CANYON -- Following the program’s first outright regular season Lone Star Conference Championship, 12 members of the West Texas A&M Lady Buffs were honored for their performance on the diamond during the league’s annual postseason awards banquet being held inside Legacy Hall in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center on Thursday night prior to the start of the 2014 LSC Championship taking place at Schaeffer Park.
The Lady Buffs put six student-athletes on the All-LSC First Team along with three on the Second Team and three on the league’s Third Team, WT also picked up the league’s Newcomer and Pitcher of the Year (Rita Hokianga) awards while Kevin Blaskowski was named the Coach of the Year. Angelo State senior outfielder Morgan Spearman was named the Player of the Year while ASU‘s Kenedy Urbany was tabbed the Freshman of the Year.
Hokianga along with Hannah Newcomb, Alyssa Lemos, Jessica Sipe, Renee Erwin and Allie Cranfill were named to the All-LSC First Team while Kaisha Dacosin, Brittany Gehle and Lacey Taylor were named to the Second Team. Mallory Wyatt, Tyler Wilkinson and Tori Bayer earned Third Team accolades while Hokianga, Lemos, Sipe, Cranfill and Erwin were honored for their defensive efforts with a spot on the league’s Golden Glove team. Cranfill and Lemos both repeated as Golden Glove winners from last season.
Overall, 41 student-athletes were honored by the all-conference program, with a player from seven of the eight LSC teams. The awards are voted upon by the league coaches, who determined a 16-player first team by position, and second and third teams, each consisting of 12 players regardless of positions. The Golden Glove Awards were determined by a vote of LSC head coaches based on defensive performance alone for all nine positions for the third time.
On the academic side, Lemos and Cranfill were honored for their dedication in the classroom as members of the All-LSC Academic Team. Texas Woman’s Bailey Vrazel and Kendra Sancet were named the league’s Co-Academic Players of the Year. Vrazel and Lemos earned all-academic recognition for the third straight year, while Sancet was a repeat selection.
To be eligible for LSC academic honors, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.30 grade point average and have reached sophomore status both athletically and academically. The Academic Player of Year award and All-Academic Team are selected from the list of academically qualified players, with the league’s sports information directors voting on the basis of both academic and athletic achievement.