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Pontchartrain Center to Host LHSAA 2012 State Wrestling Finals

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) announced today that an agreement has been made for the Pontchartrain Center to host the 2012 State Wrestling Finals on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 11 – 12, 2012 in Kenner, La. “The LHSAA is delighted to bring the 2012 State Wrestling Finals to the Pontchartrain Center and look forward to welcoming spectators from around the state to Kenner for two thrilling days of wrestling,” said LHSAA Executive Director Kenny Henderson. Originally, the city of Shreveport was awarded the wrestling championships when the Shreveport Regional Sports Authority (SRSA), who was authorized to officially represent and make commitments for the Shreveport region in the area of sports marketing and recruitment, made proposals to host the…

2011 LHSAA State Farm Prep Classic Broadcast Schedule Released

The broadcast schedule of the 2011 LHSAA State Farm Prep Classic is as follows: Class 1A – Sunday, Dec. 11 @ 6 p.m. Class 2A – Monday, Dec. 12 @ 7 p.m. Class 3A – Friday, Dec. 16    @ 7 p.m. Class 4A – Sunday, Dec. 18  @ 3 p.m. Class 5A – Sunday, Dec. 18  @ 6 p.m. All games will be broadcast on Cox Sports TV (CST) 37.The list of CST affiliates in your area is attached.

All-Academic Class/Division Teams Announced for Swimming, Cross Country & Volleyball

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) announced today its 2011 All-Academic Class/Division Teams for boys' and girls' swimming, boys' and girls' cross country and girls' volleyball. This year, 265 female athletes will receive recognition in the sport of girls’ volleyball; 112 female athletes will receive recognition in the sport of girls’ swimming; 93 male athletes will receive recognition in the sport of boys’ swimming; 158 female athletes will receive recognition in the sport of girls’ cross country; 151 male athletes will receive recognition in the sport of boys’ cross country; 515 male athletes will receive recognition in the sport of football. To view the recogition lists for all of our all-academic student athletes, visit the All-Academic page of our…

LHSAA Releases Information Regarding Prep Classic Playoff Brackets, Schedule Changes & Tickets

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s (LHSAA) 2011 high school football playoff brackets were released earlier this month. The top teams in the state will continue to battle for a state title in the 2011 LHSAA State Farm Prep Classic on December 9 and 10 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA.   This year’s championship will include significant changes to the Prep Classic schedule. The game times have been extended to allow more time between games, and the conventional itinerary of classifications has been altered to better accommodate spectators. Games will begin Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 at 3 p.m. The complete LHSAA State Farm Prep Classic schedule is listed below: Friday, Dec. 9, 2011: 3 p.m. – Class 1A…

Louisiana High School Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012

Three coaches, two athletes and one administrator make up the 2012 induction class for the Louisiana High School Sports Hall of Fame. Former Jesuit High and Major League Baseball star Will Clark and ex-Catholic High-Baton Rouge and NFL player Travis Minor are the two athletes. Port Barre High softball and girls basketball coach Claudia Blanchard is joined by two legendary New Orleans area coaches, the late Edward J. "Skeets" Tuoy, who coached Newman to basketball prominence and Otis Washington, who built St. Augustine into one of Louisiana's top football powers in the 1970s. Longtime Lafayette Parish Athletic Director James Simmons is the administrator who will be part of the induction set for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Crowne Plaza.…

Reflections on the 2011 State Volleyball Championships

They walked off the courts of the Pontchartrain Center sweat-soaked, crying…some uncontrollably, many wrapped in flesh colored bandages holding bags of ice to tender shoulders, knees and ankles. And these were the winners! The only thing separating them from their opponents was a dig here, a line call there, a service ace or a heroic save…and, of course, the elation that comes with victory or the ache that comes with defeat. The 2011 State Volleyball Championships once again brought the best athletes from across the state to Kenner, La., for three days of fast-paced, furious, often nail-biting drama. For some in the often packed Convention Center-turned-gymnasium, it was old hat—almost comforting to see many of the same faces, same teams. For others, like…

2011 State Volleyball Championship Broadcast Schedule

The broadcast schedule of the State Volleyball Tournament Championship games is as follows: Division I   – November 13 @ 3 p.m. Division II  – November 13 @ 5 p.m. Division III – November 19 @ 11 a.m. Division IV – November 20 @ 3 p.m. Division V  – November 20 @ 5 p.m. All games will be broadcast on Cox Sports TV (CST) 37.The list of CST affiliates in your area is attached.

FreeRecruitingWebinar.org Updates Webinars to Reflect NCAA Rule Changes

LHSAA teammate, FreeRecruitingWebinar.org, recently updated in-service webinars to reflect the new NCAA rule changes, which are noted below: D1 minimum core GPA has increased from a 2.0 to a 2.3 beginning with the class of 2015. Student athletes will also have to complete a minimum of 10 of their 16 core class requirements by the end of their junior year. D1 programs now have the option to guarantee more than one year of aid. D1 programs now have the option to provide an annual $2,000 stipend to student-athletes to cover the true costs of a collegiate education. All parent/student webinars have been updated to reflect the above changes. For more information, visit www.freerecruitingwebinar.org. About FreeRecruitingWebinar.org FreeRecruitingWebinar.org is a free educational…

Under Armour Recalls Football Helmet Chin Straps

Consumer Reports released a statement earlier this week that Under Armour has recalled chin straps for football helmets due to laceration hazards. The football helmet chin straps being recalled are the Under Armour Defender Chin Straps. The faulty chin straps for football helmets have sharp metal snaps that may cut players. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Under Armour has received six reports of injuries that required stitches. Consumers are being warned to immediately stop using the recalled chin straps and contact Under Armour for a free replacement chin strap. For additional information, call Under Armour toll-free at 1-888-823-0343 or visit their website at www.underarmour.com.    

2011 LHSAA State Farm Prep Classic Poster & Program Winner Announced

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) along with State Farm Insurance and Cajun Industries are proud to announce that Zeke Basco of Pineville High School has been named the winner of the 2011 LHSAA State Farm Prep Classic Poster and Program Cover Contest. As winner, Basco and his teacher will receive free hotel accommodations for one night along with free passes to the LHSAA State Farm Prep Classic Dec. 9 through 10, and they will be recognized at halftime of a 2011 State Championship game. In addition, Basco will receive a $100 prize, and he will be featured in an article in the Prep Classic souvenir program.  A big congratulations is extended to Basco, and a huge thank you goes out to all those students who participated in the…

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