Four Blue Jays Commit to Continuing Their Athletic Careers in College
On Wednesday, May 9, four student-athletes from Jesuit made commitments to play golf, soccer, and swimming at the collegiate level. The commitments were made in a ceremony in St. Ignatius Hall during lunch hour in front of family, friends, faculty, and administrators.
||Mitchell Lulich||Shane Lanson
|H: 5’11” W: 140||H:6’0” W: 150||H: 6”3” W: 175||H: 6’0” W: 155|
|Henderson State University||Centenary College||Southern Methodist University||Spring Hill College|
|(Arkadelphia, AR)||(Shreveport, LA)||(Dallas, TX)||(Mobile, AL)|
The ceremony began with a prayer by Jesuit chaplain Fr. Kevin Dyer, S.J., followed by welcoming remarks by Dave Moreau, Jesuit’s athletic director. On behalf of the president Fr. Christopher Fronk, S.J., and the principal, Peter Kernion, Moreau expressed the excitement of the Jesuit community to recognize and congratulate the student-athletes for the opportunity to compete at the collegiate level. The head coach from each program then said a few words about the impact that each player has made for their respective programs.
Head swimming coach Bret Hanemann ’85 spoke about Jack Baudouin and Mitchell Lulich. “Jack was one of the captains on our team, and he was the guy who rallied everyone to train over the summer and commit to getting the state title this year. He really lit a fire under this team and was always focused and ready to go. A four year letterman, Jack was a member of the 200 freestyle relay that won state and the 200 medley relay that won state and broke the state record. He also scored points for the team in the 50 and 100 freestyle races. Mitchell was our second captain, and he led by example, working hard at every practice and bringing the team together. He and Jack Baudouin were a perfect combo leading the team, and both swimmers have the ability and work ethic to compete at the collegiate level. Mitchell was a member of the state-record setting 200 medley relay team and sacrificed his spot for the 200 individual medley for the good of the team and stepped up to swim the 200 freestyle race in the state competition. I couldn’t be prouder of this swimmer for doing that.”
Next, head golf coach Owen Seiler ’75 had the opportunity to speak about Spring Hill College commitment Grayson Glorioso. “Grayson has been a starter on the Jesuit golf team since freshman year and has evolved into a leader for the program. His contributions on the course brought the team to the state title last year and to a runner-up finish this year. He is a very positive young man with a great future ahead of him. As a top overall golfer for our program, he has the tools to make a big impact for the golf program at Spring Hill.”
Finally, head soccer coach Hubie Collins spoke to attendees about Shane Lanson, who is bound for Southern Methodist University. “Shane is an outstanding goalkeeper and an outstanding young man. He brought to this year’s state champion soccer team a sense of stability. The back four and midfielders played with confidence knowing that their opponents would have to come up with something special to get a goal past Shane. He joined the varsity team as a freshman, became a starter as a sophomore, and the sky is the limit for what Shane can accomplish playing soccer in the future. Shane is planning to attend SMU in the fall and over the summer is going to play locally with the men’s amateur soccer team, the New Orleans Jesters.”