LHSAA announces new districts for 2013-15
Thu. December 13, 2012 at 8:54 a.m. | By Kelly McElroy/Staff Writer
John Curtis Christian School will stay away, while River Parish schools East St. John, Hahnville and Destrehan are back in the district mix with area high school sports for at least the next two years.
The Louisiana High School Athletic released its sports districts for 2013-15, and after early plans had John Curtis joining E.D. White Catholic in the area’s Class 3A district, the final plan revealed that E.D. White will join Berwick, Donaldsonville, Franklin and Patterson to form District 9-3A’s basic district.
“This is where we wanted to be,” E.D. White athletic director Preston LeJeune said. “The travel is a lot safer for our kids. With Hwy. 90 we will have four lanes to each school other than when we go to Donaldsonville. It is safer travel and shorter travel. We were in that district for years. That is where we petitioned to go. We are back on Hwy. 90, and that’s a good deal for us.”
Teams compete in football, boys and girls basketball, softball, boys and girls cross country and track and field, and baseball in basic districts.
The new districts go into effect for the 2013-14 school year.
John Curtis is coming off its 25th state football championship in the 50th year of the school and finished ranked as the No. 1 team in country according to three national ranking services and sits at No. 2 in four others.
John Curtis has also emerged as a power in other sports like baseball, softball, track and field and basketball in recent seasons.
In the area Class 5A basic district, New Iberia and Westgate are out, and Destrehan, East St. John and Hahnville will join H.L. Bourgeois, Central Lafourche, South Lafourche, Terrebonne and Thibodaux to form District 7-5A.
The Bayou teams have played with the River teams in past seasons.
“The travel will be about the same, but we now have eight teams and only play three nondistrict games. People think (the football teams at) East. St. John, Destrehan and Hahnville have fallen off, but those teams are still really good and are getting better,” Terrebonne football coach Gary Hill said. “They have over 150 kids in each program. You just have to go play them and hope everything works out. I don’t see much change in the competition level because New Iberia and Westgate were pretty good as well.”
The new District 7-4A will look similar to the current local 4A district with Assumption, Ellender, Morgan City, South Terrebonne and Vandebilt Catholic making up the league.
St. James has moved down from Class 3A to Class 2A and will compete against Carver, Newman, Riverside Academy, St. Mary’s (all girls), Sophie B. Wright and Sci Academy (nonfootball) in District 10-2A. There is a possibility District 10-2A will play with District 9-1A to form one large football district, but that will be determined at a later date.
In Class 1A, Houma Christian and Covenant Christian Academy will be together with New Orleans-area schools Crescent City, Ecole Classique, Country Day, Ridgewood and St. Martin’s.
In Division I, H.L. Bourgeois, Central Lafourche, Destrehan, East. St. John, Hahnville, Terrebonne and Thibodaux will makeup District 5-I.
In Division II, Assumption, Ellender, South Lafourche, South Terrebonne and Vandebilt Catholic will be in District 6-II.
In Division III, E.D. White will be with Berwick, Donaldsonville, Lutcher, Morgan City and Patterson in District 6-III.
In Division IV, St. James joins Curtis, Haynes Academy, Riverside Academy, and St. Charles Catholic in Division 4-IV, and in Division V, Central Catholic, Houma Christian, Covenant Christian and West St. John are in District 6-V.
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In Division I, H.L. Bourgeois, Central Lafourche, South Lafourche Destrehan, East. St. John, Hahnville, Terrebonne and Thibodaux will makeup District 7-I.
In Division II, Ellender, South Terrebonne, Vandebilt Catholic, Morgan City and E.D. White Catholic will be in District 6-II.
In Division III (boys only), Houma Christian joins Ecole Classique, Lutheran, Country Day, Ridgewood and St. Martin’s i n Division 9-III.