Curtis’ Ian Landreneau Selected as May Amateur Athlete of the Month park
Ian Landreneau, the star pitcher for the John Curtis baseball team, has been selected as the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month for May. Monthly award-winners are chosen in voting by the Greater New Orleans Sports Award Selection Committee, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Landreneau was outstanding throughout the month of May, but he saved his best for the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Division I state championship game as he tossed a complete-game no-hitter in a 5-0 victory over No. 2 seed Catholic of Baton Rouge. The Patriot pitcher was tabbed as the MVP of the championship game. The victory clinched Curtis’ first baseball title since 2015. For the month, the junior picked up two wins and recorded eight strikeouts in 12 innings pitched with an impressive 1.167 ERA. For the season, Landreneau was selected to the Class 5A All State team after recording an 8-1 mark through 70.2 innings pitched with 75 punch outs, 20 walks and a 1.892 ERA.
Landreneau topped a field which included four collegiate track standouts and one college tennis star. Leah Banks became Loyola University’s first track and field All-American after finishing seventh in the heptathlon at the NAIA National Championships; fellow NAIA star Shadea Hylton from SUNO, captured the women’s 400-meter crown and keyed SUNO’s National Championship in the 4×400 meter relay as the Lady Knights finished in fourth place overall. On the NCAA level, UNO’s Michael Nicholls and Tulane’s Emmanuel Rotich turned in memorable efforts. Nicholls streaked to his second Southland Conference Championship in the 110-meter hurdles before being selected as a 2017 Outdoor NCAA Division I Honorable Mention All-American by the USTFCCCA; while Rotich became the first Tulane male runner in history to qualify for the NCAA National Championships in two events after placing fourth in the 5,000-meter run and third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Regional Championships. Xavier University’s Karan Salwan posted a 2-0 record in singles and 3-1 in doubles at NAIA National Championships in Mobile, Ala., while leading the Gold Rush to a second consecutive national second-place finish.
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.