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3 May 23, 2017

West Georgia Wolves Athletics -Armah,Deese earn top honors at WESPY Awards Night

Carrollton, GAAlex Armah and Anna Leah Deese took home top honors at the 2017 WESTPY Awards this Thursday, as the University of West Georgia department of athletics handed out end of the year awards at the annual WESTPY Awards Banquet in the Campus Center Ballroom. For the fourth straight year, Haven West was the sponsor of the night, and this year Dine West was this year’s meal sponsor. A new host guided the attendees through this year’s event, as CBS46’s Fred Kalil was the emcee for the evening.

Deese and Armah became the fourth recipients of the title of Mr. and Miss Wolf, which goes to the top all-around athlete at West Georgia each year. The criteria for Mr. and Miss Wolf includes recognition for on the field play, participation in community service and academics. Both athletes were at UWG for at least four years and had an array of awards throughout their careers. Deese was a three-time captain on the women’s soccer team and earned All-Conference honors in two of her four years on the field. In addition, she maintained a 3.83 GPA in her time at UWG. Armah was a three-time All-Gulf South Conference honoree and this past year became the first position player in GSC history to earn All-GSC honors on both sides of the ball.

Dylan Donahue took home two awards for the second-straight year, winning the Alpha for Best Male Clutch Performance of the Year and Male Athlete of the Year. Donahue and Armah were both in their respective NFL Rookie Camps after becoming the first two players ever selected in the NFL Draft earlier this month and were unable to attend the event. Donahue was the Gulf South Conference Defensive Player of the Year and a consensus First Team All-American at the conclusion of the 2016 football season. He and Franziska Bremm became the first athletes at UWG to win four Alphas in their time at UWG, as she also won two awards for the second-straight year.

Bremm’s path to four awards was similar to Donahue’s, as she won the Alpha for Best Female Clutch Performance of the Year and the Female Athlete of the Year. Bremm was named Gulf South Conference Player of the Year for the second straight year at the conclusion of the women’s golf season. During the regular season, she won the individual title at three different tournaments and had nine top-10 finishes in 11 tournaments played.

Aysha Harris, a sophomore on the women’s basketball squad, was another big winner on the night, taking home two awards at the ceremony, as she won Best Comeback Athlete of the Year and Women’s Play of the Year. Harris averaged 11.9 points per game in 2016-17, helping lead her Wolves to a host spot on Super Tuesday in the Gulf South Conference tournament. This came one year after being forced to sit out the 2015-16 season with a knee injury. She also buried two free-throws in the waning seconds of that Super Tuesday contest against North Alabama, sending the Wolves to the GSC semifinals.

Football took home the most awards on the night with seven, followed by women’s golf with five. For women’s golf, that included the Team of the Year and Head Coach of the Year awards, as the women’s golf team won the Gufl South Conference Golf Championship and advanced to the NCAA Regional, both for the first time in school history. Softball and Women’s basketball each won four awards on the night.

In addition to the awards, UWG Athletics had the Win With the Wolves sweepstakes, giving out prizes from an array of corporate partners, including: Tailgate Guys, Carroll EMC, Georgia Power Company, Chick fil A, The Atlanta Braves, and The Atlanta Falcons.

Complete List of Winners

Category Winner
Best Finish by a Team Women’s Basketball 18-8 4th quareter run vs. eventual Elite Eight participant UWF
Outstanding Team of Service Softball
Male Academic Team of the Year Baseball
Female Academic Team of the Year Softball
Men’s Breakthrough Athlete of the Year Lamarcus Franks – Football
Women’s Breakthrough Athlete of the Year Sierra Stella – Softball
Female Newcomer of the Year De’Ashia Jones – Women’s Basketball
Male Newcomer of the Year Ryan Raper – Baseball
Assistant Coach of the Year Josh Aldridge -Football
Women’s Clutch Performance of the Year Franziska Bremm, Women’s Golf for the playofff win at Pfieffer
Men”s Clutch Performance of the Year Dylan Donahue – Football for 10 tackles, three sacks in a win over Delta State
Men’s Freshman of the Year Willie Candler – Football
Women’s Freshman of the Year Raven Smith – Softball
Comeback Athlete of the Year Aysha Harris – Women’s Basketball
Women’s Play of the Year Aysha Harris – Women’s Basketball for Free-throws to beat North Alabama in the GSC Tournament
Men’s Play of the Year Devontae Jackson – Football for a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Albany State
Female Athlete of the Year Franziska Bremm – Women’s Golf
Male Athlete of the Year Dylan Donahue-Football
Most Outstanding Team Women’s Golf
Head Coach of the Year Barry Harwell – Women’s Golf
Mr. Wolf Alex Armah – Football
Miss Wolf Anna Leah Deese – Women’s Soccer
Special Categories Winner
Student Support Group of the Year The WOLF Internet Radio
Male Career Achievement Marcus Sayles, Football
Female Career Achievement Lola Uribe Astolfi – Women’s Golf
Fan of the Year Baylor Bassett
Faculty Member of the Year Anne Merrem
Staff Member of the Year Bernard Upshaw

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