For Boulet, a standout in both football and track, it was a torn ACL in the second football game of the season. In Chaisson’s case, it was stepping into the leadership role on the basketball court midway through the season when standout guard Sharae Henry went down with an injury.
For both, the way they battled through adversity and still maintained a high level of excellence in the classroom paid off Monday when the two athletes were awarded Crowley High’s most prestigious student/athlete honor - the Gardiner Memorial Award.
Boulet’s injury sidelined him for the majority of the football season until the second to last game when he returned to play against Notre Dame.
Following the contest, the senior running back decided to have surgery to repair his torn ACL.
Four months later, he returned to win district championship the 300-meter hurdles as well as running a leg on the regional qualifying 4x400 meter relay team. For his efforts, Boulet was also awarded with the track and field Hardest Worker award by coach Wes Jacobs.
Chaisson, a three-sport athlete, earned second team All-District honors in basketball after having a breakout year on the court for the CHS Ladies. She averaged a career high 12.1 points and 7 rebounds per contest during her senior campaign en route to earning the team captain award.
Chaisson also added the volleyball Offensive Most Valuable Player award to her list of accolades as well as the Outstanding Field award in track and field.
Also during the banquet, athletes were honored for participation with certificates while those earning letters in a sport were presented with their letterman’s jacket. Seniors were also presented with a plaque.
Individual awards were presented in each sport as well.
Those honored with the Hardest Worker award included Mandy Burke (cross country), LaSaige Sibley (volleyball), Vivian Barker (basketball), Darius Harrison (basketball), Shelbee Hoffpauir (softball), Brian Broussard (baseball), Keiana Wilridge and Steven Boulet (track and field) and Jordan Ancelet (football).
Team Captain awards went to Gregory Spencer (cross country), Myshika Payne (volleyball), Lavetta Chaisson (basketball), Tevin Barker (basketball), Amy Abshire (softball), Corde McCall (baseball), Amber Stewart and Gregor Spencer (track and field) and Rob Richardson and Ian LeMaire (football).
Those honored with the MVP award were Toi Bonnet (cross country), Kristan Hargrave and Lavetta Chaisson (volleyball), Sharae Henry (basketball), Dexter Scott (basketball), Mandy Burke and Celes Weekley (softball), Tyler Dupuis and Justin Desselle (baseball) and Josh Citizen and Jordan Ancelet (football).
Keiana Wilridge and Tonori Boutte were named the Outstanding Track Performers while Chaisson and Pierson were the Outstanding Field Performers.
Dennis Fontenot (Soup) was also honored by the CHS Backers Club as the Booster of the Year.