Here are this week's Louisiana Sportswriters Association's statewide rankings that were released today:
BATON ROUGE – Central High did its best to disrupt its opponent’s offense but came up on the short end of a four-set, closer-than-the-score-indicated match at University High on Monday evening.
DENHAM SPRINGS – Denham Springs football coach Bill Conides stood solemn at midfield, hands clasped behind his head watching the victorious team celebrate, singning the school’s alma mater with the band.
WATSON - Live Oak continued to back up its preseason billing with dominating play, this time in a 35-0 victory over West Feliciana.
SPRINGFIELD – It’s safe to say the return of Shelby Prest has given the Denham Springs High volleyball team a boost.
BATON ROUGE - Baby Ray is a term best left for maternity wards and barbecue sauce, but, in a pinch, it could also be a fitting description for Scotlandville High senior linebacker Jimyon Profit.
WALKER – Moments after his first practice Monday as the team’s new interim football coach, Walker High’s Cecil Thomas was asked by an assistant coach whether he wanted to move into a larger office across the hall.
WATSON -- Live Oak didn’t waste any time getting off to a good start in District 4-II play Monday, sweeping Scotlandville 25-15, 25-21, 25-12.
Second-year Walker High football coach Lester Ricard resigned his position at the school Monday, he said.
BATON ROUGE – After a 43rd place showing in last year’s state cross country meet, Live Oak senior Nicholas Broderick wants to raise the bar his senior season.
DUTCHTOWN - Special teams and defense defined Central and Dutchtown’s Friday night matchup with the Griffins edging the Wildcats 16-13 in overtime.
DENHAM SPRINGS – Just when you thought you had witnessed everything possible in a high school football game, along came Denham Springs and Ponchatoula to leave you simply mesmerized.
BATON ROUGE – The Walker Wildcats were going to have enough on their hands with a muddy field, a slippery ball and undefeated Broadmoor on the road.
CENTRAL - Central High quarterback Sam Kenerson may have to choose between football and baseball for good at some point, but the choice he made over the summer was one that will benefit him regardless of what sport he plays.
DENHAM SPRINGS – It was the kind of comprehensive performance that brought a smile to the face of Denham Springs High coach Bill Conides.
HAMMOND – The process of building a team isn’t always easy, and it may be a bit tougher for the Denham Springs High volleyball team over the next few weeks.
DENHAM SPRINGS – The thought of his status as a school record holder in two events and an All-Metro selection in the 100-breaststroke would have been enough for Walker senior Trey Poland to enjoy a hearty laugh.
SLIDELL - It didn't much look like a defending Class 5A state champion squad that took the field Friday night in its season opener.
HAMMOND – It’s only the first week of the regular season, and yeah, there are things to work out, but it was hard for Denham Springs High coach Bill Conides to argue with his team’s defensive effort.
DUTCHTOWN – Walker wide receiver Brian Thomas managed to set the bar high for himself one game into his varsity career.
WATSON - Since the spring, Live Oak coach Brett Beard emphasized that he wanted senior quarterback Sal Palermo to let the ball spin. To facilitate this he moved away from a traditional triple option attack to suit his quarterback’s skill set.
SPRINGFIELD – In listening to the opposing coaches in Thursday’s Live Oak-Springfield volleyball match, it was tough to tell who won and who lost.
DENHAM SPRINGS – Denham Springs used both a furious rally and a dominant set to reach the catbird seat in Thursday’s match against Ruston but couldn’t close the deal in a five-set marathon 24-26, 25-14, 8-25, 25-22, 15-12.
During the time when he was an assistant at East St. John, Bill Conides got a front-row seat to one of the state’s best Class 5A districts.
BATON ROUGE – After taking several hits the past two years, some self-inflicted and some not, Belaire High’s football team will enter the 2018 season with modest expectations.
There’s no use fretting about being trapped in the best district in the state. With that in mind, Central coach Sid Edwards is simply focusing inward for the 2018 season.
WALKER - Live Oak’s season began with an emphatic exclamation point in Tuesday night’s clean sweep of Walker with a 25-18, 25-9, 25-20 victory.