An Athletic Weekend For The Books
The weekend of May 3-4 may go down as one of the best in Catholic High athletics history. The Bears captured a state championship in track & field, a quarterfinal baseball playoff game and a district title in lacrosse. The track & field state championship is the 50th LHSAA title for Hall of Fame coach Pete Boudreaux. The baseball Bears move on to the state tournament for semifinal action in Sulphur. The lacrosse team knocked off the defending state champ and heads to the final four this weekend.
TRACK & FIELD
The Bears scored 70 points on Saturday at Bernie Moore Stadium on the LSU campus, and sent out legendary coach Pete Boudreaux with his 50th state title. The 50th title marks the end of Boudreaux’s track & field coaching career, as the Hall of Famer will step down from the track, but continue to lead the cross country program.
The tandem of Jackson Rimes and Jack Maddox launched CHS to a quick start by finishing first and third in the javelin. Rimes had a toss of 181 feet to continue the Bears long-standing tradition of excellence in the event. Maddox was a close third with a 174-11 effort. Rimes and Maddox combined for a solid sixteen points with their finishes.
The 4×200 and 4×400 relay teams each hit the tape first in their respective races to bring home 10 points in each event. The 4×200 team consisted of Braelen Morgan, Ebenezer Aggrey, Charlie Groves and DJ Butler to defeat Scotlandville in 1:26.25. The 4×400 team of Charlie Groves, Lucas DiResto, Ebenezer Aggrey and DJ Butler scorched the competition and clocked a swift 3:18.13 to take home the state title. The 4×800 relay team of Blaison Treuill, Ben Langley, Matthew Hubbell and Blake Cook finished a close second for eight points. The team hit the finish line in 8:03.42.
D.J. Butler took home second in the 400 meters with Aggrey finishing close behind in fourth.
Collin Hedges took home fourth place in the 800 meters and third in the 1600 meters, while James Lalonde took fourth the 3200 meters race. Daniel Sullivan (1600 meters) and Braelen Morgan (200 meters) scored for the Bears, picking up a point with sixth place finishes.
CHS scored 70 points in the meet, outscoring the runner-up Zachary High School by more than 20 points.
See all of the 5A track & field results courtesy of LSU track & field at the link below:
When the Catholic Bears dropped game one in a best two-of-three series by a score of 12-10 on Friday night, eighth year head coach Brad Bass was not concerned and relayed that message to his players. “We are built for moments like this,” said Bass. “Sharks swim in deep water and we thrive in these situations.”
Obviously, the Bears took heed to their coach’s message, defeating Holy Cross 2-0 to force a third and deciding game on Saturday night. The visiting Tigers showed fight, tying the score in the third inning of game three and moving to within a run in the fifth inning. The Bears then slugged out seven hits as part of an eightrun barrage in the bottom of the sixth, to end the game by the 10 run rule.
Wesley Callegan got the win on the mound with relief help from lefty Luke Evans. Evans struck out five Tiger hitters in his two innings to register the save.
The Bears will face Archbishop Rummel on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in Sulphur at McMurry Park.
Rummel defeated Byrd in its quarterfinal series.
St. Thomas More was coming into Saturday’s quarterfinal matchup with the West District Championship on the line. The Cougars had the advantage of playing at home with a 2018 State Championship banner for motivation. The visiting Bears from Catholic High played a little bit better than the home team, and did not allow what the Cougars accomplished in the past to ruin what the Bears were working on in the present.
The Bears were victorious with a gritty 11-10 win over St. Thomas More. STM defeated the Bears 15-12 earlier this season, and this victory was the first over the Cougars in four years. The win puts the Bears in the Louisiana High School Lacrosse League semifinals on Saturday at 3 p.m. CHS will face off against Brother Martin, a low-scoring 6-2 winner over Jesuit, to advance and capture the East District championship. The two Brothers of the Sacred Heart schools will play the semifinal match at St. Thomas More, the host of the LHSLL Final Four. The winner will advance to the finals on Sunday, to compete against the Caddo Magnet-St.Paul’s winner.
Head coach George Hopkins was excited about his team advancing to the Final Four. “Tonight’s game was one of the closest games we’ve played all year. St. Thomas More is a very skilled team and well-coached. Victory did not come easily for us tonight, but it did finally arrive and it was historic,” said Hopkins. “The win marks our first District Championship, our first trip to the Final Four next week and our first win in four seasons against our district rival.”