Given the friction between select and nonselect schools, one proposal that didn’t pass on the final day of the LHSAA’s annual convention was a bit of a surprise.
Catholic-New Iberia Principal Ray Simon’s proposal to give Executive Director Eddie Bonine the power to deem programs elite and require them to play up in class in specific sports, with approval from the executive committee, failed by a 160-110 margin.
LHSAA President Vic Bonnaffee said he was disappointed to see the measure seen as one way to limit recruiting and undue influence.
Other highlights included:
Approval for the LHSAA to hire a fourth assistant executive director.
Pay raises approved for officials in six sports that are locked in four years. Officials for baseball, basketball, football, softball, volleyball and wrestling received the raises.
A proposal that offers a different twist on the spring football practice. It gives teams unable to practice during the spring dates because of spring sports to add five days to fall practice.
An increase in fines for recruiting violations from $2,500 to $5,000 and for sportsmanship/unwholesome competition from $1,000 to $2,500. Schools found to exceed the games played limits can be fined up to $2,500.
A proposal requiring all new principals and athletic directors to successfully complete a handbook certification course during their first three months on the job.
In swimming, the average of the 24th-place time at the previous state meet in all four divisions will be used to develop individual qualifying times each year.
A golden double
Donaldsonville received two golden footballs from the NFL to commemorate the 50th Super Bowl this week.
Former DHS and LSU standouts Howard and Jarvis Green were the players recognized. Howard Green played in a Super Bowl for the Green Bay Packers, while Jarvis Green played in multiple Super Bowls for the New England Patriots.
Former Redemptorist and McNeese State basketball and softball standout Ann Roubique picked up her 600th coaching win in girls basketball on Jan. 8.
Roubique, who coaches at Houston’s Cypress-Fairbanks High School, was honored as the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Coach of the Year and the Texas Girls Association Coach of the Year before Friday’s game against Langham Creek.
She has won nine district championships, made 10 regional tournament appearances, four Final Four appearances and won two state titles.
Roubique has sent 15 players to the Division I ranks and has three former players who were No. 1 draft picks in the WNBA.
Denham Springs Hall of Fame
Nominations are being sought for the sixth class of the Denham Springs High School/Sport-N-Center Athletic Hall of Fame.
Guidelines for nominations can be found on the school’s website at www.denhamspringshs.org or can be picked up at the school office. Nominations will be accepted between Feb. 1 and March 31.
Contact Jim Spring at (225) 588-0366 for additional information.
A Diamond selection
Sixth-grader Jalon Williams of St. Louis King of France is set to compete in the Diamond Combine All-American football game set for May 27-30 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Williams, who plays for Our Lady of Mercy, is an offensive guard/defensive tackle. A series of games will showcase fourth through eighth-graders.
Compiled by Robin Fambrough