BOYS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Von Julien, Riverside Academy

Julien was the floor general for his basketball team, averaging 11.5 points and 9.3 assists in helping lead the team to a third straight 2A title. The Tulane signee won a state title on the team as an eighth-grader. In football, he caught 37 passes for 821 yards (22.2 yards per catch) and was co-MVP in District 8-2A. He returned 14 kickoffs for 576 yards, averaging 41.1 yards and scoring four touchdowns. Julien was a key part of the offense that averaged 46.9 points per game and reached the Division III semifinals.

He capped his senior year career by winning the 200 meters at the LHSAA state track and field championships.

FINALISTS

Donte Jackson, Riverdale

The state’s fastest athlete, Jackson won the Class 4A titles in the 100 meters and 200 meters for a second straight season. His times in the 100 (10.30) and 200 (21.26) were the fastest among all classifications. Jackson also starred in football, accounting for 1,637 yards. He was just as solid on defense, recording 59 tackles and five interceptions. Also played basketball. He signed to play next season at LSU.

Paul Klein, Brother Martin

Klein made a strong argument as the greatest wrestler in LHSAA history. He capped his career by winning a fourth consecutive individual title, becoming the only wrestler to win four in a row in Division I. He went undefeated as a senior, winning 45 matches on his way to capturing the championship in the 132-pound weight class. And he did it all on an injured knee (he tore the ACL in his right knee last summer).

GIRLS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Kalani Brown, Salmen

The 6-foot-6 center won almost every basketball award there was to win after finishing her career as Salmen’s all-time leader in points (2,392), rebounds (1,471) and blocked shots (605).

She averaged 23.0 points, 11.8 rebounds and 3.4 blocks as a senior and led her team to the state championship game for a fourth consecutive season.She helped her team win the Class 4A state title as a sophomore and junior and capped off her career with a monster game in a title game loss to Warren Easton when she scored 30 points and grabbed 23 rebounds. Brown also starred in volleyball, earning all-district honors.

FINALISTS

Alex Thomas, Ben Franklin

The LSU-bound Thomas is a finalist for a second straight year. She scored at a prolific rate, finishing with 57 goals and 15 assists as a senior. She led the Falcons (23-0-2) to their third consecutive Division II state title and was named The New Orleans Advocate Player of the Year in back-to-back years. Over the past three years, she helped the Falcons to a 63-0-2 record. She was also named Louisiana’s Gatorade Player of the Year for a second straight season. She also played basketball and softball.

Andrea McDonald, Dominican

McDonald, a senior, won two Class 5A championships at the LHSAA state outdoor meet. She won the long jump at 18 feet, 2 inches, and then went 37 feet, 6 inches to win the triple jump. She finished second in the high jump at 5 feet, 6 inches. Her high jump was actually tied for first, but she finished second in the jump-off with the eventual winner. She also was a standout goalkeeper in soccer. McDonald will continue being a two-sport star next season when she plays at Mississippi College.

BOYS STAR OF STARS

FOOTBALL

Deshawn Capers-Smith, Warren Easton

The senior completed 235 of 371 passes for 4,333 yards and 50 TDs with two interceptions. He also rushed 210 times for 1,318 yards and 21 touchdowns, leading the Eagles to a 12-3 record and to the Class 4A state title game.

CROSS COUNTRY

Devyn Keith, John Curtis

The junior won his second consecutive Class 3A state championship. He finished the race in a time of 15 minutes, 58 seconds and helped the Patriots win their second consecutive title.

SWIMMING

Jared Williams, Newman

The senior won the 100-yard breaststroke and the 100-yard butterfly in the Division IV state championships. His times in the breast stroke (59.60) and the butterfly (49.79) were the fastest in the metro area this year.

WRESTLING

Paul Klein, Brother Martin

Klein, a senior, went 45-0 to win the 132-pound weight class, marking his fourth straight individual LHSAA state championship. He became the first wrestler to four-peat in Division I, the big boys of LHSAA wrestling.

SOCCER

Barrick Roberts, St. Paul’s

Roberts, a senior, scored a team-high 28 goals and had 14 assists to lead the Wolves to a 31-0-3 record and their second straight Division I championship.

BASEBALL

Daniel Cabrera, John Curtis

The sophomore batted .566 with 10 doubles, 6 HRs, 31 RBIs with 13 stolen bases. On the mound, he went 6-1 with 60 strikeouts in 39 innings with a 1.79 ERA for the 3A champs.

BASKETBALL

Marlain Veal, Helen Cox

The 5-foot-9 senior point guard was The New Orleans Advocate’s Player of the Year after averaging 15.3 points, four assists and four rebounds to lead the Cougars to the Class 5A quarterfinals.

POWERLIFTING

Josh Bickham, Covington

Bickham, a senior, squatted 635 pounds, bench pressed 455 and deadlifted 715 pounds for a total of 1,805 pounds to win the Division I championship.

BOWLING

Robert Beecher, Brother Martin

Beecher, a junior, had a 228 average for three games to lead the Crusaders to the team championship.

TENNIS

Princeton Carter, Newman

Carter, a junior, won the Division IV singles title (his third consecutive singles championship) and led the Greenies to the team state title as well.

GYMNASTICS

Colin Skinner, St. Paul’s

Skinner, a senior, took first place in five of the six events to record a top score of 76.00 to claim the Division I championship. Skinner had his highest mark (14.00) in the floor exercise.

GOLF

Nick Daniel, Archbishop Hannan

Daniel, a sophomore, shot a 1-over 73 on both days of the Division IV golf championship to finish third and help Hannan to a fourth-place finish.

TRACK

Donte Jackson, Riverdale

The senior doubled in the 100 meters (10.30) and 200 meters (21.26) to claim 4A titles for a second straight year. His time in the two events was the best among all classifications.

GIRLS STAR OF STARS

VOLLEYBALL

Katie Kampen, Mount Carmel

The senior finished this season with 572 kills, 380 digs, 80 blocks, 53 aces and seven assists. She finished her career with 1,983 kills, 1,501 digs, 297 blocks and 190 aces and was a 2-time Gatorade Player of the Year winner.

CROSS COUNTRY

Gabrielle Jennings, First Baptist

The junior won the Class C championship, running the 3-mile course in Natchitoches in a time of 19 minutes, 14 seconds. It was more than four minutes faster than her nearest competitor in Class C.

SWIMMING

Megan Loop, Mandeville

Loop, a senior, logged the best metro-area time in the 200-yard free this season (1:51.33) and also led in the 500-yard freestyle (4:57.71). The latter time was good enough to earn her a Division I state title.

SOCCER

Alex Thomas, Ben Franklin

The senior led the Falcons to a third consecutive Division II state championship and scored 56 goals and had 15 assists as a senior. She is a repeat star for soccer.

BASKETBALL

Kalani Brown, Salmen

The 6-foot-6 senior averaged 23 points, 11.8 rebounds and 3.4 blocks for the Class 4A runner-up Spartans and leaves as Salmen’s all-time leader in points (2,392), rebounds (1,471) and blocked shots (605).

POWERLIFTING

Madi Wolf, Archbishop Hannan

Wolf, a senior, won the 123-pound weight class of the Division IV state championship meet. Wolf squatted 335 pounds, bench pressed 160 pounds and deadlifted 315 pounds for a total of 810 pounds.

SOFTBALL

Peyton Pigniolo, John Curtis

The senior went 23-3 on the mound in leading Patriots to fourth straight title. She had 267 strikeouts in 155.2 innings with a 1.35 ERA with seven no-hitters. Pigniolo also batted .394.

BOWLING

Kayla Engeron, St. Charles

Engeron, a junior, won the gold medal in girls singles with a 191 average for the Comets.

TENNIS

Taylor Garcia, Mount Carmel

Garcia, an eighth grader, finished the season 13-0 in singles competition and won the Division I singles title. She didn’t lose a game in her first four state tournament matches.

GYMNASTICS

Rebecca D’Antonio, Dominican

D’Antonio, a freshman, scored a 37.15 and finished tied for third in the individual competition at the Division I gymnastics meet. D’Antonio was a double winner, taking first place in both the bars and the beam.

GOLF

Abby Daniel, Archbishop Hannan

Daniel, a freshman, shot a 77 on the first day and a 78 on the second for a two-day score of 155 to finish second in the LHSAA Division II golf championships.

TRACK

Andrea McDonald, Dominican

McDonald, a senior, was the Class 5A champion in both the long jump (18 feet, 2 inches) and and the triple jump (37 feet, 6 inches). She also finished second in the high jump (5 feet, 6 inches).