More greats added to Prep Hall of Legends
Ye Olde College Inn has added 17 more plaques to its growing collection of local legendary high school athletes, coaches and officials.
The additions bring the total number of honorees to 175. The New Orleans Prep Hall of Fame is located at the local restaurant and open for viewing Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4-11 p.m.
The new honorees include, alphabetically:
➤ Warren Bourgeois – The southpaw was the No. 1 pitcher on Warren Easton’s 1951 state championship baseball team. Bourgeois pitched three- and four-hit games in his final two state tournament victories.
➤ John Boyer – Boyer has been a fixture on the track and field scene for more than 40 years as a starter and clerk of course. He founded the Crescent City Striders and the Southern Track and Field Officials Association.
➤ Marion “dookie” Dauphin – An All-Prep player at Redemptorist, Dauphin was known as a hitter for average and with power. He holds the distinction of having hit grand slam home runs in three consecutive games.
➤ Chester Doll – At 6-7, Doll was one of the city’s top scorers and rebounders as a basketball center for Holy Cross (1948-50). He also starred as an end on the Tigers’ three-time Prep League champion football team.
➤ Ronnie Doyle – An All-Prep tackle at Redemptorist, Doyle became one of the city’s premier track and field coaches at Archbishop Rummel. An official in the Southern Track and Field Officials Association, he served as an on-field official while also coaching his teams. Doyle led Rummel to a state title in 1982 then became the school’s athletic director. Its fieldhouse carries his name.
➤ Pierre Gaudin – He became De La Salle’s highest career scorer as a guard on the 1971-74 basketball teams. Gaudin scored 1,055 points, which earned him spots on the All-District team for three years and All-State squad twice.
➤ Ronald Gearing – As athletic director for the Orleans Parish Public School System, Gearing administered over 19 high schools and 22 middle schools during pre-Katrina years. He reincarnated the high school All-Star games, matching Orleans and Jefferson parish football players in an annual game. Many players received college scholarships as result of those games.
➤ Bobby Lane – Newman became a small schools basketball power when Lane arrived. He led the Greenies to state Class A titles in 1963 and 1964 and was named the Top 20 Tournament’s Outstanding Player both years.
➤ O.J. Lacour – An All-State guard for St. Aloysius’ basketball team in 1961 and 1962, Lacour led the Crusaders to the 1961 CYO championship. He was named to the 1962 Top 20 championships’ All-Tournament team.
➤ Maggie Millet – Under Millet’s guidance, Country Day appeared in 32 state championship volleyball tournaments, won three and finished second seven times. Over a 41-year span, Millet’s Lady Cajuns teams won 427 matches. She is also a founding member of the Louisiana Volleyball Officials Association and has served as a referee and assignor.
➤ Taylor Reuther – The Dominican hitter was a three-time All-State volleyball standout. She had four-year totals of 1,517 kills, 1,438 digs, 366 aces and 98 blocks.
➤ Firmin Simms – a 32-year veteran coach in the New Orleans Recreation Department, Simms coached Babe Ruth baseball teams to five national and 13 state championships. He molded boys into productive high school athletes, while coaching all sports before becoming NORD’s regional director, a position he held for 25 years.
➤ Bob Taylor – Has served as a local high school football official for more than 40 years. Still active, Taylor has worked at every on-field position, but primarily as a referee and crew chief. He has worked more than 2,000 games.
➤ Pat Taylor – This legend coached Ursuline Academy athletic teams for 40 years following her own outstanding career as an athlete at Mercy Academy.
➤ Al Weidenbacher – His baseball teams at Ecole Classique won 17 district championships, including 12 consecutive from 1975 to 1986, and won four state titles. Between 1979-86, his Spartans did not lose a district game. He also coached the football team to a 33-15 record and four district championships.
➤ Aeneas Williams – A defensive back for Fortier (1983-85), Williams captained the team as a senior. Fortier went 12-1 that season. He also starred at Southern University and had a great career in the NFL. He was recently named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
➤ Lenny Yochim – A standout pitcher on Holy Cross’ teams in 1944 and 1945. His sweeping curve ball was so effective, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed him at a young age. He ended his career pitching for the New Orleans Pelicans in 1956.
– Ron Brocato