Crusader Sports History
August 2, 2017
From the Archives: Outstanding Track Performers
The only New Orleans athletes to win first place medals at the 1959 LHSAA AAA Track Meet at LSU were Aloysians. Read more ...
District Surprise Team - 1
Despite entering the 1985 baseball season as defending state champions, Barry Hebert's diamondmen were given little chance of forging a successful campaign.
  • The Crusaders lost five key players from the '84 titlists to graduation: Chito Martinez, Brian Muller, Keith Schmitt, Tookie Spann, and Darren Ulmer.
  • A scarcity of pitchers was cited as the main reason why the Times-Picayune/ States-Item writers pegged the Saders to finish second-to-last in District 11-AAAA, which included seven Catholic schools plus Chalmette.
  • However, another group of seniors made it their mission to prove the prognos­ticators dead wrong. These included SS Nick Macaluso, 3B Mike Lonero, CF Chris Francis, 1B Nick Fenn, LF Chris Paulin, and RF Scott Gaillot.
  • But success depended on the young pitching staff would have to jell quickly.
After going 6-2 in pre-district play, the Crusaders surprised their skeptics by finishing the first round 5-2.
  • After losing to undefeated Chalmette 5-0, the Saders outlasted Rummel 11-10 on Nick Macaluso's bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 7th.
  • BM edged Holy Cross 3-2 on Chris Francis's solo homer in the top of the 5th. Freshman Pete Dares blanked the Tigers the last 3 1/3 innings to get the victory in relief.
  • The winning streak continued with a 5-3 triumph over De La Salle as Paul Mire and Dares combined for a four-hitter. Martin got all its runs in the 2nd on hits by Dana Curtis, Paulin and Derek Cummiskey. Macaluso and Francis followed with run-scoring ground outs.
  • Jesuit remained unbeaten in district with a 4-1 win over Martin.
  • The Crusaders won the last two games of the round. First, they clobbered Shaw 14-0. Jeff Huth homered twice, a three-run shot, then a two-run blast. Cummiskey and Francis each had three hits to back Mire's three-hit pitching.
  • Macaluso's double in the bottom of the 6th drove home two as the Saders came from behind to top St. Augustine 6-5.
  • The Crusaders met the Owls in the 2nd-place playoff and got revenge for their loss at the beginning of the round. Lonero's high-bouncing single in the bottom of the ninth drove Macaluso home with the winning run in the 4-3 victory. Francis's two-run homer in the 5th tied the contest at 3. Mire's fine pitching kept the Crusaders close. Hebert: "Paul pitched his best game of the season today. He was not overpowering, but he threw strikes and made them hit the ball."

To be continued ...

Nick Macaluso

Chris Francis

Picture from the Past

The 1960 St. Aloysius 440 relay team finished third at the state meet at Natchitoches and the 880 relay team took fourth place. Al Nastasi finished 2nd in the 100 and 3rd in the 220 at state. Paul Reinhardt gained 3rd in both the high jump and broad jump. The team finished fourth with 22 1/2 points.

Both relay teams finished second at the Meet of Champions at Behrman Stadium a week later. Nastasi reversed his finishes in the 100 (3rd) and 220 (2nd) from state. Reinhardt was one of three tying for first in the high jump (5'8").

Crusader Quiz
Match each Brother Martin Crusader with the college where he played football.

  1. Raion Hill
  2. Adam Krause
  3. Chad Larose
  4. Gary Oser

A. Alabama
C. Michigan

About This Site
This site is maintained by Brother Neal Golden, S.C. (CJ '57 who attended St. Aloysius 1953-54). This section of the Alumni Web site is dedicated to all the Crusader and Kingsmen athletes and coaches at St. Aloysius, Cor Jesu, and Brother Martin. All sports and eras will be included, though not in like measure because available information is not equally distributed. The site will be updated as the author's time permits. Older postings will be moved to the archives. So if you don't get back for awhile, anything you missed will be accessible from links in the right-hand column. Suggestions for improvements and items to include are welcome as are the personal stories and memorabilia of Crusader and Kingsmen athletes. Ametur Cor Jesu! Loved be the Heart of Jesus!
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