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Grizzly Greats

The Catholic High School Grizzly Greats Hall of Fame honors any person who has demonstrated outstanding dedication to the athletic program, selfless sacrifice of time and effort, leadership and whose actions portray characteristics which further the mission of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart and whose life and accomplishments can be an inspiration to the athletes of Catholic High School.

2024 Inductees

Steve Myshrall '64

Steve Myshrall '64 

Steve Myshrall made a mark during his time on campus as a three-sport letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. On the football field, Myshrall shined in his senior season along the offensive line. He was given the team’s Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award and named to the All-City Team. The baseball diamond, however, is where Myshrall really excelled. He was named to both the All-District and All-City teams in his junior and senior years. After his senior season in 1964, Myshrall was given the team’s MVP Award. His talent was noticed by Major League Baseball’s Baltimore Orioles, and Myshrall became the first CHS athlete to ever sign a professional contract directly out of high school. Myshrall went on to play four seasons of minor league baseball in the Orioles’ organization.

Joe Veron '04

Joe Veron '04

Joe Veron is one of the most successful swimmers in Catholic High history. Veron was a four-time individual state champion and a member of four state runner-up teams from 2001-2004. As a junior in 2002, Veron won the 500-meter freestyle state title. He returned the following year as a senior and captured the 200-meter individual medley, 400-meter freestyle relay, and 500-meter freestyle titles. Veron held Division I and school record in the 500-meter freestyle for 14 years. After his incredible performance during the 2003 season, Veron was named a 2003 High School All-American and offered a swimming scholarship by LSU. In the classroom, Veron excelled as well maintaining a 4.00 GPA throughout high school and earning the distinction of an honors graduate. Veron was named a 2003 Academic All-American for his efforts. 

Ryan Lewis '08

Ryan Lewis '08

In his time at CHS, Ryan Lewis starred as the starting quarterback for Coach Dale Weiner and roamed the outfield at Grizzly Field. On the gridiron, Lewis compiled a 34-5 record as the Bears’ starting quarterback and was selected to the All-Metro and All-State teams in both 2006 and 2007. He was also named the district’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2006. Lewis ended his career as the school’s all-time leader in passing yards with 3,998 and completions with 246. On the diamond, he won the Highest Batting Average Award in 2007 and was voted to the All-State Team in 2008. After his senior seasons, Lewis was named the 2008 Advocate Star of Stars Athlete of the Year and the 2008 CHS Student-Athlete of the Year. Lewis also impacted CHS off the field. His teachers voted him a CHS Man of the Year in 2008. When his career at CHS ended, Lewis was offered a scholarship to play both football and baseball at Rice University.

Cole Stafford '12

Cole Stafford '12

Cole Stafford becomes the youngest member of this elite fraternity of former Bears. Stafford’s dominance in cross country and track made him one of the most decorated distance runners in CHS history winning eight individual state championships. Running for legendary coach Pete Boudreaux, Stafford was a pivotal piece of a cross country program that won two state championships and a state runner-up during his tenure. Individually, Stafford placed second at the state meet his junior year before capturing the state title as a senior. He was named the 2011 Gatorade Runner of the Year and the Advocate’s Star of Stars for cross country. Stafford dominated on the track as well. In 2011 as a junior, Stafford helped the Bears to an indoor state championship by winning the individual title in the 3200m. As a senior, he won the 1600m individual title and was a member of the state runner-up 4x800m relay team. Stafford’s outdoor resume is even more impressive. Stafford won the 3200m event three consecutive seasons from 2010-2012. He also earned back-to-back 1600m titles in 2011 and 2012. His historic performances helped CHS win the state championship in 2010 and 2011 while adding a state runner-up finish in 2012. Stafford went on to run cross country and track collegiately for the University of Louisiana-Lafayette for five seasons.

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