For high school tennis, all roads lead to Monroe this week with state titles on the line in five divisions. Meanwhile, high school boys golf teams will decide state titles by playing a variety of sites across the state.
Action for tennis begins at 8 a.m. Monday with teams in Division I-Class 5A and Division II-4A set to compete at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and other Monroe-based facilities for the first three rounds of competition. Boys golf tourneys also begin at 8 a.m. Monday with the first day of the Division II-4A tournament at Alexandria’s Oak Wing Golf Club. Here is a breakdown for the week:
Competitors in Division II-4A begin their two-day tourney at Alexandria’s Oak Wing on Monday and will finish Tuesday. Action hits closer to home on at 8 a.m. Tuesday when the Division I-5A tourney begins at Zachary’s Copper Mill Golf Club.
Regional champion Denham Springs, Metro champion Catholic High and host Zachary are among the teams set to compete. The event concludes on Wednesday. Ponchatoula’s Blake Caldwell was last week’s regional champion, shooting a 71. ZHS’ Peyton McCulloch also shot a 71.
Also scheduled for Tuesday-Wednesday is the Division IV-2A state tourney at 7:30 a.m. Patterson’s Atchafalaya Golf Course. Three local teams, University, The Dunham School and Episcopal, all qualified. Episcopal’s Ross Davis shot at 69 to win the regional crown.
On Wednesday, the Division III-3A tourney begins at Zachary’s Beaver Creek Golf Course. Parkview Baptist won the regional title last week, with Brek Balentine shooting a 72 to lead the way for the Eagles. The Division III meet concludes Wednesday.
Alexandria’s Links on the Bayou Course will host the Division V-1A and V-B, C also on Tuesday-Wednesday with 8 a.m. tee times. Ascension Catholic’s Ryan Rodgrigue, a top 15 finisher at Metro, is expected to be among the participants.
Teams in Division I-5A and Division II-4A are expected to complete the first three rounds of play on Monday and will conclude their portion of the tournament on Tuesday at ULM.
Peyton Stuart was the regional boys singles champion Division I boys champion Catholic. Mackenzie Noonan was the girls singles runner-up for girls regional champion St. Joseph’s Academy.
Two St. Michael boys, champion Cameron Andry and Jeremy Braud, led the way as the Warriors won a Division II boys regional final. Rainey Carville was a girls singles runner-up for the St. Michael girls.
Teams in Division III-3A, IV-2A and V-1A and below will compete on Wednesday and Thursday in Monroe with final set for Thursday.
In Division III, Parkview won a boys regional title as Chris Anders claimed the singles title. University swept Division IV regional titles and is the defending state champion. Caroline Hudson was the girls single champion and Coleman Wahlborg was the boys runner-up.
Christian Life’s Bobby Foroughian won the Division V regional boys singles title and will also be among the competitors to watch.