Sugar Bowl Announces Monthly Award Winners
Monday, February 16, 2009
Tulane volleyball player Sara Radosevic, Belle Chasse High School Quarterback Blake Matherne, Jesuit High School soccer player Patrick Mullins and UNO basketball player Jada Frazier have been named Greater New Orleans Amateur Athletes of the Month for November, December and January, the Allstate Sugar Bowl announced on Wednesday.
Radosevic claimed the honor for November and Matherne captured December, while Mullins and Frazier were named Co-Athletes of the Month for January.
Radosevic, a product of Zagreb, Croatia, led the Green Wave to its first regular-season conference championship and first conference tournament title on her way to being named the Conference USA Player of the Year and the C-USA Tournament Most Valuable Player. The senior led her team through an outstanding month in November as the Green Wave won all eight of its matches in the midst of a school-record 16-match winning streak. The month culminated on Nov. 23 with a huge win over UAB, 3-2, in Memphis, capturing the conference title and Tulane's first NCAA tournament bid.
The Croatia native averaged a team-leading 3.56 kills per set as she led her team, which finished the season with a 24-match home court winning streak, to a 27-5 overall record and a 15-1 C-USA record. Radosevic is Tulane's career leader in aces and ranks second in kills and sixth in digs. She is the fifth player in school history to have 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs.
In December, Matherne led the Belle Chasse Cardinal football team as they captured the 4A state title in the Superdome. The senior quarterbacked his team to an upset over top-ranked Bastrop in the semi finals, 35-34, running for 54 yards and a touchdown, while completing 20-of-34 passes for 345 yards and three scores. In the 4A state championship game against Shaw, the 5-foot-10, 180 pound Belle Chasse, La., native had 28 carries for 184 yards and two touchdowns and completed 19-of-25 passes for 114 yards and a score. Matherne also had a punt return for 62 yards. Belle Chasse won their first-ever state football championship, 28-7, over the Eagles, avenging their only loss of the season.
For the year, Matherne was honored with several awards including First Team 8-4A All District, 8-4A MVP - Offense, New Orleans Quarterback of the Year Award for all classifications, First Team All-State (4A) and State Offensive MVP among others. He verbally committed to Nicholls State on Jan. 27, 2009.
Mullins, one of January's Co-Amateur Athletes of the Month, led Jesuit High School's soccer team to a perfect 6-0 mark for the month, all in Catholic league games. Mullins, the Blue Jays center/midfielder, was responsible for 10 goals, scoring five and assisting on five others throughout seven games in January. The junior has already played for the Region 3 Olympic Development U17 team in Spain and has been invited to travel to Argentina to compete with the same team this spring. He has also received an invitation to join the U.S. U17 National Team poll, where he is one of 35 players nationally. As a junior, Mullins has already received offers from several Universities to continue playing soccer at the collegiate level.
Frazier also had a very strong month in January, scoring in double-figures in eight of the Lady Privateers 10 games as they have moved into a strong position to earn a first-round home game in the Sun Belt tournament. Among the senior's best efforts in January, she scored 16 points and a career-high eight assists in a home victory against Denver. She ended the month on an individual high note with a 17 point outing in a loss at South Alabama. Despite the loss, Frazier made five-of-seven three point attempts as UNO rallied from 19 points down to get within five. She has moved into fourth all-time in Lady Privateer history with 124 three pointers.
Each of the monthly award winners will be honored in the spring at the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony, hosted by the Allstate Sugar Bowl and the Greater New Orleans Sports Selection Committee.