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Beyond the Jersey: STM student athletes make history


Wednesday, all across the country high school students signed on the dotted line to continue their athletic career at a higher level. 
It’s a day full of emotions for friends, family, and coaches, but for two students at St.Thomas More, it was a day that made history.

Mason Duhon and Logan Stinson have been inseparable since they were kids, so it’s only fitting that they went to the same high school, played the same sport, and now, attend the same college to play that sport.

Wednesday the “couple” as head coach Byrnes Tatford likes to refer to them as, made history as the first students in the state of Louisiana to sign athletic scholarships to play lacrosse in the NCAA.

“Just extremely humbled to be a little piece of their upbringing and their development in the game of lacrosse, couldn’t be prouder of them,” Tatford says.

The two have been inseparable since they were kids.

“I mean it’s kind of true. we do everything together you know, we knew we were going to the same college together we hang out all the time so it’s just a brotherhood that we’ve made,” Duhon says.

While the two may have created a brotherhood on the field it was actually both of their blood brothers who introduced them to the sport in the first place.

“My brother played it whenever he was younger and in high school. he did play in college, he played at ul his first two years and then he played at LSU,” Stinson says.

Duhon adds: “I was in second grade, my brother was a senior in high school and he was playing so he got me a stick and we were kind of just throwing it around so right, as soon as I picked it up I knew that was my sport and that’s what I wanted to do.”

Now the two will be heading to Wilmington University up in Delaware to continue their lacrosse career together.

“I’m really honored to be able to go play in college because all the work that has been paid off and it’s going to be really fun to go up with my best friend,” Stinson says.

“A really big accomplishment. I’ve been waiting for this almost my whole life. it’s just a big time in my life and big moves,” Duhon says.

Tatford adds: “For over 10 years now they’ve been playing together on the same team, at the same position and so Wilmington is really lucking out. they’re really doing well by getting these two guys together.”

Now while coach nicknames them as a couple, Duhon, as well as the other players, came up with a nickname for Stinson…”Betty”. 

Turns out it’s because of the blonde hair shag he’s got going on..they say it reminds them of Betty White. 

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