Stop the presses

Written by John Dupont on .

A state judge Tuesday morning issued a temporary restraining order that stops the Louisiana High School Athletic Association from releasing the Class 3A state baseball playoff brackets.

In Baton Rouge, Nineteenth Judicial District Court Judge Todd Hernandez ordered a review of the LHSAA sanctions against Livonia before the association announces the brackets.

Brusly and other 3A teams statewide were set to receive their playoff spots Tuesday afternoon.

The brackets will remain on hold until after a court hearing.

The hearing date has not yet been announced.

The LHSAA alleged that Livonia High School failed to report an ineligible freshman player on the baseball and football teams.

The association claimed that the freshman’s enrollment at Livonia violated attendance zones. He had transferred from Port Barre, but no evidence was shown that he had moved from the St. Landry Parish town.

The infraction led to the LHSAA’s order that Livonia forfeit 18 of its 22 wins – or, all the games in which the freshman played.

For football, it required that Livonia return its Class 3A runner-up trophy, its District 7-3A title and seven of the 10 regular season wins, based on the number of games in which the frosh player participated.

The LHSAA also ordered Livonia to pay back the gate on its post-season playoff games.

The forfeitures led to one additional win for Brusly in baseball, after the 13-5 victory from April 12. Also, Livonia must forfeit a non-district football win over Port Allen.

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