A.H.S. Hall of Fame

1998 Inductees

Robert Donald Sehon and Carl A. Ledet, Sr.


Robert Donald Sehon
(AHS 1957 - 1961)

            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).

Don's 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 throw, etc.

Competitors 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.

Don 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.

Donald's 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 jump 17'6".

Being 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.

Donald 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.

At 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.

Those 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.

During 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.

Don 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.

Donald 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 college.

In 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).

In 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.

Don's hobbies include playing golf, fishing, wood-working and of course enjoying his grandchildren.  

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Carl A. Ledet, Sr.
AHS 1972 - 1976)

        Carl A. Ledet was born in Abbeville, Louisiana on January 22, 1957 to Louis F. Ledet Sr. and Olga Marie Vingeaux.  Carl was the  sixth child of the eight Ledet children.  All eight children (one girl and seven boys) graduated from Abbeville High School.  Carl’s brothers were Louis Jr., Art, Ronald, Randy, Neal, and Troy.  His sister is Cherlyn.

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.

While he attended Abbeville Junior High he participated in both basketball and football.  His attention was drawn to the football program playing as a linebacker and running back.

Carl’s high school football career began in 1971 at Abbeville High School under the supervision of Freshman Coach George Veazey.  Coach Veazey played Ledet at linebacker and running back.  After football season, Carl played basketball under Coach Donald Toups and also joined the freshman track team.

Carl’s sophomore year was under the tutelage of Coach Mike Conlin and Carl says that there wasn’t much time for any outside fun other than football as this was his top priority.  The dedication paid off as the Wildcats finished the 1972 season with a 7-4 record and Ledet was voted to the first team All District Team as a linebacker within District 5-AAA.  Carl was the only sophomore on the 5-AAA first team defense, quite an honor for a young 5’10” – 160 pound sophomore.  Coaches, in addition to Conlin, were Don Toups, Keith Thibodeaux, and Pat Arceneaux.  Other players who also made First Team All District were (AHS Hall of Famer) Tommy Trahan, Phillip Bertrand and Billy Dugas.

Carl decided to show his fellow AHS students his versatility as he took part in the mid-term annual talent show.  He performed an act of lip-syncing Tom Jones and dressed as a woman, a site which surely brought down the house.

His junior season brought additional accolades and he repeated as a First Team All District performer.  In addition, the coaches throughout the District voted him the Most Outstanding Defensive Player and he garnered recognition on the All Acadiana Team.  At the close of his junior season his fellow teammates voted him the Most Outstanding Player of the Abbeville Wildcats.  The Wildcats posted a 6-2-2 record that year and coaches were Mike Conlin, Keith Thibodeaux, Carrol LeBlanc, Dan Dartez and Don Toups.

Joining Carl with All District first team recognition that year were Libby LeBlanc, Tommy Chreene and James Pitre.  On the second team were Wildcats Billy Dugas, Bubba Frederick and Tommy Choate.  Carl’s fourth and final season in Wildcat country landed him being named Captain of the football team with James Pitre and Joe Livings serving as Co-Captains.

During Ledet’s senior season the Wildcats scored 193 points and only allowed opponents 67 points.  Of those 67 points, 22 resulted from a quarter-final loss to Franklinton.  The Wildcats finished with a 10-2 record and the coaches for this season were A.J. Conlin, Dan Dartez, Gerald Harrington and Craig Landry.

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.

For four successive years at Abbeville High School Carl was voted Class President and also Male Favorite.  Debbie Howell joined Carl as she was named the school’s Female Favorite.  He also served as Student Body President.  He also was a member in the Industrial Arts Club and the Interact Club.

On April 1, 1978 Carl Ledet married his high school sweetheart, Diana Howell.  They are the proud parents of three children, Wiley, a USL student and former Wildcat football player, Brandi, a junior at AHS and a member of the dance team, and Carl Jr., a promising freshman athlete at Abbeville High School.  Carl and Diana are proud to be residents of the City of Abbeville.

Carl is a Superintendent of a pipeline construction crew for Woodson Construction Company.  He has been employed with Woodson for the past twenty-three years.


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