Three Shreveport high schools face playoff bans in a variety of sports based on a partial ruling released by the LHSAA late Friday afternoon.
C.E. Byrd, Huntington and Southwood were all cited for violating an LHSAA rule that prohibits students from participating in more than one athletic physical education class per day.
The LHSAA Handbook rule 9.3 states that if a student or students are found to violate the rule the school is immediately ruled ineligible for state championship honors in the sport/sports the students participated in.
“A complete list of schools affected at each school has yet to be determined,” the LHSAA statement said.
Earlier in the day the Shreveport Times reported that most sports at Byrd, including football, and Southwood High’s girls basketball program could be among those facing a postseason ban. The Caddo Parish schools are expected to appeal the sanctions.
Byrd was rated fourth in the most recent LHSAA Class 5A power rankings for football and was the Division I select runner-up in 2013. Southwood is a traditional power in 5A girls basketball. The schools are expected to appeal the rulings.
The Shreveport Times story said the violation stems from Caddo Parish’s move from a block schedule to one that includes seven class period. It quoted Caddo School Board officials who said they were notified about the violations.
Sanctions against Teurlings Catholic (football), Tioga (cross country), Episcopal School of Acadiana (cross country) and Catholic-New Iberia (football) also were released.
The Advocate previously published stories about CHSNI being forced to forfeit four games because of a reserve player who was scholastically ineligible because he was shy one course credit.
CHSNI was fined $400 for the violation. The sanctions ended the playoff hopes for the Panthers, who finished as the Division III select runner-up last year and was a semifinalist two years ago.
Teurlings Catholic was fined $100 because of a player who was scholastically ineligible but did not have to forfeit any games.
Tioga was fined $100 in cross country for a scholastic violation. Failure to have medical exam forms led to a $300 fine for ESA in cross country.