Select school meeting set at Parkview Baptist

Parkview Baptist will be the site of a Tuesday meeting for select school coaches and administrators who want to discuss the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s recent vote to split its football playoffs into separate divisions for nonselect and select schools.

PBS Principal Don Green confirmed the meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, and it will not be open to the public or the media. Green also said his understanding is Tuesday’s meeting is one of several scheduled around the state for select schools.

“This meeting is strictly for information purposes,” Green said. “The idea is to get the schools that are select the chance to talk, digest what has happened and discuss some things. This is not some kind of revolt.

“I wouldn’t expect any sort of plan to come out of this. It’s a chance to share our thoughts and ideas. There’s a lot to consider. This involves more than just private schools. You’ve got a number of public schools that are also considered select.”

Last Friday, LHSAA member principals broke with more than 90 years of tradition by voting to approve separate football playoffs by a 206-119 margin starting this fall. Schools will compete in the same districts before branching off into separate playoffs. It will mark the first time in the organization’s history that schools will be separated for championship honors by something other than school enrollment figures.

The proposal approved last week sets the stage for five enrollment-based football classes for nonselect, or traditional public schools, with attendance zones.

There will be two playoff divisions for select schools of all enrollment sizes. Between 120 and 140 of the LHSAA’s 389-member schools will be designated as select, including private, charter, magnet, laboratory and dual-curriculum schools. The select total could make up as much as 30 percent of the LHSAA’s total membership. The LHSAA has 291 football schools.

Istrouma changes

Istrouma Principal Robert Webb said his school will retain Justin Joseph as its head football coach but will have a new group of faculty-based assistant coaches for the fall.

Webb said the move will allow the school to have more coaches who are part of the school. Last fall, Joseph was the only faculty football coach on staff.

Former Dutchtown High and Southern University football player Jamie Payton is among the nonfaculty coaches who won’t be retained. The group of young coaches released included offensive coordinator David Maryland Jr., along with William Seals, Jeremy Bryant, Brett Robinson, Kennie Sibley, Kendell Sibley and Donovan Maryland.

“We feel like this is what is best for our school and the team,” Webb said. “We need to have teachers and coaches who are there all day interacting with the students. And we’re fortunate enough to have six teachers on staff who are willing to do that.”

Istrouma finished 3-7 last fall, better than its 1-19 record from the two previous seasons. The Indians are scheduled to have 17 returning starters this fall.

Hall of Fame nominations

Nominations for the Denham Springs High Athletic Hall of Fame can be submitted from Feb. 1 to March 29.

A total of 29 former athletes, coaches and supporters were inducted into the DSHS honor group in just two years. Any person with an interest in Denham Springs athletics can submit a nomination, but cannot nominate themselves.

Copies of the guidelines for nomination can be found at http://www.denhamhs.lpsb.org or in the school office. All nominations must include documentation of accomplishments in athletics, academics and civic endeavors.

Nominations will not be accepted by email or fax. Because an 8x10 photograph of the nominee is required, all nominations must be hand-delivered or mailed to Denham Springs High School, Attention: Athletic Director (HOF), 1000 N. Range Ave., Denham Springs, LA 70726.

All nominations must be postmarked by March 29. Contact Jim Spring at (225) 588-0366 for details.

Coaches sought

St. James High seeks teachers/coaches with multiple certification areas to fill a variety of coaching positions in football, softball, track and volleyball for the 2013-14 school year.

Send résumés to Athletic Director Dwain Jenkins by email at djenkins@stjames.k12.la.us.

Teams needed

Catholic-Pointe Coupee seeks high school softball teams for its CHSPC tournament set for March 1-2 in New Roads.

Contact Catholic-PC coach Lauren Doucet by sending email to lcastle@catholicpc.com or by calling the school at (225) 638-8572.

Lowe’s milestone

Walker High senior Mi’ca Lowe scored her 1,000th career point in a recent District 4-5A victory.

Lowe also scored a game-high 24 points in the Wildcats’ loss Friday to 4-5A rival Scotlandville.

Prep notables

Covington High is naming its gymnasium in honor for former coach, educator and civic leader Hubert “Hubie” S. Gallagher during a ceremony set for 2 p.m. Saturday. A reception is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Gallagher coached at Covington from 1939-63 and compiled a record of 156-126-2 as a football coach and 626-291 mark as a boys basketball coach. Gallagher’s teams won Class 2A state titles in 1946 and 1960.

Former players, friends and family are invited to attend. Contact Darryl Graham at darryl.graham@stpsb.org for details.