Early-season basketball tournaments have always been a way to gauge what teams need to work on.
Two tournaments beginning Thursday, Madison Preps Rumble on the River for boys and Walker High’s girls’ tournament, also illustrate how schools orchestrate their seasons.
“When we first started this tournament, it was a bracket tournament.” Madison Prep Coach jeff jones said. “As it grew, more and more people wanted to come, so I went more into a round-robin format.
“For some people, it’s a gold mine for the power rating. Others want to see teams from other areas. I do my best to compare teams to people they are competitive with. Or if a team wants to play against a team that plays a certain style, I try to bring them together.”
Both three-day tournaments feature games at different locations. The Rumble on the River is scheduled for MPA and Scotlandville. The Walker Tournament has even more sides but fewer games per day. Walker, Denham Springs, Dutchtown, Brusly and Zachary are venues for the WHS Girls Tournament.
“It would be nice to have a bracket tournament, but with the number of teams coming up it’s not really possible,” said Walker-Trainer Korey Arnold said. “Also, we also have some teams that may only be able to play for a day or two.
“Some might come in to play a specific team from a different area. Or they may want to avoid a team in their district or class. I’m doing my best to work out the matchups they want.”
The host Chargers, last year’s Class 3A champions, will host a large group of local boys teams including Catholics, East Ascension, Walker, Scotlandville, Woodlawn, Jehovah-Jireh and Family Christian.
A group of Shreveport teams that include Huntington, Booker T. Washington, Monroes Richwood, Washington-Marion and Hamilton Christian are also part of the MPA tournament.
Walker, the 5A runner-up, welcomes a group of girls teams that includes Ouachita Christian, Summerfield, Delhi, West Monroe, Vandebilt Catholic, South Lafourche, Salmen and Ruston.
Curtis takes Maxpreps honor
Tackett CurtisMany’s Quarterback-Safety, was announced this week as Louisiana’s MaxPreps Player of the Year.
Curtis, a player from Southern California, was the Tigers’ MVP after their win over Union Parish in the nonselect finals of the LHSAA Division III last Saturday.
Red Stick Bowl etc.
The Eagles and Patriots will conduct final Red Stick Bowl practice Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in Woodlawn. Game time is set for Saturday at 3:00 p.m. in Zachary.
The game celebrations honor two former coaches and one former LSU player who made history. Bucky Mistretta (Rise Catholic, Redemptorist, Lee) and Don Jones (Plaquemine and Woodlawn) are former local head coaches who will be volunteer coaches.
Lora HintonLSU’s first black soccer player, will serve as commission agent for the local all-star soccer game.
Next level notes
Former Zachary High quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. isn’t the only local player set for a college playoff game. Scott leads Incarnate Word in an FCS semifinal game against North Dakota State at 6 p.m. Friday.
On Wednesday, two former East Ascension players, defenders Jerrell Boykins and offensive lineman December Schuster played for top-seeded Hutchinson Community College against No. 3 Iowa Western in the National Junior College Division I Finals in Little Rock, Ark.
Schuster is engaged in Illinois and Boykins has offers from Baylor and Arizona.
You are engaged
Two Zachary High football players, recipients Tylon Williams (Gramnbling) and defender back CodySmith (McNeese), engaged at public universities.
Also of note is the Walker High basketball player Kennedy Ard committed to the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She is a junior.