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Carencro boys basketball making history

Posted at 10:47 PM, Aug 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-07 23:58:45-04


Carencro High School is known as a football school, but last year, its basketball team made history. The team claimed the school’s first state title in basketball, and now, five members of that team are continuing to make history.

Head boys’ basketball coach Christopher Kovatch said he always knew these players had what it took.

“This is an incredibly special group that we had and we knew that when they were coming out of 8th grade. We knew that we had a chance to do great things and these guys just never let down,” Kovatch said.

Nicholas Carmouche, De’Myras Despanie, Chance Prejean, Jeremiah August, and Braylon Chaisson will all be heading to college this fall to continue their passion of playing basketball. What sets them apart from the rest is the fact that they’ve made school history.

“We had goals and we all knew we believed in it and we achieved it,” Carmouche said.

Those goals led the boys to their first-ever state championship.

“People counted us out, but we just got it ourselves and made it out strong winning the playoffs and winning it all,” Depanie said.

“Be patient, always wait your turn, because sometimes it will never happen right away. Buy into the coaches system because they will never lead you wrong,” Prejean said.

All five of them agree that philosophy led them to success.

“Work hard your freshman year, don’t take no days off from practice and weight room because eventually you are going to need it and you’re going to need your strength,” August said.

“Be ready and work hard… that’s it,” Chaisson said.