A.H.S. Hall of Fame
Robert Donald Sehon and Carl A. Ledet, Sr.
Robert Donald Sehon was born to
Rita Hebert Sehon and Robert James Sehon on February 2, 1943.
Donald has two brother, James Ferrell (an Abbeville resident) and Charles
Keith (a Lafayette resident).
foundation for his athletic accomplishments was probably laid out in his days at
Perry Elementary. Don fondly
recalls the "Play Day" sessions in Perry.
In those days various schools like Mouton Cove, Forked Island, E.
Broussard, Abbeville Elementary, and Wright would get together for track and
field meets. Featured events
included a 50 yard dash, sack races, potato races, broad jump, high jump, ball
were matched according to height. In
other words if you were 54" tall, you would compete against everyone your
own height, or if you were good enough you could compete against the bigger
boys. Don was rather small as a
youngster, but was also cat quick. He
had a knack for picking for trouble against some of the schools bigger boys and
that's when he came to realize the value of speed, as he had many opportunities
to use it.
recalls playing with people like Russell Dehart, Delray Lemaire,
"Nose" Mouton, Donnie Mouton, and Byrum Brown.
It seemed that these boys were always able to recruit a cheerleading
section with girls like Gloria Demarcy, Peggy Nunez, Betty Bernard and Helen
Demarcy serving as cheerleaders.
freshman year at Abbeville was the first time he met AHS Track Coach Billy
Gooch. Don's older brother,
Ferrell, was on the track team participating in the high jump and Don went to
meet him at practice one day. Don
sparked up a conversation with Coach Gooch and proudly said that he could jump
17 or 18 feet. Coach Gooch look
somewhat skeptical and told Donald that he had a senior on his team that could
a country boy, Donald promptly removed his shoes and proved to Coach Gooch that
indeed he could easily jump beyond 17 feet.
This event proved to be the springboard for an illustrious track career
at Abbeville High School.
struggled through an injury plagued sophomore track season and really came into
full bloom during his junior year. He
participated in 4 events for every track meet, namely the long jump, triple
jump, 100 yard dash and a starting leg on the 440 yard relay team.
the Vermilion Parish track meet he set a new record in the long jump and triple
jump and was voted outstanding field event person. He also won the 100 yard dash.
Don also competed in the State track meet that year and won the long jump
and triple jump and was a member of the 440 yard relay team which took a first
place also. Members of that team
included Ronnie Mouton, Reid Hebert and Lindsey Landry.
three first place finishes in the State meet qualified Don to participate in the
NORD Meet of Champions in New Orleans, a meet which pitted all first place
finishers from all classes against each other - in other words the best against
the best. Don accepted the
challenge and took a first in the long jump, a second in the triple jump and the
AHS 440 yard relay team capture a first place.
Donald's senior season the Wildcats dominated nearly every meet they entered.
Graduation had taken a toll on Coach Gooch's track team, but the Wildcats
reloaded. Don Sehon dominated all meets in the 100 yard dash and AHS
Hall of Famer Lindsey Landry was capturing the 220 yard dash.
set numerous records in the long jump, triple jump and the 100 yard dash.
His leap of 22' 9˝" was outstanding and a record in the Parish
meet. After capturing nearly every
event in the District meet, the Wildcats were destined to become State Champs.
Don Sehon was again a State champ in the long jump, triple jump and was a
member of the champion 440 yard relay team.
In addition, Donald took a second place in the 100 yard dash and he
helped his teammates capture the State AA title.
Donald was voted the Most Valuable member of the team by his peers and
was presented the trophy in front of the student body on Senior Day.
Sehon was offered full paid scholarships to attend college at USL, McNeese,
Northwestern, Northeastern and received a letter from Annapolis Naval Academy.
He signed a letter of intent with USL, but later chose not to attend
1963 Donald married his high school sweetheart, Mary Alice Dore' of Erath.
The Sehon's are the proud parents of three children, Deborah Kay (34),
Robert Craig (32) and Monica Lynn (30). They
were blessed with 7 beautiful grandchildren (Mathew, Macey, Marie, Robert,
Hailey, Bethany Ann, and Jonmichael).
1969 Donald went to work for Shell Oil Company and is currently serving as a
Behavioral Based Safety Management Co-Facilitator in Morgan City.
Don is an active member of the Knights of Columbus, serving as Grand
Knight. He coached Dixie Youth
Baseball for five years and two years in the Sheriff League.
He has served on the Board of Directors for the Recreational Department
of Bayou Vista.
hobbies include playing golf, fishing, wood-working and of course enjoying his
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Carl A. Ledet, Sr.
(AHS 1972 - 1976)
Carl attended Abbeville Elementary School located on South Washington Street and this is when his athletic career began. At the age of ten he started playing baseball at the Little League field at Comeaux Park. He was an outfielder and catcher for three years.
Carl Ledet was selected for the third consecutive year as a First Team Defensive Player for District 5-AAA and repeated as the district’s Outstanding Defensive Player. He also made the All Acadiana Team and was again voted the Most Outstanding overall player.
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