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DWCS looks to advance
, staff@fgazette.com
04-20-2017

In January 2016, principals
from member schools
of the Louisiana High
School Athletic Association
voted to implement the


select/non-select divisions
to basketball, baseball and
softball that had been in
place in football since the
2013-2014 school year.
Instead of those representing
seven classifications
for classes 5A through
B, there would now be 12
state champions crowned
in the five divisions of
select schools. Schools competing
in the new divisions
are called select because
of selective admissions
policies.
Many observers felt the
shift would allow teams
that shouldn’t be considered
for post-season play to
become eligible.
D’Arbonne Woods’ opponent
in the opening round
of the Allstate/Sugar Bowl
LHSAA Softball Tournament
may be the classic
example of that line of
thinking.
Lake Charles College
Prep comes to Farmerville
for its first round game
against the Lady Timberwolves
without having won
a game this season. The
Lady Trailblazers are 0-13
and have lost those games
by an average score of 23-2.
With the LHSAA’s “mercy
rule” – a 10-run lead after
three innings brings an
early end to the game – it’s
doubtful LCCP has played
even a four-inning game
this season.
They likely won’t again
Tuesday, as the eighthseeded
Lady Timberwolves
face LCCP with a potential
second round berth
on the line. The winner
of Tuesday’s game will
face the Oberlin (9) and
East Iberville (24) winner
on Thursday. The Lady
Timberwolves take a 17-11
record into the game.
D’Arbonne Woods was
one of six teams from District
1-1A that qualified
for the playoffs. Others
were Ringgold (15 seed),
Haynesvile (17), Arcadia
(20), Lincoln Prep (23) and
Plain Dealing (26).
In Class 3A, the Lady
Farmers of Union Parish
(8-14 overall / 3-1 in District
2-3A) face a familiar foe and
hope for a different result.
Caldwell Parish, the thirdseed
in Class 3A, took a
16-0 win against the Lady
Farmers on March 9.
The Downsville Lady
Demons had a first-round
bye in Class C. With only
21 teams competing in
softball this season, the
bracket was amended to
take only 16 teams, with
each earning a first-round
bye. DCCS, the 14th seed,
will see action on Thursday
as they travel to take on
third-seeded Georgetown.
District 1-C rival Summerfield
– who Downsville beat
11-2 on March 10 to split
their season series – qualified
as the 11th seed.



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