The 2012-13 season has been a struggle for the parish’s three District 1-5A boys basketball teams.
Three-time defending champion Airline is 4-14, Haughton is 6-10, and Parkway is 5-9.
All three teams have low power ratings with Airline’s the highest at 44. That won’t be good enough to make the playoffs.
The good news is that district champions automatically qualify for the playoffs and district play starts tonight.
Of course, winning the district championship would be a major accomplishment in its own right.
In tonight’s 7:30 openers, Airline hosts Haughton, and Parkway hosts Southwood (8-8).
Byrd (16-3) appears to be the favorite. Captain Shreve, which shared the title with Airline last season, is 8-13.
Airline went toe-to-toe with Shreve in the Bossier Invitational before the Gators pulled away late for a 48-43 victory.
In District 1-5A girls, Haughton (14-5) and Airline (8-11) still have legitimate chances to make the playoffs via the power ratings. Parkway, which has had a tough season, doesn’t.
Southwood (18-1), last season’s state runner-up, is the overwhelming favorite to win the title.
Elsewhere tonight, Benton hosts Fair Park in District 1-4A boys and girls games.
The defending champion Lady Tigers (11-6) defeated Minden 61-44 in their district opener Tuesday, while the Tigers (7-11) fell 75-47.
The Fair Park boys (7-11) and girls (12-6) won their district openers against Woodlawn.
In non-district boys and girls games, Bossier hosts Pleasant Hill and Plain Dealing hosts Arcadia.