TAKE FIVE: 4-3A race will get a clear front runner, volleyball races will be decided

Published 1:37 pm Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Five things to watch for this week in the world of Southwest La. prep sports.

1 District 4-3A showdown: Undefeated Iowa will host two-time defending champion Lake Charles College Prep Friday night. Neither team has lost a district game this season, and the Blazers have a 12-game winning streak against district foes.

2 Broncos closing in: The Sam Houston Bronco volleyball team is one win away from reclaiming at least a share of the Division I, District 2 championship. Sam Houston ran the tables in the district in 2019 and will get a chance to makeup for their lone district loss last season when they host defending champ Sulphur today. Sam Houston (22-9) and Acadiana (21-8) are 5-1 in district play with Sulphur (20-8) a halfgame behind at 4-1. Sam Houston has won five consecutive games and is up to No. 6 in the unofficial power rankings while the Tors are not far behind at No. 8 and have won three in a row. Sulphur won last year’s matchup in three sets but it was close, needing several extra match-points to win in the third set. Both teams have some big hitters upfront in Sam Houston’s Emma Gentry, Mallory Wills and Kat Manuel and Sulphur’s Finli Dennis, Keelie Seaford, Kendall Judge and Claire Weidner. The Tors will need a win over Sam Houston and another over Southside Thursday to claim at least a share of the district title.

3 Home court advantage: The Iowa Yellow Jacket volleyball team has a pivotal week in its search for its first district championship since 2019 with a pair of must win games at home.

The Yellow Jackets, ranked 10th in unofficial Division III power rankings, need a win over Eunice (20-7, 1-1) Wednesday and Iota Thursday to win the championship.

Iowa (15-17, 2-0) has won three of its last four games, while No. 5 Iota (18-13, 2-0) is on a fourgame win streak.

4 District 3-4A clash: Another clash of district unbeatens will take place in Tioga when the Indians host Leesville with the District 3-4A lead on the line. The Wampus Cats have won four straight games behind a prolific offense led by running back Caleb Gallashaw, who has run for 833 yards and scored 13 rushing touchdowns during the streak.

5 District 4-1A logjam: Basile, Hamilton Christian and Grand Lake remain in a three-way tie, with each of the teams having gone 1-1 against the others. This week, the Bearcats host Gueydan, the Warriors travel to East Beauregard and Grand Lake hosts Elton.