‘Sandwich Month’ arrives for preps

Call January “Sandwich Month.”

This reference has nothing to do with what lunch entrée to order. It’s based on the fact that so many high school sports events are happening at the same time.

Along with the full schedule of winter sports, there is plenty of action away from the court and playing fields.

Schools are busy hiring head football coaches for the fall, and colleges are recruiting football players for next month’s signing class.

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s annual convention is now 10 days away. In terms of the LHSAA, this week is a pivotal one. LHSAA Executive Director Kenny Henderson is conducting a series of area meetings across the state, beginning on Tuesday.

Henderson’s area meetings end on Thursday with an 8:30 a.m. meeting for Baton Rouge area schools and a 1:30 p.m. meeting at the Hilton-New Orleans Airport, located in Kenner.

During the area meetings, Henderson will review all the agenda items that to be considered at the convention set for Jan. 23-25 at the Crowne Plaza.

At the top of the list of proposals are two that could divide LHSAA schools into groups for select (private, magnet, charter and dual curriculum) and non-select (public schools) for the playoffs starting in 2015-16. One proposal is for football only. The other is would incorporate the changes for all LHSAA sports.

As important as all these other events are, I’m offering a simple reminder — Don’t forget about the games going on now.

There are teams in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas competing on a high level in basketball, soccer, powerlifting, wrestling and indoor track and field.

Playoff pairings for soccer will be announced by the end of the month. State championships for wrestling and indoor track also loom on the horizon next month.

Based on some of the action that took place over the holidays and during the last two weeks, fans who are going to high school events truly are missing something.

Last weekend’s Scotlandville versus Madison Prep boys basketball showdown at Baton Rouge Community College attracted a capacity crowd. It was good for Baton Rouge and for basketball.

Next up is the prestigious Louisiana Classic wrestling tournament that is set for Friday and Saturday at ExerFit.

So if you haven’t already, make plans to see the high school event of your choice this week.

It will be worth it.

Williams excited

Terence Williams said accepting the head football coaching job at Redemptorist is like coming home.

“My first job coaching anything was in 1993 at the Boys and Girls Club right around the corner from Redemptorist,” Williams said. “Some of the guys I coached in flag football that year, like Shelton Sampson, went on to play on Redemptorist’s first state championship team.

“I really like the possibilities there. Redemptorist was down before and came back, and it can happen again. The best part is the Wolfpack nation behind us.”

Williams coached Donaldsonville to the playoffs all four years he was there, earning two Class 2A playoff berths and two 3A berths. He had a 28-17 record at DHS, including a 5-6 record in 2012.

Before Donaldsonville, Williams was head coach at Leesville where he coached former LSU running back Michael Ford. He has a career record of 49-39.

Fan appreciation night

Doyle High has school has designated Tuesday’s District 8-2A game against St. Helena Central as Fan Appreciation night.

DHS Principal Tommy Hodges said fans will be admitted free of charge as a way of thanking them for supporting the Livingston-based school’s program. A schedule of girls/boys varsity games will start at 6 p.m.

Open date

Sulphur High needs to fill a football open date for Week 2 or Sept. 13, 2013.

Contact Sulphur coach Jeff Wainwright at (337) 802-8906.

Prep notables

Catcher Kyle Duhe of The Dunham School is scheduled to sign a baseball scholarship with LSU-Alexandria at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday in the school’s gymnasium.

Former Denham Springs girls basketball player Keisha Lee scored 16 points for Northwestern State in a recent win over McNeese.

Tara High is planning an alumni baseball game/media day on Feb. 9 at the school. Festivities will start at 10 a.m. with parents and media invited to meet and take photos of the 2013 Tara High baseball squad. The alumni game will follow at 2:30 p.m.