The final four of the 12th Annual “Doc” Edwards Invitational is set and the boys’ bracket of the prestigious event has a distinctive District 1-5A flavor.
All four finalists hale from what has become a highly competitive and uncompromising league.
“I think it definitely speaks to how strong our district is night in and night out,” Parkway coach Mike Guess said. “Four of us are in there and Southwood beat a very good Captain Shreve team to get in.”
In today’s semifinals at Airline, Southwood will face Parkway at 5:30 p.m. while the Vikings will host Byrd at 8:30 p.m. in the day’s finale. Defending champion Richwood was bumped to the loser’s bracket by Huntington, which was topped by Parkway.
On the girls’ side, the Mansfield Lady Wolverines are holding court as the defending champion and are part of an eclectic mix in that bracket. Airline is the only District 1-5A survivor and will meet cross-town rival Bossier at 7 p.m. Monday in one semifinal.
A dangerous Huntington team, featuring Southern Miss signee Caitlin Jenkins, will test Mansfield at 4 p.m.
“It’s definitely going to be interesting. It’ll be a gut check for all four teams,” Huntington coach Danielle Butler said. “Mansfield is tough, but we seem to play our best against the really good teams. I hope it continues tomorrow.”
The boys’ consolation semis has North Webster facing Richwood at 8:30 p.m. and Plain Dealing against Red River at 5:30 p.m. both at BPCC. The girls’ side has Green Oaks meeting Red River at 4 p.m. and Benton against Plain Dealing at 7 p.m.
The “Doc” Edwards, launched in 2003, is sponsored by Willis-Knighton Health System and is named in honor of longtime Bossier City orthopedic surgeon and Airline team physician Dr. Tommy Edwards. The girls’ title game will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the CenturyLink Center followed by the boys’ championship at 8 p.m. Admission to Monday’s games is $7 per session, while games at the CenturyLink on Monday will be $8 per session or $14 for the entire day.