Reclassification could strongly affect Creek, Lincoln Prep

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association sent out its preliminary proposal for district reclassification to schools around the state on Monday.

And if the proposed realignment takes place, it would have a significant impact on both Cedar Creek and Lincoln Prep. District 2-5A would stay exactly the same, thus having zero impact on Ruston High School.

The proposal has both Cedar Creek and Lincoln Prep as part of District 1-1A which would also include Arcadia, Glenbrook, Haynesville, Homer, Magnolia School of Excellence and Plain Dealing.

The Cougars are currently in 2-1A with Ouachita Christian, Oak Grove, River Oaks, Sicily Island, St. Frederick, Delta Charter, Delhi and Tensas. Oak Grove is slated to move to Class 2A next year.

“It’s good to see that the LHSAA has looked closer at geography for the new districts,” said Cedar Creek head coach Matt Middleton. “They are being pretty consistent with large districts across the state. (District 1-1A) is a good fit for us. It makes more sense for us. And the geography makes more sense.”

For Lincoln Prep it means staying in their same district with the addition of Cedar Creek and the departure of Calvary Baptist (moving to 2A) and Ringgold (moving to District 3-1A).

Middleton said that although he isn’t sure about a definitive timeline for the final decision, others he has talked to around the state  believe this will occur sooner than later. The new districts would go into affect for the 2022-23 school year.

Ruston High will remain in District 2-5A with West Monroe, Ouachita, Alexandria, Pineville and West Ouachita.

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