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1983 District Champs

The 1983 Brother Martin track team captured the District 11-AAAA championship that had eluded the team by only a few points in the preceding years.

  • Chubby Marks' squad claimed the crown because of overall team depth rather than the superstar performance of a few individuals.
  • The district champion 1600 m relay team consisted of Hank Tebbe, Shawn Burst, Mike Hebert, and Randall Richard. The 800 m quartet of Burst, Hebert, Tebbe, and Robbie Delord also captured the gold.
  • The only individual district winner was Mike Schneider in the javelin (187' 10"). David Terrie finished third in the 800 m run.

Track Champions 1983

"Best Season Ever"

Those three words were Yesterday's description of the 1994-95 Brother Martin soccer campaign.

  • Under second-year coach Alan DeRitter, the Crusaders finished with a record of 20-8-2.
  • The Saders came back from an 0-2 halftime deficit to Rummel to win and garner third place.
  • The squad defeated defending state champion De La Salle in the final District game to force a rematch to decide which team would advance to the playoffs. Once again, DeRitter's Comeback Kids dug out of an 0-2 hole to win 3-2 in OT "in possibly the most exciting game of the season."
  • Once again spotting the opposition a 2-0 lead, BM rallied to tie Warren Easton 4-4 in the first playoff match. A 5-3 shootout margin propelled the Saders to the second round.
  • West Jefferson, sporting a gaudy 18-1 record, scored first. But the Crusaders put over five unanswered goals.
  • The quarterfinal clash with Hahnville was scoreless for 70 minutes. Then BM struck twice in ten minutes to take a 2-1 victory.
  • Reaching the semifinals for the first time in school history, the Saders lost a hard-fought battle to Catholic High in Baton Rouge. BM outshot the Bears and trailed only 2-1 late in the game when a breakway sealed the deal.
BMHS Soccer Team 1995
1994-5 Soccer Team
Coach Alan DeRitter
Coach Alan DeRitter

As you would expect on a successful team, many Crusaders gained individual honors.

  • Captain Fuller Lyon, Jason Volo, and Christian Baldwin made first team All-District. Baldwin also garnered All Metro honors.
  • Captain Scott Bonnet, Jason Prechter, Matt Jacques, and Luis Barrios earned a spot on the second team.
  • Laying the foundation that would soon pay off in a state championship, the JV finished with their best-ever record of 18-5.

DeRitter summarized the season this way: "The team committed itself in July 1994 and that commitment paid off not because of our record, but because we became a true team. This was a major goal and it was accomplished."

City Links Champs
Mike Jones
Mike Jones

The 1970-1 Brother Martin golf team, coached by Mr. Don Oster, won both the Catholic League and city championships.

  • The Crusaders defeated De La Salle to take the district title.
  • O. Perry Walker fell in the city championship match.
  • The Saders fell behind by 20 strokes after the first day of play in the state championship. However, they rallied the second day to finish second, only three strokes behind Captain Shreve.

Senior co-captains Mike Jones, who made All-City, and Craig Carbon led BM to a 14-1 record. Other members of the team were Rick Genovese and Vernon Horn.

Don Oster
Coach Don Oster

Craig Carbon
Craig Carbon

City Bowling Champs

Christian Helmke
Christian Helmke

The 1995 Brother Martin bowling team won the league and city championships.

  • Senior Christian Helmke won the team MVP award. His 201 average was second highest in the league.
  • In the high game scratch category, Joe Knesel took second with Helmke third.
  • The Crimson team, captained by senior Cory Rodivich, finished first in high game scratch and high game handicap.
  • The Gold team finished third in league play. Junior Shane Bruno captained this squad.

The coach was Bryan Kenner.

Cory Rodovich
Cory Rodovich
First Bowling City Title
1974 Bowling Team

The 1973-4 Brother Martin bowling team captured the first city title ever for a Crusader squad.

  • Coach Frank Ferrara's team defeated Bonnabel in the finals 3-0.
  • The overall record finished at 67-17.
  • The bowlers had the highest team score in the local league with 2,881 for a three-game series.
  • The highest individual score was 1,018 for a series.
  • Captain Billy Hannon earned the team MVP award.

 


1974 Bowling Team Roster

Many Firsts in '94

Bert Turner
Bert Turner

Bret Turner
Bret Turner

The 1993-4 Crusader soccer team experienced a year of firsts.

  • Alan DeRitter began his tenure as head coach after several years as an assistant.
  • The squad defeated Jesuit for the first time in school history, 2-0, during a nine-game winning streak.
  • BM garnered its first ever road playoff victory, 2-1 at Central Lafourche in the first round.
  • The season ended the following week on a cold, wet night in Baton Rouge with a 3-1 loss to Woodlawn.
  • The final record stood at 16-8-3 with an 8-2 district mark.

Four players earned accolades.

  • Bert Turner and Jason Prechter made 1st Team All-District. Bret Turner and Fuller Lyon were selected to the 2nd team.
  • Bert also made the All Metro and All State teams, with Bret on the 2nd team All State.
  • DeRitter earned 10-I Coach of the Year honors.

Coach Alan DeRitter
Alan DeRitter

Jason Prechter
Jason Prechter

'78 Regional Champs
Paul Reuter 1978
Paul Reuter

The 1977-8 Brother Martin golf team won the Regional Tournament.

  • In the fall league, the team lost only to De La Salle to finish second.
  • The spring competition saw the Crusaders go undefeated.
  • The team lost to the Cavaliers in the fall/spring playoff for the district championship.

Coach Don Oster's team rebounded to win the Regionals.

  • The team consisted of seniors Archie Gonzales, Brian Noto, and Paul Reuter, junior Ricky Oster, and Paul Synmer.
  • The Saders placed fourth at the state tournament.
Brian Noto 1978
Brian Noto
Three Straight District Crowns

Warde Manuel Track 1985
Warde Manuel

The 1985 Crusader track team won District 11-AAAA for the third year in a row.

  • The team's depth paid off in defeating St. Augustine 98-93 "in one of the closest meets of recent time."
  • Junior Warde Manuel won medals for the shot put and discus.
  • Senior Pat Barbaro threw the javelin.
  • Chubby Marks headed the staff, which also included Don Klos, Emile Fair, and Nick Lagatutta.

The JV also boasted some promising sophomore athletes as they finished second to the Purple Knights in district.

  • Pat Stant scored points in the hurdles, high jump, and triple jump.
  • Jeff Huth, excelled in the javelin, discus, and shot put.
  • Garrett Chachere and Chance Miller ran the sprints, and Lee Killian led the hurdlers.

Lee Killian, Track 1985
Sophomore Lee Killian races a Jesuit JV hurdler.

 

Pat Barbaro Track 1985
Pat Barbaro

They Outdid Themselves

Coach Dennis Panepinto
Coach Dennis Panepinto

Randy Hanning
Randy Hanning

Coach Dennis Panepinto and the 1993 Crusader cross country team had little reason to be optimistic heading into the State Meet at Natchitoches.

  • Only two of the top seven runners returned from the 1992 5A State runners-up.
  • The squad ran second in the City Meet, 16 points behind Jesuit. Junior Stephen Erath did win the individual title.
  • In the District Meet the following week, the Saders fell to third, 16 points behind second place Rummel.
"The team felt real low after that meet. The guys took it really hard. But we tried to remain focused on the only meet that counted €“ State," said senior captain Craig Deao. And focus they did.
  • Erath led the team with a time of 15:31:66 over the hilly 4800 m course.
  • "Sophomore sensation" Randy Hanning finished fourth in 15:45:94, a personal best by 15 seconds.
  • Junior Clay Colvin came in 11th in 16:18, topping his previous mark by nearly 30 seconds.
  • Brian Oubre finished 12th in 16:19, the best time in school history for a freshman.
  • Sophomore Eric Giandelone bested his previous mark by 27 seconds to finish 23rd in 16:23.
  • Deao improved his time by 25 seconds and sophomore Charlie Baggett ran an impressive 17:25.
It all added up to an improbable state championship, the school's first since 1981.

Stephen Erath
Stephen Erath

Eric Giandelone
Eric Giandelone
Two-Man Team

Eddie Daigle
Eddie Daigle

Eddie Daigle and Norman Ballatin participated in the 1933 Southwestern College and High School Track Meet in Lafayette. These two athletes accumulated enough points to place the St. Aloysius Panthers second among the high schools.

  • According to The Panther Yearbook, "Eddie Daigle is considered the fastest high school sprinter in Louisiana and holds sprint records at the Prep, Association Track Meet, and the Annual Louisiana Rally. By the fact that Eddie is also an exceptionally fine discus heaver, he may be considered a 15-point man in any high school track meet."
  • "Norman Ballatin all but balances Daigle's track performances by his ability in the field events. Norman's main weapons are the discus and shot put."
  • Both Daigle and Ballatin were juniors on Coach E. W. Jones's track squad.

Norman Ballatin
Norman Ballatin

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1983 District Champs

"Best Season Ever"

City Links Champs

Bowling Champs

First Bowling City Title

Many Firsts in '94

'78 Regional Champs

Three Straight District Crowns

They Outdid Themselves

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