Forget starting off slow.
The 32-team South Louisiana Invitational volleyball tournament, St. Michael the Archangel’s Bayou Boogie Cross Country Invitational and two Capital City Swim League meets will make this weekend a big one.
“Out of the six years we’ve had this tournament, I really think this one has the chance to be the most competitive,” said Broadmoor assistant coach Everett Odom, the South Louisiana Invitational director.
Woodlawn High, Woodlawn Middle School and Baton Rouge High will serve as sites for the two-day tourney that begins 3:30 p.m. Friday and runs through Saturday, with the final set for 7 p.m. at Woodlawn.
St. Michael expects about 1,000 runners to compete at its annual season-opening meet that begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Highland Road Park.
“We had a total of 891 runners preregister,” St. Michael coach Neil Borel said. “And by the time you factor in the open race/JV runners who don’t have to register, it will be close to 1,000 and easily one of the biggest meets we’ve had.”
All 25 teams in the CCSL will compete in one of the two meets at Crawfish Aquatics on Saturday. The first is set for 8 a.m., with a second meet to follow at 11:30 a.m.
SOUTH LOUISIANA INVITATIONAL: Odom started the SLI when he was coach at Baker and has carried it over to his work with Broadmoor.
Defending champion Barbe of Lake Charles is back.
Odom ranks East Ascension, Ben Franklin, McKinley and Catholic-Pointe Coupee as teams to watch. The tourney field consists of a mix of six pools of teams from Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Acadiana and southwest Louisiana.
BAYOU BOOGIE INVITATIONAL: Races start at 8:30 a.m. with the three-mile girls varsity race. The three-mile boys race is set for 9:15 a.m.
Two-mile junior high races for girls (9:45 a.m.) and boys (10:15 a.m.) are next, along with a junior varsity/open race at 10:45 a.m.
St. Paul’s is the biggest name among the New Orleans schools entered. Baton Rouge powers entered include Catholic High, St. Joseph’s Academy and Ascension Catholic along with host St. Michael.
CAPITAL CITY SWIM LEAGUE: Competitors will do individual events and no relays in the first meet of the year.
St. Joseph’s, the Division I girls state champion last fall, tops the list of teams set to compete in the first meet session. Catholic High, the Division I boys runner-up, also is scheduled to compete in the first meet.
Division III notables Parkview Baptist and Lutcher are part of the second meet along with Division IV Dunham.