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Jesuit’s Misuraca reflects on his 45-year career in prep athletics

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  • Alumni
  • Feature Story
  • Team:
  • Jesuit Football
  • Posted:
  • 11/5/13 8:45am

Longtime Jesuit athletic director Frank Misuraca is in his fourth year of retirement, but every now and then he cannot resist roaming the sidelines to watch a football game. During his 45-year career as a teacher, coach, administrative assistant and AD at Carrollton and Banks, “Mizzy” had been part of the evolution of the Catholic League and its coaches’ relationship with each other and with their public school cohorts. He has experienced... Keep Reading

46 years later, first meeting between Holy Cross and St. Aug remembered

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  • Alumni
  • Feature Story
  • Teams:
  • Holy Cross Football, St. Augustine Football
  • Posted:
  • 10/24/13 8:49pm

History was made at Tad Gormley Stadium on a chilly, sunny October Saturday afternoon in 1967. A game that heralded two of Louisiana’s finest high school football teams entered the field before an overflow crowd of 24,500 spectators.             The throng came to see Holy Cross, the No. 1 ranked team in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Class 3A face a new, imposing rival. That foe was... Keep Reading

Fournette lands on All-Time Catholc League Team

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  • Alumni
  • Feature Story
  • Team:
  • St. Augustine Football
  • Posted:
  • 10/18/13 10:20am

Is it possible that the most sought after high school running back recruit in the U.S. may not make the Class 5A All-State team? The annual mythical best in state, chosen by nine chapter chairmen from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association is a numbers game. And entering the seventh week of the 2013 football season, the numbers for St. Augustine’s Leonard Fournette have fallen a bit short. It is more likely, the LSWA... Keep Reading

The Third Decade

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  • Alumni
  • Feature Story
  • Teams:
  • Brother Martin Football, Jesuit Football, Holy Cross Football, Rummel Football, Shaw Football, St. Augustine Football
  • Posted:
  • 10/16/13 4:27pm

The third decade of the Catholic League was one of the finest periods in its history. The “Battle of Gentilly” between St. Augustine and Brother Martin, which began in earnest when Bob Conlin’s Martin Crusaders defeated Otis Washington’s Purple Knights twice in 1971, was at its most competitive time. And this time, Washington would have the last word against his Brother Martin counterpart. Before he left London Ave. for what... Keep Reading

Team of the Decade 1995-2004

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  • Alumni
  • Feature Story
  • Teams:
  • Brother Martin Football, Shaw Football, St. Augustine Football, Rummel Football, Jesuit Football, Holy Cross Football
  • Posted:
  • 10/10/13 4:07pm

The power of large school Louisiana high school football had clearly moved away from the city, but for the Catholic League, the balance of power seemed to shift each year.            Between 1995 and 2004, five schools won or shared at least one district title. The only school to fall short of a championship was De La Salle, which languished through 10 losing seasons in 11 years as a co-ed school and voluntarily... Keep Reading

Team of Decade (1985-1994)

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  • Alumni
  • Feature Story
  • Teams:
  • Brother Martin Football, Holy Cross Football, Jesuit Football, Rummel Football, Shaw Football, St. Augustine Football
  • Posted:
  • 10/7/13 6:12am

By the time the Catholic League moved into its fourth decade (1985-94), the football powers had shifted from the district’s three charter members – Holy Cross, Jesuit and De La Salle – to three of the four newer schools.                     Having outlived its growing pains, Archbishop Shaw was continuing its period of domination that began in 1976 under head coach Joe Zimmerman. In 1983, “Coach... Keep Reading

Many changes greet Catholic League in its second decade

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  • Alumni
  • Feature Story
  • Teams:
  • Brother Martin Football, Holy Cross Football, Jesuit Football, Rummel Football, Shaw Football, St. Augustine Football
  • Posted:
  • 9/20/13 1:37pm

Ten years after the Catholic League outgrew its growing pains as a new district in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association, prep sports in New Orleans would undergo many changes. During the years 1965-1974 integration would cause the demise of the Louisiana Interscholastic Athletic and Literary Organization (LIALO), a statewide association of African-American schools, to fold. All of its schools were consolidated into the LHSAA. That happened in 1970, three years after St. Augustine became the... Keep Reading

History of the Catholic League

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  • Alumni
  • Feature Story
  • Teams:
  • Holy Cross Football, Jesuit Football
  • Posted:
  • 9/11/13 9:29pm

By Ron Brocato The return of the Catholic League as an entity of religious schools marks the 59th anniversary of a league whose charter members in 1955 numbered five. Over the decades the Catholic League has produced some of the finest football talent that continued their playing careers in at the college and professional levels. More went on to become professionals in the business, legal and medical artistic and technical industries. The league itself began as... Keep Reading