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Sure we're just into November, but what does 2009-10 look like for parish high schools?
It's a reclassification year for Franklin Parish, Mangham and Franklin Academy.
Louisiana High School Athletic Association teams will be limbo a little longer this year after the LHSAA's executive committee voted earlier to delay the organization's two-year classification process until February.
Issues caused by hurricanes Gustav and Ike were cited as the reasons for the move. Normally, the classification process begins in late October and is completed by early December.
The LHSAA's 400 member schools now have until Feb. 1 to report their enrollment figures as reported to the Louisiana State Department of Education for the 2008-09 school year.
Classification meetings are now scheduled for Feb. 25 in Baton Rouge, March 12 in Lafayette and March 25 in Baton Rouge.
Franklin Parish has been competing in the toughest Class 4A in the state and actually one of the toughest districts overall against the likes of Bastrop, Carroll, Franklin Parish, Neville and West Ouachita .
Patriot football coach Barry Sebren said he is currently looking at 678 students, which two years ago would have put Franklin Parish is Class 3A.
"We don't know what the numbers are going to be this year," Sebren said.
Carroll is expected to move down from 4A to 3A, while Wossman may be moving from 3A to 4A.
Mangham head coach Bo Meeks said his numbers are at 243 right now and he is concerned the Dragons could possibly move up from Class A to 2A.
"I'm hoping we stay in Class A because we like our district and 2A is so spread out," he said.
Vidalia is on the bubble between 2A and 3A.
If the Vikings remain in 3A and Franklin Parish goes down, how about Vidalia, Franklin, Rayville, Madison Parish and Carroll in the same district?
That would be much favorable to Franklin Parish, which is one reason why it probably won't happen.
No matter what happens, Sebren said he is discussing playing games against the likes of Ferriday, Lake Providence, Caldwell and Grant next year. Having a couple of those games as district games would certainly do wonders for the Patriot athletic program. While the Patriots could probably compete in other 4A districts, asking Franklin Parish to be competitive against Bastrop, Carroll, Neville and West Ouachita year in and year out is a tough task, although the Patriots certainly gave West Ouachita all they could handle in a 42-36 loss late last month.
It's all speculation at this point. You can bet sometime around February that Louisiana phone lines will be buzzing. And I imagine so will the LHSAA administrative office.