Greg Deichmann New Orleans Advocate’s Player of the Year _lowres


Brother Martin’s Greg Deichmann capped his stellar high school career at Brother Martin earning lofty praise from Crusaders coach Mark Wisniewski.

“He is in the upper echelon of guys we have had,” Wisniewski said. “I’d put him in the top five or six guys, no doubt.”

Deichmann is The New Orleans Advocate’s Player of the Year this season.

He batted .354 and hit a school record 11 home runs and 35 RBIs for the Crusaders, who won the Catholic League championship. He also had nine doubles and two triples and walked 36 times.

Deichmann appreciates the high praise and being ranked among the best to suit up for the tradition-rich Crusaders.

“It’s an honor because there have been some great names to come through that program,” Deichmann said. “You go back to Chito Martinez and then there’s Sean McMullen who just finished at LSU. There are some great names, so to be considered up there with them makes it feel like it’s going to be a promising future for me.”

That future perhaps would’ve been going straight from high school to the pros, but Deichmann informed pro scouts that he was adamant on playing at LSU first.

“LSU is such a great program and coach (Paul) Mainieri has bene running such a great program since he got there,” Deichmann said. “Going to school is going to make me more mature as a person and as a baseball player. Being able to get drafted in three years, I think, will make me that much better game-wise.”

Deichmann leaves Brother Martin as the career home run leader with 29.

“He just did a great job for us,” Wisniewski said. “It wasn’t just what he did on the field, but it’s what he did off the field too in just being a leader.”

First team

P – Kade Granier/Destrehan

The senior was one of the state’s most dominant pitchers. Went 9-0 with a 0.97 ERA for the District 7-5A champions. Had 76 strikeouts in 72 innings. The Southeastern Louisiana signee threw a no-hitter in the playoffs vs. Byrd.

P – C.J. Avrard/Jesuit

The senior recorded six shutouts, including two in playoffs, for a team that reached the 5A semifinals. Compiled a 9-2 record with a 1.15 ERA,

striking out 62 batters in 67 innings.

P – Evan Hileman/ John Curtis

District 11-3A Player of the Year for the Patriots, who reached the state title game. Went 11-3 with a 1.76 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 67.2 innings.

P – Corey Gaconi/ Brother Martin

The junior led the Crusaders to the Catholic League championship. Compiled a 9-1 record with a 1.51 ERA and struck out 55 in 78.2 innnings.

INF – Greg Deichmann/ Brother Martin

The New Orleans Advocate Player of the Year played shortstop and batted .354 with 11 homers, nine doubles two triples and 35 RBIs. The LSU signee also drew 36 walks. Finished career with school-record 29 HRs.

INF – Owen Magee/ Brother Martin

Crusaders third baseman batted cleanup and hit .422 with 38 RBIs, five doubles, two triples with a .500 slugging percentage and .485 on-base percentage in helping team earn the No. 2 seed in the Class 5A playoffs.

INF – Jimmy Prieur/ East Jefferson

Warriors first baseman was named District 9-4A Player of the Year after batting .400 with 12 doubles, a home run and 33 RBIs. Made just two errors in 148 chances. Also pitched for the 4A quarterfinalists.

INF – Mason Vicknair/Riverside Academy

Just a freshman, Vicknair was named District 10-2A MVP for the Rebels. Batted .436 with seven homers, 16 doubles, one triple and 36 RBIs. Had an impressive .851 slugging percentage.

C – Handsome Monica/ St. Paul’s

Arizona signee was named MVP in District 6-5A after batting .452 with six home runs, five doubles, driving in 23 runs for the Wolves.

OF – Christian Volion/ Holy Cross

Tigers’ center fielder batted .410 with four home runs and 29 RBIs. The Delgado signee also had 11 doubles and three triples with a .731

slugging percentage.

OF – Parker Morris/ Northshore

Senior led team in almost every offensive category. Batted .480 with a .902 slugging percentage that included seven home runs, 30 RBIs, 14 doubles and four triples.

OF – Harry Chairs/ John Curtis

McNeese State signee batted .386 with eight home runs, 42 RBIs, three triples and two doubles. Also pitched for the Patriots and helped team reach the Class 3A championship game.

DH - Calvin Linden/ John Curtis

Three-year starter was almost impossible to get out. Batted .500 with 15 doubles, three triples and a pair of home runs to go with his 39 RBIs. Had a .774 slugging percentage and .585

on-base percentage.

UTI – Tyree Thompson/ Karr

Just a sophomore, Thompson starred at shortstop and was dominant on the mound on Cougars team that had best season in school history. Went 10-0 with a 0.00 ERA during the regular season and finished with 114 strikeouts. Batted .330 with one HR, 17 RBIs and 19 stolen bases.

UTI – Brandon Sequiera/ Jesuit

The Tulane signee was a standout at third base and on the mound for the Blue Jays. Went 10-1 with a 1.35 ERA, striking out 68 batters in 72.2 innings. Also batted .322 with seven RBIs.

UTI – Cody Cross/Grace King

Cross pitched, played shortstop and some catcher for Grace King on his way to being named Player of the Year in District 8-5A. LSU-Shrevport signee batted .396 with 29 RBIs, and 11 doubles. Was 7-3 on mound with 72 Ks in 52 innings.

Honorable mention

P – Daniel Cabrera, John Curtis

P – Tyler Lamers, Hahnville

P – Toi Jackson, St. Augustine

IF – Jeremy Sterling, Rummel

IF – Tyler St. Philip, St. Paul’s

IF - Alex Gailey, Jesuit,

IF- Blaze Brown, St. Augustine

C - Matthew Fontenot, Hahnville

OF- Daniel Lahare, Brother Martin

OF - Blake Baker, Jesuit

OF - Connor Western, St. Charles

DH - Tyler Reid, Karr

UTI – Jace Nini, Shaw

UTI – Grant Mathews, Country Day

UTI – Spencer Veit, Rummel

UTI – Kirk Hanson, Haynes Academy

Coach of the Year

Johnny Curtis

John Curtis

Curtis led the Patriots to a 31-7 record and the Class 3A state championship game. Curtis was the top seed in the Class 3A playoffs that ended with a title game loss to Evangel Christian. Included on the Patriots’ résumé were victories over Class 5A heavyweights Destrehan and Brother Martin.