Aleia Hobbs, LSU Track Star, Named April Athlete of the Month park
Aleia Hobbs, a nationally-recognized sprinter for the LSU Track & Field team, has been selected as the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month for April. Monthly award-winners are chosen in voting by the Greater New Orleans Sports Award Selection Committee, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Hobbs, a product of McMain High School in New Orleans, had a dominant day on April 29 at the SEC Relays. She ran the second fastest 100 meters in women's collegiate track history at 10.85 seconds, significant time off her previous best of 11.07. The 5-8 junior had started the day by anchoring LSU's 4×100 relay team to victory while breaking their own school record and tying Oregon's collegiate record of 42.12 in the event; Texas A&M finishing well off the pace in second-place with a time of 43.01. Following her performance, Hobbs was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association Division I Women's National Athlete of the Week for a second time this season and the SEC Women's Runner of the Week for the fourth week in a row. She is also among the top 10 female athletes for the coveted Bowerman Award. Hobbs was a 13-time Louisiana State Champion during her prep career at McMain.
Hobbs was also named the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month for July of 2014 while competing for the New Era Track Club.
The April field was very competitive with six other nominees, including four baseball players, a softball star and a golf standout.
Cade Beloso (John Curtis Baseball) – Hard-hitting first baseman batted .360, with an .840 slugging percentage while driving in 12 runs. The southpaw also posted a pair of victories and a save on the mound as the Patriots won the Catholic League Championship.
Lex Kaplan (Tulane Baseball) – In 18 April games, he hit .377 with 10 RBI, 12 runs, 11 doubles and three home runs. He reached base in 17 games during the month, and collected multiple hits in seven contests and multiple RBI three times.
Owen Magee (UNO Baseball) – Posted a .373 batting average during the month of April with five doubles, one triple and one home run for a .522 slugging percentage while scoring a team-high 13 runs. Recorded multiple hits seven times and scored multiple runs on three occasions.
Samantha Mracich (Nicholls State Softball) – The Archbishop Chapelle graduate posted a .404 batting average in April while reaching base in all 15 games.
Philip Nijoka (Loyola Men's Golf) – The sophomore from Houston shot a one-under 212 at the 2017 Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Men's Golf Championship. His finish (T5) was the best-ever by a Wolf Pack men's golfer in the SSAC Championship and his score on the final day (69) was the lowest 18-hole round score in program history.
Taylor Schwaner (Southeastern Louisiana Baseball) – The junior third baseman, a graduate of Holy Cross High School, batted .314 (16-of-51) with five doubles, five home runs, 11 runs scored and 20 runs batted in. In one three-game stretch, he hit .583 (7-for-12) with five home runs and 10 RBI.
The Greater New Orleans Sports Selection Committee has been selecting an Amateur Athlete of the Month each month since 1957. The athlete must be a native of the greater New Orleans area or must compete for a team in the metropolitan region in order to be eligible. Each of the monthly award winners will be honored in the summer at the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony, hosted by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.