Spring sports seasons get rolling around the state this week, and Livingston Parish will be one of the many hotbeds as all 18 teams hit the diamonds.
WALKER -- There are some pluses and minuses to a playoff system based on power ratings where teams know well ahead of time they will have a postseason.
BATON ROUGE -- It wasn’t as though Live Oak coach Gary Duhe was counting the days or anything like that. If you believe that, think again.
LIVINGSTON -- No team likes to go into the playoffs on a losing streak, and after a loss earlier in the week to Jehovah-Jireh, Doyle was looking to avoid that scenario.
BOSSIER CITY -- Live Oak will have to wait one more year for its elusive state championship in Division II wrestling.
DENHAM SPRINGS -- To get where the Denham Springs High girls want to the next few weeks, they will have to get solid play from their inside players. That’s no secret.
WALKER -- Pineville saved its best shooting for the last quarter to take a 52-48 victory over Walker in the first round of the Class 5A girls basketball playoffs on Thursday.
ALBANY -- First-round playoff games can sometimes be a test for the favored team, as it usually is playing an opponent that should be overmatched.
LIVINGSTON -- It wasn’t the start that Doyle girls’ coach Samantha White had hoped for, but the end result was just what she wanted.
Who could it be from Livingston Parish this season? Who might shock the state and get on a postseason run? The answers to both those questions, as well as the normal playoff drama all gets started Thursday night, as the parish’s girls basketball tradition storms into the postseason.
The Ascension Parish-based Sun Devils baseball program will host the 6th Annual ‘Fear the Fork,’ from March 18-19, a youth baseball tournament for St. Amant and Baton Rouge teams from 6U-14U.
DENHAM SPRINGS -- There are always some uncertainties for a team when it makes the transition from an emotional game that didn’t turn out as hoped to the next challenge.
BATON ROUGE -- Scoring wasn’t necessarily the problem for the Doyle boys on Tuesday. Getting the ball across halfcourt was the issue.
WALKER -- For the first time in a long time, it’s safe to say the Walker football program is in strong enough shape to comfortable say that there aren’t a whole lot of major problems to fix.
DENHAM SPRINGS -- It was business as usual Friday for the Denham Springs High girls, but now is the time when things get serious.
ALBANY -- Punching a ticket to the playoffs is always nice. Riding into the postseason as a district champion makes things that much sweeter.
ST. AMANT -- The message was clear: Mark your man when Briggs Bourgeois throws the ball in. Unfortunately for Denham Springs High, the extra focus didn’t make a difference.
WALKER -- Progress from the week before had Walker eager to hit the stretch run of the 2016-17 regular season.
LIVINGSTON -- For a time in the first half Tuesday , it seemed as though the Springfield girls could hang with the more talented and deeper Doyle Lady Tigers. But in the end, experience won out.
LIVINGSTON -- The Doyle boys kept their momentum going Tuesday, using good defense all game and clutch free-throw shooting in the fourth quarter to down Springfield 59-45 in District 9-2A action.
The first round went about as predicted. After narrowly missing out on a top-8 seed, Denham Springs High took out some frustration on an overmatched Ponchatoula squad, stomping the No. 24-seeded Green Wave 7-2 on Friday to kick off postseason play.
ALBANY -- Down one key inside player and with another in early foul trouble, the Denham Springs High girls might’ve been in a tough spot Saturday afternoon in a makeup game at Albany.
WALKER -- It’s challenging enough for Walker opponents to figure how to slow down one or two offensive threats. When the Wildcats are clicking like they did Friday against Central, it becomes all impossible to find a way to win.
BATON ROUGE -- Walker’s girls will be a different team a year from now, but there will be a lot of familiar faces.
MONROE -- For 80 minutes, the Live Oak girls gave higher-seeded Neville all it could handle. But in the end, it still wasn’t enough.
DENHAM SPRINGS -- When you put two hungry, desperate and wounded teams on the court together, you expect the competitive nature to be prominent in the storyline.
DENHAM SPRINGS -- Most of the suspense disappeared early Friday when Denham Springs High took on Ponchatoula in a Division I playoff opener, as the Yellow Jackets scored almost at will in a 7-2 rout.
BATON ROUGE -- Walker coach Todd Wall believes the disappointment will be temporary, but the team’s pride in the 2016-17 will endure.
WATSON -- Tremeeka Spikes scored 14 of her team-high 20 points in the second half as the Denham Springs High Lady Jackets rallied to beat Live Oak 49-42 in a District 4-5A game on Friday.