Girls basketball quarterfinals start Monday

Louisiana High School Athletic Association girls basketball quarterfinal action set for Monday features five games in the metro Baton Rouge area.

Top-seeded University High (29-6), of Class 2A, hosts a Livingston Parish team, No. 8 Doyle High (27-6), at 7 p.m. In Class 3A, top-seeded Albany hosts No. 8 Loyola Prep-Shreveport (24-9) at 6:30 p.m.

In 4A, second-seeded St. Michael the Archangel (31-4) hosts No. 7 DeRidder (23-8) at 6 p.m. Second-seeded Baker (23-5), also of 3A, hosts No. 7 E.D. White-Thibodaux (25-5) at 6:30 p.m.

Also set for 6 p.m. at McKinley High School is a Class 1A game that matches No. 11 Southern Lab (18-8) against No. 3 North Central (26-4).

In the New Orleans area, Class 4A top-seeded Warren Easton (32-2) faces No. 8 Helen Cox (26-6) at 6 p.m. at Mount Carmel Academy. Also in 4A, No. 6 Salmen (27-3) travels to Houma to take on No. 3 Vandebilt Catholic (27-4) at 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, one Baton Rouge team is on the road. Class 5A Denham Springs (25-5), seeded fifth, travels to No. 4 West Monroe (28-6) for a 6:30 p.m. contest.

Soccer metro

A meeting to select the 2013 Baton Rouge All-Metro boys soccer team is set for 7 p.m. Monday at the Baton Rouge Soccer Association office.

Rudy Valenciano is compiling nominations. Coaches who have not already nominated players for the team should contact Valenciano at (225) 333-0878 or send email to rvalenci21@gmail.com.

All-state, all-district

The Advocate is seeking all-district teams for both soccer and basketball. Coaches are asked to submit those teams to Advocate sportswriter Robin Fambrough at rfambrough@theadvocate.com or by fax to (225) 388-0318 if you have not already done so.

Also, coaches in the Baton Rouge area interested in nominating boys or girls basketball players for the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s all-state basketball teams should submit those to Fambrough using the same procedure.

Players nominated must be first-team all-district selections. Coaches should include the player’s height, grade and statistics, including averages and shooting percentages.

Prep notables

Catholic High tight end Christian Brown has committed to Arkansas-Monticello and is expected to sign within the next few days. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Brown was a second-team All-District 5-5A selection for the Bears in the fall.

Dutchtown seeks a head wrestling coach. This position may be a either faculty position or a certified nonfaculty position.

Contact Benny Saia at 225 391-6232 (office) or by e-mail at benny.saia@apsb.org.

Longtime Denham Springs statistician and supporter Robert Graves has accepted a position as an athletic administrator at Live Oak.

Graves will assist athletic director Brian Hargroder and other coaches at LOHS, which competes in District 4-5A along with DSHS.

The Dunham School seeks boys and girls basketball teams interested in playing in its Thanksgiving tournament, set for Nov. 25-27 at the Team Sportsplex and Dunham. Contact Dunham coaches Chad Myers or Jonathan Pixley at Chad.Myers@dunhamschool.org or (225) 938-0808.