Salmen Lady Spartans graduate Kalani Brown after being recognized as a Lake 94.7 Senior Sensation, representing her school, the talented basketball player, garnered still another coveted honor in her stellar high school career being named the New Orleans Advocate Female Athlete of the Year. Brown joined Riverside Academy’s Von Julien who was selected as the male Athlete of the Year.
Brown, 6-foot-6, a two-sport athlete at Salmen, who also excelled in volleyball, is heading to Baylor University on a basketball scholarship. Brown capped off her illustrious Salmen career as the Lady Spartans all-time career leader in points (2,392), rebounds (1,471) and blocked shots (605). Brown averaged a double-double, scoring 23 points per game, pulling down 11.8 rebounds. Brown also delivered 3.4 blocks per outing. Brown, the Most Outstanding Player in this year’s Class 4A championship game, scored 30 of her team’s 42 points and corralled 23 rebounds, in a 46-42 loss to state champion Warren Easton. Brown won state championships as a sophomore and junior, and settled for state runner up finishes as a freshman and senior for the Lady Spartans.
A number of St. Tammany Parish student-athletes were recognized in the New Orleans Advocate’s Star of Stars balloting garnering recognition for their outstanding efforts. In cross country First Baptist Christian School’s Gabrielle Jennings made the list. Jennings captured three more individual track and field Class C state championships this year and was also a member on the Lady Eagles’ state championship relay team. Mandeville’s Megan Loop topped the Swimmers. Loop turned in the best metro-area time in the 200-yard free this season (1:51.33) and also led in the 500-yard freestyle (4:57.71), earning her a Division I state title.
Archbishop Hannan powerlifter Madi Wolf won the 123-pound weight class of the Division IV state championship meet. Wolf squatted 335 pounds, bench pressed 160 pounds and dead lifted 315 pounds for a total of 810 pounds.
Archbishop Hannan golfer Abby Daniel, a freshman, shot a 77 on the first day and a 78 on the second for a two-day score of 155 to finish second in the LHSAA Division II golf championships.
Congratulations to each of these stalwart student-athletes for their exceptional achievements being recognized by the New Orleans Advocate for their outstanding efforts.

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