NEW ORLEANS – LHSAA executive director Eddie Bonine said Tuesday that no proposal has been submitted to further split the association this winter.
“The deadline was Nov. 15 to (submit proposals to) split the state any further,” Bonine said at the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Quarterback Club, “and as of that deadline, there was no proposal submitted.”
The only opportunity to bring such a proposal forward would come from the executive committee, Bonine said. The association’s annual convention is Jan. 25-27 in Baton Rouge.
After operating select and non-select brackets in football the last three years, LHSAA members voted last year to split brackets in boys and girls basketball, baseball and softball beginning this school year.
“As I stood here a year ago, we had a plan I thought would assist us in getting back together,” Bonine said. “My charge is to continue to move forward with what’s been approved and to ensure the experience is a positive one for everyone involved.
“There are critics of what we’ve done and those applauding what we’ve done.”
Bonine said there are two proposals that will go to the executive committee Wednesday to reduce the number of brackets in some sports.
“We have worked diligently to take the plan that was given to us to ensure those championships remain the quality we have had in the past,” Bonine said. “It’s been a work in progress to ensure our focus is on the student-athletes. We are always focusing on the student-athlete.”
The LHSAA received about two feet of water in their Baton Rouge offices from the August flooding. The association is about “90 days away” from moving back into their office space, Bonine said.
GMFS, a mortgage and insurance company based in Baton Rouge, opened their doors for a temporary facility for the LHSAA. “It was an incredible giving of them and will not be forgotten,” Bonine said.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA Prep Classic begins Friday with the four select division championship games in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and continues with the title games in the five non-select classes Dec. 9-10.
“Buckle up. Start early. Stay late,” Bonine said.