It will be acquaintances renewed this year when Westminster Christian Academy moves back down into Class 1A.
WCA athletic director and head football coach Vinnie Bullara said he’s pleased the Crusaders have been placed in a district that includes St. Edmund, North Central, False River and Catholic Pointe-Coupee.
Those schools and WCA were together in 5-1A four years ago and Bullara said the teams and coaches are compatible.
“The schools in the proposal are good schools, with good coaches and very easy travel. I consider many of the coaches in the district as good friends,” said Bullara.
The final statewide redistricting will occur next month after LHSAA officials consider appeals and alternative proposals that will be submitted in writing by school principals by Wednesday afternoon.
Bullara said he thinks there could be some changes in the 5-1A district proposed by the LHSAA.
“Looking at the districts in 1A right now, there are some of them that have eight or nine teams. I don’t know if some of them might want to move out of the other districts.
“Basile and Elton are two schools that are right there on (highway) 190. When you’re going to Eunice, going to one of those towns (Basile and Elton) makes sense geographically.
“I’m sure there will be other proposals, especially from those districts that right now have eight or nine teams,” Bullara said.
Bullara said it’s incorrect to assume WCA is happy about moving down to 1A after spending two seasons in the higher classification that included Catholic New Iberia, Delcambre, Loreauville, Jeanerette and Opelousas Catholic.
“People will look at our record (4-18) the two years we were in Double-A and say we’ll have an easier time of it in Single-A. We were prepared to do what we had to do in order to compete and make the adjustments.
“We went up into 2A from 1A before and we were competitive,” said Bullara.