LHSAA closes out 2019 with many state championship events

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Edna Karr 4a champions 2018
Defending state champion Edna Karr will look to continue Class 4A dynasty in 2019 (Photo: Beau Brune).

Fall season is here, bringing with it the months of November and December. Temperatures get cooler, leaves turn brown and high school championship events appear on the calendar throughout the state.

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association will conduct five state championship events in the last two months of 2019, bringing to end great seasons for student-athletes, coaches, and communities alike. Let’s take a look at what the LHSAA has in store as the final weeks of the fall semester winds down toward the holiday break.

The championship season gets underway with volleyball at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner. The state tournament ends the run for a state title for five programs in five divisions. Quarterfinals get underway on Thursday, November 14th, with semifinal action coming to you on Friday, November 15th.

State championship matches for Divisions I through V take place on Saturday.

Top seeds are: Mount Carmel (Division I); Teurlings Catholic (Division II); Cabrini (Division III);
Lafayette Christian (Division IV); and Metairie Park Country Day (Division V).

Times and courts for state tournament matches will be announced in the near future.
Assistant Executive Director Karen Hoyt is the coordinator of volleyball operations for the LHSAA.

Next up, the LHSAA Cross Country Championships returns to Natchitoches on Monday, November 18th and Tuesday, November 19th. Seven boys and seven girls champions will be crowned over the two-day span.

On Monday, the running starts at 10:00 am with the Class C Boys, followed every 45 minutes with another race getting underway. B Boys; C Girls; B Girls; 1A Boys; 2A Boys; 1A Girls; 2A Girls follow in order after the Class C Boys kick things off at 10:00 am on Monday.

On Tuesday, 11:00 is when 3A Girls answer the starter’s instructions. Again, races follow every 45 minutes with 4A Girls; 5A Girls; 3A Boys; 4A Boys; and 5A Boys to follow after 3A Girls get things underway.

Events are ordered as such to allow coaches who coach both boys and girls teams to have enough time between races. Small schools race on Monday so that dual sport cross country/swim athletes can participate in the state swim meet on Wednesday and Thursday. Larger schools race on Tuesday so that dual sport cross country/swim athletes can participate in the state swim meet on Thursday and Friday.

Assistant Executive Director Adam MacDowell is the coordinator of cross country for the LHSAA.

Speaking of swimming, the LHSAA State Swim Meet is a four day event from November 20th through 23rd. The state swim meet takes place at the SPAR Aquatic Center in Sulphur.

Wednesday and Thursday kick things off with Division III and IV, while Friday and Saturday brings Division II and Division I action to the pool.

On Wednesday, Division IV prelims begin at 9:30 am with Division III prelims starting at 4:00 pm.

State championships are decided on Friday with a 9:00 am start for Division IV and a 3:00 pm start for Division III.

On Thursday, Division II prelims begin at 9:30 am with Division I prelims starting at 4:00 pm.

State championships are decided on Saturday with a 9:00 am start for Division II and a 3:00 pm start for Division I.

Interim Assistant Executive Director Michael Federico heads the sport of swimming for the LHSAA.

Thanksgiving Saturday, November 30th, brings us the LHSAA State Spirit Competition. Spirit squads from around Louisiana will converge in Kenner at the Pontchartrain Center. Stay tuned to the LHSAA website for start times and events.

On the first weekend of December, the Select schools will conduct their football state championships for Divisions I through IV. Championship games will be decided either on Friday, December 6th, or Saturday, December 7th with sites and times to be determined.

According to a proposal passed at the January 2019 LHSAA Annual Convention, the highest seed will be the host team for the championship game. A neutral site can be selected by the host school.

The second week of December brings the Non-Select football championships to be played as part of the Prep Classic in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Prep Classic has been in existence since 1981 when all state championship games were played in the Superdome. That dream was hatched when St. Augustine and Jesuit played for the state championship on Poydras Street in front of over 40,000 spectators.

Class 2A and 3A will play on Friday, December 13th, with kickoffs at 3:30 and 7:00 pm. On Saturday, December 14th, 1A will kick off at 12 noon with 4A at 3:30 and 5A at 7:00.

Executive Director Eddie Bonine, in his fifth year in the position, is the Director of Football Operations for the LHSAA.

When the final champion is crowned at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 14th, the LHSAA will breathe a collective sigh of relief with a short break, followed by a repeat of the championship cycle in the spring semester.

Enjoy your championship November and December!

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Eric Held

Director, Louisiana High School Coaches Association

Eric Held is the Director of the Louisiana High School Coaches Association (LHSCA) for the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. Eric has been a member of the LHSCA and the Louisiana Football Coaches Association (LFCA) since 1995, where he is a current board member. Prior to taking on the position with the state athletic association, Eric taught and coached for…

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