Much of the state was concerned with the football-related appeal involving Class 5A Parkway High. However, Crescent City Christian also figured prominently in Wednesday’s appeals to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association executive committee.
Bossier City-based Parkway lost its appeal on the status of an ineligible player and is now set to forfeit a season-ending five games, though legal action could alter plans.
Meanwhile, it was a split decision for Class 1A Crescent City, which had sanctions against a player overturned and those against its head coach, Eros Sanchez, upheld. All appeals were in a closed session that the media was not allowed to attend.
Crescent City normally would not have to forfeit its win over Ecole Classique or pay a $400 fine for the games the player participated in. The $400 fine was lifted, but sanctions against Sanchez still require the school to forfeit its lone win over Ecole. Crescent City (0-8) plays Ridgewood Prep in its season finale this week.
Crescent City Principal Bob Brian said that the committee noted while Sanchez has a medical degree, he did not meet the education-related guidelines to be a head coach that are laid out in the LHSAA bylaws.
Under LHSAA guidelines, Sanchez will not be allowed to coach for one year from the date of the sanctions.
Crescent City was placed on administrative probation for one year. Brian said LHSAA interim executive director Jimmy Anderson will rule on a possible reduction of Crescent City’s $5,000 fine for having an illegal coach in the days ahead.
“It was unusual the amount of press coverage it (sanctions) received yesterday and the amount of the fine by comparison with similar sets of circumstances with others in the recent past,” Brian said. “We don’t have any opinion about why that may be. With a set of rules you can’t easily interpret without knowing where all the secret hatches are it’s very difficult.
“We really don’t understand the reasoning. The rule says a masters or an applicable degree. Coach Sanchez has a medical degree.”
All appeals were conducted in executive session.
Parkway, last year’s 5A runner-up, sees it record go from 7-2 to 2-7 with the forfeits. Because PHS is forfeiting more than a one-third of its games, the team won’t be eligible for the playoffs, even if its power ranking puts the school in the qualifying range based on LHSAA rules.
Parkway was sixth in the LHSAA’s most recent power rankings released on Tuesday. Those power rankings will be adjusted to reflect the forfeits and will change the ranking positions for a number of teams.
Parkway football coach David Feaster declined comment on whether an injunction or other legal action would be taken, saying it is “above my pay grade.”
However, The (Shreveport) Times is reporting the Bossier Parish School Board has plans to discuss the Parkway sanctions at its regularly-scheduled 6 p.m. Thursday meeting.