Retired editor drops a line
Just wanted to drop you and our readership a line or two.
Retirement is wonderful. I am staying busy, but at a slow, low-stress pace. Have been doing a complete overhaul of my home, writing, and about to embark on something completely new to me…Acting in a promo film for a friend that will end up in Hollywood. Right now the search is on for film locations in the general southeast area of the state. In the meantime, I have stayed busy giving my house a ten-year huge organizational clean up. And best of all, I completed the first draft of the book I've been wanting to write for over eight years now. Someone told me from Plaquemine before I left that they knew someone in the publishing business. Whomever it was, please call me!
Last week I got a phone call from White Castle High School Principal Charlie Handy thanking me for my final column in the Oct. 4 issue of the POST SOUTH concerning the need for better lighting at WCHS Stadium. He told me it worked. The school board has corrected the problem. That makes me very happy. My final column did some good.
Also, since I retired, I have had a couple of interesting phone calls from local coaches.
Denny Wright called me when he and his wife were driving to their new home in Grand Isle. Denny took the head basketball coach's job at Class C Grand Isle High School. He says he had a lot of fast work to accomplish because the GIHS hoop club began its season probably last week or the week before. He said, in the off-season, he plans on doing some fishing.
St. John High Coach Mike Dugan also called and said he continues to see growth in his young team. "I see tremendous overall improvement between this season and next. I am eager to get the players on a weight program that will build strength and quickness. The younger players are gaining valuable experience under fire right now, but in the long run, and after we implement a complete weight program in the off-season, we will be more competitive," he explained.
Dugan said he was very impressed with parish rival White Castle High after losing to them a few weeks ago in early district play.
"They (WCHS) are faster than Kentwood, and that says a lot. I cannot understand why they are not ranked in the (Class A) top ten. They have explosive talent and are very well coached," noted Dugan. That was a couple of weeks before the WC Bulldogs did move up into the top 20 in Class 1-A football. Their only losses have come against Class 2-A top-five ranked University and top-five ranked 1-A and local district leader West St. John, the defending state runner-up of a year ago. The have scored over 50 points in several games this year with their outstanding team speed.
WC might have the best gridiron team this year in the parish, but Plaquemine High has the best football player in Hakeem Deggs. The Green Devil senior is among the leaders in area 4-A football after nine games with over 900 yards rushing, over 400 yards receiving, and he leads the 4-A area in scoring with 106 points and 17 touchdowns. Deggs has touchdowns rushing, receiving, and returning pass interceptions. He leads PHS in garnering turnovers since he became a two-way, nearly 60-minute player just prior to the start of 6-4A play.
Hats off to Hakeem, whose efforts helped turn around the Green Devil program after a 0-3 season start.