Notes from Sterlington's 51-48 loss to Homer on Tuesday night.
TRIVIA QUESTION: It hasn't been quite as long as originally reported, but it has been awhile since Sterlington won its last district basketball championship. The Panthers claimed their most recent district championship in 1995.
Sterlington's 1971 team won the district title en route to a state runner-up finish.
In the first year of integration, the 1970-71 Panthers compiled a 31-5 record and lost to Southern Lab in the state championship game at the Rapides Coliseum in Alexandria. Archie Evans, who coached the team, said the Panthers' starting five consisted of Stan Parker, All-State guard Michael Dunn, Bobby Turner, Harvey Gregg and Walter Gunter. Dunn went on to play for Stephen F. Austin.
Mr. Evans, who retired as Sterlington's principal several years ago, sat beside Donald Ray Clark, an All-State center for the 1973-74 Panthers, during Tuesday night's game.
ALLRED SCARE: Sterlington fans received a scare when guard Matt Allred headed to the training room, accompanied by trainer Daniel Byrd, late in the first half. Allred, who tore an ACL in the first week of February in each of the past two seasons, only needed to have his side retaped and was back on the floor before halftime.
TEST RESCHEDULED: Considering the magnitude of the game, the crowd was a disappointment. However, Sterlington track coach and assistant football coach David Janssen did his part to give the students an opportunity to make the game by postponing a physics test from Tuesday to Thursday.