Southwest Louisiana went three-for-three at the LHSAA summer convention, winning the rights to host both boys and girls state basketball tournaments at Burton Coliseum as well as the state baseball tournament at McMurry Park in Sulphur.
The bids are all for next school year, with the LHSAA holding an option to extend the contracts for a second year. The boys basketball and baseball tournaments will stay, while the girls tournament will be back at Lake Charles for the first time since 2015. The tournament has been held in Hammond and Alexandria over the past four years.
McMurry Park has hosted baseball since 2012, hosting four classes in 2012-13, then all classes/divisions since 2014.
Eric Zartler of the Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau, said teamwork between various government agencies and the area's strong track record of putting on and supporting sports events are the primary reasons LHSAA awards events to the area.
"It takes great partnerships between the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, the Visitors Bureau, Sulphur Parks and Recreation and the cities of Lake Charles and Sulphur," Zartler said. "It takes a village, and we have great volunteers that help put on the events and great cooperation of all the different agencies. We are very committed to hosting and supporting these events and the efforts of all the volunteers are huge."
The tournaments will have a new format, with only public/non-select schools participating.
The basketball tournaments will be a day shorter, now running Tuesday-Saturday rather than starting on Monday. Private/non-select schools voted earlier this year to hold separate championship events.
Other LHSAA event sites announced Monday were volleyball at Kenner's Potchartrain Center, powerlifting and tennis at UL-Monroe and wrestling at Bossier City's CenturyLink Arena.