Madison Parish’s appeal to LHSAA is denied

Published 1:02 pm Friday, September 24, 2010

The Louisiana High School Athletics Association executive committee upheld the penalties assessed to Madison Parish High School for its role in the Sept. 3 brawl with Wossman.

Madison had appealed, seeking the return of three home games that were stripped by the LHSAA. Those included tonight’s game against Grambling Lab, which will now be played at Grambling.

Rob Owen, an assistant director with the LHSAA, confirmed that all the provisions handed down by the LHSAA back in its hearing with the two schools’ coaches and administrators in Monroe on Sept. 7 remain in effect.

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“The executive committee on Tuesday upheld the two areas where Madison Parish issued an appeal. Those were the loss of the remaining home contests and the probation of all Madison Parish sports teams for one year,” Owen said.

Madison Parish school superintendant Samuel Dixon was unavailable for comment on Thursday. The school did not appeal the LHSAA’s disciplinary action against Madison Parish football player Courtney Perkins for his role in using his helmet as a weapon during the fight with Wossman players or the other sanctions. Perkins was banned from participating in any sporting events for one year and ordered to undergo psychological counseling.

Owen restated those sanctions on Thursday.

“The player (Perkins) remains suspended from all LHSAA activities for one calendar year,” Owen said. “And he must get counseling. We fined Madison Parish $500 for its actions, along with 75 percent of the cost of the initial hearing and the entire cost of the appeal. Also, all players and coaches of both schools are required to take the Star Sportsmanship program online.”

Jaguars coach Walter Dailey complied with one of the sanctions on Tuesday when he attended a certification clinic in Baton Rouge.