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Multiple Athletes Win Monthly Honors

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Multiple local athletes have been recognized as Allstate Sugar Bowl Amateur Athletes of the Month as voted on by the Greater New Orleans Sports Selection Committee. The committee has honored six different athletes over the past three months.

The Sugar Bowl's June Athlete of the Month was Andrew Noto, currently a freshman golfer at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Noto, a May graduate of Hahnville High School, finished eighth at the Louisiana Golf Association State Amateur with a three-over 291. Also in June, the standout golfer won the 54-hole Southern Junior Championship at five-under 211 and the State Insurance Youth Classic at eight-under 136. He also finished second at the State Westfield Junior PGA Championship at Copper Mill with a 133 (-11).  Noto's strong June followed up a May when he helped Willowdale Country Club win the Louisiana Golf Association Club Team Championship and also finished second at the LHSAA 5A State Golf Championship (145-, �1).

For July, the Committee recognized four track athletes from the St. Charles Striders. Brian Blackwell (Destrehan), Quinton Johnson (East St. John), Henry Lennox (Destrehan) and Torrie Zeno (East St. John) won the 400-meter relay championship at the National Club Championships on July 4 at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. The four River Parish speedsters ran the race in a time of 42.24 seconds.

Jordan Rittiner, a pitcher for the Retif Oil American legion Team, earned the August Athlete of the Month honor. Rittiner tallied a 7-0 start, including a 5-0 record in July. Overall, he posted a 1.54 ERA with 40 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings to lead Retif to the Louisiana American Legion title and a berth in the regional championships.

Each of the monthly award winners will be honored in the spring at the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony, hosted by the Allstate Sugar Bowl and the Greater New Orleans Sports Selection Committee.