UPDATED: LHSAA boys basketball playoff brackets out

UPDATED: LHSAA boys basketball playoff brackets out


UPDATED: LHSAA boys basketball playoff brackets out


With no school Monday in northwest Louisiana because of ice, boys basketball players and coaches swarmed the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s website and various social media sites to see what playoff seed their teams received.

One school saw its name in the playoff brackets for the first time in nine years — the Parkway Panthers.

The Class 5A No. 22 Panthers (21-8) are making their first playoff appearance since 2005-06 and their first in Class 5A.

“We’re glad to see (our names) there,” said coach Mike Guess, who is in his fourth season at Parkway after taking Byrd to the 2009-2010 playoffs in his next-to-last season with the Yellow Jackets. “But this team expected to make the playoffs, and they had a terrific summer of preparation.

“We’re not too concerned (with no previous playoff experience). This is a confident team whose players have played on multiple big stages in football (state championship game) and track (regional and state championships). We’ve also played on some big stages in basketball (like beating Byrd in overtime in the regular-season finale).”

The Top 28 (semifinals for all seven classes) will be hosted from March 10-14 at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles.

Three other District 1-5A teams made the playoffs as No. 7 Byrd (23-5) hosts No. 26 Barbe (16-11), No. 19 Southwood (21-9) travels to No. 14 Alexandria Senior High (23-8) and No. 27 Captain Shreve (14-16) visits No. 6 Lafayette (25-3).

Ruston (18-8), the No. 21 seed of District 2-5A, heads to No. 12 Catholic (21-7).

Natchitoches Central (No. 1 in Class 5A and 2-5A champs) and Florien (No. 1 in Class B) are the area’s two top seeds.

The Chiefs (28-2) host No. 32 Rummel (18-9) while the Blackcats (33-6) host No. 32 MLK Charter (11-16).

Natchitoches Central is the reigning Class 5A champions as a No. 2 seed this past season and return the majority of their roster.

Florien is the top seed for the second straight season, and the Blackcats have five senior starters ready to make another Top 28 appearance after losing in the semifinals.

“We’re excited. I really didn’t think we’d be number one after going to the New Orleans tournament and not doing very well,” said Florien coach Klifford Walker. “They just grew up some and got a lot more physical.

“We hope that (Top 28) experience gets them ready for this year, but there’s going to be nothing easy about getting back to that position.”

Fair Park (20-7) will host its first playoff game since 2006-07 as the No. 11 Indians welcome No. 22 Opelousas (16-13).

The Indians have anticipated a home game by going undefeated in District 1-4A play, but coach Eddie Hamilton said he won’t know exactly how his players will respond until tipoff.

“It’s still unreal. The emotions are going to be extremely high,” Hamilton said. “There’s a been a different feeling this year, but it’s similar to last year when we went 9-1 in district.

“Now we get to host a (playoff game) and the biggest thing for us is how our confidence has grown this season, and we’ve got football players like C.J. Thomas and Josh Pickett who bring that extra focus and chip on their shoulders after being in a position to host and losing.”

Two more District 1-4A members in No. 25 Huntington (16-12, visits No. 8 St. Martinville at 23-8) and No. 27 Loyola (21-10, visits No. 6 Landry-Walker at 21-9) are in the playoffs.

Three of the four District 1-3A members host first-round games led by No. 6 Evangel (23-9) welcoming No. 27 Brusly (18-12). No. 13 BTW (20-7) hosts No. 20 Abbeville (18-10) and No. 15 Bossier (14-10) hosts No. 18 Pine Prairie (26-4).

Bossier has made the Top 28 every season since 2009, including a 2011 state title in Class 4A.

North Webster gets a rematch from this past season when the No. 30 Knights (12-10) travel to No. 3 John Curtis (20-7). The Knights upset then-No. 1 seed John Curtis in the second round in Springhill.

Most of those Knights are back, and junior Devin White said in a recent interview that they’re confident despite less regular-season success this year.

“We’ve just got to play together. We’ve got the brotherhood, but I don’t think we’re all clicking,” White said this past Tuesday while attending Calvary quarterback Shea Patterson’s commitment ceremony to Ole Miss. “We’ve had some injuries from some of our stars (like senior Montavious Smith), but once we start clicking even with myself, we’ll be a good team in the playoffs.

“We’ll play anybody … and I think we’re still a top team with weapons like (Lyntravious Gipson, Willie Lee, Alex Johnson and Jaylon Bonton).”

In Class 2A, No. 2 Lakeview (23-5) gets No. 31 Menard (9-20), No. 5 North Caddo (25-3) hosts No. 28 Pine (14-15) and No. 23 Calvary (9-13) stays close by traveling to No. 10 Many (18-7).

Both Lakeview and North Caddo made the Top 28 this past season with Lakeview falling to Riverside in the championship game.

North Caddo was the No. 28 seed last year in the 5-28 matchup, so coach Ron Meikle says the path doesn’t change.

“We’re in the same position as the No. 28 seed, so anything can happen and we have to prepare for (Pine) like they are the No. 1 seed,” Meikle said. “Every game is do or die, so we’ll see what happens.

“(Kadavion Evans) has his rhythm back after recovering from (a wrist injury), but our freshmen grew up fast when they played without him. (Freshmen) Robert Brooks, Chris Thomas, Tymon Sanders and Justin Dominic play big roles with two sophomores (Detavious Easter and Ke’Shun Sanders) who start.”

In Class 1A, No. 2 Arcadia hosts No. 31 Oberlin (14-10), No. 11 Plain Dealing hosts No. 22 Hanson Memorial (15-11), No. 19 Grambling (15-13) travels to No. 14 East Beuregard (18-8) and No. 32 St. Mary’s (10-18) heads to No. 1 Madison Prep (29-0).

Arcadia made the Top 28 this past season with a bevy of contributors returning like guard Eric Brown.

Joining Florien in Class B includes No. 6 Zwolle (21-15) hosting No. 27 Episcopal of Acadiana (11-18), No. 12 Stanley (21-13) hosting parish mate No. 21 Negreet (9-22), No. 22 Castor (8-24) visiting No. 11 Simpson (24-11), No. 29 Doyline (5-25) heading to No. 4 Midland (24-5) and No. 30 Converse (1-29) visiting No. 3 Anacoco (27-10).

Gibsland-Coleman (25-9) gets a first-round bye as the Class C No. 4 seed. Other area teams playing in Class C include No. 6 Summerfield (20-13) hosting No. 27 Lutheran (4-21), No. 8 Pleasant Hill (20-14) hosting No. 25 Kilbourne (3-25) and No. 19 Ebarb (7-26) visiting No. 14 Family Christian (16-19).

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