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P.J. Brown reflects on the late Anthony Mason

P.J. Brown


Former NBA player P.J. Brown watched his daughter Kalani Brown become the leading scorer in Salmen history on Saturday in the Class 4A quarterfinals.

But earlier in the day, Brown got the news that former NBA player Anthony Mason had passed away. Earlier this month, Mason suffered a heart attack and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Mason was 48.

For those who remember, Mason and Brown had plenty of tough battles in the paint during the New York Knicks – Miami Heat rivalry.

“We said some ugly words towards each other and threw a lot of elbows,” Brown recalled with a smile. “When we played each other, we knew it was going to be hard. Nothing was going to be easy. They let us play back in those days. They are soft now, with a lot of touch fouls. Back then, they let us bang. They don’t let you do that any more.”

But despite those tough battles, they had the utmost respect for each other.

“He was the ultimate warrior,” said Brown. “He was just a great competitor. I loved to compete against him. He always gave 100 percent. He was a big man with a huge heart. I was shocked when I heard the news. I’m still shocked.”

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Double the pleasure (16 local girls/boys make basketball playoffs)

Sixteen schools from the New Orleans area had both girls and boys basketball teams to make the LHSAA basketball playoffs.

Which school has the top basketball program?

Based on LHSAA power rankings, that would be Salmen.

The Salmen boys are the No. 1 seed in and the girls were a 2 seed, giving them an average rating of 1.5, the best among all schools in the state.

Here is a ranking, based on the LHSAA power rankings, of the 16 schools from New Orleans area.


School Girls Boys Average
1. Salmen 2 1 1.5
2. Karr 3 3 3
3. Helen Cox 10 2 6
3. Riverside 11 1 6
5. John Curtis 12 3 7.5
6. West St. John 3 15 9
7. Warren Easton 1 21 11
8. Country Day 24 4 14
8. Landry-Walker 22 6 14
10. Mandeville 17 15 16.5
11. Hannan 25 9 17
12. Destrehan 4 31 17.5
13. Bonnabel 25 13 19
14. East St. John 29 10 19.5
15. Haynes 22 30 26
16. St. James 31 21 26

LHSAA wrestling: 19 top seeds from New Orleans

There are 19 wrestlers from the New Orleans who are the No. 1 seed headed into the LHSAA state wrtsling championships scheduled for Friday and Saturday in the Pontchartrain Center.

In Division I, all 14 top seeds are from the New Orleans area.

Here is a list of the top seed from New Orleans area.


Division I

106 – Brody Martin (Jesuit)

113- Steven Shields (Brother Martin)

120- Ben D’Antonio (Jesuit)

126 – Taylor Gambil (Brother Martin)

132- Paul Klein (Brother Martin)

138- Jake Rando (Holy Cross)

145 – Mason Williams (Brother Martin)

152- George Benoit (Holy Cross)

160- Josh Ramirez (Rummel)

170 – Brice Duhe (Holy Cross)

182 – Yehia Riles (Brother Martin)

195 – Kendrick Jones (Hahnville)

220 – Ethan Eisenhardt (Fontainbleau)

285- Dominic Carmello (Jesuit)


Division II

126 – Mason Mauro (Shaw)

182 – Cameron Bertot (Shaw)


Division III

132- Glenn Gebo (DeLaSalle)

182- Joe Clark (DeLaSalle)

195- Matt Adams (Fisher)


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This week’s N.O. area hoops schedule (Feb. 9-14)



Lusher at McGehee

Cabrini at East Jefferson

Sacred Heart at John Curtis

Higgins at Ehret

Bonnabel at Grace King

DeLaSalle at St. Charles

Chapelle at Mount Carmel

Central Lafourche at Destrehan

Haynes Academy at Dominican

Ursuline at Warren Easton

Helen Cox at West Jefferson

St. Katherin’s Drexel vs. McMain (Warren Easton)




Lutheran at First Baptist Christian

Ridgewood at Crescent City

Chalmette at Helen Cox

Central Lafourche at Destrehan





Cohen at Ridgewood

Sacred Heart at McGehe

Plaquemine at Algiers Tech (Landry-Walker)

Belle Chasse at Lake Area

Academy of Our Lady at McDonogh 35

Pope John Paul II at Hannan

Ponchatoula at Slidell

Covenant Christian at St. Martin’s

Edna Karr at Landry-Walker

Pearl River at Salmen

Houma Christian at Country Day

East St. John at Hahnville

John Curtis at McMain (at Warren Easton)



Bishop McManus at Fisher

Newman at Carver (Akii Academy)

KIPP at Thomas Jefferson

Cohen at Haynes Academy

Warren Easton at East Jefferson

Holy Cross at Shaw

Rummel at Jesuit

Bonnabel at Grace King

Salmen at Pearl River

Helen Cox at West Jefferson

South Plaquemines at Algiers Tech

Higgins at John Ehret

Riverdale at Ben Franklin

Brother Martin at St. Augustine

DeLaSalle at John Curtis

Edna Karr at Landry-Walker

St. Paul’s at Northshore

Covenant Christian at St. Martin’s

Pope John Paul II at Hannan

Ponchatoula at Slidell

East St. John at Hahnville

Lusher at St. Charles

Belle Chasse at Lake Area

Houma Christian at Country Day





Cohen at South Plaquemines

St. Katherine’s Drexel at DeLaSalle

Ben Franklin at Ursuline

Lusher at St. Charles




Country Day at Ridgewood

Cohen at South Plaquemines

Carver at Clark





Country Day at Sacred Heart

John Ehret at Chalmette

McMain at St. Charles

Phoenix at First Baptist Christian

McDonogh 35 at Belle Chasse

Grace King at Helen Cox

St. Scholastica at Pearl River

Franklinton at Salmen

West Jefferson at Higgins

Ponchatoula at Fontainebleau

Mount Carmel at Dominican

Bonnabel at Haynes




Crescent City at St. Martin’ s

McMain at St. Charles

Phoenix at First Baptist

McDonogh 35 at Belle Chasse





St. James at Sci Academy (Joe Brown)

Algiers Tech at Fisher

Karr at Academy of Our Lady

Thibodaux at East St. John

Landry-Walker at Lake Area

South Plaquemines at Haynes Academy





Edna Karr at McDonogh 35

East Jefferson at Riverdale

Ben Franklin at Warren Easton

Pine at Pope John Paul II

Houma Christian at Crescent City

St. Martin’s at Ecole Classique

West Jefferson at Higgins

St. Augustine at Shaw

Algiers Tech at Fisher

Lusher at DeLaSalle

Miller-McCoy at Clark

Brother Martin at Rummel

Grace King at Helen Cox

John Ehret at Chalmette

St. James at Newman

Covington at St. Paul’s

Belle Chasse at Lake Area

Jesuit at Holy Cross

Ponchatoula at Fontainebleau

Thibodaux at East St. John





Mount Carmel at Cabrini




No Games


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Warren Easton 58, Salmen 55 (Box score)

Warren Easton 58, Salmen 55


Salmen  13  18     9    15 – 55

Easton  13   18    12   15 – 58


Salmen (21-4)

Kalani Brown 27 (18 rebounds)

Tiara Warren 15

Shelanita Starks 6

Arianna Cooks 3

Amire Bickham 2

Kayla Sibley 2


Easton (28-1)

Shaniqua Tobias 14

Kechelle Figueroa 14

Sabrina Banks 13

Nikole Haroon 8

Keira Williams 7

Dene Mimms 2




Salmen 2 (Warren 2)

Easton 8 (Tobias 3, Banks 3, Figueroa 2)


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Salmen’s Kalani Brown named McDonald’s All-American (List of LHSAA McDonald’s All-Americans)



Salmen center Kalani Brown was chosen to play in the 14th annual McDonald’s All-American Girls Basketball Game.

The rosters were announced on Wednesday for the game that pits the top seniors in the nation.

The 6-foot-5 Brown, a Baylor signee, will play for the West squad.

She is the fourth Louisiana player to play in the game that first started in 2002.

The game will be played on April 1 in the United Center in Chicago.

Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.

Brown, the reigning Gatorade Player of the Year has led Salmen to back-to-back Class 4A state titles. The Spartans are currently ranked No. 1 in The New Orleans Advocate Super 10.

Salmen is now one of two LHSAA schools that has produced a girls and boys McDonald’s All-American. Chris Duhon made it in 2000.

Capitol High also produced a girls and boys McDonald’s All-American: Seimone Augustus (2002) and Brandon Bass (2003).

Brown is one of two Baylor signees in the game.

Her future teammate, Beatrice Mpmpremier of Miami (Fla.) Senior High, will suit up for the East.


Below is a complete list of all 23 LHSAA alums (4 girls, 19 boys) who have played in the McDonald’s All-American Game.

LHSAA players who have played in McDonald’s All-American Girls Games



Name, High School, College, Year

Seimone Augustus, Capitol, (LSU), 2002

Quianna Chaney, Southern Lab (LSU) 2004

Theresa Plaisance, Vandebilt Catholic (LSU) 2010

Kalani Brown, Salmen, (Baylor), 2015



Micah Blunt, East Jefferson (Tulane), 1978

Benoit Benjamin, Carroll (Creighton), 1982

Tom Curry, Redemptorist (Marshall), 1983

Dwayne Bryant, DeLaSalle (Georgetown), 1986

Fess Irvin, East Ascension (James Madison), 1986

Melvin Simon, Shaw, (UNO), 1990

Duane Spence, Cohen (LSU), 1992

Randy Livingston, Newman (LSU), 1993

Neil Reed, East Jefferson (Southern Miss), 1994

Lester Earl, Glen Oaks (Kansas) 1996

Marcus Fizer, Arcadia (Iowa State), 1997

Stromile Swift, Fair Park (LSU), 1998

Chris Duhon, Salmen (Duke), 2000

Brandon Bass,  Capitol (LSU), 2003

Glen Davis, U-High (LSU), 2004

Tasmin Mitchell, Denham Springs (LSU), 2005

Demond Carter, Reserve Christian (Baylor), 2006

Greg Monroe, Helen Cox (Georgetown), 2008

Final: Easton 63, Karr 44 (Final stats)

Here are the final stats from Monday’s girls basketball game between No.  2 Warren Easton and No. 3 Karr.


Warren Easton 63, Edna Karr 44


Karr      7   16     16   5 –  44

Easton 17 17     13   16 – 63


Karr (18-3)

Rehema Franklin 12

Chante Simmons 9

Imani Mulmore 7

Destiny Collins 7

Rikanne Patterson 4

Zharian Maxmillion 3

Destane Johnson 2




Easton (22-1)

Shaniqua Tobias 24

Kechelle Figueroa 16

Sabrina Banks 9

Keiara Williams 8

Nikole Haroon 6


3 –pointers

Karr 1 (Collins)

Easton 11 (Tobias 6, Figueroa 4, Banks 1)

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Sugar Bowl Boys All-Tournament Team

Montverde (Fla.)  Academy beta Riverside Academy 92-75 to win the Sugar Bowl Tournament.

Click here to read the game story on Ben Simmons’ 39 point outing


Boys All Tournament Team

Ben Simmons, Montverde Academy (MVP)

Raekwon Bush, Karr

Vincent Phillips, Karr

Danny Cohen, Natchitoches Central

Herb McGee, Riverside

Von Julien, Riverside

Malik Crowfield, Riverside

Doral Moore, Montverde

Marqez Lechter-Ellis, MontverdeAcademy

Marcel Ponitka, Montverde Academy


Championship Game

Montverde Academy 92, Riverside 75


Montverde   19   19   28     26 – 92

Riverside     17   16   24     18 –75




Ben Simmons 39

Marqez Lechter-Ellis 18

Marcel Ponitka 16

Doral Moore 6

Brian Ty Graves 5

Fard Muhammad 3

Blake Harris 3

E.J. Montgomery 2



Riverside (11-4)

Von Julien 21

Malik Crowfield 17

Herb McGee 15

Jordan Andrews 12

Joe Anderson 7

Jared Butler 3




Montverde 9 (Ponitka 4, Simmons 2, Harris 1, Graves 1, Muhammad 1)

Riverside 12 (Crowfield 5, Andrews 3, Julien 2, Butler 1, McGee 1)


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Sugar Bowl Girls All-Tournament Team (Title Game Box score)

Salmen defeated Warren Easton 56-44 to repeat as Sugar Bowl Classic champions.

Click here to read the game story.


All-Tournament Team

Kalani Brown, Salmen, MVP

Cara Ursulin, Destrehan

Rakell Spencer, Cabrini

Olivia Gorman, Gernantown (Pa.)

Shaniqua Tobias, Warren Easton

Sabrina Banks, Warren Easton

Kechelle Figueroa, Warren Easton

Tiara Warren, Salmen

Destanie Johnson, Karr

Taylor Berry, Mount Carmel


Championship Game

Salmen 56, Easton 44


Salmen   17   14   12    13 – 56

Easton    11   10  12    11- 44


Salmen (14-3)

Kalani Brown 23

Kayla Sibley 15

Arianna Cooks 10

Tiara Warren 6

Shelanta Starks 2



Easton  (20-1)

Keira Williams 15

Shaniqua Tobias 10

Kalyn Green 5

Sabrina Banks 5

Dene Mimms 5

Nikole Harron 4


3 –pointers

Salmen 1 (Tiara Warren)

Easton 4 (Green, Banks, Mimms, Williams)


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Updated Sugar Bowl Schedule



Winners bracket

7:30 – Montverde (Fla.) vs. Karr

9:00 – Nachitoches Central vs. Riverside


8:00 – Championship




4:30 – Salmen vs. Ouachita

4:30 – John Curtis vs. Mount Carmel

6 – Karr va. Eastoon

6 – Cabrini vs. Destrehan



9:30 – (Semifinals) Salmen-Ouachita winner vs. Cabrini- Destrehan winner

11 a.m. – Easton-Karr winner vs vs. Curtis- Mount Carmel winner

5 p.m. – Championship


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