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 63rd year in 2019. 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 Courtesy of Tulane Athetics

Braden Olthoff, Tulane’s ace right-handed pitcher, was selected as the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month for February. A 6-4 juco transfer from Palomar College in California, Olthoff had a sensational debut month on the mound for the Green Wave. He posted a 3-0 record with a 0.43 ERA and a .127 opponent batting average. He won all three of his starts while allowing just one earned run (three total runs) in 21 innings with 34 strikeouts and nine hits and only one walk. He continued his excellence with his first March start as he tossed seven innings, allowing just three hits and no earned runs while striking out 13 as he picked up the win on a 16-2 decision over Southern.

In his Tulane debut, Olthoff started the season opener for the Wave against Florida Gulf Coast (Feb. 14) and tossed six innings, allowing one earned run with 10 K’s in a 4-3 victory. He returned to the hill on Feb. 22 and pitched a masterpiece on the road against traditional power Cal State Fullerton with a complete-game three-hit shutout in a 1-0 victory. His 16 strikeouts were the most by a Tulane pitcher since 1998. Olthoff continued his mound mastery on Feb. 28 as he pitched six hitless innings with eight strikeouts in a 2-0 home win over Middle Tennessee. Two relief pitchers completed the no-hitter for Tulane, its first since 2005. Olthoff earned American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week recognition for each of his last two starts; he was also named the February Pitcher of the Month by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

Olthoff was selected for the honor over an undefeated collegiate tennis star and three basketball standout.

  • Xavier University’s Lailaa Bashir recorded a perfect month in singles and doubles as she posted 9-0 marks in both. She is half of the No. 1 ranked small-college women’s doubles team and had wins over three ranked NAIA schools and an NCAA Division I opponent.
  • Jerkaila Jordan, the dominant player in LHSAA Division I girls’ basketball for the past four years, averaged 18.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 3.7 steals and 2.0 blocks per game in February as John Curtis posted a 5-1 record. The Gatorade Louisiana Player of the Year capped her career by leading the Patriots to their fourth straight Division I state title on Saturday evening.
  • Jaron Pierre has led St. Augustine High School to a 29-1 record and the No. 2 seed in the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Division I state tournament. The 6-4 guard keyed the Purple Knights’ key victory over fellow New Orleans power Brother Martin on Fed. 7 as he scored 27 points, including five three-pointers, in the 77-68 win.
  • T.J. Small, a 6’3 combo guard, led Brother Martin to a 5-1 month of February by averaging 22.2 points and 7.2 rebounds. The 29-5 Crusaders are the No. 4 seed in the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Division I state tournament. In his final regular-season home game (Deb. 18), he poured in 30 points with 14 rebounds in a 73-59 win over Holy Cross. For the season, Small, a team captain, has produced 21.6 points and 8 rebounds per outing.

Allstate Sugar Bowl Amateur Athletes of the Month


FebruaryBraden OlthoffBaseballTulane University
JanuaryJared ButlerBasketballBaylor University


DecemberDonovan KaufmanFootballArchbishop Rummel High School
NovemberJa’Marr ChaseFootballLSU
OctoberAngela Charles-AlfredTennisXavier University
SeptemberChristian WestcottFootballLakeshore High School
AugustReece RousselBaseballEastbank Little League
JulyRaven NunneryTrack & FieldJohn Curtis Christian School
JuneNick LorioBaseballPedal Valves Cardinals
MayMary NuslochTrack & FieldAcademy of the Sacred Heart
AprilKody HoeseBaseballTulane University
MarchAlex DavisPower LiftingHoly Cross School
FebuaryPerry GanciWrestlingJesuit High School
JanuaryZach WrightsilBasketballLoyola University


DecemberElijah MorganBasketballJesuit High School
NovemberAshaad ClaytonFootballWarren Easton High School
OctoberMartin ButcherFootballIsidore Newman School
SeptemberJustin IbietaFootballCountry Day School
AugustBrandon BriuglioBaseballNew Orleans Boosters
JulyCharles KorndorfferSwimmingNu Wave Swim Club
JuneAleia HobbsTrack & FieldLSU
MayAleia HobbsTrack & FieldLSU
AprilErin BurkartBowlingAcademy of Our Lady
MarchMariia BorodiiTennisXavier University
FebruaryKourtney WeberBasketballUrsuline Academy
January Randi BrownBasketballUniversity of New Orleans
Jared ButlerBasketballRiverside Academy


DecemberAlexis LavarineBoxingFontainebleau High School
NovemberAnthony WilliamsFootballHahnville High School
OctoberDevin BrumfieldFootballCovington High School
 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


 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


 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


 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



 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


 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


 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


 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


 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


 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


 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


 December Bo McCalebb Basketball University of New Orleans
 November Daniel Borne Football Archbishop Shaw HS
 October Suzanne Haydel 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


 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


 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


DecemberDarius ReynaudFootballHahnville High School
NovemberCorey WebsterFootballLSU
OctoberDerron ThomasFootballEast St. John High School
SeptemberChris MarkeyFootballJesuit High School
AugustGary DuheBaseballNew Orleans Boosters
JulyRustin ReboweBaseballEast St. Charles Legion
JuneRicky VillersBaseballMetairie Post 75 Legion
MayDevin BarnettBaseballCountry Day School
AprilChris JacksonBasketballJohn Curtis Christian School
MarchTemeka JohnsonBasketballLSU
FebruaryChad BarnesBasketballLoyola University
JanuaryHollis PriceBasketballUniversity of Oklahoma


DecemberJoshua MackeyFootballPort Sulphur High School
NovemberAnthony CannonFootballTulane University
OctoberJulie SmekodubTennisTulane University
SeptemberSean SantosFootballHoly Cross High School
AugustChris BourgeoisBaseballNew Orleans Boosters
JulyMichael AubreyBaseballTulane University/Team USA
JuneSteve BroschofskyBaseballRetif Oil Legion
MayRyan MartinBaseballJesuit High School
MarchBrandon KlingBaseballUniversity of New Orleans
FebruaryVictor RomeroBasketballUniversity of New Orleans
JanuaryYolanda WhiteBasketballUniversity of New Orleans


DecemberTerrance JonesFootballPort Sulphur High School
NovemberMeg HenicanVolleyballIsidore Newman School
OctoberDaniel LuquetFootballDestrehan High School
SeptemberSkyler GreenFootballL.W. Higgins High School
AugustChase DardarFootballArchbishop Shaw High School
JulyAlton SmithSwimmingJesuit High School
JuneBobby BarbierBaseballArchbishop Shaw High School
MayJoey CharronBaseballTulane University
AprilAndy CannizaroBaseballTulane University
MarchChad BarnesBasketballJesuit High School
FebruaryRichie DixonWrestlingBrother Martin High School
JanuaryDwayne MitchellBasketballJohn F. Kennedy High School


DecemberTristan SmithFootballSalmen High School
NovemberChase DardarFootballArchbishop Shaw High School
OctoberDawan LandryFootballHahnville High School
SeptemberMichaela MannovaCross CountryUniversity of New Orleans
AugustWade SchexnayderBaseballDelgado Community College
JulyCrystal ElliersGolfUniversity of New Orleans
JuneMatt LiuzzaBaseballArchbishop Rummel High School
MayWally PontiffBaseballLSU
AprilMatt MatejcekBaseballUniversity of New Orleans
MarchJared BerkowitzBaseballTulane University
FebruaryJason CullottaWrestlingBrother Martin High School
Mindy LiavudaisVolleyballRidgewood Prep School
JanuaryBrandon VincentBasketballJohn Ehret High School


DecemberGrace DaleyBasketballTulane University
NovemberMarylou AgustinBasketballUniversity of New Orleans
Hanne LyngstadTrack & FieldTulane University
OctoberShyrone CareyFootballArchbishop Shaw High School
SeptemberPatrick RamseyFootballTulane University
AugustJohn NicholasBaseballThomas Pump Legion
JulyTory WesternBaseballRetif Oil Legion
JuneFreda JacksonTrack & FieldL.W. Higgins High School
MayJake GautreauBaseballTulane University
AprilGerald GreenTrack & FieldSt. Augustine High School
MarchJohn BallonBaseballUniversity of New Orleans
FebruaryHollis PriceBasketballSt. Augustine High School
JanuaryTorris BrightBasketballSlidell High School


MarchTim NugentBaseballArchbishop Rummel
SeptemberJaJuan DawsonFootballTulane University


 February Ervin Johnson Basketball University of New Orleans


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



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



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



 February Tony Harris Basketball University of New Orleans


 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


 January Kyle Smith Sailing America’s Cup
 February Robert 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 Ecole Classique H.S.
 July Scott Hebert Baseball Archbishop Rummel H.S.
 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.


 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


 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


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


 December John Harris Basketball University of New Orleans


 December Paul Thompson Basketball Tulane University

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