Two notable appeals, one involving a football player and the other regarding a school, are expected to highlight Thursday’s LHSAA executive committee meeting.
One of five athlete-eligibility appeals involves quarterback Marquise Darensbourg, who transferred from Destrehan High School to District 7-5A rival East St. John in February and was later ruled ineligible by the LHSAA.
East St. John is appealing the LHSAA decision during the executive committee meeting that starts at 9 a.m. at the LHSAA office.
The school-related appeal involves the membership status of Baton Rouge’s Mentorship Academy.
Last week, LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine ruled that Mentorship no longer had a valid LHSAA membership based on a recent school consolidation.
“We have five appeals involving athletes and one of those is high profile,” Bonine said. “I know there is a lot of interest in that one. Mentorship stopped by our office and picked up all the information they need to make their appeal.
“I’m not sure what will happen in either one of those cases. That’s up to the committee to decide, so we’ll see.”
Darensbourg started 13 of 14 games for Class 5A runner-up Destrehan last fall as a sophomore and passed for 1,396 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also rushed for 595 yards and seven more TDs.
Mentorship’s membership issues came to light late last week when Bonine ruled the school did not have a valid membership.
Mentorship was originally two schools housed under one roof. LHSAA membership was sought for only one of the two schools in 2013.
Last spring, school officials opted to merge the Mentorship schools together for 2015-16, eliminating the school that was granted LHSAA membership.
After playing a nondistrict football schedule for two seasons, Mentorship is scheduled to be part of District 6-2A this fall. The Sharks’ scheduled season opener against 5A Central has been moved back to Friday, pending the executive committee decision.
Bonine said the rest of the regularly scheduled executive committee meeting will consist of reports and general business topics. He said there will be an executive session to discuss legal matters.
“I’m going to have a report that includes a lot of information and some observations,” Bonine said. “I’m now 180 days into the job and have gotten to see and be involved in a lot of things.
“We’re going to discuss a few things regarding the officials and talk about some staff changes. I’m also going to report on some of the groups I’ve met with, along with some other items.”