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1993 -- 1994

1993 - 1994

In October of 1993 a new computer lab opened to students with 28 Compaq Prolinea 486 computers funded by a state grant valued at nearly $90,000. The grant also provided for new furnishings for a new computer lab and in-service technology training for teachers. English department chairwoman Cheryl Mire designated these computers for use primarily by juniors and seniors in composition, literature, and journalism classes to produce reports, term papers, and articles. Junior Kyle Comboy was quoted in the Times-Picayune; "I find it tedious now if I have to use a typewriter. "If you make a mistake, you have to either start over or go back and use correction tape. It's a pain. The computers have a spell-check so it makes things much easier."

Former Rummel coach Jim Robarts was inducted into the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) Hall of Fame in January of 1994. Robarts' Raider record included 522 wins and two state championships (1977 & 1978) for a 381-168 record in 19 years at Rummel, including his 50-game winning streak for a 35-0 record for the 1977 through 1978 seasons. At the time of his induction into the Hall of Fame, Coach Robarts over-all record was a 522-275 record during a 27 year career.

In late January of 1994 some controversy was raised when some 150 eighth-grade students were assigned by Religion teacher Harold Fields to mail letters to Louisiana congressmen in Washington, D.C. which they had copied from viewing on an over-head projector which read "I am opposed to my tax dollars being spent on abortions. Please vote against the Clinton Health Plan". Several parents protested their sons involvement in the issue as it pertained to "tax dollars" because the students did not earn taxable spending and because the legislators were not informed in the letters that they were writtin by 13 and 14 year-old students.

The basketball team finished second place in District 7-5A.

Head basball coach Larry Schneider announced his retirement in March after having spent 23 seasons at Rummel and leading the Raiders to seven state championships. His record included state championship titles in 1974 (in an undefeated season), 1981, 1987 and 1989 with a 19-4 count in state tournaments and five Catholic League championships. Schneider, who had been named head coach in 1972 would remain at Rummel as athletic director, intramural coordinator, and U.S. history teacher. Assistant baseball coach Frank Cazeaux was appointed to would take over the top coaching position in 1995.

Also in March of 1994, athletic director Ronald Doyle announced that he would step down (after 23 years) at the end of the school year after the school made changes in the athletic program director's dutys. Doyle, who had been athletic director since 1971, would remain as coordinator of the driver's education program and to work in the physical education department. Coach Doyle began his career at Rummel in 1963 as assistant football and track coach. As track coach (1966 to 1991) he led the team to six district championships, two region titles and the state Class 4A championship in 1982. He was the cross country coach from 1971 to 1976 and from 1982 to 1990. Doyle was named inducted into the Louisiana Track and Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame in February of 1994.

Former Nicholls State athletic director Phil Greco was named Ronald Doyle's replaceent as athletic director in May after a seven-person committee comprised of principal David Hardin, faculty, athletic staff, students, parents, and alumni reviewed 20 applicants for the position which would be a full-time, 11-month position.


August 1993

Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Sunday, August 1, 1993

Archbishop Rummel High School

The Archbishop Rummel Parent Booster Club board members are: James Carroll, president; Jacob Taranto III, first vice president; Steve Whitman, second vice president; Jodie Russo, recording secretary; Valerie Torres, corresponding secretary; Nelson Ardoin, treasurer; and Pam Davis and Donna Poston, members-at-large.

The Archbishop Rummel School Board members are: Jacob Taranto III, president; and Larry Millet, Elizbeth Lomax, Gary Hardin, Larry Hecker and Ross Davis, members.


Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Friday, August 20, 1993

Author: BILL BUMGARNER East Jefferson bureau

Overlap is of some concern this summer for the football programs at Rummel and Ecole Classique, and that does not pertain to the players' excess around the midriff.

With the preseason jamborees a week away, the Raiders are missing nine football players and the Spartans two, due to the players' participation in post-season baseball tournaments.

Six Raiders are playing for Schaff Brothers in the American Legion Mid-South Regionals in Edmond, Okla., beginning today. They include starting quarterback Ricky Culotta, tight end George Bode, wide receiver Randy Ford, defensive tackle Jeff Russo, running back Mike Ceravolo and linebacker Brian Glass.

The Raiders are also missing running back Jason Armstrong, quarterback Ryan Gernard and wide receiver Sidney Lasalle, all of whom are playing at the Babe Ruth World Series with JPRD-East Bank in New Jersey. To compensate, the Raiders are practicing with junior Scott Walle, linebacker Josh Dirmann and two coaches at quarterback. Head coach Marc Martin runs the passing skeleton drills, and assistant George Ryan handles the scout squad offense.

"Adapt, improvise and overcome. That's been a motto around here for a long time," said Martin, the Raiders' third-year head coach. "We're going to use this as a positive, from the standpoint that Schaff overcame long odds to win that tournament. If that type of attitude carries over to the field, then that can only help us become a better team.

At Ecole, running back Mike Harmon and quarterback Steve Upshaw, both of whom once attended Rummel, are playing for JPRD.

"When you're without your starting running back and a quarterback, you really don't know what you're going to do," said Ecole coach Jay Maumus. "But you play with the cards dealt you."

"I have mixed feelings," said Harmon. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance to go to Jersey and play in a World Series, but at the same time I know I will have a lot of catching up to do when I get back. We can't win or lose. We want to win the (baseball) games, but if we don't, I'll be back home earlier for football."

Section: SPORTS
Page: D6

September 1993


Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Saturday, September 4, 1993

Author: PAUL SALVANT Correspondent

Rummel fullback Bo Breeden scored two second-half touchdowns, leading the Raiders to their first season-opening victory in four years, 21-14 over Mandeville at Mandeville on Friday.

The victory couldn't have come too soon for Raiders coach Marc Martin. "We really needed this one," Martin said. "We haven't won an opener since I've been here. This was important to us."

The Raiders rushed for 226 yards, much of it on second-half scoring drives of 80 and 76 yards.

Rummel took a 14-7 lead on the first drive, capping an 80-yard drive with a 1-yard run by Breeden. The After Mandeville tied the score at 14-14, Rummel took the lead for good on a 2-yard run by Breeden, capping a 14-play, 76-yard drive. Kevin Barrouquere kicked three extra points.

"Those two long drives really pleased me," said Martin. "Our offense did what it had to do when we had to do it."

"We like to put it in the end zone as fast as we can," said Raiders quarterback Ricky Culotta, who led all rushers with 118 yards on 17 carries. "If we can't, we like to keep the ball for as long as we can, to make sure the defense is rested."

The Raiders scored on the fourth play of the game, when Culotta completed a 62-yard pass to tight end Robert Johnson.

On the Raiders' next possession, a bad snap prevented a 34-yard field goal attempt.

Mandeville then drove 70 yards on 10 plays, and Kieron Doherty tied the score at 7-7 on a 3-yard run. Quarterback Brandon McCollum aided the drive alive with a key 36-yard pass to Anthony Giovingo.

Doherty led Mandeville with 101 yards on 20 carries.

Culotta gained 44 yards on five carries on Rummel's first scoring drive in the second half. Breeden finished the drive with a 1-yard run.

The Skippers tied the score again with a 53-yard, nine-play drive, capped by a 2-yard run by McCollum.

Rummel took possession on their 24 with 7:42 remaining. Culotta, who completed six of nine passes for 119 yards, hit Randy Ford for 15 yards on a third-down play.

Culotta gained six yards on a third-and-5, and rushed for 25 yards to the Mandeville 2, setting up Breeden's score.
Section: SPORTS
Page: D4


Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Friday, September 10, 1993

Author: BILL BUMGARNER East Jefferson bureau

Ricky Culotta was never able to focus clearly during his junior season at Rummel, but he had a pretty solid alibi. Doctors would not allow the Raider quarterback to wear his contact lenses, and without them, trying to read the plays sent in via hand signals from the sidelines proved bothersome, to say nothing of trying to spot a receiver downfield.

"I did not wear them because I was afraid they would come out," he said. "When I would brush my hand across my jersey, that meant I had not seen the coach's call. This year, the doctors told me it would not hurt to try 'em. Even though, I keep some spares on the sidelines."

Culotta had no problems in the Raiders' opener, clearly finding his receivers on six-of-nine passes for 119 yards. And when he saw daylight on the sprint option, he took advantage, rushing for 118 yards on 17 carries as Rummel beat Mandeville, 21-14. Twice the Raiders used 14 plays to drive 76 and 80 yards for scores.

"It was fun to finally play an opening game on a dry field," said Culotta, who had never carried the ball more than 10 times in a game.

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound quarterback awoke Saturday with a sore back but uplifted spirits. "On a play near our sideline, one defender had me around the ankles and another guy just leveled me," said Culotta. "My eyes lit up when I saw him coming. I was sure my lenses would have come out on a hit like that but they didn't."

As Rummel's quarterback the past two seasons in which Rummel has gone 6-5 and 5-5, Culotta realizes that a quarterback is the recipient of too much adulation when his team wins, and too much scorn when his team loses. But what he sees around him this season gives him the impression that a more stable atmosphere exists.

"The coaches are different this season," he said. "They are a lot more relaxed and I am too. We have cut down a lot on our formations, simplified things on offense."

A victory today on the road against Capitol would give the Raiders a 4-0 start, entering a matchup against St. Augustine on the fifth week.

"The coaches have gone over everything in great detail and this team feels energized," he said. "Our goal right now is one thing: the playoffs. We just want to keep winning."

If Culotta has seen a change in the staff, the feeling is mutual.

"He has always had the athletic ability of his father (Holy Cross standout Ray Culotta)," said Raider coach Marc Martin.

"There were a lot of things that shifted his way last season and I think that has helped him learn not to put pressure on himself as a senior.

"Last year, if he would throw an interception, he would come off the field with his head down, blaming himself," said Martin. "Now, he just gets in the huddle, claps his hands and says 'let's go'. He lost a fumble the other night and when he came to the sidelines we told him to forget about it and go on from here."

How far the Raiders go in 1993, and how they fare in District 7-5A will depend heavily on Culotta, a young man who can appreciate the value of good contacts.
Section: SPORTS
Page: D8
Record Number: 9309100259


Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Thursday, September 16, 1993

The Archbishop Rummel Parent Booster Club will meet Wednesday at 8 p.m. Teachers will be available to talk to the parents before the meeting at 6:45 p.m. in the school gym.

October 1993


Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Sunday, October 3, 1993

Author: BILL BUMGARNER East Jefferson bureau

St. Augustine unleashed a blitz without end Saturday. And Rummel bore the brunt of it.

Seven Purple Knights teamed to rushed for 426 yards in a 46-14 victory over the Raiders at Joe Yenni Stadium.

The victory sets up a battle of District 7-5A unbeaten teams Saturday when the Knights, 2-0 in the league and 3-1 overall, face Shaw (5-0, 2-0). Rummel, after three consecutive victories, is 3-2 and 0-2 in the Catholic League.

St. Aug's Jamal Fobbs ran 63 yards on the first snap of the game, and the Knights never veered off course.

Fobbs wound up with 192 yards on 13 carries, and Damien Charles finished with 125 yards on seven carries. Terrence Wilson gained 64 yards and had touchdowns runs of 2, 11 and 5 yards that staked St. Aug to a 20-0 first-quarter lead.

Carter Sheridan had a 10-yard score and Charles a 9-yarder before halftime as the Knights led 33-0.

The only negative for St. Aug came with three seconds remaining in the half when the Knights tried one last play. Quarterback Brandon Gueno, substituting for injured starting quarterback Kareem Evans, hurt an ankle and might not play next week. But Evans, who had a sprained knee, is expected to return.

The lead swelled to 46-0 on Sheridan's 9-yard run in the third quarter and an 80-yard run by Fobbs in the fourth. St. Aug held Rummel to 17 yards rushing and no yards passing in the first half, and the Knights did not punt. St. Aug intercepted three passes to offset three lost fumbles.

"The defensive line finally came to the front," said St. Aug coach Tony Biagas. "The backs ran well, and we were physical, something we will need against Shaw. By far, the best we have played this season."

Rummel averted a shutout in the fourth quarter on scoring runs of 1 yard by Mike Ceravolo and 2 yards by James Smith with 19 seconds remaining.

Section: SPORTS
Page: C15


Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Thursday, October 7, 1993

The Archbishop Rummel Parents' Club will sponsor a Mothers' Mass Friday at 9 a.m. in the school chapel.

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Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Sunday, October 31, 1993

Author: JIM KLEINPETER Prep editor

East Jefferson basketball coach Jim Robarts, whose teams have wokn 522 games and who coached Rummel to back-to-back state championships, will be inducted into the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in January.

"It's a wonderful feeling," Robarts said. "I'm at a loss for words. I'm excited and appreciative of the honor. And I'm thankful to a lot of people for where I am right now."

Robarts has a 522-275 record in 27 years. He spent three years at Shreveport Jesuit before coming to Rummel, where he coached for 19 years and had a 381-168 record. Robarts' teams won Class 4A state titles in 1977 and 1978 and set a Class record with a 50-game winning streak, including 35-0 in 1977-78.

Robarts was selected state Coach of the Year three times and metro Coach of the Year four times. He coached the Louisiana High School Coaches Association All-Star games in 1976 and 1993 and was president of the LHSCA in 1979.

Others to be inducted are H.L. Bourgeois and Vandebilt softball/basketball coach Gerald Albert, Opelousas administrator John Ed Bradley Sr., former Salmen and LSU quarterback Alan Risher, former Kentwood and Sumner football coach Elton Shaw, Albany girls basketball coach JoAnn Smith, former Hanson football coach Donald Dunbar and former Sibley boys basketball coach Donald Stahl.

Section: SPORTS
Page: C15

November 1993


Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Sunday, November 7, 1993

Author: CHARLIE HOOLIHAN Contributing writer

Mandeville Junior High took on two teams from the Catholic League and came away with two victories - 24-0 over Jesuit and 22-8 over Archbishop Rummel.

Clifton Williams combined with a fine supporting cast to score four touchdowns and amass more than 300 yards in both contests.

Mandeville opened up its offense significantly, with two scores coming from Hunt Vaughn passes.

"People think all we do is run," Mandeville Patriot Coach Rusty McCoy said. "We pass pretty good, too, and it helps to open up our running game by backing people up."

Against Jesuit, Williams softened up the Blue Jay defense with several sweeps and an early 21-yard touchdown run on a sweep around right end in the first quarter. Gerald Washington set up the touchdown with a 15-yard plow that forced the Jay defense to look between the ends.

In the second quarter, Williams followed Washington on an off-tackle lead between guard Gary Cressen and tackle Dowell Ducre to break a 60-yard scoring run after Washington cleared out the Jesuit linebacker.

With these two strikes under their belt, the Patriots then battered the Blue Jay defense with a 30-yard pass from Vaughn to Adam Reeves.

Williams then iced the game in the fourth quarter with a 25-yard sprint.

The defense also played well in the shut-out, spreading the work around, with many players contributing.

"Our defense works real well as a unit," McCoy said. "We may have one player or two get four or five tackles, but you can look at the statistics and see that most everyone gets two to three tackles."

Michael Wardlaw led the defense, and Williams contributed four tackles.

The Patriots had a tougher time against Rummel. The Raiders' ball-control offense kept the Mandeville quick-strike offense off the field for much of the first half.

Mandeville scored early behind Washington's two-yard dive between Ducre and Reeves, after halfback Brandon Mire took out the defensive end.

Rummel then held on to the ball through the end of the half and parlayed its time of possession into a score early in the third quarter.

Rummel gained new life with the 8-6 score, but the Patriots put things out of reach quickly as the quarter wound down.

After softening the Raider defense with sweeps and traps on the ground, Vaughn then went for the play-action bootleg pass to Jeff Person. Person took the pass from its 25-yard flight and added another 34 yards on his open field run for the score.

"We lulled (Rummel) to sleep with traps and sweeps and got behind the defense on this pass," McCoy said. "Hunt worked the play-action well, and it shell-shocked them."

The touchdown gave the Patriots a little breathing room, but two plays later, they got the game-capping breaks when Rummell fumbled on the first play after the ensuing kick-off to end the third quarter.

Two plays later, Williams took it in from 21 yards out.

"You could see helmets dropping (as the Rummel players nodded in disappointment) on the other side of the field when Clifton scored," McCoy said. "You could tell they had been beaten."

Rummel scored its final two points on an intentional safety in the last 12 seconds of the game.

"Coach (Dennis) Strohmeyer told us to take the safety," McCoy said. "We didn't want to punt from our end zone and take the chance of them scoring and then kicking an on-side kick. Coach Strohmeyer came up with the smart play."

Defensively, the Patriots were led by Wardlaw, who came up with nine tackles from the outside linebacking position to take away the Rummel outside game.

Reeves also performed well at defensive halfback, preventing a touchdown after a Rummel back broke outside after an off-tackle slant.
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Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Sunday, November 7, 1993

Archbishop Rummel's Parent Booster club will sponsor a Mothers' Mass on Friday at 9 a.m. in the school chapel. Refreshments will follow in the alumni center.

The Archbishop Rummel Parent Booster club will hold a board meeting on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the conference room on Rummel's campus.

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Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Sunday, November 7, 1993

The Archbishop Rummel Parent Booster Club will sponsor a Mother-Son Breakfast at Metairie Country Club today. A Mass will be said at 9:30 a.m. and breakfast will follow. For more information, call Nell Whitman or Valerie Torres at 834-5592.

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December 1993



Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Friday, December 3, 1993

Author: BOB ROSS East Jefferson bureau

The horn for lunch at Rummel High School in Metairie sounded, and hundreds of young men bull-rushed toward the front of the cafeteria line.

Far behind the pack was calm, slow-walking sophomore Joe Mullen. No need for Mullen to risk injury racing to the cafeteria. He's got a spot reserved at the front of the line.

That special treatment - free lunch for a month and the privilege of walking to the front of the line - is the result of an academic inducement program that rewards students with good grades, attendance and conduct.

The program, called Renaissance, grew out of a federal grant five years ago. It is being used in more than 3,500 schools around the country, officials said.

Through a partnership with area businesses, students can earn discounts at stores and qualify for raffles for prizes such as the month of stress-free, no-fee lunches.

"I was happy when my name was called," Mullen, 14, said. "I thought it was great. You don't have to wait in line."

The Renaissance program is in its third year at Rummel, the only school reported to use it in the metropolitan area.

The idea is simple: Students who achieve one of four grade levels, and combine good attendance and conduct, earn a card that entitles them to 10 percent to 30 percent discounts at car washes, clothing stores, fast-food restaurants and other local businesses.

Even students with low averages, but who improve their overall marks by half a letter grade - from a 1.5 grade point average to a 2.0, for example - can earn a card. The higher the grades, the more freebies listed on the card.

Students who earn the cards have their names put in a raffle for prizes that also are sponsored by local businesses.

The prizes include free lunches, a prom package with free tuxedo and limousine rental, free dinner and a free corsage, $100 U.S. Savings Bonds, $100 certificates to local stores, and scholarships or discounts to local universities worth as much as $2,000.

The incentive program seems to be working.

When it was begun in 1991, about 270 students qualified for one of the four levels of the Renaissance program after the first nine-week grading period, said Brother Gale Condit, vice-principal for institutional advancement at Rummel.

Apart from quarterly academic performance, the four levels hinge on satisfactory grades in conduct and students being absent no more than three days.

Last quarter, nearly 500 students qualified for the discount cards and prize drawings. The business participation also has soared, Condit said, surging from about 25 sponsors in 1991 to 120 sponsors this year.

Tulane University gives away free subscriptions to the theater series on campus, said Richard Whiteside, director of undergraduate admissions for the school.

"The reason we do it is to get our name out to high school juniors and seniors," he said. Supporting a worthy program, he said, is icing on the cake.

"These kinds of motivators keep them focused on things cerebral and academic and are good ideas," he said.

The businesses are listed on a huge sign in the cafeteria, which is often rented out by local groups and included in a letter to the parents announcing each quarter's Renaissance students, Condit said.

"I have two small children and I believe in education and anything you can do as an incentive," said Joyce Barnes, owner of Books Unlimited. She contributed three $100 savings bonds last year.

Some national critics of the program say schools should not be buying grades, and that some children will only work hard to get a reward.

"The main problem with the use of rewards is that kids can become dependent on them and they will never learn unless the rewards are present," Edward Deci, a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, said in an interview earlier this year.

"What we really want is to inspire an eagerness to learn," Deci said, ' 'so they'll want to learn in any circumstances."

But Rummel Principal David Hardin disagrees.

"I think we're buying an expected behavior, something to shoot for," he said. "With all the outside pressures to take their (students) minds away from school, you have to come up with new strategies."

Many Rummel students said they work harder to try to earn the cards - particularly for the free soft drink at Taco Bell, the most popular item - and also to be entered in the prize raffles.

Other critics complain that the attendance requirement encourages some boys to come in who are sick, and that the assembly where the cards are given out embarrasses students who haven't done well.

But most said they liked the program.

"It's an incentive to do good," said junior Andy Pizzo, who has a 3.88 GPA. "It gives you something to look forward to."

Section: METRO
Page: B1


Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Thursday, December 9, 1993

Author: EVA JACOB East Jefferson bureau

Walking through the halls of Archbishop Rummel High School, a student anxiously calls out to Cheryl Mire.

"Hey, Mrs. Mire. Will I be able to use one of the computers today to write my report?"

"Sure, no problem," Mire says. "It's open now if you want to come on in."

Mire smiles as she begins to talk about the change in the approach to writing and learning at the Metairie school.

Thanks to a state grant worth almost $90,000, Rummel has bought 28 Compaq Prolinea 486 computers. In addition to the computers, the grant also provided the school with in-service training for teachers and the proper desks and chairs for a new computer lab.

The lab opened in October, said Mire, chairwoman of the English department at Rummel. The computers are used mostly by juniors and seniors who are studying English composition, literature and journalism, Mire said.

"When the lab opened, it was natural for the students to go right to the keyboard and get started," she said. "I shouldn't be surprised - they have all grown up in a remote-control, push-button world."

The computers are equipped with programs that let students check their spelling and grammar and exchange paragraphs, Mire said.

"What makes this system so terrific is that it gives the student some independence in the classroom," she said. "With the help of the different programs the system carries, a student can press a button and see for himself how to improve a story or a paper if you change this or that. Changing the structure of just one sentence can really bring a story together.

"The kids don't always have to depend on a teacher to correct their work or tell them how something should be written. They are learning how to study and work on their own, essentially self-editing."

In the past, Dustin Branton and Kyle Comboy, juniors at the school, used typewriters to produce their reports and term papers for classes.

"I find it tedious now if I have to use a typewriter," Kyle said. "If you make a mistake, you have to either start over or go back and use correction tape. It's a pain. The computers have a spell-check so it makes things much easier."

"I think I'm keeping up better with my class assignments since I have access to the computers," Dustin said. "The computer programs have helped my spelling and grammar a lot. And my typing has even improved since using the computer."

Mire said she is encouraged by the positive response from the students.

"I think working on the computers enable the students to experience an educational environment where they are not treated like a child," she said. "They are learning to work hard and to work independently, much like what is expected of you in the real world."

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Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Friday, December 10, 1993

Author: BRYAN LAZARE Correspondent

Redemptorist was able to keep up with Rummel's fast tempo for the first half in an opening-round game of the Newman Invitational Tournament on Thursday afternoon.

But the Wolves paid the price after halftime. Rummel pulled away in the third quarter to defeat Redemptorist, 97-78, at the Cotonio Palaestra.

Rummel (10-1) will play St. Augustine or Abramson in a quarterfinal game today at 8 p.m. Redemptorist (6-6) will play in a losers' bracket game Saturday afternoon.

Redemptorist shot 66 percent from the field during the first half but trailed 48-44. Junior center Kendrick Spruel and sophomore guard Jamal Wolfe combined for 29 first-half points.

Brian Gales made two baskets, and Wolfe made one as Redemptorist tied the score at 50 early in the third quarter. But Redemptorist made one of its next 15 field goal attempts. A field goal by Wolfe and four free throws were Redemptorist's only points during the rest of the quarter as Rummel built a 73-56 lead.

"I think they got a little tired in the third quarter, and that did it," Rummel coach Rusty Jones said. "We had a few more athletes than they did, and they started missing shots."

Six players scored during Rummel's 23-6 run. A 3-pointer by Clint Dauzat and a three-point play by Jo Jo Powell broke the 50-50 tie. Redemptorist trailed 60-54 before Rummel scored 11 straight points. Jeff Lipari had a 3-pointer and a 2-point shot, and Powell made two more baskets.

"It's taking us a while to warm up each game," said Powell, who led Rummel with 26 points. "We're kind of rushing our shots, instead of taking our time."

The Raiders missed their first eight 3-point shots against Redemptorist. Then Rummel made seven of its next 13 3-point attempts. Corey Avrard, who scored 16 points, made four of his five 3-point attempts.

"We aren't shooting the 3 as well as last year," Jones said. "But we haven't stressed shooting as much at practice. We've been spending more time on defense. We starting to work more on shooting at practice, so it's going to come."

Redemptorist, which shot 54 percent from the field for the game, committed 31 turnovers. Rummel had trouble containing Wolfe and Spruel. Wolfe, who made 13 of 18 field goal attempts, had 31 points. Spruell made 11 of 18 shots and finished with 23.

Section: SPORTS
Page: D6
Record Number: 9312100086


Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Saturday, December 11, 1993

Author: MAX LEGGITT Correspondent

Senior forward Versile Shaw scored 24 points, had 15 rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots to help St. Augustine rally from a 15-point deficit and beat Rummel, 84-78, in a quarterfinal game in the Newman Invitational Tournament Friday night at the Cotonio Palaestra.

St. Augustine (10-3) advances to the semifinals and will play Karr, a 52-45 winner over McGill-Toolen (Ala.) tonight at 7. East Jefferson, a 74-51 winner over McDonogh 35, meets Cohen in the other semifinal at 8:30 p.m. The Green Hornets defeated Catholic-Baton Rouge, 65-54.

The Raiders began quickly behind the inside scoring of Joseph Powell and the 3-point shooting of Jeff Lipari to take a 24-16 lead after the first period. Powell and Lipari scored nine points in the period.

Rummel increased the lead to 46-31 on a 3-pointer by Powell with 2:10 left in the first half before the Purple Knights rallied with 12 consecutive points.

Maurice Robertson hit four free throws and a turnaround shot, Travis Blackwell hit two free throws and a 15-footer, and Shaw scored on a 12-foot jumper to bring St. Augustine to 46-43. Sean Warr then hit a free throw for Rummel with one second left to give the Raiders a 47-43 halftime lead.

Rummel took a 55-47 lead on a 3-pointer by Clinton Dauzat with 5:28 remaining in the third quarter, but Rummel scored only four points the rest of the period as the Purple Knights' superior rebounding strength and pressure defense began to take a toll on the Raiders.

Tevis Stukes gave the Purple Knights a lift with 11 of his 17 points in the period. His 3-pointer cut the lead to 59-58, and Stukes scored on two free throws and a steal with 37 seconds left as the Purple Knights took a 62-61 lead after the third period. St. Augustine outrebounded Rummel, 39-24.

"We played with more intensity than we've played all year," said St. Augustine coach Bernard Griffith. "We are really maturing as a group."

The Purple Knights steadily increased the lead in the fourth quarter as Robertson scored on an offensive rebound to make it 74-66 before the Raiders came back.

Corey Avrard hit a 3-pointer, and Dauzat hit two free throws to make it 74-73 with 2:16 left. But Charles Fine scored five points off the Purple Knights' delay offense, and Shaw hit three free throws down the stretch.

Robertson scored 14 points for the Purple Knights, as did Blackwell 14. Avrard led Rummel (10-2) with 18 points.

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Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Thursday, December 16, 1993

Author: BILL BUMGARNER Staff writer

Jeremy Baye, a 6-foot-6, 265-pound offensive tackle from Shaw, has committed to LSU, and Rummel defensive back Michael O'Brien has picked Iowa State.

Baye, who visited Southern Mississippi, canceled trips to Texas A&M and Arkansas. He is LSU's fourth commitment.

"I think LSU is rebuilding, and I want to be a part of a program that I think will be real good in a couple of years. LSU is not far from my home and my family," said Baye. "I knew the last few weeks of the football season that I was going there.

"I wanted to commit early so I can concentrate on my studies and have a chance to enjoy my senior year. I could not do that with all the phone calls."

Section: SPORTS
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Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Thursday, December 16, 1993

Author: MAX LEGGITT Correspondent

Nick Danna scored three goals and Andy Freel two to lead Jesuit to an 8-1 victory over Rummel in a District 11 Division I soccer match Wednesday night at Pan American Field.

Jesuit (9-0, 6-0 in district) has allowed three goals in nine games this season, and the Blue Jays have scored 62.

Rummel, which defeated Destrehan, 4-2, in its district opener, is 4-3 and 1-1.

Jesuit dominated field position in the first half, but several scoring opportunities were denied by Raiders goalkeeper Steve Hagstette.

Finally, Danna, who scored three goals against Rummel in the Catholic Cup, scored his eighth goal of the season on a breakaway.

Jesuit made it 2-0 on a goal by Freel. Robert Murphy put the ball in play on a side out from the right corner, and after Hagstette failed to take possession, Freel scored his ninth goal of the season into an empty net.

After Danna was stopped on a close-range shot, Freel scored again late in the half when he moved down the right sideline and drove the ball past Hagstette.

The Raiders' Emilio Mashia had a chance to make it 3-1 but missed an empty net after a fake on Jesuit goalkeeper Ryan Derbes.

The Raiders scored on a penalty shot by Carlos Sanches to make it 3-1. Mike Bono had a chance to close the gap after getting Derbes out of position, but his shot was blocked by Eric Drury. The Blue Jays then took command.

Billy Dwyer scored his 14th goal of the season to make it 4-1. Danna scored the next two goals, the last on a penalty kick. Keith Hemel scored on a rebound of his shot, and Jono Gibbs scored on a deflected shot. Hemel and Gibbs scored their first goals of the season.

"The players came out and played as hard as they have all season," Jesuit coach Garry Ortner said. "In the second half, our depth probably started to wear them down a little bit."

Jesuit, which lost in the quarterfinals of the Division I playoffs last year to St. Paul's, was led on defense by Drury and Jerrod Champagne.

Section: SPORTS
Page: D6

January 1994



Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Saturday, January 8, 1994

Author: BRYAN LAZARE Correspondent

Rummel was in the perfect position in the final seconds of its game against St. Augustine on Friday night.

The Raiders needed one 3-pointer in the last six seconds to pull off a victory over the District 7-5A-favored Purple Knights. But four-time defending Catholic league champion St. Augustine does not give in very easily.

The Purple Knights defense forced an off-balanced 3-point attempt by Roderick Johnson at the buzzer that missed, giving St. Augustine an 82-80 victory at Rummel.

"We can't ask for any more," Rummel coach Rusty Jones said. "We had our shots all night. At the end, we were going for the win."

Rummel gained possession with 6.8 seconds left when Robert Johnson rebounded a missed free throw by Charles Fine. Corey Avrard took the inbounds pass, but the ball was knocked away around midcourt with 4.2 seconds remaining.

Rummel was unable to get off a good shot - Roderick Johnson's attempt came against good pressure from St. Augustine's Mitchell Johnson.

"I guess you could say we hung in there and showed a lot of character," St. Augustine coach Bernard Griffith said. "When we had leads in the game, we wouldn't do the right things to stay ahead. But it is good to beat them here."

Rummel twice built eight-point leads, but both times St. Augustine railied to go ahead. The Purple Knights began the fourth quarter with a 66-62 lead.

Rummel (15-6, 1-1) tied the score at 68 with 6:35 remaining on a basket by Thomas Mount. Roderick Johnson's 3-pointer gave the Raiders a 71-68 lead. But St. Augustine bounced back to take a 74-73 lead on two field goals by Maurice Robertson.

St. Augustine (2-0, 20-3) moved ahead 80-74 with 39 seconds left after Robertson made two more baskets. But Roderick Johnson's fifth 3-pointer and two foul shots by Corey Avrard cut the Rummel deficit to one point with 20.5 seconds to go.

Reserve guard Wade Mason then hit the two foul shots which provided the margin of victory for the Knights.

"Coach just told me to follow through and bend my knees," Mason said. "I was kind of nervous, because I had just missed a foul shot. The first shot hung on the rim, but it went in. This was a big win for us."

Rummel still had chances in the final 17 seconds. Robert Johnson missed the front end of a one-and-one, Jo Jo Powell made one of two free throws and Avrard missed two foul shots after referee Benny Guidry called a technical on Robertson.

St. Augustine's starting frontline combined for 55 points. Robertson led with 23 points, 16 in the second half. Versile Shaw had 19 points and 25 rebounds, and the Knights had a 58-40 margin over Rummel on the boards. Eugene Edgerson, who played sparingly after hurting his back in the first quarter, scored 13.

Powell was the high scorer for Rummel with 21 points. Rummel, which had missed eight of its first 31 foul shots, missed four of five in the final seconds.
Section: SPORTS
Page: D4


Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Wednesday, January 12, 1994

Author: BRYAN LAZARE Correspondent

Jesuit coach Chris Jennings could not have asked for better execution from his team Tuesday night against Rummel.

Utilizing great patience on offense, the Blue Jays prevented the Raiders from getting into their patented running game. Jesuit's offensive strategy produced numerous layups in the Blue Jays' easy 79-54 District 7-5A homecourt victory over Rummel.

"We executed very well," Jennings said. "We did a good job passing up shots which other times would be good for us to take. But, we didn't want those shots tonight."

After falling behind 21-16 after one quarter, Jesuit (15-5, 3-0) moved back into the lead by halftime. Rummel missed 16 of its 19 field goal tries in the second quarter. The Blue Jays took the lead, 28-27, on a basket by Randy Albaral with less than two minutes remaining in the half. A field goal by Mike White put the Jays ahead, 35-31, at half.

In the second half, Jesuit spread the floor in its halfcourt offense and forced the Raiders into playing defense for an extended time on each possession. Jesuit forwards Jimmie Hamilton and Brian Woods broke down the defense for easy shots. Hamilton led the Jays with 27 points. Woods had 18.

"We brought the offense out high and then all we had to shoot were layups," Woods said. "Our offense slowed them down and they were not getting their normal shots."

Rummel (15-7, 1-2) took six shots during the third quarter as the Raiders were outscored, 18-2. Rummel went without a field goal for more than 10 minutes during a stretch in the second half. During that time, Jesuit increased its lead from seven points (40-33) to 25 (64-39).

Jo Jo Powell led Rummel with 15 points. The Raiders shot 35 percent from the field. The Blue Jays shot 57 percent from the field.

Section: SPORTS
Page: D6


Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Thursday, January 13, 1994

Archbishop Rummel Parent Booster Club will sponsor a Mothers' Mass at 9 a.m. Friday in the school chapel. Refreshments will follow in the alumni center.

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Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Sunday, January 16, 1994

The Archbishop Rummel Parent Booster Club will hold a board meeting Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the conference room on Rummel's campus.
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Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Thursday, January 27, 1994

Author: JAMES VARNEY and KIM CHATELAIN East Jefferson bureau

It was a mere school assignment, but it brought dozens of unwitting eighth-graders at Archbishop Rummel High School into a national debate over abortion.

About 150 students at the all-boy Metairie Catholic school were told Monday to write letters critical of the Clinton administration's health-care plan because it would use tax dollars to pay for abortions. The students were told to mail their letters to Louisiana congressmen in Washington, D.C.

But the letters, which oppose spending "my tax dollars" on abortions, do not tell legislators that they were written by eighth-graders. As a result, at least three Rummel parents said they feel their sons are being used as foot soldiers in a heated political war they're too young to comprehend.

The mandatory homework assignment was given to the boys by Harold Fields, a religion teacher at the school, Principal David Hardin said. The letter-writing campaign followed a week of instruction on the Catholic Church's opposition to all abortions, Hardin said. Two students who objected to writing the letters reportedly were given other assignments.

On an overhead projector, Fields wrote: "I am opposed to my tax dollars being spent on abortions. Please vote against the Clinton Health Plan."

According to one student, Fields told his classes to follow the text precisely, and then address stamped envelopes to U.S. Sens. J. Bennett Johnston and John Breaux, both Democrats, and U.S. Rep. Bob Livingston, a Republican. The student, Nicholas Poche of River Ridge, said he was instructed to bring his unsealed letter to class, where Fields would review all letters and mail each separately.

Nicholas' mother, Deborah, objected to the fact the letter was required, particularly because students who don't complete homework assignments can be given detention. She told her son, who said he wanted no part of any controversy, to attach a disclaimer on the letter that identifies him as a Rummel eighth-grader.

"I condone them teaching abortion is a bad thing," Poche said. "But I don't like indoctrination, and this becomes a political thing which the kids don't understand the ramifications of and haven't been educated about."

Two other parents complained about the assignment, but they declined to give their names, fearing their sons might not be invited back to school next year.

"I understand the religion end, but I'm real upset about the political part of the letter," one parent said. "This goes beyond teaching."

Spokesmen for Livingston and Breaux said they don't know whether their offices received the letters, and representatives of the Archdiocese of New Orleans said they are not familiar with the incident.

Andrew Schiro, guidance director at Jesuit High School in New Orleans, said he'd never heard of such assignments at his school, but added, "I guess it could happen."

Hardin said homework such as Fields' is commonplace in Catholic schools.

"Issues are issues, and we're trying to impart the teachings of the church," he said. "I'm satisfied with what's going on."
Section: METRO
Page: B1


Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Sunday, January 30, 1994

The Archbishop Rummel Parent Booster Club will hold its monthly meeting Wednesday at 8 p.m. Teachers will be present from 6:45 to 8 p.m. for parent conference.
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February 1994



Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Wednesday, February 2, 1994

Author: BRYAN LAZARE Correspondent

St. Augustine rallied for its first two victories over Rummel this season.

But playing at home Tuesday night, the Purple Knights never found themselves in trouble against the Raiders. Utilizing its superior size, St. Augustine cruised to a 116-78 second-round District 7-5A victory over Rummel.

The Purple Knights (2-0 in district, 28-3 overall) trailed three times, never by more than three points, in the first quarter. St. Augustine scored seven straight points to take a 19-14 lead midway of the first quarter. Eugene Edgerson scored five of the seven points.

St. Augustine's inside players dominated in the second quarter. Versile Shaw, who missed six of seven shots in the first quarter, made all four of his second-quarter field goal attempts. Maurice Robertson had seven points, and Derek Lewis came off the bench to score 12.

St. Augustine scored 30 second-quarter points, and Rummel (1-1, 20-8) made five of its 17 shots from the field. By halftime, St. Augustine had built a 59-38 lead. The Raiders didn't get closer than 20 points in the second half.

"We gave a good effort against Rummel tonight," St. Augustine coach Bernard Griffith said. "We ran with them, we hustled with them, and we scored. We played pretty good."

After struggling offensively in the first quarter, St. Augustine shot 62 percent (31-of-50) the rest of the game. In the second half, the Purple Knights made 73 percent of their field goal attempts.

Shaw led St. Augustine with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Robertson, who made three 3-pointers, had 20 points and nine rebounds. Lewis had 16 points and Edgerson 15. Rummel committed 35 turnovers.

"We're getting better," Griffith said. "We're growing up a lot. Our football players are making a contribution, as they are getting into basketball shape now."

Lewis and Bronson Gettridge, who were on the St. Augustine football team, combined for 22 points. Lewis was 5-of-7 from the field and Gettridge 2-of-3.

Corey Avrard and Jo Jo Powell each scored 16 points for Rummel.
Section: SPORTS
Page: D4


Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Thursday, February 3, 1994

Author: MAX LEGGITT Correspondent

J.P. New scored two goals and Emilio Mahlia scored one and had three assists to lead Rummel into the state playoffs with a 6-0 victory against Bonnabel in a District 11-I soccer match Wednesday afternoon at Rummel.

Rummel, which came into the game tied with the Bruins for second place in District 11-I with 8-3 records, will face De La Salle in the first round of the playoffs Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. at the Tad Gormley practice track. The Raiders are 14-8-2 overall.

Bonnabel, which formed its team and joined the district at the last minute, finished 8-5 overall. The Bruins didn't have a schedule set until the day before the season started.

The Bruins had several chances to score early. Herwin Marcia missed an empty net and Gustavo Morter broke in, but his shot was stopped by Raiders goalkeeper Scott Phillips. Finally, New scored past Bruins goalkeeper Carlos Gomez to make it 1-0 at the 18-minute mark.

Rummel dominated field position in the first half, and scored again when Mahlia took the ball and advanced it down the left sideline. He got Gomez out of position and passed to New, who kicked the ball into the empty net for his ninth goal of the season at 32 minutes.

Mahlia, who was returning to action after undergoing surgery for a broken nose suffered against King on Jan. 5, then scored on a pass from Carlos Sanchez for his ninth goal at 38 minutes.

Steve Hagstette replaced Phillips in goal for the Raiders in the second half. The Raiders scored a fluke goal when Jimmy Herzog, in attempting to put the ball in the Bruin zone, popped the ball up. Gomez came to field it, but the ball bounced over his head and into the net to make it 4-0.

Mike Trouard scored on a header after a pass from Mahlia to make it 5-0. The Bruins were unable to get their fast-break attack going as Morter, Bonnabel's leading scorer with 18 goals, was unable to get untracked.

"They were ready for us this time," said Bonnabel coach Mark Roussel, whose team beat Rummel, 2-1, last Wednesday. "They made some adjustments and really stopped our fast-break offense."

Rodrigo Monico scored Rummel's last goal with two seconds remaining. It was Monico's second goal of the season.
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Page: D4


Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Saturday, February 5, 1994

Author: BILL BUMGARNER East Jefferson bureau

The Rummel Raiders may not have brought their customary 3-point accuracy with them to the home floor Friday night, but the Raiders' press proved to be more than ample compensation.

With Jeff Lipari and Sean Warr combining for 15 fourth-quarter points, the Raiders defeated Jesuit, 65-55, in a District 7-5A game before a capacity crowd.

Rummel, 21-8 overall and 2-1 in district, took the lead for good in the first quarter. Despite hitting one 3-pointer in the game - seven below the team average - Rummel forced 20 turnovers.

"It was not the best game we've played this season offensively, but it was one of the best defensively," said Raiders coach Rusty Jones. "I think the difference was we played defense the whole game."

With each team playing at a rapid pace, Rummel went on a 10-4 run in the second quarter for its bniggest lead, 23-13, midway through the quarter. Jesuit inched back to 29-27 at halftime on a layup by Ryan Reboul with four seconds remaining. The Blue Jays tied score at 33 on consecutive 3-pointers by Mike White at 6:45 of the third.

Then Lipari sank two technical foul shots and threaded a no-look pass to Warr for a dunk and a 39-35 lead. Jesuit closed to 49-47 at the outset of the fourth quarter with six straight points. But the Raiders countered, with Lipari's bank shot at 3:41 putting Rummel ahead for good, 55-49.

Lipari and Powell each sank four foul shots in the final 1:06 for the Raiders, who survivded despite missing the front end of four one-and-ones in the final eight minutes. Rummel had one turnover in the fourth quarter and five in the first half.

"Jeff played super, and Sean hung in there," said Jones. "I don't know exactly how we pulled it out, but I'll take it."

Warr, a junior, led Rummel with 23 points, followed by Lipari, a sophomore, with 15. JoJo Powell scored 11.

Reboul had 11 and White 10 for the Blue Jays, 20-7 overall and 2-1 in district.

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Page: D4


Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Wednesday, February 23, 1994

Author: BRYAN LAZARE Correspondent

Three weeks ago, Rummel left the St. Augustine gym as a battered basketball team.

But the Raiders have responded to their 40-point loss at St. Augustine with a six-game winning streak.

Rummel's latest victory, 70-68 against Jesuit on Tuesday night at the De La Salle gym, gave the Raiders second place in District 7-5A.

Rummel (26-8) draws an opening-round bye in the Class 5A playoffs. The Raiders will meet District 8-5A champion Kennedy in a regional playoff game Tuesday. Jesuit (23-9) begins the state playoffs Friday as a wild-card team against an opponent that will be announced today by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association.

Rummel's two-point victory was deceptive. After a tight first quarter, the Raiders built a 44-33 halftime lead. Jesuit cut its deficit in the second half, but the Blue Jays never had the ball with a chance to tie the score.

"This was a hard game to play," Rummel coach Rusty Jones said. "Both teams knew already that they were in the playoffs. I didn't think that our team would play that hard. I'm really proud of our kids."

Rummel's fast-paced offense was effective in the first half. The Raiders made 19 of 31 first-half field goal attempts. Sean Warr scored 11 points in the second quarter, when Rummel outscored Jesuit 20-10.

The Raiders made three 3-pointers in the first half as their offense came after penetration to the basket. Rummel made 16 of 21 two-point field goal tries in the first half.

"They were playing out on our 3-point men," said Rummel's JoJo Powell, who scored 10 of his game-high 23 points in the first quarter. "They were not expecting us to go to the basket."

After falling behind by 13 points, Jesuit began a rally in the third quarter. Two 3-pointers by Mike White keyed the Blue Jays' run, which left Rummel ahead 56-52 after three quarters.

Powell kept Rummel ahead in the fourth quarter. With the Raiders ahead 63-59, Powell made one of two free throws and a field goal to build the lead to seven. After another 3-pointer by White, Powell made two foul shots with 1:19 left to give Rummel a 68-62 lead.

Brian Woods made two field goals in seven seconds to trim the Rummel lead to two points. After the Raiders' Corey Avrard made two free throws, Jimmy Hamilton and White missed shots to end Jesuit's chance at the victory.

Section: SPORTS
Page: D6

March 1994



Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Wednesday, March 2, 1994

Author: LORI LYONS Staff writer

The close confines of Xavier University's The Barn did nothing to slow down Kennedy in Tuesday's Class 5A regional playoff game against Rummel.

In fact the Cougars took the opportunity to put on a scoring exhibition in a 98-73 victory against Rummel.

Clarence Lacour was Kennedy's leading scorer with 28 points. James Cyprien scored 23 and Daniel Maxie scored 22.

Kennedy (30-3) won its 15th straight, and advances to the quarterfinals to host East Jefferson, a 43-40 winner against Jesuit.

Rummel (26-9) was led by JoJo Powell's 28 points. Sean Warr scored 14 for the Raiders.

The Raiders came into the game planning to run the floor. And the Cougars planned to run right with them, according to Kennedy coach Brian Gibson.

"We enjoy running the floor," Gibson said. "We knew they were going to come in here and try to run it. We really didn't change our game plan at all. Once we got into the half court offense, we were able to just play our game."

Rummel couldn't overcome Kennedy or itself. The Raiders had 29 turnovers, and shot a below-par 5-for-11 at the line.

"They played good. We played bad. We got killed," said Rummel coach Rusty Jones. "We're too young and too immature. Too many young mistakes."

Both teams seemed to have trouble with the close confines of Xavier's gym at the beginning of the game, Rummel more so. The Raiders started things off with four straight turnovers and let Kennedy take a 6-0 lead. Lacour wasted no time, scoring six of Kennedy's first eight points.

But the Raiders came back and kept it close for about half the game. Powell scored 14 points to help Rummel's cause, but the Raiders never could move ahead. The closest the Raiders came was at the 5:24 mark in the second half. A steal and basket by Corey Avrard cut the Kennedy lead to 25-24.

But the Cougars needed only two minutes and 27 seconds to outscore Rummel, 12-3, and take a 37-27 lead. The Raiders cut into Kennedy's lead again, and at the half trailed, 41-35.

But Kennedy outscored Rummel, 30-18, in the third to take a 71-53 lead.

"We just played the better game," Gibson said. "Even thought they were the running team, we wore them down. I don't think they finished well early. They finished well late, but by then, it was too little too late."
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Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Friday, March 4, 1994

Author: BILL BUMGARNER East Jefferson bureau

After 23 seasons, seven state championships and two American Legion World Series appearances, Larry Schneider has announced his retirement as the head baseball coach at Rummel.

Schneider, 49, will coach the Raiders the remainder of this season. Assistant Frank Cazeaux will take over in 1995.

"It's been a long run," said Schneider, who became head coach in 1972. "There have been a lot of ups and downs, but mostly ups. The kids, the parents, the administration, generally have been great, and they have nothing to do with this (decision). It's just that I am a little tired. I've been coaching baseball for more than half my life, and it's time to do something different, to get away from it."

Schneider will oversee the school's intramural program, serving as its athletic director, and he will continue teaching U.S. history. "And I'm going to play a lot of golf and fish," he said.

Rummel was a state prep champion in 1974, '81, '87 and '89, with Legion state championships coming in '74, '76 and '87. The '74 prep team was undefeated, and the '74 and '76 Schaff Brothers teams finished fourth in the nation at the Legion World Series. Rummel was 19-4 in state tournaments, finishing as a runner-up three times, and was the Catholic League champion five times.

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Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Friday, March 11, 1994

Author: PIERCE W. HUFF Staff writer

Archbishop Rummel athletic director Ronald Doyle on Thursday announced that he will step down from his position at the end of the school year.

Doyle, who has been Rummel's athletic director since 1971, will continue to work in the school's physical education department and coordinate its driver's education program.

"As a coach I experienced a great relationship with my athletes, and as an athletic director I had a great relationship with my coaches and parents over the years," Doyle said.

Doyle's decision comes at a time when Rummel is in the process of making changes within its athletic program. The school announced that athletic director will be a year-round position next year.

"The position as athletic director has changed, and I decided that I didn't want to continue," Doyle said.

Rummel principal David Hardin said the school will begin taking applications for the position on April 4. He hopes to have a replacement named by May 1.

"Right now we don't have any candidates in mind for the position," Hardin said. "We'll just go through the interview process with our selection committee."

Doyle began working as the assistant football and track coach at Rummel in 1963, one year after the school was founded. He was the Raiders track coach from 1966 to 1991 and led the team to six district championships, two region titles and the state Class 4A championship in 1982.

Doyle was Rummel's cross country coach from 1971 to 1976 and from 1982 to 1990. He also founded the Mardi Gras Track Club in New Orleans in 1975, and was named to the Louisiana Track and Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame in February.

"Ronnie has been known around the city as 'Mr. Track,' and he literally built the track program at our school," Hardin said. "He is a tireless employee and has had a tremendous impact on high school sports."

Doyle is the second Rummel coach to announce his resignation in the past two weeks.

On March 3, Raiders baseball coach Larry Schneider said he plans to leave the school at the end of this season. He will be replaced by assistant Frank Cazeaux.

"When you get into athletics at some point your career is going to come to an end, and I guess this is it," Doyle said.



Ronald Doyle - Will remain as teacher


Section: SPORTS
Page: D4


Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Friday, March 11, 1994

Author: From staff reports

The Rummel Track and Field classic will be held today at Tad Gormley Stadium beginning with the field events at at 3:45 p.m.

The running events begin at 4 p.m. with 16 teams each in the boys and girls meets.

St. Augustine is the favorite among the boys field which includes Rummel, Jesuit, Holy Cross, Bonnabel, Shaw, King, Nicholls, De La Salle, St. Paul's, Covington, McMain, Easton, Ponchatoula, South Lafourche and East Ascension.

McMain, Ehret and Mt. Carmel are three of the top girls teams. Also competing will be Bonnabel, Ursuline, Chapelle, Nicholls, King, Covington, Dominican, Easton, St. Mary's, Blenk, Ponchatoula, South Lafourche and East Ascension.

Section: SPORTS
Page: D4
Record Number: 9403110125
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Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Saturday, March 12, 1994

Author: PIERCE W. HUFF Staff writer

John Ehret senior Courtney Carr dominated a record-setting competition in the Rummel Track and Field Classic at Tad Gormley Stadium Friday.

Carr set three meet marks and was on a record-setting relay team to lead Ehret to first-place finish in the competition.

There were 19 meet records and one mark was tied during the competition, which is in its second year. Ehret edged St. Mary's 94-93 to win the girls championship. Covington beat St. Augustine 90-89 in the boys competition.

Carr, who was named outstanding field performer, set records in the long jump (17-6 12 ), triple jump (35-9 12 ) and the 200-meter run (25.09). She also was the first leg on Ehret's first-place 4x100-meter relay team.

Ehret's Kawanza Pollard was named outstanding track performer after finishing first in the 100-meter dash, second in the 200-meter dash and participating on the Patriots first place 4x100-meter relay team.

"Our whole team had some good times in the cold weather, and I'm very pleased," Ehret coach Merrill Vitter said. "Courtney did a real good job."

Shaw's Bruce James was named outstanding track performer after participating on the Eagles' first place 4x100- and 4x200-meter relay teams, setting a record time in the 200-meter dash and finishing in fourth in the 100-meter dash.

Shaw's Stanley Smith was selected as the outstanding field performer after finishing first in the triple jump and third in the high jump. The Eagles finished third with 73 points.

In the girls competition, Covington senior Felicia Gallo began the meet with a record-setting throw of 107 feet, five inches in the discus. St. Mary's Ireyonia Felix set a new mark in the high jump with a leap of 4-10, which was two inches more than last year's record. Sharone Smith of Warren Easton had a record throw of 32-9 12 in the shot put. Archbishop Chapelle's Lisa Correnti established a new mark with a throw of 111-4 in the javelin.

Easton's 4x200-meter relay team of LaKesha Shedrick, Mariah Grant, Nakia Robertson, and Ne-Juan Shaul had a record time of 1:47.51. Shaul also had a record time of 14.86 in the 100-meter low hurdles.

Crysty Dykes of Ponchatoula set a mark with a time of 5:42.43 in the 1,600-meter run. Mount Carmel's Katie Cusimano had a record time of 2:28 in the 800-meter run. Ann Dywer of Mt. Carmel had a record time of 1:01.74 in the 400-meter dash.

In the boys competition, Shaw's 4x200-meter relay team of Chris Palermo, Chuck Parquet, Fred Hambrick and James set a meet record with a time of 1:29.60. The same team also had a record time of 42.90 in the 4x100-meter dash.

Section: SPORTS
Page: D6
Record Number: 9403140121


Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Wednesday, March 16, 1994

Author: ALFRED CHARLES River Parishes bureau

While at Rummel High School in Metairie, Dennis Murphy coached students to success in the sport of wrestling for nine years.

Now, he's coaching students to succeed in life.

Murphy has taken over the task of guiding the River Parishes Technical Institute and its students as the Reserve school continues struggling to rebuild from Hurricane Andrew.

"I think I'm at the right place at the right time," said the Metairie native, who has now moved to LaPlace. "It's a dream come true to lead these students."

Murphy, 48, formerly an instructor at Jefferson Parish Technical School, readily admits that some might see his dream as a nightmare.

It's been two years since a tornado spawned by Hurricane Andrew wrecked much of the Reserve trade school. Then its director, Jack Worrell, suffered a stroke and retired, sending state officials into a tailspin as they sought a successor who could stabilize the campus.

That's when Murphy came in to rebuild the school and its morale.

Things have improved: A $1.6 million construction project, which includes a new building and several new classrooms, is headed for completion in July. The school also will get a student and faculty lounge.

Enrollment numbers 110 day students and 114 at night, in nine programs. School officials estimate they will be able to accommodate 200 to 300 day students and 500 students at night after construction ends.

In addition, students from St. James, St. John the Baptist and St. Charles parishes can now enroll in the school's first practical nursing program, being taught at Du Pont's Pontchartrain Works chemical plant in Reserve, while workers build permanent quarters.

Ties to local businesses have helped the school prosper through lean times. A half-dozen local companies have volunteered staff or equipment to the school.

"All these companies didn't have to get involved," Murphy said.

For those companies that do get involved, the payoff will be trained workers, local business people say.

"We want students who are workforce-ready," said Lily Acosta, president of the local Chamber of Commerce. "The Technical Institute plays a valuable role in that. It's an important resource."

As Murphy eases into being director, he is focusing on getting the word out about his school's phoenix-like rise from the ashes.

And he's working to shore up his students' skills as they prepare to take their place among tomorrow's workers. Many of the students have opted for trade school instead of college.

"The majority of jobs will require technical skills," Murphy said. "That's where the jobs are, and our graduates will have skills."

Student Steven McCann, 19, of Luling says Murphy's enthusiasm has rubbed off.

"He wants to help this school get back together," said McCann, an instrumentation student. "It's pretty fun out here."


'I'm at the right place at right time' says Dennis Murphy,

director of the river Parisshes Technical Institute. [COLOR].

Richard Dupont cuts material for construction at the River

Parishes Technical Institute in Reserve.



Section: METRO
Page: B1


Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Thursday, March 17, 1994

Holy Cross, which has not won a district championship in eight years, returns a solid nucleus led by pitcher Steve Stanson and first baseman Jason Fitzgerald. Although the Tigers are the favorites, five other teams are expected to contend for state playoff berths. The league should be quite balanced because of the high quality of the pitchers - Stanson and Todd Boren of Holy Cross, Corey Avrard and Ryan Watson of Rummel, Keane Poche and Kevin West of Slidell, Scott Bell of Jesuit, Jason Smyczynski of De La Salle and Jeff Langford of Shaw.


Coach: Barry Hebert

Record: 3-7

Last year: 4-17, 7th in District 8-5A

Probable starters: *1B Mark Lorenz, Sr.; *2B Donnie Trahan, Sr.; *SS Blair Barbier, So.; 3B Jeff Schmidtke, Fr.; LF Royce Girouard, So.; CF Joe Schick, So.; RF Charles Bloodworth, Sr.; C Tommy Donelon, So.; *P David Miller, So.; P Eddie Coe. Sr.


Coach: Joe Hines

Record: 7-4

Last year: 13-8, 4th in District 8-5A

Probable starters: 1B Tim Donelon, Jr.; 2B Jeff Gaffney, Jr.; *SS Lloyd Loup, Sr.; 3B Denham Thibodeaux, So.; *LF Keith Graffagnini, Sr.; *CF Terrance Spears, Sr.; RF Eddie Austin, Sr.; C Danny Boudreaux, Jr.; *P Jason Smyczynski, Sr.; P Jason Wood, So.


Coach: Lou Carboni

Record: 9-2

Last year: 20-6, 2nd in District 8-5A; Lost to Mandeville in regionals

Probable starters: *1B Jason Fitzgerald, Sr.; 2B Dave English, So.; *SS Wendell Babin, Jr.; *3B Tommy Tingstrom, Sr.; LF Trey Guillot, Jr.; CF Steven Feehan, So.; RF Robbie Reaves, So.; *C Jeff Gagnard, Sr.; *P Steve Stanson, Sr.; *P Todd Boren, Sr.


Coach: David Moreau

Record: 10-3

Last year: 28-4, 1st in District 8-5A; Lost to Neville in semifinals

Probable starters: *1B George Sins, Sr.; 2B Chris Christen, Jr.; *SS Butch Millet, Jr.; 3B Steven Kreller, Sr.; LF Alex Athas, Sr.; CF Randy Albaral, Jr.; RF Scott Clark, Jr.; C Michael Gonzales, Sr.; *P Scott Bell, Sr.; P Rosario Caruso, Jr.


Coach: Larry Schneider

Record: 2-8

Last year: 15-9, 3rd in District 8-5A; Lost to St. Amant in bi-district

Probable starters: *1B Jeff Russo, Sr.; *2B Randy Ford, Sr.; *SS Ricky Culotta, Sr.; 3B John Blancher, Jr.; *LF Bryan Glass, Sr.; *CF Jeff Leonard, Sr.; RF Mike Ceravolo, Jr.; C Lonnie Falgout, Sr.; *P Corey Avrard, Sr.; P Ryan Watson, Sr.


Coach: Lloyd Auzout

Record: 6-1

Last year: 10-14, 6th in District 8-5A

Probable starters: *1B Jeffrey Arceneaux, Sr.; *2B Jason Demouy, Sr.; SS Therol Green, Jr.; *3B Kerry Edwards, Sr.; LF Keith Demouy, Sr.; CF Derrick Parent, Sr.; RF Juan Alexander, So.; *C Andre Hall, Sr.; *P Brian Woodside, Sr.; P Jason Wiltz, Sr.


Coach: Pat O'Shea

Record: 7-4

Last year: 9-13, 5th in District 8-5A

Probable starters: 1B Jason Dietrich, Jr.; * 2B Scott Tranchina, Jr.; *SS Chris Fernandez, Jr.; *3B Kenny Hebert, Jr.; LF Tommy Ivicevich, Jr.; *CF Damian Friloux, Jr.; RF Vic Bono, Jr.; *C Chad Foret, Jr.; *P Jeff Langford, Sr.; P Brian Settle, Jr.


Coach: Sam Abney

Record: 8-2

Last year: 13-9, 2nd in District 6-5A; Lost to Thibodaux in bi-district

Probable starters: *1B Joey Bareswill, Sr.; *2B Ronnie Lightfoot, Sr.; *SS Pat Lightfoot, Sr.; *3B Clay Wright, Sr.; *LF Ben Connole, Sr.; *CF Bryon Bennett, Jr.; *RF Hanse Parker, Sr.; *C Mick Garrity, Jr.; *P Keane Poche, Jr.; *P Kevin West, Sr.

* - Denotes returning starter.
Section: SPORTS
Page: D6


Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Sunday, March 20, 1994

Author: BRYAN LAZARE Correspondent

With Holy Cross' Steve Stanson and Rummel's Corey Avrard doing the pitching, strikeouts, and not base hits, were prevalent Saturday.

But what was unexpected at Holy Cross Park was the manner in which the pitching duel between Stanson and Avrard was decided.

Ninth hitter Dave English hit a two-out home run in the fifth inning to give Holy Cross a 1-0 District 7-5A victory against Rummel.

English, who sat out last season after tranferring from Brother Martin, hit a low fast ball over the center-field fence for the only run of the game.

"It was a 3-1 pitch right down the middle," said English. "I thought I hit it off the fence for a stand-up double. Then, I saw the center fielder (Jeff Ehrhardt) give up on the ball, and I started to trot around the bases." "I knew this was going to be a 1-0 game," Rummel coach Larry Schneider said. "Unfortunately, they got the one. We didn't make an error. We got four hits, and they get two. They just happened to get the big hit."

Outside of English's homer, Holy Cross (11-2 overall, 2-0 in 7-5A) had a sixth-inning single by Wendell Babin. Avrard (1-2) walked three and struck out nine. The Tigers had a minor threat in the third when Steven Feehan struck out and Jack Wilson grounded out with a runner at third base.

Rummel (4-8, 1-1) had a couple of chances against Stanson. Ricky Culotta's fly ball fell for a triple with two outs in the third, but Lonnie Falgout grounded out. In the sixth, Falgout was hit by a pitch and George Bode singled with one out. Stanson struck out Avrard and retired Mike Ceravolo on a line drive to Babin at shortstop.

Stanson (6-0) finished strongly. He had three of his 14 strikeouts in the seventh inning.

English has been trying to escape a seaon-long batting slump. In his first year of varsity baseball, English had two hits in 19 at-bats in the Tigers' first 12 games.

Section: SPORTS
Page: C17


Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Wednesday, March 30, 1994

Author: BILL BUMGARNER East Jefferson bureau

The bottom of the Rummel batting order helped the Raiders grab a share of the top in District 7-5A Tuesday night.

The Raiders pulled into a first place tie in the Catholic League with a 5-2 victory against Jesuit before a capacity crowd at Mike Miley.

The Raiders and are tied for first place with 5-1 records with one game remaining in the first round. Jesuit (15-4) finishes against Brother Martin and Rummel (8-8) winds up against De La Salle on Thursday. De La Salle (4-2 in district) was denied a share of the lead by virtue of its 4-2 loss to St. Augustine.

Rummel benefitted offensively from its Nos. 6, 7, 8 and 9 hitters - Jeff Russo, John Blancher, Bryan Glass and Randy Ford - who collectively had three hits, three RBIs, four runs scored, and reached base nine times in their 12 at-bats. The Raiders did not commit an error behind winning pitcher Corey Avrard (3-2) who went the distance, giving up five hits. The senior right-hander walked two and struck out five, and allowed two hits after the third inning.

"It was probably his poorest game of the season because he was wild and high. He had not been walking batters before tonight," said Raider coach Larry Schneider. "But we got production from the bottom of the lineup and we have now made only one error in our last five games."

Avrard walked three in the first inning and gave up two runs in the third on singles by Steve Kreller and Chris Christen, which preceded a double against the center-field wall by George Sins.

Rummel had taken a 3-0 lead in the second when Russo and Glass walked before Ford singled home the first run of the game. A RBI single by Jeff Leonard and a sacrifice fly by Ricky Culotta gave Rummel the lead for good.

The Raiders added their final two runs in the third when Lonnie Falgout reached an an error and Blancher was hit by a pitch. Both scored on a two-run double by Glass. The loss went to Jay starter Rosario Caruso, 5-2, one of three Jesuit pitchers.

Should Jesuit and Rummel finish tied, the playoff for the first-round championship and an automatic state playoff berth is tentatively set for Tuesday.

"But first," said Schneider, "we still have to beat De La Salle."

Section: SPORTS
Page: D4


May 1994



Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Wednesday, May 4, 1994

Author: BILL BUMGARNER East Jefferson bureau

Rummel opened the Class 5A baseball playoffs on a successful, if not overpowering, note Tuesday night.

The Raiders received a 15-strikeout effort from senior right-hander Ryan Watson to help eliminate West Jefferson, 4-2, in the bi-district round at Mike Miley.

Rummel (17-10) advances to the regionals against the Covington-Fortier winner, probably on Saturday. West Jeff, a wild-card from District 6-5A, finished 11-11 but did not perform like a .500 team Tuesday.

"I've been in this too many years just to come over here and make a good account of ourselves," said West Jeff coach Rudy Thibault. "We wanted to be close until the late innings and try and pull it out. We just did not get the big hit when we needed it."

Rummel scored its runs on a wild pitch, an RBI grounder and two bases-loaded walks.

"It was a struggle," said coach Larry Schneider. "Not much hitting."

The District 7-5A champions broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning when Jeff Leonard led off with a triple against Buc pitcher Daniel Disler. After a walk and a fielder's choice, Jeff Russo and Lonnie Falgout each walked with the bases loaded on close pitches from Disler.

"I thought the 3-1 pitch on the first hitter was right down the middle," said Thibault, "but that's the way it goes."

West Jeff, after falling behind 2-0, tied the game in the fourth. Chaun Domangue led off with a single and came around after a grounder and a two-base error on Bryan Glass, who dropped a fly in left field. Roger Maison's RBI infield single scored the tying run for the Bucs.

Rummel scored single runs in the first two innings on a wild pitch in the first which scored Ricky Culotta and an RBI grounder by John Blancher in the second after Falgout led off the inning with a double.

Watson, 5-3, had at least one strikeout in every inning and he struck out the side twice. He allowed four hits and walked two. Disler and reliever Brian McMichael gave up five Raider hits.

"I thought Ryan pitched very well," said Schneider, "and give West Jeff credit. They played us a very good game."

Section: SPORTS
Page: D4


Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Thursday, May 5, 1994

The following students have been named to the honor roll at Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie.

A honor roll

12th grade

Elmo Bienvenu, David Burst, Jeffrey Caire, Taylor Carroll, Steven Claverie, Ryan Dilkey, Jeffrey Ehrhardt, James Fee, Neil Fisher, Randall Ford, Jeffrey Giardina, Eric Hawkins, Jeff Haydel, Jeffrey Klumpp, Christopher Maratea, John May, Daniel McKearan, Kevin Moore, Matthew Morgan, Thomas Mount, Juan Muniz, Michael O'Brien, Timothy Richardson, David Scalise, Chad Sherman, Joseph Spadaro, Mark Spiers, Chad Spindel, David Stein.

11th grade

Benjamin Acunzo, William Blain, Lawrence Boteler, Brad Ciolino, Kenneth Coles, Rodney Crosby, Glenn DeGruy, Joseph Ferrara, Geoffrey Forest, Ryan LeBlanc, Louis Marino, Andrew Masson, Alfredo Narvaez, Valentine Nwankwo, John Oubre, Richard Paisant, Kelly Parra, Derek Pepiak, Keith Pickett, Andrew Pizzo, Scott Reynolds, Alex Rice, Stephen Rovira, David Ural, Lee Wakefield.

10th grade

Watson Anonetapipat, Shaun Antonini, Michael Becker, Kenneth Blanke, Christopher Cancienne, Michael Cardella, Brent Cashio, Daniel Charles, Thomas Doll, Michael Ferrara, Jason Giavotella, Mark Glaviano, Joseph Graversen, Brian Hannula, Christopher Harris, Michael Klumpp, Meinrad Lang, Brian Maggio, Matthew Manning, Joseph Marciel, Randall Martinez, Joseph Mullen, Aldemaro Narvaez, Gerardo Ortiz, Dennis Romig, Scott Schoolmeyer, Jason Spottswood, Jeffrey Surcouf, Jeffrey Terrebonne.

Ninth grade

Michael Alexander, Jeffrey Bienvenu, Michael Brandstetter, Michael Chaix, Colin Delaney, Donald Dessauer, Neil DiGiovanni, John DiZinno, Roy Dussouy, Matthew Ecuyer, Benjamin Emmi, Brandon Ernst, Jeffrey Gallagher, Joseph Gannoun, Patrick Harrell, Michael Harvey, Scott Hecker, Dominick Impastato, Chad Jacobs, Bryan Langley, Kyle Miller, Scott Montegut, Kyle Muller, Christopher Rider, Jason Salsiccia, Thomas Santora, Keith Schneider, Nathan Segura, Victor Tran, Michael Tregle, Michael Volpi, Omar Zelaya, Brad Zimmermann.

Eighth grade

Jeffrey Becnel, Brent Belsom, Jared Bowers, Faraz Choudhry, Kevin Ciolino, Ross Davis, Michael DeJean, Michael Dessauer, Douglas Dicharry, Michael Defrechou, Edwin Fuchs, Lance Ha, Jonathan Haslauer, Kevin Kansagra, Thomas Kim, Joseph Lockhart, Brandon Metge, Steven Michel, Douglas Neill, Johathan Roberts, Scott Rovira, Stephen Scullin, Jeffrey Strahan, Scott Welty, Raymond Zabala.

B honor roll

12th grade

Gregory Abel, Chad Ardoin, Heath Barker, Mark Bono, Sean Braud, Michael Bucalan, Jason Burke, Alejandro Castillo, Wallace Chang, Richard Cooney, Robert Couret, Richard Culotta, Eric Curlee, Arthur Derbes, David DiMaggio, Jaret Ferina, Daniel Flynn, Kevin Forster, Marc Fouchi, Derek Gambino, Bryan Glass, Christian Harvey, William Henrickle, Lawson Key, Omar Khan, Shayne Latino, Brent LeBlanc, Jeremy LeCarpentier, Emilio Mahia, Frank Maranto, Eric Martinez, Marc Matranga, Dennis Merz, Brett Netto, Michael Nicoll, Marc Nuar, Mark O'Dwyer, Ricardo Pardo, Derek Perrien, Brian Rinaldi, Jeffrey Russo, Ryan Russo, Carlos Sanchez, David Seghers, Hemkumar Sheth, Scott Simon, Stephen Stegemeyer, Richard Sullivan, Timothy Switzer, Lewis Tusa, Benjamin Wilson.

11th Grade

Lewis Aleman, Bryan Bagnetto, Clark Barton, Anthony Behan, Bradley Benton, Michael Bollinger, Michael Bono, Brian Burger, Douglas Casey, Michael Ceravolo, Michael Cruz, Ryan Curry, Colin Daigle, Shane Dalmado, Dustin Davis, John DePaula, Daniel Fletcher, Darryl Fletcher, Michael Francis, Jeremy Goebel, Robert Guichet, John Guidry, Brian Keating, Jeffrey Kennedy, Ross Kersten, Brian Killian, Scott Klock, Joshua Laborde, Russell Lewis, Kenneth Long, Joel Luckow, Christopher Lundgren, Jonathan Mancuso, Michael McDonough, Barian McGuire, Lee Meisner, Gerard Miller, Andrew Miranti, Michael Muscarello, Adam Myers, Andrew Palumbo, Gasper Pumila, Anthony Raphael, Danny Sambola, Herbert Santos, Jeffrey Scallan, Randy Sherlock, Christopher Strahan, Edwin Sutherland, Ryan Wolfort.

10th grade

Joseph Amadeo, Jason Armstrong, Kevin Barry, James Bishara, Joseph Blanchard, Stephen Boudreaux, Norman Bourgeois, Gregory Brenan, David Cameron, Anthony Conzonere, Brian Davis, Paul Deslatte, Ryan Fisher, James Fread, Brad Gilmore, Todd Gremillion, Joaquin Guzman, James Herzog, Jesse Hoppes, Michael Hunter, James Keig, Michael Kilgore, Daniel Kirkley, Mark Kostelak, Billy Lewis, Philip Manning, Jonas Milan, Rudolph Nieto, Pete Nuss, Michael O'Shello, Jean-Paul Pierre, Michael Plaisance, Matthew Ragas, Ethaniel Riley, Christopher Rizzo, Jason Russo, Gerard Schmitz, Brian Seghers, Todd St. Martin, Peter Tafaro, George Wogan, Frank Wrangofski, Jonathan Wrangofski, Joseph Zuppardo.

Ninth grade

Cameron Arnoult, Scott Babin, Chintan Bakshi, Jeffrey Barrios, Anthony Bertucci, Chad Boudreaux, Jeffrey Buras, Jason Burt, Kyle Capaci, Kenneth Carrigee, Chad Cheramie, Michael Courouleau, Adam Cressionnie, Edward Cusimano, Charles Dorhauer, Don Duhe, Patrick Dziubla, Charles Ford, Joseph Genovese, Scott Gilbert, Jeffrey Gilchrist, Todd Gilreath, Matthew Guerra, Stephen Hecker, Dennis Howe, Travis Kimball, Jeffrey Labauve, Christopher Lanza, Jeffery LeCarpentier, Benjamin LeGrand, Cory Litolff, George Lunsford, Patrick McCrary, Christopher Melan, Brad Millet, Jeffrey Miron, Troy Moskau, Ryan Munster, Darby Murphy, Vu Nguyen, Mac Nirandorn, Jeffrey Nuss, Stephen Oliveri, Edward Parfait, Nicholas Richard, Jeff Richie, Timothy Rieder, Joseph Rodriguez, Richard Roemershauser, Salvador Rovira, Diron Rudy, Aaron Santos, Stephen Schilling, Kevin Shaw, Brad Spindel, Ameesh Suthar, Jason Taix, Peter Talavera, Ryan Tobin, Jason Ural, Eric VanHoven, Robert Zelenak, Michael Ziegler.

Eighth grade

Mazen Abdallah, Justin Adams, Jay Bagnetto, Timothy Barousse, John Bel, Brad Berggren, John Bordes, Ryan Catalanotto, David Cox, Ryan Foster, Chad Garcia, Kevin Granier, Gerard Hart, Christian Hasney, Michael Johnston, Nirav Koradia, David McDonald, Brandon Musso, Jeremy Pratt, Thomas Rogers, Edward Rome, Joseph Rovira, Collin Ruffino, Laukik Suthar, Stephen Switzer, Keith Tomlinson, Scott Welch, Jeffrey Winchester, Nicholas Zapalowski.

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Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Friday, May 6, 1994

Author: BILL BUMGARNER East Jefferson bureau

In return for its District 7-5A baseball championship, Rummel has been rewarded with few playoff perks.

Bracketed against District 6-5A, the Raiders struggled with wild-card West Jefferson in a 4-2 bidistrict victory Tuesday, which advanced Rummel into a Saturday matchup against Covington.

The Raiders and Lions will meet at the Covington diamond at 4 p.m., and the winner advances to the Class 5A state tournament in Denham Springs on Friday.

Covington (17-8) finished second to Mandeville in District 6-5A East with an 11-2 mark, but the Lions have defeated Mandeville twice and Jesuit once. The Lions opened the postseason with a 2-1 victory against Fortier on Wednesday.

Lions ace Brett Neal (8-3) will oppose Raiders ace Corey Avrard (7-3) in the regional game.

"Anyone who's beaten Mandeville and Jesuit has to be a good team," said Raiders coach Larry Schneider. "We did not play as well in the first round as we did in district. We had the guys up at the plate we needed against West Jeff to break the game open, but we could not get the big hit.

"There are no second chances from here on out. If you get beat, it's over."

The last chance applies to the high school careers for nine Rummel seniors, and the career for Schneider, who will retire at the end of the season.

"We got an outstanding performance from (pitcher Ryan) Watson," said Schneider. Watson struck out 15 against West Jeff. "Thank goodness we did, because it was the only phase that we did well in."

Some Raiders said the bats are capable of life.

"I think we have a chance to reach the tournament because we've done it before," said Raiders designated hitter George Bode, who at .329 is the only Raider hitting better than .300. "We haven't been hitting, but I don't think it's anything we can't overcome. We have guys up and down our lineup who have hit in Metro and in (American) Legion."

What punch the Raiders (17-10) have been able to muster has come from Bode, outfielder Jeff Leonard (.284), outfielder Mike Ceravolo (.279) and catcher Lonnie Falgout (.243), whose handling of pitchers and defensive skills have been pluses. The pitching of Avrard, Watson and reliever Jason Armstrong, and a tight defense, have carried the Raiders.

"This team has a lot of faith in one another, because we have been together for so long," said Bode, a senior. "We have nine seniors on this team who have played together since 8th grade.

"I have been very happy being the DH. It gives me the chance to do what I love - hit. Our performance against West Jeff was kind of shaky, but I know we can pull together."

"If we get a chance for a big inning," said Schneider, "we better be able to take advantage of it."



Catcher Lonnie Falgoust is hitting only .243, but makes

a big contribution on defense.

Designated hitter George Bode, who at .329 is the only

Raider hitting better than .300, thinks his teammates

will come around. 'We haven't been hitting, but I don't

think it's anything we can't overcome.'


Section: SPORTS
Page: D5


Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Wednesday, May 18, 1994

Author: PIERCE W. HUFF Staff writer

Rummel High hired former Nicholls State athletic director Phil Greco as its athletic director Tuesday.

Greco, 45, replaces Ronnie Doyle, who resigned in March after 23 years as Rummel's athletic director.

"I want to help Rummel relive some of its past tradition," said Greco, who is scheduled to start July 1. "I hope to be able reach out to our community and set a good example for our coaches here at Rummel. I also plan to work closely with our faculty and athletic department to ensure that the school's philosophies are being followed."

Greco was chosen unanimously by a seven-person selection committee at Rummel that consisted of representatives from the faculty, athletic staff, students, parents, alumni, an at-large member and a committee chairperson. There were 20 applicants for the position, and five people were interviewed by the selection committee.

"One of the things that impressed our selection committee was Mr. Greco's knowledge of high school sports and how to fit that within the community," Rummel principal David Hardin said. "I also thought that one of his strengths was his ability to work with people."

Greco, who was a defensive back at Tulane in 1968 and '69, began his coaching career as the football coach at Nicholls High School in 1972 and 1973. He was an assistant at De La Salle from 1974-76 and Shaw in 1977. He coached at East St. John from 1978-80, leading the Wildcats to a 14-0 season and the Class 4A championship in 1980.

Greco was an assistant at Northeast Louisiana from 1981-83, Southern Mississippi in 1984, and Tulane in 1985 and '86. He was the athletic director and football coach at Nicholls State from 1987-93 before becoming an education professor this year.

"I took this job because I wanted to get back into athletics," Greco said. "I recruited players from Rummel, and my son (Trey) went to Rummel in 1985 and 1986, so I'm familiar with the atmosphere here."

Greco has a career record of 41-18-1 in five years at the high school level and 27-37-2 in six seasons at the college level.

"I know that Rummel plays in a difficult league (District 7-5A), and I want to be able to assist our coaches and help them in any way that I can to improve their programs," Greco said.

Rummel has spent the year making changes in its athletic program. The school announced earlier this year that athletic director will be a full-time, 11-month position next year.

"We're ready to go and take our athletic program to another level," Hardin said. "I think things will be going non-stop for Mr. Greco in the next few years."

Section: SPORTS
Page: D5


Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Thursday, May 26, 1994

Vincent Arena II has been named Key Clubber of the Year by his school, Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie. Vincent is also chairman of the adopt-a-grandparent program at the New Orleans Home. He is co-chairman of the STARS project for the Lighthouse for the Blind.

Vincent ARena II.


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