All-Star Biddy Basketball Invitational a success for St. John Parks & Rec

Published 4:57 pm Friday, February 25, 2022

RESERVE — Thirteen teams across eight parishes participated in the recent All-Star Biddy Basketball Tournament held February 19-20 at REGALA Gymnasium in Reserve and West St. John High School in Edgard.

Sports Program Coordinator Errol Manuel said this was the first time St. John the Baptist Parish Parks & Recreation has hosted a Biddy Basketball invitational in the past three years. While recreation took a hit during the COVID-19 pandemic and Hurricane Ida, Parks & Rec is successfully building back its local programming with new sports offerings and record participation.

Biddy Basketball has welcomed 194 participants from ages 5 to 12 this year in St. John Parish. This past weekend’s invitational spotlighted teams in the 10-year-old and 12-year-old age groups. Eight teams competed in the 10U division at REGALA, while five teams competed in the 12U division inside the West St. John gymnasium.

“Since the hurricane, we have been working to get the numbers up, and they are steadily rising,” Manuel said. “Biddy was hit hard with the hurricane also. They lost a lot of franchises, especially down the bayou. People are behind, and we’re the lucky ones to be able to host a program this year. The Biddy Tournament was a huge success.”

According to Manuel, hosting an invitational helps boost the local economy by directing visitors to local hotels and restaurants. It also allows others to see what St. John Parish Recreation has to offer.

“We’re doing a lot more advertising to get the word out and increase participation. It’s very important because we want to give kids something positive to do in St. John Parish,” Manuel said.

Registration is currently open for youth baseball and a boys’ and girls’ tennis camp. For more information on what’s offered, please visit https://www.sjbparish.gov/Departments/Parks-and-Recreation.

The results of last weekend’s Biddy Basketball Invitational are as follows:

 

10-YEAR-OLD DIVISION

 

(Pool Play)

G1: St John 35 – Walker 51

G2: New Orleans 51 – St Bernard 11

G3: Walker 51 – West Ascension 26

G4: JPRDWEST 50 – New Orleans 35

G5: Acadiana 42 – JPRDWEST 37

G6: West Ascension 23 – St James 41

G7: St Bernard 10 – Acadiana 53

G8: St James 44 – St John 47

 

BRACKET PLAY:

G1: New Orleans 46 – St James 30

G2: JPRDWEST 42 – St John 32

G3: Walker 49 – West Ascension 31

G4: Acadiana 38 – St Bernard 10

G5: JPRDWEST 60 – Walker 51

G6: Acadiana 34 – New Orleans 32

G7: Acadiana 38 – JPRDWEST 37

 

1st Place – Acadiana   

2nd Place – JPRDWEST              

 

12-YEAR-OLD DIVISION:

 

(Pool Play)

G1: JPRDWEST 38 – St John 23

G2: West Ascension 10 – New Orleans 75

G3: St James 15 – JPRDWEST 46

G4: St John 39 – West Ascension 8

G5: New Orleans 58 – St James 9

 

BRACKET PLAY:

G1: West Ascension 40 – St James 55

G2: JPRDWEST 52 – St John 25

G3: New Orleans 45 – St James 26

G4: JPRDWEST 39 – New Orleans 45

 

1st Place – New Orleans

 2nd Place – JPRDWEST