LHSAA to investigate eligibility of Salmen player

Apparently, the controversy surrounding Friday’s Class 4A girls basketball semifinal between St. Michael the Archangel and Salmen High isn’t over yet.

Louisiana High School Athletic Association Executive Director Kenny Henderson confirmed that his office received a request to investigate the eligibility of a Salmen player Monday morning.

“We did get a letter asking us to investigate the eligibility of a player for Salmen,” Henderson said. “I’m on my way to Monroe for a media luncheon. Hopefully, the information on this will be on my desk when I get back, and we’ll issue a ruling early tomorrow (Tuesday).”

Salmen is scheduled to play St. Thomas More for the Class 4A girls state championship at 6 p.m. Friday.

Sixth-seeded Salmen took a 63-34 win over No. 2 St. Michael on Friday in Hammond in a game that followed an LHSAA ruling and two days of courtroom proceedings.

Third-seeded Vandebilt Catholic, the team that beat Salmen in the quarterfinals on Feb. 25, was removed from the playoffs on Feb. 27 when an LHSAA investigation led to a VCHS player being ruled ineligible.

Henderson put Salmen back into the playoffs in place of VCHS, but the parents of the Vandebilt player ruled ineligible obtained a temporary restraining order in state district court in Houma on Thursday, which put the Terriers back in the playoffs.

All three teams practiced before the scheduled game at SLU’s University Center. The LHSAA won its appeal in Baton Rouge’s First Circuit Court of Appeal late Friday afternoon, less than 30 minutes before the game was scheduled to begin. Salmen and St. Michael went on to play approximately an hour later.