Prep Notebook: Seven area teams still on road to Dome

By By Rhett Manuel / American Press

With the regional round of the football playoffs in the books only seven Southwest Louisiana teams remain on the road to New

Orleans and a state championship with only one of those teams, the Barbe Bucs, located within Lake Charles city limits.

The No. 8 Bucs get a crack at revenge

in this week’s quarterfinal round with District 3-5A rival and No.

1-seed Acadiana coming

to town Friday night. Barbe will be looking to avenge a week 5

loss to the Wreckin’ Rams. In that 35-33 game, Acadiana gouged

the Bucs defense to the tune of 331 rushing yards. The winner of

Friday’s game plays the winner of the matchup between No.

5 Dutchtown and No. 4 Destrehan.

DeRidder faces a giant of Class 4A this

Friday, traveling to Monroe to play Neville. The winner of that game

will face a New

Orleans-area school in the semifinals, with the winner of No. 5

Warren Easton and No. 4 East Jefferson waiting on the other

side of the bracket.

No. 5 Jennings is the area’s sole survivor in Class 3A but has to travel to No. 4 Patterson this Friday. Top seed Livonia

or No. 9 Church Point awaits Jennings in the semis if the Bulldogs win.

In Class 2A, three of the eight remaining teams are from Southwest Louisiana. No. 3 Kinder is the area’s highest remaining

seed and hosts No. 22 St. James. No. 5 Loreauville hosts No. 4 Welsh and No. 7 Vinton travels to No. 2 Winnfield.

No. 4 Basile sees a familiar foe in Class 1A as it hosts No. 4 Kentwood this Friday. Awaiting the winner is a matchup with

either No. 1 Haynesville or No. 8 Montgomery. The Bearcats had their season ended by Kentwood last season.


After making a run to the state tournament, where they fell to E.D.

White in the state semifinals, the St. Louis Lady Saints

dominated District 2-3A’s All-District voting. St. Louis’

Annaleigh Drost was named MVP while five of her teammates made the

team, three on the first team and two on the second team.

Senior setter Frances Thompson, senior

libero Drew Chatters and junior outside hitter Shannon Dalton were all

first team honorees

for St. Louis while junior defensive specialist Abbi Lafosse and

sophomore middle blocker Da’Sha Pitre made the second team.

Other members of the district’s first team are: Sophomore middle blockers Jaden Tower and Bethany Bergeron (Westlake), junior

middle blocker Melani Saez (Vinton) and senior outside hitter Amanda Feith (Dequincy).

Second teamers include senior libero Alex Meche (DeQuincy), sophomore outside hitter Amy Chenevert (Vinton), freshman defensive

specialist Morgan Harlow (Westlake), sophomore setter Bailey Richard (Iowa) and junior libero Shelby Grantham (Westlake).

• HOLIDAY HOOPS: Tis the season for turkey and stocking stuffers. With the holiday season, basketball is in full-swing for both big and small


St. Louis and Westlake are holding tournaments in the area with the championship games being played tomorrow. Barbe’s girls

are also in Lafayette playing at St. Thomas More.

• QUESTIONNAIRES AND FOOTBALL ALL-DISTRICT VOTING: If you haven’t already, all Southwest Louisiana-area coaches should turn basketball questionnaires and all-district teams

in to the American Press as soon as possible. All forms can be emailed to