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Final playoff schedule put on hold for hearing
, staff@fgazette.com
02-23-2017

Dozens of boys basketball teams
around the state, including three from
Union Parish, may not know until
Wednesday when they’ll play their
first round games in the Louisiana
High School Athletic Association
playoffs.
Brackets for the LHSAA’s Marsh
Madness Tournament were scheduled
for release Monday. A fight during half
time of a game last Friday between two
teams in the Class 5A playoffs, however,
resulted in the association choosing
to postpone formally announcing
the brackets in five non-select and four
select divisions until after the hearing
and a possible appeal are held.
Players from Central Lafourche
and East St. John were involved in an
altercation away from the court during
halftime of their game Friday at East
St. John. Referees decided to stop the
game at that point and both teams were
given a forfeit.
Regardless of the outcome of the
hearing, Union Parish director of athletics
Michael Lyons said the Farmers
know who they’ll be facing. They just
don’t know when.
“We’re the 11th seed, so we’ll have a
home game against Glen Oaks,” Lyons
said. “We won’t know officially until
maybe Wednesday, but we suspect it
will still be Friday night.”
Despite just four wins over their
last 10 games – fourth place in District
2-3A – the Farmers’ strength of schedule
helped them get into the home half
of the bracket. They finished 4-6 in
district play and 15-13 overall. Three
of the top five seeds in the 3A bracket
– number two Wossman, third-seeded
Carroll and number five Madison – are
from District 2-3A. With Richwood
finishing as the 19th seed, five members
in the six-team district made the
32-team bracket.
Glen Oaks (16-18 overall) finished
second in District 6-3A with a 9-5 record.
After opening the season with

six straight losses, the Panthers put
together an 8-2 finish to the season.
D’Arbonne Woods Charter School
will likely have a five-hour bus trip to
White Castle where the 29th-seeded
Timberwolves will take on the number
four seeded Bulldogs. White Castle
(21-13 / 10-2 in District 6-A) gets strong
inside play from Ja’Tyre Carter, listed
at 6-6 and 260 pounds, who averages almost
14 points and over nine rebounds
per game.
Downsville Community Charter
will travel just an hour to take on
Saline, located 20 miles southwest of
Jonesboro. Like Union Parish, the
Demons (6-32/0-6 in District 1-C) likely
benefitted from playing in a district
with strong competition. Summerfield
finished at the top seed in Class
3, with Gibsland-Coleman taking the
fourth spot.
In making his ruling on the Central
Lafourche-East St. John game, LHSAA
executive director Eddie Bonine announced
that any player listed in the
official scorebook from that contest
would be ineligible for this Friday’s bidistrict
games. The association’s handbook
says that any player involved in
a fight is automatically suspended for
the team’s next game. Keith Alexander,
assistant executive director for the
LHSAA, and three members of the
executive committee will hear Central
Lafourche’s appeal of the ruling. If
necessary, an emergency appeal of
the panel’s ruling would be heard by
the executive committee, likely on
Wednesday.



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