5A District Challenge tipping off Thursday

The district basketball season won’t begin until next month for teams in Districts 4-5A and 5-5A. But the boys teams in the two Baton Rouge leagues will learn plenty about each other the next three night.

Three Ascension Parish schools, St. Amant High, East Ascension and Dutchtown, are set to take turns hosting the 5A District Challenge that features Ascension and Livingston Parish teams from the two districts. Action begins Thursday with three games at St. Amant: Dutchtown vs. Walker at 5 p.m., East Asension vs. Denham Springs at 6:30 p.m.
and St. Amant vs. Central at 8 p.m.

“This is something we started five or six years ago,” St. Amant coach Gary Duhe said. “It gives all the teams solid competition for three nights. We used to have it in January, but I think having it now works well.

“You’ve got several teams playing well right now. This is the best Walker team I’ve seen. Dutchtown is playing extremely well and so is Central. Denham is improving every day. We’re playing well and so is EA.”

East Ascension hosts games on Friday, while Dutchtown will serve as the Saturday host as the teams play a round-robin format.

Baker’s Wedge Kyes Tournament also features boys teams and begins Thursday. Catholic-Pointe Coupee’s tourney starts Thursday in New Roads and includes boys and girls teams.

The Episcopal Classic and the Walker Lady Cat Tournament are girls tournaments that also begin Thursday in the Baton Rouge area.