Principals adopt new 5A baseball playoff plan

Principals in Class 5A approved a best-of-three games baseball series for its regional and quarterfinal playoff rounds during an individual class meeting Thursday afternoon during the LHSAA’s annual convention at the Crowne Plaza.

The proposal passed by a 20-11 margin. It was proposed by a group of principals led by Denham Springs High’s Kelly Jones and will go into effect in 2014.

“This is something that the baseball coaches association brought to me,” Jones said. “It was considered for all classes a few years ago and voted down, but they (coaches) feel like it works for 5A.”

Once 5A teams complete the best-of-three games series for baseball in the regional rounds winners would advance to a single-elimination, four-team tournament. That would revamp the current 5A tournament that features eight teams and would allow the LHSAA to combine 5A with other classifications for state tourneys.

Guice, Douglas elected

Ouachita Principal Todd Guice was elected as the next LHSAA president by the executive committee during its late afternoon meeting. Church Point’s Lee Bellard also was nominated.

Terrebonne’s Graham Douglas was voted as the new vice president. Ecole Classique’s David Federico, the current vice president, also was nominated.

Several executive committee members were also selected during individual class meetings.

Guice was re-elected as the 5A executive committee representative for districts 1-4.

Other committee members re-elected were Carl Langley of Hackberry (Class C, districts 5-9), Hathaway’s Mona Miller (Class B, districts 5-9) Central Catholic’s Mona Miller (1A, districts 6-10), Pickering’s Hub Jordan (2A, districts 1-5) and Brusly’s Walt Lemoine (3A, districts 6-10).

West Ouachita’s Mickey Merritt was elected as a new representative for 4A districts 1-5.

Kozminski winner

Teurlings Catholic Principal Mike Boyer received the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Casey Kozminski award given to a coach, administrator or event/sports contributor whose efforts promote high school sports coverage by the Louisiana media.

Boyer was recognized for his work as a principal, his work with the LHSAA committees and as a meet announcer for the LHSAA’s indoor and outdoor track.

LHSAA awards

The LHSAA presented its Distinguished Service, Golden Torch and Prep Journalism awards.

LSU offensive lineman Josh Dworaczyk received the Golden Torch award given to a former LHSAA athlete who has had key contributions on and off the field. Dworaczyk competed in football and track at Catholic-New Iberia.

Marcus Carmouche of Nola Media Group/Times-Picayune was the Prep Journalism winner. Carmourche played football at Carencro High and LSU.

Former Tioga High coach Kathy Holloway, Lafayette Parish Athletic Director James Simmons and Tulane’s athletic department, which hosts the LHSAA’s Class 5A baseball tournament, received Distinguished Service Awards.

Stafford’s finale

Parliamentarian James Stafford informed the executive committee this will be his last convention at Thursday’s meeting.

Stafford told the group he attended his first LHSAA convention in 1966 as principal at Franklinton High and became the parliamentarian a year later.