The Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s executive committee voted to put Lafayette’s Teurlings Catholic back into the baseball playoff mix this spring, but rejected the same appeal for Zachary High during separate hearings Tuesday at the LHSAA office.
Both Class 5A Zachary and 4A Teurlings were placed on restrictive probation in baseball and barred from the playoffs for 2012 as the result of a brawl that took place on March 17 during a tournament game at Ouachita Parish High in Monroe.
The committee voted 9-5 to place TCHS on disciplinary probation in baseball instead, giving the Rebels the opportunity to compete in the playoffs if they qualify. Zachary High’s appeal to have its probation reduced to disciplinary probation failed by a slim 8-7 margin in the afternoon portion of the hearing.
There was also a 9-4 vote that reduced the sanctions for Teurlings parent Steve Dupuis, who was banned from attending any TCHS sporting event for one calendar year during an LHSAA sportsmanship committee hearing last month.
Dupuis cannot attend TCHS baseball games for the remainder of the season but can attend other school sporting events, including tennis matches his daughter participates in.
Before the final Zachary vote, the committee voted 13-2 to amend a motion to reduce Zachary’s probation to include an additional five-game suspension for ZHS baseball coach Jesse Cassard. Moments later, the LHSAA committee voted 8-7 to reject the appeal to put the Broncos in the playoffs.
Teurlings’ hearing was held in the morning, while Zachary’s hearing was held in the afternoon.