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Swimming Returns

The 1967 Yearbook stated: "For the first time in the history of St. Aloysius, a swimming team was organized ..." However, there had been a team in 1932-3. At any rate, the school fielded (tanked?) an aquatics squad for the first time in anyone's memory. Under the tutelage of Joe Keller, the squad gained enough experience the first year to finish fourth at the State Meet in 1968. The sport remains in the Crusader athletics Pantheon to this day.

Swimming 1966-7
Warning: The spelling in the Yearbook caption above is sometimes incorrect.

Big Dogs
Cross Country 1992

Coach Dennis Panepinto's 1992 Cross Country team finished first in district and second in state. They are most famous for their motto: "If you can't run with the big dogs, stay on the porch!"

The main big dogs were: Michael Wich, Richard Begin, Jeff O€™Donnell, Stephen Erath, and Brandon Nicholls.

Sixth Straight City Crown

The 1974 Crusader cross country team started slowly but still won their sixth straight city championship.

Coach Jack Schommer's top seven runners were: Co-captains Billy Schwertz and Scott Landry, and Most Valuable Runner Steve Falcone; seniors Mitch Yokum, Joe Chevalier; juniors Steve Higgins and Gerry Colletti.

The Saders finished second behind Catholic High in three tournaments, the Holy Cross Invitational, the Rummel Invitational, and the first annual Brother Martin Invitational. However, Falcone's first place finish and Schwertz's second spearheaded the District Championship. Then Falcone ran second in the city meet as the Saders edged East Jefferson by two points in the city meet at the Lakefront.

The squad finished fifth at state.

Cross Country 1974
Billy Schwertz and Scott Landry proudly display Brother Martin's sixth straight city championship trophy.
The principal, Brother Brice, S.C., looks on in sun glasses.

Hero or Dummy?
Garett Majoue
Garett Majoue 2009

A recent (3/15/2009) Times Picayune article featured Garett Majoue ('94): "Former Brother Martin wrestler pins New Orleans bad guys." The computer software analyst not once, not twice, but three times has apprehended criminals, using his grappler skills to put the "chicken wing" on them until the cops come. "I don't call 911," says Garett in the article. "Some people say I'm a hero. Others say I'm a dummy."

As a senior captain, Majoue wrestled in the LHSAA tournament in the 160 lb bracket for Coach Mark Wisniewski ('81) and assistant Robbie Dauterive ('84). The other captains for the squad, which finished fifth in state, were Steve Glaudi, Brandon DuMontier, Trent Gray, and Eric Rucker.

Garett Majoue 1994-5
Garett Majoue 1994-5

Four Championships in Five Years
Jeff Huth
Jeff Huth

The 1987 Crusader track team won the District championship for the fourth time in five years under Coach Chubby Marks. Mike Materne and Don Klos were the capable assistants.

  • Jeff Huth and Jon Heidenreich (see below) finished first and third in the javelin throw.
  • Emmett Dupas and Jamal Lacour won the top two places in the high jump.
  • Pat Stant and Chance Miller captured 2nd and 3rd in hurdles.

Chance Miller
Chance Miller

First Playoff Appearance

The Brother Martin soccer team enjoyed its best season to that point in 1991-2. Led by seniors Chris G’Sell, Chris Benigno, Martin Rizo, Captain Jeff Prechter and sophomore Captain Larry Centola, the Crusaders entered the state playoffs for the first time. Unfortunately, the playoff game ended in heartbreaking 10-shot OT loss to De La Salle. Season record: 12-5-2 overall, 8-1-1 in district. The coach was Lee Newman. He was assisted by Alan DeRitter, Glen Prechac, and Eric Smith.

Soccer Team 1991-2

Bowling High Scorer

Eddie Cabos
Eddie Cabos

Senior Eddie Cabos led the New Orleans Prep Bowling League with an average of 185 in 1980-1. He also served as president of the league.

Coach John Parauka's squad entered two teams in the competition, with Cabos the captain of team #1. Although both played well throughout the season, neither team was able to capture the Prep championship. However, the team tallied the highest game in the playoffs.

Other members of the team were Kenneth Morales, Ronald Ruiz, Ray Conard, Cesar Corzantes, Gerard La Tulippe, David Alciatore, and Robert Oertling.

Coach John Parauka
John Parauka
100-win Wrestler

Marc Lagattuta ('95) set a significant record on the mats at Brother Martin.

  • He placed fifth at state in 1993 in the 112 lb class.
  • His junior year, he was runner-up at state at 119 lb.
  • His senior year, he finished 3rd in state.
  • He ended his career with 117 wins, the most ever in Crusader history. He broke Kenny Spellman's record of 98 wins.

Marc received a scholarship to Lehigh. However, a separated shoulder his sophomore year curtailed his career.

Today Marc is an engineer at Tidewater Marine in New Orleans.

Marc Lagattuta
Marc Lagattuta

Regional Champs for First Time
Randy Henning
Randy Hanning

Mike Misita's 1996 Brother Martin track team did something no other Crusader team had ever done. They captured the Regional Championship. The winning margin was 24 points.

  • Senior Randy Hanning won both the 1600 and 3200 meter runs.
  • Junior Patrick Miller finished first in the shot put.
  • Rusty Singer, Marcel Tullier, Aaron Glaeser, Jimmy Comeaux, Bryan Oubre, and Eric Giandelone also qualified for the state meet at LSU.

The thinclads finished third at state.

  • Singer finished second and Tullier third in the javelin.
  • Comeaux ranked third in the pole vault.

Patrick Miller
Patrick Miller

State Shot Put Champ
Coach Mike Misita 1994
Coach Mike Misita
Damien Tullier 1994
Damien Tullier

The 1994 Brother Martin track team had a successful season.

  • Coach Mike Misita's squad finished in the top three in all nine pre-district meets, winning two and finishing second six times.
  • The Crusaders finished third in the District Meet and 4th at Regionals.
  • At the state meet, junior Damien Tullier garnered first place in the shot put.
  • Also, another junior, Stephen Erath, set a school record in the 3200m with a time of 9:33:57.
  • The Saders finished fifth at state with 29 points.
Coach Misita was ably assisted by Mike Materne ('71) and Dennis Panepinto ('81).
Stephen Erath 1994
Stephen Erath

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Swimming Returns

Big Dogs

Sixth Straight City Crown

Hero or Dummy?

Four Championships in Five Years

First Playoff Appearance

Bowling High Scorer

100-win Wrestler

Regional Champs for First Time

State Shot Put Champ

 

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