Several New Orleans area teams are expected to earn high seeds when the LHSAA reveals the playoff brackets for girls basketball Monday.
Warren Easton is expected to be the No. 1 seed in Class 4A, which will likely be dominated by local teams.
Two-time defending Salmen is expected to be the No. 2 seed and Edna Karr will likely be the four seed.
In Class 5A, Destrehan, which reached the title game last season, will likely grab one of the top four spots.
West St. John could receive one of the top four spots in Class 1A as well.
The boys playoff brackets will be released Feb. 23.
Wrestling championships set
The LHSAA state wrestling championships will be Friday and Saturday at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner.
Defending state champions are Brother Martin (Division I), Teurlings Catholic (Division II) and Brusly (Division III).
Gonzales scores 1,000 point
Haynes Academy’s Haley Gonzales scored her 1,000th career point Tuesday.
She became just the third Haynes Academy player to reach that milestone.
Football rule change
In its ongoing effort to minimize the risk of injury in high school football, the National Federation of State High School Associations Football Rules Committee expanded the provisions of unnecessary roughness to include contact with a defenseless player.
The revision was made by the Football Rules Committee at its January 23-25 meeting in Indianapolis.
The revised rule now reads, “No player or non-player shall make any contact with an opponent, including a defenseless player, which is deemed unnecessary or excessive and which incites roughness.”
Bob Colgate, director of sports and sports medicine at the NFHS and editor of the NFHS football rules, said an example would be when a defensive player who is not in the vicinity of the ball is “blindsided” by a blocker on the offensive team.
Another change, with a focus on risk minimization, is a revision of the spearing rule. Spearing is now defined as “an act by any player who initiates contact against an opponent at the shoulders or below with the crown (top portion) of his helmet.”
With “targeting” now defined as contact to an opponent above the shoulders, the committee more clearly defined “spearing” as contact to an opponent at the shoulders or below.
Colgate said the implementation of the first spearing rule in 1971 has played a significant role in reducing injuries in high school football.