Hobbs, Coston receive monthly honor

A pair of New Orleans high school track stars, one distance runner and one sprinter, were selected as the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month for June and July, respectively.

Eric Coston, an All-American miler from St. Paul’s was the June winner, and Aleia Hobbs, a national champion 100-meter runner headed for LSU was recognized for her July accomplishments.

The monthly award-winners are chosen in voting by the Greater New Orleans Sports Award Selection Committee, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Coston, a sophomore, won the Freshman 1 Mile at the New Balance National Outdoor Track and Field Championship on June 13, defended his indoor national title and notched his second All-American accolade with a time of 4 minutes: 21.55 seconds.

Hobbs picked up a pair of first-places at the USATF Junior Olympic Championships on July 21-27 in Humble, Texas. She won the 100-meter dash and also helping the 4x100 relay team to first place.

O’Brien finalist for scholar award

Sean O’Brien, a graduate of Pope John Paul II High School, has been selected as a finalist for a National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame High School National Scholar-Athlete Award.

The NFF will honor one young man from each of the country’s five regions as the best and the brightest for their accomplishments as athletes, scholars and citizens at the high school level. The NFF announced the 36 finalists for the honors on Wednesday morning and will announce the five winners the week of Oct. 9.

O’Brien, who will play football at Rhodes College, was nominated for the honor by the Allstate Sugar Bowl NFF Chapter after being recognized as one of 32 local scholar-athletes at the bowl’s NFF Scholar-Athlete Luncheon in April. He was also selected for a $10,000 scholarship at the event.

Cajuns’ individual tickets to go on sale

LAFAYETTE — Individual game tickets for the Louisiana-Lafayette home opener against Southern University will go on sale beginning Monday at the Cajundome box office.

Tickets will be available for purchase at the box Office daily from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. or on-line through Ticketmaster. Reserved tickets are $30 with general admission tickets $25.

On gameday, ticket sales will be at the Cajundome beginning at 10 a.m., Gate D at Cajun Field at 10:30 a.m., and Gates A and D beginning at 11. For more information, contact the Cajundome box office at (337) 265-2100.

LSU soccer opens against Troy on Friday

The LSU soccer team opens its season against Troy at 7 p.m. Friday at the LSU Soccer Stadium.

Fans can “Geaux Free!” to each of LSU’s 11 home matches during the regular season as admission is free at the LSU Soccer Stadium, compliments of The Advocate.

The Tigers have won each of their two meetings against the Trojans in the series, but Friday’s opener marks the first meeting between the two sides since 2002. LSU has outscored Troy by an 11-0 margin in two previous meetings that includes a 4-0 victory to open the 2000 season and a 7-0 win at home in 2002.

Compiled from news releases