The holidays are over, and there’s a new year to contemplate.
There are 2015 resolutions to try to fulfill. Most people want to lose weight, eat healthier and be happier. All are good choices to make individually.
The first big question for high school sports in 2015 involves the choices the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s member principals will collectively make. The LHSAA’s annual convention is less than a month away.
There’s no more “We’ve got time to think about it” or “We won’t worry about that until the fall sports are over.” The LHSAA convention is set for Jan. 28-30 at the Crowne Plaza.
It seems like I say this is a year for major decisions by the LHSAA every year. Once again it’s true.
Since the principals voted to split the LHSAA’s football championships into separate groups for select and nonselect schools in 2012 things haven’t been the same on a lot of levels. Granted, the rumblings that brought about the split were there for years.
Yes, the sun has continued to come up each day and championships have been won since that 2012 vote.
Altering the mode of operation for one major sport has changed the way everyone — the schools, the coaches, the media and the public — views the 94-year-old association.
It’s a little like having the earth knocked off its axis for a brief time before it falls back into place.
Things are normal for district play and then there are separate football championships.
The January agenda includes proposals that could either reunite schools or expand the split to other sports like basketball, baseball and softball. Not knowing what will happen next brings an uneasy feeling for many.
After parting ways with former executive director Kenny Henderson in October, the LHSAA executive committee hired Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Director Eddie Bonine to fill the top job.
Bonine has great credentials and a load of experience in athletics and administration. He’s dealt with some of the issues the LHSAA now has in his previous job. Skeptics will say, “but that’s not Louisiana.” And they’re right.
Watching Bonine interact with principals and coaches during a series of area meetings that begin the week of Jan. 20 will be interesting. Does Bonine have all the answers? Probably not, but then again neither has anyone else.
Bonine has talked about building relationships and trust. Getting administrators to look beyond what is best for their individual schools in order to determine what’s best for the entire 388-school LHSAA is a huge project. There are no guarantees for a late January completion.
Welcome to 2015, a year with plenty of 2012-14 LHSAA baggage. What a trip it should be.
Catholic High’s Derrius Guice netted MVP honors with 153 receiving yards and two TDs while helping the West take a 39-36 win over the East at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday in San Antonio.
Two other Louisiana players had decidedly different experiences at Friday’s Under Armour All-American Game on Friday in Tampa. Patterson’s Daylon Charlot returned two punts for 101 yards, including a 55-yarder for a touchdown that helped Team Highlight claim a 46-6 victory.
University High running back Nick Brossette got a few carries for Team Armour, which fell behind early and wound up passing the ball more than running it.