Eddie Bonine, LHSAA executive director

Eddie Bonine, LHSAA executive director

Eddie Bonine, executive director of the LHSAA, is looking forward to the Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Prep Classic becoming a one-weekend affair again.

The nine state championship games will be Thursday-Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome after being played over two separate weekends for select and nonselect schools last season.

"We listened to the coaches, and we think that's what not only the coaches wanted but it worked out well with the event venue," Bonine said. "This week entails a busy time for us. Our staff is at the dome getting set up, and the practices start on Wednesday."

Bonine spoke at the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Quarterback Club on Monday.

He also addressed the schedule and how the LHSAA determined which games to play at what times.

"We've established a rotation," Bonine said. "We took into consideration the travel time and the matchups. We hit a home run with the matchups and the schools that made it to the Superdome."

Bonine also informed the audience about the LHSAA possibly reclassifying schools every four years instead of the current two-year cycle.

"We have the same 25 or 30 schools on the bubble and we reshuffle the whole deck," Bonine said. "If we did it every four years, it gives us an opportunity for schools to lock in contracts longer than a two-year period and addresses rivalries and gives us an opportunity to have some competitive balance in the four-year period."

The proposal would have to be approved by principals at the LHSAA convention in January.

Holy Cross wrestling wins tournament

The Holy Cross wrestling team won the fifth annual Border Wars Wrestling tournament hosted by South Walton High School in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

Jesuit and St. Paul's also competed in the meet.

Holy Cross scored 641.5 points to win the title.

St. Paul's finished second with 604 points and Jesuit was fifth with 439.5 points.

CYO All-tournament team

St. Paul’s forward Devonte Allen was named Most Valuable Player of the 64th annual CYO Boys Basketball Tournament for the second time in three years after leading the Wolves to their second tournament title in three years.

Joining Allen on the six-player team were teammate Parker Edwards, De La Salle point guard Abiram Frye, De La Salle forward Jalen Henry, Hahnville guard Glen Grover Jr. and Slidell forward/center Kolby Warren.

Butler named tourney MVP

Riverside guard Jared Butler, an Alabama signee, was named MVP of the Sophie B. Wright Tournament of Champions after leading the Rebels to a four-game run to the tournament championship.

Joining Butler on the all-tournament team were four other guards: Riverside’s Kash Foley; St. Thomas More’s Johnathan Cisse, Crescent City Christian’s Devante Harris and Country Day’s Khalib Jenkins.

Rod Walker and Mike Strom contributed to this report.