One thing missing from the report on the LHSAA settling its lawsuit with Varsity Event Management, a group that briefly ran championship events in 2011, was an official statement from LHSAA attorney Mark Boyer.

Boyer declined to reveal terms of the settlement when contacted Friday, but did offer this statement via email. VEM was suing the LHSAA for breach of contract.

“As with all compromises, both the LHSAA and VEM had to move out of their respective corners and toward some common, middle ground, and I believe that the settlement was a good result for the LHSAA,” Boyer wrote. “The dispute had been tied up in litigation for nearly five years, and there still remained a significant amount of work to be done when I enrolled as counsel for the LHSAA.

“Mr. (Eddie) Bonine (LHSAA executive director) is a very strong leader, and he is also very savvy from both a legal and financial perspective. I believe that he quickly realized that this dispute was something that we needed to get past. It was time to move forward, under his new leadership, and resolving the dispute with VEM was a part of that.”

Metro cross country

The Metro Cross Country meet is set for Monday with races to begin at 1:45 p.m. at Highland Road Park.

An open race starts the action at 1:45 p.m. The three-mile girls varsity race at 2:20 p.m. and the three-mile boys varsity race at 2:55 p.m. will be the featured events. Two middle school races will follow before an awards ceremony set for 4:45 p.m.

All-district teams

Football and volleyball coaches are reminded to submit their all-district team to The Advocate as soon as possible.

Teams will not be published until the respective seasons are over, but our staff needs to start processing them. Teams can be submitted by fax to (225) 388-0318 or email to Robin Fambrough at rfambrough@theadvocate.com.

Alumni excellence

Former Woodlawn kicker Jonathan Barnes of Louisiana Tech and ex-St. Joseph’s Academy volleyball player Madison Daigle of Texas State claimed some impressive honors last week.

Barnes was named one of 20 finalists for the Lou Groza award given annually to the top college kicker. He ranked fifth in the nation with 90 points and recently booted a career best 50-yard field goal.

Daigle was named the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Week after compiling 21 kills in wins over Troy and the Louisiana-Monroe. Her hitting percentage for the week was nearly .500.

Signings

The NCAA’s early signing period for a variety of sports begins this week and several local schools are playing signing events.

Wednesday’s signing action begins at 10:15 a.m. at St. Michael the Archangel. Girls basketball standouts Tyler Morrison (Southeastern Louisiana University) and Sabree Wilson (Nicholls State) are Warriors set to sign.

Catholic High swimmer Colin Bone is scheduled to sign with Auburn at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday in the Alumni House at the school.

St. Amant baseball player Adam Sevario is set to sign with Florida International during a ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the St. Amant High gym.

Compiled by Robin Fambrough