Cherished moments: Plaquemine names basketball court in honor of former coach Bueche

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com
Former Plaquemine Senior High School basketball coach John Bueche attends a presentation in his honor that included the naming of the court after him during the Green Devils' District 6-4A game between Belaire on Tuesday night. 
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PLAQUEMINE - Plaquemine Senior High School honored the career accomplishments of retired head basketball coach John Bueche on Tuesday night during the Green Devils’ District 6-4A matchup with Belaire.

The basketball court in Plaquemine’s gymnasium was also named in honor of Bueche, a member of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

“When I was inducted into the Hall of Fame and looked back on my career, I said that those were cherished moments in my life,” Bueche said. “Tonight is another cherished moment.”

Bueche was a three-time All-State player at Plaquemine from 1963-65 before going on to Nicholls State University where he led the Colonels in free throw percentage and assists and was selected outstanding defensive player.

He coached the Green Devils from 1974-77 winning the state championship in 1976 and finishing runners-up in 1977.

At White Castle, he won two more state titles in 1983 and 1986 and compiled a career record of 369-79.

“We have a legend among us tonight,” Iberville Parish Superintendent Dr. P. Edward Cancienne Jr. said. “In appreciation to your dedication, loyalty and performance as a player, coach and administrator, it is my pleasure to announce this gymnasium floor now and forever the Coach John Bueche Court.”

Bueche also served as supervisor of transportation and was Iberville Parish’s first athletic director.