DOYLINE-Being the head coach of both the Panthers and Lady Panthers basketball teams at Doyline High School is a challenge for coach Michael Normand, but it also gives him two chances to make a state run in the playoffs.
Normand may have that chance this year, with two talented teams. Although the boys team has less returners than the girls.
"We have three returning starters on the boys team," Normand said. "Laurence Hester (Sr. G), Justice Lindsey (Jr. F) and Donnie Brooks (Soph. C). But this team has a great attitude and work ethic. We have some injuries we have to fight through, and a very challenging schedule, but we should be very competitive when February comes around."
In addition to the returning starters, Normand has freshman Jatavon jackson who he says is one of the most improved players on the team.
"We have a lot of guys with very little experience that will have to play major roles this year," Normand said. "But our goal is always to win district."
Normand has more coming back with the Lady Panthers.
"We have a lot of experience coming back," he said. "But we don't have a very deep bench and a very challenging schedule."
The lady Panthers returning starters are: Chantrell Johnson (Sr. G), Bessie Waller (Sr. F), Amber Ary (Sr. C) and Terbrina nelson (Jr. G).
"Our district is the toughest top to bottom in the state," Normand said. "We have a few minor injuries that will make things difficult at the beginning of the season."
But expect both Doyline teams to be their at the end.
The Doyline High School teams will play at Gibsland-Coleman today and then will head to Sibley to take on Lakeside on Monday.