The annual Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s annual basketball tournament has come a long ways, baby.
Roll the calender back to 1961, a year in which the famed Mickey Mantle-Roger Maris tandem gave fans of the New York Yankees and major league baseball a thrill a day with their pursuit of Babe Ruth’s home run record.
But on a local, regional and state level, there was another historic moment in the sports world.
That was the inaugural year of what is now known as the LHSAA’s championship tournament in basketball.
MONROE — Josh Cox, Bannon Martin and Ruby Richie had championship performances for Cedar Creek High at the annual District 2-1A meet held earlier this week.
Cox was tops in the javelin (172-4) and Martin in the long jump (18-8.5) for the boys’ team and Richie was a title winner for the girls with a 12.5 clocking in the 100-meter dash.
Both Creek teams finished as runner-ups, as the Cougars had 113 points and the Lady Cougars ended with 122.5 points. Host Ouachita Christian School garnered the team championships with totals of 189 for the boys and 228 for the girls.
It’s “liftoff” time for Louisiana Tech University’s football team, which began reporting for preseason workouts today before going through on-the-field drills Friday at 6 p.m.
The Bulldogs will head into fall camp with one of the most anticipated seasons in the program’s history. There are consensus No. 1 rankings in various polls for the Western Athletic Conference, several Top 50 national ratings, 16 starters returning from last year’s league champs and five different players on national “Watch Lists.”