Crusader Sports History
November 1, 2018
From the Archives: D. J.'s Debut
Crusader Lacrosse - 3

2011 State Runnerup Trophy

Kyle Scaffidi competes in 2013.

Garret Frey in 2014.

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After their first winning season in 2009-10, the Crusader lacrosse team finished 7-8 in 2011.

  • After starting four straight wins, the Saders lost six in a row and eight of their last nine.
  • But they surprised St. Paul's in the first round of the LHSLL Division 1 playoffs 11-5 to avenge the 12-11 defeat two weeks earlier.
  • Then the Crusaders made the long trek to Shreveport for the second time in the season and turned around a 14-8 loss to Byrd with a 17-8 victory to reach the state finals.
  • St. Thomas More proved to be too much for the Saders, 17-4. Still, state runner-up marked the team's best finish in the five-year history of lacrosse on Elysian Fields Avenue.
The 2012 season paralleled the previous campaign.
  • The Crusaders again started strong, winning their first five games.
  • But they lost four of their next five to finish the regular season 6-4.
  • As happened the year before, they faced a team in the playoffs that had defeated them several weeks earlier. But this time, the Jesuit Blue Jays prevailed again, this time 8-7 in double OT.

    2012 Action vs Jesuit

Martin again hovered around the .500 mark during the 2012-13 season.

  • They finished the regular season 6-6.
  • An especially satisfying victory came at home against St. Thomas More, the Saders' conqueror in the state finals two years earlier.
  • A trip across Lake Pontchartrain for the first round of the playoff resulted in a 10-2 defeat at the hands of St. Paul's.

2013-14 proved to be founding coach Billy Kirkikis's last season.

  • The Saders won only two games - Central 13-3 and Dutchtown 11-6
  • The Blue Jays trounced the Crimson and Gold 17-3 in the first round of the playoffs.

Ray Davis took over as coach for the 2014-15 season.

To be continued ...

Ernie's Swan Song
The Catholic League employed a new scheduling system for the 1961-62 basketball season.
  • The five teams, De La Salle, Holy Cross, Jesuit, Redemptorist, and St. Aloysius, would play each other four times.
  • Each round would consist of a complete home-and-home round robin.

As usual, the highlight of the pre-district season was the annual CYO Tournament, which was held at the Tulane Gym.

  • Ernie Smith's sixth Crusader squad knocked off East Jefferson 63-30 and Redemptorist 50-43 to earn a spot in the finals against Jesuit.
  • Coming off the bench to replace the injured Gerry Brewer, Arnaud France blitzed the nets for 11 points to spark Aloysius's 59-51 victory. With SA leading only 44-43 after three quarters, Billy Deris and O.J. LaCour led a final surge that produced the school's sixth CYO title in the 11 years of the tournament.
After extending their record to 16-0 by winning their first three district games, the Saders lost to De La Salle 47-42. That started a three-game losing streak.
  • In their first game at Holy Cross's new gym, the Saints lost to the Tigers 41-40, then fell to the Blue Jays 57-53.
  • Victories over Redemptorist and De La Salle followed, but the Cavaliers still won the first round.

The second round began like the first with three victories.

  • But this time, the Crusaders edged the Cavs 51-50 at Loyola Field House when LaCour scored an amazing five points in four seconds.
  • Aloysius continued to win until De La Salle prevailed 53-35 to tie for the second round title.
  • So the two teams met two nights later for the district championship, Johnny Altobello's squad prevailing again at Loyola 58-44.
  • LaCour made the Times-Picayune first team All-Prep while Van Quigley and Deris made the second team.

As the state playoffs began, Aloysius received an invitation to compete in the National Catholic Basketball tournament in Washington D.C. March 23-25.

  • The invite came as a result of the excellent record the Crusaders had compiled under Ernie Smith.
  • However, the National Federation of High School Athletics in Chicago refused permission for the trip based on its guideline that teams not travel more than 300 miles round trip.

After pushing aside Nicholls in their first playoff game, the Crusaders traveled to Shreveport for the Final Four.

  • The Saints got off to a lightning start against Baton Rouge, shooting 57%. But the Bulldogs held SA to only two in the third period to take the lead.
  • LaCour sank two charity tosses with seconds remaining to send the game into OT.
  • Deris scored six of the ten points in the extra period to spark the 55-52 victory.

That set up the seventh game of the season against De La Salle.

  • The game was tight throughout, the Saints holding a 19-18 edge at halftime.
  • With 26 seconds left, DLS pulled ahead to stay for a 38-35 victory.
  • The Cavaliers won the title at the FT line, sinking 14 of 21 to the Crusaders' 3 of 11.
  • LaCour completed a trifecta by making the All-Catholic, All-Prep, and All-State teams.
After compiling a 151-23 record at Aloysius, Coach Smith left for St. Joseph College in Albuquerque NM, where he took a team that had been 1-22 the year before to a 15-5 record.

Gerry Brewer

Van Quigley

Billy Deris and O.J. Lacour

Crusader Quiz

In what year did St. Aloysius first defeat Jesuit in football?

(A) 1944   (B) 1945  (C) 1953  (D) 1956

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