Legal issues that kept the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Class 3A baseball playoff pairings from being released until Tuesday night could have been a distraction.
University High coach Burke Broussard didn’t let it become one for his team. The Cubs wound up garnering a No. 4 playoff seed to lead the list of five teams from District 7-3A in the bracket.
“We’ve had our share of adversity this year with injuries,” Broussard said. “This whole thing with Livonia was like that too. It was something that was beyond anyone’s control.
“I told our guys to practice to get ready for whoever we’d play. That’s all we really could do.”
UHS (22-9) hosts No. 29 Jena (13-13-1) in a 3A bidistrict-round game at 4 p.m. Thursday. It is the first 3A season for UHS, which was the 2A runner-up in 2013.
The late release of the 3A bracket was just one of the storylines that took shape as the LHSAA prepared to release pairings in six classes in Tuesday.
Parents of six Livonia High players were granted a temporary restraining order by a state judge Tuesday morning that prevented the LHSAA from releasing its 3A bracket.
The TRO was designed to force the LHSAA to vacate sanctions issued to Livonia last week after an investigation that found a freshman student who played in 18 games was ineligible based on the organization’s transfer rules. Livonia was 22-4 before the forfeits.
But at approximately 7 p.m., the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal lifted the restrictions. John Curtis (27-6) took the No. 1 seed.
Brusly (22-8) grabbed the No. 6 seed and District 7-3A champion Parkview Baptist (20-12) was seeded eighth. West Feliciana (19th) and Baker (26th) also joined UHS on the 3A bracket.
In Class 4A, St. Thomas More (26-5) was the No. 1 seed. St. Michael the Archangel (21-9) got the No. 5 seed, the highest since the LHSAA started seeding its baseball brackets.
“Getting the No. 5 seed means a lot for us,” SMHS coach Johnny Bernhard said. “We played a tough schedule, and we also were consistent.
“Both those things paid off. Being seeded fifth gives us a chance to play at home for a while in the playoffs, and that means a lot.”
St. Michael hosts No. 28 Beau Chene at 5 p.m. Friday. Plaquemine (15-8), the No. 23 seed, plays No. 10 Karr (19-12) at 6 p.m. Thursday at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium in New Orleans. Lutcher (11-17), seeded 21st, travels to No. 12 Eunice (24-7).
Redemptorist coach Nick Hall wasn’t sure his team would get to host a playoff game until a couple of weeks ago. The District 6-2A champions lead the local 2A contingent with a No. 8 seed. RHS will host No. 28 Fisher at 5 p.m. Thursday. Oak Grove (22-6) is the top-seeded 2A team.
“Winning a district title was great, especially for our seniors who got to see how their hard work the last two years has paid off,” Hall said. “It’s great to be able to host a playoff game. We played Fisher about six weeks ago and won 6-1, so we know what to expect.”
District 7-2A champion Doyle (23-6) is seeded 11th and will play league rival Runnels (16-11), seeded 22nd at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Episcopal (16-12) is 18th and No. 20 Dunham (16-15) both play on the road.
St. John-Plaquemine (22-5) grabbed the No. 4 seed in 1A and hosts St. Martin’s at 5 p.m. Thursday to top the list of 1A teams. Ouachita Christian is seeded first in 1A.
In Class B, No. 17 Holden (14-15) travels to play No. 16 Maurepas, a District 8-B and Livingston Parish rival, at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Two-time defending champion Family Christian (14-9) is seeded sixth in Class C and will host Ebarb. Monterey (18-3) is the top seed in Class B, while Northside Christian (20-5) grabbed the top spot in Class C.