Kaplan's Daniel Poole is surrounded by Wildcats when he goes up for a shot.

Kaplan Pirates stun Abbeville in Wildcat gym

Beating the Abbeville Wildcats in their gym is always tough, especially for the Kaplan Pirates.
Despite the odds, the Pirates pulled off the victory, 43-40, over Abbeville on Friday.
“This was a big win for the kids becaue they worked so hard in practice,” said Kaplan head coach Cody Mire. “We have come so close, losing by one or two points to different teams this season.. Tonight, we pulled it off.”
It was not easy, however.

Vermilion Parish teams can’t afford to lose due to power points

Different parish basketball teams now have a lot riding on each game at around the half way point of the season.
One of those teams is the Delcambre Panthers (7-8). The Panthers are on the road tonight to play a tough West St. Mary basketball team in a district contest
At the half way point of the season, Delcambre is seeded No. 30 in the latest Class A power point rankings. The top 32 make the playoffs.
With that in mind, the Delcambre Panthers can not afford to lose many more games if they hope to make the playoffs.

Monet Bolden attempts a free throw in a recent game for Bossier Community College. Bolden is shooting 70 percent from the free throw line.

‘Mo’ doing well at Bossier

BOSSIER - The best female basketball player to put on an Erath High School uniform is having success with her new team.
Monet “Mo” Bolden lit up the score board at Erath High for three years. Today, she is playing basketball at Bossier Parish Community College.
Bolden is a starter at the junior college and averaging 13 points, four rebounds and four assists a game over the last 13 games.
She is also the only freshman to start and has started in 11 out of 13 games this season.

Gulf Coast Bank provided the plaques that were handed out to the MVPs and the coach of the year. From Gulf Coast Bank in the picture were (left to right) Murphy Guilbeaux, Chris Dardeau and Greg Harrington. Accepting their awards were Kaplan’s Mac Thibeaux (left) for Offensive MVP, Gueydan head coach Roderick Moy (Coach of the Year) and Kaplan’s Rhett Menard (Defensive MVP).

Kaplan High's Thibeaux, Menard MVPs; Gueydan Head Coach Moy named Coach of the Year

For the third year in a row, the Kaplan Pirates have a Vermilion Parish MVP.
Two years ago the Pirates had Julius Johnson rush for 2,000 yards and earned the Offensive MVP in the parish.
Last year Johnson led the parish in tackles and was named the Defensive MVP in the parish.
Well, in 2017, the Kaplan Pirates swept the parish MVP awards.
Mac Thibeaux, who made the parish first team as a running back last year, was selected the Parish Offensive MVP this year.

The North Vermilion Lady Patriots are Parish Champs.

The Vermilion Catholic Eagles are Parish Champs.

The Kaplan Lady Pirates placed second in the Vermilion Parish Tournament.

North Vermilion Lady Patriots, Vermilion Catholic Eagles win Vermilion Parish Tournament

The two teams who won this year’s, and possibly last year’s, Parish Tournament are not the normal team to win the parish tournament.
The Vermilion Catholic boys, the No. 3 seed, stunned the No. 1 Abbeville 58-37 in the finals, while the No. 1 seed North Vermilion Lady Patriots beat No. 3 Kaplan 41-32 in the finals.
The Lady Patriots had not won the parish since 2009, and it has been at least 10 years and possibly longer since the Eagles won the parish tournament.
The Eagles, who are now 7-0, whipped the Wildcats playing team ball.


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