Even if many of the participants from the old basketball rivalry have moved away, bragging rights still matter in Morehouse Parish. The third annual Delta-Bastrop Alumni Basketball All-Star Game will be played Saturday at approximately 6 p.m. at Sam's Place. A youth game, featuring participants from a Saturday morning camp, will tip off at 5:30.
Jesse Burnette, who guided Delta to the 1995 Class 2A state championship and Theodis Johnson, who coached at Delta and Bastrop, will both be on hand for the event. In addition, members of Bastrop's 1974-75 Class 4A state championship team and Delta's 1994-95 state championship squad will be recognized.
Event director Leabury Odom requests that fans wear “something pink” in honor of breast cancer awareness. Proceeds from the game will go to the Morehouse Cancer Society, the Bastrop Rams Men's Basketball Foundation and the Bastrop Baby Rams' pee wee football team.
Declining enrollment at both schools and the imminent closure of the International Paper mill — Morehouse Parish's chief industry — led to the consolidation of the two schools in 2005. But there was a time when the Mustangs and Rams routinely played before packed gyms.
The rivalry was renewed with the Rams winning a single game. Last year, the two teams split a double header in Mer Rouge, with Bastrop winning the 30-and-over game 70-56 and Delta taking the 30-and-under contest 46-35. This year, the game returns to Bastrop with a single game format.