The Leo team that won the Catholic League Red Division baseball championship in 2012 was a senior-dominated group that has been hard to replace.

Standout players Phil Byrd, James Beamon, Christian Hall, Clinton Hampton and Devin Bell all went off to college, and veteran coach Bob Schablaske retired one year later.

Rebuilding has been a slow process, but the Lions expect to make a great leap forward this year. Catcher Dexter Dale, a team captain  and four-year starter, has graduated, but a solid nucleus of experienced players returns, led by seniors Chris Higgs and Kentrell Drummond, junior Kevin Washington and sophomore Fred Everitt.

Under coach Mike Anderson ’91, in his third year as Coach Schablaske’s successor, the Lions expect to reprise their role as Red Division contenders and perhaps make some noise in the Class A state playoffs.