2015 CHS Grizzly Greats Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Selected
Three Catholic High School alumni and one Catholic High School coach will be inducted into the CHS Grizzly Greats Athletic Hall of Fame at a banquet to be held on August 14, 2015. Inductees are CHS Head Football Coach Dale Weiner, Leo Abel í´89, Tim Lanier í´92 and Alex Knight í´01.
Coach Weiner has spent 28 years of his 40 year career as Catholic High Schoolí´s head football coach. He has a career record of 297-105. Weinerí´s record at CHS (262-78) includes 16 district titles, 13 quarter finals, seven semifinals and 1 state championship appearance. His squads have produced four high school All-Americans and one National Player of the Year. Coach Weiner has had over 130 players at Catholic High go on to play collegiate football with 16 going on to play professionally. In addition to his football coaching career, Coach Weiner has won 17 State Championships in Olympic Weightlifting.
Abel played on Coach Weinerí´s first CHS team that went 5-5 that season. His senior year, he was a leader for Coach Weiner when the Bears made it to their first playoff game in many years. He was the MVP of the football team his junior year, Top Bear, All-Metro and All-District Running back his senior year and was a member of the District Championship Track team. He placed second in district in hurdles and first place in the 4X100 relay in district. Abel went on to sign with LSU as a redshirt freshman in 1989 and started for the Tigers 1991 before ending his career with an injury in 1992.
Lanier was a two-year starter and the tight end for the 1990 CHS State Runner-up Football Team and recognized his senior with the Coachí´s Award. However, he is known more for his talents on the baseball field. As catcher, he received All-District honors his junior and senior years, All-State recognition his senior year and All-District utility player his sophomore year. His senior year he was a leader on the State Runner-up Baseball team and received the American Legion Award for the senior class. Lanier went on to LSU where he was a four year letterman for the Tigers, was a member of two National Title teams and was team captain in 1995 and 1996. He was Academic All-American and received South Regional Team Honors. In addition, he received the SEC Post Graduate Scholarship which is only given to one male and one female in the conference. Following his graduation from LSU, Lanier was drafted in the 10th round by the San Diego Padres.
Knight won his first state championship in wrestling as a sophomore with a record of 37-2 in the 103 pound weight class. He would not lose again the rest of his high school career. In his junior year, he became one of only three people at CHS at that time to be a two-time State Champion with a year record of 42-0 in the 112 pound class. Knight made history his senior year becoming the only CHS Wrestler to win three State Championships. His senior year Alex led the team to a first place finish in the City Championship and a third place finish in state. He was named CHS Athlete of the Year, Academic All-American, USA Wrestling All-American, Outstanding Wrestler for the city and The Advocateí´s Star of Stars. His career record at CHS was 144-13 with 90 falls.
The CHS Grizzly Greats Hall of Fame honors any person who has demonstrated outstanding dedication to the athletic program, selfless sacrifice of time and effort, leadership and whose actions portray characteristics which further the mission of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart and whose life and accomplishments can be an inspiration to the athletes of Catholic High.