McNeese embracing addition of LHSAA state tournaments to Burton

By By Alex Hickey / American Press

McNeese State is embracing the addition of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association boys and girls basketball state

tournaments to Burton Coliseum.

Unlike the rodeo, which requires removal of the basketball court, the state tourneys will not force McNeese to hit the road

during the last two weekends of the regular season.

“There’s a lot of logistics to still work out, but every party is willing to cooperate,” said McNeese Athletic Director Tommy

McClelland in reference to the school, LHSAA and Calcasieu Parish Police Jury.

Southeastern Louisiana has successfully juggled hosting women’s and men’s home games with the high school tournament sandwiched

in between in past years.

“I loved playing at Southeastern when

it was there,” said McNeese women’s coach Brooks Donald Williams.

“You’ve got teams

competing for championships, and that’s such an exciting

environment. It just creates a fun culture. I’m excited it’s here.”

Donald Williams said becoming the state’s basketball destination will only make the sport stronger in the area.

“We certainly want to welcome more

basketball to our venue. Whether we’re playing or not, I think our

community welcomes as

much basketball as we can get,” she said. “I think it’s a huge

positive. We’ll have to work it all out (logistically). Obviously

we’re in the thick of the hunt at that point in our season. We’ll

have to make some adjustments, but we’re doing to do that

to create some excitement about basketball in our area.”