THE BEST (& WORST) OF 2012-13 PREP:
Well finally I am ready to post this year's winners of the 2011-2012 Prep Plus Velvet Awards.
I do apologize for the delays, but I was waiting for the other panelists to send their ballots to me so I could post the award winners. Even without one panelist from the crew of Prep Plus (WGSO 990am Friday nights at 6 p.m.), I am ready to go forward with the winners.
In the football category, there was a couple of directions we could have taken with the coach category, but in the player category there was one true winner, or so I thought, but here we go with the winners.
*- Unanimous Selection
Football Coach: Frank Monica- St Charles Catholic
-----Honorable Mention: JT Curtis- John Curtis
Football Player: Landon Collins- Dutchtown
-----Honorable Mention: Ricky Wyatt-Neville
In the other categories:
Volleyball Coach: Danny Tullis- Fontainbleau
-----Honorable Mention: Jay Jay Juan- Ursuline
Volleyball Player: *Haley Bonneval- Fontainbleau
Girls Basketball Coach: Barbara Farris- John Curtis
-----Honorable Mention: Ashley Broadhead-Richard- St Thomas More; Kevin Anderson- Salmen
Girls Basketball Player: Keke Veal- St Thomas More
-----Honorable Mention: Lulu Perry- Benton
Boys Basketball Coach: Charles Smith- Peabody and Mike Krajcer- John Curtis
Boys Basketball Player: Ricardo Gathers- Riverside
-----Honorable Mention: Malik Morgan- John Curtis
Wrestling Coach: *Robbie Dauterive- Brother Martin
Wrestler: * Scott Gibbons- Archbishop Rummel
Boys Soccer Coach: Hubie Collins- Jesuit
-----Honorable Mention: Aris Kyriakides- Country Day
Boys Soccer Player: Charles Mansour-Jesuit
-----Honorable Mention: Phil Hicks- Jesuit
Girls Soccer Coach: *Pavlos Petrou-Mount Carmel
Girls Soccer Player: Brooke Gros- Mount Carmel
-----Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Manuel- Mandeville
Softball Coach: (Tie)- Jerry Godfrey- John Curtis; Becky Lambert- Archbishop Hannan; Billy Stears- St Joseph's Academy
Softball Player: Baylee Corbello- Sam Houston
-----Honorable Mention: Katie Brignac- John Curtis
Baseball Coach: (Tie)- Glenn Cecchini- Barbe; Matt White- Riverside Academy; Nick Monica- Rummel
Baseball Player: *Gavin Cecchini- Barbe
Program of the Year: *John Curtis
Inspirational Story of the Year: Johnny Marchese-- JT Curtis earns the 500th win of his career, then keeps team focused to win 24th State Championship
George Pepis-- Hard work pays off for John Curtis Basketball as they overcame the Riverside Academy dynasty to win 2A State Championship.
VK Jones-- Archbishop Hannan's Football and Softball teams reach the postseason.
Overall Coach of the Year: JT Curtis- John Curtis Football
-----Honorable Mention: Mike Krajcer- John Curtis Boys Basketball
All-Around Athlete of the Year: Landon Collins- Dutchtown
-----Honorable Mention: Malachi Dupre- John Curtis
Fred Sanford Memorial "You Big Dummy" Award:
Johnny-- The LHSAA's Executive Committee for suspending two baseball teams from postseason then reversing field. For guidance on how to stick with punishment, check with Roger Goodell. Nevermind, Don't get me started on that guy.
George-- After Landon Collins announced he was going to Alabama, his mother stole the show and acted like a fool on national television.
VK-- The LHSAA for deciding to go back to Ruston for the 2012-2013 Basketball Championships. When will the tourney return to Lafayette where it belongs?
'Where is your ballot?' Award: Emmanuel Pepis-- You did not use snail mail, did you???