LHSAA classfication meeting set for Wednesday

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND -- Jesuit's Neal Fitzpatrick takes first place in the boys varsity cross country race at Highland Road Park with a time of 14 minutes, 59 seconds on Saturday. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND -- Jesuit's Neal Fitzpatrick takes first place in the boys varsity cross country race at Highland Road Park with a time of 14 minutes, 59 seconds on Saturday.

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association continues its classification process for 2013-14 and 2014-15 with a meeting set for 1 p.m. Wednesday at the LHSAA office.

It will be the second meeting in as many days for LHSAA Executive Director Kenny Henderson, who met with north Louisiana-based principals on Tuesday in Winnfield to discuss districting for the next two years.

The LHSAA started the classification process two weeks ago by announcing which enrollment-based classifications schools fell into, which schools were opting to play one class above their enrollment-based class and by releasing its first districting plan.

Member principals were allowed to voice their approval/disapproval of the LHSAA’s preliminary plan one. South Louisiana principals will be able to discuss district plans on Wednesday in 20-minute segments that begin at 1 p.m. with Class C. In addition to discussing the seven basic LHSAA classes, time will also be set aside to discuss Division I-V volleyball.

Basketball tourneys start

Several basketball tournaments also begin on Wednesday in the Baton Rouge area.

Of particular note are three boys tourneys:the Brusly Tournament, St. Amant’s Ralph Sellers Gold Dome Classic and Zachary’s John Herty Jr. Memorial Tournament — along with the Herty and St. Michael/Episcopal Tournament for girls.

Defending Class 5A state champion Scotlandville, defending 1A champion Christian Life, Ouachita and Ruston are among the teams to watch in the boys division of the Herty tourney at ZHS. Christian Life meets Ruston at 7:15 p.m., while Scotlandville plays Istrouma at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Last year’s Class 3A runner-up, Albany, plays West Feliciana at 5:30 p.m. to open play in the girls division of the ZHS tourney.

Meanwhile, at Brusly, Class B power Madison Prep meets Assumption at 5:30 p.m., with host Brusly vs. East Iberville at 7 p.m. and Southern Lab vs. White Castle at 8:30 p.m. to follow.

The 12-team Sellers Gold Dome tourney features four Wednesday games. Host SAHS plays Grace King at 7 p.m. Also of note are Parkview Baptist vs. East Ascension at 4 p.m. and The Dunham School vs. Woodlawn at 8:30 p.m.

The 16-team St. Michael/Episcopal tourney has a round-robin format and features several schools from north Louisiana, including Loyola Prep-Shreveport, Benton, Pineville, Ouachita, Airline, Byrd-Shreveport and West Ouachita.

Cross country polls

The Episcopal boys were the only Baton Rouge team to claim a top spot, while Dominican and Sacred Heart girls were New Orleans teams that garnered No. 1 rankings in the final Louisiana Track & Field Coaches Association cross country polls.

Dominican topped both the composite/all classes and large schools girls polls. Sacred Heart was ranked No. 1 in the final small schools (Classes 3A and below) girls polls.

West Monroe grabbed the top spot in the boys composite and large schools polls. Episcopal topped the boys small schools poll.

Shows set to coach

West Monroe High head football coach Don Shows was released from a Monroe area hospital Monday and is scheduled to coach the Rebels’ semifinal at Barbe High-Lake Charles on Friday night.

Shows suffered a concussion when he was hit on the sideline during the fourth quarter of WMHS’ 34-14 quarterfinal win over Airline High on Friday.

He spent part of the weekend in the intensive care unit of a Monroe hospital and told The (Monroe) News-Star he hoped to return to practice as early as Tuesday.

Kentwood-OCS precedent

This week’s Class 1A semifinal between Kentwood High and Ouachita Christian illustrates an LHSAA playoff rule change for 2012.

Previously, the team that traveled most recently in the playoffs earned the right to host the next playoff game. The new rule states that when all factors are equal, the team with higher seed gets to host the next round.

Kentwood beat Basile 47-14 on the road in the quarterfinals, while OCS claimed a 44-8 win over Southern Lab at home. But because both teams played on the road once through three rounds of the playoffs, top-seeded Ouachita Christian got the right to host over No. 5 Kentwood.

“This is the first year for the rule, and it just so happens it impacts our game,” Kentwood coach David Currier said.