Crusaders End Season in Finals

Photos courtesy of Roma Pics The Crusader basketball team competed in the Division I state championship game (Marsh Madness) against the Scotlandville Hornets on Saturday in Lake Charles. Unfortunately, the Crusaders lost a nail- biter of a game 53 – 52. Trailing by six with about 50 seconds to go, Tré Swilling hit a clutch three pointer and then Pattre’en Hughes sank two free throws 18 seconds later to bring the Crusaders within one. After Read more »

Crusaders Earn Nods & Advance to State Finals

On Thursday night, the Crusaders survived a gritty performance by the St. Augustine Purple Knights and held on for a 33-32 overtime victory in the Division I state semifinals. With about a minute and a half left in overtime, the Crusaders found themselves tied at 32. Coach Chris Biehl elected to have the team hold the ball for the last shot. With 0.3 seconds left, Vejon Wallis was fouled and sent to the free throw line with a chance to win the game. Read more »

Crusaders Claim Victory Over Wolves

The Crusader basketball team mounted a thrilling comeback in the fourth quarter to defeat the St. Paul’s Wolves by a score of 69 – 66 on Friday night. The victory puts the Crusaders in the Division I semifinal round for the first time since 2012. The Crusaders found themselves trailing 63 -57 in the fourth quarter, so coach Chris Biehl put his most athletic lineup on the court. The move paid off as the Crusaders scored 20 points in the quarter Read more »

Basketball Advances in Playoffs- Updated

On Saturday afternoon, the Crusaders basketball team took on the Jesuit Blue Jays in the Division I regional playoff game. While many fans were outside enjoying the Endymion Parade, the fans in the Conlin Gymnasium witnessed a spectacular performance as the Crusaders defeated the Blue Jays by a score of 56-45.  The Crusaders found themselves down 19-20 at halftime and trailing by five midway through the third quarter, however a three-pointer from Read more »

Crusaders Win District

Congratulations to the Crusaders, who claimed the outright District 9-5A championship title on Friday night by defeating the Holy Cross Tigers by a score of 74-58. This district title is the first for the Crusaders since 2012 and now they look to take it to the next level in the playoffs. The Crusaders started the game slow and found themselves down 22-7 at the end of the first quarter. However, in the second quarter Brother Martin scored 20 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, State Semifinalist
2012-2013 – State Quarterfinalist

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.



Vance Burwell – Delgado Community College

Luke Walker- Louisiana Tech
Venjie Wallis- University of New Orleans

Jordan Cornish  – University of Nevada – Las Vegas
Logan Mancuso – Millsaps College

Jalen Gray – Loyola University
Jordan Lumpkins – Copiah-Lincoln Community College
Patrick McCree  – Spring Hill College
Jabbar Singleton  – Oral Roberts University/ Southeastern Louisiana University

Myron Chapman – Kilgore Junior College (TX)
Denzel Flemings – Nicholls State University

Jamon Gray  – Delgado Community College
Schane Rillieux – Nicholls State University

Ryan Berger – Millsaps College
Patrick Swilling, Jr. – Tulsa



Steven “Duece” Martin – Chicago State University

D.J. Augustin – University of Texas at Austin
Steven Payton  – Pace University
Courtney Wallace – University of Louisiana at Lafayette


Mr. Chris Biehl – Varsity Head Coach

Mr. Evan Turkish (C)- Varsiy Assistant Coach

Junior Varsity Coaches: 
Mr. Tommy Smith ’71  – JV Coach

9th Grade Coaches:
Mr. Joey Barnitz ’02 – 9th Grade Head Coach

8th Grade Coaches:
Mr. Russ Williams (C) – 8th Grade Head Coach

(C) – CECP Coach



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