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Derenbecker and Grayson Named New Orleans Athletes of the Month

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A pair of Louisiana basketball state champions have  been named the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athletes of the Month for March, the Allstate Sugar Bowl announced on Tuesday. Matt Derenbecker, Country Day's boys' basketball standout and Olivia Grayson, the star of Chapelle's girls' basketball team were honored.

Derenbecker , a 6-7 junior, had a spectacular month of March, averaging 27.0 points per game in leading the Cajuns to the Louisiana Class 1A championship.In the quarterfinals, Derenbecker scored 30 points and added 11 rebounds in a win over East Iberville. In the semifinal win over Christian Life, he tallied 20 points with eight rebounds, despite suffering a sprained ankle in the game. After the injury, he hobbled back to the court to hit six crucial free throws in the final two minutes. Still favoring the ankle, he nevertheless scored 31 points with nine boards in the championship victory over Arcadia to take home MVP honors.

Grayson, a 5-7 senior guard, led the Chipmunks to the state Class 5A title with a 47-25 win over Lafayette High School. Grayson finished her career as Chapelle's all-time scoring leader with 2,180 points and averaged 13.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 3.2 assists as a senior.

Each of the monthly award winners will be honored in the summer 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.