Archbishop Rummel announces 2022 Athletic Hall of Fame class
Since 1997, Archbishop Rummel High School has honored over 100 distinguished men for their contributions to Raider Athletics. Today, we are pleased to announce that four additional names will be added to our Athletic Hall of Fame roster of excellence.
Join us in congratulating Kirk Bullinger ’87, Johnny Calcote ’09, Ray Liotta ’01 and James St. Germain ’81 as the newest members of the Archbishop Rummel Athletic Hall of Fame. Click to read more…
The new members will be celebrated at the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony later this Fall. Congratulations again and Raider Pride!
Kirk was a sure-handed, heady, silky-smooth shortstop for the 1987 Archbishop Rummel Baseball team that captured State Championships in both Prep & Legion and included a #6 National ranking by USA Today. They combined to finish the 1987 seasons w/a 67-9 record. Although not known as a power hitter, Bullinger made his mark at the plate, too. His extra innings walk-off home run to beat Shaw in the second round kept the Raiders’ season-ending 13 game win streak alive. He played error free ball throughout the entire 1987 prep season while earning a selection to the Coaches’ All-State team as well as 2nd Team all-district. Though he never threw a single inning in his 4 years at Rummel, Kirk made the transition to the mound look easy in college, eventually pitching for Southeastern Louisiana University. There, as a senior, he led the 1992 Lions squad to the school’s first ever Division 1 NCAA Tournament appearance. After throwing a complete game shutout against Florida Atlantic to open the TAAC Conference Tournament, Bullinger closed it out with another complete game win in the finale just 2 days later, earning MVP Honors for the tournament. In his final appearance for the Lions, Kirk shut down the 10th ranked Hawaii Rainbow Warriors in the NCAA’s West Regional opener with yet another complete game, allowing just one run and earning a spot on the Regional’s all-tournament team. He was selected by the St Louis Cardinals in the subsequent MLB draft and played professional baseball for 9 seasons, including pitching in the Majors for the Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, and Montreal Expos. He is a member of the SLU Athletic Hall of Fame’s class of 2002 and was inducted into the New Orleans Professional Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009.
Johnny hit the mat running as a Raider wrestler, taking 3rd in State as a freshman in the 119 lb division. He followed up his auspicious freshman debut with a 4th place finish in state as a Raider sophomore the following year in the 125 LB Division. Calcote stepped things even higher level as a junior, winning the Sate Championship in the 130 LB Division. He was named All-District after his junior campaign. They say staying at the top of the mountain is harder than getting there. Johnny listened. He grappled his way to yet another State Championship in Senior season, winning the 130 LB Division, and leading the Raiders to a State Runner-Up finish. He was named All-District after his junior campaign. After his senior season, Johnny added to his accolades a place on the All-District team and the elusive Rufus Award, symbolic of the Archbishop Rummel Athlete of the Year. He also won the David Schultz award as the top Wrestler in Louisiana.
Ray was equally adept on the mound as he was at the plate for the Archbishop Rummel baseball program. He decorated the trophy case with 2 time honors as both All-Metro & All District selections in his junior & senior seasons and added the New Orleans Metro Player of The Year honor as well as an All-State selection in 2000. Liotta and 2017 Raider HOF inductee Thomas Diamond formed a deadly duo on the mound and led Rummel to a State Runner-Up finish in 2000 and added 2 Catholic League Championships along the way. They were State Semi-Finalists in 2001. As a junior, Ray lit it up at the plate, hitting .346 and was a stalwart on the hill, finishing the year w/a 1.05 ERA with 109 strikeouts and only allowing 1 earned run throughout District play. As a senior, he excelled again, going 14-4 w/a 1.62 ERA. He counts amongst his most memorable moments as a Raider his pinch-hit HR vs Baton Rouge power Parkview Baptist “because it tied the game and kept my best friend on the team, Thomas Diamond, undefeated as a pitcher on the season.” Liotta’s prowess as a Raider earned him a baseball scholarship to Tulane University. After a successful freshman season at Tulane, Ray transferred to Gulf Coast Community College in Mississippi where he earned the Panhandle Conference pitcher of the year award and became eligible for the subsequent MLB draft. Liotta was drafted in the second round by the Chicago White Sox, where he was the 2004 Pioner League leader in ERA. He repeated this feat again in 2005 as the South Atlantic League ERA champion and was named an All-Star in the South Atlantic League and as well as making the TOPPS Single A All-Star squad. That year, he had the second lowest ERA in the entire minor leagues behind eventual Major League Cy Young winner future HOF’er Justin Verlander.
James St. Germain took full advantage of his lone year as a starter at defensive end on Rummel’s vaunted 1980 defense. That year, The Raiders posted their first-ever undefeated regular season and spent much of the year atop the Louisiana 4A (then the state’s highest classification) polls, while St. Germain spent much of that year in the opponents’ backfield. He most certainly did his part with 85 solo tackles, including an amazing 19 sacks totaling 171 yards in losses. He also forced 3 fumbles and blocked a punt.
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