The parents of seven Livonia High School senior baseball players and the parent of the freshman player ruled ineligible are seeking a temporary restraining order that would put the school back in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association baseball playoffs, according to a press release obtained Monday by The Advocate.
The LHSAA is scheduled to release its baseball playoff pairings for Class 4A to Class C on Tuesday. According to the release, the case will be heard in Iberville Parish on Tuesday morning.
Last week, the LHSAA ruled the freshman student ineligible based on its transfer rules. The press release came via Pointe Coupee Parish School Board member James Cline, who said the school system is not involved in the lawsuit.
Livonia was ordered to forfeit 18 baseball games and seven football games that the freshman played in. The football sanctions included returning the Class 3A runner-up trophy the school won in football and gate receipts from playoff games.
Before the forfeits, the Livonia baseball team was 22-4 and was 10th in the LHSAA’s unofficial power rankings for Class 3A.
“There are four attorneys involved in this, and they all have ties to the Livonia community,” Cline said. “They may also file in Baton Rouge (on Tuesday), from what I understand. The thing that hurts me most is we try to get everything right. We don’t want the school to get a bad rap.”
Baton Rouge attorney Robert M. Marionneaux Jr. is taking a lead role in the case, Cline added.
Cline also noted that the Louisiana House of Representatives passed a resolution Monday requesting that the LHSAA reverse its ruling and the sanctions for both football and baseball.
House Resolution 105 by Rep. Major Thibaut, D-New Roads, stated that the LHSAA ruling has had a “negative impact on dozens of student athletes and their families and on the community as a whole, and penalizing the school’s athletic program in such a drastic way is unwarranted.”
Before serving in the legislature, Thibaut was a member of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board.