1957 Gonzales High basketball team honored

Staff reports
Six members of the 1957 Gonzales High School boys basketball state championship 1A team are shown receiving parish certificates of achievement at the Jan. 20 parish council meeting in Gonzales. Shown from left are: Parish Councilman Dempsey Lambert, Parish Council Chairman Pat Bell, Pat Arceneaux, Butch Ricca, Dan Causey, Parish President Tommy Martinez, Red Loupe, Glynn Gautreau and Jewell Gautreau. Players not able to attend included: Donald Richardson, Carlyn Gaudin, Alton Delaneuville, Lionel Glaze and Norris Decoteau. Head Coach Joel “Shank” Meredith, Assistant Coach Tom Harp and player Jerry Herald are deceased.

Members of the 1957 Gonzales High School boys basketball state championship 1A team were honored at the Ascension Parish Council meeting on Jan. 20.

Six of the original 12 members received parish certificates of achievement from Parish President Tommy Martinez recognizing the team’s accomplishment of finishing their season with a 27-7 record.

“Ascension Parish is known for our baseball and football programs,” Martinez said. “It’s not often that we celebrate a state championship basketball team so you guys are really special.”

The Gonzales Bulldogs, led by Head Coach Joel “Shank” Meredith and Assistant Coach Tom Harp, beat the Baker High School Buffaloes 63-60 in the state championship game.

Both teams had met seven times that year with Baker leading the series 4-3.

“It’s a great honor to be here and to be recognized after all these years,” said Glynn Gautreau, team captain. “This was a pretty remarkable team. What made us good was the strength of our second team. Red (Loupe), Alton (Delaneuville), Carlyn (Gaudin), Lionel (Glaze) and Dan (Causey), they pushed us daily through practice which made us a lot better. We had a good group.”