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Ron Brocato is a native New Orleanian. He grew up in the Gentilly area and attended John McDonogh High School. Upon graduation in 1961, Brocato joined the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Oxnard, Calif. During four years of service as an Information Specialist, he attended Ventura Junior College at night to attain an Associate of Arts degree. Upon discharge in 1965, Brocato completed his formal education at Long Beach State (Calif.) University and began work as a reporter for the Anaheim (Calif.) Bulletin.
After one year learning the ropes in a daily newspaper, which included covering four high schools, the Los Angeles Rams, Lakers and California Angels, UCLA and USC sports and news photography, layout and editing, Brocato returned to New Orleans where he went to work for the States-Item. He remained with the Times-Picayune until 1987. He currently serves as sports editor and news reporter for the Clarion Herald, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
During his career, Brocato has won several awards for headline and feature writing, columns and photography. Among the top honors were being named Louisiana’s Sports Writer of the Year by the National Sports Writers and Sportscasters Association in 1974 and Prep Writer of the Year by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association in 1997.
He authored his first book, “The Golden Game: When Prep Football Was King in New Orleans,” published in 2002, and is currently working on his second, “Friday Night Fever.”
Brocato received the Apollo trophy, awarded to the outstanding journalist of 2004 by the American Italian Renaissance Foundation, the Bob Roesler Media Award by the New Orleans Touchdown Club in 2012, and was inducted into the De La Salle Sports Hall of Fame in 2005 for his contribution to high school athletics in New Orleans.
He was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Service recipient in 2011, awarded by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association with its highest honor.
Brocato wrote the script for the award-winning local PBS series, “Glory Days: The Catholic League of New Orleans,” in 2011. He was also named to the Warren Easton Charter High School Steering Committee and Board, the only member of the 11-person board that is not an alumnus of the city’s oldest public high school. It was the board’s task to save this historic school from becoming an all-access school under the auspices of the Orleans Parish School Board, whose majority of schools have been deemed “failures” by the state’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The school successfully re-opened in August, 2006.
Brocato is past president of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association and serves on the Nokia Sugar Bowl and Louisiana Sports Halls of Fame committees. He is also a member of the Westbank Quarterback Club and enjoys speaking to high school booster clubs and civic organizations, and researching and assembling football records for high schools to maintain their histories.
In 2012 Brocato founded the New Orleans Prep Sports Hall of Fame, the city’s first venue to recognize and honor legendary high school athletes. He serves as curator of the hall of fame, located at Ye Olde College Inn.
Brocato has also hosted a Friday evening high school football show on WGSO Radio and has served the Louisiana High School Athletic Association as media coordinator for the state football championship games in the Superdome for the past 18 years.
Covered high school sports from 1972-80 with The State-Item and from 1981 to 2009 with The Times-Picayune. Also covered golf and state school football during the 1970s and LSU football from 1975-'80. Covered college football recruiting from 1975 to the present.
Will Peneguy is an award winning writer, columnist, editor and producer. The former Assistant Sports Editor of The Times Picayune has also taught at the college level for more than 40 years.
Reporter for Sports Nola.com 2006-2013, WGSO 990 AM Ken Trahan's Prep Football Report
Play By Play Commentator: Belle Chasse High School Football
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Connor Melofchik is currently a Junior at Tulane University, majoring in English. A native of New Jersey, he wrote this past summer for AOL's Westfield Patch online newspaper covering a range of stories about happenings in his hometown. But his true love is sports writing. A four season Lacrosse player, as well as an avid basketball and football player throughout his school years in NJ, Connor wishes to make a living out of sports writing.