Volleyball, fall softball on tap for weekend

Volleyball and fall softball help highlight the Baton Rouge area’s weekend high school schedule that will help measure varying levels of success.

Tara will host a 16-team volleyball tournament, the Tara Slammin’ Classic, which begins at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the school.

Meanwhile, Central Private is set to make its first appearance in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools’ Class 2A South State Tournament in eight seasons. Silliman Institute will compete in the tourney Saturday in Liberty, Miss.

The Tara Slammin’ Classic is a variation of a tournament THS assistant coach Cynthia Montgomery hosted when she was coach at Istrouma.

“This tournament is scheduled for the same week Istrouma used to host,” Tara coach Barry Jackson said. “I’ve let coach Montgomery schedule it, and she’s the tournament director. She’s done a great job.

“We’ve got one team from outside the area and that’s Westlake. They appear to be pretty good. I know Plaquemine is another team that’s been playing well. It’s basically another chance to get together and play,” Jackson said.

Volleyball

TARA SLAMMIN’ CLASSIC: Teams entered include host THS, Plaquemine, Westgate, Southern Lab, Woodlawn, Pointe Coupee Central, Baker, Livonia, Capitol, Walker, Hosanna Christian, Port Allen and Baton Rouge High.

Pool play continues through Saturday morning. The championship is set for 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Softball

MAIS 2A SOUTH STATE: Central Private (9-16) advanced to the South State tourney for the first time since 2005.

CPS is coached by former Family Christian coach Shelly Cothell.

The Rebels advanced by beating Centreville Academy 6-5 on Monday. Central Private meets Brookhaven Academy at 9 a.m. Saturday in Liberty, Miss.

Silliman plays Wayne Academy at 10:45 a.m. Saturday in the double-elimination tournament.