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Schommer Elected to Hall of Fame
Jack Schommer
Jack Schommer

John "Jack" Schommer was inducted into the Louisiana High School Athletic Association/Louisiana High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in January, 2009.

Here is the brief biography of Jack on the LHSAA Web site in the announcement of the year's inductees.

Known as the "Father of Cross Country in Louisiana," Schommer coached at St. Aloysius and Brother Martin in New Orleans. His teams won 19 city, 17 district, and three state titles before his retirement in 1990. Schommer died in 2000.

Jack coached football, track, and cross country at St. Aloysius. On Elysian Fields, he coached track and cross country and was Athletic Director from 1971-1992.

Jack becomes the third Crusader coach to enter the Hall, joining Johnny Altobello and Bob Conlin.

One-Man Gang
Bill Engels
Bill Engels
At the Knights of Columbus Meet at Tad Gormley Stadium in April 1966, St. Aloysius finished fifth. However, one Crusader, Bill Engel, tallied 18 points by himself plus contributed to relay points.

Engel finished first in both the high and low hurdles as well as the triple jump. Furthermore, each effort shattered a meet record.

  • 14.8 seconds in the high hurdles broke the record set by Larry Chapman of Holy Cross.
  • 19.6 seconds in the low hurdles bested the record of Crusaders Eric Houin and Bill Youngblood (20.2).
  • 45' 9¾" in the triple jump outdid the previous record held by Crusader Lionel Boudreaux (45' 6½").

Points were also earned for Coach Jack Schommer's team by Irvin Dussom in the pole vault, Eddie Sawaya in the 100 and 220, and by the 440 relay team of Eddie O'Rourke, A. J. Cammarata, Engel, and Sawaya.

At the State Meet in Natchitoches, Engels finished second in the triple jump (45' 2") and fourth in the low hurdles.

Three-peat

The 1966 St. Aloysius golf team captured the school's third straight city championship. Coach Bill Arms' linksters were led by Chuck Martinez, who tied Cor Jesu's Henry Cespedez for second place in the City Tournament.

Golf Team 1966
At the State Tournament in Baton Rouge, the Crusaders finished 6th with a score of 657. This was the highest of any New Orleans area school.
First Track Meet Victory

In 1958, St. Aloysius won the first track meet in school history by downing Terrebonne 70-68.5. Bobby Nuss's squad then won a triangular meet at West Jefferson with 72 points, "the first time that the Crusaders have ever taken both Jesuit and Holy Cross in the same meet."

Six thinclads qualified for the state meet, including double event winners Sam Bruiglio and John Giblaint.

 

Bobby Nuss (SA '48) on the left with a later Crusader track coach, Jack Schommer

Bobby Nuss & Jack Schommer
Jackson Winner
Louis Levy
Louis Levy

A note in The Aloysian of February 2, 1951:

For his running and winning of the Jackson Day Race, Louis Levy, junior of Room 7, was presented a trophy on the night of January 13, by His Excellency, the Most Reverend Francis Rummel, Archbishop of New Orleans.

Presentation of the awards for the race, which was sponsored by the Young Men's Catholic Association, took place at Jackson Square.

Lou Levy returned to his alma mater to coach and teach in 1958. He moved to Brother Martin in 1969, where he became Assistant Principal. His six sons graduated from BMHS. He continued on the faculty until poor health forced him to retire. He went to his reward in 1999.

First Soccer District Championship

The 1992-3 Brother Martin soccer team swept through district play with a 12-0 record to capture the school's first soccer district championship.

Junior Bret Turner led the team in scoring with 32 goals, while junior Bert Turner topped the assist list with 15. Senior Tuyen Tran and junior Tommy Hines led the stingy D.

The team defeated Pontchatoula in the first round of the state playoffs but lost to St. Paul's in the second round to finish with an overall 19-5-1 record.

Head coach Grady Kittrell was assisted by Alan DeRitter, Tom Necela, Mike Reisbig, Mike Robuck, and Sean Esker.

Soccer District Champs 1993
1992-3 Brother Martin District Champion Varsity Soccer Team

Regional Golf Champs
Golf Champions 1993

This is the 1992-3 Crusader golf team that won the Regional Championship and finished fourth at the State Tournament.

From L-R: Coach Louis Passauer, Ian Dermody, Sam Pons, co-captain Steven Vogel, who was individual state champ, Craig Alcon, co-captain Layne Savoie, and the faculty moderator, Bob Masson.

Powerful Saders

Bryan Fagot
Bryan Fagot

Coach Randy Johnson's Powerlifting Team won the 1988 Southern Regional and AAAA Composite Championships. Individually, state championships were won by the following.

  • Bryan Fagot (114 lb)
  • Frank Davis (123)
  • Andrew Lacombe (132)
  • Ricco Impastato (181)

Sal Brocato won the regional 198 lb crown. Gianni Iadanza finished second in the 242 lb division.

Team members also set records.

  • Fagot 395 lb deadlift
  • Davis 415 deadlift
  • Impastato state and national record holder in squat, bench, and total weight lifted
Randy Johnson 1987-8
Randy Johnson
Frank Davis
Frank Davis
Ricco Impastato
Ricco Impastato
Only State Swimming Records

Only one St. Aloysius swimmer ever set state records - Jerry McNeill ('69). When Coach Joe Keller restarted swimming on Esplanade Avenue in 1966-7, he built the squad around Jerry.

  • As a sophomore, Jerry set the record of 52.2 in the 110y freestyle at the State Meet.
  • His junior year, McNeill broke the record in the 100y breastroke with a time of 1:07.5 at the State Meet at Tulane. He also finished second in the 220y freestyle.
  • In his final year, Jerry swam in the Southeastern Inter-Scholastic Swimming Championship in Atlanta. He placed fourth in the 100y freestyle.

Jerry's brother Dennis swam on the 1967-8 team as an eighth-grader and again the next year as a ninth grader.

Jerry McNeill
Jerry McNeill

Great Year on the Links

Junior Brian Noto led the Brother Martin golf team to an outstanding year in 1976-7.

  • The Crusaders won the district, city, and regional tournaments and finished second in state.
  • Noto shot a six-under 66 to win the regional golf title. He then finished second in state to earn All-State honors.
  • Archie Gonzalez finished fifth in the state tourney.
  • Other members of the team were Rick Oster, Paul Reuter, and the only senior, Robert Wilson.

Don Oster coached the squad with Brother Lloyd, S.C. as the faculty moderator.

Golf Team 1976-7
L-R: Paul Reuter, Archie Gonzalez, Robert Wilson, Brian Noto, Rick Oster

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Schommer Elected to Hall of Fame

One-Man Gang

Three-peat

1958: First Track Meet Victory

Jackson Winner

First Soccer District Championship

Regional Golf Champs

Powerful Saders

Only State Swimming Records

Great Year on the Links

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