Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month The Greater New Orleans Sports Selection Committee began in 1958 when James Collins spearheaded a group of sports journalists to form a sports awards committee to immortalize local sports history. For 12 years, the committee honored local athletes each month. In 1970, the Sugar Bowl stepped in to sponsor and revitalize the committee, leading to the creation of the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame in 1971, honoring 10 legends from the Crescent City in its first induction class. While adding the responsibility of selecting Hall of Famers, the committee has continued to recognize the top amateur athlete in the Greater New Orleans area each month - the honors enter their 56th year in 2014. To be eligible, an athlete must be a native of the greater New Orleans area or must compete for a team in the metropolitan region. Each of the monthly award winners are honored in the summer at the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony, hosted by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Elfrid Payton, a star junior for the UL-Lafayette men's basketball team, was selected as the Athlete of the Month for March. Payton led the Ragin' Cajuns to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2005 by being the key in their Sun Belt Tournament Championship. The junior from Gretna and John Ehret averaged 18.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 5.7 assists over seven total March games in which ULL went 5-2. After closing the regular season with two wins in three games to clinch the all-important third seed in the Sun Belt Tournament, he led the Cajuns to tournament wins over UT-Arlington (91-85), No. 2 seed Western Kentucky (73-72) and top-seed Georgia State (82-81 in overtime). In the upset of Western Kentucky, Payton's back-to-back hoops in the final 90 seconds clinched the victory, while he tallied six points in overtime to key the Georgia State victory and the NCAA Tournament bid. Despite losing their first-round NCAA Tournament game to third-seed Creighton (77-66), Payton and the Cajuns rallied to take a second-half lead before the Blue Jays pulled away - the junior tallied 24 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and three steals in the game.

The March competition was very tight as a number of basketball stars capped outstanding seasons. Junior Kalani Brown from the Salmen High girls' basketball team and Malik Crowfield, a sophomore for the Riverside Academy boys' basketball team, both led their teams to state titles while earning state player of the year honors. At the collegiate level, Loyola's Jasmine Brewer led the Wolf Pack to the NAIA National Quarterfinals and a final No. 15 ranking. A pair of spring sport stars was also nominated for the honor as Cabrini High School softball ace Karli Perque was 17-1 overall and 6-0 in district Kade Granier from Destrehan High baseball was 4-0 during March with wins against Barbe, Rummel, Brother Martin and Hahnville.


Allstate Sugar Bowl Amateur Athlete of the Month Honors

2014

 March Elfrid Payton
 Basketball UL-Lafayette
 February Paul Klein
 Wrestling Brother Martin HS
 January Merritt Van Meter
 Track & Field
 Tulane University

2013

 December Eugene Wells
 Football East Jefferson HS
 November Dray Joseph
 Football Southern University
 October Darrel Williams
 Football John Ehret HS
 September Donovan Isom
 Football Destrehan HS
 August Daniel Cabrera
 Baseball Team USA
 July Elfrid Payton
 Basketball Team USA
 June Dylan Duvio
 Track & Field
 John Curtis HS
 May Hobie Hotard
 Tennis Jesuit HS
 April Charles Noble
 Bowling Archbishop Rummel HS
 March Mason Katz
 Baseball Louisiana State University
 February Connor Campo
 Wrestling St. Paul's School
 January Shaquille Preston
 Basketball East Jefferson HS


2012

 December Malachi Dupre
 Football John Curtis HS
 November Damian Williams
 Football Archbishop Rummel HS
 October Devante Noil
 Football Edna Karr HS
 September Jabiari Tyler
 Football Isidore Newman HS
 August Emerson Gibbs
 Baseball Retif Oil Legion
 July Christi Orgeron
 Softball Team USA
 June Brooks Vial
 Baseball Otto Candies Legion
 May Marcquita Stalbert
 Track McDonogh 35 HS
 April Katie Brignac
 Softball John Curtis HS
 March Mason Katz
 Baseball Louisiana State University
 February  Scott Gibbons
 Wrestling  Rummel HS
 January  Keiva Council
 Basketball  Loyola University


2011

 December  Malik Morgan
 Basketball  John Curtis HS
 November  Haley Bonneval
 Volleyball  Fountainebleau HS
 October  Leonard Fournette
 Football  St. Augustine HS
 September  Tyrann Mathieu
 Football  Louisiana State University
 August  Brent Bonvillain
 Baseball  New Orleans Boosters
 July  Tommy Connors
 Football  USA Football
 June  Ryan Eades
 Baseball  Bourne Braves/LSU
 May  Andre Dorsey
 Track & Field
 Chalmette HS
   Emerson Gibbs
 Baseball  Jesuit HS
 April  Hannah Haydel
 Softball  Hahnville HS
 March  Ryan Brock
 Basketball  Loyola University
 February  Mark Pinero
 Wrestling  Rummel HS
 January  Corey Gray
 Basketball
 Loyola University


2010

 December  Kendall Timmons
 Basketball  Tulane University
 November  Damaris Johnson
 Football  University of Tulsa
 October  Dante Butler
 Football  Brother Martin HS
 September  Leonard Fournette
 Football  St. Augustine HS
 August  Matty Ott
 Baseball  Harwich Mariners/LSU
 July  Raymond Winter
 Baseball  Peake BMW
 June  Janine Fellows
 Golf  Tulane University
 May  Merritt Van Meter
 Track
 Country Day HS
 April  Oscar Zetterwall
 Golf  University of New Orleans
 March  Ricardo Gathers
 Basketball  Riverside HS
 February  Hilary Woods
 Track  Xavier Prep HS
 January  Brittany Powell
 Basketball  Xavier University


2009

 December  Torrey Pierce
 Football  John Curtis HS
 November  Carvin Johnson
 Football  Rummel HS
 October  James Gillum
 Football  Pearl River HS
 September  Gavin Webster
 Football  Lutcher HS
 August  Lucas LeBlanc
 Baseball  New Orleans Boosters
 July  Raymond Winter
 Baseball  Peake BMW
 June  Ryan Schimpf
 Baseball  Louisiana State
 May  Chad Gough-Fortenberry
 Baseball  Northshore HS
 April  Daniela Holmqvist
 Golf  Tulane University
 March  Olivia Grayson
 Basketball  Archbishop Chapelle HS
   Matt Derenbecker
 Basketball  Metairie Park Country Day HS
 February  Tony Wood
 Wrestling  Archbishop Rummel HS
 January  Jada Frazier
 Basketball  University of New Orleans
   Patrick Mullins
 Soccer  Jesuit HS

2008

 December  Blake Matherne
 Football  Belle Chasse HS
 November  Sara Radosevic
 Volleyball  Tulane University
 October  Tyrell Fenroy
 Football  U. of Louisiana-Lafayette
   Jarrell Johnson
 Football  Archbishop Rummel HS
 September  Scott Buisson
 Football  Y. of Arkansas-Monticello
 August  Jordan Rittiner
 Baseball  Jesuit HS/Retief Oil
 July  Brian Blackwell
 Track  Destrehan HS/St. Charles Striders
   Quinton Johnson
 Track  East St. John HS/St. Charles Striders
   Henry Lennox
 Track  Destrehan HS/St. Charles Striders
   Torrie Zeno
 Track  East St. John HS/St. Charles Striders
 June  Andrew Noto
 Golf  Hahnville HS
 May  Kevin Dessauer
 Tennis  Louisiana State
 April  Meghan Patterson
 Softball  Mount Carmel Academy
 March  Greg Monroe
 Basketball  Destrehan HS
 February  Bo McCalebb
 Basketball  University of New Orleans
 January  Breana Turner
 Basketball  De La Salle HS


2007

 December  Damaris Johnson
 Football  Destrehan HS
 November  Meggie Schmidt
 X-Country  Sacred Heart Academy
 October  Matt Forté  Football  Tulane University
   Rhegan Whollerman
 Volleyball  Newman HS
 September  Matt Forté  Football  Tulane University
 August  Jerad Comarda
 Baseball  New Orleans Boosters
 July  Matty Ott
 Baseball  Holy Cross HS/Ponnstein's
 June  Kevin Barry
 Baseball  Brother Martin HS
 May  Joey Butler
 Baseball  University of New Orleans
 April  Ashley Brignac
 Softball  John Curtis HS
 March  Johnny Giavotella
 Baseball  University of New Orleans
 February  Greg Monroe
 Basketball  Helen Cox HS
 January  Jami Montagnino
 Basketball  Tulane University

 
2006

 December  Bo McCalebb
 Basketball  University of New Orleans
 November  Daniel Borne
 Football  Archbishop Shaw HS
 October  Suzanne Jaydel
 Volleyball  Sacred Heart Academy
 September  Joe McKnight
 Football  John Curtis HS
 August  Not Awarded - Katrina
   
 July  Not Awarded - Katrina    
 June  Not Awarded - Katrina    
 May  Not Awarded - Katrina    
 April
 Not Awarded - Katrina    
 March  Not Awarded - Katrina    
 February  Not Awarded - Katrina    
 January  Not Awarded - Katrina    


2005

 December  Not Awarded - Katrina    
 November  Not Awarded - Katrina    
 October  Not Awarded - Katrina    
 September  Not Awarded - Katrina    
 August  Not Awarded - Katrina    
 February  Bo McCalebb
 Basketball  University of New Orleans
       


2004

 December  Patrick Jackson
 Football  West St. John HS
 November  Kirk Bush
 Football  John Curtis HS
 October  Roydell Williams
 Football  Tulane University
 September  Ryan Perrilloux
 Football  East St. John HS
 August  Kirk Cunningham
 Baseball  American Legion
 July  Kyle Beerbohm
 Baseball  American Legion
 June  Johnny Giavotella
 Baseball  Jesuit HS
 May  Michael Kogan
 Tennis  Tulane University
 April  Jessica Barksdale
 Softball  John Curtis HS
 March  Thomas Diamond
 Baseball  University of New Orleans
 February  Bo McCalebb
 Basketball  University of New Orleans
 January  D.J. Augustin
 Basketball  Brother Martin HS

 
2002

 November  Anthony Cannon
 Football  Tulane University
       

 


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