LHSAA convention activities resume for Thursday, Friday

Weather-related road conditions have forced the cancellation nearly all of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s convention events set for Wednesday at the Crowne Plaza.

Events scheduled for Thursday and Friday, including Thursday’s class meetings and Friday’s general assembly vote, are planned to go on as scheduled.

Executive Director Kenny Henderson said members of the LHSAA executive committee who have made it to Baton Rouge will meet unofficially on Wednesday afternoon to review reports, but said no action will be taken.

“We’re not even sure how many people will get here,” Henderson said.

Also, the LHSAA postponed its Louisiana High School Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The event, originally scheduled for Wednesday, will now be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Crowne Plaza.

Former St. Amant High softball star Leah Heintze and football coach Larry Dauterive lead a group of eight set to be inducted.

Heintze compiled a 99-7-7 record while pitching the Gators to four straight Class 5A state titles. She was Louisiana’s Miss Softball and compiled 931 career strikeouts. Dauterive, who coached locally at East Ascension and more recently at Opelousas and East St. John, had a career record of 228-85-1.

Welsh’s Dutton Wall (274-160-2), Vidalia’s Dalton “Dee” Faircloth (249-187-6) and Woodlawn-Shreveport’s A.L. Williams are other football coaches being inducted. Williams coached two NFL quarterbacks, Terry Bradshaw and Joe Ferguson, at Woodlawn.

Girls basketball coach Danny Miller of Jennings (854 career wins), Buckeye coach-administrator C.G. “Corky” Yates and James R. Boyett, who officiated baseball and basketball for 38 years, are the other inductees.