TIGERS REBUILDING ON THE FLY
The Hahnville Tigers are trying to claw their way back into state playoff contention.
Longtime head coach Kevin Robicheaux stepped down after last season, turning the reigns over to assistant Phillip Bychurch.
Bychurch sees progress.
"Our team is finally coming together," said Bychurch. "We have a chance to play good basketball."
A 1992 graduate of South Lafourche High School, Bychurch said he learned much from football coaches Ralph Pere and Nessie Pierce.
"You have to be positive, and work hard."
Bychurch's Tigers run a motion offense, looking for a good shot but Hahnville must play great defense to climb the ladder again in class 5A. "No matter the sport, defense wins championships," said Bychurch.
Talented players on his roster include senior guard Torial Flot, and junior post player Bailee Kaplan.
Young talent abounds in Hahnville's feeder schools, J.B. Martin and R.K. Smith. "We just have to find a way to keep those kids home," said Bychurch.
One year ago, the Tigers scored a 56-55 upset win over Riverside in the Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic.
But, the Tigers won only nine games and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2005.
Hahnville has been in rebuilding mode since the Tigers lost to Chapelle in the 2012 5A quarterfinals. That team had seven seniors, including standout point guard Kaylynn Boyd.
But, Bychuch, who was Kevin Robicheaux's assistant for three seasons, feels work ethic will get the Tigers back in contention.
"If you work hard good things will come," said Bychurch.
The Hahnville Tigers hope to again make some noise in the second consecutive appearance in the Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic.