LA Tech Athletics Honored at 2017 Techspys

April 25, 2017

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RUSTON -- The stars of the Louisiana Tech Athletics world were out on Monday night at the third annual Techspys which took place on campus inside Howard Auditorium.

The ESPY-like event, filled with plenty of party pics on the blue carpet, honored the best Bulldog and Lady Techster plays, performances and more from the past year.

A highlight video of LA Tech Sports kicked off the evening that was emceed by the one and only Teddy Allen. After his opening show remarks, the first of 13 awards was presented starting with Female Top Performance of the Year which went to bowling's Shelby Smith for her MVP performance at the Hornet Classic after averaging 206 pins per game.

Taking home Male Top Performance of the Year was football's Carlos Henderson for his NCAA record-breaking performance at UMass where he caught 12 passes for 326 yards (second most in school history) and five touchdowns.

Softball's Morgan Turkoly and men's basketball's DaQuan Bracey were the recipients of Female and Male Freshman of the Year. The results of the fan vote for Female and Male Play of the Year were next, going to soccer's Kathryn Sloan for her golden goal with only 69 seconds left against UAB which clinched a spot in the C-USA Tournament.

The other went to football's Jonathan Barnes who hit the game-winning 32-yard field goal as time expired lifting the Bulldogs to a 48-45 victory over Navy in the Lockhead Armed Forces Bowl.

As the celebration moved on, receiving the Techspy for Female Student-Athlete of the Year was tennis' Alexandra Starkova who earned First Team All-Conference USA in singles and Third Team All-Conference USA in doubles while helping lead the Lady Techsters to a 15-win season and their first ever national ranking.

Male Student-Athlete of the Year went to football's Trent Taylor who was named First Team All-Conference USA after leading the nation in receiving yards with 1,803 to go along with 12 touchdowns.

Football's Jaqwis Dancy got a big round of applause in receiving the Courage Award for his big win over stage 3 Hodgkin lymphoma.

Soccer's Kathryn Sloan and football's Xavier Woods received the President Award and the 2016 Bulldog Golf team won Moment of the Year for winning the C-USA Championship.

The final award of the night went to the 2016 Bulldog Baseball team who took home the Techspy for Team of the Year for their amazing run to the NCAA Tournament.

Also receiving Techspys were soccer who won the SAAC Award (Community Service) and women's cross country who won Highest Team GPA Award.

Providing entertainment for the event were softball's Tori Charters who returned to the stage for a third straight year with her incredible vocals and sang American Authors "Best Day of My Life."

Also wowing the crowd was football's Boston Scott, joined by Tyler Johnson, for their retro street dance as well as the UHPY (United Positive Humble Youth) with their step show performance.

Garnering the biggest laughs of the night was the outtakes video showing funny moments when the camera does not stop rolling on the student-athletes during interviews and promotional pieces.

The presenters for the event included Thomas Graham, Ed Jackson, Shane Carpenter, Amber Burdge, Jasmine Rich, Christine Strebeck, Anna Blake, Champ, Karlee Jensen, Gerald Jordan, Dr. Donna Thomas, Jen Holtz, Dr. Les Guice, Boris Teske and Lacey Deal.

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