BATON ROUGE - Midway through the third quarter of its summer league basketball game against St. Michael The Archangel, Central began to flash the determination and athleticism coach Brian Hargroder hopes will be the team’s trademark for the coming season.
CENTRAL -- When the basketball wasn’t falling through the hoop at the rate Live Oak would have liked in the first half, the Lady Eagles took on more of a defensive posture.
BATON ROUGE – Denham Springs coach Kevin Caballero knows there’s not a lot to glean from a victory over District 4-5A rival Central in the month of June.
BATON ROUGE – The learning process has begun for French Settlement and Central, and this time the Wildcats got the upper hand.
BATON ROUGE -- There hasn’t been much that former Central High standout and LSU freshman pitcher Ma’Khail Hilliard hasn’t been able to handle in his first season.
To the folks who passionately root for District 4-5A teams and & Louisiana: In a quick and easy pair of words, thank you.
Nearly 3 months after hoisting the school’s historic first Class 5A state championship trophy, Walker’s Jalen Cook knows the inevitable question will be at the doorstep of the Wildcats’ 2018-19 season.
Central navigated the District 4-5A season unscathed, while Live Oak managed to create some late-season momentum in league play. As a result of their strong district performances, the Lady Wildcats and Eagles claimed the largest share of the spots on the 2018 All-District 4-5A team.
Dominating one of the best districts in the state tends to yield some rewards. Which explains why most of Zachary’s starting lineup and the Broncos’ top pitchers landed on the All-District 4-5A first team that was unveiled Monday.
SULPHUR -- Pressure of a state championship game? When you have the heart and soul of a champion, that’s not really much of a deterrent.
SULPHUR -- To get where Central did to finish last season and so far this postseason, the notion of beating teams brimming with talent, tradition, a proven method has become a necessary habit.
ZACHARY – A major emphasis for Central coming into its weekend showdown with No. 1 seed and District 4-5A rival in the Class 5A state quarterfinals was limiting mistakes and taking advantage of any openings the Broncos happened to present.
Central navigated the regular season effectively, notching 21 wins, finishing second in District 4-5A and earning a top-8 seed in the Class 5A playoffs.
CENTRAL -- It’s an awfully long way from home plate to second base, and it got longer and longer with every runner Hayden Theriot tried to throw out.
WATSON -- Live Oak catcher Cade Freneaux said he could see his grand slam coming before he stepped foot into the batter’s box to oppose West Monroe starting pitcher Jonathan Snuggs on Monday in a Class 5A state playoff opener.
For the first time in three years, Denham Springs High is still alive after the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs.
WATSON -- The Livingston Parish coaches knew their teams faced an uphill climb in an effort to unseat Zachary as the District 4-5A champion.
WATSON -- Walker and Denham Springs High picked up second- and third-place finishes at the District 4-5A Track & Field Meet on Wednesday.
WATSON – It’s safe to say Sean Burrell had plenty to do with Zachary’s success at the District 4-5A Track and Field Meet on Wednesday at Live Oak.
CENTRAL – If the 1st inning wasn’t eye-opening enough on Tuesday, Central was reminded again throughout the first 4 innings of a Class 5A state playoff opener with Slidell.
CENTRAL -- In the span of less than 24 hours Zachary – the nation’s No. 13 ranked team according to MaxPreps.com – went from one extreme to another.
DENHAM SPRINGS -- It took a while Tuesday for Central’s bats to heat up against Denham Springs High. But, boy, did the Wildcats make up for lost time once they caught a slight break after 4 innings of frustration.