Hall of Fame Classic set for Saturday

A five-game Hall of Fame Basketball Classic at Baton Rouge Community College and an indoor track meet at LSU featuring teams from across Louisiana help highlight Saturday’s high school sports action.

Indoor track events begin at 11 a.m. with field events at LSU’s Carl Maddox Field House.

Four top-ranked teams will participate in Hall of Fame Classic games beginning at 1:30 p.m. at BRCC’s Bonne Santé Wellness Center.

“We feel like we’ve put together some good matchups of teams that will be going to the playoffs,” Madison Prep coach Jeffery Jones said. “We’ve got teams from different classifications who don’t normally play each other.

“A couple of these teams are deceptively good. Their record may not be as good as some of the top teams in the power rankings and polls, but they’re the kind of teams based on personnel or tradition that you expect to make a deep playoff run.”

Class 1A Metairie Park Country Day takes on 4A Beau Chene in a boys game that opens Hall of Fame action at 1:30 p.m. It is the first of four boys games.

At 3 p.m., top-ranked University High, of Class 2A, plays 5A Scotlandville in the lone girls game. Top-ranked Central Catholic-Morgan City, of Class 1A, faces 5A Central at 4:30 p.m. when boys action resumes.

Two more top-ranked teams close the action. Top-ranked Scotlandville, of 5A, squares off against 3A Parkview Baptist at 6 p.m. No. 1 Madison Prep, of Class B-C, meets 1A Christian Life at 7:30 p.m. CLA is the defending Class 1A state champion.

Top players scheduled to compete include Madison Prep’s Jarell Martin, a 6-foot-9 LSU signee and 6-8 Damien Jones of Scotlandville, a Vanderbilt signee. Parkview Baptist is led by 6-8 junior James Thompson, while Beau Chene has 6-3 Louisiana Tech signee Dominic Jackson.

Indoor track

Field events start at 11 a.m., followed by running events at 11:55 a.m. This is the first of two qualifying meets hosted by LSU.

LSU football commitment Jeryl Brazil tops the field in the 55 meters with an entry time of 6.25 seconds. Brazil is the state’s indoor record holder in the event. Central’s Craig Jones, West Jefferson’s Ronald Lewis and Zachary’s Donald Gage are all listed with entry marks of 23 feet or better in the long jump.

Baton Rouge High’s Mikiah Brisco (55-meter hurdles) and McDonogh 35’s Marcquita Stalbert (400) help lead the girls competitors.

St. Paul’s Nicholas Taylor tops the boys 1,600 meters participants. Other boys competitors to note include Northshore’s Alex Holden (800), John Curtis’ Anthony Taylor (shot put) and Jewel Sumner’s Devin King (pole vault).

Other notable girls competitors include Newman’s Camille Barrett (800 meters), Hamilton Christian’s Nique Griffin (long jump) and Chalmette’s Alexis Gordon (shot put).