Seven former Cavalier coaches and athletes were inducted into the 17th class of the De La Salle Sports Hall of Fame in October.
The Servus Fidelis award went to retired science teacher James Hanley for his years as both football and track coach, team bus driver, driver’s education teacher and as a founding member of the De La Salle Sports Hall of Fame Committee. He was introduced by his son, James Hanley III, ’90.
Dr. Edward “Don” Donaldson, ’61, was an outstanding basketball player at the school. He averaged 18 points per game in his career and was team MVP his senior year. He was introduced by his brother, Frank Donaldson, ’63.
Victor “Vic” Bonnaffee, ’63, now principal of Central Catholic High in Morgan City and LHSAA president, was a member of the 1962 state champion baseball team. He also played in the Legion World Series game of 1964. He later coached the Cavaliers to a 6-AAAA District championship, earning “Coach of the Year” in 1971. He was introduced by former De La Salle Athletic Director Marion Bonura, ’64.
The next honoree was William Grafton Jr., ’65, who was inducted posthumously. His son, William Grafton III, ’76, accepted on behalf of his father, who was a member of the football, track and wrestling teams. In his senior year and first year as a wrestler, Grafton became the first Cavalier state wrestling champion.
Another wrestler, Douglas “Doug” Heintz, ’67, was introduced by the dean of the faculty, Dr. Warren Caire, his former wrestling moderator. Wrestling in the lightest weight class of 98 pounds, Doug was a two-time city and state champion his junior and senior years.
Two-sport athlete Dr. Edward “Ward” Pitard, ’72, was on both the football and track teams for three years. He was a three-year MVP for football, beginning his sophomore year, when he earned the Juul Award as most valuable sophomore. He was a scholar-athlete and received the Alumni Award his senior year. He was introduced by teammate John Foto, ’72.
Youth minister Robert Dinkins, ’75, was co-captain of the varsity football team his junior and senior years and an All-District nose guard his senior year. He was a two-year member of the track team, throwing discus and javelin. He was also a member of the wrestling team and was city champion and state runner-up his senior year.