Some basketball games rescheduled

Advocate staff photo by  April Buffington -- Plaquemine's C.J. Young drives pass University's Sean Daniel during Tuesday's night game at University High.
Advocate staff photo by April Buffington -- Plaquemine's C.J. Young drives pass University's Sean Daniel during Tuesday's night game at University High.

A growing threat of a hard freeze and/or a possible winter storm, coupled with school closures, prompted a number of schools in the Baton Rouge area to reschedule Friday basketball games.

“I’ve heard from some schools, but not all,” Baton Rouge Area Basketball Officials Association Assignment Secretary Virgil Pratt said late Thursday night. “Some have already rescheduled. But I think I’ll be hearing more all night, and some will probably call in the morning once they see what happens over night.”

East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Ascension, Zachary, and Iberville were among the parishes to cancel school Friday, though not all games involving those schools have been rescheduled.

A handful of games were still on for Friday as of late Thursday.

The list includes Dutchtown at Catholic High, Baker at Brusly, Denham Springs at Zachary boys and Zachary at Denham Springs girls.

Brusly plans to host Baker for two varsity games only in District 7-3A, starting at 5:30 p.m. Pratt said he got a text saying the Denham Springs at Zachary District 4-5A boys game would go on as scheduled at 5 p.m. DSHS girls coach Shelly LaPrarie confirmed by text that her team’s 5-5A game with ZHS was on for 5:30 p.m.

Catholic High coach Mark Cascio said the Bears’ District 5-5A game with Dutchtown was still on as of Thursday night, but said both schools would reevaluate in the morning.

“Right now we’re still planning to play,” Cascio said. “I think we’re the only game in our district that’s still scheduled. But we’re going to talk again in the morning and decide is we need to postpone it.”

In other 5-5A boys games, East Ascension at Woodlawn (Saturday, tentative) and St. Amant at McKinley (Monday) have already been rescheduled in 5-5A.

Others, like University High, used a more guarded approach. UHS used a twitter account to announce school would be closed and said information on weekend sports activities would be available later. That post leaves open the possibility that a scheduled three-game basketball set in District 7-3A could be played at 5 p.m. Friday

Tara boys coach Marqus Mitchell had to take a different approach for a key District 6-4A game with Plaquemine that was moved to Saturday.

“(Plaquemine) called off school in afternoon, but we really didn’t know anything until 8 o’clock for sure,” Mitchell said. “Our plan now is to play at 3 o’clock Saturday, but that’s just the two boys games. We’re waiting to hear on the girls game.”

Also confirmed for Saturday are the Belaire at St. Michael the Archangel boys/girls in District 6-4A. The girls varsity game is set for 6 p.m. with the boys varsity game to follow, according to a text from SMHS Athletic Director/girls coach Tami Reynolds-McClure.

Pratt said a more detailed schedule would be updated Friday but he said Patterson at Donaldsonville (Saturday), Port Allen at Glen Oaks (Monday), Northeast at East Feliciana (Sunday) and St. Edmund at False River Academy (TBA) had also been rescheduled.