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February 27, 1986

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, !i SPORTS P.H.S. 3irls' Basketball Team Regional Champs! Ponchatoula bound for state title By BRYAN T. McMAHON Editor and Publisher Coach Peggy Allred must feel like she's walking on eggs - 22 years of coaching, and now a state championship for the Ponchatoula Lady Wave is only two games away, For those having a difficult time keeping up with the meteoric rise of this year's basketball team, an update: The girls' basketball team at P.H,S. is now the regional champion, having bested Covington at Hammond Monday in a 43-40 contest that saw star player Robin Castell score "21 hard ones (the top scorer) during that game They had three on her all night." according to a proud Coach Allred. Miss Castell has combined a six foot, two inch athletic form with more talent than Ponchatoula has seen since the girls" state final try in 1977 when P.H.S. was runner-up in the state, the closest it has come to a state championship in women's basketball. She was named All-Metro Sunday, has been named to the All-District team, and is believed to have a shot at the All-State honor. Her All-Metro designation puts her at the top of a field that includes players from New Orleans, St. Bernard. ST. Tammany. St, Charles and Tangipahoa parishes. The team captured the Bi-District Championship on Thursday at Covington, taking on and beating Nicholls High. Next on the schedule is the Quarter Finals for state played 7:30 p.m. Thursday at H.L. Bourgeois. The opponent is South Terrebonne. Now hang on. Should Ponchatoula win Thursday the next foe will be faced at the semi-finals in Lake Charles, a terifically important contest innocently named the "Sweet Sixteen Tournament." There are only eight teams left playing in the state. One of these would face the local ladies in Lake Charles, if we win Thursday. The State Championship is played in early March. Ponchatoula has never before won the state championship in women's basketball. We came agonizingly close in 1977, again under Coach Allred, reaching the final round with a two point win (ver Welch, only to lose by the same margin in the state finals. Tami Wells, co-owner of Aw Shucks Restaurant and Tavern in Ponchatoula, was a member of that team, "one of the best," according to Coach Allred She has been closely following basketball action at her alma mater this season: "I am confident. I made my, reservations for Lake Charles today," she said in reference to the next game after what she believes will be a Ponchatoula win Thursday. "I would love to be out there playing. I see the same fans who followed us come back to support this team. I believe they will make it," said the veteran Lady Wave hooper. First fiat of berries $100 bills in hand. "'The secret to strawberry farming," he offered, somewhat tongue-in cheek, "Is to have a weak mind and a strong back." Relan. who deals with a wide range of strawberry farmers, and who is in ongoing and roughly-friendly competition with Billy Young of the M.A. Bankston C'ompany Inc., says he has heard nothing of the much-publicized trouble farmers are supposed to be having with a mildew problem on the berTies. FROM PAGE ONE One of the area's best-known straw- berry farmer, and a man known too for his experimental work with berries and grapes of all kinds, Hollis Poche. told The Times that he agreed the mildew problem was overblown in the media. though he said some farmers were having limited difficulties with it. He too agreed that this year's crop, barring any excesses of weather, fickle partner of the farmer, would be plentiful and early to harvest. ! Show your support to the 3rd annual Special Olympics promotion sponsored by Jones Intercable. 748-9837 AMITE 345-7801 AMMOND THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, FEBRUARY 27, 1986. PAGE FOURT .... -POl THE KsLU SHOW 10 p.m.- 4 a.m. a. By "[he Most Talked About Program on Network Radio "_ZLetil ,--- By El Tr, Our New "Spicy" Tuesday Served witi :  'ver-" Lettuce & Tomato Wednesda Salad French bread Thursda, FOR ONLY s25o Bootsy's Dell 386-3034 Remember. " You'll always find 365 W. Pine At Self- Serve 701 E. Pine /i!!:i