May Athlete of the Month Honors Shared by Dorsey and Gibbs park
Chalmette track star Andre Dorsey and Jesuit baseball standout Emerson Gibbs share Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month honors for May. The duo was selected by the Greater New Orleans Sports Selection Committee, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Dorsey (below left at July 2011 banquet with Sugar Bowl President Lance Africk) had a phenomenal winning high jump of six feet, 11 inches at the Class 5A state track meet for Chalmette High School. He also finished second in the triple jump with a mark of 47 feet, 10 and three-quarter inches, and fifth in the long jump at 22 feet, five and a half inches. He recorded 20 of Chalmette's 21 team points.
Gibbs, meanwhile, was instrumental in Jesuit winning its 20th state baseball championship in May. In the state semifinals, he pitched a complete-game, six-hitter with zero walks as the Blue Jays edged perennial power Barbe, 2-1. Then the following night, Gibbs came on in relief, pitching one and two-thirds innings of one-hit, shutout ball to shut down a Lafayette rally and preserve Jesuit's 5-4 win over the Lions in the state title game.
Also nominated for the May honor was Jesuit track star Jarvis Harris, who was the highest scoring athlete in the Class %A track meet, including wins in the triple jump and the 300-meter hurdles.
The Greater New Orleans Sports Selection Committee has been selecting an Amateur Athlete of the Month each month since 1958. 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.