Lutcher ties for third in Piccadilly Cup race

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 5, 1999

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / June 5, 1999

BATON ROUGE – Lutcher tied for third in Class 3A in the final standings for the 1999 Piccadilly Cup Award released recently by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association.

This was the second year of the Piccadilly Cup, the LHSAA All-Sports award. Schools earn points by finishing in the top four places in each ofthe 23 sports sanctioned by the LHSAA.

Champions in each sport receive 60 points, runners-up receive 30, third- place finishers receive 20 and fourth place is awarded 10 points. In sportswith undetermined third and fourth place finishers, 15 points are awarded to each non-advancing semi-finalist.

A total of 196 schools accumulated points in this year’s Piccadilly Cup final standings.

“Competition was close throughout the school year,” Mitch Small, LHSAA marketing director, said. “In fact, baseball, the last sport of the year, wasthe determining factor for several classes. Competition for the PiccadillyCup added to what was already an outstanding year in high school sports.

The Piccadilly Cup is really catching on as our all-sports award.”Lutcher tied with Notre Dame and E.D. White with 140 points in Class 3A.Lutcher’s boys’ swim team captured the state championship while the baseball team finished as the state runners-up. The football and softballteams were state semifinalists while the girls’ swim team placed third in the state.

“We have a good school, a good program,” Lutcher athletic director Tim Detillier said. “We are doing extremely well in all sports. I feel real goodabout that.”Parkview Baptist placed first in Class 3A with 285 points. Lake Charles-Boston was second with 160 points.

Others award winners were Jesuit in Class 5A (315 points); Baton Rouge High in Class 4A (315 points); Newman in 2A (495 points); Vermilion Catholic in 1A (200 points); Episcopal of Acadiana in B (205 points) and Hicks in C (120 points).

“We are pleased that several LHSAA schools are considering adding sports to become more competitive in the all-sports competition,” Brian Von Gruben, executive vice-president of Piccadilly Cafeterias, said. “Thiscreates more opportunities for participation in high school sports for the students.”

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