Crusader Sports – 6

First Soccer Victory over Jesuit

Brother Martin won its first district soccer championship in 1993. The following year brought several other milestones.

  • Under new coach Alan DeRitter, the Crusaders scored their first victory over Jesuit, 2-0.
  • The triumph was part of a nine-game streak that ended in the last regular season game, a loss to Holy Cross on a last minute goal. BM finished second in district with an 8-2 record.
  • The team bounced back with the school's first-ever road playoff victory, 2-1 at Central Lafourche.
  • The 16-8-3 season ended in the next round with a 3-1 loss at Woodlawn.

Except for the Turner brothers, the key players were underclassmen.

  • The defense was anchored by juniors Gerry Mertz and Scott Bonnet, sophomores Nick Reggio and Christian Baldwin, along with the goalkeeping skills of sophomore Matt Higgins and junior Al Silvas.
  • Juniors Jason Prechter, Fuller Lyon, and Jason Volo led the offense.
  • The All-District 1st team included Prechter and senior Bert Turner. Lyon and senior Bret Turner made the second team.
  • Bert Turner also made All-Metro and All-State 1st team. His brother Bret made second team All-State.
  • DeRitter earned District Coach of the Year.
1993-4 Soccer Team
Brother Martin Soccer Team 1993-4
Front: Matt Higgins, Scott Bonnet, Scott Generes, Matt Jacques, Jason Volo, Randy Lee, Al Silvas
Middle: David Wilson, Jason Prechter, Luis Barrios, Gerry Mertz, Kenny Heine, Scott Rhoton, Jeff Rossi
Top: Fuller Lyon, Bret Turner, Christian Baldwin, Eric Baucom, Tommy Hines, Bert Turner, Matt Simon
Not pictured: Larry Centola, Nick Reggio, Ryan Bianchini, Samy Morcos, Scott Tilden
1984-5 Swimming Team

Plagued by the lack of a daily practice facility, the Brother Martin Swimming Team was disbanded following Coach Joe Keller's retirement in 1974. The sport was not reinstated until the 1981-2 school year.

  • Still lacking a pool for practice, the members trained on their own.
  • As you would expect, it took several years for the team to become competitive.

By 1984-5, with Billy Newport as the coach and Sue Dee Lazzerini as the faculty moderator, BM swimmers began making waves in the city meets.

  • Led by captain and MVP Mike Campbell, the Saders finished third in the High School City Relay Meet on February 2.
  • The team earned a fourth place spot in the March 25 City Meet.
  • The year culminated with fourth place at state April 19-20.
1984-5 Crusader Swimming Team
1984-5 Brother Martin Swimming Team
Comeback District Championship Win
Mike Haffner
All-Stater Mike Haffner

Joey Bonomolo
Joey Bonomolo attacking

The 1997-8 Brother Martin soccer team met Jesuit for the District Championship.

  • The Crusaders lost both regular season games to the Blue Jays by 1-0 scores.
  • When the Blue and White scored two quick goals in the first half, the Saders could have lost faith.
  • However, Coach Alan DeRitter had the squad change from white jerseys to crimson at halftime.

Maybe it was the jerseys, maybe it wasn't, but the Saders roared out of the locker room with a renewed sense of pride and intensity.

  • Senior Joshua Murla scored the first goal on a penalty kick.
  • Senior Richie Gray and junior Kyle Sharbonno scored two more in short order to take the lead.
  • The Jays came close to tying the score in the final seconds when a block by goalie James Marsh was rebounded and nearly kicked in.

The Crusaders entered the playoffs with momentum.

  • They slaughtered Sarah Reed 13-0 to earn a trip to Sulphur.
  • The Tornadoes fell 4-2 on two goals each by senior Michael Haffner and sophomore Nick Lambert.

That brought BM head to head with district foe De La Salle.

  • In a reversal of the situation the Saders faced in the district playoff against Jesuit, DeRitter's crew had beaten DLS twice in the regular season by identical 3-1 scores.
  • Alas, the third time was a charm for the Cavaliers, who prevailed 1-0.

Several Crusaders earned individual post-season honors.

  • Gray, Haffner, and Murla made first team All-District.
  • The second team included seniors Joey Bonomolo, Greg Cafarella, and Brian Barbeito.
  • Gray and Haffner also earned spots on the All-Metro team.
  • Haffner finished his BM career as an All-State selection.
1997-8 Crusader Soccer Team
1997-8 Crusader Soccer Team
Doubles Domination
Dr. Winston Riehl
Dr. Winston Riehl

The 1973 Crusader tennis team compiled an 8-2 match record.

  • Dr. Winston Riehl coached the squad with Frank Ferrara as the faculty moderator.
  • The team practiced on "the newly acquired" tennis courts along Lombard Street in the rear of the school.

Four-year letterman and captain Brian Fraught anchored the team.

  • Juniors Jerry Earnest and Phil Ciaccio also contributed outstanding performances.
  • The high point for the Crusaders was placing not one but two doubles teams in the New Orleans Interscholastic Tennis Association finals. The duo of Ciaccio and Earnest defeated Fraught and sophomore John Litwinowicz to capture the city crown.
Brian Fraught
Brian Fraught
New Weightlifting Program

Brother John Abate, S.C.
Brother John Abate, S.C.
Coach V. J. Gianelloni
Coach V. J. Gianelloni

Article in the October 22, 1971, Crusader:

A weight-lifting program has been organized at Martin by Brother John Abate, S.C. He meets with the athletes every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoon in the weight room. Athletes in five different sports are involved and each sport stresses a different method of training.

Football emphasizes overall physical strength, while basketball primarily emphasizes leg building. Wrestlers attempt to build up the upper parts of the body while baseball players exercise their legs and arms. Lungs and leg building are the areas of concern for the swimmers.

According to Brother John, Martin has little competition from other schools in the weightlifting program since the school has a person dedicated to weightlifting year round. He said the program functions even in the summer months. Holy Cross is the only other school with such a summer program.

Also, Coach V. J. Gianelloni discussed a new LHSAA rule that affected Crusader athletes.

An ineligible player is a player coming to Brother Martin from outside the school's district. This player must sit out one year.

The rule was viewed as a disadvantage because Martin accepted many players from outside the district while Shaw and Rummel received fewer ineligible players.

Powerful Pugilists

The October 1930 Aloysian reported on the recent boxing match in which the Panthers won five of seven matches from Catholic High.

  • Dennis Schaff ('35), "crafty little 64 pound southpaw," won a decision over his opponent, Kelly Manno, who was a "classy little boxer."
  • Jess Danna, another left-hander, repeated in the second bout, winning over Max Gianelloni by a large margin of points. Danna weighed 67 pounds.
  • Then came the downfall. Mike Cusimano ('34), "a flashy right-hander," suffered defeat from the hands of Mike Manno. "Our Mike showed gameness throughout the fight, but the Capital City Mike out-pointed him for the decision."
  • Prospects began to look brighter when Artie Ferrantelli, "one of Aloysius' superior glove-slingers," pounded his way to win decisively over Graphica, "a much heavier boy."
  • In the fifth bout, Pete Boscareno, "idol of the S.A.C. [St. Aloysius College] boxers," knocked out Eddie Mansur, "Catholic High's best," in the second round of a three-round fray.
  • Freshman Lee Eddy, "fast little boxer," lost the second fight for the Crusaders to Jimmy Brousseau.
  • "Jimmie Perrin concluded the program by winning a decision in a fight that was more comical than pugilistic. The fighters ran and danced around the ring and punched whenever they found an opening. But the Aloysius Boy was too shifty and took all three rounds with apparent ease."
"The gymnasium was packed to capacity. Preparations are under way for the staging of a card at Aloysius in the very near future."

Dennis Schaff
Dennis Schaff

Michael Cusimano
Mike Cusimano
Boxing Reinstated

Coach Roy Ary reinstated the boxing team at St. Aloysius for the 1945-6 school year.

  • According to the Times Picayune, the Crusader boxing team "brought back high school boxing to New Orleans." The school had not fielded a team since 1932-3.
  • Ary crafted an eight match schedule that included "the best teams in this vicinity, including Plaquemine High, Notre Dame High of Biloxi, and St. Stanislaus."
  • The season culminated in the March 16 set-to with Bay St. Louis High. "This is [the Saints'] fourth home match and like the other three should attract a good-sized crowd."
  • "The Crusaders were minus the services of their chief point getters, Alvin Guidry ('46), Tommy L'Hoste ('48), and Jimmy Saucier ('46)."

Nevertheless, the Saints were able to capture their third match of the season, winning five bouts with two draws.

  • Clinton Palmer ('46) and Dominick Marquer "staged the best fight of the night. Palmer started off like he would have no trouble from the Baytowner and kept his opponent off with a damaging left hand. However, Marquer got the best of his opponent in the final heat when he did some fancy milling inside to tire his opponent" to gain a draw in the 136 lb weight class.
  • In the 105 lb division, Whitney David, "one of Aloysius' finer performers, displayed good footwork and a peppering left hand in the first round of his bout with Tommy Schultz and as a result the Bay boy did not come out for the second round."
  • Paul Ross ('47) assisted his team by turning in a first round TKO over M. Haas from Bay High in the 90 lb class.
  • The other Crimson winners were Peter Noto ('48) by knockout in the 85 lb division, Duane Koch ('47) by decision at 96 lb, and Henry Schneider ('47) by decision at 125 lb.
  • Guy Forte ('46) fought the other draw in the highest weight class, 136 lb.

After handing the reins of the football team back to "Wop" Glover upon the latter's return from the service, "Chief" Ary moved elsewhere. After the one-year reinstatement of boxing, St. Aloysius would drop the sport forever.

1945-6 St. Aloysius Boxing Team
1946 St. Aloysius Boxing Squad
Hard Work Pays Off - Eventually

Nick Lambert
Nick Lambert 1998-9

Soccer 1998-9
Kyle Sharbonno and Dirk Mullen
fight for the ball.

The 1998-9 Brother Martin soccer season began in June when nine lettermen went to train in Italy and France.

  • While in Lyons, they visited the home of Father Andre Coindre, who founded the Brothers of the Sacred Heart there in 1821.
  • The players continued to work during the dog days of summer as they participated in a strength and conditioning program at William Carey College in Hattiesburg.

The young Crusaders faced a rebuilding year.

  • The 6-7 pre-district record was highlighted by a second place at the Acadiana Tournament to open the season and a 1-0 win at Lafayette.
  • After starting district play with a 4-1 triumph over Shaw, the Saders lost to eventual state champion Jesuit.
  • Martin then went on a four-game winning streak that ended with another loss to the Blue Jays and one to Rummel.
  • The Saders rallied to finish in a second-place tie with Rummel. The Raiders won the playoff at Zephyr Field 1-0 in OT.
  • Coach Alan DeRitter's team still made the playoffs as a wild card team. Despite a hat trick by junior Nick Lambert, the Crimson fell to Warren Easton 5-3.

Lambert topped the post-season awards list.

  • Nick led the team in scoring and was voted MVP.
  • Juniors Dirk Mullen and Kyle Sharbonno were named top defenders.
  • Still another junior, James Daigle, made best midfielder.
  • Lambert, Sharbonno, and senior Matt Marcel were team captains.
  • Miguel Sanchez (you guessed it, another junior) won the Coach's Award.
  • Coach DeRitter summarized the season this way: "This team always showed a can do attitude and a willingness to compete to the last second."

The hard work - and perhaps the inspiration from visiting the origins of the brothers - paid off the following season with the school's first state championship in soccer.

Clutch Putt

The 2003-4 Crusader golf team won Brother Martin's first state championship in the sport. (Cor Jesu won state in 1969, the last year before the merger.)

  • The 2002-3 linksmen had won the district and regional crowns before finishing third (out of 16) at the state tournament in Alexandria.
  • The next year, the Saders defended their district and regional championships and added the state title.

Junior Randy Guliuzo led the Crimson and Gold to victory.

  • Randy shot a 71 in the final round of the states tournament at Oak Wing Golf Course in Alexandria to finish third in the individual standings.
  • When Brother Martin, Hahnville, and Sulphur tied for first in the team competition, each coach picked one player to participate in a playoff beginning at hole #1.
  • Coach Randy Asprodites (SA '65) pinned the Crusaders' hopes on Guliuzo. He wasn't disappointed.
  • The playoff didn't last past the first hole. While both his opponents shot par, Randy calmly sank a 4-foot birdie putt to win the championship. "It was something everyone dreams of, being in a situation like that and making a putt to win something big," the hero said.

Other members of the team:

  • Senior Brent Herman, the co-winner of the Warren Cervini Award with Guliuzo;
  • Junior Greg Joubert;
  • Sophomore Craig Cassagne;
  • Sophomore Tyler Thibodeaux.

The golf crown capped a very successful year for Crusader athletics.

  • Cross Country - 2nd in state
  • Wrestling - 2nd in state
  • Basketball - 1st in state
  • Tennis - 3rd in state
  • Track - district and regional champs

Randy Guliuzo 2003-4
Randy Guliuzo

Brent Herman 2003
Brent Herman

NOITA Tri-Champs

The 1977-8 Brother Martin tennis team shared the New Orleans Interscholastic Tennis Association title with Rummel and Newman.

  • Brother More Schaefer, S.C., and Dr. Winston Riehl coached the team.
  • After losing to Rummel 7-2 at City Park in the first match of the second, the team reeled off nine straight wins.
  • The racketmen defeated De La Salle, Jesuit, St. Martin's, East Jefferson, Landry, O.P. Walker, Kennedy, Country Day, and Newman.
  • Co-captain Randy Denniss ranked as one of the top 10 singles players in the Region.
  • The other captain, Jimmy McGuiness, teams with Byron Scullin to reach the regional semifinals in doubles.
  • Denniss, McGuiness, and Scullin qualified for the State Tournament.
1977-8 Brother Martin Tennis Team
1978 Brother Martin Tennis Team
Kneeling: James McGuiness, Gregg Denniss
Standing: David Johnson, Byron Scullin, Jim Brousse, Kirk Wallbillich, Richard Smuck,
Keith Hubbard, David Neider, Billy Mohr, Craig Dobson
Regional Track Champions
Brian Oubre
Brian Oubre
Paul Baur
Paul Baur
The 1997 Brother Martin track team, after finishing third in district, won the regional title, qualifying eight for state.

District Champions.

  • Morris Green - 110m high hurdles
  • Michael Berger - 800m
  • Patrick Miller - shot put
  • Gary Joseph - high jump

State Qualifiers

  • Green
  • Miller - third (49'8")
  • Joseph - third with a personal best 6'2"
  • Marcel Tullier - javelin
  • Troy Strohmeyer - 1600m
  • Josh Authement - pole vault
  • Ralph Schindler - high jump
  • Paul Baur- discus and javelin

Team honors were awarded as follows:

  • Outstanding Jumper - Joseph
  • Most Valuable Track - Brian Oubre
  • Outstanding Middle Distance - Berger
  • Outstanding Distance - Authement, Strohmeyer
  • Outstanding Sprinter - Green
  • Outstanding Thrower & Most Valuable Field - Baur
Michael Berger
Michael Berger
Shot putter Patrick Miller
Patrick Miller
1997 Brother Martin Track Squad
1997 Brother Martin Track Team



First Soccer Victory over Jesuit

1984-5 Swimming Team

Comeback District Championship Win

Doubles Domination

New Weighlifting Program

Powerful Pugilists

Boxing Reinstated

Hard Work Pays Off - Eventually

Clutch Putt

NOITA Tri-Champs

Regional Track Champions


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