Here are five sporting events we are watching this week:

1. Prep basketball, soccer seasons start

The wait is over for area high school boys and girls soccer and basketball teams as the regular seasons for both sports being on Monday.

2. State cross country meets

The LHSAA state cross country meets will be held Monday and Tuesday at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.

The Class 1A and 2A meets are Monday and the Class 3A, 4A and 5A meets are Tuesday.

3. State swimming meets

The LHSAA state swimming meets will be held Wednesday-Saturday at the SPAR Aquatic Center in Sulphur.

The Division III and IV meets are Wednesday and Thursday and the Division I and II meets are Friday and Saturday.

4. Nicholls football hosts Southeastern on Thursday

The Nicholls football will have a chance to clinch at least a share of the Southland Conference title when the Colonels host Southeastern Louisiana at 6 p.m. Thursday in the River Bell Classic from Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium in Thibodaux.

The game can be heard on 100.3-FM and season on ESPN3.

5. Second-round playoff prep football games

The area high school football teams still alive in the playoffs -- Terrebonne, Assumption, E.D. White Catholic and St. James will take part in n second-round games on Friday night at 7 p.m.

Terrebonne is the lone area team at home while the other three are on the road.

The goal of all high school football teams in the state is to reach the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans where state title s for all five classes and all four divisions will be played Dec. 6-8.