Last Modified: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 12:13 PM
High school athletes from across the Lake Area will sign on the dotted line Wednesday, the first day of the signing period for basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball. Athletes can make their verbal pledges official by signing a National Letter of Intent starting Wednesday.
The six Barbe baseball players signing letters of intent are Bryce and Beau Jordan with LSU, Kennon Fontenot signing with Oklahoma State, Braeden Barrett signing with Northwestern State, Erin Baldwin signing with University of Houston, Gunner Leger signing with Louisiana-Lafayette. Jolie Trahan of Hackberry and Haley Perkins of Fairview will both make their pledge to McNeese State University as future softball teammates. Tia Youngblood of DeRidder will sign to play basketball at Northwestern State.
• Playoffs? No thanks: Some teams across the state have elected not to play in the playoffs despite qualifying. Among those teams is Gueydan.
The Bears finished the season 0-9, but qualified for the playoffs along with every other team in Class 1A because there weren’t enough teams to fill out an entire 32-team bracket.
• Round two rematch: The playoff brackets have given a couple local teams the shot of a rematch with a familiar opponent in the second round of play.
Many, seeded first in Class 2A, would face Pickering if the No. 17 seed Red Devils can win their first round matchup against Springfield. Pickering beat Many earlier this season when Many was ranked No. 1. Jennings and Westlake would be in a similar situation if both teams avoid being upset in their first round playoff matchups. The two Class 3A schools played just last Friday when Jennings won 41-20 at Westlake, but would meet again in the regional playoff round if they win.
• Record watch: Barbe wide receiver Trey Quinn has been on a collision course with state and national receiving records all season.
In 2013, Quinn has 88 receptions for 1,583 yards and 18 touchdowns. He has 337 receptions for 6,180 yards and 65 touchdowns in his career.
He owns the state records for receptions and receiving yards in a career and needs 21 receptions and 176 yards for the national record in each category.
He is No. 2 in career touchdown receptions in the state and needs 18 to tie Abram Booty, of Shreveport Evangel Christian, for that record.
To do so, the Bucs will need to go on a playoff run much like last year.
• Passing down penalties: The Abbeville football team has been penalized for using two ineligible players during the season. Abbeville self-reported the violations that said one ineligible player participated in eight games, while another participated in two.
The Wildcats finished 0-10 in 2013, so there were no games to forfeit.
They were fined $300 and put on one year of probation.