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Basketball is returning to Franklin Parish.
The Mangham Dragons in neighboring Richland Parish will also throw their hat in the basketball ring even in the midst of a standout football season still moving through the playoffs.
Franklin Parish will send their junior varsity teams out on the court beginning Thursday at 5 p.m. to tangle with the Richwood Rams of Monroe. The jamboree action will be at Patriots Gym.
No program has been as solid and consistent in Class 3-A over the past few years as Richwood. That fact will give FPHS a good early measuring stick for their teams.
The boys and girls varsity Patriots will also play games against Richwood later in the evening.
The Patriots are trying to improve on a solid 20-11 season that saw them take second in district 2-4A under head coach Wyscee Kerry.
Kerry will have plenty of returning talent to work with eight seniors leading the way along with three returning starters.
Roosevelt Walker, Sidney McMillan, J.C. Winn, Brandon Sims, and Tyrell Winn are projected to start for the Patriots.
J.C. Winn is a returning all-district star who is being counted on to heavily lead this team. Sidney McMillan makes the move from the football field as quarterback to guard position on the hardwood.
Kristi Norman returns four seniors for the Lady Patriots. The team is working hard to improve on their 11-15 mark a year ago.
Jasmine Jones, Latonya Whitley, Brendolyn Johnson, Daffany Dykes, and Rockendalyn Scott project as the starting line-up for the Franklin Parish girl's team.
The Mangham Dragons also continue to play on in the high school football playoffs, but will tip-off their jamboree in basketball as well Thursday when they host the Rayville Hornets.
The Mangham basketball tournament is a three team event with each boys and girls teams playing the other two in two, 10-minute halves.
Delhi meets Mangham in a girls game at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Delhi boys against Mangham; then it's Delhi verses Rayville with the girls game at 7 o'clock and the boys game at 7:30 p.m. Ravville and Mangham meet in the final two games with the girls' game beginning at 8 p.m. and the boys at 8:30.
The Lady Dragons are coming off a banner year and are again working toward another district championship.
The regular season begins for the Dragons and Lady Dragons on Nov. 17 against the Caldwell Spartans of Class 3-A.
Playing up in classification should assist the program in preparing for the competitive district 4-1A. Both squads look to be in a position to contend for the district championship at this point.
It is early season basketball, but the excitement is already at fever pitch for basketball fans in the area.
Let the games begin!