Two traditional powers, John Curtis and Evangel Christian, lost their bids to play in Friday’s Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Prep Classic football championships during last weekend’s semifinal round.

However, the two teams were not far from the thoughts of one coach who will be playing for a state title Friday, Archbishop Rummel’s Jay Roth, whose team beat Curtis in a Division I semifinal.

Roth’s comments are notable because the LHSAA’s executive committee is set to meet Tuesday and Wednesday to review various items, including the agenda for January’s annual convention.

The obvious hot-button topic will be proposals designed to address the LHSAA’s current split football championships for select and nonselect schools. An LHSAA-generated proposal to divide schools based on rural/metropolitan status is expected to be among them.

“Right now I think you’ve got to hand it to Curtis and Evangel,” Roth said. “They both did what they promised to do, which was play up to the highest classification.

“That was supposed to be a key part of bringing things back together. They held up their end of the bargain and now it’s time for other schools to do their part.”

The LHSAA meeting is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the LHSAA office and conclude with a session at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Rummel (11-1) plays Catholic High (9-3) in the select Division I final set for 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Back is back

Catholic coach Dale Weiner confirmed that running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire has been cleared to play in Friday’s title game. A concussion forced Edwards-Helaire to miss the second half of a quarterfinal win over Brother Martin and the entire semifinal victory over Evangel.

The junior is Catholic’s top offensive weapon. He has 2,355 all-purpose yards, including 1,249 rushing yards and 660 receiving yards.

Metro meeting Tuesday

Baton Rouge area volleyball coaches are scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Parkview Baptist to select All-Metro teams.

The meeting will be held in the Parkview cafeteria and coaches will split up into large schools and small schools groups to vote. Parkview coach Becky Madden reminds coaches to bring 15 copies of the information about the players they plan want considered. Contact Madden at (225) 291-2500 with any questions.

Softball umpires meeting

The Louisiana High School Officials Association’s Baton Rouge softball chapter will hold its first meeting to prepare for the spring season starting at 6 p.m. Sunday in conference room B at the Goodwood Library branch.

A second meeting is planned for the same time on Dec. 13. All returning umpires and anyone interested in becoming a high school softball umpire should plan to attend. Call assignment secretary Ray Johnson at (225) 610-4306 or President Jerry Toussaint at (225) 573-7624.

All-state nominations

Coaches should submit nominations for the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s all-state football teams by noon Sunday.

Players nominated must be first-team all-district selections. Coaches should include the player’s height, weight, classification, position and statistics for the regular season. Full season stats that include the playoffs should also be provided.

Nominations for the Baton Rouge area should be sent to Robin Fambrough by fax at (225) 388-0318 or emailed to

Coaches who have not yet submitted all-district teams, should do so by Thursday. Send to the same fax and email listed above.

Prep notable

Former St. Joseph’s Academy volleyball player Madison Daigle earned second-team All-Sun Belt honors for Texas State.

Daigle, a freshman, played middle blocker and led Texas State in hitting percentage at .311 that included a .347 percentage against conference opponents.