LHSAA To Split or To Come Back Together

The LHSAA executive committee was surprised with a motion made by Niles Riche of Assumption High School. The motion instructs Executive Director Eddie Bonine and his staff to develop at least two proposals to bring LHSAA schools back together or prevent expansion of the split beyond the sports already split.

No timetable was set, but Bonine said that his staff would begin working on proposals and survey that would poll schools, coaches, and student/athletes. This motion and study is in contrast to a plan that a presentation made early in the Tuesday meeting at the LHSAA office by select-school executive committee member John LeBlanc of Loyola Prep-Shreveport and Catholic High Athletic Director J.P. Kelly. The duo told the executive committee that another select schools meeting is set for July 29 and select schools would like to form their own organization, a separate governance within the LHSAA.

Eddie Bonine, LHSAA staff tasked to build proposals to end split; select schools seek sub-group within LHSAA

All together … now? That was the unexpected final actmessage from the LHSAA executive committee’s annual summer meeting. The two-day meeting closed Tuesday with past president Niles Riche of Assumption High School making a motion that charges Executive Director Eddie Bonine and his staff to develop at least two proposals to bring LHSAA schools back together or prevent expansion of the split beyond the sports already split along select/nonselect lines – football, basketball, baseball and softball.

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