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OHS state champions honored

The Opelousas High state championship football trophy became a traveling exhibit Tuesday night as several team members and coaches visited city and parish school district officials during separate and regular December meetings.

Members of the St. Landry Parish School Board and Opelousas Board of Aldermen applauded the athletic accomplishment recorded Friday when Opelousas defeated Cecilia 26-13 for the Division II non-select title at the Caesar’s SuperDome in New Orleans.

The first stop on the tour was the regular School Board meeting where Superintendent Milton Batiste III said it’s evident that the school is developing a program that is also focused on more than winning games.

“The coaching staff is building and molding young men in the process. I think the city and the parish can use Opelousas High as an example of how things can be turned around and if we want to do that, we are going to have to work harder,” Batiste said.

School Board president Joyce Haynes said the Opelousas High championship was important.

“I think this team has placed Opelousas on the map. They have also given Opelousas something to be proud of,” said Haynes.

Opelousas High principal Greg Campbell said that team supporters appeared in significant numbers for the game.

“I would like to thank everyone for their support. I know of someone who flew in from Detroit Friday morning just to attend the game and then left on a flight afterward that night to go back home. Just all the people in the stands supporting the school was a beautiful sight to see,” Campbell said.

After the trophy left the School Board meeting, it accompanied the coaches and team for a ride across Opelousas to the Board of Alderman meeting already in progress.

Opelousas Mayor Julius Alsandor, city officials and those attending the meeting gave the coaches and players a standing ovation.

“I think what this team did on Friday shows that we can be winners if we all come together and work together,” Alsandor said. Photos and story by Bobby Ardoin