The Louisiana High School Athletic Association is preparing for an emergency telephone appeal of baseball and football sanctions issued to Livonia High on Wednesday.
Though the official notification of the sanctions won’t be released to the media until Thursday, LHSAA Executive Director Kenny Henderson confirmed that Livonia had self-reported an eligibility issue regarding a ninth-grade student who participated in both sports.
Henderson said an investigation conducted by the LHSAA found the student to be ineligible and the school is appealing the ruling that will require the Wildcats to forfeit the majority of their baseball games and some football games.
Henderson said the appeal is tentatively set for Friday morning.
“I want to point out that this was self-reported,” Henderson said. “And the appeal needs to be held before the baseball playoff brackets are released.”
Livonia was 10th in the LHSAA’s unofficial power baseball ratings for Class 3A that were released Tuesday. At the time, the Wildcats were listed with a 22-4 record.
LHS Athletic Director-football coach Guy Mistretta said he has been told the school has been asked to forfeit 18 baseball games and as many as eight football games.
“All of this has come up in the last few days,” said Mistretta, who was hired last month. “We were informed by another school of the possibility that the student was ineligible, and we did our own investigation first. We the LHSAA first looked at it, they said it was OK.
“The student moved about five miles from one parish to this parish and lives about a mile from the school. The rule in question is an obscure one. I don’t think this is something any missed or overlooked. It just happened.”
Livonia finished as the nonselect Class 3A runner-up in football last fall under David Brewerton, who was hired as the Zachary High football coach earlier this spring.