University of Louisiana at Lafayette softball pitcher Christiana Hamilton, a senior from Leesville, and St. Augustine running back Leonard Fournette were named the Corbett Award winners for 2014.
Hamilton went 29-4 in leading the Ragin’ Cajuns to the Women’s College World Series.
Nine of her victories came against ranked teams, including both games of a doubleheader against defending national champion Oklahoma. She was named a second-team All-American.
“We’re so proud of Christina, it was really a magical season last year for all of us,” UL-Lafayette coach Michael Lotief said. “It’s an individual award for her and it’s a story about persistence, redemption and transformation. She continued to work and grow as the season went on, and was helped and motivated not only by her teammates, but by this wonderful softball community.”
Before he makes his LSU debut, Fournette has made Louisiana sports history. He is become the first person on the basis of his high school accomplishments to receive the Corbett Award, designating him the state’s outstanding male amateur athlete for the past year.
All of the previous recipients of the award, which was inaugurated in 1967, were current or former college athletes.
Both Fournette and Hamilton will be recognized Aug. 2 at a banquet in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The latest induction class of the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame, along with individual and team awards, will be honored at the event, which is sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Fournette, rated the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect, finished his career at St. Aug with 7,619 rushing yards and 88 touchdowns, including 1,7902 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior when he led his team to a 9-2 record and the Division I semifinals.
Corbett Award selection committee chairman Will Peneguy said Fournette’s selection was a relatively easy one and was near-unanimous.
Basketball dominates the Hall of Fame Class: former St. Aug standards Kerry Kittles and Avery Johnson plus former Tulane star Hal Cervini. Also being inducted are 15-year NFL veteran Lionel Washington from Tulane and Anna Koll, an all-around athlete of the 1920s and ’30s.
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