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District 5 Track Records
Paul Reinhardt
Paul Reinhardt
When St. Aloysius closed at the end of the 1968-69 school year, Crusaders held three District 5 ("Catholic League") track records.

  • Paul Reinhardt ('60): Long Jump - 22' 3 1/2" in 1959
  • Joe Winkler ('69): 100y Dash - 9.8 in 1968
  • Joe Winkler: 220y Dash - 21.2 in 1968
Winkler failed to break his records in his senior season because he was bothered by a pulled hamstring. Nevertheless, he finished first at the '69 District Meet with a 10.9 in the 100 and 21.8 in the 220.
Joe Winkler
Joe Winkler
Title Defense
After a nine-year gap, the Brother Martin Cross Country team won the state championship in 1980. Then they defended their crown the following season.

  • "The Pack" won the district championship for the 12th consecutive year, defeating Jesuit 41-51. Seniors Chris Weicks (4th), Jeff Raskin (5th), Tommy Campbell (7th), and Fred Kono (10th) all finished in the top ten.
  • Jack Schommer's boys then made it 13 city titles in a row, besting Slidell 57-60. Weicks, Campbell, and still another senior, Randy Chevalier, led the way.
  • Slidell also provided the top competition at state, but BM prevailed 71-75. Campbell and Weicks again ran fastest supported by Kono, Chevalier, Raskin, senior Stan Saulney, and junior Donald Boudreaux.

The state title would be the last until 1993.

The Pack Rejoices!
Coaches' Sons
Mark Roberts
Mark Roberts

Neil Roberts
Neil Roberts

J. D. Roberts served as head coach of the New Orleans Saints from 1970-2. He had won the Outland Trophy as the nation's outstanding lineman at Oklahoma in 1953. Vince Gibson headed the Tulane football program from 1980 to 1982. Vince's son and two of J.D.'s sons wrestled for Brother Martin.
  • Mark Roberts ('80) won the state title in the 145 lb division in his senior year after finishing third as a junior.
  • As a freshman, Neil Roberts ('82) won first place in the state JV meet. The next year, he qualified for state in the 98-lb class. The family moved to Oklahoma for his junior year. When they returned for his senior year, the LHSAA ruled him ineligible.
  • Larry Gibson ('81) won the state championship his senior year, which was the only year he attended Brother Martin. In Kentucky, where his father had been head coach at Louisville, Larry recorded 107 consecutive victories while winning two state titles. Coach Ray Charbonneau brought grads back to challenge Larry in practice. He also was the head hunter on the kickoff team for the Crusaders.
Larry Gibson
Larry Gibson gets the edge on an opponent.
National Track Champions
Al Liska
Al Liska
Members of the 1934 St. Aloysius track squad participated in the National Catholic Interscholastic Track Meet at South Bend IN.
  • Boys' Catholic High amassed the most points. St. Aloysius finished second. However, as The Aloysian proudly pointed out, the Philadelphia school entered 23 participants while the Panthers had three!
  • Al Liska ('35) captured both the 100 and 200y dashes to gain 10 points for his team.
  • Norman Ballatin ('34) won the discus as well as the shot put. As a result of his efforts, he received a scholarship to Notre Dame.
  • Maurice "Midget" Blache ('34) garnered another first in the broad jump.

The three returned to New Orleans by train in time for Norman and Maurice to receive their diplomas at graduation.


Maurice Blache

Maurice Blache 1934
Norman Ballatin 1934
Norman Ballatin

Top 100 Athletes 1972-73
Richard Briede
Richard Briede
The following Crusaders made the list of top 100 high school athletes for 1972-73 as determined by the Times-Picayune.
  • #5 - Darryl Brue (senior - football, wrestling)
  • #12 - Richard Briede (senior - track)
  • #21 - Rick Robey (junior - basketball)
  • #24 - Jim McCulla (senior - basketball, baseball, track)
  • #39 - Keith Crawford (senior - football)
  • #41 - Philip Jones (senior - track)
  • #42 - Jay Trapani (senior - basketball)
  • #60 - Marc Robert (senior - football)
  • #64 - Henry Nuss (senior - football)
  • #67 - Tim Oster (senior - football)
  • #69 - Jim Roche (senior - track)
  • #90 - Joe Mattingly (senior - football)

"Track" included Cross Country.

Rick Robey
Rick Robey
1956 Track Records
Nick Revon Track 1947
Nick Revon

Robert Albert
Robert Albert

Joe Bischone
Joe Bischone

The 1956 edition of Wicker's Sports Record Book lists prep track records. Here are the St. Aloysius athletes that held various marks at that time.
  • Nick Revon
    • Novice record in high jump: 5' 10" (no year listed)
    • Frosh-soph record in broad jump: 21' 10" in 1948
  • Adolph Laplace - Frosh-soph record in 300y dash: 33.5 in 1947
  • Richard Gueldner ('53)
    • State composite record (all classes) in shot put: 57 1/4" in 1953
    • State AA record in discus: 152' 3" in 1953
    • Prep record in shot put: 56' 3" in 1953
  • Bobby Reese ('53) - state champion in pole vault (12') in 1953
  • Tom Murphy ('55)
    • Prep record in pole vault: 12' 7" in 1954
    • Novice and N.O. District record in pole vault: 11' 6" in 1954
    • State champion in pole vault (12' 7") in 1954
  • Robert Albert ('55) - N.O. District record in pole vault: 11'6" in 1955
  • John Koeppel ('56) - Novice record in 120 high hurdles: 15.5 in 1955
  • Cal Bartholomew ('56) - Catholic school record in broad jump: 20' 8" in 1956
  • Andrew Stein ('57), William Power ('57), Joe Bischone ('57), Melvin Hyman ('57) - Catholic school record in mile relay: 3.38.3 in 1956
  • Melvin Hyman ('57) - Catholic school record in 440y dash: 52.3 in 1956
  • Andrew Stein ('57) - Catholic school frosh/soph record in shot put: 43' 2" in 1956
  • Donald Mooney ('58) - Catholic school frosh/soph record in pole vault: 9' in 1956
Thanks to Gordon Terrell (SA '58) for providing a copy of the third edition of N. Charles Wicker's comprehensive record book.
Tom Murphy
Tom Murphy

John Koeppel
John Koeppel

Cal Bartholomew

Bowling 1st and 2nd
The 1977-78 Crusader bowling team took 1st and 2nd in the city league.
  • The captain of Team #1 was senior Brian Yokum. The MVP was another senior, Ricky Price.
  • Captain for Team #2 was senior Ray Sartalamacchia. MVP was senior David Riddell.
  • Riddell and senior Bruce Himbert made first team All-City.
  • Price and Sartalamacchia earned second team All-City honors.
  • Junior Craig Schaffer made the Honorable Mention list
  • At the State Tournament, the doubles team of two more seniors, Tommy Planchet and Wayne Mahl, copped 3rd place.
Coach of the team was Frank Ferrara.
Bowling Team 1977-8
Standing (L-R): Joe Fruchtzweig, Wayne Mahl, David Riddell, Eddie Cabius, Ray Sartalamacchia
Kneeling: Brian Yokum, Ricky Price, Tommy Planchet, Craig Schaffer, Bruce Himbert
Soccer State Finalist
Brian Vega
Brian Vega

Matt Lovitt
Matt Lovitt

Coming off two straight state championships, the first time any 5A school had defended its soccer championship, the 2001-2 Crusaders endured a "somewhat disappointing regular season" that resulted in a tie for second place in district with Rummel. Since the two teams split their regular season matches, a coin flip determined second/third place. Despite losing the toss, Alan DeRitter's team made a strong run in the playoffs.

  • Central Lafourche fell 4-0.
  • BM edged Mandeville 2-1.
  • The Saders won the rubber match with the Raiders, eliminating them 3-0.
  • Carencro fell victim to BM's third playoff shutout, 1-0.

That brought the Crusaders face-to-face with district champion Jesuit in another rubber match, this one for the state championship.

  • The Saders had bested the Jays 2-1 in the first round of district.
  • Jesuit won 1-0 in the second round.
  • In the finals, the Blue Jays prevailed 3-0 on a frigid night at Tad Gormley Stadium.

The following players received awards at the sports banquet.

  • Best Mid-fielder: Brian Vega
  • Best Offense: Matt Lovitt
  • Best Defense: Andy Cassara
  • Captains: Andy Cassara, Ricky Gauthier, Alex Hamilton
  • Most Valuable: Andy Cassara
2002 Soccer Team
Golf Regional Champs
The 1988-89 Brother Martin golf team finished first in both district and regional play.
  • The Crusaders compiled a 12-1 record in league play.
  • Senior Scott Foreman earned team Most Valuable Player honors.
  • Scott tied junior Shad Elliers for fourth at regionals while senior Brett Casey finished sixth.
The volunteer coach was Louis Passauer ('88), and the faculty moderator was Brother Alan Drain, S.C.
Golf Team 1988-89
L-R: Coach Louis Passauer, Rusty Juno, Shad Elliers, Brad Bordelon, Joey Aguilar, Scott Foreman, Brother Alan
Front: Lenny Labiche, Sam Pons, Billy Trinchard, Shane Tilford
15 Second Head Start
Drew Haro
Drew Haro
Jeff Franco
Jeff Franco
The 2001 Crusader Cross Country team entered the Mount Carmel Meet on a roll. They had just won the "No Shade in Cade" and Holy Cross races, fueling discussion of a Rummel-Brother Martin showdown for top honors in the city.

  • To counter such talk, Coach Dennis Panepinto surprised spectators and competitors alike by having his runners wait at the starting line fifteen seconds after the race began.
  • The Martin men still won the meet over the Raiders by four points.

The Crusaders continued their streak in the next meet.

  • They won at St. Joseph Academy before falling to second at Catholic High.
  • They later won the ULL Invitational as well as the Brother Martin Invitational.
  • Panepinto's boys lost to Rummel in the District Meet.
  • However, they bounced back to win the Metro Championship.
  • They ended the year with a third place finish at state behind Catholic and Ruston.
Panepinto earned Metro Coach of the Year honors while Drew Haro and Jeff Franco made the All-Metro team.

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District 5 Track Records

Title Defense

Coaches' Sons

National Track Champions

Top 100 Athletes 1972-3

1956 Track Records

Bowling 1st and 2nd

Soccer State Finalist

Golf Regional Champs

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