A sweet evening for local Sugar Bowl honorees
Much more than being the night four New Orleans sports greats were inducted into the Allstate Sugar Bowl Sports Hall of Fame, the evening of Aug. 6 was magical for five high school athletes, two coaches and two Catholic school teams.
Three former football standouts – Tommy Wilcox, Kordell Stewart and Marc Zeno – joined childhood basketball legend Randy Livingston as the newest inductees.
Wilcox led the 1977 Bonnabel Bruins to their only appearance in a state championship game as an All-State quarterback. He went on to become an All-America defensive back at the University of Alabama.
John Ehret’s Stewart also was an All-State signal-caller, and he still holds the passing records at the University of Colorado he set in 1994 before enjoying an 11-year NFL career.
Zeno, from Lutcher High, had a hall of fame career as a wide receiver at Tulane, where he became the NCAA’s all-time leading receiver.
As a sixth-grader, Livingston was featured in Sports Illustrated as a childhood phenom. He attended Newman, where he led the Greenies to three consecutive Class 2A state championships (1991-1993)and a 114-15 record during his four-year stay.
A crippling knee injury suffered as a freshman plagued his college career at LSU, but he managed to play parts of 11 seasons in the NBA, the CBA and in Turkey.
Highlighting the prep awards was Mount Carmel’s Kristen Nuss’ top honor as the Greater New Orleans area’s Outstanding Female Amateur Athlete.
During her senior year, Nuss accomplished a first among Louisiana high school athletes when she was named the Outstanding Player of the 2015 Division I volleyball championship match and the 2016 Class 5A basketball championship game after leading Mount Carmel to both titles.
Former St. Augustine All-State back Leonard Fournette was named the Outstanding Amateur Male Athlete and picked up his second James Corbett Award, given to the Outstanding Amateur Athlete in Louisiana.
For winning its sixth straight state soccer title, St. Paul’s was honored as New Orleans’ Outstanding Boys’ Prep team. Ursuline Academy, which captured its first Class 4A basketball championship with a team laden with sophomores, a freshman and an eighth grader, was named the city’s Outstanding Girls’ Prep team.
Ursuline’s head coach, Andrea Williams, who guided the Lions to a 27-6 record, was the Outstanding Girls’ Prep Coach. Her male counterpart was Robert Dauterive, whose Brother Martin wrestlers won their fifth straight Division I title in February.
Alan Green earned the Sugar Bowl’s Outstanding College Coach award for his efforts in taking Xavier University’s tennis team of its first NAIA national tournament finals and the NAIA’s No. 2 ranking.
The team had a 17-8 record.
The Sugar Bowl’s Hall of Fame Selection committee named three local Catholic high school athletes among its monthly award winners. They were Bruce Jordan-Swilling of Brother Martin (football, September 2015); Jesuit’s Guy Patron (wrestling, February 2016) and Karli Perque of Cabrini (softball, April 2016).