St. Aug's Leonard Fournette is October Athlete of the Month for New Orleans park
In a very tight race, Leonard Fournette, a sophomore running back from St. Augustine High School, edged Haley Bonneval for Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month honors for October. He was selected in balloting by the Greater New Orleans Sports Selection Committee, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
After starting 0-3, St. Aug has climbed on the back of Fournette to win six straight games, including a perfect 5-0 month of October in which the Purple Knights clinched their first outright district championship since 1993. In five October games, Fournette rushed for 971 yards and 10 touchdowns, including five scoring runs of over 50 yards. He posted 262 yards and four scores in a 48-37 win over Warren Easton on Oct. 15, then in the district-clinching victory over East Jefferson, he ran 21 times for 264 yards (12.6 yards per carry) with two TDs. The 6-0, 215-pound sophomore currently has 1,430 yards for the season, which places among the top rushers in the Metro area as well as the state. His 17 touchdowns pace the Metro area.
Bonneval also had a sensational month for Fontainbleau High School's volleyball team. The senior hitter has been nominated for the second year in a row for the Gatorade Player of the Year award after leading FHS to a 40-1 record and the No. 1 ranking in the state's top classification. The Bulldogs were 18-1 during the month of October and won the prestigious Country Day and Dominican Tournaments as Bonneval tallied 247 kills, 123 digs, 16 blocks, 14 assists and 15 aces.
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.