Boys State Basketball Playoffs: Riverside earns top-seed, St. Paul’s second seed, LW, Crescent City, Sophie B. Wright third seeds
With 12 classes of playoffs to be contested once again in boys basketball, the metro New Orleans area has just one top-seed in Riverside while St. Paul’s has the second-seed in Division II. Defending state champions Landry-Walker and Crescent City Christian are third-seeds in 5A and Division V, respectively, while Sophie B. Wright is the third-seed in 3A.
In Class 5A, Natchitoches Central (28-3) is the top-seed, The Chiefs will entertain 32nd-seed Ponchatoula (14-15).
Defending state champion Landry-Walker (24-6) will host 30th-seeded and District 8-5A rival West Jefferson (13-15). The Chargin’ Bucs defeated the Buccaneers 75-58 at West Jefferson on Feb. 9.
Bonnabel (24-5) is the seventh-seed and the Bruins entertain 26th-seeded Live Oak (18-13).
Slidell (23-9) earned the 11th-seed and the Tigers will host 22nd-seeded East St. John (17-14) in the opening round. The Tigers handled the Wildcats 70-44 on Nov. 22.
The 15th-seed Hahnville (21-10) will be at home against 18th-seeded West Monroe (19-11).
The 17th-seed Covington (18-13) plays at 16th-seeded Denham Springs (22-9).
The 24th-seeded Northshore (19-13) travels to ninth-seed Comeaux (20-8).
The 31st-seed Fontainebleau (13-17) heads to second-seeded Ouachita Parish (25-6).
In Class 4A, Westgate (19-5) earned the top-seed and will play host to 32nd-seed West Ouachita (12-17).
Bossier (26-6) is the second-seed and will play host to 31st-seed Franklinton (18-10).
Woodlawn of Shreveport (27-5) is the third seed and will entertain 30th-seed South Lafourche (17-11).
Karr (19-14) is the eighth-seed and the Cougars will host 25th-seeded Franklin Parish (16-14).
Salmen (23-9) is the 12th-seed and the Spartans host 21st-seeded Cecilia (14-15).
Warren Easton (22-11) is the 13th-seed and the Eagles entertain 20th-seeed Neville (14-17).
The 18th-seed McDonogh 35 (17-14) will be on the road with a long trip to 15th-seeded Bastrop (19-8).
The 22nd-seed Helen Cox (19-14) hits the road to 11th-seed Northside (20-12).
In Class 3A, defending 2A state champion Madison Prep (21-6) is the top-seed and the Chargers will entertain 32nd-seed West Feliciana (13-12) in the opening round.
Defending 4A state champion and ninth-seed Washington-Marion (19-10) is in 3A this season and will entertain 24th-seeded Marksville (16-15).
Peabody (30-2) is the defending state champion and second-seed and the Warhorses will host 30th-seeded Sterlington (16-15).
Sophie B. Wright (27-4) is the third-seed and a definite threat. The Chargers will play host to 30th-seeded Iota (17-15).
KIPP Renaissance (12-10) is the 28th-seed and the Chargers will play at fifth-seed Carroll (21-11).
Wossman (22-9) is the fourth-seed and will host 29th-seeded Port Barre (12-13).
Donaldsonville (11-17) earned the 19th-seed and the Tigers play at 14th-seeded Jena (16-13).
In Class 2A, unbeaten Rayville (29-0) is the top-seed and the Hornets will face 32nd-seed Beekman Charter in the opening round (6-17). Rayville may be the best team in the state in any classification.
North Caddo (24-6) is the second-seed and will host 31st-seeded Rosepine (9-18).
Many (19-7) is the third-seed and plays host to 30th-seed Springfield (13-18).
Red River (24-8) is the fourth-seed and will entertain 29th-seeded Welsh (9-15).
The 12th-seed Amite (16-10) plays host to 21st-seeded Franklin (14-14).
Martin Luther King Charter (22-9) is the 19th-seed and will play at 14th-seeded Independence (18-4).
The 15th-seeded Doyle (17-16) entertains 18th-seed Delhi Charter (14-17) Friday at 6 p.m. at Doyle Elementary School.
The 20th-seed St. Helena (10-13) travels to 13th-seeded East Feliciana (16-9).
In Class 1A, Tensas (33-1) is the top-seed and will play host to 32nd-seed Clark (2-15).
Delhi (25-9) earned the second seed and will entertain 31st-seeded LaSalle (4-22) at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
North Central (23-7) is the third-seed and plays 30th-seeded Oberlin (6-20).
Fourth-seeded and defending state champion White Castle (19-8) entertains 29th-seeded Basile (6-18).
The 18th-seed Kentwood (9-13) plays at 15th-seed South Cameron (17-15).
The 23rd-seed Varnado (11-11) travels to 10th-seed Jonesboro-Hodge (13-10) Friday at 6 p.m.
West St. John (8-14) is the 24th-seed and the Rams play at ninth-seeded Sicily Island (14-15).
In Class B, Simsboro (31-2) is the top-seed and gets a first-round bye.
Defending state champion Zwolle (29-9) is the second-seed and has a bye.
Hathaway (26-5) is the third-seed while Hicks (28-8) is the fourth-seed and both have byes.
The 22nd-seed Holden (15-21) plays at 11th-seeded Pitkin (17-16).
The 10th-seed Mount Hermon (20-8) entertains 23rd-seeded Lacassine (9-24).
In Class C, Summerfield (26-4) is the top-seed and gets a bye, along with second-seed Simpson (26-8). Third-seed Singer (26-5) and fourth-seeded Saline (28-9) also get byes.
Ninth-seed Phoenix (17-8) gets a bye.
The 12th-seed Atlanta (10-22) is the defending state champion and will entertain 21st-seeded Reeves (4-25).
Grand Isle (8-17) is the 16th-seed and will host 17th-seeded Evans (5-23).
In Division I, defending state champion Scotlandville (27-5) is the top-seed and the Hornets get a double bye in the 13-team bracket.
St. Paul’s (28-6) earned the second-seed and has a double bye.
Catholic of Baton Rouge (21-8) is the third-seed and gets a double bye.
McKinley (21-10) is the fourth-seed and the Panthers get a bye before entertaining 13th-seeded Archbishop Shaw (4-20) in the regional round.
Jesuit (21-7) is the fifth-seed. The Blue Jays get a bye before hosting 12th-seed Evangel Christian (13-14) in the regional round.
St. Augustine (21-9) is the sixth-seed and the Catholic League champion Purple Knights get a bye before hosting 9-5A rival John Curtis Christian (12-16) in the regional round. St. Aug won both regular season matchups 62-48 and 69-51.
Holy Cross (20-12) is the eighth-seed and the Tigers get a bye before hosting ninth-seeded Catholic League rival Archbishop Rummel (18-14) in the regional round. The Raiders won both league meetings over the Tigers by scores of 56-48 and 74-53.
Brother Martin (16-13) is the tenth-seed and the Crusaders get a bye before having to travel to seventh-seed Byrd (18-8).
In Division II, St. Thomas More () is the top-seed. The Cougars get a first-round bye before playing the winner of 16th-seed Haynes Academy () and rival and 17th-seed Thomas Jefferson ().
Defending state champion De La Salle (18-10) is the third-seed. The Cavaliers get a first-round bye before hosting 14th-seed Lee Magnet (6-21).
Lusher Charter (19-7) is the fourth-seed and the Lions get a bye before entertaining 13th-seed Archbishop Hannan (11-16) in the regional round.
Ninth-seed St. Charles Catholic (7-20) gets a first-round bye before traveling to eighth-seeded Loyola Prep (12-14) in the regional round.
Ben Franklin (3-25) is the 15th-seed and the Falcons play host to 18th-seed Parkview Baptist (3-22) in the first round.
In Division III, Riverside (32-2) earned the top-seed. The Rebels have a double bye into the quarterfinals. Rebels coach Timmy Byrd feels that is a mixed bag.
“It has been a long, tough season against a very demanding schedule so the rest will certainly help us get well, especially Garland Robertson,” Byrd said. “He has been out with a knee injury but we expect him back by the time we play in the quarterfinals. I do not like not playing for a couple of weeks. You need that competitive edge and the system does not allow it. We have to work hard to stay game-ready and sharp.”
Dunham (22-8) is the second-seed. The Tigers have a bye before hosting 15th-seed Patrick Taylor in the regional round.
Defending state champion Country Day (19-12) is the third-seed. The Cajuns will play 14th-seed Pope John Paul II (6-18) in the regional round.
Episcopal (30-3) is the fourth seed and the Knights host 13th-seed Northlake Christian (9-17) in the regional round.
Newman (24-7) is the fifth-seed and the Greenies will host 12th-seed Catholic of New Iberia (17-13) in the regional round.
St. Thomas Aquinas (18-8) is the seventh-seed and the Falcons entertain 10th-seed The Church Academy (21-12) in the regional round.
In Division IV, defending state champion Lafayette Christian (23-5) is the top-seed. The Knights get a first-round bye.
St. Mary’s (24-5) is the second-seed and gets a first-round bye.
Hamilton Christian (20-9) is the third-seed and has a bye with Southern Lab (17-10) the fourth-seed with a bye.
St. Martin’s Episcopal (18-11) is the 11th-seed and the Saints will entertain 22nd-seed St. Edmund (0-22).
Ecole Classique (7-15) is the 25th-seed and the Spartans travel to face District 8-1A rival and eighth-seed Covenant Christian (19-10). The Lions handled Ecole Classique 67-42 in Metairie on Jan. 23.
In Division V, Jehovah-Jireh (26-14) is the top-seed. The Warriors get a double bye. Grace Christian (25-9) has a double bye.
Defending state champion Crescent City Christian (22-13) is the third-seed. The Pioneers get a bye before hosting St. Joseph-Plaucheville (2-23). Episcopal of Acadiana (19-18) is the fourth-seed and has a bye.
Lutheran (6-16) is the 12th-seed and the Gryphons play at fifth-seed Family Christian (18-22).
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