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|A strange year for Boydstun|
In 35 years of coaching high school basketball, David Boydstun figured he had been through about it all.
Until this season.
Boydstun took over the Huntington boys basketball program in 2005 after headmaster and boys basketball coach Cliff McCain resigned.
Boydstun had moved to Ferriday with his wife Carolyn, who is from Ferriday and figured he would enjoy retirement near his grandkids.
Boydstun took Huntington to the second round of the state tournament in his first year as Hound coach and to the Class A state championship game his second year.
After losing out at district, Boydstun decided retirement was the way to go and intended on sitting out this year.
"I figured on doing a lot of fishing," Boydstun said.
But when longtime Lady Hound coach Penny Moak gave up the girls basketball job, Boydstun was asked take over in in early July.
But a conflict led Boydstun to step down as girls coach before the season and Nicky Pere,´ who took over the boys team, was also named girls coach.
When Pere´ resigned as boys and girls coach in December, Boydstun stepped back in to help.
"I got the call on a Monday morning and coached against Franklin Monday night," Boydstun said. "We won both games and I thought, 'This is easy.'" But the girls didn't win but one more."
Boydstun had Huntington's boys back in the state tournament for the third time in three years. The Hounds lost a tough consolation game to Claiborne on Saturday that put them against traditional Class A power Delta, whose state titles would rival the number of orange cones on the Vidalia-Ferriday highway earlier this month. Huntington lost to Delta Tuesday in a first-round Class A state tournament contest.
A win over Claiborne in the South A State consolation game would have pitted the Hounds against Tunica. A win over Tunica meant a rematch with CM&I, but would have also meant a trip to Overall.
Boydstun's first team lost to CM&I in the state tournament, the first time for a Huntington boys team at a state tournament in 24 years.
But that would have been enough to get to Overall.
Boydstun's 2006-07 team shocked Leake Academy and East Rankin in the Overall Tournament after falling to West Memphis in the Class A state finals.
Anyone watching the Hounds in early December would be shocked to see them still playing. Pere´ did a very commendable job in a tough situation.
"It's been a strange year," Boydstun said. "But basketball is all I've ever done. And I knew all the kids and been around them three or four years, so that helped. It's helped having five seniors in the group. When we've gotten into trouble we just seem to be able to push the right button and get into the defense we need to turn things around."
Boysdtun's only regret is the lack of success for the girls.
"I didn't have any trouble with the boys, but the girls may have felt as if I quit on them in the fall, and that's not true," Boydstun said. "I worked just as hard with them and never missed a practice."
As for next year, Boydstun will be there for the call again, if needed.
"It's been fun this year," he said. "I've really enjoyed this group of kids."
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