William (BJ) Jourdanais Jr. was the first person to ever play Varsity Baseball as a ninth grader for BH-BL. He started all four years under coach Pete Barden, and played mostly pitcher and shortstop. His fastest pitch was 91 miles per hour, and he had a batting average of .330 for his four seasons on the team. BJ made the all area team for three of his four years, and was the Section 2 Player of the Year in 1991.
BJ joined the Varsity Basketball Team as a ninth grader when he was moved up to the team for Sectionals. He played guard, forward and center, depending on the opposing team’s roster. He was on the all area team for three years, and also played for the Adirondack Empire State Game team. For his senior year, BJ led his team to a first-ever Section 2 Championship title from BH-BL. He was named the Section 2 Player of the Year, was the MVP for the Section 2 Tournament, and also won the Section 2 Slam Dunk competition. He was also named on of the Top 50 players in New York State. BJ was the all-time leading scorer in BH-BL Men’s Basketball, and is still top five in school history for scoring, rebounds, assists and steals.
BJ graduated from Seton Hall University with a degree in Business Administration. He had a full scholarship for baseball, and played as a freshman as a pitcher. His top speed was 94 miles per hour, and he also played short stop and outfield. BJ is married to Tatha Jourdanais and has a daughter, Taylor.