Relive St. Louis Catholic’s Magical Run to the Semifinals – VIDEO

Relive St. Louis Catholic’s Magical Run to the Semifinals – VIDEO

Though St. Louis Catholic fell short at St. Thomas More, 52-21, in its first appearance in the state semifinals in 41 years, the Saints had a heroic 2019 football season filled with nine wins, a share of the District 4-3A title, and plenty of highlights!  What an incredible way to celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary year in coach Chad Lavergne’s second season at the helm!

Relive all the magic with this video compiled by photographer Stephen Broussard before the semifinal showdown!

Saints Are Semifinal Bound – Details on Friday Sendoff & White-Out!

Saints Are Semifinal Bound – Details on Friday Sendoff & White-Out!

Photos by Stephen Broussard

After No. 5 St. Louis Catholic defeated No. 4 Loyola Prep in the Division II quarterfinals this past Friday, the Saints became just the third team in school history ever to reach the state football semifinals.  Check out what’s in store this week as St. Louis Catholic is one game away from the LHSAA Football Prep Classic!

SAINTLY SENDOFF – FRIDAY, NOV. 29, 11:45 A.M.

Come to wish the Saints good luck before they leave for their semifinal game at No. 1 seed St. Thomas More on Friday, Nov. 29.  We will gather at St. Louis Catholic for 11:45 a.m. before the team departs at noon.  Posters and noisemakers are encouraged!

WHITE OUT THE STANDS!

Joining us at St. Thomas More for the semifinal showdown?  Let’s WHITE OUT the stands to show support for our Saints as they try to advance to their second state championship appearance in school history on the gridiron!

PAINT YOUR CAR WINDOWS/BUSINESS STORE FRONTS FOR OUR SAINTS!

Now’s a perfect time for our proud St. Louis Catholic alumni to show their Saints spirit in our community!  Want some help this week painting your business store front orange and blue?  Contact our Cheerleading Coach Elaina Kilpatrick at 337-438-8005, and our cheerleaders will be there to assist you!

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets are $12 at the gate in Lafayette and $10 pre-sale.  Pre-sale opportunities are this week at SLCHS:

  • 8:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday & Thursday, Nov. 27-28, at Saints Athletic Complex (during football practice)

NOTE – Century Club cards, student IDs & faculty IDs are NOT accepted for playoff games.

HOW TO WATCH & LISTEN TO THE GAME

It’s a great day to be a Saint!

St. Louis Catholic Wrestlers Dominate Lakeshore Open

St. Louis Catholic Wrestlers Dominate Lakeshore Open
The St. Louis Catholic wrestling team continued its 2019 season Nov. 16 as five wrestlers earned top-4 finishes in their divisions at the Lakeshore Open in Mandeville.
Senior Alex Yokubaitis (an Oklahoma State signee) earned a first-place finish, while fellow senior Bud McMichael, junior Caton Darling and sophomore Joshua Vincent earned third-place marks.  Senior Keyshawn Jones placed fourth.
The Saints, coached by Terry Gage, continue their season Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Acadiana Dual Tournament in Lafayette.  There are four home meets scheduled in Krajicek Gym for St. Louis Catholic this season, starting Wednesday, Dec. 4, vs. South Beauregard.  View the full schedule here.

Claire Brescher Named Coca-Cola Scholars Program Semifinalist

Claire Brescher Named Coca-Cola Scholars Program Semifinalist

Claire Brescher

St. Louis Catholic High School senior Claire Brescher has been named a Semifinalist for the 2020 class of the Coca‑Cola Scholars Program, moving to the next round of the selection process to become a Coca-Cola Scholar and receive a $20,000 college scholarship.  Brescher is one of just 1,928 high school seniors selected as semifinalists from a pool of more than 93,000 submitted applications from across the country based on their academic excellence, leadership and service demonstrated in school and community activities.

A joint effort of Coca-Cola bottlers across the country and The Coca‑Cola Company, the Coca-Cola Scholars Program is the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship program in the United States. With the addition of the 2020 class, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation will have provided more than 6,300 Scholars nationwide with more than $72 million in scholarships over the course of 32 years.

Brescher is an active member in many school and community organizations, including the St. Louis Catholic swim team, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Student Council, Students for Life, Junior Classical League and Earth Club.  Brescher is also a two-time AP Scholar, and she won the St. Louis Award as a sophomore, St. Louis Catholic’s most prestigious award voted on by her classmates as one of the two strongest Christian leaders in her grade.  She called this her proudest accomplishment in or out of school.

“We believe that identifying these young leaders throughout the country and encouraging their passion for serving others not only empowers the students, but also lifts up those around them,” said Jane Hale Hopkins, President of the Foundation. “The Coca-Cola system is dedicated to giving back to the communities they serve, and the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is proud to be a part of that commitment.”

Semifinalists including Brescher are now asked to complete Phase 2 applications, which include essays, recommendations and transcripts. An independent selection committee will review the applications and select 250 Regional Finalists by the end of January to participate in online or in‑person interviews. 150 Coca‑Cola Scholars will be named in March and come to Atlanta in April for a celebratory banquet and Leadership Development Institute facilitated by program alumni.

In addition to receiving college scholarships, those students selected as Coca-Cola Scholars will be welcomed into a vibrant and growing family of alumni that have become a powerful force for positive change in the world. Through networking, collaborations and friendships, the group strives to make a greater impact together. Recent events and initiatives include the Coca-Cola Scholars Leadership Summit, a post-hurricane clean-up in Houston, and the fourth year of a coaching program that partners seasoned alumni with first-year Scholars as they transition to college.

About The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation celebrates and empowers visionary leaders who are refreshing the world. With its 31st class of Coca-Cola Scholars, the Foundation has provided more than $69 million in scholarships to over 6,150 program alumni who together have become a powerful force for positive change. Learn more at www.coca-colascholars.org.

St. Louis Catholic Golfer Collin Darby Signs with Spring Hill College

St. Louis Catholic Golfer Collin Darby Signs with Spring Hill College

St. Louis Catholic High School senior Collin Darby signed his national letter of intent to continue his golf career at the collegiate level Wednesday in a schoolwide ceremony in the Commons.

Darby signed with Spring Hill College in front of family, friends and students.  He said he is thrilled to be joining a university and a golf program that feels a great deal like St. Louis Catholic.

“I have a couple of former teammates who are over there right now (Connor Welsh and Andrew Castle),” Darby said.  “When I went to Spring Hill for my visit, I really liked the coach, and they really just brought me in.  They were talking to me and telling me everything they were doing, so I really just felt like a part of it.”

The Saints finished as Division II boys state runner-up in golf this past season, and Darby said he’s naturally hoping for a state championship to conclude his St. Louis Catholic career, which has built an incredible foundation for college.

“We play some great tournaments, so that’s always helped me,” Darby said.  “Coach Pat Neck is more of a friend than a coach.  Every trip is amazing – it’s something different every time.  It’s about more than golf.  This year I’m excited just to teach the freshmen and spend time with my other seniors.”

St. Louis Catholic Honors Loftins on National Philanthropy Day

St. Louis Catholic Honors Loftins on National Philanthropy Day

Billy and Phyllis Loftin

Phyllis and Billy Loftin have dedicated their lives to philanthropy.  Their five children all attended St. Louis Catholic High School, continuing a legacy of service that started many years ago. 

Billy’s commitment to Catholic education started in his own elementary school days at St. Aloysius and continued at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge from 1980-84. He continuously supported St. Louis Catholic High School even after his children graduated, serving on the St. Louis Foundation’s Board of Directors for five years, including a three-year term as chairman (2017-19).  

“I could never give back enough for all of the blessings which I have received from my Catholic education,” Billy Loftin said.

Born in DeRidder, Billy received a Bachelor of General Studies Degree from Louisiana State University in 1988 and earned his Juris Doctorate Degree from LSU in 1991.  Billy served as a staff attorney for the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal for two years and then entered private practice in Lake Charles in 1993, gaining extensive experience in real estate, family law, insurance defense, corporate defense and municipal defense.

Billy is admitted before all Louisiana State Courts as well as the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Western and Middle Districts of Louisiana and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal.  In 2000, Billy was appointed to serve as the City Attorney of Lake Charles. He served from the year 2000 until June 30, 2017.

Phyllis was born in Lake Arthur and attended Delta School of Business and McNeese State University.  She moved to Lake Charles in 1991 to begin her career as a paralegal, which spanned nearly 25 years. Phyllis obtained her Real Estate license in May 2010 and began selling real estate full time with Moffitt Latter & Blum after she retired as a paralegal.  She has been a multi-million-dollar producer since 2011 and earned “Top of the Latter” designation since 2014.

In addition to their five children, Phyllis and Billy have two beautiful grandchildren.

St. Louis Catholic’s Open House 2019 Menu is Here!

St. Louis Catholic’s Open House 2019 Menu is Here!

We hope you will “Be Our Guest” on Wednesday, Nov. 20, for St. Louis Catholic High School Open House!  Doors open at 5 p.m., and the program starts at 5:30 p.m.  We are proud to present this year an à la carte menu where you and your future Saint can choose up to 8 sessions to attend.  You’ll receive a menu when you arrive so you can tailor your tour to exactly what aspects of our school you wish to see!  Each session will last 7 minutes with 5 minutes in between.

Click here to view the menu and start planning your itinerary!  On Nov. 20, you’ll number your top choices 1-8, and keep in mind alternate sessions in the event your first choice is full.  Many sessions are available all evening, so you’ll have the option to return to any full sessions at a later offering.  And of course, details about each session/subject area will be available on our website after Open House!

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Priority Application Period: Nov. 21st – Dec. 6th
    • Apply to St. Louis Catholic during this time for a chance to have your $500 registration fee waived! 
    • Visit www.slchs.org and go to the Admissions tab starting Nov. 21, 2019.
  • Open Application Period Starts: Jan. 13th, 2020
  • Acceptance Letters Mailed – March 2020

 

St. Louis Catholic Journalism Students Launch Episode 3 of “The Lou” Podcast

St. Louis Catholic Journalism Students Launch Episode 3 of “The Lou” Podcast

Episode 3 of the St. Louis Catholic High School Journalism class’ “The Lou” podcast series features a crucial topic on campus, as students continue to develop their skills in modern journalism techniques.

Click here to listen to the third episode with senior student Sarah Blue hosting alongside junior Tyler August with guests Director of Finance & Facilities Ray Baggett and Adison Giambrone, Lady Saints Softball Coach and Environmental Science teacher.  Temperatures in Lake Charles have dropped drastically this week, and Baggett tells the students what’s being done right now to make St. Louis Catholic’s classrooms less cold.

In case you missed them, here is Episode 1 and Episode 2 of “The Lou.”

St. Louis Catholic’s Journalism class, taught by Monica Core, is a semester-long course open to juniors and seniors who are interested in developing their skills as writers.  The course explores the contemporary media and the ethical responsibility issues inherent in the press today.  Students learn the fundamentals of news, feature, editorial and sports writing, focusing on copy reading, news style and editing.  Students also create numerous original stories using varied structures and writing techniques, along with computer-generated layouts and graphics.  The course is NOT an English credit, nor does it fulfill the Fine Art elective credit for TOPS.

Evan Joubert is KPLC’s Sportsperson of the Week leading up to 2019 Playoffs

Evan Joubert is KPLC’s Sportsperson of the Week leading up to 2019 Playoffs

Click to view KPLC’s Sportsperson of the Week feature on junior running back Evan Joubert before Friday’s playoff game vs. St. Michael.

The St. Louis Catholic Saints clinched a share of the District 4-3A title with their win over Iowa to end the regular season. That success landed them the five seed and the school’s first home playoff game in nine years.

“I’m pleased how we finished,” head coach Chad Lavergne said. “We won the last three games and we really finished strongly during the second half in all three of those games. We’re hoping to build some momentum. We’re as healthy as we can be going into the playoffs and we’re excited about that.”

The Saints have been so consistent this season behind running back Evan Joubert. Through ten weeks, the junior has been a monster on the ground finishing the regular season with over 1,400 yards and 23 total touchdowns.

“I think what Evan does is that he can be that runner that can go north and south when it needs to be north and south, but when things clog up, he’ll jump cut and you blink your eyes and he‘s down the sideline on a busted play. That invaluable to have,” said Lavergne.

“I put a lot of work in behind closed doors. Out of practice, I go home and do drills on my own,” running back Evan Joubert said. “I try and get better at the little things.”

The person that drives Joubert to put in the extra work is his father.

“He pushes me to achieve anything I want,” Joubert said. “He has my mindset like ‘anything you want you can get’ I want to thank him for driving me.”

That drive has landed him in the St. Louis Catholic record books. Joubert is on pace to set the Saints’ career rushing mark, but the junior isn’t worried about that. He’s focused on helping the Saints make a run to the title this year.

“We put in the work so it’s just having the mindset that we can go out there and win,” Joubert said. “Any team can be beaten on any given day.”

It’s Yearbook Time! “In All Ways” – 50 Years In 3 Words!

It’s Yearbook Time! “In All Ways” – 50 Years In 3 Words!
As St. Louis Catholic celebrates its 50th anniversary, it’s time to reserve a copy of our 50th yearbook!  This year’s theme is In All Ways: 50 Years In 3 Words.  The deadline to guarantee a copy of this landmark edition of the yearbook is April 1, so don’t delay!  Pizza day for students who have ordered yearbooks is March 26, 2020.