Allstate Sugar Bowl Announces Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Award Winners
Monday, June 1, 2009
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has announced its 2008 Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame award winners, who will be honored at the organization's annual banquet on Saturday, June 6 at the Louisiana Superdome. The top honorees are legends Larry Schneider and Perry McDonald, who will be inducted into the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame, and UL-Lafayette stars Tyrell Fenroy and Ashley Brignac, who will be presented with the Corbett Awards as the top male and female amateur athletes in the state of Louisiana.
In addition, the inaugural Eddie Robinson Award will be presented to Brian Bordainick, athletic director at Carver High School. As Coach Robinson was the epitome of the very best in college athletics, the Allstate Sugar Bowl will present annually an award to an athlete, coach, team or athletic administrator in the state of Louisiana who has demonstrated the qualities most closely associated with Coach Robinson: outstanding achievement in athletics, academics, sportsmanship, and citizenship by maximizing the use of limited resources.
The organization honors a monthly Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete as well; each of those honorees will also be recognized as Saturday's function.
Other award winners include:
2009 Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Inductee:
Critics said he couldn't shoot. But, oh, could he score!
A sensational four-year high-school basketball career propelled Perry McDonald to legendary athletic status in the Desire area of New Orleans. Couple that with a collegiate career as part of one of the most successful basketball programs of the 1980s and McDonald's induction into the All State Sugar Bowl Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame is a no-brainer.
McDonald was a four-time all-state selection at George Washington Carver High School from 1980 to 1984. Through athleticism, determination and toughness, he amassed 2,227 points for a career average of 23.9 points a game. In 1983 and 1984, he was the Times-Picayune's Metro Most Valuable Player.
The 1984 season was perhaps his best as he led Carver to a 23-3 record including 17 victories in a row. The Rams reached the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs, losing to eventual state runner-up Booker T. Washington.
After his sterling high school career, McDonald played his college basketball at Georgetown University under the direction of Hall of Fame coach John Thompson. He played in all 38 games during his freshman season, helping the Hoyas reached the Final Four where they were upset in an unforgettable final by Villanova.
After a back injury limited his sophomore season, 1986 was his breakthrough year. Though standing only six-four, McDonald was moved from the backcourt to the frontcourt and he averaged 13 points and six rebounds and was named Second Team All-Big East as well as honorable mention All America.
McDonald made his mark on the defensive end of the court at Georgetown. As the Hoyas designated "defensive stopper," his assignments ranged from point guards to centers. In a 1987 contest against high-powered Syracuse, Thompson put McDonald in the low post against 6-11 center Rony Seikaly. Seikaly managed just four field goals and McDonald's turnaround jumper at the buzzer in overtime gave Georgetown a thrilling two-point win.
Later that season, the Hoyas again topped the Orangemen, this time at the Carrier Dome, thanks to a career-high 26 points from the New Orleans-product in a 72-71 win.
Prior to his senior season at Georgetown, McDonald was selected to represent the United States in the 1987 World University Games. He scored 18 points in the medal round win over Cuba and finished fourth in scoring ahead of future NBA stars Sean Elliott and B. J. Armstrong.
As a senior at Georgetown, McDonald, now a team captain, again averaged in double figures in scoring to go with six rebounds per game - leading the Hoyas on the glass for the second consecutive season. More importantly, he again led his squad to the NCAA Tournament, marking his fourth appearance in the Big Dance in four years of action.
As part of Georgetown's centennial basketball celebration, the school selected the top 100 players in the history of the school. McDonald was number 30 on the list. He was recognized as the epitome of the hard-nosed, physical skills of the great Georgetown teams of the 1980s.
2009 Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Inductee:
Larry Schneider was never overly concerned with records; and that attitude may have contributed to his baseball teams compiling some enviable ones. The longtime Rummel coach never maintained an all-time won-loss record in his 24 years of coaching, but it is estimated that his high school and American Legion teams combined to capture more than 1,000 games. Using some school and personal records, it is believed that Schneider finished with an approximate high school mark of 424-192 and a Legion mark of 607-158.
While his exact records may not be available, other impressive achievements are easily verified.
While coaching Rummel High School from 1972-95, he guided the Raiders to four state baseball championships in 1974 (19-0), 1981 (22-4), 1987 (22-4) and 1989 (24-6) at the highest classification while also reaching the finals three other times.
His 1974 team completed an undefeated 19-0 season and won the title game 8-0 against Broadmoor on a no-hitter by Ricky Zibilich. Rummel claimed its other three state titles by scores of 14-4 against Lafayette in 1981, 10-7 against Holy Cross in 1987 and 10-1 against Airline in 1989.
Rummel reached the state playoffs 12 times in 24 seasons and reached the state tournament 10 times, while also collecting six Catholic League championships (1973, 74, 80, 87, 90 and 94).
In American Legion action, Shcneider proved to be equally successful as his Rummel-based Schaff Brothers won state and Mid-South Regional Championships in 1974 and 1976 and advanced to the American Legion World Series in Roseburg, Ore., and Manchester, N.H., finishing fourth in the nation each time. The 1974 team, which compiled a 31-4 record, had four pitchers and eight fielders either sign with a college or enter into minor-league baseball.
Schaff Brothers also won state championships in 1987 and 1993 and reached the Mid-South Regional final in 1987 at UNO.
A tribute to the ability of a coach is often the quality of players produced and Schneider coached many greats. In addition to Zibilich, Schneider products include pitcher Vince DeGrouttola, pitcher Kenny Francingues and right-fielder Gus Malespin, the Legion Player of the Year in 1976, as well as two-time All-State MVP Brad Burckel, a shortstop-pitcher in 1989-'90.
A 1963 graduate of Jesuit High School, Schneider played third base and outfield for the Blue Jays, twice earning all-district honors.
He went on to start at third base for three seasons at Tulane from 1965-67, playing two years for fellow Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Famer Milt Retif.
2009 Female Corbett Award Winner:
One of the most highly-touted recruits in UL-Lafayette softball history, River Ridge's Ashley Brignac managed to exceed the hype in her freshman campaign with the Ragin' Cajuns as she has been named the female 2008 Corbett Award winner.
The John Curtis product registered 31 wins included 13 shutouts, three no-hitters and a perfect game to earn Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year honors as well as the Sun Belt Tournament's Most Outstanding Player award while leading her team to the SBC title.
Brignac accounted for 60 percent of her team's wins as the Ragin' Cajuns rolled to a 51-13 record and their fifth Women's College World Series appearance. She had seven wins and a save against ranked opponents, including a season-best 15 strikeouts in the Cajuns win over No. 1 Florida in the opening game of the WCWS. She had 17 games with double-digit strikeouts and fanned a UL freshman-record 327 batters in 228.1 innings of work.
In Sun Belt Conference play, she was 12-1 in 15 appearances, posting a 1.54 ERA, four shutouts, and 119 strikeouts. She was named Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week four times and Louisiana Sports Writers Association Pitcher of the Week twice.
Also a model student, Brignac was an NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete and was named to the Sun Belt Conference Commissioner's List.
This marks the second consecutive year for Brignac to receive honors from the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Following her superlative high school career, she was named the 2007 Outstanding Prep Player in the State.
2009 Male Corbett Award Winner:
The male Corbett Award winner for 2008 is one of the most successful running backs in state history. UL-Lafayette running back Tyrell Fenroy, a product of LaPlace, ended his career as the all-time Louisiana college rushing leader with 4,646 yards after completing his senior season with school records in rushing yards (1,375) and rushing touchdowns (19).
In 2008, Fenroy became only the seventh player in NCAA history with four 1,000-yard rushing seasons and shattered the UL and Sun Belt records for career rushing yards and career rushing touchdowns. Fenroy was one of 10 semifinalists for the prestigious Doak Walker Award and was also a semifinalist for the Underdog Award by NationalChamps.net which recognizes the best FBS Mid-Major player in the nation. He was named National Player of the Week after recording 297 rushing yards and three TD's in a rivalry game at UL-Monroe and was the SBC Offensive Player of the Week three times in 2008.
Fenroy led the Sun Belt in rushing and scoring, both overall and per game, while placing ninth in the nation in rushing and fifth overall in scoring. He was named to the All-Sun Belt team for the fourth consecutive season and honored as the 2008 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year. He was the nation's active career rushing leader and was named the 2008 Louisiana Sportswriters Offensive Player of the Year.
The star running back joined the Ragin' Cajuns after an illustrious prep career at St. Charles Catholic High School in which he amassed 5,714 career total yards and 82 touchdowns.