Weekend Athletic Update
Playoff soccer comes to the Catholic High campus as #22 seed Walker visits Grizzly Field for a 6 p.m. start. The Bears defeated the Wildcats on the road last month by a 4-1 margin. In that contest, the Wildcats led 1-0 before the Bears’ offensive barrage proved to be to much for the home team. The victory helped kickstart the CHS soccer drive to a District III title.
Second year coach Josh McReynolds said his team is excited for another post-season run. “The guys are pumped for the postseason to begin and are fully aware that a loss sends us home. We are one of the hottest teams in Division I right now and are playing with a ton of confidence. We know that Walker is not a team that we can sleep on.”
The CHS hoopsters will square off against the 5-5A leader, East Ascension. Varsity tip off is at 7:15 p.m. in the CHS gym. EA brings a 21-6 record into tonight’s game. The Bears are 15-10 and coach Mark Cascio is glad his group gets another crack at the Spartans. “There is a reason that East Ascension is one of the better teams in our area, if not the state. They are athletic, well-coached and rebound extremely well. They handle the transition game very well, too. This time around, we must get out of the gate faster. A faster start will help maintain our flow in the game and won’t have us playing from behind.”
The track and field Bears take to the Carl Maddox Fieldhouse at LSU on Saturday at 11 a.m. The meet is the final qualifying meet for the indoor state championship which will be held on Saturday, February 18th.
The Bears have won nine of the last ten Division I indoor state championships.
The junior varsity takes to the mat a East Ascension on Saturday for the wrestling city championship. Mat time is set for 10 a.m. Veteran coach Tommy Prochaska noted, “This will be a great experience for our younger wrestlers as they get a chance to compete on a big stage. The experience will carry over to next year, which is important with roster turnover.” The varsity has been preparing for the Division I state meet scheduled for next Friday and Saturday in Bossier City.
The lacrosse program will be busy on Saturday at Grizzly Field. The JV “B” team gets things started at 10 a.m. against Jesuit. The varsity will face Ocean Springs High School of Mississippi at noon, and the JV team will close things out at 2 p.m. against the Ocean Springs JV.
The Black & Orange World Series gets started tonight on the baseball diamond. The varsity/jv will get things underway at 4 p.m., followed by the 9th graders under the lights at 6 p.m. On Saturday, the varsity/jv wraps up the weekend intrasquad series at 1 p.m. Sixth year coach Brad Bass is looking forward to the weekend action. “The World Series is the first glimpse our parents, fans and Bear Nation get of our baseball program. The staff gets to see the freshmen compete under the lights and someone usually makes the varsity roster based on their play this weekend.”