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LHSAA will vote on playoff split

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The LHSAA has many complicated issues on its agenda for next month's annual convention, but none that has created more controversy than the splitting of public and private schools that was passed last January.

Each classification will get the opportunity to vote among its own members on whether or not to continue the split in its own playoffs.  The traditional five championships have become nine championships this year with the public schools continuing with 5A through 1A, and the five levels of private schools being placed in four divisions.  For the private schools, classes 3A and 4A had to be combined just to have enough schools to fill out the brackets.

One of the first comments from Airline High School head coach Bo Meeks when asked by KTBS 3 Sports about the split of public and private schools for this year's playoffs was how badly he felt for Byrd being moved to the select side.  Byrd and Airline are part of the competitive District 1-5A, with the likes of Parkway, Haughton and Captain Shreve, but come playoff time, Byrd was forced to another bracket.  Public and private schools competed against and with each other all season across the state, only to find themselves separated at the most important time of year.

Byrd reached the state championship game in the newly created Division I on the select side, after playing only two playoff games.  Same for Calvary as both schools were given a first round bye, played twice, then were forced to take another bye before going to the Dome to play in their championships.

As the state watches all nine of its championships unfold, it will be interesting to see how many classifications go back to the way it had always been until this year and how many decide to keep the split.  

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