The end of November is always a time set asides to give thanks. However, mid-November is a time set aside for several LHSAA member-schools to give thanks on the court, track and in the pool. State championship season in Louisiana begins every year with a ten-day marathon in three cities spanning across the state.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Volleyball State Tournament, which took place at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, is consistently one of the most exciting events on the LHSAA calendar. Forty teams took over the lakefront from November 10-12 to play quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. Ultimately, dynasties reigned supreme as Pope John Paul II (Division IV), Teurlings Catholic (Division III), St. Thomas More (Division II) and Mount Carmel (Division I) each won for at least the third year in a row. Division V champion Metairie Park Country Day won their seventh state title in the last eight years.
After traveling on Sunday, the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Cross Country State Meet took place at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches on Monday and Tuesday, November 14-15. Blue skies were the backdrop as the NSU administration and Track & Field staff and team welcomed schools from all over the state.
Classes C, B, 1A and 2A ran on Monday with Episcopal of Acadiana sweeping both the Boys and Girls Class B championships. The Plainview girls and Grand Isle boys took home the Class C titles, while St. Martin’s Episcopal and Ascension Catholic finished as state champion and runner-up in Boys Class 1A, while flip-flopping for Girls Class 1A. Finally, Holy Savior Menard recaptured the Girls Class 2A title and Episcopal (BR) won their incredible 21st straight Boys Class 2A state championship.
Tuesday greeted Classes 3A-5A to northwest Louisiana. The girls led off the day and Academy of Sacred Heart (NO), Vandebilt Catholic and St. Joseph’s Academy won the Class 3A, 4A and 5A crowns. Meanwhile, ED White and St. Paul’s were the kings of Class 3A and 5A, and Belle Chasse won an emotional Class 4A state title as the Cardinals had never finished higher than fourth as a team.
Finally, the Sulphur Parks and Recreation (SPAR) staff once again put on a spectacular LHSAA state championship event as their Aquatic Center played host to the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Swimming State Meet from November 16-19. On Thursday, November 17, the Isidore Newman Greenies displayed their dominance in the pool all morning by winning both the Boys and Girls Division IV state championships. The afternoon concluded with the girls from ED White and boys from St. Louis Catholic atop the Division III standings.
After prelims on Friday, Division II and Division I dove into the finals on Saturday, the 19th to finish the week. Ruston won a 5th straight Boys Division II title while their girls finished as the runner-up to St. Scholastica. The familiar faces of St. Joseph’s Academy and Catholic (BR) capped off the frenetic ten-day stretch with the Division I state championships.