Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Defending 4A State Champion Salmen falls to Chalmette

By Bill Turner
Staff writer

The gym is the same, still temporary looking with a new gym, a huge monolith to Spartans basketball, growing silently beside it.

But there's something different at Salmen.

On the walls, the difference is evident. On one beige wall up high is a large glossy photo of the 2008-09 basketball team, looking down on this year's version. On the opposite wall is a banner with the names of last season's team, like a moment out of Hoosiers, names of those who created history for Salmen by winning the Class 4A state basketball championship.
But Tuesday night -- when the Spartans lost 44-42 to Chalmette -- the march toward the same old goal, a state title, began again.

The differences extended to the team, where R.J. Scott and Jared Harrison and Isiah Tate and Daron Populist and even Daniel Sams and Matthew Sumpter no longer work the baseline or prowl the post or hit those long jumpers for a 33-2 team whose two losses were within 30 hours of each other last December.

But things are different by rule. Each year is fresh.

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