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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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Updated Schedule for Crusader Invitational (at Brother Martin)

Crusader Invitational at Brother Martin

3:30 – Newman vs. Ben Franklin (Consolation bracket)

4:50- Runnels vs. St. Martin’s (Consolation bracket)

6:10 – Curtis vs. Catholic (Winners bracket)

7:30 – Brother Martin vs. Christian Life (Winners bracket)


2  – Newman- Ben Franklin loser  vs. St. Martin’s- Runnel loser

3:20 – Newman- Ben Franklin winner vs. St. Martin’s Runnel winner

4:40 – Curtis – Catholic loser  vs. Brother Martin- Chrisian LIfe loser

6 p.m. – Championship (Curtis – Catholic winner vs. Brother Martin- Chrisian LIfe winner)


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Thursday Schedule for Sugar Bowl Tournament

Here is the schedule for Day 2 of the Sugar Bowl Classic, which is highlighted by the 7:30 p.m. game between Helekn Cox and Montverde (Fla.).

Montverde is led by LSU signee Ben Simmons, rated the No. 1 player in the country by ESPN.


Click here to see the slam he threw down in Wednesday’s practice.



3 p.m. – Natchitoches Central vs. Westgate

3 p.m. – Arcadia vs. West Jefferson

4:30 – Karr vs. Landry-Walker

6 p.m. – Country Day vs. Richwood

6 p.m. – Riverside vs. Tift County (Ga.)

7:30 – Montverde (FL) vs. Helen Cox

9 p.m. – Natchitoches Central-Westgate winner vs Arcadia-West Jefferson winner

9 p.m. – Natchitoches Central-Westgate loser vs Arcadia-West Jefferson loser

9 p.m. – Salmen vs. St. Thomas More




3 p.m. – Doyle vs Mt. Carmel

4:30-  Warren Easton vs Chapelle

4:30 – Cabrini vs Hahnville

6 p.m. –  Ouachita vs St. Thomas Aquinas

6 p.m. –  Karr vs Assumption

7:30 – Destrehan vs Germantown

7:30 – John Curtis vs West St. John


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Sugar Bowl Basketball Tournament Schedule (Girls)

Here is the schedule for the Sugar Bowl Girls Basketball Tournament, which begins on Thursdayat the Alario Center.


GAME 1- SALMEN BYE (Champions From Last Year Tournament)

Game 2- Ouachita vs St. Thomas Aquinas – 6PM RED COURT

Game 3- Cabrini vs Hahnville – 4:30 RED COURT

Game 4- Destrehan vs Germantown- 7:30 RED COURT

Game 5- Warren Easton vs Chapelle – 4:30 BLUE COURT

Game 6- Karr vs Assumption- 6PM BLUE COURT

Game 7- John Curtis vs West St. John- 7:30 BLUE COURT

Game 8- Doyle vs Mt. Carmel- 3PM RED COURT



Game 9- Chapelle vs Loser 2- 7:30 RED COURT

Game 10- Loser 3 vs Loser 4- 6PM PURPLE COURT

Game 11- Loser 5 vs Loser 6 – 3PM RED COURT

Game 12- Loser 7 vs Loser 8- 4 :30 PURPLE COURT

Game 13- Salmen vs Winner 2- 4:30 MAIN COURT

Game 14- Winner 3 vs Winner 4- 6PM MAIN COURT

Game 15- Winner 5 vs Winner 6- 7:30 PURPLE COURT

Game 16- Winner 7 vs Winner 8- 4:30 BLUE COURT



Game 17- Loser 9 vs Loser 10- 11AM BLUE COURT

Game 18- Loser 11 vs Loser 12- 11AM PURPLE COURT

Game 19- Loser 14 vs Winner 9- 12:30 PURPLE COURT

Game 20- Loser 13 vs Winner 10- 2PM PURPLE COURT

Game 21- Loser 16 vs Winner 11- 3PM RED COURT

Game 22- Loser 15 vs Winner 12- 4:30 RED COURT

Game 23- Winner 13 vs Winner 14- 9:30AM MAIN COURT (SEMI FINALS)

Game 24- Winner 15 vs Winner 16- 11AM MAIN COURT (SEMI FINALS)

Game 25- Loser 23 vs Loser 24- 3:30 MAIN COURT (3RD PLACE)

Game 26- Winner 23 vs Winner 24- 5PM MAIN COURT (CHAMPIONSHIP)



Sugar Bowl Basketball Tournament Schedule (BOYS)

Here is the schedule for the Sugar Bowl Tournament, that begins Wednesday Jan. 7 at the Alario Center.

The tournament includes the defedning 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A and 5A state champions, as well as Montverde (Fla.), which feature #LSU signee Ben Simmons.


Game 1- Helen Cox vs. Metairie Park C. D. – 5:30 p.m. MAIN COURT

Game 2- Edna Karr vs. Salmen – 8:30 p.m. MAIN COURT

Game 3- Landry Walker vs. St. Thomas More – 4:00 p.m. MAIN COURT

Game 6- Riverside Academy vs. Richwood – 7:00 p.m. MAIN COURT



GAME 4- Natchitoches Central vs. Westgate – 3:00 p.m. BLUE COURT

Game 5- Arcadia vs. West Jeff – 3:00 p.m. MAIN COURT

Game 7- Montverde (FL) vs. Winner G1 – 7:30 p.m. MAIN COURT

Game 8- Winner G2 vs. Winner G3 – 4:30 p.m. MAIN COURT

Game 9- Winner G4 vs. Winner G5 – 9:00 p.m. MAIN COURT

Game 10- Winner G6 vs. Tift County (GA) – 6PM MAIN COURT

Game 11- Loser G4 vs. Loser G5 – 9:00 p.m. RED COURT

Game 12- Loser G2 vs. Loser G3 – 9:00 p.m. BLUE COURT

Game 13- Loser G1 vs. Loser G6 – 6:00 p.m. PURPLE COURT



Game 14- Loser G7 vs. Loser G10 – 3:00 p.m. MAIN COURT

Game 15- Loser G8 vs. Winner G11 – 4:30 p.m. RED COURT

Game 16- Loser G9 vs. Winner G12 – 6:00 p.m. RED COURT

Game 17- Winner G7 vs. Winner G8 -7:30 p.m. MAIN COURT

Game 1 8- Winner G9 vs. Winner G10 – 9:00 p.m. MAIN COURT

Game 19- Loser G11 vs. Loser G12 – 6:00 p.m. BLUE COURT



Game 20- Loser G14 vs. Loser G16 – 11:00 a.m. RED COURT

Game 21- Winner G15 vs. Winner 13 – 12:30 p.m. MAIN COURT

Game 22- Winner G14 vs. Winner G16- 2:00 MAIN COURT

Game 23- Loser G13 vs. Loser G15- 2PM RED COURT

Game 24- Loser G17 vs. Loser G18 – 6:30 p.m. MAIN COURT (3rd Place)

Game 25- Winner G17 vs. Winner G18- 8:00 p.m. CHAMPIONSHIP

Easton WR Tyron Johnson named to USA Today All-American Team


Warren Easton receiver Tyron Johnson has been named to USA Today’s All-American Team.

Johnson caught 94 passes for 1,589 yards and 17 touchdowns this season for the Eagles, who reached the Class 4A state championship game.

Johnson will compete in the Under Armour All-American football game on Jan. 2 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

He is also expected to announce his college choice that day.

He recently narrowed his list down to the following five schools: LSU, Auburn, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Georgia.

Johnson was the only Louisiana player to be named to this year’s All-American Team.

Here’s a feature story on Johnson  that appeared in The New Orleans Advocate prior to the state championship game.

Here is a complete look at USA Today’s 2014 All-American Team.