BOYS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Kristian Fulton, Archbishop Rummel
Fulton starred on the football field and on the track for the Raiders. In football, he was considered one of the nation’s top cornerbacks. He finished the season with 58 tackles and six interceptions in helping Rummel win a second straight Catholic League tile and reach the Division I select state championship game. He finished his career with a school record 22 interceptions. The LSU signee helped the team win state championships in football as a freshman and a sophomore. In track, Fulton was the Class 5A champion in the 300-meter hurdles. He also finished second in the 100 hurdles (14.06 seconds) and third in the long jump (23 feet, 3 inches).
Herb McGee, Riverside Academy
McGee was a two-sport star for the Rebels, playing football and basketball. He was selected to The New Orleans Advocate All-Metro team in both sports. McGee, who will play at South Alabama next season, helped Riverside to the state championship game in both sports. In football, he had 725 passing yards, 401 rushing yards and 301 receiving yards. In basketball, he averaged 17 points and helped the Rebels win a state championship as a freshman, sophomore and junior.
Colin Ross, St. Paul’s
Ross scored 20 goals and racked up five assists to help the Wolves to their third consecutive Division I state championship. St. Paul’s finished 27-1-3, outscored its opponents 94-12 with 20 shutouts and ended the season ranked No. 1 nationally by MaxPreps.com. Ross was also named Louisiana’s Gatorade Player of the Year.
GIRLS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Kristen Nuss, Mount Carmel
Nuss led the Cubs to two state championships as a senior: one in volleyball and another in basketball. She finished her career with five state championships: three in volleyball, two in basketball. In volleyball, she had 571 kills and 625 digs. She was named Player of the Year on The New Orleans Advocate’s All-Metro volleyball team and was a first-team selection on the All-Metro basketball team.
Gabbi Jennings, First Baptist
Jennings had the most decorated career in LHSAA track and cross-country history, finishing her career with 44 state titles. She won her first state title as a fifth-grader and capped her career this season by winning four races (400 meters, 800, 1,600 and 3,200) at the Class C state track meet.
Cara Ursin, Destrehan
Ursin, a junior guard, was named Louisiana’s Gatorade Player of the Year for a second straight year. Ursin was also named Louisiana’s Miss Basketball after averaging 25 points, 12.9 rebounds, 7.3 steals, 6.0 assists and 5.5 blocks to lead the Wildcats to the Class 5A quarterfinals.
BOYS SPORT-BY-SPORT HONOREES
Football: De’Jon Harris, John Ehret
Harris, a senior, starred on both sides of the ball for the Class 5A nonselect runner-up. The Arkansas signee rushed for 1,058 yards, had 374 receiving yards and threw for another 495 yards. On defense, Harris recorded 83 tackles.
Cross Country: Devyn Keith, John Curtis
Keith, who will run at Tulane next season, claimed his third consecutive LHSAA state title. He won the state meet in a time of 16 minutes, 8.82 seconds. His personal best was 14:30.72 at the St. Joseph’s Invitational.
Swimming: Thomas Vanderbrook, Rummel
Vanderbrook, a junior, shattered a 21-year-old mark in the 200-yard IM, with a time of 1:50.78. It topped the previous record of 1:52.06. He also won the 100-yard backstroke, finishing in 51.18, narrowly missing the state record.
Wrestling: Guy Patron, Jesuit
Patron, a senior, won the Division I state championship in the 195-pound weight class. Patron finished the season with a 39-1, with his only loss coming against an out-of-state opponent.
Soccer: Colin Ross, St. Paul’s
Ross, a senior midfielder, had 20 goals and five assists to help the Wolves to their third consecutive Division I title. St. Paul’s finished 27-1-3 with 20 shutouts and ended the season No. 1 nationally by MaxPreps.com.
Baseball: Daniel Cabrera, John Curtis
The junior was named Catholic League MVP after batting .393 with 13 doubles, three homers and 20 RBIs. On the mound, the LSU commitment had a 1.22 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 23 innings.
Basketball: Lamar Peters, Landry-Walker
Peters, a senior, averaged 18.0 points and 5.0 assists for the Charging Bucs, who moved to Class 5A this season. The Mississippi State signee helped his team win back-to-back Class 4A state titles as a sophomore and junior.
Powerlifting: Dylon Cook, Northlake Christian
Cook, a senior, won the 242-pound weight class in LHSAA Division IV. Cook totaled 1,870 pounds and was named best lifter in the division for lifters between 181 pounds and super heavyweight division.
Bowling: Max Oertling, Brother Martin
Oertling, a senior, was the gold medal winner at the state meet, bowling a 676 series. He helped the Crusaders finish their second consecutive perfect season with a 17-10 victory over Vandebilt Catholic.
Tennis: Zachary Smith, Lusher
Smith, a freshman, won the boys singles title at the LHSAA Division III state meet. Smith was the top seed in the tournament and helped Lusher to a runner-up finish for the team title.
Gymnastics: Bernard Shamp, Thomas Jefferson
Shamp, a freshman, scored 79.80 points to win the Division I All-Around. Shamp finished first in floor exercise, parallel bars and horizontal bars. He finished second in the pommel horse and the vault and third on the rings.
Golf: Price Butcher, Newman
Butcher, a senior, shot a two-day score of 144 to finish second in the LHSAA Division III championship at The Farm d’Allie (par 72) in Carencro. He was the medalist in district all four years.
Track: Kristian Fulton, Rummel
Fulton won the 300-meter hurdles at the 5A state meet in 38.29, the fastest time there. He also finished second in the 100 hurdles (14.06) and third in the long jump. (23 feet, 3 inches). Fulton will play football at LSU.
GIRLS SPORT-BY-SPORT HONOREES
Volleyball: Kristen Nuss, Mount Carmel
Nuss, a senior, led the Division I champion Cubs in kills (571) and had a .446 kill percentage and a .365 hitting percentage. She had 296 serve receives and was second in digs (625) for the Cubs, who finished 40-5. Cross Country: Gabbi Jennings, First Baptist
Jennings, a senior, ran the 3-mile course at the LHSAA Class C state meet in a time of 18 minutes, 27.65 seconds. It was the eighth consecutive title for the Furman-bound Jennings.
Swimming: Denise Frantz, Mandeville
Frantz, a senior, won the 50-yard freestyle at the Division I LHSAA state championship swim meet in Sulphur. She swam the 50 free in 24.58 seconds and helped the Mandeville girls to a second-place finish in the team competition.
Soccer: Cadie Higginson, Ben Franklin
Higginson, a senior, had 52 goals and 23 assists. She helped lead the Falcons to their fourth consecutive state championship. Higginson, a center midfielder the past two seasons, will play at the U.S Naval Academy.
Basketball: Cara Ursin, Destrehan
Ursin, a junior, averaged 25 points, 12.9 rebounds, 7.3 steals, 6.0 assists and 5.5 blocks to lead the Wildcats to the Class 5A quarterfinals. She scored a season-best 36 points in the playoffs against Chalmette.
Powerlifting: Blaike Lee Ordes, Pope John Paul II
Ordes, a senior, won the 105-pound weight class in the Division IV state championship meet. Ordes totaled 715 pounds at the meet. She was named best lifter in the 97- to 148-pound category.
Softball: Karli Perque, Cabrini
Perque, a senior pitcher, led Cabrini to the Class 4A state title game. Perque compiled a 26-7 record, striking out 329 and walking just 44 in 187 innings. She had a 0.93 ERA and threw five no-hitters. At the plate, she batted .402.
Bowling: Kayla Engeron, St. Charles
Engeron was the bronze winner after bowling a 600 series at the LHSAA state championships. The junior, who won the state title as a sophomore, led all qualifiers headed into the finals this year with a 661 series.
Tennis: Morgan Forshag, Dominican
Forshag, a junior, won the Division I championship in girls singles. Forshag didn’t drop a set in her five matches en route to the singles title after winning a doubles crown as a sophomore.
Gymnastics: Kamryn Ryan, Hahnville
Ryan, a freshman, scored a 37.900 to claim the all-around title at the state gymnastics meet. Ryan captured first place on the vault and bars and tied for first in the floor exercise.
Golf: Abbey Daniel, Archbishop Hannan
Daniel, a freshman, is a repeat winner after shooting a 67 on the first day and a 71 on the second day for a 138 to capture first place at the LHSAA Division II championship at Les Vieux Chenes (par 72) in Youngsville.
Track: Claire Crosby, Mandeville
Crosby, a senior who will run at Kentucky next year, won the 1,600 and the 3,200 at the Class 5A state meet. She established a 5A record in the 1,600, winning in 5:03.29, and won the 3,200 in 11:20.66.