Bossier principal David Thrash suffered from a stomach virus earlier this week, and brother Rodney wanted his older sibling to get well.
But Rodney joked that he wanted David to go to Bossier’s gym and pass his illness to the entire Bearkat boys basketball team.
Rodney Thrash, the North Webster boys basketball coach, will bring his Knights to Bossier on Friday for the District 1-3A championship.
The Thrash brothers shared a friendly banter this week in the team’s second matchup this season.
“(David) finally let the (Bossier’s) game plan out of the bag after I worked on him,” Rodney said. “He said they’re going to defend the hell out of you.
“Well thanks, I knew that. Bossier is very physical, and they will drape on you. When the bus pulls up and stops, they are ready to pick you up in the parking lot.”
David said Friday won’t be the first time the brothers were affiliated with opposite schools in a contest, but he said there’s never been as big a stage as a district championship on the line.
David started the baseball program at Benton before becoming an assistant principal at Haughton. He said Rodney’s Cotton Valley High teams have played David’s schools before.
“We’re a year apart in age, and we’ve always been competitive,” David said. “We’ve played together all of our lives.
“There’s always going to be a sibling rivalry, but it’s always friendly. I said to the (North Webster principal) when they joined our district, that if he doesn’t win with all of that talent and those athletes up there, you should fire him. We always support each other, and we text almost daily.”
Bossier (21-7, 8-0 in 1-3A) won the first matchup 65-59 in overtime in Springhill and will win the District 1-3A title outright by beating North Webster on Friday.
The Knights (21-8, 7-1) could force a shared championship by beating Bossier and winning the district finale at Mansfield.
David said their parents didn’t know if they wanted to attend the game in Springhill because they didn’t want to cheer for either son.
Father Wayne Thrash spent about 40 years as a coach and principal at Shongaloo High, where both Thrash brothers played baseball and basketball.
The brothers switched between shortstop and pitcher in baseball and both started in Shongaloo’s backcourt in basketball.
“We went to the quarters and semifinals for several years in baseball, and we were very successful in basketball,” Rodney said. “I hadn’t competed against him that much, but I’ve competed with him a lot.
“There are bragging rights at stake a little bit. He didn’t rub it in my face after the first game because he knew we’d be coming back down to play. We like taking jabs at each other and have fun with it, and the game being for a district championship adds a little bit to it.”
David said he told Bossier coach Jeremiah Williams that while Rodney is his brother, he “isn’t worried about (Rodney) come Friday night.”