LHSAA penalizes Dutchtown, Parkview, Christian Life

Dutchtown was one of three local schools cited in penalty rulings issued by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association on Tuesday.

The Griffins (bowling team) were the only one of the three schools fined. Parkview Baptist and Christian Life were cited for violations of the independent team rule in boys basketball, a violation that does not include a fine.

All three schools self-reported the violations.

Dutchtown Athletic Director Benny Saia said one of the Griffins’ bowlers previously bowled in a league in which he won money, making him ineligible for high school competition.

“We turned ourselves in, and we’ll have to forfeit one match,” Saia said.

The bowler was suspended for the remainder of the 2014 season. The amount of the fine was not specified, but won’t exceed $500.

This is the first year Dutchtown has offered bowling as a varsity sport.

PBS and Christian Life were each cited for having a player who played for a team other than their high school team during the prep season.

Christian Life coach Stephen Dale said one of his players and a PBS player agreed to play in a YMCA game a few weeks ago when one of the YMCA teams was short two players before its Saturday game.

Dale said he called PBS coach Don Green afterwards and both schools reported the violations Feb. 28.

“That’s a lesson learned,” Dale said. “This is not a rule I’ve gone over with my kids before, but you bet I will now. Both my player and the kid from Parkview were just hanging out watching the games and had no intention of playing.

“In their minds, what they were doing was nothing more than a glorified pick-up game. That’s a little different than what happened with kids who participated in the John Lucas Showcase at the NBA All-Star game. That was for recruiting purposes, this wasn’t. But a rule is a rule.”

Both the PBS and CLA players are ineligible for the remainder of the season. A third local school, University High, received similar sanctions in boys basketball last week.

The University player did participate in the all-star showcase.