It looks like Wednesday morning will be a busy one for the Louisiana High School Athletic Association with hardship committee hearings and a separate meeting to appeal four rulings scheduled.
A subcommittee made up of members of LHSAA’s executive committee will serve as the hardship committee. Seven hardship appeals are scheduled to be heard in closed session starting at 9 a.m. at the LHSAA office.
Appeals of four other rulings, including one in which Bossier City’s Parkway High School was ordered to forfeit five football games last week, are scheduled to be heard in open session starting at 11:30 a.m.
Parkway is appealing a ruling that involves a student who moved from Shreveport to Bossier City, according to The Shreveport Times.
Crescent City Christian is scheduled to appeal two rulings released by the LHSAA on Tuesday. The school was cited for playing a football player who ruled ineligible based on the LHSAA’s transfer rules and for using an illegal coach for football.
The Metairie-based school was fined $400 for the violation involving the player and $5,000 for using a coach not sanctioned by the LHSAA.
The fourth appeal by Denham Springs involves a student-athlete whose sports season has not yet started.
“Appeals are all part of the process,” interim LHSAA Executive Director Jimmy Anderson said. “If they want to appeal a ruling I made, I have no qualms about that. They have a right to do that.
“I base my rulings on the (LHSAA) handbook. If the executive committee, in their wisdom, overturns a ruling I made because they don’t believe I interpreted the rule correctly, I have no problem with that either.”
Football power rankings
Class 4A Plaquemine (8-1) and Division II select University (9-0), are rated first in their respective class/division in the LHSAA’s final unofficial football power rankings released Tuesday.
Class 3A Livonia (8-0) israted second in Class 3A, just behind Church Point (9-0). The teams play Thursday night to decide the District 5-3A title.
U-High at No. 1 and St. Michael at No. 2 are the top two teams in Division II select.
In Class 5A, Zachary (8-1) is rated fourth. The next highest 5A nonselect/public school from Baton Rouge was East Ascension (5-4) at 16th. In 4A, Lutcher (5-4) is No. 17.
Northeast (7-1) is third in 2A, followed by East Feliciana (5-3) at No. 4 and Springfield (7-2) at No. 6. White Castle (7-2), at No. 7, is the area’s top 1A team.
In Division I, Catholic High (8-1) is rated fifth. Two BR teams are in the Division III select top 10 — No. 6 Episcopal and No. 10 Dunham. Hammond’s St. Thomas Aquinas is eighth.
Southern Lab (sixth) and Ascension Catholic (seventh) lead the local Division IV select group.