Editorial: Live, Love, and Learn Each Day
Another school year has passed and Under The Radar NWLA has enjoyed covering and watching your teams thrive and get the much-deserved attention you get and deserve. if you didn’t know, we expanded our coverage by adding 2A this season. We also expanded our coverage from just three districts to a true Northwest Louisiana coverage area adding schools from 2A through C. Our true coverage area now is well and continues to be Caddo, Bossier, Webster, Claiborne, Lincoln, Winn, Jackson, Bienville, Natchitoches, Desoto, Red River, and Sabine. A total jump from 15 schools to 45 schools. I questioned my sanity at times and hope you were pleased with the coverage of your school this year. Enough about me.
2022-23 All-Academic Awards
Under the Radar NWLA not only likes to celebrate the achievements and accomplishments on the field of play but also in the classroom. Each sports season the LHSAA releases the All-Academic Composite Team and the All-Academic Class Team. The following are the All-Academic awards for the year..
Four Local Teams Headed To Ochsner LHSAA State Baseball Tournament
Four local teams advanced to their respective semifinals and qualified for a trip to Sulphur to compete in the LHSAA Baseball Tournament which will be held May 9-13. The Logansport Tigers were the first to punch their ticket to Sulphur on Wednesday afternoon with a 9-6 win over No. 7 Delcambre. The Tigers had to come back three times to overcome the pesky Panthers. Delcambre took the early 1-0 lead in the top half of the first inning. Logansport answered with a 2-run bottom half. Delcambre added runs in the second and third inning to take the 4-2 lead. The Tigers scored 4 in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead in the game at 6-4. Delcambre chipped away at the Tigers’ lead with runs in the fifth and sixth to eventually tie at 6-6. Logansport had enough and put in three runs in the bottom of the sixth to secure their trip to Sulphur. Hayden Rolfe went 1 for 2 including a double and 3 RBIs. Tyler Binning batted 2 for 3. Jace Thompson went 1 for 3 with 2 RBIs and picked up the win pitching. The Tigers will have back-to-back years that have made it to Sulphur. The No. 2 Tigers will face No. 3 DeQuincy on Tuesday at 5 pm.
Gibsland-Coleman and Mansfield Win State Titles; Castor, Gibsland-Coleman, Simsboro Finish State Runner-Up
The LHSAA track and field season culminates every year in Ochsner’s LHSAA Outdoor Championships. The final chapter to determine the best of the best all plays out at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium in Baton Rouge.
Track and Field Week 8 - Regional Meets
The final step before the LHSAA State Track and Field Championships is the regional meets around the area. An athlete must place in the top three to qualify for the state meet. The fourth place can be used as an alternate for the region.
LHSAA Baseball Second-Round Review and Quarterfinal Preview
One last step to come before the state tournament in Sulphur. With Many and Winnfield eliminated, North West Louisiana will not have a representative from the Non-Select Division III. Calvary will be the sole representative in Division III as they swept Fisher. They will have to travel down to the Lake Charles area to face Notre Dame in a best-of-three series. Logansport will try to make back-to-back appearances in the state tournament as they will face Delcambre in the quarterfinals. Glenbrook in their first foray into the LHSAA playoffs is making a run to the state tourney in Division IV select. They will have to get by Riverside Academy in Minden first. Three remain in the Division V Nonselect playoffs. Unfortunately, one will eliminate the other as Converse and Weston will face each other in the quarterfinals. Defending state champion Choudrant continues to move along as they will face Hicks in the quarterfinals.
Track and Field Week 7 - District Races
District 1-2A (Lakeside) (April 18) The Loyola Flyers and Lady Flyers claimed the district championships in Sibley at Lakeside High School. D’Arbonne Woods finished as district runner-up for the boys. The Green Oaks Lady Giants claimed the district runner-up on the girls.
Loyola Boys Finish As Golf State Runner-Up; Other Division III and IV Boys Results and Division II Girls Results
The Loyola Flyers golf team finished as the state runner-up at the Ochsner Health LHSAA Division III State Golf Tournament at Cane Row’s Golf Course in New Iberia on Tuesday afternoon. The Flyers golf team shot a 602 as a team and state champion Ascension Episcopal shot 567. This was Ascension Episcopals’ fifth consecutive boys team title. Ascension Episcopal had the top three of five golfers. The Division III state champion Jay Mendall from Ascension Episcopal shot a 132 (-12) while state runner-up teammate Kale Fontenot shot a 133 (-11).
LHSAA State Tennis Tournament Results; Loyola Duo Finished State Runner-Up
Five local teams competed in singles and doubles competition at the Ochsner’s LHSAA State Tennis Tournament at ULM in Monroe last Thursday and Friday. For Division III and IV, the first two rounds were played on Thursday and the remaining round was completed on Friday. In Division III, St Louis Catholic won the boys’ team award and Isidore Newman finished as runner-up. In the girls team championship, Isidore Newman won the team title while University Lab was state runner-up. In Division IV, the boys title was won by Christ Episcopal School and the runner-up was shared by Ascension Episcopal and St. Martin’s Episcopal. On the girls side, Louise McGehee won the girls team competition while Christ Episcopal School was state runner-up.
Loyola Flyers Golf Wins Regional Championship; Nine Local Schools Sending Golfer To State Tournament
The LHSAA regional golf tournaments were held around North Louisiana the past week. The Division III Region I boys tournament was held at Stonebridge in Bossier City. The Division IV Region I boys tournament was in Alexandria at Links On The Bayou. The girls' Division II Region I tournament was also in Alexandria at Oak Wings.
Five Local Tennis Teams To Compete For State Titles in Monroe
The LHSAA Region 1 tournaments were held last week for qualification to the Ochsner LHSAA State Tournament in Monroe at ULM. The Division III tournament was hosted by Loyola College Prep at Pierremont Oaks and East Ridge Country Club in Shreveport. The Division IV tournament was hosted by Claiborne Christian at the ULM Tennis Courts in Monroe.
LHSAA Baseball First-Round Review and Second-Round Preview
Playoffs kicked off last week and we had some interesting first-round games. The top story in Simsboro. Doyline ace pitcher Noah Spears threw a 7-inning perfect game with 18 strikeouts as the Panther eliminated the Simsboro Tigers last week. The prize for the Panthers is a trip back to Lincoln Parish to face No. 1 Choudrant.
UTRNWLA Track and Field Report Week 6
The last track meets before the district track meets and then regionals kicked in Week 6. Lots of great performances from around the area. Llewellyn Starks Invitational (Jonesboro) (April 11)
Softball Second-Round Review and Quarterfinal Preview
Nine teams remain after the second round. A couple of extra-inning games occurred in the second round as Winnfield needed 12 innings to pull the upset over South Beauregard. Their prize now is a matchup with defending state champion Doyle. Winnfield’s Josie Davidson pitching kept the Lady Tigers close with her 9 strikeouts. Choudrant also needed extra innings to knock off Harrisonburg on the road. The Lady Aggies got help from a top performance from Zoey Smith going 4 for 4 with a double and home run and gaining 4 RBIs. They now will have a home game against top-seeded Holden who eliminated Summerfield in the second round.
LHSAA Playoff Softball First-Round Review and Second-Round Preview
The first round of the LHSAA High School Softball Playoff was complete and only one local team was upset as Maurepas and Saline combined for 39 runs with Maurepas having the upper hand with 26. Loyola and Stanley had stellar performances in their first-round matchup. Both teams had multiple entries on the Hot 9 and each had a pitcher on the Top 3 Pitching Rotation. Loyola placed three in the Hot 9. Stanley placed two. Despite getting eliminated in the first round in extra innings, Zwolle’s Taylor Faust ended her season with a fantastic finish and the top performance of the week.
UTRNWLA Week 5 Track and Field Report
Bienville Parish Track Meet (April 4) (Ringgold) The annual Bienville Parish track meet was held in Ringgold over the week. The race was pushed up and the Gibsland-Coleman girls were unable to compete. The Gibsland-Coleman boys were crowned the parish champs with 102 points. Castor boys finished second. Arcadia girls claimed the girls team competition with Castor finishing second.
2023 LHSAA Softball Playoff Brackets Released
The LHSAA high school softball playoffs brackets were released on Thursday afternoon. Twenty-seven local teams qualified for the playoffs from Division III to Division V. Of the 27 teams, five teams received first-round byes. The defending state champion Calvary Lady Cavaliers received the No. 1 seed in the Non-Select Division III bracket. Calvary will begin with a rest and wait for the winner of No. 16 Catholic-New Iberia and No. 17 Isidore Newman to play next week. Logansport Lady Tigers grabbed a No. 3 seed in the Non-Select Division IV playoffs. They moved up from a No. 5 seed last year. The Lady Tigers reached the quarterfinals in the ‘22 season. Cedar Creek also received a first-round bye in the Select Division IV playoffs with a No. 4 seed. Division V saw three local teams receive first-round byes. No. 2 Quitman, No. 3 Florien, and No. 4 Converse. Florien was the only team of the three bye teams that reached the state tournament last season.
UTRNWLA High School Track and Field Week 4 Report
Quitman Relays 2023 (Quitman) (March 30) Multiple local teams headed down to Quitman to compete in the Quitman Relays. Fellow Jackson Parish school Jonesboro-Hodge took the boys competition. D’Arbonne Woods boys finished in second. Simsboro Lady Tigers track team took the team title with 74 points. Rayville was the girls runner-up.
UTRNWLA Week 7 and 8 High Softball Report
The regular season is over and the last gasp for power ranking points was played out over the week. Playoff brackets will be released this week. We’ve got our last UTRNWLA High School softball report of the year, though. The last week is only three days so we combined Week 7 and Week 8 to get our four lists of top players.
UTRNWLA Week 6 High School Baseball Report
The Simsboro Tigers had a good 4-0 week and the result was five players on the Hot 9 and Next 9 lists. The Tigers had an awesome performance week by Hayden Rabo who finished the week going 12 for 16 including two doubles and a home run. Rabo also had 9 RBIs for the week. Chris Harrell backed him up batting over .500 including three doubles and a home run. Both players made the Hot 9 list for the week. Simsboro added Hunter Stevens, Chris Stevens, and Mark Holloway to the Next 9 list to round out the five players to the list.