Two Division III boys soccer quarterfinal playoff games in Baton Rouge and the Last Chance Qualifier indoor track meet set for LSU’s Carl Maddox Field House help highlight Saturday’s high school sports action.
Parkview Baptist, the 11th seed, hosts No. 3 Catholic-New Iberia at 5 p.m. Second-seeded Episcopal hosts No. 7 Lusher Charter-New Orleans at 6 p.m.
Competition at the Last Chance Qualifier starts at 11 a.m. with field events. Running events will follow at noon.
Saturday’s indoor meet offers the last opportunity for competitors from across the state to qualify for the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Indoor Championships set for Feb. 23 at LSU.
It is the third indoor meet that LSU has hosted in the last six weeks. A number of teams from Baton Rouge and New Orleans are looking to add more qualifiers for the LHSAA state meet.
Episcopal hopes the third time will be the charm in its game against Lusher. A year ago, Lusher eliminated the Knights from the playoffs by a 3-2 margin. Episcopal (19-6-1) also lost an early season contest to the Lions, 2-1 but has won 14 straight since that loss.
“We’ve played Lusher twice, and both times it’s been a war,” Episcopal coach Chris Stewart said. “They’re well organized and a possession-oriented team. We’re playing better now than we did when we played them in December, and I’m sure they are too. I expect another war.”
Parkview (11-7-2) also has an early season loss to its opponent, Catholic-NI, and that’s something coach Roger Charcap hopes the Eagles can use to their advantage.
“When we played them (Panthers) we weren’t very organized,” Charcap said. “This is a relatively young team, and it took us a little time for us to come together.
“Catholic-New Iberis is another one of those possession-oriented teams. They’re highly skilled. We have to limit their opportunities. We can’t let them penetrate our defense with just a couple of passes.”
New Orleans area girls action set for Saturday is led by a Division I quarterfinal that sends sixth-seeded Dominican to Mandeville to play No. 3 Fontainebleau at 11 a.m.
In Division II, No. 5 Lutcher travels to Monroe to take on fourth-seeded Neville at 5 p.m.
Saturday’s other notable boys games include No. 6 Vandebilt Catholic at Lafayette’s Teurlings Catholic, the No. 3 seed, in Division II at 7 p.m. and top-seeded Newman-New Orleans at No. 9 Westminster Christian-Opelousas at 5 p.m. in Division III.
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