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|Change on the horizon?|
Sure we're just into November, but what does 2009-10 look like for parish high schools?
It's a reclassification year for Vidalia, Ferriday, Monterey and Huntington.
Louisiana High School Athletic Association teams will be in limbo a little longer this year after the LHSAA's executive committee voted earlier to delay the organization's two-year classification process until February.
Issues caused by hurricanes Gustav and Ike were cited as the reasons for the move. Normally, the classification process begins in late October and is completed by early December.
The LHSAA's 400 member schools now have until Feb. 1 to report their enrollment figures as reported to the Louisiana State Department of Education for the 2008-09 school year.
Classification meetings are now scheduled for Feb. 25 in Baton Rouge, March 12 in Lafayette and March 25 in Baton Rouge.
Talk about putting some folks in a bind trying to make schedules, especially those that end up in a new district.
You can count on Ferriday remaining in Class 2A, Monterey in Class B and Huntington in MPSA Class A.
Vidalia is on the bubble as far as remaining in Class 3A or moving back down to Class 2A.
Vidalia was moved up to Class 3A for the 2007-08 school year.
One thing is for certain in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association - nothing is for certain.
Two years ago, Vidalia at first thought it was going into a district with Caldwell, Jena, Winnfield at North DeSoto. But that was changed at the last minute, putting the Vikings in their current district of Buckeye, Bunkie, Bolton, Marksville and Avoyelles.
There is a lot of speculation that Grant may move down from Class 4A to 3A and that Pine Prairie may move up from 2A to 3A.
Franklin Parish could possibly move down from 4A to 3A.
Mangham head coach Bo Meeks said his numbers are at 243 right now and he is concerned the Dragons could possibly move up from Class A to 2A.
"I'm hoping we stay in Class A because we like our district and 2A is so spread out," he said.
If the Vikings remain in 3A and Franklin Parish goes down, how about Vidalia, Franklin, Rayville, Madison Parish and Carroll in the same district?
You can rest assured, if the new plan is favorable to Vidalia High, it probably won't happen.
Huntington is likely to see its cross-rival come back into Class A and compete in the same district next school year.
After a year in Class 2A, Trinity looks as if it will be moving down to Class A.
Watch out everyone else if that is the case, because the Saint football team is only losing one or two starters from a team which may compete for a 2A state title this year.
Ferriday High would love to be placed in a new district after having to travel to Jonesboro-Hodge, Lake Providence and Farmerville.
West Monroe head coach Don Shows said there is a possibility of Ruston and Ouachita moving from 5A to 4A.
Other speculation from other coaches is that Carroll is possibly going from 4A to 3A, and Wossman is moving from 3A to 4A.
Shows said Pineville could possibly end up in a district with Pineville if the 5A districts are split.
Shows has his first three games tentatively set for next year, starting out against Leesville. After playing Calvary Baptist in their third game, Shows is leaving the final eight games open to see what happens with the new district makeup.
"I'm planning on a 7-team or 8-team district," he said. "I'm hoping it's at least seven because it makes it a lot easier in scheduling."
It's all speculation at this point.
You can bet sometime around February that Louisiana phone lines will be buzzing.
And I imagine so will the LHSAA administrative office.
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