LHSAA holds boys’ high school basketball championships with limited attendance

LHSAA holds boys’ high school basketball championships with limited attendance
The LHSAA plans to hold boys’ high school basketball championships as scheduled. (Source: Josh Auzenne/WAFB-TV)

LAKE CHARLES, La. (WAFB) - The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) made a change to the boys’ high school basketball championships amid the coronavirus health threat and limited attendance.

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Scotlandville dominated St. Augustine, 66-39, in the Division I state championship on Saturday, March 14. It was the Hornets’ fourth straight title.

Port Allen won the Class 2A state championship, 78-74, over Rayville in overtime on Friday, March 13. It is the Pelicans’ first-ever title.

Dunham held off Episcopal, 48-47, to win the Division III championship.

Jehovah-Jireh won its third-straight Division V state championship with a 64-45 victory over Runnels.

U-High fell 57-56 to St. Thomas More in the Division II title game. It was the Cougars’ third championship in a row.

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Alexandria defeated Bonnabel, 38-37, in the Class 5A state championship.

Bossier beat Wossman, 62-61, in the Class 3A state championship.

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Officials said Wednesday they planned to hold the games at the Burton Complex in Lake Charles as scheduled but would continue to monitor the situation. They made a change Friday, March 13 limiting attendance for the games.

Eddie Bonine, executive director of the LHSAA, released the following memo:

Today (Friday, March 13), Governor John Bel Edwards issued a proclamation stating that all large gatherings of people to be halted immediately until Monday, April 13th. The LHSAA Marsh Madness Tournament and the Divisional Select State Championships will continue as scheduled. However, based on this additional information and guidance from both the Louisiana Department of Education and the Governor’s office in the last hour, at this time, only student-athletes, coaches, officials, school administration, LHSAA staff, Burton Complex staff (non-select only), Visit Lake Charles staff (non-select only), security officers, the official TV Network, and preapproved and previously credentialed media will be allowed to attend the remainder of the tournament. This means that at this time NO schools support groups which include bands, cheerleaders and fans etc. will be allowed to attend the remainder of the tournament. The games will be televised on Cox Sports Television and NFHS Network at this LINK.

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