Lady Saints’ Aaliyah Williams signs with Southern University New Orleans

Lady Saints’ Aaliyah Williams signs with Southern University New Orleans

St. Louis Catholic senior post player Aaliyah Williams signed her national letter of intent to play basketball at Southern University in New Orleans on Monday.

Surrounded by her family and the Saints community, Williams made her college decision official in a ceremony in the Commons.  Southern head coach Lynika Collins said Williams’ tenacity grabbed her attention when the Lady Saints played in New Orleans at the St. Mary’s tournament during the 2018-19 season.

“Aaliyah plays so well on offense and defense; she gets up and down the floor real well,” said Collins, who enters her first year coaching the Lady Knights. “I’m looking forward to having her for the next four years at Southern University.  She’ll be an excellent fit for what we’re trying to build.  I’m trying to start a foundation from the ground up as a first-year head coach, and I think she’ll fit perfectly.”

Williams played basketball for St. Louis Catholic and Coach Tony Johnson since her freshman year, and her hard work paid off with second-team All-District 4-3A honors as a senior.  Johnson praised Williams’ leadership and predicted a strong future for her at SUNO.

“She’s probably the best post player in all our district this year,” Johnson said.  “I think Aaliyah can be successful at Southern, both academically and with the close-knit family team they have there.  We want to keep bringing the St. Louis tradition around the state of Louisiana!”

Williams joins fellow senior Alexandria Goodly as the two Lady Saints seniors to sign with collegiate basketball programs this year.  (Goodly signed with ULL in November).  The Lady Saints advanced all the way to the Division II state championship game this season and finished as state runner-up.  Williams said her teammates “turned into her sisters,” and she’ll cherish her memories made at St. Louis Catholic.

“Practices were always a great time,” Williams recalled.  “We did a lot of running, but we would always laugh about how tired we were afterward, so I’m really going to miss that.  But I’m excited to move on to the next chapter of my life.  It’s going to be a great experience for me.”

St. Louis Catholic Boys, Girls Tennis Win Division III Regional Championships

St. Louis Catholic Boys, Girls Tennis Win Division III Regional Championships

Both the Saints and Lady Saints tennis teams won the Division III Region II tennis championships at the Lake Charles Racquet Club on Wednesday.  State tennis competition begins April 23.  Full results are below:

GIRLS

Team Results

  1. St. Louis Catholic 14
  2. Notre Dame 9
  3. Jennings 6

4t. Catholic-New Iberia 5

4t. North Vermilion 5

  1. Berwick 3

Singles

Finals

2) Emma Koch, North Vermilion def. 1) Elise Bourque, St. Louis Catholic, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)

Semifinals

1) Elise Bourque, St. Louis Catholic def. 5) Caroline Van Hook, Jennings, 6-1, 6-0

2) Emma Koch, North Vermilion def. 3) Amy Pousson, St. Louis Catholic, 6-0, 6-0

Quarterfinals

1) Elise Bourque, St. Louis Catholic def. 8) Maddie Oliver, Notre Dame, 6-0, 6-1

5) Caroline Van Hook, Jennings def. 4) Giuliana Spitale, Berwick, 6-4, 3-6, 10-6

2) Emma Koch, North Vermilion def. 7) Keirah Paul, Berwick, 6-0, 6-0

3) Amy Pousson, St. Louis Catholic def. 6) Madeline Futch, Jennings, 6-4, 6-2

Doubles

Finals

4) Ellie Fields/Sydney Spallino, Notre Dame def 2) Maggie Bruchhaus/Blake Alley, St. Louis Catholic, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4

Semifinals

4) Ellie Fields/Sydney Spallino, Notre Dame def. 1) Katie McCall/Eden Moreno, St. Louis Catholic, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4

2) Maggie Bruchhaus/Blake Alley, St. Louis Catholic def. 3) Kathryn Russell/Emily Trahan, Catholic-New Iberia, 6-0, 6-3

Quarterfinals

1) Katie McCall/Eden Moreno, St. Louis Catholic def. 8) Kate Brasseux/Emily Garcia, Catholic-New Iberia, 6-1, 6-1

4) Ellie Fields/Sydney Spallino, Notre Dame def. Morgan Futch/Addison VanHook , Jennings   6-4, 6-1

2) Maggie Bruchhaus/Blake Alley, St. Louis Catholic def. 7) Grace Bernard/Margaret Schmid, Notre Dame, 6-1, 6-2

3) Kathryn Russell/Emily Trahan, Catholic-New Iberia def. 6) Reem Hussein/Mary Rose Buttross, St. Louis Catholic, 6-3, 6-2

 

BOYS

Team Results

  1. St. Louis Catholic 13
  2. Notre Dame 9

3t. Catholic-New Iberia 5

3t. Jennings 5

5t. Berwick 4

5t. Eunice 4

7t. Iota 1

7t. North Vermilion 1

Singles

Finals

1) Austin Lamm, Notre Dame def. 2) Kain Babineaux, Jennings,  6-4, 6-1

Semifinals

1) Austin Lamm, Notre Dame def. 4) Ethan Hebert, St. Louis Catholic, 6-4, 6-1

2) Kain Babineaux, Jennings def. 3) Matthew Moore, Catholic-New Iberia, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3

Quarterfinals

1) Austin Lamm, Notre Dame def. 8) Spencer Stelly, Jennings, 6-4, 6-1

4) Ethan Hebert, St. Louis Catholic def. 5) Jacob Legnon, Catholic-New Iberia, 6-4, 6-3

2) Kain Babineaux, Jennings def. Luis Doroteo, Iota, 6-3, 6-2

3) Matthew Moore, Catholic-New Iberia def. 6) Jack Frank, Notre Dame, 4-6, 6-2, 10-8

Doubles

Finals

1) Eli Crawford/Parker Reeves, St. Louis Catholic def. 2) Patrick Laborde/Joey Brinkman, St. Louis Catholic, 6-3, 7-5

Semifinals

1) Eli Crawford/Parker Reeves, St. Louis Catholic def. 5) Zachary Joubert/Ting Jaing, Eunice, 6-1, 6-1

2) Patrick Laborde/Joey Brinkman, St. Louis Catholic def. 3) Josh Sanford/Tyler Thibodeaux, Berwick, 6-2, 6-1

Quarterfinals

1) Eli Crawford/Parker Reeves, St. Louis Catholic def. 8) Zachary Higginbotham/Samuel Frank, Notre Dame, 6-4, 6-1

5) Zachary Joubert/Ting Jaing, Eunice def. Ethan McCorquodale/Jake Hanks, St. Louis Catholic, 6-3, 5-7, 10-3

2) Patrick Laborde/Joey Brinkman, St. Louis Catholic def. 7) Trey Williams/Slade Walker, Jennings, 6-2, 6-2

3) Josh Sanford/Tyler Thibodeaux, Berwick def. 6) Jerry Mullen/Paul Mecip, Catholic-New Iberia, 6-0, 6-4

Motivational Speaker Damon West Shares Story of Recovery with Saints Community

Motivational Speaker Damon West Shares Story of Recovery with Saints Community

During Holy Week 2019, St. Louis Catholic students, faculty and staff gathered in the Commons to hear one man’s unbelievable story and powerful life lessons.

Damon West seemingly had every opportunity in front of him in 1996, receiving a scholarship to play Division I football for the University of North Texas with a strong family support system rooted in faith back home in Port Arthur, Texas.  But what lay beneath the surface was the painful early stages of a true disease.  West had endured childhood sexual abuse by a babysitter at the age of nine, and by the age of 12, he escalated from drinking and smoking to using marijuana.  When his football career prematurely ended due to injury, he lost all direction, and in 2008 West eventually found himself sentenced to 65 years in prison for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity to feed his insatiable methamphetamine habit.

However, after serving seven years, West was placed on parole in November 2015 and emerged a better man spiritually, emotionally and physically.  Now he travels the country sharing his inspirational story, including a previous visit to St. Louis Catholic in 2016.  Read more of West’s story here.

His call to action for today’s St. Louis Catholic students was to be “coffee beans” and change the world in positive ways through servant leadership and humility.  West shared four spiritual principles – 1) unselfishness, 2) honesty, 3) purity, and 4) love, and encouraged the students to think about what they are feeding themselves daily, not just physically, but spiritually and mentally as well.

“Never put limits on yourself,” West said, as he spread a message of hope and perseverance even when facing extreme odds like his.  “You must face your fears.  Your past does not define you.”

Students asked a variety of questions after West’s speech, including what was the first thing he did when he was released from prison.  The answer?  Order a No. 2 meal from Whataburger, followed of course by beginning his 12-Step Recovery Group.

West just published a book, “The Change Agent: How a Former College QB Sentenced to Life in Prison Transformed His World” about his life coming full circle.

2019 St. Louis Catholic Saints Summer Camps

2019 St. Louis Catholic Saints Summer Camps

Spend the summer with the Saints!  Here is a list of 2019 summer youth sports camps at St. Louis Catholic High School:

Basketball Camp

Dates: June 3-5, 2019

Time: 8:30-11:30 am  

Ages: 3rd-8th grade (boys & girls)

Cost: $90 (includes T-shirt).  Click Here to Download the Registration Form

Location: Krajicek Gym

Contact: Rick LeBato  Email: rlebato@slchs.org

Soccer Camp

Dates:  June 11-13, 2019

Time: 9 a.m. – noon

Ages: 4 – 14 years old (boys & girls)

Cost: $35 per day or $100 for all three days (includes T-shirt and pizza on Thursday)

Location: St. Louis Catholic Soccer Field

Contact: Jason Oertling   Phone: (337) 540-4015; Email: joertling@slchs.org

Football Camp 

Dates: June 26-28, 2019 

Time: 9 a.m. – noon

Ages: 4th-8th Grade

Cost: $100 (includes T-shirt and football to keep).  Click Here for the Registration Form.

Location: St. Louis Catholic Football Field

Contact: Chad Lavergne   Email: clavergne@slchs.org  

Baseball Camp

Dates: July TBD

Time:  TBD

Ages: Kindergarten-8th Grade

Cost: $125

Location: St. Louis Catholic Baseball Complex

Contact: Pat Neck   Email: pneck@slchs.org  

Volleyball Camp 

Dates:  July 23-25, 2019

Time: 9-11 a.m.

Ages: 5th-8th Grade (boys and girls)

Cost: $30 per day or $75 for all 3 days.  Click Here to Download Registration Form.

Location: Krajicek Gym

Contact: Elizabeth Thompson   Email: ethompson@slchs.org

KPLC-TV Teen Report Features Transitions Students

KPLC-TV Teen Report Features Transitions Students

When you walk into the Transitions classroom at St. Louis Catholic High School, you immediately feel inspired.

In March 2019, Brittany Glaser and her Calcasieu Parish high school students came to campus to film a feature story for an upcoming KPLC-TV Teen Report.  Called “The Power of Kindness,” this feature beautifully summarizes the joy and inspiration: