LHSAA confirms DCS teams are playoff eligible
1-C this week, the boys and girls basketball
teams at Downsville Charter
School learned they will be eligible
for the playoffs.
Since a vote by the Union Parish
School Board in November to change
the board that operates the charter
school, parents and other supporters
have heard much speculation the
teams would not be eligible for the
playoffs, which start next month.
Jacob Doyle, director of media for
the Louisiana High School Athletic
Association, addressed the rumor
last week.
“DCS is eligible for postseason
play,” Doyle stated in an email. “It’s
simply seen as an administration
Unofficial power rankings from
the LHSAA currently show both
teams would be included in their
respective 32-team playoff brackets.
With an overall record of 6-18,
the boys’ team is currently seeded
19th. They have a chance to get into
the top half of the bracket and host
a first round game as they open district
play against three teams seeded
higher. They’ll host third-seeded
Summerfield, which will bring a
13-5 overall record into the district
opener for both teams. On Friday, the
Demons play at two-time defending
Class C champion New Living Word,
which is currently seeded ninth. The
Lions 17-14 overall record could be
deceiving, as coach Jerry Baldwin’s
schedule includes many games
against schools in classes 3A and 4A.
Currently, the girls’ team is the
23 seed. Coming off losses last week
against Choudrant and Kilbourne,
the Lady Demons seemingly have
a good chance to snap a 17-game
losing streak. The streak will likely
reach 20 first, though, as they host
top-seeded Summerfield, which
brings a 19-1 overall record into
Tuesday’s contest. Friday, the team
takes on New Living Word, which
was 11-17 going into their district
opener against Gibsland-Coleman.
Their best chance to get off the snide
as they’ll host Gibsland-Coleman,
which was winless going into district
Union Christian Academy: The
Lions currently sit atop the Mississippi
Association of Independent
School’s District 6-2A rankings. They
improved to 6-1 with wins last week –
61-54 against Prairie View and a 46-28
decision over Claiborne.
The Lady Lions split a pair of
district games last week and are
currently fourth in 6-2A at 2-4. They
took a 57-41 win against PVA before
falling 53-25 to Claiborne.
UCA’s junior varsity boys are currently
riding a 22-game win streak
and winning by big margins. Last
week, they beat Prairie View 66-18
and followed that with a 56-18 win
against Claiborne.
Union Parish High School: Both
the boys and girls teams needed
an opponent like Caldwell Parish
as they each dropped their district
openers in action at Wossman last
Despite 20 points from Lagregrious
Bradford, it was over early for
the Farmers as the Wildcats posted
a 69-52 win. Wossman took an early
lead and pushed it to an eight-point
advantage at halftime. The Spartans
proved to be the perfect rebound
game for coach Johnny Simmons’
squad, as the Farmers pounded out a
93-43 win to even their district record
at 1-1 going into Tuesday’s game at
Richwood. Uncharacteristically, the
Rams sit at 6-15 overall and 0-2 in
district play. The Farmers will host
Carroll, which opened the week at
2-0 in district play, on Monday before
traveling to Madison Parish to face
the Jaguars (14-4 overall / 1-1 in District
2-3A) next Tuesday.
D’Arbonne Woods Charter: The
Timberwolves will get frequent rider
miles this week as they continue District
1-1A play on the road for three
games. And the schedule seemingly
provides good opportunities for both
the boys and girls teams to post their
first district wins of the season.
For the boys (1-17 / 0-6), they’ll
play at Cedar Creek, which is also
winless in district play before Friday’s
game at Ringgold, where the
Redskins were 2-3 in district going
into Tuesday night’s game against
Grambling. The Kittens will host
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