Like it or not, Tuesday was moving day for the LHSAA.
Continuing winter storms and storm warnings for the northern part of the state forced LHSAA officials to move Wednesday morning’s scheduled classification meeting back to 1 p.m. Thursday at the LHSAA office.
The winter weather conditions also forced one area school to push its regional-round girls basketball playoff game back to Thursday — the day when quarterfinal games were originally supposed to be played.
“We polled our schools and found out that a significant number of them have some serious issues,” LHSAA President Vic Bonnaffee of Central Catholic said. “I believe that northern corridor makes up about 30 percent of our schools, and those folks need to be at the meeting. That’s their right.
“The forecast calls for cold temperatures and freezing rain into tomorrow morning. It’s a safety issue, just like it is for some of the teams who still have regional playoff games to play. We’ve had to adjust.”
Northeast High, the 20th seed in Class 2A, was finally able to reschedule its Class 2A regional game at home with No. 29 Lakeview at 6 p.m. Wednesday. NHS coach Johnny Felder learned that teams playing their regional games on Wednesday or Thursday will play quarterfinals on Saturday — three days before the start of the Allstate Sugar Bowl/Girls LHSAA Top 28 tourney in Lake Charles.
“It’s tough because Lakeview hasn’t been able to travel,” Felder said. “I don’t think anybody wants to play Saturday, but that’s the only option we have under the circumstances.”
Eighth-seeded Doyle of 2A had to postpone its game again and will now play its regional game against No. 9 Red River at 6 p.m. Thursday.
“They (Red River) have a travel ban because of the weather,” Doyle principal Tommy Hodges said, “They won’t have school tomorrow, so we’ll play on Thursday.”
Coach Korey Arnold of second-seeded Walker in Class 5A was counting his blessings on Tuesday. Both the Wildcats and seventh-seeded Natchitoches Central won their regional games on Monday. The teams are scheduled to play their quarterfinal at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at NCHS.
“I think we did dodge a bullet,” Arnold said. “It’s good to have two days to prepare and be on a regular schedule.”
Bonnaffee said member schools that have filed appeals will get to speak during the classification meeting. There also will be a debate on the second classification plan released by the LHSAA website.
The 1 p.m. Thursday meeting will allow specific time periods for schools in each class to discuss the districting plans.
“I think Jimmy (Anderson, interim executive director) and LHSAA looked at some things and moved schools to different districts based on travel. Obviously, you won’t make everybody happy, but there are things schools want to bring up, which is why we have these meetings,” he said.
The meeting is the second of three classification meetings. The third meeting is set for March 18.
There are two key changes for some Baton Rouge schools in the second plan.
Broadmoor was moved from District 4-5A to 5-5A. Brusly was pulled from its current 3A district and put in a new league that includes Lutcher, St. James, E.D. White Catholic and Donaldsonville.