Powerlifter Stafford Agee wins New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month honor for March

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Stafford Agee

NEW ORLEANS – Stafford Agee, a senior powerlifter from Holy Cross, has been selected as the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month for March. Monthly award-winners are selected by the Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Agee won the Louisiana Division I Powerlifting Championship in the 123-pound weight class with an overall total weight of 1,250 pounds (combined total of weight lifted in the squat, bench and deadlift). He set state records in his weight class for the bench press (285 pounds, previous record was 260 pounds), deadlift (500 pounds, previous record was 445) and total (1,250 pounds, previous record was 1,130 pounds). Using the Wilks formula, a formula which measures pound-for-pound totals, Agee tallied a Wilks total of 1,156 at the state championship – the fourth-best Wilks total all-time in the event. His coach, David Lindsey, said that his deadlift record may never be broken. At high school nationals in May, he hopes to establish new world records in the squat, deadlift and total. A team captain, Agee earned all-district and all-state honors for 2021. He was named the Catholic League Lightweight Lifter of the Year – the lightweight class encompasses all lifters from 114-165 pounds.

Agee earned the monthly honor over a crowded field that included three state champion basketball players, a dominant collegiate tennis player, an elite youth swimmer and a fireballing college pitcher.

Xavier University of Louisiana tennis star Angela Charles-Alfred, the Greater New Orleans Female Amateur Athlete of the Year in 2020, was 8-1 in singles and 8-0 in doubles in March for the NAIA’s third-ranked women’s tennis team. Charles-Alfred was selected NAIA National Player of the Week for March 15-21 after Xavier won four times in three days to win the Southern States Athletic Conference regular-season championship. Also, Xavier became the only SSAC women’s team of the last 16 seasons to not allow a point in regular-season conference dual matches. Three of those conference victories March 15-21 were against NAIA top-18 teams. The day after Xavier won the SSAC title, the team went back on the road and defeated NCAA Division I Nicholls for the first time since 2004. Against Nicholls Charles-Alfred won 6-1 in doubles (with Lailaa Bashir) and 6-1, 6-0 in singles.

John Curtis Christian freshman Terren Coffil came up huge as the Patriots won their fifth straight Division I girls’ state basketball championship, defeating No. 1 Mount Carmel Academy 43-39 in the title game on March 7 in Hammond. Coffil scored 19 points and was named the Most Outstanding Player. No. 2 John Curtis defeated No. 4 Dominican 48-37 in the semifinals on March 3 in Hammond.

Junior Alex Hammond led McMain High School to its first state boys’ basketball championship, capturing the Class 4A title in Lake Charles. In the semifinals, No. 2 McMain edged No. 3 Woodlawn of Shreveport, 50-48, as Hammond had 12 points and four rebounds to lead the Mustangs. In the Class 4A state championship game, Hammond tallied 12 points and six rebounds and earned Most Outstanding Player honors as McMain edged No. 1 Carver, 49-48, in an all-New Orleans final.

Sophomore John Kelly led Crescent City Christian to the Division IV boys’ state championship in Lake Charles in March. In the semifinals on March 7, the Pioneers edged No. 5 Country Day, 57-53, as Kelly had 14 points and seven rebounds. In the state championship game on March 11, the Pioneers downed No. 3 Calvary Baptist, 59-49. Kelly had 13 points, six rebounds, five assists and two blocks and was named the Most Outstanding Player.

Twelve-year old swimming star Eric Ring has rewritten the record books for the 11-12 year old boys age group in Louisiana swimming. Ring, who already owned freestyle records for the 1,650 yards and 1,000 yards, broke state age group records for the 50-yard, 100-yard, 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle events at a meet in Tupelo, Miss., in March. He now owns all of the state’s freestyle swimming marks. He ranks nationally in every freestyle event: 11th in the 50, eighth in the 100, ninth in the 200, sixth in the 500, sixth in the 1000, and fourth in the 1650. His father Eddie was an All-American swimmer at LSU.

UNO pitcher Chris Turpin pitched 15 consecutive scoreless innings in March. He tossed a complete-game shutout in a 3-0 win over Houston Baptist on March 12 – the first nine-inning shutout for UNO since April 2017. He was named Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week for that effort. He had opened the month with six shutout innings in a 5-0 win over Bradley on March 5. For the month, Turpin, a graduate of Holy Cross and Delgado Community College, pitched 26.2 innings, posting a 3.09 ERA with 38 strikeouts and only three walks in March. The Privateers won three of his four starts in the month.

The Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee has been selecting an Amateur Athlete of the Month each month since 1957. The athlete must be a native of the greater New Orleans area or must compete for a team in the metropolitan region in order to be eligible.

Recent Greater New Orleans Amateur Athletes of the Month:
2021
March Stafford Agee Powerlifting Holy Cross High School
February Jacob and Evan Frost Wrestling Holy Cross High School
January Jared Butler Basketball Baylor University

2020
December Mandel Eugene Football St. Charles Catholic High School
November AJ Samuel Football Edna Karr High School
October Gage Larvadain Football Riverside Academy
September Cameron Carroll Football Tulane University
August Jacob and Evan Frost Wrestling Bayou Elite Wrestling Club
July Brayden Caskey Baseball Gauthier Amedee Legion
June Ron Franklin Baseball Gibbs Construction Legion
May NOT AWARDED – COVID-19
April NOT AWARDED – COVID-19

The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier college football bowl games, having hosted 28 national champions, 99 Hall of Fame players, 51 Hall of Fame coaches and 19 Heisman Trophy winners in its 87-year history. The 88th Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, which will feature top teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, is scheduled to be played on January 1, 2022. 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 over $2.7 billion into the local economy in the last decade. For more information, visit www.AllstateSugarBowl.org.

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