Covenant Christian voted into LHSAA
Thu. January 26, 2012 at 9:14 a.m. | By Kelly McElroy/Staff Writer
Covenant Christian's Mark George (5) looks for running room during a game last season in Thibodaux. (Photo by File)
After spending the last four years competing in the Louisiana Christian School Athletic Association, Covenant Christian Academy has been accepted into the Louisiana High School Athletic Association, school administrator and athletic director Blyght Wunstell said on Wednesday.
Covenant Christian was voted in on Wednesday in Baton Rouge by the LHSAA Executive Committee and will begin competing in the LHSAA next school year.
The school in Gray, which is five years old and a ministry of First Baptist Church of Houma, has 130 students in eighth-12th grades and will official join the LHSAA in July.
It is expected to play in Class 1A, the LHSAA's smallest football-playing class, and will likely compete in football, volleyball, boys and girls basketball, baseball, softball and boys and girls track next season with the idea of adding new sports in the future where applicable.
"It was always a goal for the school to make the jump (to the LHSAA)," said Wunstell, also the school's head football coach. "For us to be doing it in a five-year period is pretty remarkable. It's an exciting time for our school and our students. It's a little piece of history for CCA. We know there will be challenges ahead, but we are looking forward to it."
The Lions will be on a two-year probation period where it will not be eligible for all-district or postseason honors, though a vote on Friday by the LHSAA principals for all newly accepted schools could reduce that probation period to one year.
In the Christian association, Covenant Christian won two LCSAA football titles the last two seasons and one in volleyball this season, one in baseball last year, one in softball last year and one in girls basketball last year.
Covenant Christian joins Ellender, H.L. Bourgeois, Terrebonne, South Terrebonne, Vandebilt Catholic and Houma Christian as the seven LHSAA member schools in Terrebonne Parish and pushes the number of LHSAA schools in Terrebonne, Lafourche and Assumption parishes to 12.
Other schools accepted into the LHSAA on Wednesday were L.B. Landry (New Orleans), Lake Area New Tech Early College (New Orleans), Sci Academy (New Orleans), Highland Baptist Christian (New Iberia) and Thibodaux Career and Technical (Lafayette).