Crusaders Win in Varsity Basketball Opener

If Coach Chris Biehl seemed a little more anxious than usual before tip-off Thursday night, one could not blame him.  The game marked the first varsity basketball game of the season for the Brother Martin Crusaders, as they took on the South Plaquemines Hurricanes.  What had Coach Biehl most concerned was experience, or a lack thereof.  Not a single starter for the Crusaders had ever played a minute in a varsity game.” I have coached inexperienced Read more »

Coach Russ Williams Voted into the Manhattan College Hall of Fame

Russ Williams, Brother Martin JV Head Basketball Coach, will be inducted into the 2015 Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, November 7th. Coach Williams is a 1987 graduate of Msgr. McClancy Memorial High School, a Brothers of the Sacred Heart school, located in New York and a 1992 graduate of Manhattan College. In 2003, Coach Williams was inducted into the Msgr. McClancy High School Hall of Fame.  At Manhattan College, Williams graduated Read more »

2015 Basketball Camp

The 2015 Brother Martin Basketball Camp, run by Head Coach Chris Biehl, hosted 125 campers in the Robert M. Conlin Gymnasium.  Coach Biehl and his staff focused on fundamentals, competition, sportsmanship and much more.  The week long camp was open to students entering 3rd – 8th grades from a variety of surrounding Greater New Orleans area schools.       Read more »

Wallis and Smith Named to All District Team

Congratulations to Senior Venjie Wallis ’15 and Junior Irv Smith ’16 on being named as All-District Basketball Players for the 14-15 Season! Great Job! Read more »

Scholar Basketball Players Named

Congratulations to senior basketball players Travis Epps and Drew Lewis.  Both players were recently named to the ExxonMobil/ISC All-Academic Scholar Class 5A Basketball team.   They helped lead the Crusaders to a 23-9 overall record. The Academic Class/Division Team is composed of all senior student-athletes from their schools class/division who have a grade point average of 3.5000 or above. Congratulations, Travis and Drew! Read more »

Basketball Championships
1969-1970 – District, State, National
1970-1971 – District, State
1972-1973 – District
1973-1974 – District, State
1978-1979 – District
1986-1987 – District
2002-2003 – District, State Runner-up
2003-2004 – District, State
2004-2005 – District, State
2006-2007 – District
2009-2010 – State
2011-2012 – District
2012-2013 – State Quarter Finalist

The Basketball Program consists of four levels of competition: eighth grade, ninth grade, junior varsity, and varsity.

Varsity and junior varsity basketball begins with conditioning and weight training in the fall.  The official beginning of practice is determined by LHSAA regulations. Currently, that is the first Monday in October.  Tryouts for all levels take place in November. Varsity and junior varsity seasons begin in late November and run through late February.  Team members are expected to attend all practices/games during the holiday seasons.  9th and 8th grade teams begin in late November.  Spring practice for varsity and junior varsity takes place in May.  Summer League/Team Camps run from the end of May through the month of June.

Team selections (all levels) are made through a tryout process.


D.J. Augustin ’06 – Texas
Joey Barnitz ’02 – Loyola/UNO
Peter Barnitz ’99 – Loyola
Ryan Berger ’10 – Millsaps
Corey Bloom ’05 – Houston/ULL
Ryan Brock ’05 – Loyola
Myron Chapman ’12 – Kilgore Junior College (Tx.)
Jordan Cornish ’14 – University of Nevada – Las Vegas
Denzel Flemings ’12 – Nicholls St.
Jalen Gray ’13 – Loyola
Jamon Gray ’11 – Delgado
Justin Lauga ’99 – UNO
Jordan Lumpkins ’13 – Copiah-Lincoln Community College


Logan Mancuso ’14 – Millsaps College
Steven “Duece” Martin ’07 – Chicago State University
Patrick McCree ’13 – Spring Hill College
James Olivard ’01 – Loyola
Steven Payton ’06 – Pace University
Schane Rillieux ’11 – Nicholls St.
Nicky Saacks ’97 – Spring Hill College
Charles Scarborough ’02 – Tougaloo College
Jabbar Singleton ’13 – Oral Roberts University
Patrick Swilling, Jr. ’10 – Tulsa
Courtney Wallace ’06 – ULL


Mr. Chris Biehl – Varsity Head Coach
Mr. Evan Turkish (C)  – Assistant Varsity Coach
Mr. Russ Williams (C)  – JV Head Coach
Mr. Joey Barnitz ’02 – Freshmen Head Coach
Mr. Tommy Smith  – 8th Grade Head Coach

(C) – CECP Coach
(NF) – Non-Faculty



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