One of the things the Louisiana High School Athletic Association has done in recent weeks is provide data regarding its schools and different sports.
LHSAA Executive Director Kenny Henderson and his staff have compiled championship percentages for football and basketball and the numbers are revealing.
In football, since 1921, public schools have won 73 percent or 240 LHSAA titles. The percent of winners in the private school ranks has grown since 1990. The percentage of private school winners is 40 percent since 1990 and 48 percent since both 2000 and over the past five years.
Last fall, four private schools (Archbishop Rummel in 5A, Parkview Baptist in 3A, John Curtis in 2A and Ouachita Christian in 1A) won titles. Edna Karr, a charter school that is also part select school, won the 4A title.
The basketball numbers are different. Since 1961 when the LHSAA started its boys basketball tournaments, public schools have won 78 percent of the titles.
The percentages have been fairly consistent with public schools winning 75 percent of the titles since 1990, 70 percent since 2000 and 66 percent over the last five years.
Private schools St. Thomas More (4A), Riverside Academy (2A) and Metairie Park Country Day (1A), won three of seven titles earlier this month. Class 5A champion Scotlandville will be considered a select school next year based on figures submitted to the LHSAA.
Since the start of its girls basketball tournament in 1963, public schools have won 88 percent of titles. The figures show public schools have accounted for 83 percent of titles since 1990, 77 percent since 2000 and 66 percent over the last five years.
Class 2A St. Thomas Aquinas and 1A Vermilion Catholic were private schools that claimed state titles in Monroe.
Other agenda items
Several appeals are set for the afternoon portion of the meeting, including one by Bossier City’s Parkway High.
Parkway is appealing a 2013 football playoff ban levied by an LHSAA sportsmanship committee last fall.
The sportsmanship hearing followed a first-round playoff pregame incident in which Live Oak High football coach Barry “Tut” Musemeche was handcuffed but not arrested when his team did not leave the field at a time assigned by PHS Principal Nichole Bourgeois. The ban is the only portion of the sanctions being appealed.
Other schools with appeals are Hammond, Central Lafourche and Forest/Choudrant.
- Reports on the LHSAA’s most recent championships will be given. The committee will also be asked to approve the guidelines to seek playoff sites for basketball, soccer, tennis and baseball. Those bids will be awarded during the LHSAA’s summer meeting in June.
- The committee will be asked to approve an advertisement to hire a new assistant director and to approve a new parliamentarian.
Assistant director Rhonda Dreibelbis is set to leave the LHSAA after the 2012-13 school year. Former executive committee member Brian Lejeune is set to become the parliamentarian.