In a long-awaited return to their home gym, Barbe High School’s Lady Bucs volleyball team triumphed over New Iberia in straight sets with a 3-0 victory on Tuesday, marking the end of a three-year absence of sporting events in their school gym.
Principal Troy Fontenot of Barbe High School had been tirelessly advocating for the gym’s completion in time for the winter sports season, emphasizing the considerable advantages it would bring to the student-athletes at the school. After this monumental moment, Fontenot expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “It’s wonderful. We haven’t had a gym floor since Hurricane Laura, so we’re full force now. I think we’re going to have a jamboree for boys’ basketball, a girls’ basketball tournament, and a full district season, so we’re ready to go.”
He continued, emphasizing the importance of a home gym for their tight-knit community, saying, “We live in a great town, and it’s just good to smell the popcorn, hear the fans, listen to the music, hear the kids screaming, and support one another. That’s what school is supposed to be about, and I’m looking forward to the rest of volleyball season and our entire basketball season here at home.”
The event also marked Senior Night for the Barbe volleyball team, with Senior Rory Boyd receiving well-deserved recognition in front of an appreciative and sizeable crowd. For Boyd, it was a truly memorable experience as she had the privilege of playing on her home floor for the very first time in her career.
The return to the home gym symbolizes a significant step forward for Barbe High School and its dedicated student-athletes, who can now look forward to a complete sporting season within the familiar walls of their school gymnasium.