Let’s take a quick look at what’s going on in the metro area.
CRESCENT CITY, OTHER SCHOOLS APPEALING PENALTIES: The LHSAA’s Executive Committee will hear appeals from several schools Wednesday, including Crescent City — which is appealing $5,400 in fines and a vacated win, the Pioneers’ only victory of the season. The Metairie school was cited for using a player who was ineligible due to LHSAA transfer rules, and for head coach/athletic director Eros Sanchez not meeting the governing body’s criteria for coaches. Read more from Robin Fambrough at The Advocate.
FINAL NOLA.COM RANKINGS RELEASED: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune put out their final local football rankings of the regular season this morning.
Eight of the top 10 spots in the Large Schools rankings remain the same: the top five — Rummel (again ranked No. 11 in the USA TODAY Super 25 poll), Ponchatoula, Destrehan, Jesuit, and Warren Easton — plus No. 7 Brother Martin, No. 9 Ehret, and No. 10 Mandeville. Franklinton moves up from No. 8 to No. 6, replacing Landry-Walker — who drops down to No. 8 after losing to Easton on Friday.
In the Small Schools rankings, the top four spots are once again held by John Curtis, Riverside, St. Charles, and Newman. West St. John and Country Day switch places, with the Rams moving up to No. 5 after increasing their winning streak to five games and the Cajuns falling to No. 7 after losing to Central Catholic. De La Salle holds steady at No. 6, St. James and Northlake Christian swap No. 8 and No. 9, and McMain enters the poll at No. 10 — replacing Thomas Jefferson, who lost a 20-19 nail-biter to Miller-McCoy Saturday night.
CHIPMUNKS MOVING ON: Chapelle, the No. 9 seed in Division I, swept No. 24 Central Lafourche 25-12, 25-14, 25-18 in the opening round of the Division I playoffs Tuesday. Kayla Jones and Mallory Knudsen led the way with 13 kills and 35 assists, respectively, for the Chipmunks, who face No. 8 Northshore in the second round. Kourtney Leblanc tallied eight kills and 17 digs for the Gators in the losing effort.
ST. MARTIN’S OPENS PLAYOFFS ON GOOD NOTE: No. 13 St. Martin’s cruised to a 25-20, 25-13, 25-11 win over Metairie rival No. 20 Ecole Classique in the first round of the Division V playoffs. The Saints got six kills each from senior Emily Bryan and eighth grader Ruby Reeves, as well as 19 assists from Lillian Doskey.