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Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month

The Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee began in 1957 when James Collins spearheaded a group of sports journalists to form a sports awards committee to immortalize local sports history. For 13 years, the committee honored local athletes each month. In 1970, the Sugar Bowl stepped in to sponsor and revitalize the committee, leading to the 1971 creation of the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame, 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 61st year in 2017. 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.

Photo by Stephen Lew for CrescentCitySports.com

Julien Gums, a senior quarterback for the undefeated De La Salle High School football program, was selected as the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month for September. Gums led De la Salle to a pair of signature wins over two reigning state champions during the month. In a 28-26 win over Class 4A champion Karr, Gums rushed 26 times for 173 yards while also tossing a five-yard touchdown pass despite battling back spasms through the second half. In a 42-21 win over Division III champion Riverside, the 5-10, 225-pounder rushed 17 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns. He also completed a 38-yard touchdown pass. The Cavaliers also defeated South Lafourche (39-7) and St. Augustine (38-12). For the month, Gums tallied 12 touchdowns.

Gums was selected over a crowded field of nominees, including three other high school football stars, two college football standouts, a baseball gold medalist and an exceptional college volleyball player.

Also nominated from the prep ranks were Archbishop Rummel’s Chandler Fields, Riverside’s Jordan Loving and Hahnville’s Anthony “Pooka” Williams. Fields passed for 943 yards and 15 touchdowns with no interceptions as he led the Raiders to a perfect 4-0 September; Loving became Riverside’s all-time passing yardage leader with 4,923 yards, including a 557-yard performance against Rummel; and Williams rushed for 919 yards (an average of 9.57 yards per carry) and 12 touchdowns for Hahnville.

The college standouts are both wide receivers. Oklahoma State’s Jalen McCleskey, a graduate of St. Paul’s School, tallied 20 receptions for 308 yards and four touchdowns as the Cowboys went 3-1. Meanwhile, Stanley Morgan, a graduate of St. Augustine High School, recorded 26 catches for 395 yards and four touchdowns for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

The other nominees were Landon Marceaux, who held Team USA’s 18-under team to the world championship, pitching seven innings and giving up just four hits with 11 strikeouts; and Xavier University of Louisiana women’s volleyball star Kayla Black, who registered 107 kills and 66 digs as she led the Gold Nuggets to an 8-1 record in September, one of the program’s best months ever.

Allstate Sugar Bowl Amateur Athlete of the Month Honors

2017

 September  Julien Gums  Football  De La Salle High School
 August  Christopher Turpin  Baseball  New Orleans Boosters
 July  Cyle Clayton  Baseball  Pedal Valves Cardinals
 June  Jared Poché  Baseball  LSU
 May  Ian Landreneau  Baseball  John Curtis HS
 April  Aleia Hobbs  Track & Field  LSU
 March  Erik Thomas  Basketball  University of New Orleans
 February  Jake Rando  Wrestling  Holy Cross School
 January  Cara Ursin  Basketball  Destrehan HS

2016

 December  Keytaon Thompson  Football  Landry-Walker HS
 November  Thomas Vanderbrook  Swimming  Archbishop Rummel HS
 October  Carlos Henderson  Football  Louisiana Tech
 September  Aldon Clark  Football  Edna Karr HS
 August  Dylon Cook  Powerlifting  Northlake Christian HS
 July  Mason Vicknair  Baseball  Pedal Valves Cardinals
 June  Devin King  Track & Field  Southeastern Louisiana
 May  Gabrielle Jennings  Track & Field  First Baptist Christian HS
 April  Karlie Perque  Softball  Cabrini HS
 March  Kristen Nuss  Basketball  Mount Carmel
 February  Guy Patron, Jr.  Wrestling  Jesuit HS
 January  Devyn Keith  Track & Field  John Curtis HS


2015

 December  Aldon Clark  Football  Edna Karr HS
 November  Dominick Koepfer  Tennis  Tulane University
 October  Leonard Fournette  Football  LSU
 September  Bruce Jordan-Swilling  Football  Brother Martin HS
 August  Brooks Vial  Baseball  New Orleans Boosters
 July  Price Butcher  Golf  Newman HS
 June  Dylan Duvio  Track & Field  Stanford University
 May  Daniel Cabrera  Baseball  John Curtis HS
 April  Karli Perque  Softball  Cabrini HS
 March  Cara Ursin  Basketball  Destrehan HS
 February  Brandy Broome  Basketball  SUNO
 Paul Klein  Wrestling  Brother Martin HS
 January  Kalani Brown  Basketball  Salmen HS


2014

 December  Charles Jackson  Football  Jesuit HS
 November  Katie Kampen  Volleyball  Mount Carmel Academy
 October  Tyron Johnson  Football  Warren Easton HS
 September  Deshawn Capers-Smith  Football  Warren Easton HS
 August  Daniel Edmund  Baseball  Retif Oil Legion
 July  Aleia Hobbs  Track & Field  New Era Track Club
 June  Eric Coston  Track & Field  St. Paul’s School
 May  Justin Walker  Track & Field  Northwestern State Univ.
 April  Kade Granier  Baseball  Destrehan HS
 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

2003

 May  Devin Barnett  Baseball  Country Day H.S.

2002

 November  Anthony Cannon  Football  Tulane University

1997

 September  JaJuan Dawson  Football  Tulane University

1993

 February  Ervin Johnson  Basketball  University of New Orleans

1992

 November  Horace Raymond  Football  Tulane University
 December  Ervin Johnson  Basketball  University of New Orleans

 

1991

 January  Tank Collins  Basketball  University of New Orleans
 July  Ervin Johnson  Basketball  University of New Orleans
 December  Ervin Johnson  Basketball  University of New Orleans

 

1990

 February  Tony Harris  Basketball  University of New Orleans
 June  Rick Gaille  Golf  New Orleans Amateur
 December  Ervin Johnson  Basketball  University of New Orleans

 

1989

 February  Tony Harris  Basketball  University of New Orleans

1988

 January  Sean Poche  Wrestling  Holy Cross H.S.
 Charles Jones  Track  Mandeville H.S.
 Carvie Upshaw  Basketball  University of New Orleans
 February  Brian Traxler  Baseball  University of New Orleans
 March  Leslie Holt  Swimming  St. Martin’s Episcopal HS
 April  Tookie Spann  Baseball  Tulane University
 May  Ted Wood  Baseball  University of New Orleans
 June  Brad Burckel  Baseballl  Archbishop Rummel H.S.
 July  Ted Wood  Baseball  University of New Orleans
 August  Joe Burnett  Baseball  Delgado Community College
 September  Ted Wood  Baseball  University of New Orleans
 October  Lindsey Hollis  Football  John Ehret H.S.
 November  Ron Sancho  Football  LSU
 December  Willie Richardson  Basketball  University of New Orleans


1987

 January  Kyle Smith  Sailing  America’s Cup
 February  Ron Elkins  Baseball  Tulane University
 March  Tookie Spann  Baseball  Tulane University
 April  Ted Wood  Baseball  University of New Orleans
 May  Andy Galy  Baseball  LSU
 June  Mitzi Plaeger  Track
 July  Scott Hebert  Baseball  Archbishop Rummel HS
 August  Joe Slusarski  Baseball  University of New Orleans
 September  Terrence Jones  Football  Tulane University
 Tyrone Hughes  Football  St. Augustine H.S.
 October  Terrence Jones  Football  Tulane University
 November  Marc Zeno  Football  Tulane University
 December  Robby Green  Football  Archbishop Shaw H.S.

1986

 January  Ronnie Grandison  Basketball  University of New Orleans
 February  Stacey Gaudet  Basketball  Tulane University
 Dwayne Bryant  Basketball  De La Salle HS
 March  Dwayne Bryant  Basketball  De La Salle HS
 Dan Wagner  Baseball  Tulane University
 April  Sheri Harvey  Golf  Timberlane Country Club
 May  Mitzi Plaeger  Track & Field  Ecole Classique HS
 June  Darrin Dares  Baseball  Schaff Brothers Legion
 July  Rudolph Bolds, Jr.  Track & Field  Nicholls HS
 August  Laketa Ziegler  Track & Field  Mandeville HS
 September  Terrence Jones  Football  Tulane University
 October  Mickey Joseph  Football  Archbishop Shaw HS
 Edward Tillison  Football  Pearl River HS
 November  Marc Zeno  Football  Tulane University
 December  Reggie Cooper  Football  Slidell HS


1985

 January  Scott Dimak  Basketball  Archbishop Rummel HS
 February  Davie Thompson  Basketball  Chalmette HS
 March  Wally Whitehurst  Baseball  University of New Orleans
 Ron Meyer  Diving  University of Arkansas
 April  Stacey Flanagan  Basketball  St. Edward’s
 Zina Age  Track  SUNO
 May  Will Clark  Baseball  Mississippi State University
 June  Mike Finney  Golf
 July  Karen McGee  Track & Field  MacGruder Playground
 August  Robby Drummond  Track & Field  Crescent City Striders
 September  Gill Fenerty  Football  Holy Cross College
 October  Troy Oddo  Football  Brother Martin HS
 November  Warde Manuel  Football  Brother Martin HS
 December  Leonard Valentine  Football  John Ehret HS


1984

 May  Wally Whitehurst  Baseball  University of New Orleans
 June  Chris Shuler  Golf
 December  John Harris  Basketball  University of New Orleans


1983

 December  John Harris  Basketball  University of New Orleans

1979

 December  Paul Thompson  Basketball  Tulane University

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