The LHSAA recetnly announced the new district alignments for the 2022-24 seasons and even though Jonesboro-Hodge and Quitman High remained in the same district as the last two years, they both are appealing to go into a new district. Why the request for change?
At Jonesboro-Hodge, district 1-2A will once again contain holdovers North Caddo, Lakeside and D’Arbonne Woods but in 2022 the proposed alignmen includes three additional schools from Shreveport schools in Calvary Baptist (up from Class A), Green Oaks and Loyola Prep, both who have dropped in class after competing in district 1-3A for the past two years. The district that Jonesboro-Hodge has asked to be placed in is district 3-2A which is currently comprised of Winnfield, Red River (Coushatta), Many, Lakeview and Mansfield.
“We have filed an appeal in order that we might have the opportunity to play in district 3-2A instead of 1-2A,” explained JHHS athletic director Terrance Blankenship. “We feel that this district would be a better fit for us as it would greatly reduce travel time and expenses. As it is we would be forced to make four trips to the Shreveport area for district play. Another reason we want to move into 3-2A is that we have a more traditional history with the schools in this district.:
At Quitman, Principal Billy Carter is appealing to remain in District 2B where his Wolverines have resided over the last three seasons, including this one. Currently, the LHSAA has Quitman, Weston and Simsboro all moving to District 1B to join Doyline and Castor, which was all that was left in that district since Dodson and Saline dropped back to Class C. That leaves only Choudrant in district 2B along with newcomers Downsville Charter and Forest which therein is the rub.
“As it stands, Choudrant is the only school in that district that has a track program,” explained Carter. “That is not fair to the rest of the schools as it gives them a direct placing in the regionals, where as it currently stands you have four schools with state championships in boys and girls track having to slug it out just to get out of district. It would make much more sense and be much more fair to have at least two teams in district 2B have a track program. We have appealed to be that second team.”
If JHHS and Quitman win their appeals, it would be on one hand tremendously advantageous and at the same time devastating in regard to traditioinal rivalries. If JHHS moves that brings Winnfield back into the same district which would then most likely become the traditional season final as it has been many times over their 100 plus year history. If Quitman wins, then most likely the Wolverines and Weston will be in seperate districts for the first time in many years.
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