Imagine, if you will, a Louisiana High School Athletic Association without the sport of football. If that were to happen, its annual meetings, like the one that taking place on Jan. 31, would be less contentious and polarizing....
By Ron Brocato, Clarion Herald Administrators of elementary and high schools in the Archdiocese of New Orleans are incensed by a series of rule changes proposed by the Louisiana High School Athletic....
The day young Craig Cowand wandered into the De La Salle gymnasium and announced to its head basketball coach Jimmy Dykes, “I want to be your team’s manager,” changed the lives of the coach, his basketball players and young Cowand.
As a head baseball coach, Nick Monica, was among the best in the Catholic League. As a defensive coordinator for Jay Roth’s Archbishop Rummel football squad from 2015-18, he had an uncanny ability to position his players where they would be most effective to foil opposing offenses. And as a head football coach, who oversaw the offense while still calling the shots on defense as a first-year head coach, Monica led the Raiders to the 2019 Division I state football championship.
Posing the question of who should be the Outstanding Defensive Player in the Catholic League, two names were mentioned to the coaches: senior linebacker Tyler Grubbs of Holy Cross and senior tackle from Jesuit, Sonny Hazard.
When The Times-Picayune’s prep guru N. Charles Wicker announced in his first column of January 1951 that the Archdiocese of New Orleans would stage its first all-Catholic school basketball tournament, he wasn’t shy about exaggerating its potential.
How good was Cabrini’s volleyball squad, winners of the Division III state championship? Consider that the Crescents defeated 11 teams that qualified for the state tournament, including three division champions, and that’s all that needs to be said about the caliber of talent assembled by head coach Kasey Dennies.
While filing out of Joe Yenni Stadium last Friday as part of the human wake left behind by Archbishop Rummel’s incredible, come-from-behind 35-34 victory over Catholic League counterpart St. Augustine, I overheard someone commenting that St. Aug needs to form a soccer team.
Once again, the Crescent City is the capital of high school volleyball in Louisiana. And the epicenter is Kenner’s Pontchartrain Center. In a sport whose majority of outstanding teams are strewn along the Interstate 10 corridor from Pearl River to Vinton, the cream of the volleyball crop again comes from Catholic schools in Orleans Parish and Slidell, and from an elite private school located in Old Metairie.
Are the Archbishop Rummel Raiders ready to win a Division I football championship under a new head coach, you ask? It darn sure looks like it. Since the resignation of long-time head coach Jay Roth to man the athletic director’s duties a year ago, the Raiders’ football fortunes have been in the hands of former head baseball coach Nick Monica.
More often than not, gambling is a losing proposition. It was for John Curtis, whose attempt at a two-point conversion in overtime against Archbishop Rummel failed, giving the Raiders the opportunity to win their first District 9-5A championship since 2013.