Our week-long Homecoming celebration included STUCO's dress-up days, an alumni panel in chapel in Cade, a bonfire, tailgating, soccer games, a pep rally, the Homecoming basketball game - a Falcon victory - and Winter Formal for upper school students. On the Lafayette Campus, lower school students and teachers celebrated with an ESA history scavenger hunt, a mix-it-up read-alound that allowed them to return to previous years' classrooms to share stories, and a day to wear t-shirts that featured ESA spirit or things about which they are passionate. Thanks to STUCO, cheerleaders, drunmline, ESA music, and the faculty members who helped to put it all together!
ESA's Girls Swim team took 5th place and the Boys team finished 6th at the State meet in Sulphur this week! With just ten swimmers, ESA competed against much bigger teams in the 27-team meet. All swims, individual and relays, scored points for the Falcons. Congratulations to individual State champions Michael dela Rosa (100 breast) and Regan Manning (500 free), who both set school records in their first place finishes. Other top three finishes include: boys 200 medley (Nick LaGraize, Michael dela Rosa, Curtis Hidalgo, Anil Cacodcar), 3rd; Elena Alvarado, 2nd in 200 IM and 3rd in 100 breast; Michael dela Rosa, 2nd in 200 IM; Regan Manning, 2nd in 100 fly (school record); boys 200 free relay (Curtis Hidalgo, Nick LaGraize, Anil Cacodcar, Michael dela Rosa), 3rd; girls 200 free relay (Elena Alvarado, Lily Pillaro, Malaika Subramanian, Regan Manning), 4th and school record. Congratulations, Falcons!
Boys and Girls Cross Country brought home ESA's 86th and 87th State titles! The boys' team won its sixth State championship in a row, and senior Oliver Nickel won his second individual cross country State championship in a row, followed by Christian Herpin, 4th place; Tate Broussard, 10th; Charlie Blanchard, 11th; Ian Waskom, 12th; Greer Hernandez, 16th; and Adam Sabbaghian, 19th. ESA's top five runners scored just 39 points for the team win (points are calculated by adding the team's top five places, so lower is better). An average time of 17:50 puts ESA boys in second place in the All-State competition, which ranks all teams competing in Classes C, B, 1A, and 2A. ESA girls won their fourth State Championship in five years. They put five runners in the top ten and scored only 28 points to win the title. Running for the Falcons: Aline Malek, 2nd place; Ellianna DesOrmeaux, 4th; Briley Herpin, 5th; Taylor Guillotte, 8th; Ava Grace Hebert, 9th; Minnie Blanchard, 20th; and Ellie Bollich, 28th. The girls also placed second in the All-State competition, with an average time of 20:37. They ranked 6th across all classes - C through 5A - and were selected as a top ten team in the coaches' poll. Congratulations, Falcons!
Henry Shuffler, '20, has signed a letter of intent to pitch for the University of Louisiana-Monroe. Henry is the second baseball player in ESA history to commit to a Division I school. Be sure to watch him and his teammates play on the basketball court this winter and the baseball diamond in the spring. Congratulations, Henry!
At last Saturday's Top 24, Regan Manning, '22, swam the 500 Free in 5:23.42 - a personal best time and new school record. The girls 200 free relay team set a new school record of 1:58.31. And Regan, Michael dela Rosa, '20, and Elena Alvarado, '23, made the All-Star team. On Wednesday and Thursday, November 20 and 21, ESA Swimming will compete in the State meet in Sulphur. Good luck, Falcons!
The ESA Swim team has lots to celebrate! With only 10 swimmers eligible to score at District, the boys placed 3rd, the girls placed 2nd, and the team finished 2nd. It was Senior Night, and the team recognized seniors Michael dela Rosa and Ryan Rhoades. Regan Manning, '22, was The Advertiser'sFemale Athlete of the Week. At the Top 24, Regan swam the 500 Free in 5:23.42 - a personal best time and new school record. The girls 200 free relay set another new school record witha time of 1:58.31. Finally, Regan, Michael dela Rosa, and Elena Alvarado made the All-Star team. Congratulations, Falcons!
ESA Volleyball defeated Catholic High in three games Wednesday night. Falcons play at home again Tuesday. ESA Basketball scrimmaged with STM on Thursday. The regular season begins with a home game on Tuesday, November 5th. Go Falcons!
The Falcon swim team competed against Division I and II schools in Tuesday's meet. The boys placed fourth, and the girls placed third. The relay team of Regan Manning, Elena Alvarado, Lily Pillaro, and Malaika Subramanian broke the school record in the 200 Freestyle Relay, with a time of 1:58.33. Michael dela Rosa, '20, who was recently named to the All-Academic Boys Swimming Team, is also The Advertiser'sAthlete of the Week! Cheer the team on for Districts on Tuesday, November 5th at 5:30 pm at the Robichaux Center. Go Falcons!
ESA Cross Country split up this weekend for their last meet before State. The boys placed second at Menard, and the girls took third at Acadiana Park, with Aline Malek and Taylor Guillotte making the All-Acadiana team. The State meet will be held in Natchitoches on November 18th. Go Falcons!
At Tuesday night's meet, with three boys and six girls eligible to score, the ESA Swim team gave an outstanding performance. The girls' team took first place, the boys placed second, and the team finished second overall. The final meet before Championship Week will be next Tuesday, October 22nd. Good luck, Falcons!
ESA Swimmers took first place in last Saturday's meet! Regan Manning, Elena Alvarado, Michael dela Rosa, Lily Pilaro, Curtis Hidalgo, Malaika Subramanian, Ava Allam, and Nicolas LaGraize all placed in the top three for their events. Nicolas and Curtis made new state cut times as well.
ESA swimmers competed in their first meet of the season. With only 12 swimmers, the Falcons placed 4th, with every swimmer scoring points for the team. Placing in the top 3 in their events were: Regan Manning, 1st - 200 Free and 1st - 100 Fly; Michael dela Rosa, 1st - 200 IM and 2nd - 100 Back; Elena Alvarado, 1st - 50 Free and 2nd - 100 Back; and Lily Pillaro, 3rd - 100 breast. Eighth grader Curtis Hidalgo made State cuts in the 200 Free and 100 Back. Congratulations, Falcons!
Four ESA swimmers competed in the first annual LHSAA All Star Swim Meet in Lutcher. 2018 LHSAA State Championship Top 16 Swimmers from all divisions were invited to swim. There were over 100 High schools represented from across the state. Elena Alvarado, Regan Manning, Ryan Rhoades, and Michael dela Rosa all swam two events plus relays and all placed in the Top 10 to help the West Team earn the points to defeat the East Team. Congratulations, Falcon swimmers!
ESA Middle School celebrated athletic seasons with an Athletic Awards chapel on Wednesday. MS Athletic Director Stephen Devine recognized fifth grade athletes on Thursday at the Lafayette Campus. Congratulations to the players who earned awards, and thanks to all of our athletes for representing ESA so well!
ESA Baseball has four players on the All-District roster. Henry Shuffler, '20, was named to the first team as a pitcher, and Matthew Carey, '19, made the first team as a utility player. Ben Bordes, '20, and Clay Hebert, '22, were named to the second team. Congratulations, Falcons!
At Thursday night's Daily Advertiser Sports Awards, Samantha Withers was named the female track athlete of the year, and Parrish Anderson was named the boys soccer athlete of the year. Congratulations to Sam, Parrish, and ESA's other nominees (Sam, Aline Malek, Christian Herpin, Jackson Spoon and Oliver Nickel for Cross Country; Haley Waddell and Keegan Riley for tennis; Taylore Louviere for volleyball; Oliver Nickel for golf; Elena Alvarado, Regan Manning, Isabella Sabbaghian, Michael dela Rosa, and Ryan Rhoades for swimming; and Cassie Bowers, Ella Frantzen, Nate Mouton, and Will Cowan for soccer!
ESA celebrated five more senior athletes who have committed to play at the college level: Samantha Withers - cross country and track at Rhodes College, Ella Frantzen - soccer at Tufts University, Parrish Anderson - soccer at LSUE, and Tommy Burns and Nathan Mouton - soccer at Hanover College. With the five who committed earlier this year (Taylore Louviere - sand volleyball at Carson-Newman University, Hailie and Kailie Williams - volleyball at Wiley College, Cassie Bowers - soccer at Trinity University, and Reuben Egan - basketball at Sarah Lawrence College), that's ten college athletes out of a class of 40. Congratulations, Class of 2019!