(Photo: Stephen Lew)Every two years, the Louisiana High School Athletic Association reclassifies its member schools, based on enrollment.The numbers for the next two year period were released Tuesday afternoon by the LHSAA and there were few surprises.While most schools will play to their enrollment, some will always choose to play up, including Archbishop Shaw, John Curtis Christian, East Jefferson, Evangel Christian and St. Augustine.Evangel Christian is expected to move to Class 4A to participate in a more geographically friendly district with Northwood, B.T. Washington, Woodlawn (SH), Minden and perhaps Benton. However, Benton may move up to 5A, based on enrollment numbers.By moving to 4A, Evangel would enter their fifth and final classification since the Eagles have previously participated in 1A, 2A, 3A and 5A previously.Among schools, listed alphabetically that are on the borderline between classes are Archbishop Rummel, Belaire, Benton, Carencro, Christ Episcopal, Edna Karr, Helen Cox, Istrouma, Lutcher, Ouachita Parish, Pearl River, St. Michael the Archangel and Woodlawn (BR).Rummel will undoubtedly play up to 5A and Division I status, if not placed in the 5A enrollment grouping.Sbaw is torn between remaining in 5A and in the Catholic League or dropping down to participate in 4A. If the Eagles could end up in the 4A district they desire, they would make the move now but there is no guarantee of that occurring.The first meeting on reclassification is Nov. 7. At this meeting, schools can declare their intentions.Then, of course, comes district placement.Geography is the largest determining factor in where schools will be placed, using mileage data. Another prime consideration is rivalries. The tradition of the New Orleans Catholic League is the most obvious example of this aspect.The LHSAA is most likely to consider and approve a specific grouping of schools who have been together that want to remain together, as opposed to an individual school lobbying to be placed in a particular district.Let the bargaining, lobbying, politicking and protesting begin!
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