St. Martin’s inducts 2017 class into Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame
St. Martin’s Episcopal School recently inducted several alumni into its Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame: Charles Steen ’60, the 1971 Girls Swim Team, and Catherine Betz ’98. The 2017 St. Martin’s Hall of Fame class was formally inducted in a ceremony at the Upper School assembly on September 22, 2017. Inductees were also honored at the school’s Hall of Fame football game that evening.
Charles Steen ’60
During his time at St. Martin’s, Steen was a three-season multi-sport competitor in football, basketball, and track and field. He was voted Most Athletic in 1960 and was named to all-district football and basketball teams. Outstanding in track and field, as a junior Steen was named to the All-District and All-State Team and was named StM’s MVP that same year. He was a state champion in the high and low hurdles in 1960. In Steen’s senior year, the track and field team won the district championship. That year, at the NORD Meet of Champions, he lost only to future Olympian Billy Hardin.
1971 Girls Swim Team
With a string of victories in its wake, the 1971 Girls Swim Team splashed its way to the state championship, setting two new records and qualifying one member for All-American Honors. The team won the meet with 76 points. The nearest competitor had only 46. Members of the team are: Allyson Askew, Debbie Crawford, Diane Deane, Dale Evans, Carol Horn, Carle Humphreys, Kay Kemp, Penny Miles, Jan Rydstrom, Wendy Schultz, Jocelyn Stedman, and Janet Welch. The team was coached by Rev. Joseph Beckman.
Catherine Betz ’98
Catherine Betz is one of the best female athletes to ever compete for St. Martin’s. She was a three-season multi-sport competitor who excelled in volleyball, basketball, and track and field.
Betz was a district MVP who made the state all-tournament team in volleyball and was an honorable mention selection on the all-state volleyball academic team.
As a basketball player from her freshman year onward, she starred on the Saints squad. She went on to become the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,466 points, and held that record for years.
Betz was a remarkably versatile track and field star. She won two consecutive state titles in the javelin, throwing 148-1 at the state meet her senior year. She achieved a top 10 national prep ranking in that event. Betz also tossed the discus over 100 ft., finishing third in state her junior year. She was a two-time All-Metro field athlete of the year. Betz also held the St. Martin’s triple jump record, and she served as anchor runner on the relay squads. Betz was named The Times-Picayune metro area female athlete of the year (all sports) in her senior year.
Each year St. Martin’s inducts new members into its Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame, which was established in 2006. The Hall of Fame recognizes individuals and teams who distinguished themselves in interscholastic athletics as players, coaches, athletic trainers, or administrators while at St. Martin’s.
Past inductees include: the 1951 Metro Championship Football Team, Coach Tony Porter, Ben Tisdale ’54, John Eastman ’64, Glenn Johnson Brady ’65, John Girault ’55, the 1969 Class A State Track Champions, JoAnn DeMartini ’82, Kate McCall ’79, Chris Delaune ’91, the 1978 Volleyball State Championship Team, Linda Tuero Lindsley ’68, William Ball ’73, Gerald Lewis ’89, Ashley Tappin Doussan ’93, Barbara Farris ’94, the 1991 State Championship Baseball Team, Frederick Devall III ’56, Anne Monsted ’93, the 1954 Basketball Team, James Vaughn ’63, Alfredo Mesa ’89, the 1993 Girls Track and Field Team, the 1959 Relay Team, Christian A. Shofstahl ’93, Linda Trevino, Anne Shepherd Breitschwerdt ’69, Chris Beckman, Sr. ’88, the 1992-1993 Girls Basketball Team, Sam Dozier, and John Lehman ’62.
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