’s in the quarterfinals. St. Augustine last won a state championship in 2011 while the Purple Knights also won state titles in 1983, 1992, 1995 and 1999.
Holy Cross is the No. 3 seed. The Tigers receive a double bye before meeting the winner of No. 6 Brother Martin, who faces a familiar foe in No. 11 Archbishop Rummel on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7 pm. The Crusaders swept both District 9-5A games with the Raiders.
In Division II, University Lab (18-12) are the top-seed. The Cubs were the state runner-up the last two seasons after winning three consecutive state titles from 2014-16. U-High has a bye before taking on the winner of the first round matchup of No. 17 Ben Franklin at No. 16 Vandebilt Catholic Friday at 6 pm.
No. 2 Loyola Prep has a bye and the Flyers will host No. 15 Parkview Baptist in the regional round.
No. 3 De La Salle is a dangerous team. The Cavaliers won the 2017 state title and will host No. 14 Teurlings Catholic in the regional round.
No. 6 Lusher Charter will host No. 11 St. Michael in the regional round.
No. 8 Archbishop Hannan gets a by before hosting No. 9 Lee Magnet in the regional round.
No. 12 St. Charles Catholic will play at No. 5 David Thibodaux in the regional round while No. 13 Thomas Jefferson makes the trip to Lafayette to battle defending state champion and No. 4 St. Thomas More.
In Division III, Dunham (25-5) is the defending state champion and No. 1 seed. The Tigers get a double bye before hosting the winner of No. 9 Catholic of New Iberia at No. 8 Notre Dame in the quarterfinals.
No. 2 Country Day, who won the 2017 state championship, has a double before hosting the winner of No. 10 Pope John Paul II at No. 7 Newman. The Cajuns also won state championships in 1977, 1980, 2009, 2013 and 2014.
No. 4 Riverside Academy will entertain No. 13 The Church Academy in the regional round. A five-time state champion, Riverside last won a state championship in 2015.
No. 11 St. Thomas Aquinas travels north to Shreveport to take on No. 6 Calvary Baptist.
No. 12 Northlake Christian travels to No. 5 Holy Savior Menard next Monday at 6 pm.
In Division IV, Lafayette Christian (27-4) is the No. 1 seed. The two-time defending state champion Knights have a bye into the regional round before facing the winner of No. 17 Covenant Christian at No. 16 Catholic of Pointe Coupee.
No. 2 Crescent City Christian won the state championship in 2017 and the Pioneers have a double bye before meeting the winner of No. 10 Grace Christian at No. 7 Family Christian.
No. 8 St. Martin’s Episcopal has a bye before the Saints host No. 9 Ascension Catholic.
In Division V, defending state champion Jehovah-Jireh is the No. 1 seed. The Warriors (34-6) have a double bye into the quarterfinals before taking on the winner of No. 9 New Living Word and No. 8 Christ Episcopal School.
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