A ruling by LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine leaves the East Baton Rouge Parish Kickoff Classic jamboree with one less football team Friday night. And it leaves Mentorship Academy with a much bigger issue.
When Mentorship joined the LHSAA, it was two schools operating under one roof and only one of those schools was granted membership. Officials at Mentorship opted to close the school with LHSAA membership and combine enrollments for 2015-16.
Bonine ruled that the school closure left Mentorship without a valid LHSAA membership. The ruling was made Thursday afternoon, the day after the Mentorship volleyball team played in the McKinley Jamboree.
The school will have the opportunity to regain membership through a special executive committee vote next week, Bonine said.
“We’re going to do everything we can to help them (Mentorship) through the process,” Bonine said.
The Sharks are scheduled to compete in District 6-2A this season and are supposed to open the football regular season at Class 5A Central next week.
On Thursday, EBR Athletics Coordinator Armond Brown said the LHSAA informed him that Mentorship could not participate in Friday’s EBR Classic at Broadmoor. Mentorship was scheduled to play Broadmoor in the third game. Brown said Broadmoor and two other teams, McKinley and East Feliciana, will likely play a round-robin format. Belaire and Madison Prep will still meet in the first game at 6:30 p.m.