Chanz Moore, Mercedes Rogers honored with Gardiner Memorial Award
CROWLEY – When it came to selecting the winners of Crowley High’s 2013 Gardiner Memorial Award, there wasn’t much debate.
“I couldn’t think of two better people to win this award,” said CHS head football coach and athletic director Josh Fontenot, after presenting Chanz Moore and Mercedes Rogers with the school’s highest honors at Wednesday’s All-Sports Banquet at the school.
“It wasn’t even close when we voted. These two are what we thought best represented Crowley High School.”
Moore was a three-sport athlete for the Gents, lettering in football and track for four years and in basketball for three. He earned All-District and All-Acadia Parish honors in football and track during his junior and senior seasons and, just recently, he committed to play football at Louisiana College in Pineville beginning in the fall.
During his senior season in football, Moore hauled in 50 passes for 599 yards and 10 touchdowns.
“From the time he was a freshman, he earned everything he has ever gotten,” said Fontenot. “He earned every yard, every catch, every tackle. His progress as an athlete from being a quiet guy as a freshman to being our go-to guy as a senior, it has just been phenomenal to watch.”
Moore also excelled in track during the 2013 season, qualifying for the state meet in the two events. He ran the anchor leg on the Gents’ third-place 4x400-meter relay team that ran a season-best time of 3:25.44. He also ran the anchor leg on the fourth-place 4x200-meter relay team that ran a 1:29.91.
“Chanz is that guy that you want running the anchor leg of every relay,” said Fontenot. “He earned everything, just because he worked so hard.
“You won’t find a teacher or a coach at Crowley High School that does not think Chanz doesn’t deserve that award.”
Moore also took home one of the two captain’s awards given out in track by coach Jeptha Wall and he was presented the Gent Pride Award in football by Fontenot.
“I had a lot of LSU posters growing up and the one that sticks out the most was the “Hodson for Heisman” poster,” said Fontenot of a Tommy Hodson poster. “That was the guy that represented LSU football at the time. So the Gent Pride Award is for the guy that we want on our poster…the guy that represents our program, the guy that we’re all striving to be like and that’s Chanz Moore.”
Rogers also put together an impressive career during her four years at Crowley High.
Like Moore, Rogers was a three-sport athlete, earning letters in volleyball, basketball and track for four years.
She was an All-District and All-Acadia Parish selection for four years in each sport.
In volleyball, Rogers logged 68 kills, 24 assists, 22 digs and 41 blocks during her senior campaign.
As a basketball player, the McNeese signee was a guiding force all four years. During the 2012-13 season, she posted a double-double on the year by averaging 14 points and 11 rebounds per game. She also averaged six steals, three blocks and two assists a game.
Rogers was even more impressive in track where she qualified for the state meet in four events after winning each of them at the regional meet. She scored between 30-40 points every meet leading up to the state championship meet, where she placed second in the triple jump, third in the 100-meter hurdles and fourth in the long jump.
“Mercedes is arguably one of the best female athletes ever to go to Crowley High School,” said Fontenot. “And she is a pleasant girl to be around.
“She’s super, super competitive and she’ll work as hard as you ask her to work. She’s what you want a female athlete to be.”
Rogers also took home MVP honors in all three sports she participated in — basketball, volleyball and track.
“All Mercedes is lacking is a little bit of strength, but her athletic ability is out of this world,” said Fontenot. “All the coaches who have dealt with Mercedes enjoy being around her, so anytime you have a girl that you enjoy coaching and she is that athletic, it represents your school very well.”
CHS Athletic Banquet Awards
Slugger of the Year
Gent Pride Award