Crusader Sports - 7
Busy Spring

 


Jim Thibaut ('38)

Junior Jim Thibaut, star RB the previous fall, had a busy spring in 1937 competing in both baseball and track.
  • On the diamond, Thibaut clouted three HRs in one game April 28.
  • Earlier in the season, Jim had smacked a grand slam against Jesuit. He also rapped a two-run triple off Holy Cross pitching.
  • Jim made the Times-Picayune New Orleans States All-Prep team as the utility man. The article announcing the team included this paragraph:

    Jimmy Thibaut, St. Aloysius, gets the call for the utility man on the first team. Thibaut kept the Crusaders in many ball games and played at many positions, and the saying of "Monk" Zelden's team was "as Thibaut goes so goes the Crusaders."
    Jimmy led the loop in home runs, getting five, and was up there among the leaders in hitting.


  • The All-Prep team included a future major leaguer in SS Connie Ryan of Jesuit.

Mid-May found Thibaut representing St. Aloysius in track.

  • On May 21, he took first place in the preliminaries of the junior prep track meet at Tulane Stadium in two events, the shot put and the javelin.
  • The next day, Jimmy finished second in the shot put and third in the javelin.

Jimmy competed again the following weekend in the senior prep meet.

  • He finished second in the shot put to qualify for the finals.
  • However, he failed to qualify in the javelin after pulling a muscle in his arm, an injury that also affected him in the shot put the next day.

Unfortunately, Thibaut did not get a chance to compete in spring sports his senior year because St. Aloysius fielded neither a baseball nor a track team.

Seven Straight
Steve Falcone
Steve Falcone
Jack Schommer's 1975 cross country aggregation won the District and City Meets for the seventh year in a row.
  • Following their usual regimen of running eight miles a day, the Crusaders honed their preparation to peak for the district, city, and state meets.
  • At the District 11-AAAA meet on the lakefront course, senior Steve Falcone finished first with a 10:39.0 clocking. Sophomore Tom Heffernan took third while his teammate Allison Marshall, a senior, came in fourth. The result was a 24-48 victory over Rummel with Shaw a distant third.
  • Falcone also crossed the finish line before everyone else at the City Meet the following week. Heffernan finished sixth and Marshall seventh. Rummel again provided the strongest opposition but fell 37-59. Carver had the next lowest total (91).
  • The Crusaders took fourth at state.
  • Falcone won the MVP award at the annual sports banquet for the second straight year.

Allison Marshall and Tom Heffernan
Allison Marshall and Tom Heffernan pace each other at the city meet.

Outstanding Track Performers
Ed Liska
Ed Liska

Al Nastasi
Al Nastasi

Danny Markey
Danny Markey

Coach Bobby Nuss
Bobby Nuss

The only New Orleans athletes to win first place medals at the 1959 LHSAA AAA Track Meet at LSU were Aloysians.
  • Ed Liska won the 220y dash with a time of 22.1 seconds, his best time of the season. The senior also finished 2nd in the 100y dash.
  • Sammy Briuglio, another senior, captured the 120y high hurdles in 15.1 seconds, a tenth of a second over his fastest time. Sam added a third place medal in the 180y low hurdles.
  • Other Crusader medalists were junior Paul Reinhardt, who tied for third in the high jump, and the 440y relay team of Al Nastasi, Briuglio, Danny Markey, and Liska that also finished third.
Some of Bobby Nuss's thinclads earned spots on the Times-Picayune All-Prep team.
  • Liska - 220
  • Briuglio - 120y high hurdles and 180y low hurdles
  • Reinhardt - high jump and broad jump, setting a new city record in the latter event
  • 440y relay team
  • 880y relay team
Paul Reinhardt high jumping
Paul Reinhardt
The track season ended with the 10th annual NORD Meet of Champions.
  • Briuglio became the first local trackster to win the John P. Brechtel memorial trophy as the most outstanding performer.
  • Sam won the low and high hurdles (19.9 and 15 flat) and ran on both the 440 and 880 champion relay teams (44.6 and 1:32.4 respectively).
Sammy Briuglio
Sammy Briuglio
Spring 2013 College Signings

Blake Battle
Blake Battle

Ross Brister
Ross Brister

Cody Ducote
Cody Ducote

Thirteen Brother Martin athletes signed grant-in-aids with various colleges.
  • Blake Battle baseball, Loyola
  • Ross Brister wrestling, Cumberland University
  • Benton Brown football and track & field, Millsaps
  • Kyle Delaune wrestling, Cumberland
  • Cody Ducote baseball, Delgado
  • Jalen Gray basketball, Loyola
  • Ryan Hoefeld football, Florida State
  • Jordan Lumpkins - basketball, Copiah-Lincoln Comm. Coll.
  • Patrick McCree basketball, Spring Hill
  • Peyton Senner baseball, Loyola
  • Jacob Seward baseball, Southeastern Louisiana
  • Jabbar Singleton basketball, Oral Roberts
  • Tyler Zamjahn baseball, Tulane
Jalen Gray
Jalen Gray
Ryan Hoefeld
Ryan Hoefeld
Patrick McCree
Patrick McCree
Jacob Seward
Jacob Seward
Jabbar Singleton
Jabbar Singleton
Tyler Zamjahn
Tyler Zamjahn


Benton Brown


Kyle Delaune

Peyton Senner
Peyton Senner

Walls of Legends Crusaders

Roy Hoffmann 1945
Roy Hoffmann
Rick Robey 1974
Rick Robey
Johnny Altobello
Johnny Altobello

Congratulations to the following Crusaders who are members of the inaugural class of the Walls of Legends, the New Orleans Prep Sports Hall of Fame at Ye Olde College Inn.

Athletes

  • Roy Hoffmann ('46)
  • Butler Powell ('56)
  • Nick Revon
  • Rick Robey ('74)

Coaches

  • John Altobello
  • Bob Conlin
  • Andy Russo
  • Eddie Toribio - inducted as an athlete

Official

  • Ken Leithman ('47)
Also, congratulations and thanks to Clarion Herald sports columnist Ron Brocato for his untiring efforts in making the Walls of Legends a reality in 2012.


Ken LeithmanAndy Russo 1968Eddie Toribio
L-R: Ken Leithman, Andy Russo , Eddie Toribio

Butler Powell 1956
Butler Powell
Nick Revon
Nick Revon
Bob Conlin
Bob Conlin

Another Hall of Fame Crusader

Eddie Bravo 1951
Congratulations to Eddie Bravo ('51) for being added to the New Orleans High School Hall of Fame at Ye Olde College Inn along with ten other inductees. That brings the total of honorees to 94.

In listing the selections in the Clarion Herald, Ron Brocato wrote this:

Eddie Bravo, St. Aloysius football and basketball standout and longtime high school and NFL official.

1980 District Track Champions

Bennie Burst outlasts Rummel runner.
Bennie Burst

Eddie Jacobs
Eddie Jacobs

They were the best team I have ever coached.

Those were the words of Chubby Marks ('54) regarding his 1980 track team that won the District meet and finished second in the Regionals.

New rules governed track scoring that season.

  • Relays no longer counted double.
  • Low hurdles were removed from competition.

Entering the season, Chubby said: Our speed will have to come through. We also return a lot of people from last year and that gives us an advantage. The top contenders were expected to be Rummel and St. Augustine.

The Crusaders won six Invitationals before District.

  • East Jefferson
  • Rummel
  • Chalmette
  • Shaw
  • Brother Martin
  • Holy Cross
  • Jesuit

Along the way, a number of new school records were set.

  • Benny Burst: 9.76 in 100y dash
  • Eddie Jacobs: 57' 11" in shot put
  • Tommy Marzoni: 19' in javelin
  • Relay team 47.6 in 440 and 1:29:6 in 880: Jim Sabrio, Tommy Prats, Bruce Daigle, Benny Burst

By the time the District meet came along, the Crusaders had become favorites to defend their 1979 title.

  • Rummel coach Ronnie Doyle: Brother Martin has been getting stronger as the season's been going on.
  • Marks didn't think he could take another tight finish like the one the year before. We beat Rummel at the wire. It could have been a dead heat, that's how close it was. If it comes down to St. Aug and us in the mile relay, it's going to be tough.

Chubby needn't have worried. His Crusaders cruised with 165 points to the Raiders' 132 with the Purple Knights far behind at 54. Points were scored in twelve events.

  • Javelin: Marzoni 2nd (178' 5")
  • Discus: Mark Liuzza 3rd (141' 6 1/2")
  • Shot Put: Jacobs 1st (56' 9"), Jeff Reine 2nd (52' 1")
  • High Jump: Mike Hall 3rd (6')
  • Triple Jump: Steve Gallo 2nd (44' 3 1/2"), Joel Morris 3rd (43' 8 1/4")
  • 180: Burst 1st (9.76), Prats 2nd (9.8)
  • 880: Pat Macklin 1st (2:00.34), Lance Levy 2nd (2:00.39)
  • 440: Burst 1st (50.85), Ray Durbin 3rd
  • 220: Prats 2nd (22.91)
  • Two Mile: Tim Kuylen 3rd (10:18.50)
  • 440 Relay: 1st (Sabrio, Daigle, Leroy Chapman, Prats - 43:45)
  • 880 Relay: 1st (Prats, Daigle, Chapman, Burst - 1:29:93)
1980 District Track Champions
1980 Brother Martin District Track Champions
1981 Wrestling Runners-up
After finishing 3rd in state in 1980, Brother Martin climbed one place higher in '81 when Ray Charbonneau coached the Crusaders with assistance from Maurice and Jimmy Casadaban.
  • The squad went 13-2 in dual meets, with both losses at the hands of Jesuit.
  • Martin finished second in district and second in regional.
  • Qualifying for state were:
    seniors Larry Gibson, Kevin McMullen, Kent Webb, Paul Palermo, Mike and Mark Wisniewski, Jerry Schmidt, Al Giraud,
    juniors Tommy Campbell, and Neil Roberts, and
    freshman Kenny Spellman.

Six Saders placed at state.

  • First: Gibson, Palermo
  • Second: Campbell, Webb
  • Third: McMullen, Mark Wisniewski
The Crusaders would continue their climb up the state ladder in '82 and win the championship.

Coach Ray Charbonneau
Ray Charbonneau

1981 State Wrestling Qualifiers
1981 State Wrestling team: Sitting L-R: Kenny Spellman, Paul Palermo, Kevin McMullen, Tommy Campbell, Kent Webb
Second row: Standing L-R: Mike Wisniewski, Neil Roberts, Jerry Schmidt, Larry Gibson, Mark Wisniewski, Al Giraud
1951 State Golf Participants
1951 St. Aloysius Golf Team
The 1950-1 St. Aloysius Golf Team: Neal Hobson ('52), Richard Treuting ('51), Tom McMahon ('51)
The 1951 St. Aloysius golf team qualified to play in the 36-hole state championship match at the LSU course.
  • In the city-wide meet, Neal Hobson shot par 68 to eliminate teammate Tom McMahon, who was deadlocked for medalist honors. Dick Treuting won the consolation bracket trophy.
  • The other three teams in the state tournament were Byrd, Baton Rouge, and Neville.
  • Baton Rouge dethroned defending champion Byrd 631-659.
Bowling Rebirth
Arthur "Buddy" Yaeger
Buddy Yeager

On January 23, 1955, the St. Aloysius bowling team defeated Warren Easton in a three-game match at the Sugar Bowl Lanes.

  • The event marked the Crusaders' first bowling match since one against the Eagles two years earlier.
  • The Knights won with 2,302 points to 2,236, including a 111 pin handicap for the Eagles.
  • Captain Buddy Yeager was high man for SA with 521. Other squad members were Eddie Boyle, Kenny Beck, Buddy Gomez, and Clint Schwaner.
  • An Aloysius grad, John Fazzio ('46) ran the Sugar Bowl Lanes on Franklin Avenue.

Bowling was an on-again, off-again sport at Aloysius from 1940-1 to the final year, 1968-9. With all members of the 1955 team being seniors, there were no returnees to form a squad the following year.

Kenny Beck
Kenny Beck
Eddie BoyleBuddy GomezClint Schwaner
L-R: Eddie Boyle, Buddy Gomez, Clint Schwaner

Bowling City Champs
The 1988-89 Brother Martin bowling team had an outstanding season.
  • Team I finished 2nd in league standings but won the City Championship. The members were all seniors: Perry Murphy, Jeff Chighizola, Michael Caster, Bill Vaughn, and Dana Yuratich.
  • Team II took 1st place in league standings and finished 4th in City. This team was composed of juniors Scott Schayot, Kevin Boitman, and Ralph Romaguera, plus sophomore Kirk Hunley.
Coaches were David Falati and Marsie Grant.

Team I City Champions: (L-R) Marsie Grant, Perry Murphy, Jeff Chighizola, Michael Caster,
Bill Vaughn, Mrs. Locicero, Dana Yuratich, Mr. Falati

Team II League Champions (L-R): Scott Schayot, Kevin Boitman, Ralph Romaguera, Kirk Hunley