The Louisiana High School Athletic Association has shuffled the deck and re-dealt the cards for high school post-season play in 2022-2023. Details were issued to the media on Friday. For the most part, Red River is not affected by the changes.
Schools are designated as Select or as Non-Select based upon their attendance zones and other factors. A total of 26 schools formerly designated as Select have been moved to Non-Select. Red River was not affected by this; however it does come into play when the playoff divisions were established.
For the playoffs, teams in all sports were placed into one of 4 divisions. But statewide the teams don’t necessarily stay in the same division for every sport.
Red River Bulldogs are a non-select school, and they play in Division III for Football, Boys and Girls Basketball, Softball and Baseball. For the most part, the teams in their district are all in Division III. Jonesboro-Hodge and Lakeview were placed in Division IV for Football post season play.
Red River is in 2-A along with Many, Mansfield, Jonesboro-Hodge, Lakeview and Winnfield. In every sport other than football they will all be in Division III for post season this year.
Interesting the LHSAA news release did not shed any light on the criteria for placing each team in a particular division. All they said was, “On Thursday, the bulk of the time was spent by committee and staff analyzing the number of schools in each designation and those respective split sports post season brackets, while keeping parity and competitive as a goal amongst all five sports.” And the LHSAA did not further define the Divisions as to whether Division I was stronger than Division IV, etc.
If you are interested in digging further into the brackets, the whole news release is attached. Click on the PDF below.
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