The Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s executive committee denied Mandeville-based Lakeshore High’s request to be placed on the Class 4A football playoff bracket during Sunday’s playoff pairings meeting.
Lakeshore (5-5) is in its second year of LHSAA membership and was ineligible for the playoffs based on a pre-existing LHSAA rule that required a school to be a member for two years before competing for championship honors.
LHS Principal Brennan McCurley noted that the Titans’ volleyball team is in the playoffs and that other athletes involved in swimming and track and field have competed for state honors previously.
“If we make a mistake, we get fined,” McCurley said. “Where’s the accountability on your end?”
LHSAA Executive Director Kenny Henderson noted the discrepancy, but advised the committee to uphold the rule. Henderson said the Lakeshore volleyball team will remain in the playoffs. The Titans are scheduled to play Rayne in a Division III-3A contest.
BCHS ruling in limbo
Henderson also offered an explanation of a rumored investigation involving Class 4A Belle Chasse (7-3), the No. 24 seed scheduled to play No. 9 St. Augustine (7-3).
The LHSAA Executive Director said additional documentation is being sought from a New York-based hospital where the BCHS student-athlete in question was born. Henderson said that information can’t be obtained until a part comes in to repair the hospital’s mircrofilm machine.
Henderson said if the player in question is ineligible, Belle Chasse will be removed from the 4A playoff bracket.
Two head coaches with ties to Baton Rouge garnered playoff berths with other schools.
St. Martinville (5-5) made the Class 4A playoffs as a No. 28 seed for coach first-year Gary Adkins and will play at No. 5 Assumption (9-1).
Adkins was a head coach locally at Bishop Sullivan (now St. Michael), Port Allen, White Castle and Donaldsonville high schools.
Catholic-New Iberia (9-1) is the No. 4 seed in Class 2A and will host No. 29 Sterlington (4-6). CHSNI head coach Keith Menard was previously a head coach locally at Central.