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Long before the Friday night lights fired up, and hours before the first play was called, Wilson Central students were already hard at work preparing for the big game against Beech.
These are the kids that won't get the glory of putting it in the end zone, but still have plenty of pride. Perhaps no student has more of it than 19-year-old cheerleader Gabryelle Conklin, who doesn't let cerebral palsy keep her from energizing the fans or inspiring her fellow cheerleaders.
"I just like the support of my girls," Conklin said. "They mean the world to me and I don't even know if they know how much they mean to me."
Going into Friday's game, the Wildcats had 7 straight wins, and Head Coach Brad Dedman said some of that success is thanks to the team's unique source of inspiration.
"We've got Frazier Frans on our team," Dedman said. "He's an equipment manager for us."
Frazier suffers from a mental disability that keeps him from suiting up, but not from supporting the team, or from being one of the guys.
"You know, they treat him just like one of the guys," says Dedman. "He hangs out in our locker room. He sits around and jokes around with them."
Dedman says when it's time for the players to leave the locker room and put on their game faces, they carry Frazier's infectious energy with them onto the gridiron.
"You know, he inspires our football team with just his enthusiasm," says Dedman. "He's definitely big for our football team. He's definitely one of Wilson Central's biggest supporters."
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By CHEVEL JOHNSON Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The sounds of country music take over the City of Baton Rouge as the Bayou Country Superfest brings some of the genre's biggest names to LSU's Tiger Stadium for a Memorial Day holiday jamfest.
Headlining Saturday are Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker and Aaron Lewis, the former frontman for rock band Staind. The two-day festival concludes Sunday with performances by Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan and The Band Perry.
Festival producer Quint Davis says the talent and free fan fest held before the nightly concerts help to entice attendees. In its fourth year, the festival drew 75,000 people last year.
Visit Baton Rouge executive vice president Renee Areng says Superfest has encouraged people to travel to Baton Rouge on a traditionally sleepy weekend.
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