Liberty, Zachary No Longer In Boys Basketball Playoff Race

BATON ROUGE – Liberty High School and Zachary High School are no longer listed as participants in this year’s boys basketball postseason.

The two schools were unlisted in the LHSAA’s latest power ranking report posted on its official website Friday afternoon. This comes just two days following an investigation into a melee that abruptly ended the District 4-5A showdown between the two championship hopefuls.

Wednesday night’s game was halted with Zachary holding a 66-48 lead with under three minutes left in the game. At the time of the contest, both squads were ranked in the top five of their respective division’s power ratings.

The LHSAA launched an investigation following the incident and worked with both schools and the state’s official association to make a final determination regarding the fate of the two programs.

Although the LHSAA is not required to release its rulings to the general public, it did issue a statement on Friday backing its commitment to upholding the absolute highest standards of sportsmanship and fair play in all sporting events under its jurisdiction.

Member school principals ratified an amendment implemented by the LHSAA executive council in November that instituted a zero-tolerance policy on poor sportsmanship actions deemed unacceptable. Since then, several schools have seen their seasons end or shortened due to actions detrimental to good sportsmanship.

The LHSAA leaves the option of revealing all final rulings to its member schools. Both Liberty High and Zachary High did not immediately respond to phone calls made by seeking comments.

Both schools were scheduled to wrap up their district slates Friday night. Those contests have since been canceled.

Stay tuned for the latest updates on this situation.