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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Long-time softball coach honored with surprise party

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  • Boyd Cole was the guest of honor at a surprise retirement party Saturday night in Sterlington.
    Cole was Sterlington High's head softball coach for 18 years before stepping down in August and remains on staff as an assistant football coach. Cole guided the Lady Panthers to the 2003 Class 2A state championship and his teams regularly qualified for the State Tournament. Last year's squad was 25-3 and reached the quarterfinals.
    All 18 of Cole's teams were represented at the surprise gathering.
    Judy Cole lured her husband to the party by saying they were going out to eat. First, she said she need to stop by the church. When Boyd Cole inquired about the number of cars on the parking lot, he was told he had arrived at a baby shower.
    By his own admission, the coach bought his wife's story, hook, line and sinker.
    Earlier stops in Cole's 30-plus year coaching career include Bastrop where he was an assistant football and head baseball coach, Byrd where he was head football coach and West Ouachita as assistant football coach and head softball coach.
    SUPER BOWL: San Francisco 49ers' defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois will be the only player on the field in the Super Bowl to have played college football in Louisiana.
    Francois is joined on the 49ers' roster by fellow LSU product Curtis Taylor, a safety on the team's practice squad.
    Ladarius Webb, a cornerback/return specialist, is the only player from a Louisiana school on the Baltimore Ravens' roster. However, the former Nicholls State Colonel is on injured reserve.
    Ole Miss is among eight schools with former players on both rosters, joining Central Florida, Florida, Miami, Mississippi State, Oregon, Tennessee and Texas.
    Ole Miss is represented by All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis of the 49ers and right tackle Michael Oher of the Ravens.
    GARRETT TEMPLE has signed a contract to remain with the Washington Wizards for the remainder of the season. Temple began the season as a member of the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Developmental League.
    Other former LSU Tigers on NBA rosters include Brandon Bass (Boston Celtics), Glen Davis (Orlando Magic), Chris Johnson (Minnesota Timberwolves), Anthony Randolph (Denver Nuggets), Tyrus Thomas (Charlotte Hornets) and Marcus Thornton (Sacramento Kings).

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