Injury Gives Alexandria Goodly Chance to Grow Game

Injury Gives Alexandria Goodly Chance to Grow Game

After a year on the sideline due to a knee injury, Alexandria Goodly has returned to form, leading the St. Louis Catholic Saints to a 21-6 record, including seven consecutive wins in District 4-3A play.

Goodly, a senior and Louisiana-Lafayette signee, is leading the Saints at both ends of the floor, averaging 20.2 points and 6.0 steals per game.

She said the season spent off the court was horrible.

“I don’t wish it on an anyone; it wasn’t any fun at all,” she said. “You have to watch everything go down and can’t participate in anything. I had to stay vocal and stay positive, cheer the team on when we were down.”

Goodly said one benefit was getting a different perspective of the game while watching from the bench.

“You see the game in a whole new light, in ways you haven’t seen before,” she said. “You see things you can do in different situations.”

Goodly needed little time to regain her form, scoring 33 points in a win over DeRidder in the seventh game of the season. She scored 17 points in the fourth quarter of that game, demanding the ball from head coach Tony Johnson.

“I feel I am back to my normal self,” she said. “From the first few days to now, I feel way better.”

Goodly said she is more concerned with the team’s well-being as she attempts to lead the Saints to their first state tournament appearance since 2009.

“I feel we have been successful so far,” she said. “Our chemistry is good, we play well together. I don’t have any sisters, so that is how I look at my teammates. I try to stay positive so they will too, try to be a leader by example. We have been executing very well and I think we are on the right track to win a state championship.”

Johnson said Goodly’s will to win — and work — is unmatched.

“Hard work, determination and willingness to do anything to get better — she has those things,” he said. “That’s what I want the younger girls to learn from her. They are following suit because they look up to her. They see something that she does and they do it, because they know it is right. That’s why she is labeled as one of the best girls to come through here.

“If she felt she didn’t do something right, the next day she is going to be the first one in the gym and the last one to leave. She is going to make sure she gets it right before she leaves.”

Johnson said Goodly learned to be dominant on both ends of the court after coming in as a scorer.

“She came in as a freshman and kind of still had that middle-school mentality,” he said. “We had to work with her and make her understand that in high school there are girls just as good as her or even better.

“She had some problems adjusting to the competition level, but about halfway through her freshman year, she started to understand how to play the game and execute. She got better on the defensive end. When she first got here, she didn’t want to do anything with defense. She just wanted the ball.”

Johnson said the year off the court was not a waste because Goodly spent it bettering her understanding of the game.

“She became a coach,” he said. “Now she is seeing the floor a lot better now than before. She learned how I see things from the sideline, and now she is taking that to the court and dictating things on the floor. She has come back and is having an excellent year.”

Goodly said the game of basketball has helped her grow as a person.

“I always looked up to my coaches,” she said. “They played a big part in who I am today as a person. They taught me a lot of life lessons, mostly outside of basketball. They taught me how to do the right things.”

See the original article in the American Press published Jan. 25, 2019.

Lauren Cousté Wins 2018-2019 St. Louis Catholic Student of the Year

Lauren Cousté Wins 2018-2019 St. Louis Catholic Student of the Year

St. Louis Catholic High School is proud to announce its 2018-2019 Student of the Year honoree is senior Lauren Cousté.

The daughter of Thomas and Jennifer Cousté of Lake Charles, Lauren currently serves as Executive President of Student Council, Vice President of National Honor Society and President of Earth Club, and she is a member of Saints Ambassadors, promoting St. Louis Catholic High School at Advancement and Alumni events and in the local community.  Cousté was chosen co-captain of the Saints swim team in 2018 and captain of Southwest Louisiana Tournament Volleyball from 2016-2017.  She also has devoted many hours to volunteer projects throughout high school, including Operation Christmas Child, Children’s Art Fest, Kirkman Street Cleanup, Vacation Bible School and tutoring.

“My role as a tutor in National Honor Society as well as at the local charter school enabled me to realize my desire to help those around me, to share my own abilities with others,” Cousté said. “These experiences have not only shaped me into the person I am today, but they have cultivated crucial life skills within me.”

Cousté has a 4.4 GPA and received several academic honors in 2018, including Academic All-State from the Louisiana High School Athletic Association, nomination as Louisiana Delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders, selection as St. Louis Catholic’s representative to the National Student Leadership Conference, and the Outstanding Academics Award from St. Louis Catholic High School.

“It is an immense honor for me to be named Student of the Year,” Cousté said.  “I love representing St. Louis Catholic in any way possible, so I am ecstatic to actually compete for my school.  St. Louis Catholic is my home, and I am honored to be able to bear my school’s name through each round of competition.”

Cousté will compete at the diocesan, regional and state levels.  The Louisiana Department of Education will announce the elementary, middle/junior high and high school Students of the Year on April 10, 2019.

The Louisiana Student of the Year Award Program was established to identify and recognize an outstanding senior who represents all students in our diocesan school system.  The criteria for selecting an outstanding student are based on academic achievement, service, character, leadership and communication skills.  Candidates for Student of the Year must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a four-point scale and submit an application portfolio.

3 St. Louis Catholic Saints Sign Early Letters of Intent

3 St. Louis Catholic Saints Sign Early Letters of Intent

Lady Saints student-athletes Alexandria Goodly, Olivia Broussard and Madalyn Howard kicked off the 2019 early signing period for many NCAA sports by signing national letters of intent at St. Louis Catholic on Wednesday.

Goodly signed with the University of Louisiana-Lafayette to play college basketball, while Broussard and Howard signed to continue their soccer careers at the collegiate level at McNeese State and Louisiana College, respectively.

Click here to watch KPLC’s report on signing day, featuring the Lady Saints at the 1:51 mark.

St. Louis Catholic Holds Voter Registration Drive

St. Louis Catholic Holds Voter Registration Drive

“If you don’t think for yourself, the government will think for you.”

That’s how St. Louis Catholic senior Travis Hinton described the importance of exercising the right to vote this Election Day, Nov. 6, which happens to be his 18th birthday.  He spoke to KPLC-TV on Monday afternoon during a voter registration drive in the St. Louis Catholic Commons to celebrate Voter Registration Week. Click here to see the full report.

Valedictorian of the 2018 graduating class, Timothy Curol

Valedictorian of the 2018 graduating class, Timothy Curol

Today’s Saint Spotlight is on the Today’s Saint Spotlight is on the valedictorian of the 2018 graduating class, Timothy Curol. “I loved the FACULTY at St. Louis Catholic” exclaimed Curol. Timothy, a product of Catholic Education, attended OLQH, was the recipient of the St. Louis Award, National Merit Scholar finalist, president of French Club, member of National Honor Society, an Ambassador for the school and was involved in many other Saints activities. He will attend Louisiana State University in the fall and plans to major in Computer Engineering.

“I loved the FACULTY at St. Louis Catholic” exclaimed Curol. Timothy, a product of Catholic Education, attended OLQH, was the recipient of the St. Louis Award, National Merit Scholar finalist, president of French Club, member of National Honor Society, an Ambassador for the school and was involved in many other Saints activities. He will attend Louisiana State University in the fall and plans to major in Computer Engineering.

Spotlight is on Saints alumna, Anna Cameron ‘18

Spotlight is on Saints alumna, Anna Cameron ‘18

Today’s spotlight is on Saints alumna, Anna Cameron ‘18. “I really loved the community and atmosphere of the entire school at St. Louis Catholic.” Anna was a recipient of the St. Louis Award, a member of the Sweethearts dance line, National Honor Society, an Ambassador for the school and involved in many other Saints activities. She will attend McNeese State University in the fall and major in Early Childhood Education.