Allstate Sugar Bowl announces finalists for New Orleans Sports Awards
Fans Can Now Vote for the Top Amateur Athletic Performances of the Year
NEW ORLEANS – The Allstate Sugar Bowl has announced the finalists for the 2022-23 Greater New Orleans Sports Awards. Finalists in nine different categories have been selected by the Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee, which has been honoring local athletes since 1957. The winners will be announced starting July 17.
Fans can now visit the Allstate Sugar Bowl website to see the top performances and to make their own selections for the best of the best.
Greater New Orleans Annual Awards Finalists, 2022-23
Outstanding Girls’ Prep Team, New Orleans
Finalists: Country Day Volleyball, Louise McGehee Track & Field, Lutcher Powerlifting, St. Scholastica Swimming
Outstanding Boys’ Prep Team, New Orleans
Finalists: Archbishop Shaw Wrestling, George Washington Carver Basketball; Jesuit Cross Country, Ponchatoula Basketball
Outstanding Girls’ Prep Coach, New Orleans
Finalists: Julie Ibieta, Country Day Volleyball; Colleen Loerzel, Newman Volleyball; Chris Prator, St. Scholastica Swimming; Tamra Regalo, Riverside Softball
Outstanding Boys’ Prep Coach, New Orleans
Finalists: Cullen Doody, Jesuit Cross Country; Nate Roche, Carver Basketball; Marcus Scott, Destrehan Football; Wayne Stein, St. Charles Catholic Football/Baseball
Outstanding Female Amateur, New Orleans
Finalists: Alia Armstrong, LSU Track & Field; Carla Burnat, Tulane Golf; Kristen O’Handley, Tulane Track & Field; Ellie Schneider, Country Day Volleyball/Basketball/Softball
Outstanding Male Amateur, New Orleans
Finalists: Seth Alexander, Xavier Track & Field; Harlem Berry, St. Martin’s Football/Basketball/Track; Tyjae Spears, Tulane Football; D’Wanye’ Winfield, Lutcher Football
Outstanding Collegiate Coach, Louisiana
Finalists: Willie Fritz, Tulane Football; Jay Johnson, LSU Baseball; Kim Mulkey, LSU Women’s Basketball; Joe Scheuermann, Delgado Baseball
Corbett Award – Female, Top Amateur Athlete, Louisiana
Finalists: Alia Armstrong, LSU Track & Field; Haleigh Bryant, LSU Gymnastics; Angel Reese, LSU Basketball; Ellie Schneider, Country Day Volleyball/Basketball/Softball
Corbett Award – Male, Top Amateur Athlete, Louisiana
Finalists: Seth Alexander, Xavier University Track & Field; Dylan Crews, LSU Baseball; Paul Skenes, LSU Baseball; Tyjae Spears, Tulane Football
The Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee came together when James Collins spearheaded a group of sports journalists to form a sports awards committee to immortalize local sports history. For 13 years, the committee honored local athletes each month and a variety of annual award winners. In 1970, the Sugar Bowl stepped in to sponsor and revitalize the committee, leading to the creation of the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame in 1971, honoring 10 legends from the Crescent City in its first induction class. While adding the responsibility of selecting Hall of Famers, the committee has continued to recognize the top amateur athlete in the Greater New Orleans area each month as well as a range of annual awards – the honors enter their 67th year in 2023.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier college football bowl games, having hosted 28 national champions, 102 Hall of Fame players, 52 Hall of Fame coaches and 21 Heisman Trophy winners in its 89-year history. The 90th Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, which will double as a College Football Playoff Semifinal, is scheduled to be played on January 1, 2024. In addition to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee annually invests over $1 million into the community through the hosting and sponsorship of sporting events, awards, scholarships and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors thousands of student-athletes each year, while injecting nearly $2.4 billion into the local economy in the last decade. For more information, visit www.AllstateSugarBowl.org.
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