Crusader Collegians - 8
Cadet Footballers
E Tom Rini 1966
Tom Rini

Two Crusaders have lettered in football for West Point.

Thomas Rini (SA '67)

  • Tom played football and basketball at St. Aloysius.
  • He played DE on the Academy football team in 1969 and 1970, lettering in the latter season. He graduated from USMA in 1971.

Ernest Chachere ('70)

  • Ernie played football at Cor Jesu and was a co-captain of the first Brother Martin squad ('69).
  • He lettered on the D-line for Army in 1972 and '73, graduating in '74.
  • Ernie is currently VP - Supply Chain at Gallo Winery, Modesto CA.
Ernie Chachere '70
Ernie Chachere
Revon to Tulane?

Nick Revon left St. Aloysius after the 1947-8 school year to play for Hinds Junior College in Jackson MS.

  • In his two years at Hinds, Nick broke all sorts of scoring records.
  • As result, "The Cat" attracted attention from many colleges.
Nick Revon, Hinds JC
Nick Revon in process of scoring 40 points for Hinds Junior College in a March 1950 game

Here is an excerpt from Scoop Kennedy's column in the March 13, 1950, New Orleans Item about Tulane Coach Cliff Wells' recruiting efforts.

Coach Wells is a busy man. He says he needs three more men in addition to Nick Revon before he'll call it quits for the spring hunting season. Yes, I said Nick Revon ... Revon, a product of the French Quarter's Cabrini Playground and St. Aloysius, is touted as potentially the greatest basketball player ever produced (cliché) by New Orleans.

Nick, now playing for Hinds Junior College, has boiled down to either Tulane or Kentucky. Although a Lilliput (5 feet 9) in a game of giants, Revon can have his pick of either, or 323 other schools in these United States.

But Wells has Revon signed to a scholarship. Signing this document doesn't compel Revon to attend Tulane, only it is a pledge. If he does decide on Kentucky he must sit on the bench for two years. That's the SEC rule applying to a boy who signs a scholarship at one conference school and goes to another. Revon could have attended Tulane last year but went to Hinds to stoke up on English.

As it turned out, Nick spurned both the Green Wave and the Wildcats to attend Southern Mississippi.

  • He set six school scoring records, some of which still stand.
  • Drafted by the Minneapolis Lakers of the NBA in 1954, Nick chose instead to play for the Houston Ada Oilers in the National Industrial Basketball League because the money was better and a job with the company came with it.
  • Nick was elected to the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.

Nick Revon, St. Aloysius
Nick Revon at St. Aloysius

 

 

 

 

Nick Revon, Southern Mississippi
Revon at USM

Tulane Cage Stars
Hal Cervini, Tulane
Hal Cervini

Bobby Delpit, Tulane
Bobby Delpit

The 1953-4 Tulane basketball team needed to regroup.

  • The Green Wave traveled to Knoxville after being drilled by perennial SEC power Kentucky in Lexington two days earlier, 94-43. Reporters speculated that the Greenies were "through for the year, wrecked, demoralized," etc.
  • They showed that was not the case as they edged the Tennessee Volunteers 63-61 thanks largely to the efforts of two former Crusaders.

A third Crusader wasn't able to contribute because of injury.

  • Dick Brennan ('51) bruised his knee in the Wildcat game. He started against the Vols, but Coach Cliff Wells pulled him when it became evident that his injury hampered his play.
  • Two guards, junior Hal Cervini ('51) and sophomore Bobby Delpit ('52), scored 29 points between them to lead the Green attack.

With the score tied at 61 and two minutes to play, Wells turned the game over to his Crusaders.

  • With no shot clock, Cervini froze the ball for over a minute and a half in a head-to-head dribble duel with the Vols little Herman Thompson.
  • Then, with just a little over 30 seconds remaining, Hal gave the ball to Delpit. Bobby kept control of the ball until Wells flashed the "go" sign with 15 seconds left.
  • Delpit drove for the basket and was fouled. He made both shots with five seconds to play to provide the margin of victory.

Tulane ended the season with a 16-8 record. Cervini made the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District first team and the All-SEC second team.

Record Setters

Brother Martin has three alumni who have recently set records in college. [Thanks to Alumni Director Kenny Spellman ('84) for the research.]

Albert Fournette ('09) - ULL

  • Albert finished among the top 24 in the nation after recording a record shot put throw of 59' 3" at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field East Preliminary on May 26, 2011.
  • Earlier in the season, Fournette broke a 26-year ULL record in the shot put with a throw of 57' 7 3/4" at the NSU Invitational.
  • Fournette was the first Ragin' Cajuns track and field athlete to reach the NCAA Outdoor Championships since 2004.
Albert Fournette, ULL
Albert Fournette

Derek Plucienski ('07) - USM

  • The Southern Mississippi men's golf team won the Squire Creek Invitational October 4, 2011.
  • Derek was low scorer for the Golden Eagles with a -7 for the three rounds on the par-72 layout.
  • Last year (2010-11), Plucienski was named second team All-Conference USA. His 73.1 strokes per round average ranks fourth in school history.

Alex Pieri ('09) - Xavier of Louisiana

  • Pieri, a junior, became the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference's all-time leader with his ninth Runner of the Week award which was awarded the week of September 26-October 2.
  • Pieri, a junior, won the award once as a freshman, five times as a sophomore and three times this season.
  • He ran Xavier's fastest 8,000 meters (26 minutes, 51.1 seconds) since 1998.

Derek Plucienski, USM
Derek Plucienski

Alex Pieri, Xavier
Alex Pieri

Loyola NAIA Cagers
Steve Marcev
Steve Marcev

Bill Treuting at SA Old Timers Game 1965
Bill Treuting

Milton Jackson as member of St. Aloysius 1941 State Champs
Milton "Whitey" Jackson

The Loyola Wolfpack won the NAIA National Basketball Championship in 1945. They again made the National Tournament in Kansas City MO the next year.

Three St. Aloysius grads played key roles for Jack Orsley's Wolves.

  • 6'2" F Steve Marcev ('40) led with 15 points in the opening round 76-48 romp over Hastings College (NE).
  • C Bill Treuting ('43) contributed 12 points.
  • G Milton "Whitey" Jackson ('41), playing with the second unit, scored 4.

The next day, Loyola had to go into OT against Arizona State Teachers College (now Northern Arizona University).

  • With the scored tied at 51 after each side made a basket in the extra period, Treuting tipped in a missed shot and Marcev made a long shot to key a 7-0 run on the way to the 60-56 victory.
  • Marcev ended with 13 points, and Treuting had 8. Whitey played but didn't score.

The Wolfpack rolled over Drury College (Springfield MO) to make the Final Four for the second straight year.

  • Loyola jumped to a 26-11 halftime lead and coasted to the 54-43 win.
  • Marcev led all scorers with 16. Treuting rang up 8, and Jackson tallied 3.

Loyola's hopes of defending its championship foundered the next night at the hands of Illinois Southern Normal (Southern Illinois today).

  • The Salukis got revenge for their 37-35 defeat at the hands of the Wolfpack the year before by administering a 53-37 whipping.
  • According to the United Press article, "Illinois Southern completely outclassed the confused Loyola five, which never was able to collect its force for a sustained bid. Illinois led throughout, most of the time by 15 or 20 points. The closest Loyola ever came in the later stages of the game was 48-34, and once trailed by 41-15."
  • Marcev again led the Wolves in scoring but with only 10 markers.

The Crescent City lads lost the consolation game the next night to finish fourth in the tournament.

  • Their conquerer was Pepperdine, the squad they had defeated 49-35 in the '45 finals. The Waves got their payback with a 82-55 shellacking after leading only 31-29 at the half.
  • Marcev's 17 again made him the Pack's top man. Treuting had one bucket before fouling out while Jackson had his best game of the tourney with 7.
Johnny Campora

Johnny Campora was an outstanding RB for St. Aloysius from 1938-41, contributing significantly even as a freshman.

  • He made All-Prep first string his junior and senior year.
  • As a junior, he was second team All-State, then advanced to the first team his final season.

Johnny received a football scholarship to Tulane.

  • He played in 1942 thanks to an NCAA rules change that allowed freshmen to compete on the varsity because of the loss of players to the military.
  • Campora then enlisted in the Marines and served as a Staff Sergeant in the Pacific Theater.
  • He resumed his football career at Tulane in 1946. Johnny lettered that year and the next.
  • He lived the last 37 years of his life in Arabi, dying in 2002.

Campora's best game at Tulane came against Auburn in 1947 at home before 25,956.

  • Johnny ran for 104 of the Green Wave's 431y on the ground in the 40-0 romp at Tulane Stadium.
  • Coach Henry Frnka had another 100y rusher than day in the person of sophomore Eddie Price from Warren Easton, who amassed 103.
  • On the Greenies' first possession, Campora got loose off tackle for 17y to Auburn's 32.
  • On the next play, Price outran the Plainsmen's flank man to the EZ as Johnny took out two defenders with one block.
  • When Tulane regained control of the pigskin, Campora bolted 16y off tackle to set another scoring drive in motion.
  • Let Fred Digby of The New Orleans Item describe Johnny's best run of the game.

Working an almost perfect play in which he showed fine speed in getting off and timed his cutback with perfect blocking that his mates gave him, little Johnny Campora [he was 5'8"] electrified the crowd with a couple of runs. He peeled off a 45-yard run when he started around RE and cut back, going to Auburn's 32.

  • On the next possession, Campora got loose for 23 to the Auburn 33. Two plays later, he was thrown for a 10y loss, but the Wave overcame the setback to score again.
Tulane finished 2-5-2 in 1947 but improved to 9-1 in '48, including a 46-0 shellacking of LSU in Baton Rouge.

Johnny Campora, St. Aloysius and Tulane
Johnny Campora
Tulane Coach Henry Frnka
Coach Henry Frnka
Tulane RB Eddie Price
Eddie Price

Carl Lavie

Carl Lavie 1946
Carl Lavie 1946

Coach Carl Lavie 1954
Coach Carl Lavie

Carl Lavie ('46) was inducted into Loyola's Hall of Fame in 2003. Here's the press release announcing his honor.

After prepping at St. Aloysius High School in New Orleans, Carl began his extraordinary Loyola basketball career in 1946 as a member of the Wolfpups. He was a three-time letterman with the Wolfpack's varsity cagers and excelled on the court as one of the squad's most consistent performers and high-scorers. His junior season with the Maroon and Gold proved to be Carl's breakout year as he was the team's second leading scorer, posting 194 points throughout the season. He served as the team's co-captain during his senior season of 1950-51, a year in which he scored 351 points, an average of 13 points per game. Carl's accomplishments garnered him worthy recognition, as he was named a member of the All Gulf States Conference team, the New Orleans States Newspaper's All-Louisiana team, and Loyola's outstanding basketball player by the Forward Club of New Orleans. New Orleans Mayor Chep Morrison designated February 26, 1951, as "Carl Lavie Day" in the city.

Carl coached at St. Aloysius two years, succeeding M. L. Lagarde has head man of both basketball and baseball in 1954-5.

  • His 1955 baseball squad won the AAA championship in the first year the LHSAA created that classification.
  • The 1955 Coca-Cola Legion team swept local play with a 16-0 record on their way to the South Louisiana and state crowns.
  • Carl's 1956 prep diamondmen won the Catholic championship but lost in the city playoffs to Nicholls.

Carl's son John coached basketball at Brother Martin from 1999-2005.

  • John's second Crusader team made the school's first appearance in the state playoffs in six years.
  • Led by D. J. Augustine, the Crusaders reached the state finals in 2003, then won the 5A championship in both 2004 and 2005.
Carl Lavie died in 2007.
Tommy Clapp

A September 27, 1984, article in the Baton Rouge State-Times had the headline "Starting was a shock." The shocked subject of the article was LSU redshirt freshman DE Tommy Clapp ('83).

  • Shock No. 1 occurred at the Media Day on August 16 of that year. Clapp:

We were all looking around the field and we couldn't find Eric (Kittok, a two-year letterman at DT). We come to find out he had quit, and that was kind of a shock to everybody.

  • As a result, Tommy moved up to the second team.
  • Shock No. 2 came in the season opener on September 8 at Florida.

I remember Roland (Barbay) was getting some cramps and he came out, and they put me in for one play, and I looked up and there was Lomas Brown (the Gators' All-SEC T). That was my first college play. I was shaking in my stance. A lot of things were clouding my head and I didn't get a good read on that play. They took me out right after that.

  • It took only three more days for Clapp to experience Shock No. 3.

I was second team behind Roland, and in the Wichita State week he hurt his knee, and Coach (Pete) Jenkins took me aside and said, "You're going to start." It was a shock to me, I'll tell you.

 Tommy Clapp and Jorge Henriquez
L-R: Carl Thierry, Tommy Clapp, Dwayne Vinnet, Kevin Honore,
and Jorge Henriquez in the Superdome 1981
Tommy Clapp, LSU 1984
Tommy Clapp (97) 1984

The 6'4" 260-pounder from Gretna had to grow up quickly.

  • Tommy's redshirt year had helped prepare him for the challenge. Every day in practice, he worked against LSU's top OT, Lance Smith.
  • He also faced Lance when the first team O scrimmaged against the second team D.

We'd always have someone hurt, and I'd always move up to the second team just for the scrimmage. And I hated that at first, because I couldn't do anything (against Smith). But as the year went on, I found myself being able to play a little better.

  • Clapp got more work during spring drills when illness and injury depleted the D line. In particular, he learned to read the OT's first step to divine where the play was going.
  • Jenkins praised the Crusader for closing spring practice with a bang, then continuing to progress during two-a-days in August.
  • Later in the Florida game, after two NGs went out with injuries, Barbay shifted to that position, and Tommy returned to the game at LDE .

Jenkins told me to relax and put me in again, and I was able to settle down. I just cleared my head and took my right steps, and it put me in the right position.

  • In the 3-4 scheme favored by Head Coach Bill Arnsparger, fresh from the Miami Dolphins, the down linemen are not expected to make many tackles. Instead, their primary role is to keep the blockers off the LBs so they can make the stops.
  • Tommy thanked Pete Jenkins for pushing him hard.

I admit I'm a pretty lazy person, and he stayed after me the whole year I was a redshirt and had nothing to look forward to. He stayed after me, and I got a little fire underneath me and started working this spring. I did pretty well in spring, but he stayed on my case, and finally this year he had me to where I was ready to play.

He'd stay on me on the field and made sure I did my extra reps and that the ones I took I did right. If I did wrong, he yelled at me and made sure I knew what I was doing wrong. It paid off, finally.

  • The Tigers finished 8-3-1 that season.
  • Clapp lettered four times through the 1987 season as did his Crusader D-line mate, Jorge Henriquez ('83).
Tommy has two sons at Brother Martin, where he has been a volunteer assistant football coach for several years.
First Tiger Gridder
Joe McAdam ('50) was the first Aloysius grad to receive a football scholarship to LSU.
(If anyone has any information to the contrary, please let us know.)

McAdam played T on the 1948 and 1949 Crusader varsity teams.

  • Joe came to Aloysius in 9th grade from St. John the Baptist School uptown. Coach "Wop" Glover conducted PE, which consisted of students doing calisthenics in the school yard. Spotting the good-sized freshman, Wop told McAdam after PE one day that he wanted him to go out for football. "I didn't even know how many men were on a team, that's how little I knew about football," says Joe.
  • JV Coach Boo Jones taught his charges the fundamentals. For linemen, that meant how to tackle and, in particular, how to defense the trap play, skills that stood Joe in good stead when he got to LSU.
  • At 230 lbs, Joe played his senior year under new coach Eddie Toribio, who also stressed fundamentals as well as conditioning.
  • As he neared graduation, Joe didn't think he'd have a chance to go to college. But one day, his fellow T Bob Ponti told him that LSU Coach Gaynell "Gus" Tinsley wanted to see them in Baton Rouge. Joe says, "Bob was always clowning around; so I thought he was kidding." But Bob convinced him the offer was serious.
  • When Joe returned from LSU, his father, a steamfitter, asked about the trip. Joe said they offered a grant-in-aid with free room and board, expenses and books, and $15/month laundry money. His father reacted suspiciously.
    "Nobody gives you that much for nothing."
    "No, Dad, it's for football."
    "Let me talk to some of the guys at work."
  • Mr. McAdam came home the next day and told his son it was OK to accept the scholarship.
  • Ponti ended up with an appointment to the Naval Academy.

NCAA rules forbade freshmen from playing varsity sports.

  • With unlimited scholarships, LSU had 80 players on the freshmen team. Joe, like most of his first year teammates, lived in the dormitories in Tiger Stadium that year.
  • Joe wasn't listed on the top five strings when fall practice started but worked his way up to become a starter.
  • Before the annual game with Tulane's frosh, Joe's coach told him that Tinsley wanted to see if Joe could play 60 minutes. So he came off the field only for three kickoffs.

McAdam looked forward to his sophomore year. But when he reported for practice, he was sent to Tinsley.

  • Gus, who had been on All-American E at LSU and an All-Pro with the Chicago Cardinals, told Joe he had a great freshman year and the staff was expecting a lot from him.
  • Then Tinsley asked Joe if it was true he planned to major in engineering. "Yes, sir, I want to be a mechanical engineer."
  • "Listen, son, you'll be a better football player if you don't go into engineering." But Joe stuck to his guns.
  • "In that case, we'll have to redshirt you because you're going to miss too many practices because of afternoon lab classes."
  • "I was devastated. Here I worked all the way up on the freshman team and in my sophomore year I don't even dress out."

Tinsley didn't forget Joe's insubordination.

  • Joe played enough his sophomore season of eligibility in 1952 to earn a letter, as verified by the manager who kept track of the players' game minutes.
  • Heading into the post-season football banquet, Joe was informed by the manager that Tinsley had removed Joe's name from the list of lettermen.
  • McAdam played for two more years but never received a letter. If weights listed in the game program can be trusted, he shrank to 211 lb by his senior year.
  • He did take advantage of his scholarship to obtain his engineering degree in 1955.
  • LSU went 13-16 those three years and didn't play in a bowl game. As a result, Tinsley was fired after seven years on the job and replaced by an unknown young coach named Paul Dietzel.

You may notice something odd about Joe's uniform number in the LSU picture above.

  • Assistant AD Jim Corbett invented a new system for identifying players for the 1952 season.
  • Each player was designated by a position letter and a number: E1, E2, ..., for the ends; T1, T2, ..., for the tackles; Q for QBs, R for right halfs, L for left halfs, F for FBs, and so on. So Joe was G9, guard #9.
  • Corbett would become the LSU AD in 1955 and, with Dietzel, lead LSU football to heights never seen before. However, the letter-number system was one of Jim's worst ideas. Expected to spread throughout college football, it died after one season.
1952 LSU Tigers
1952 LSU Tigers

St. Aloysius T Joe McAdam 1949
Joe McAdam, St. Aloysius 1949

Joe McAdam ('50)
Joe McAdam as a sophomore

Joe McAdam LSU 1954
His senior year

 

Instant Starter
Julien Obioha
Julien Obioha ('12)
On November 10, 2012, the Texas Aggies achieved the greatest road victory in school history when they upset #1 Alabama 29-24.
  • It's rare that a true freshman starts on the D line in the SEC but, as this is written, Julien Obioha ('12) has started at LE all ten games this season for Texas A&M.
  • Julien has registered nine solo tackles with eleven assists. He also has 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack for a loss of 5y.
  • In addition, he has accounted for three QB hurries and one forced fumble.
  • The 6'4" 255 lb freshman had one solo tackle and one pass breakup in Tuscaloosa.

Obioha earned numerous honors while at Brother Martin.

  • The Louisiana Sports Writers Association named him to the first-team Class 5A All-State team in 2011 after he racked up 59 tackles and six sacks in his first season as a DT.
  • ESPNU ranked Julien the #26 prospect in Louisiana while SuperPrep had him #19.
Julien Obioha vs LSU
Julien Obioha (95) in action against LSU in October 2012
2013 Baseball Players

Kevin Berry, LSU
Kevin Berry

Johnny Thomas, Middle Tennessee
Johnny Thomas

Crusaders on college diamonds as of 01/2013
  • Kevin Berry ('08) - LSU P
  • Hunter Boudreaux ('09) - Montevallo (AL) C
  • Johnny Thomas ('09) - Middle Tennessee INF
  • Casey Rodrigue ('11) - LSU-Eunice INF
  • Sean McMullen ('10) - LSU OF
  • Logan Riddell ('10) - Southeastern Louisiana P
  • Raymond Winter ('10) - UNO P
  • Josh Wood ('10) - William Carey P
  • Rivers Frederick ('12) - LSU-Eunice OF
Sean McMullen, LSULogan Riddell, Southeastern LouisianaRaymond Winter, UNO
L-R: Sean McMullen, Logan Riddell, Raymond Winter

Hunter Boudreaux Montevallo
Hunter Boudreaux

Josh Wood, William Carey
Josh Wood

Rick Robey at Kentucky

Rick Robey, Kentucky
Rick Robey

Rick Robey in action

Excerpts about Rick Robey ('74) from Five: The Night Dale Brown's Bench Met the Best, Sonny Marks (2010) about LSU's victory over #1 Kentucky in 1978:

Kentucky's front line featured seniors Rick Robey (6-feet-10, 230 pounds) and Mike Phillips (6-10, 240). Known as the Twin Towers, they began playing together a couple years after the opening of New York's Twin Towers, the World Trade Center.

Robey and Phillips also became known as King and King. Against Princeton at Philadelphia's famed Palestra, someone threw a banana that landed at Phillips' feet. ... Phillips and Robey were aircraft car­riers, in the words of Al McGuire, ... NBC college basketball analyst. A 6-5 Mississippi State player who ran into a double-screen set by Robey and Phillips "looked like a middle schooler. It was like a flea bouncing off of two elephants."

Sportswriter Rick Bailey of the Lexington Leader said, "Phillips didn't have the ability that Robey had, but he worked hard with what he had. Robey had a lot of good instincts and got a lot out of his ability." ...

Robey, from New Orleans, made nearly two-thirds of his shots. Defen­sively, he was equally as effective. In the 1977 East Regional final against North Carolina, Tar Heels Coach Dean Smith took exception to Robey's physical play. Early in the game, Smith pointed at Robey and swung his elbow in the air "as if to say the Kentucky player was a menace," reported Dave Kindred of The Sporting News.

Late in the game, with UK losing and needing to get the ball back, Robey laid a hard foul on North Carolina G John Kuester. Dean Smith ran 75 feet down the court and told Robey that ll he did was throw elbows. Robey said Smith called him a "cheap ***." Smith denied saying that.

Robey was compared to Dave Cowens of the Boston Celtics and was called "the personification of UK basketball." He "had the face of an an­gel and the elbows of a devil," FitzMorris said. "Robey was a guy who would trample Mother Teresa to get a rebound. Some people accused him of being a marginally dirty player but I thought he was just real ag­gressive." It was said that he'd walk into the locker room before practice and tell a teammate that he was going to kick the **** out of him.

Robey was a big man who could run the floor. A Washington sports­writer observed that he had "an unusual gait, his upper body seemingly tilted too far forward. He resembles no one if not Groucho Marx in a hurry." Then Robey would come down the court "on the fly, outrunning everyone."

 

CONTENTS

Cadet Footballers

Revon to Tulane?

Tulane Cage Stars

Record Setters

Loyola NAIA Cagers

Johnny Campora

Carl Lavie

Tommy Clapp

First Tiger Gridder

Instant Starter: Julien Obioha

2013 Baseball Players

Rick Robey at Kentucky


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