LA Tech Athletic Communications Garners Awards

July 2, 2018

RUSTON, La. -- Members of the Louisiana Tech Athletic Communications Department garnered seven awards in the 2018 Louisiana Sports Writers Association sports information contest, the most by any school in the state for the fifth consecutive year.

Malcolm Butler, Kane McGuire, Anna Claire Thomas and Dave Nitz combined to claim two firsts, three seconds and two third place awards. Since 2002, Louisiana Tech Athletic Communications has won 84 awards in the contest, the second most in the state behind LSU.

Tech placed in all six of the categories of the competition.

“We take a lot of pride in our work throughout the year,” said Butler. “I have a great team that is passionate about their work in promoting our programs, our coaches and our student-athletes.”

Thomas and Butler each took home one first place award in the Division I and Division II/III Media Guide categories. Thomas’ Bulldog football media guide and Butler’s Lady Techster women’s basketball media guides were tabbed top in the state.

McGuire, Nitz and Butler each took home a second place award. McGuire’s Bulldog basketball game notes vs. George Mason finished as runner up to LSU’s football game notes while Butler’s feature story on Lady Techster senior Alexus Malone was second behind Northwestern State’s Matt Vines’ story on one of the Demons’ soccer players.

Nitz, the Hall of Fame broadcaster at LA Tech, finished second this year in the college radio play-by-play contest with his call of the Bulldog baseball team’s ninth inning rally to defeat Old Dominion in the regular season finale at JC Love Field.

McGuire and Thomas each took home a third place finish. McGuire’s feature story on Bulldog basketball center Joniah White placed third in the Division I Release category while Thomas’ track and field media guide placed third in the Division II/III Media Guide category.

Courtney Pugh at Donnie Bell Design handles the layout and creative for all of Louisiana Tech's media guides while Donny Crowe, Tom Morris and Darrell James provide the outstanding photography for the Tech Athletics Communications.

Morris took home a first place award in the Prep/Amateur Photography for a photo used in the Ouachita Citizen from the West Monroe vs. B.T. Washington of Tulsa game.

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