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LHSAA State Championship Schedule Changes

The LHSAA’s Executive Committee approved the changing of state championship schedules for five different sports on Thursday. The Select/Non-Select split voted into effect by the member-school principals this past January forced the LHSAA and host committees to re-evaluate the schedules for the sports of Girls’ Basketball, Boys’ Basketball, Softball and Baseball. Girls’ Basketball and Boys’ Basketball, working in conjunction with both Hammond and Lake Charles, added Monday to the schedule and will see six games played each day. Semifinals will take place from Monday until Thursday and Finals on Friday and Saturday. Both Baseball and Softball had an extra day added to their schedule in order to accommodate the influx of teams. Sulphur Parks and Recreation (SPAR) has been the…

Nine Teams Streaking Into Football Season

The high school football season in Louisiana officially kicks off tonight, and just under 300 schools hold aspirations of hoisting a state championship trophy at midfield of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Long before the bright lights of the Dome, coaches everywhere are tasked with making sure their student-athletes are locked in each and every week. This time of year every team has a clean slate, but for the nine teams that boast double digit regular season win streaks, they hope to maintain their winning ways: Team Class / Division Regular Season Winning Streak Last Loss Destrehan Wildcats 5A 21 10/25/13 – 2-0 (f) at South Lafourche St. Thomas Aquinas Falcons III 19 9/5/14 – 40-26 at Loranger Neville Tigers 4A 16…

High School Sports Participation Increases for 27th Consecutive Year

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (August 10, 2016) – Led by an encouraging report in football participation nationwide, the number of participants in high school sports increased for the 27th consecutive year in 2015-16 according to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). Based on figures from the 51 NFHS member state high school associations, which includes the District of Columbia, the number of participants in high school sports reached an all-time high of 7,868,900 – an increase of 61,853 from the previous year. After a decline of almost 10,000 participants in football the previous year, the number of boys playing 11-player football in 2015 was almost identical to 2014 with a…

2016 Rules Clinics

Please check the following LINK for the schedule of mandatory rules clinics.

LHSAA Hires New Director of Finance

BATON ROUGE, LA (August 4, 2016) – The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) has announced Justine Buckland as the new Director of Finance. Buckland comes to the LHSAA after two and a half years at Postlethwaithe & Netterville, the largest Louisiana-based accounting and business advisory firm. She replaces the former Director of Finance, Erin Tureau, who left the LHSAA after five years as her family relocated out of state. “We will certainly miss Erin and the professionalism she brought to our office,” according to Executive Director Eddie Bonine. “But we are very excited to have Justine on board. She understands the culture of the association and the values high school athletics promote. I expect the transition to be very…

NFHS Guide to Heat Acclimatization and Heat Illness Prevention

Memorandum            To: State Association Executive Officers From: Bill Heinz, M.D., Chair of the NFHS SMAC Bob Colgate, Director of Sports and Sports Medicine Subject: Heat Acclimatization and Heat Illness Prevention Date: July 31, 2016   As we head into the fall preseason, I want to give everyone a gentle, but forceful reminder to be mindful of the heat, and of the risks associated with summer-time athletic participation.  As reported in the New York Times, NASA is predicting 2016 to be another year of record heat, with temperatures much higher than 2015. It is essential that Administrators, Athletic Directors, Coaches, Parents and Students pay close attention to the resources such as Guidelines and Recommendations contained in the following NFHS Sports Medicine…

5th Annual “Beyond the Game” Essay Contest Winner

BATON ROUGE, LA (July 14, 2016) – Morgan Oliver, a recent graduate from Notre Dame High School, has been named the winner of the 5th annual Beyond the Game Essay Contest. The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) puts on the Beyond the Game Essay Contest each year with students from all member schools submitting entries based on a common theme. This year’s theme was “lessons learned through high school athletics.” Oliver’s essay, titled “Lessons Learned Between the Lines”, focused on her battle with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) and its profound effects on her life. Staying physically active helped cope with JRA as a young child, but Morgan’s experience in high school athletics also helped her learn lessons about “patience,…

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS HELMET & NEW ORLEANS PELICAN JERSEY PROGRAMS

As a tribute to the importance of high school football and basketball programs and the outstanding life skills they teach young men and women, the New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans are creating the New Orleans Saints High School Helmet Program and the New Orleans Pelicans High School Jersey Program. The Saints and Pelicans would like all LHSAA Football and Basketball schools to participate and donate either a team jersey, team helmet, or both if your school has each sport. The jerseys and helmets will be displayed in the Mercedes Benz Superdome and the Smoothie King Center respectively. Please Note: The deadline has been extended to June 10, 2016. Please follow this LINK for details about this program.

Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Golf Championships - Schedule Change

LAFAYETTE -- The LHSAA State Golf Championships, originally scheduled for Monday-Tuesday at three courses in the Acadiana area, have been postponed until Wednesday and Thursday due to wet courses and the anticipation of more inclement weather over the next three days. The Lafayette organizing committee, in association with the LHSAA staff, made the decision Saturday afternoon after the Acadiana area received significant rain and was under tornado warnings Saturday morning. Forecasts are for 80 to 90 percent rain chances Sunday through Tuesday morning. “We regret having to move our dates back,” said committee chairman Robert Boudreaux, “but with the forecasts being what they are, there’s a good chance the courses will be unplayable Monday and Tuesday. Delaying two days will…

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