Now that the LHSAA has set June 8 for a special-called meeting, I’m hoping at least some of the emphasis will go back to the athletes competing in spring championship events.
But I wouldn’t count on it. Sen. Kirk Talbot’s House Bill 863 is supposed to be heard on the House floor this week. The bill that would prohibit schools receiving state funds from belonging to an organization that divides its championships along select/nonselect boundaries, meaning the LHSAA.
Two things stood out in the days following Tuesday’s announcement of the date for the special-called meeting for LHSAA principals to vote on a compromise plan for implementing the newest split championships plan passed in January.
The first is that coaches and others are now coming forward with their ideas for what the compromise should be.
Live Oak football coach-athletic director Brett Beard penned a passionate letter to schools seeking a compromise.
Beard is not a fan of the rural-metro plan that is part of the School Relations Committee’s compromise proposal that principals will vote on.
Instead, Beard prefers a plan that would add a Class 6A for football and use a 1.5 multiplier for the enrollment of select schools for purposes of classification. The Live Oak coach implored schools to “get better” in their programs to close the gap.
I suspect the list of people floating “alternate plans” will continue until June 8. It makes you wonder why it didn’t happen sooner.
Complaints about the meeting being held at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge instead of a more centralized location like Alexandria were the other things that stood out.
It is fair question, I suppose. But in 24 years of covering the LHSAA, I’ve never attended a special-called meeting that wasn’t held in either Baton Rouge or Lafayette. The 2011 meeting to vote on pay raises for officials held at Woodlawn High.
Just something else to debate, I suppose. Yep, just another week in the life of the LHSAA.
Another Smart choice
Scotlandville standout Ja’Vonte Smart was named to the five-player CBS/MaxPreps Sophomore All-American first team.
Romeo Langford of New Albany, Indiana, was selected as the National Sophomore of the Year.
Christian Life track athlete Kiera Mill and East Iberville girls basketball Kenyetta Jackson are the most recent local signees.
Mill signed with Louisiana-Lafayette. Jackson signed with Delgado Community College.
Eight more athletes will sign this week. Central pitcher/outfielder Dayton Guercio is scheduled to sign with Baton Rouge Community College.
Seven Episcopal athletes are set to sign in a variety of sports at 1 p.m. Friday. The list includes football player Kydris Washington (Centre College), football player William D’Armond (Samford), track athlete Parish Kitto (Tulane), baseball player Christopher Beckman Jr. (Nicholls State), wrestler Ellis Herring (to be announced) and swimmer Mckenzie Dorris (Rhodes).
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