[StBernard] Sports Hall of Fame 15th Annual Induction Ceremony Saturday, March 6th
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Thu Mar 4 20:48:37 EST 2010
Contact Jim Bickford at 504-495-1104
REMINDER: TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE
Event tickets are $40 each or $400 for a table of 10.
For tickets, call SHOF President Dr. Bryan Frichter at 504-554-2685,
Treasurer Sean Warner at 504-874-3889 or Board Members: Raymond Doran at
504-554-4794; Charlie Reppel at 504-442-1452, Eddie Appel at 504-301-6135;
Roy Cortes at 985-809-3959; Terry Verges at 504-512-0550, or Jim Bickford at
Sports Hall of Fame 15th Annual Induction Ceremony Saturday, March 6th
Guest speaker will be Philadelphia Eagles Special Teams coach Bobby April
The St. Bernard Parish Sports Hall of Fame will honor outstanding athletes
at its 15th Annual Induction Ceremony Saturday, March 6th at 6:30pm at St.
Bernard Civic Center.
The award ceremony will recognize several new inductees and supporters of
St. Bernard sports. Cocktails will start at 6:30 p.m. and the formal
ceremony beginning at 7 p.m., announces SBPSHOF President Dr. Bryan
Frichter. Tickets are $40 and tables of ten are available.
Guest speaker for this year's event is Sports Hall of Fame inductee Bobby
April, the current Special Teams coach with the Philadelphia Eagles who has
been recognized as the NFL's Special Teams Coach of the Year twice.
This year's induction class honors three former college stars and
outstanding high school athletes in Robert "Bobby" Scafidel, Kathryn "Katie"
Dow-Kahmann and Arthur "Artie" Liuzza.
With this year's induction, the SHOF organization will have honored 35
individuals as athletes and/or coaches in various sports.
In addition to adding three outstanding athletes to its long list of
inductees at this year's induction ceremony, the St. Bernard Parish Sports
Hall of Fame will honor John Gebbia as Humanitarian of the Year, George
Artigues and Kayla Casbon as Amateur Athletes of the Year and the late
Elphage Caillouette as the organization's second recipient of its Special
Bobby Scafidel was a four-year starter at fullback at Northeast Louisiana
State in Monroe and a two-time all-Gulf States Conference selection in the
late 1960's as well as a two-sport star at Chalmette High in the early
Artie Liuzza, the present head football coach at Slidell High as well as its
long-time assistant at the school before taking over the reigns, starred in
both football and baseball at Chalmette High as well as a two-year letterman
in football at Tulane University and was formerly the head football coach
and Athletic Director at St. Bernard High for four years.
After an outstanding high school career at Seton Academy in New Orleans as a
two-time all-state volleyball player and a four-year all-metro selection in
her sport, Katie Dow-Kahmann who grew up in the parish playing at Rebel Park
and at Trist Middle School became the greatest volleyball player in
Louisiana Tech history and was inducted into the Louisiana Tech Athletic
Hall of Fame in 2007.
Robert "Bobby" Scafidel
In the early 1970's Scafidel returned to his high school alma mater where he
was the school's head baseball coach and assistant football coach who
Bobby April, a member of the SBPSHOF and now the special teams coach with
the Philadelphia Eagles, Elphage Caillouette, the group's special
recognition honoree, and another one of this year's inductees, Artie Liuzza.
Scafidel's 1974 baseball team came out of the Catholic League as one of
that's district's top teams and won its first state playoff game that
As a senior in 1967 at NLSC, Scafidel led the Gulf States Conference in
rushing, the first Northeast (now, University of Louisiana at Monroe)
football player to ever do so. He was named the team's MVP in leading the
Indians (now, Warhawks) to its best record in more than a decade.
In his final college game, he set a school record with 160 yards rushing in
defeating a Louisiana Tech team featuring quarterback Terry Bradshaw, an NFL
Pro Football Hall of Famer today.
Upon graduation, Scafidel left as the school's second all-time career
rushing leader as a four-year starter.
When he graduated from Chalmette High in 1964 and having played for SBPSHOF
inductee, the late Bobby Nuss, Scafidel was recognized as the school's
all-time, all-around football player and is still considered Chalmette
High's second all-time best college football player behind the late Norris
Weese, also a member of the SBPSHOF.
Arthur "Artie" Liuzza
Now in his third year as the head football coach at Slidell High, Liuzza
took over the reigns of that program in 2007 from veteran Tiger coach Wayne
Grubbs. The Tigers have been to the state playoffs twice during Liuzza's
Before becoming head coach at Slidell, Liuzza was Grubbs' long-time
assistant and Offensive Coordinator, starting with the 1982 season.
During that time, Slidell won nine district championships and appeared in
the state playoffs 17 times, including the 1986 season as the state
runners-up and 2004 when the Tigers played in the semi-finals.
Included in the list of players that Liuzza has coached is Matt Forte' who
was an all-state player at the school and later starred at Tulane University
and became a No. 1 pick by Chicago in the NFL draft and is currently the
starting running back with the Bears.
At Tulane, Liuzza was a two-year lettermen, attending the university on a
football scholarship from 1973-77. He spent two seasons as a Graduate
Assistant for the Green Wave and earned his Master of Education from the
At Chalmette High, Liuzza was selected the school's Outstanding Athlete for
the 1971-72 school year.
In football, the Tiger head football coach played for Sports Hall of Fame
inductee the late Bobby Nuss, who was a legendary head football and head
track coach at Chalmette High.
A three-year letterman in football, Liuzza played quarterback and defensive
back and earned all-district honors in 1971.
As a baseball player, Liuzza was a three-year letter winner, gaining
all-district honors as a catcher in 1973 under Scafidel, who was the
school's head baseball coach. That same year, Liuzza as selected as the
team's Most Valuable Player in the sport.
As a youngster, Liuzza played football, basketball and baseball at Vista
Playground in Chalmette. He was a starter on several parish championship
teams, but it was baseball where he seemed to shine the brightest.
He was an all-star catcher for Charlie Reppel in 1967 and again was honored
for his play at that position in 1969. That same year he received the
highest honor for a youngster in the sport, the Diamond Club of New Orleans
as the best young baseball player.
Playing for several outstanding playground coaches including former baseball
all-stars Bobby Satter and Roy Montrieuil, Artie played for his father,
Arthur Liuzza on the park's league championship team in '69.
Kathryn "Katie" Dow-Kahmann
Playing high school athletics at Seton Academy in New Orleans, Dow-Kahmann
as a four-year all-city volleyball player, led her school to the Catholic
League championship in 1988 in addition to being named to the all-city
Awarded a volleyball scholarship to Louisiana Tech in Ruston, she became a
four-year letter winner.
As a senior in 1992 she was named to the first team all-Sun Belt Conference
squad, leading her Techsters to a school-record 29 wins. Upon graduation,
she left Tech as the school's all-time leader in kills in a season, kills in
a career, kills per game in a season, kills per game in a career and
services aces in a career.
Gebbia started coaching at Carolyn Park with the 6 & 7 year old football
team in 1988 and from there he was involved in every aspect of the
park/playground in Arabi.
He served as its president three times (1990 & '91 & '94), vice-president
three times (1992, '99 & 2000), was the park's fund raising manager from
1990-2001, function as park treasurer twice (1997 & '98), Boys Athletic
Director twice (1993 & 2003), Girls' Athletic Director in 1996 and Uniform
Collection person in 1989.
When St. Bernard started the playground supervisor program, Gebbia served as
the park's supervisor from 1995 until 2005. He was The Carolyn Park Pops,
Inc. vice-president from 2001-'05.
During all that time as part of the Carolyn Park Booster program, Gebbia
continued to coach various sports. In 1993, he was the head boys' baseball
coach for 11 & 12 year olds.
He moved up in 1994 and served for three years as the head boys' 13 & 14
baseball coach. In 1997 he became the head football coach for the park's 13
& 14 year old team.
Not coaching just boys, Gebbia coached the girls softball team in 1994 as an
assistant, served as the head softball coach for 9 & 10 year olds in 1995
and for the next two years was the assistant coach for 11 & 12 year old
He spent two years as assistant soccer coach (1995 & '96) and was the 9 & 10
year boys' track coach in 1993 when his team won the parish championship,
while the next two years he was the track coach for 5 & 6 year old boys.
Artigues, who graduated from Chalmette High in 2009, was selected as the
school's top male athlete for his senior year as he lettered in three
sports, the first male athlete at the school to do that in five years.
As a senior on the Owl football team in 2008, Artigues was a two-way
performer at both offensive line and defensive line.
But it was wrestling where he achieved his most recognition. He was selected
as the team's Most Valuable Player for the second straight year as well as
the team captain.
He won 27 matches in his last year, most in school history and won more
matches in his career than any other wrestler in school history as a
three-year letterman in the sport.
Finishing his high school career in track and field, Artigues finished third
in the discus at the district meet with a personal best throw of more than
125 feet and earned a spot in the regional discus competition and lettering
for two years as well.
Casbon who like Artigues graduated from Chalmette High was honored as the
school's top female athlete as she also lettered in three sports and was the
school's first female athlete to do that in five years as well.
Casbon started her senior year leading the Chalmette volleyball team to its
20th straight state volleyball appearance as she was chosen her team's Most
Named to the all-district team in the sport, she finished the season by
being selected to the coaches' all-state team and was selected to play in
the state's all-star volleyball game.
Moving to basketball next, Casbon was honored with the team's Captain Award
and as a starter for a third straight year led her team to state playoffs
and was selected to the all-district second team.
However, softball is her highlight sport. As both a shortstop and pitcher,
she was chosen her team's Most Valuable Player, leading her team in both
home runs and runs batted in.
Playing in the talented Catholic League, Casbon was named to the
Times-Picayune newspaper's all-district team, carrying her team to a
first-round state playoff victory with key hits as a three-year letterman in
The late Elphage Caillouette
Caillouette who graduated from Chalmette High in 1974 was a one of the
school's most gifted four-sport letterman who received an athletic
scholarship to play football at Tulane University.
As a senior in football in 1973, Caillouette led the Bobby Nuss-coached Owl
football team to within one point of a Catholic League championship.
He led the league not only in rushing, but points and touchdowns scored and
was one of the top running backs in the metro area. He was selected to both
the all-district and all-city teams.
After lettering in basketball, he turned his attention to two spring sports
-- baseball and track and field.
He helped lead the Bobby Scafidel-coached Owl baseball while playing in the
tough Catholic League to a state playoff spot as a strong-armed catcher and
The 1974 Owls won its first state playoff game, the first time in several
years to accomplish that.
As a sprinter on the Owl track team, Caillouette set a school record running
the 220-yard dash, which is still a Chalmette record to this day as well as
anchoring two sprint relay teams to school records as well.
Caillouette received an athletic scholarship to play football at Tulane as
was the star running back on the freshman team in 1974. After spring
practice in 1975, he was chosen to be the team's starting running back for
the upcoming Green Wave football season.
A tragic swimming accident during the summer of 1975 took Caillouette's
life. He is still remembered today as Chalmette High present's its most
outstanding senior male athlete as the Elphage Caillouette award winner. The
local chapter of the Green Wave booster club renamed its chapter in his
Tickets are $40 each or $400 for a table of 10 and maybe purchased by
calling any member of the SHOF - Dr. Bryan Frichter at 504-554-2685, Sean
Warner at 504-874-3889, Terry Verges at 504-512-0550, Charlie Reppel at
504-442-1452, Roy Cortez at 985-809-3959, Raymond Doran at 504-554-4794,
Eddie Appel at 504-301-6135 or Jim Bickford at 504-495-1104.
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