A.H.S. Hall of Fame

1996 Inductees

Anthony John "A.J." Telotta, Jr. 

Anthony Luke Frederick, Sr.

 and

Michael Paul Baudoin

 

Anthony John "A.J." Telotta, Jr.
(AHS 1947-1950)

          Anthony John Telotta, Jr. was born on April 20th, 1932 in Houston, Texas.  A.J. (as Telotta is known) is the son of Anthony and Vivian Telotta.  The Telotta family moved to Abbeville, Louisiana in 1935 and A.J. enrolled in elementary school there.

          In 1947 A.J. enrolled at Abbeville High School and was immediately attracted to football.  A.J. proudly admits to playing under the tutelage of coaches Henry Bernard, John Ramsey, and Willie Lutgring, three coaches who taught him the game of football.

          A.J. was a fierce competitor and an imposing lineman.  His achievements didn’t go unnoticed as he was named to the Lafayette Daily Advertiser All Area Team, the District Team, and earned Honorable Mention to the All State football team.  Showing his versatility, A.J. also lettered in both baseball and track.

          A.J. Telotta graduated from Abbeville High School in 1950.  He was offered several athletic scholarships and decided to attend Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.  This scholarship provided A.J. with an opportunity to pursue a degree in Physical Education, and also provided A.J. with an opportunity to play under the legendary Harry Turpin, and Abbeville’s Walter Ledet, himself a great All American at Northwestern.

          While at Northwestern A.J. played offensive guard and defensive tackle and he was named Honorable Mention at the guard and tackle position for the conference.

          After graduating from Northwestern State, A.J. accepted a coaching position at Hanson Memorial High School in Franklin, La.  His first coaching assignment allowed him to work with Richard McCloskey, the winningest high school coach in Louisiana history.

          After Hanson won a state football championship, he joined the coaching staff at Franklin High School.  A.J. is proud to say that he is in his fortieth year of teaching in the public and private schools of St. Mary Parish.  His immediate plans call for A.J. to retire at the end of the 1996-1997 school year.

          A.J. Telotta is married to the former Patricia Guillotte from Jeanerette, La.  They are blessed with three children, Mark (who is deceased), Kieran, and Jude.  A.J. and Patricia also have two of the world’s greatest grandchildren.

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Anthony Luke Frederick, Sr.
(AHS 1973-1977)

 

            Anthony “Tony” Luke Frederick was born may 29, 1959 to parents of Audrey Veazey and Gayle Frederick.  He was the middle child of three--he has an older brother, Bill, and a younger sister, Marcelle.

Tony started his athletic career at an early age.  Tony's mother is eager to say that Tony's father, Gayle,  coached him from diapers to minor league and little league, and played an important and encouraging part over the rest of his athletic years.

At age 8 (1967), Tony began his athletic career playing minor league baseball.  At age 10, he moved to little league and played for the Kiwanis team which won the league championship in 1969, 1970 and 1971.  Tony gained All Star honors the last two years in Little League baseball.

At age 13 (1972), he began playing Babe Ruth baseball and was on the "Sheriff's Team" winning the league championship.  Again, others recognized Tony’s athletic abilities as he was chosen to play on the 13 year old all star team.  The Babe Ruth all stars won the district championship and finished runner-up in state.

At age 14 (1973), Tony entered Abbeville High School as a freshman and played on the freshman football team which was coached by George Clyde Veazey.  This same year, he played on the basketball team for Coach Daniel Dartez who guided the Wildcats to a terrific season, finishing with a 25-1 record.

During the summer of that year Tony again played for the Sheriff's team in Babe Ruth League and finished the season as co-champions.   He was chosen to play on the all star team and they won the 1973 district championship.

At age 15 (1974), Tony played in the Babe Ruth League and his team won the Babe Ruth championship.  Tony was honored to play on the Babe Ruth all star team that hosted the 1974 Babe Ruth World Series (the first time such an event ever held in Abbeville.)

During Tony's sophomore year at Abbeville High, he played football for Coach Mike Conlin, Coach Jerry Harrington, Coach Dan Dartez and Coach Craig Landry.  The Wildcats won a district championship.  He played junior varsity basketball for Coach Ronald Broussard this same year and saw considerable playing time.

In 1974, Tony participated in track under the direction of Coach Jerry Harrington.  He threw the javelin that year and the Wildcats went on to win the parish meet. In 1976 Tony place first in javelin in the annual Vermilion Parish track meet. In may, 1977, Tony placed third in javelin in the class AAA track and field championships at LSU's Bernie Moore Stadium to rate as Vermilion's only top five finisher in the AA, AAA, AAAA divisions of the 1977 La. High school track and field championships.  Tony was one of six Abbeville High School athletes to qualify for the state meet.  His throw of 190’-9” rated third in the AAA division. 

In recognition for his outstanding ability in football, Tony was chosen a member of the Vermilion Parish All-Star Team for the 1975 season.  Tony was the top choice for the quarterback slot, and was an excellent play caller for the Wildcats.  He threw for six touchdowns.  He also proved he could run with the football, gaining 138 yards on 52 carries. The wildcats won the 5-AAA title in 1975 with Tony garnering the honor as the leading passer in Vermilion Parish.

Tony was named to the 1976 All-Vermilion Parish baseball team selected by the Abbeville Meridional in his junior year.  Tony possessed good range and a strong arm at shortstop.  His defensive play and timely hitting played an important role in the success of the wildcats.

In 1977, Tony was named most valuable player in the state Senior Babe Ruth tournament in St. Francisville.  He also hit six home runs, pitched one victory, lost one and relieved in another."  

Quoting from an article printed in the Abbeville Meridional "Tony's football achievements have been many.  He has been referred to as a `crafty quarterback who can run and throw.'  He was also named the Wildcat's outstanding back,  Most Improved Player and Captain of his football team." 

After being injured in the second game of his last season, he sat out two games and then returned to lead the cats to a 4-0-1 second season and a 5-4-1 overall mark.  In only seven games he rushed for 284 yards and two touchdowns, and also hit on 32 of 58 pass attempts for 462 yards and five touchdowns.  His pass completion percentage of 55 percent was the top mark in the parish."

Tony finished his senior year being named Abbeville High School's Most Valuable Player at the annual high school grid banquet.  He was an All-District and All-Parish selection and as Captain of his team,  he led the Wildcats to their third straight 5-AAA grid title.  He was presented the school's top football award by Coach Mike Conlin.

Tony is married to Sheri Dupuis.  They have two children, Adrien Rene (10) and Anthony Luke, II (4).  The Fredericks reside in Abbeville.  Tony is employed with Osca, Inc.

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Michael Paul Baudoin
(AHS 1973-1975)

Michael Paul Baudoin was born to the parents of Paul W. and Marjorie Baudoin on April 8, 1957 in San Mateo, California.  Mike has one sister Donna Primeaux who is married to John.

Mikes athletic career began at Vermilion Catholic.  After moving from California, Mike enrolled first at Mt. Carmel Elementary then went on to Vermilion Catholic High School.  While at VCHS he participate in basketball, football, and track and field.  Mike was the Class A State Discus champion in 1973, at only 16 years of age, breaking the State Class A record that year.

In the Fall of 1973, Mike transferred to Abbeville High School and was ineligible for 1 year (his junior year).  The transfer required that he lose one year of eligibility, but that proved to be an advantage.

Mike used this idle time to practice, practice and practice.  He practiced basketball, and throwing the discuss and shot-put.  Mike credits his friend, Sammy Theriot, with improving his shot and discuss throwing techniques.  Mike said “Throwing the discuss was challenging as I am left handed and everyone that ever coached me was right handed.”  But obviously, Mike was a quick learner.

Mike originally had no intention of playing football at Abbeville High School.  But the persistent prodding of friends Tim Conlin and David Bertrand convinced Mike to give football a chance again.  Mike had played football at VC in both the 8th and 10th grades.

Fortunately, for Mike and the Wildcats, he listened to Tim and David and joined the Wildcats  in the Fall of ’74.   Mike earned All-District recognition at both offensive tackle and at defensive end, all Acadiana at both positions and garnered All State honors at defensive end.  He was named to numerous Blue Chip lists.

Mike also played on the Wildcats basketball team earning honorable mention All-District recognition at center.

In the Spring of ’75, Mike continued his track career and broke nearly ever school record in the shot-put and discuss.  He went on to win at the district, regional and state meets.

Mike was recruited by colleges for both football and track.  He turned down football scholarships to USL, McNeese, Nichols, Northwestern, LSU, University of Houston, and Mississippi State and accepted a track and field scholarship to Northeast Louisiana University.

At NLU the football coaches often tried to get him to play.  They even had a scout for the Philadelphia Eagles talk to him.  At the time Mike was a strapping 6’6” 260 pounder with explosive quickness.  He graciously declined and concentrated all of his efforts on track and field.

At NLU Mike broke the school record for the discuss and set several meet records.  One of those records still stands today at the Cowboy Relays at McNeese State - a 181-5 discuss toss.  While at NLU he had the chance to compete against NFL great Michael Carter, a world class shot-putter who also threw the discus.  “I beat him at the Texas Relays”, Mike proudly says.  He also had a chance to see Curtis Dickey, Johnny Lam, and Ban Jones run.  While at NLU Mike had the opportunity to also meet John David Crow, a past Heisman Trophy winner and athletic director at NLU for a couple of years.

Mike is married to the former Leslie Robin Herrick of Houston, Texas.  The Baudoins have two children, Michael Houston and Lydia Brooks.  He is employed at Louisiana Pigment Co., L.P. as a Production Supervisor.  His hobbies are gardening, duck hunting and computers.

Never in Mike’s wildest dreams did he think that his athletic career would prepare him for a hand that life dealt him less than three years ago.  After losing his mother to complications associated with cancer, his wife, Robin, talked to Mike about getting screened.  He told her no and as she persisted, he resisted.

A year or so later he started having back pains, something not unusual as he had been a weightlifter and had also been in a head-on car wreck.  He had back pain on and off since he had been in college.  However, this time the pain didn’t go away.  It got worse and worse and finally his wife Robin talked him into seeing a neurologist.

He had to wait 3 weeks before his scheduled appointment, and by then the pain was beginning to be unbearable.  He went to a general practitioner for some pain medication.  It was then that a mass in his upper abdomen was detected.

Robin brought him to a hospital in Houston for diagnosis.  The test results were pretty shocking.  Mike had tumors from his pelvis to his lungs.  His back pain was being caused by a grapefruit sized tumor pressing on one of the back muscles.

The type of cancer was diagnosed as testicular.  Robin immediately went to work to get him into MD Anderson Cancer Center as soon as possible.  Luckily her mother had contacts in Houston and he was there within one week.

Of course MD Anderson ran their own gamut of tests.  He had stage 2 out of 3 stages of cancer progression.  The oncologist that was treating him was a young aggressive doctor.  They put him on a test treatment regime.  He had to stay in Houston during the treatment as he was being subjected to a very high dose of chemotherapy.  He underwent chemo for 3 months and dropped from 250 pounds to 195 pounds.  During this time, Robin stayed in Louisiana and worked and took care of their three year old and five year old and also ran the household.  Mike’s father moved into an apartment with him in Houston.

Mike says “There were three major milestones during my illness.  The first was when I asked the Lord to let me live for my kids sake.  After I did that, I somehow knew I was going to be okay.  The second one came on New Years when my doctor came to my room as I was taking my 4th round of chemo and told me that the tumor markers had normalized (meaning the cancer was dead or dying).  The third and probably the most critical came after the 5th round of chemo.  It had hit me pretty hard and I was having kidney problems.  They wouldn’t let me out of the hospital.  Robin told me that if I was going to live I had to keep going and not give up.  I started coming around after that and made it through the chemo treatments.”

He was sent home for a month then had to return to have surgery.  Mike says “The surgery involved opening me up from the sternum to the pelvis, taking my guts out and putting them on my chest and doing a lymph node dissection.  I was in surgery for 13 hours and ICU for 2 days.  A week and a half later they sent me home to recover.  Six weeks later I was released.”

All total, Mike was out of work for six months.  It took one year after the surgery to get back to normal.  Mike proudly admits to being cancer free for 2.5 years now!

Mike says “In that time I have had the opportunity to help some people in making contacts at MD Anderson and spoken to several people who had been diagnosed with cancer.  The sad part, I have lost one friend and I am losing another to the same cancer I had.  It is so very important to see a doctor early on.  There are so many breakthroughs in cancer treatment and many forms of cancer are now curable.  Cancer is not the death sentence it once was.  Early detection is a very big part to surviving!”

Mike says “Cancer is as vicious as it sounds.  The wounds go much further than with just myself.  My family is just now beginning to recover from my cancer”.

Somehow, it is little wonder that Mike Baudoin has found the courage to beat this curse.

                                                                                                                                                                               

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