(COVINGTON, La.) In 2016, MaxPreps.com released an article presenting the high schools that produced the most collegiate athletes in each state enrolled at the time. Out of 412 LHSAA registered schools, St. Paul’s stood proudly atop the list, with a wild 27 collegiate athletes playing at the time of publication. That may have been two years ago, but students at St. Paul’s like to follow in the footsteps of their brothers before them. The class of 2017 saw thirteen seniors sign to D1, D2, and D3 colleges, and the class of 2018 is nearing the mark of their predecessors.
With over 10 current signees, six seniors gathered to sign with their individual schools in the Gene Bennett Sports Complex on the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 21. Caleb Lupo (baseball), Myers Morgan (swimming), Mason Robicheaux (soccer), Stephen Schlottman (track & field), Noah Seiden (football), and Kent Shiell (tennis) committed to playing the sports they love during the next phase of their academic careers.
Caleb Lupo, second baseman for the Baseball Wolves, will attend Delgado Community College in the Fall of 2018. Delgado has solidified their name as a baseball powerhouse in the NJCAA over the past few years, and there is no doubt that Caleb’s five years of experience at St. Paul’s will surely come in handy as he represents his alma mater well in the next stage of his career. Delgado is currently ranked #7 in the NJCAA rankings.
“It means a lot to me that Delgado would take such an interest in me,” Lupo said, “and I’m honored to follow in the footsteps of many great baseball players who used Delgado as the stepping stone to amazing careers.”
Myers Morgan will be attending Queens College, a D2 school in Charlotte, North Carolina, as a member of the swimming team. Queens College is widely regarded as the top D2 swimming program in the nation. While at St. Paul’s, Myers was a member of the swim team for five years, and was named captain during his senior season. Throughout his senior season, Meyers earned at least one, usually multiple top five finishes during each meet; many of those top five finishes were victories. To close out his AquaWolves career, Myers captured the state title in the men’s 50m freestyle.
“It’s pretty big joining such a great swimming program,” Morgan said. “But I’m actually going to take somewhat of a gap year to train and prepare myself for the next level. I think I’ll be doing well.”
Mason Robicheaux, captain and center back for the #1 nationally ranked Soccer Wolves, will don the black and gold of the Appalachian State Mountaineers next fall. During his senior season, Mason was part of the Best XI of the Lotto Showcase tournament in San Clemente. Mason has been a part of the past two state champion soccer teams, and made a third finals appearance, falling short 2-1 on Saturday Feb. 24 against the Jesuit Blue Jays.
“No doubt my favorite parts of St. Paul’s soccer are my teammates,” Robicheaux said. “We are so close, and it will be tough to leave them for a new team. But I can’t wait to see what Appalachian State can do for me.”
Stephen Schlottman, a key component of the cross country and track & field programs at SPS for almost five years now, will be reuniting with many former teammates — including standout Eric Coston ‘16 — as an LSU Tiger. While Stephen was only in eighth grade when the XC Wolves won a title, Stephen made sure he would help lead the Wolves to yet another first place finish. During his junior season, Schlottman finished in the top ten in all races but one, and finished the season with a 7th place result at the state meet, contributing to the Wolves state title.
“It’s going to be comforting running with old teammates,” Schlottman said. “I think it will help make my transition much easier. They inspired me in high school, and I’m sure they will inspire me in college, as well.”
Noah Seiden is one of the friendliest faces on St. Paul’s campus, but don’t let that fool you. Noah has been a force of nature at the Defensive End position for the Football Wolves, and his abilities drew in the attention of many prestigious schools such as Carnegie Mellon and Vanderbilt. Ultimately, Seiden won’t have to travel far to continue his career, as he will soon be a member of the Tulane Green Wave Football Team. During his time as a Wolf, Seiden was named a 1st team All-District, Parish, and Metro Defensive end.
“At the end of the day, there’s no place like home,” Seiden said. “Tulane was the school with the best opportunities for me, and I love how close to home it is. I love St. Paul’s, and to be able to come back and support my Alma Mater means the world to me.”
Kent Shiell is looking to cap his St. Paul’s tennis career with a state title, and no one would be surprised — especially his soon-to-be home, Belmont Abbey. Shiell is currently ranked 2nd in Louisiana, and is listed as a three-star recruit, with a high national ranking, as well. During his junior season, Shiell earned runner-up in the LHSAA state tournament. Shiell will head to Charlotte, North Carolina, and join Ryan Flood ‘16 and Parker Hagood ‘16 as the next Wolf to become a Crusader.
“Being able to join the group of St. Paul’s students lucky enough to sign with a college is a huge deal to me,” Shiell said. “It’s also really great to be able to attend a school along with some of my brothers from St. Paul’s. I can’t wait.”