Eagles place two on all-state squad
By: GEOFFREY STOUTE
The Central Catholic Eagles placed two players on the Class 1A All-State squad.
Senior Lloyd Grogan was named to the first team squad, while junior Dontrell Brown was named an honorable mention selection.
“Those two were just the best two players on our team, and they led us the whole year,” CCHS coach Ree Case said. “It’s (this honor) a tribute to how hard they worked this year.”
In his senior season, Grogan had averages per game of 26.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and three blocks.
“Lloyd was one of the best players I (saw) the whole year. I kept saying I really believed he was definitely one of the best five players in single A. He probably would have been MVP if we would have won it (state championship).”
“Dontrell just had a really good season,” Case said. “He improved offensively (and) defensively.”
Brown averaged 20.2 ppg, 7.3 rpg and 5.6 assists per game.
In addition to his all-state award, Grogan recently finished his high school career as a five-time, district most valuable player. He has played for the Eagles since his eighth grade year.
Case said he and coaches he has talked with have never heard of someone winning an MVP award that many times.
“It still amazes me,” Case said. “To be that consistent for that long in anything is hard. And every year, (he) got better. Five years ago he was good and this year he’s five times better than he was five years ago. Actually, to do it once to me is amazing. To do it five times is … just unheard of.”
Grogan achieved the award even though district opponents were well aware he was the Eagles’ best player.
“They know he’s our best player, and they do stuff to (try to) stop him and for five years they haven’t,” Case said. “If he would be the same guy he was five years ago, he wouldn’t have been MVP that many times.”
Case said he doesn’t buy that Grogan only won the awards because he played Class 1A ball, as he pointed to Grogan’s participation in the Louisiana High School Coaches Association All-Star game with some of the state’s top players recently.
As a member of the West squad, Grogan scored eight points.
The West squad fell to the East, 107-90.