It’s been a special school year for Jesuit senior Trey LaForge.
In December, he quarterbacked the Blue Jays football team to its first state championship in 55 years.
In basketball, the 6-foot-4 forward helped the team reach the playoffs, although their stay was a bit shorter than he had hoped.
On Saturday, he gets one more chance to represent Jesuit when he competes in the Louisiana High School Coaches Association All Star Basketball Game in Shreveport.
The girls game tips off at 1 p.m., with the boys to follow.
“It’s bittersweet,” LaForge said. “I wouldn’t have changed anything that I did in my high school career. I’m proud of everything that we accomplished.”
LaForge began his Jesuit career playing baseball, football, and basketball, but gave up baseball after his freshman season to concentrate on the other two sports.
He capped his football career as a senior by completing 184 of 305 passes (60.3 percent) for 2,549 yards and 29 touchdowns and was named an All-Catholic League selection.
He was also an all-district selection in basketball after averaging around 17 points per game.
But the Blue Jays were eliminated in the first round by Mandeville.
“That was disappointing loss,” LaForge said. “I felt we had the team to go deep in the playoffs this year. But that’s the way it worked out.”
LaForge will get a chance to remove some of that sour taste on Saturday when he plays with some of the top seniors in Louisiana.
“It’s definitely a huge honor when you get to play with a bunch of guys like this,” he said. “It’s going to be a fun game, playing with some of the guys I have watched play. I’m looking forward to it.”
LaForge is unsure what he will do next season.
He has a chance to go to LSU and play football as a preferred walk-on. He also has an offer to play basketball at Loyola.
He is still unsure which sport is his favorite.
“I get asked that a lot and I’ve thought about it a lot, but I can’t answer that one way or the other,” he said. “I like them both.”
LaForge is one of five New Orleans area players on the East squad. He will be joined by Kevin Hicks (Warren Easton), Chris Vickers (Salmen), Von Julien (Riverside) and Jordan Andrews (Riverside Academy).
The West squad also features a pair of New Orleans area players in Marlain Veal (Helen Cox) and Melvin Frazier (Higgins).
In the girls game, five local players will suit up for the East, coached by Cabrini’s Nancy Walsh.
New Orleans area players on the East are: McDonald’s All-American Kalani Brown (Salmen), Taylor Berry (Mount Carmel), Jaclyn Scholvin (Fontainebleau), Kyla Williams (Cabrini) and Shaniqua Tobias (Warren Easton).