E.D. White's Hoops Fest set for weekend

The sounds of squeaking sneakers on hard-wood floors will reverberate throughout the E.D. White Catholic campus on Friday and Saturday.

The school will host the third E.D. White Capital One Hoops Fest featuring 13 high school boys basketball teams playing in 36 games (18 each day) Friday and Saturday at the Thibodaux school.

Games will be played in both the old and new gyms at E.D. White and admission is $5 per person per day and fans can walk between gyms for the price of one ticket daily.

The 13 teams competing are E.D. White, Houma Christian, H.L. Bourgeois, Central Catholic, Ellender, St. Charles Catholic, East Jefferson, South Lafourche, St. Thomas Aquinas, Jesuit, Karr, Grand Isle and Terrebonne.

Each team will play three games a day and the competition is expected to be heated. Ten of the teams in the event made the Louisiana High School Athletic Association playoffs last season, and St. Thomas Aquinas was the Class 2A runner-up.

"Most of the teams we have coming in enjoyed some success on some level last season," E.D. White boys basketball coach Jonathan Keife said. "We have great competition through and through. I think it will make for two very good days of basketball. We have some really good matchups on both days. These games will be very impressive to watch."

On Friday, the first games start at noon and the last games start at 8 p.m. On Saturday, the first games start at 10 a.m. and the last games start at 6 p.m.

Keife said he and the school have gotten lots of support in putting on the camp.

"Capital One has sponsored us from the very beginning, and they have been extremely generous," Keife said. "They are a big part of why this has been successful the last two years. We are looking forward to it. The kids are excited. I have tremendous parental support. That is the main reason this thing is as good as it is. The parents of the basketball players give their time and in some cases their money. We are very thankful to them."

Summer hoops team camps are becoming more and more popular. The H.L. Bourgeois team camp was held last weekend in Gray and it featured six teams.

Braves coach Andrew Caillouet said that event was a success.

"The bottom line of summer is you want the kids to play," Caillouet said. "I know from my team, and I'm sure from every other team, you got to see a lot of different combinations on the floor."

Prep basketball fans can expect to see much of the same this weekend at E.D. White.