Crusader Sports History
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District Surprise Team - 2

The Crusaders began the 2nd round by playing the team they had just beaten in the playoff for 2nd place in the 1st round.

  • Pete Dares made his first start of season, giving up just three hits and one ER in five innings to earn the 10-3 victory over Chalmette.
  • "The reason I started Pete," explained Coach Barry Hebert, "is because the Owls have not faced the young P before and also because he is a lefthander."
  • Chris Francis clouted a two-run HR to lead the attack.

Martin ripped off three more wins in a row.

  • Rummel fell 5-3 at Mike Miley as Paul Mire twirled a five-hitter. Francis cracked another four-bagger in the top of the 6th to tie the game at 1. In the top of the 8th, the Crusaders took a 3-1 lead on a wild pitch and a double by junior C Dana Curtis. But the Raiders extended the game with two in the bottom of the inning. But another two-spot by the visitors was not answered by the home team.
  • Tulane was the site of the next game, a 5-4 thriller over Holy Cross. Francis scored the winning run in the bottom of the 7th when he singled, advanced to 3B on Nick Fehn's single and continued home when the throw from RF went into the dugout. Todd Masson went the route to pick up the win.
  • The next victim was De La Salle to the tune of 7-3 at Kirsch-Rooney. Mike Lonero had two hits, including a triple in the 1st that drove home two. Jeff Huth contributed a double to the inning.

But the Crusaders' quest for the second round title was sidetracked by two straight losses.

  • After sweeping the first round, Jesuit was 4-0 in the round as they faced the Martin at Privateer Park. A bases-loaded triple in the top of the 7th put the finishing touch on the Blue Jays' 7-2 win.
  • Next, the annual trip to Marrero to play Shaw ended badly with an 8-4 defeat.

The Crimson Knights needed to defeat the Purple Knights to clinch a tie for 2nd in the round.

  • Todd Masson tossed a no-hitter, striking out 10, in the 11-0 romp.
  • That led to another 2nd place playoff, this one against Holy Cross. Nick Macaluso, the left-hand hitting SS, cracked a pair of 3-run HRs over the short RF fence at the Tiger diamond as BM rallied from a 9-5 deficit to pull away 19-9. The win, his first of the season, went to Paul Boudreaux, Hebert's third P, who went 4 1/3 innings. Huth closed out the scoring with a four-bagger in the 7th, his fourth hit of the game. Macaluso had three of his team's 16 hits and scored five runs.
  • Hebert: "I was worried about playing here because of the noise, but the kids were just determined they were going to hit the ball. We never gave up."
  • So the Crusaders earned the opportunity to defend their 1984 State Championship.
To be continued ...

Pete Dares

Dana Curtis

Todd Masson

First Playoff Appearance in Eight Years

Coach Barry Dotson

Nicky Saacks

The 1994-95 Crusader basketball team made the state playoffs for the first time since 1987.

  • Fifth-year coach Barry Dotson finally experienced a winning season (15-12) although his 1991-92 squad broke even (15-15).
  • Brother Martin traveled to the West Bank for the 5A bi-district round against the John Ehret Patriots, who sported a 22-11 record.
  • The Crusaders jumped out to a 10-4 lead that ended on a 3-pointer by Kyle Albright. But Ehret ended Q1 with an 11-0 run to take the lead 15-10.
  • Martin gradually fell further behind through Q3, trailing 42-30 to begin to the final period.
  • At that point, Dotson called for full-court pressure. That strategy turned the tide. After a 19-11 run, the Crusaders trailed 53-49 with 2:41 left in the game.
  • Finally, a three-pointer by Al Clivens, who led all scorers with 21 points, tied the score at 56 with 0:53 left.
  • But Ehret retook the lead on a layup by Kenneth Forges with 44 seconds to go.
  • Nine seconds later, Nicky Saacks, a 6'8" sophomore, countered with a lay-in and was fouled. He hit the FT for a one-point lead.
  • The Crusaders managed to stop Ehret from scoring the rest of the way to secure the victory.
  • Dotson: We know that if you battle until the end, something good is going to happen, and you just have to work hard. We know what we shoot for the year, and we know that if things get bad, we just have to keep on pressing. ... I thought the key to the game was that we put some pressure on them.
  • Ehret coach Reggie Frilot agreed. We just didnt take care of the basketball.
  • The victory marked Martin's first playoff victory since since the 1982-83 season.
Brother Martin next hosted a regional round game against Warren Easton, which advanced by defeating Jesuit. Unfortunately, the Crusaders had the tables turned on them as the Eagles won on a last second foul shot 72-71.
1994-95 Crusaders

L-R: Pierre Gaudin, Al Clivens, David Liuzza, David Cassreino, Scott Miller, Nicky Saacks,
Matt LeBlanc, David Miller, Mario Lopez, Ashley Frank, Joshua Francis, Kyle Albright
Crusader Quiz
Match each Crusader with the college where he played basketball.

  1. D.J. Augustine ('06)
  2. Bobby Buisson ('63)
  3. O. J. Lacour ('62)
  4. Glenn Masson ('71)
  5. Nicky Saacks ('97)

A. Auburn
Southern Mississippi
Spring Hill

E. Tulane

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