LAKE CHARLES — Winning a state title and making some kind of mark at one of the LHSAA Top 28 tournaments is something we typically think about players doing.
Local official Jean Credit made some history when she was part of three-member crew that called the Florien-Stanley Class B semifinal game on Wednesday.
A former all-state player at Redemptorist, Credit played in the LHSAA tournament for the Wolves in the mid-1990s. At the time it was known as the Sweet 16 tourney and was played in Alexandria at the Rapides Parish Coliseum.
Credit went on to play at Southeastern Louisiana University and had a brief coaching stint at Istrouma before settling into a private sector job.
Anthony Hall and John Fielding completed the all-Baton Rouge crew that called the Florien-Stanley game.
Albany-Evangel game under investigation
Assistant Executive Director Keith Alexander confirmed that the LHSAA is investigating the altercation that led to a forfeit in the Albany at Evangel Christian Class 3A boys basketball game played Tuesday at ECA.
“We’re in the process of getting copies of videos and reports from both schools,” Alexander said. “This is something we take very seriously.”
The altercation involved spectators and five Albany players were ejected for leaving the bench area with 3:24 remaining, according to reports by The Shreveport Times.
Albany was given the option to finish the game with its five remaining players, but declined. Evangel was ahead by 12 points when the game was stopped and plays at John Curtis in Friday’s quarterfinal round.
Alexander is currently in Lake Charles for the Girls Top 28 tournament and said no time table has been set for handling the investigation.
Southern Lab gets its man
Southern Lab’s hiring of former LSU and Glen Oaks quarterback Marcus Randall for its head football job was easy to peg.
Randall, most recently the offensive coordinator for his brother, Eric Randall, at Scotlandville High, said he was waiting for the right opportunity. With a number of top players returning for last year’s team that finished as the Division IV select runner-up, Southern Lab is a great situation indeed.
Randall was rumored to be the favorite days after former SLHS coach Nick Mitchell resigned. However, a list of impressive finalists also included Central assistant Ken Hilton and Episcopal assistant Jimmy Williams. The school interviewed a total of 12 candidates, including Redemptorist’s Terence Williams.
There will certainly be pressure on Randall. Older brother Eric coached an SLHS team led by future LSU and NFL player Marcus Spears to the Class 1A title game.
Bonine gets comfortable
LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine is officially on the job for the first time this week and he’s wasted no time getting involved at the Girls Top 28 tourney.
Bonine has worked his way around the arena, meeting and greeting coaches, administrators, players and fans. He’s also getting a first-hand look at how the LHSAA staff runs a championship event.
Top 28 stuff
Wednesday’s five-game session attracted 5,260 fans. The fact that nearby Lacassine played in one of the Class B semifinals played a huge role in the attendance figures.
Lacassine’s presence should boost the numbers again on Friday. The tourney’s two-day attendance total at Burton Coliseum is 7,361.